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by Johnlyn
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Timer Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1745

Re: Timer Problem

Well interestingly I have a similar issue. On tuesday the timer will not come on even though the timer says that it should come on. I have no idea why. Every other day operates as expected...
by Johnlyn
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: S1 dream vs e61
Replies: 2
Views: 2375

Re: S1 dream vs e61

I've used both. They are both awesome. If you have kids, a big E61 hunk of hot metal can be an issue. On the otherhand, having the option of plumb or not in one machine is cool. Otherwise, whichever one is more pleasing to the eye will add the extra.
by Johnlyn
Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with an issue
Replies: 2
Views: 1255

Re: Help with an issue

That's interesting. I'll pay attention as to what happens should it reoccur. I think that I was unable to turn it off via buttons and had to unplug it. It has functioned fine after that.

Any ideas on a mysterious week of increased preinfusion time?
by Johnlyn
Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with an issue
Replies: 2
Views: 1255

Help with an issue

I have been loving my Mini, but I am now have a problem.... Noooooo........! 3 weeks ago, four about 5 days, the preinfusion took 20-25 seconds. I called IDRINKCOFFEE, the place where I bought it but they never called back. The problem appeared to correct itself. This week, on two occaisions, the ma...
by Johnlyn
Sun May 12, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini Vivaldi Arrived Today!
Replies: 13
Views: 4021

Re: Mini Vivaldi Arrived Today!

Congrats!!! It's great to see that the "old reliable" mini is still a force out there. I have been loving mine...
by Johnlyn
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Clive Walnut Panels
Replies: 6
Views: 3153

Re: Clive Walnut Panels

simply stunning!
by Johnlyn
Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Burnt espresso flavour
Replies: 4
Views: 2242

Re: Burnt espresso flavour

Thanks Chas, that does make sense. Today I experimented by cleaning the portafilter and screen after the morning session and then leaving it on. A couple of flushes later and sure enough, the afternoon espresso tasted as it should. I really appreciate this forum to think out loud and get feedback fr...
by Johnlyn
Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Burnt espresso flavour
Replies: 4
Views: 2242

Re: Burnt espresso flavour

It makes sense, just wanted to confirm with someone who does so. for some reason I thought it would idle cooler and I assume it is idling warmer due to the burnt flavour (though that may be the puck).

Cheers,
by Johnlyn
Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Burnt espresso flavour
Replies: 4
Views: 2242

Burnt espresso flavour

So usually I hit a coffee session in the morning and shut things down. But every now and then I leave the machine on and hit up another shot about an hour or two later. I have to now confess that that shot usually tastes slightly burnt and I am not sure why. I have left the old puck in. Should I be ...
by Johnlyn
Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: Dream T Day One Issues
Topic: Blinking power light
Replies: 5
Views: 2265

Re: Blinking power light

I'm the one at least for the Mini. I just don't like blinking stuff in my environment. But I live on and the coffee is great. :lol:
by Johnlyn
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:50 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New Owner
Replies: 6
Views: 2728

Re: New Owner

They are deep. I found that ultimately I went from doses of 18-19 grs to 14-16. great results...
by Johnlyn
Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New Owner
Replies: 6
Views: 2728

Re: New Owner

That's the choice I made as well friend, over the Dream T. Now that I see your in canada that that is additional reason to go V2. I'm a fan of Idrinkcoffee, that is where I got my machine from, but it is a new product of CCS and they're working hard to sort it out. I think they only got two of them ...
by Johnlyn
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Dream vs V2
Replies: 7
Views: 3053

Re: Dream vs V2

I agree with MDL. My last machine was a BDB and I experienced multiple problems with the electronics of the machine. Otherwise it was great. This led me to appreciate a machine with an excellent durability and reliability track record; a machine that Espresso techs like to work on; and that can be f...
by Johnlyn
Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: 1.17 Bug Reports / Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 6188

Re: 1.17 Bug Reports / Questions

goodboyr wrote: the software has addressed the one issue that actually bothered me which was the timer not working after a power off.
Just curiouse because I have been impressed that the ridiculousely expensive V2 timer actually keeps all the information following power off. Your's didn't?
by Johnlyn
Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Dream vs V2
Replies: 7
Views: 3053

Dream vs V2

Just curiosue if anyone has made a comparrisson yet. It may be too early yet but I am curious to know what would orient one towards either option. Are the features worth it? Ease of use? track record? and most of all of course, how do the results in the cup compare and how does the consistency of re...
by Johnlyn
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 25756

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Thanks for that Endo. I think it is the best comparison I have read yet. I haven't tried a conical yet but both these grinders intrigue me. I'll need to try them. There is a chance that I will be back in montreal, let me know if we can get together for a coffee.
by Johnlyn
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 25756

Re: HG-One Grinder?

So Endo, it sounds like you prefer the Pharos for taste and lack of channeling (to the point of spritzing!). But the HG one is winning you over due to the ergonomics. I haven't had a chance to try either of these grinders but I hope to one day. How bad are the ergonomics of the pharos?
by Johnlyn
Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water and scale
Replies: 5
Views: 3066

Re: Water and scale

The ones I used were hot tub test strips. I'll try the Aquarium ones to get more accurate results. It's just good to know where the water is at in order to treat the machine well.

And the home water is softened to the results obtained. Otherwise there it is very hard well water.
by Johnlyn
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water and scale
Replies: 5
Views: 3066

Water and scale

I've been using the search function and have read a couple of things in posts of a different nature, but I can't seem to find a dedicated topic for water and scale. So I thought I would start one. If there is one please point me to it. Given that the steam boiler is difficult to descale and expensiv...
by Johnlyn
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 37025

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Those are seriousely great pictures. I can't wait to hear from the people that know how to tinker with these things about differences between the Vivaldi and the Dream other than the touch screen.

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by Johnlyn
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:28 am
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 37025

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Great shots... please post more...
by Johnlyn
Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!
Replies: 29
Views: 8051

Re: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!

Endo wrote:If your water is 30 ppm, you certainly don't need the reservoir softener.
Interesting! thanks Endo, makes sense. I really don't want to deal with scale buildup in the steam boiler...
by Johnlyn
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Lattes taste fantastic but the espressos are embarrasing
Replies: 7
Views: 3938

Re: Lattes taste fantastic but the espressos are embarrasing

Sounds like you have a good control over the parameters that you are aware of. and I'll echo Endo, if you like your latte's now, just look out when you nail your espresso. I keep using these tips from HB as a guide through adjusting dose and grind by taste: http://www.home-barista.com/tips/espresso-...
by Johnlyn
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!
Replies: 29
Views: 8051

Re: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!

I gave up on the reservoir filters a few months back. I pulled off everything and now run with no filter restrictions (nothing to get blocked and easiest on the pump). I started using this cheaper filter/softener system called the BWT that is made for coffee machines. The filter costs only $10 and ...
by Johnlyn
Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Vivaldi in White
Replies: 7
Views: 5339

Re: Vivaldi in White

very slick!
by Johnlyn
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Stand By Light?
Replies: 10
Views: 3414

Re: Stand By Light?

it serves a purpose, so I think the "duct tape" mod will be the way to go so that I can check if all the other sexy LED's are lit up in the morning.... Those ones I like.
by Johnlyn
Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:00 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Stand By Light?
Replies: 10
Views: 3414

Re: Stand By Light?

I was looking around to find out if there was a mod to eliminate the blinking light and found this old thread. I also find it irritating. The mod I use for now is called "duct tape".
by Johnlyn
Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Breville BES900XL - Competition?
Replies: 15
Views: 9111

Re: Breville BES900XL - Competition?

Correct, there is no Breville plumb in. I am on resevoire anyway so one way or another I go with the vibe pump. By the way both are similar sound levels with the Mini being slightly higher pitched. A rotary pump sounds much nicer though. OK, I am rocking both machines for about the next week and wil...
by Johnlyn
Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 8591

Re: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?

Fair enough then, you've definitely tried your best to make it work. DId they say anything about how the bushings would end up not being aligned?
by Johnlyn
Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 8591

Re: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?

I'd call Baratza with a problem of adjustments like that for sure. they seem to be rather helpful and personally i'd want it fixed or replaced. Mine has been so good that it is difficult to consider getting one of the titans, however, the HGone may change that!
by Johnlyn
Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:48 am
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 37025

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Well Endo, that's why I opted for the Mini (I bought just as the Dream was coming out). Time will tell whether that was the right decision or not, but I wasn't going to risk it. I also figure that I can't go wrong with the Mini but I suspect that I will wish that I had gotten the Dream T. I'll just ...
by Johnlyn
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Breville BES900XL - Competition?
Replies: 15
Views: 9111

Re: Breville BES900XL - Competition?

Looking forward to comparisson and I will nwo be able to provide my own. My new Mini just arrived and I still hjave my BDB for short period. I do not have the converter cord, so I cannot fire up the Mini yet. But here are some comparissons thus far Looks: Both machines take up roughly the same space...
by Johnlyn
Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Mini has arrived, but it is set up for 20 amp
Replies: 2
Views: 1918

Re: Mini has arrived, but it is set up for 20 amp

Thanks Chas, that does look straightforward enough. I had been expecting the converter cord to be included.

as it turns out, Idrinkcoffee usualy supplies one with shipment but it had just not made it into my order. they have shipped one now! Looking forward to firing it up when it arrives.
by Johnlyn
Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Mini has arrived, but it is set up for 20 amp
Replies: 2
Views: 1918

Mini has arrived, but it is set up for 20 amp

First of all... MY MINI HAS ARRIVED!!! so now I can really join the club... But, it has a 20 amp plug. according to the CCS site, i will need a converter cord? wasn't expecting that. I'll wait to hear back from idrinkcoffee for details. for now it is a pretty paper weight. If I have missed something...
by Johnlyn
Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: cost of 20 amp dedicated line
Replies: 8
Views: 4113

Re: cost of 20 amp dedicated line

$400? Of course it is up to you, but to me, it seems like a huge waste of money. Why would you want to steam at the same time as your shot anyway? I'm too busy looking at the pour from my bottomless portafilter and determining when to cut the shot for optimum taste. Surely you can wait 25 seconds b...
by Johnlyn
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID
Replies: 5
Views: 5149

Re: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID

Thanks Chas, that is the clearest desciption of a PID that I have ever read. It sounds quite sensible and idealy I would have purchased a machine that controlled it's temp that way. Are there any down sides to a PID? I do however, like the idea of the simplicity of the V2's system. to my electronica...
by Johnlyn
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID
Replies: 5
Views: 5149

Re: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID

Thanks for that Endo. That does make sense regarding a whole system approach. But how does the functioning of the temperature control loop feedback system differ from a PID? PID's have been marketed as the holly grail of temp stability and as a result I have no idea how another system would work or ...
by Johnlyn
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID
Replies: 5
Views: 5149

Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID

All right, I've tried searching but I am apparently not finding the right words to get the answer I am seeking. So I ask your help. I just want to know what is used in the Vivaldi for temperature regulation. The Dream uses a PID but I can't seem to find out what the Vivaldi uses and I am curious abo...
by Johnlyn
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 6591

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

Is there any down side to insulating the boilers? why do they not do that at the factory? I don't know of any downside except the espresso warming tray won't be as hot! There are two upsides, first is the obvious energy savings, the second is that the inside of the espresso machine doesn't get as h...
by Johnlyn
Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 6591

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

Is there any down side to insulating the boilers? why do they not do that at the factory?
by Johnlyn
Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: Warranty IS Two Years
Replies: 1
Views: 1297

Re: Warranty IS Two Years

I just received the e-mail below from Mary at Chris' Coffee. They have fixed the error on their website. The warranty is two years. Chas, Not sure if any one told you, but thank you for pointing out the warranty and we have changed the Dream pages to now read 2 year warranties. Two year warranty is...
by Johnlyn
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 37025

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

The CC1 and new Breville machines are making their customers change their expectations of what should be available. I'll vouch for that monkey man. I'm new to this forum as I await my Mini. I unfortunately ran into too many problems with the BDB to happily continue on with it. But what a great mach...
by Johnlyn
Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Minimum Warmup Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 6594

Re: Minimum Warmup Time?

That's awesome! I like that!!
by Johnlyn
Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Minimum Warmup Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 6594

Re: Minimum Warmup Time?

my wife turns on the Mini 1 hour before I get up. Then I turn on the steam boiler 5 minutes before I make our lattes. 5 minutes for the steam boiler eh! That's good news... Is it full power after 5 min or do you find it gets more powerful if you wait longer? I am patiently waiting for my mini to ar...
by Johnlyn
Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Minimum Warmup Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 6594

Re: Minimum Warmup Time?

I'm interested to hear about your warm up tricks.

Also, do you have the steam boiler going right away or do you switch it on about 15 mins before you may get into milk drinks?

Cheers
by Johnlyn
Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:57 am
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: Info From Chris
Replies: 7
Views: 2600

Re: Info From Chris

So how does the PID work? is it similar to the V2 whereby the PID temperature reading from the Boiler is offset to the grouphead and thus the display gives you the offset grouphead temperature?
by Johnlyn
Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:53 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 46563

Re: Basket Improvements

interesting! be sure to reply your thoughts on it once you have used it...
by Johnlyn
Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: Info From Chris
Replies: 7
Views: 2600

Re: Info From Chris

Thanks for that. I was suspecting that the hardware functioning would be mostly the same with the exception of 1F adjustability rather than 1C to dial things closer in to what is desired. It sounds like I have just purchased an outdated machine already :shock: , however, one that works extremely wel...
by Johnlyn
Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: Info From Chris
Replies: 7
Views: 2600

Re: Info From Chris

Just curious. will the dream be similar, the same or improved on things like: Grouphead and portafilter (ie greater than 53)? different design for baskets? temp stability like grouphead PID? or other design elements that have a direct impact to results in the cup? I just ordered a mini vivaldy. I wo...

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