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by coffeeowl
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Hi Chas. Thanks for the explanation. I had a bit busy time and couldn't respond earlier. There's no build up on the probe, I use very soft water it seems. The cable on the probe seems intact. After I unplugged and cooled off, Vivaldi refilled once and then, well - didn't. I drained the boiler and it...
by coffeeowl
Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

No Chas, I haven't, I am not sure which one it is. But if the boiler empties too much, then cooling it off completely and plugging the machine back heals that (just like it happened to another person in the beforementioned thread). How about the open circuit on the probe to the wires? What does it m...
by coffeeowl
Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

So I ohmed the thing. Reading from the probe to the boiler case is open circuit, but also reading from the probe to the wires is open circuit. By the way, I let the machine heat (only steam boiler heated) and - guess what - I'm getting the 'steam boiler doesn't refill' issue (I was talking about it ...
by coffeeowl
Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:58 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Thanks!

I did disconnect the wires and what I get is the Vivaldi in normal mode, that is the diod indicating the brew boiler temp blinking.

I saw that thread where Chris suggested swapping the cables. Thanks for the other link. (edit: Oh I saw it earlier too)
by coffeeowl
Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

I don't want to bore you all here or have a monologue :smile: The probe, I noticed, is a bit wet when I remove it from the boiler. So Endo was right, there's a leakage. I also talked to a technician from the service and he confirmed me and suggested that I could do the repair myself. I'm enthusiasti...
by coffeeowl
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

So the wires I talked about, they're the wires going from the temperature probe. How do I know? Well, because moving the wires in and out sounded like something was going through a hole, in and out. So while I tried to move the wires a little, then they loosened and all the temperature probe went ou...
by coffeeowl
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:01 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

I didn't do any measurements yet, because: 1. The alarms are gone, only the boiler being cold thinks himself up to temp; 2. Now also Vivaldi forgot the programmed volumes on both single cup and double cup buttons. Delivers just a tiny bit of water through the group and cuts off. Any idea what is goi...
by coffeeowl
Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

SHE GAVE IN!!! :grin: Only after another amount of WD-40. Yeah! So I found another screws that were holding the side panels in place. Now my machine is all stripped off! It's late here so another things I leave for tomorrow and so on. Though was curious about the boiler temp probe and wanted to look...
by coffeeowl
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Actually 4 and a half. Ok, I used WDT-40 on that damn screw and nothing happens yet. Except that I bent the cup warmer tray up to have access from the bottom to the screw. So I will remove it and then bend the tray back. But, I must say: I remeber there were posts on removing the covers from the mac...
by coffeeowl
Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Ok, so I got the alarms back (they'er changing though).
Now please somebody seriously tell me how do I unscrew the under-cup-warmer screw? t has soft head and now it is no longer catching any screwdriver.
by coffeeowl
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:11 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Yes sure, you're right. I will.
And yes, I think I rather will start myself, for the service in quite far away and I'd rather see it all and learn.
by coffeeowl
Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Thanks again! It's not six years, but four and a half. :smile: However, an update: the steady alarm was on display all time I tried to plug my machine back yesterday, also after it cooled completely, but then in the evening it started disappearing for a moment after plugging back. Today morning was ...
by coffeeowl
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Thanks!

So I have the alarm (steady) back on. :-(
by coffeeowl
Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Chas, thank you so much for the thoughtful reply! If you had also advice on how to loosen the under-cup-warmer screw, I'd be even more thankful. However, I have update. When I plugged the machine today morning, there was no alarm and the brew boiler thought itself to be up to temp. I wanted to use t...
by coffeeowl
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

So after I let it cool off a bit and plugged back on again, after a short while I got again the alarm, and then also the blinking one.
So now the machine is off till I repair it.
Anybody has any idea should I get to it myself or call the service? There is service in Poland fortunately.
by coffeeowl
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Ok, so I have the alarm again: today afternoon when I turned the machine on again I noticed the brew boiler is getting warmer and warmer. I drew some water from it but the led indicating reheating didn't blink. Then I noticed the alarm was back on after a few minutes. And the boiler was hot. Now I u...
by coffeeowl
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Re: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Yes, that is precisely right: I unplugged it and plugged it back, both times. So unfortunately you're right, I let the machine cool off completely and still the brew boiler does think it's up to temp. There was a short moment the temp diod blinked and then shortly afterwards again for a moment, but ...
by coffeeowl
Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm
Replies: 27
Views: 7204

Group Boiler Temp Probe Alarm

Hi! I got the 20/21 lights alarm today, non-blinking. Before I consulted the manual I switched the machine off and back on and the alarm disappeared. Then I went out, when I got back home the alarm was again on. I again switched it off and on and the alarm is gone, but the group boiler is not hot an...
by coffeeowl
Tue May 24, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter
Replies: 47
Views: 12196

Re: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter

Yes it is a sign of gasket needing to be replaced.
Mine usually last more tthen a year. But I noticed they don't enjoy chemical backflush too much - if you do then brew a throwaway shot immediately after you're finished cleaning.
by coffeeowl
Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

Endo wrote: A little pentrating oil on the srew should free it up easily.
Thanks! I'll try that!
by coffeeowl
Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

I thought I should update everyone with how the issue is further.
So, as I predicted, it ceased.
I was trying to look inside the machiine but my bolt that holds the top of the case (where the cups warm up) will not unscrew.
by coffeeowl
Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Backflushing is a Waste of Time
Replies: 54
Views: 15834

Re: Backflushing is a Waste of Time

Well.
I always water-backflush after each coffee session.
I do the chemical too when I have the time, and I clean the screens too. I don't use the brush, you know which one, at all.
I'm happy with that.
8)
by coffeeowl
Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

How many times has the problem repeated itself so far? Why should it suddenly "be fine"? You don't need to open the steam boiler to check the probe, just unscrew the probe assy. Looking at what passes for an electrical schematic in the manual it looks like the refill probe signal goes to the contro...
by coffeeowl
Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

.. is the refilling only controlled by probe? or is there any electronics involved, to keep balance between water level and pressure? Pressure is not involved. There is no pressure feedback to the Vivaldi logic at all. The pressure is directly proportional to the temperature, so the temperature is ...
by coffeeowl
Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

Thank you very much for your insights! The machine is working since yesterday. It did refill couple of times the odd way (small quantities repeatedly) but then since evening is fine. I'll try to open and clean inside. I don't think I'll open the boiler though. If the issue repeats then yes, but, my ...
by coffeeowl
Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

Update: I was trying turning it on (the boiler) while it was cooling, nothing. Then I let some pressure out via steam wand and then, at some point (like on the boarder of blue zone) it refilled a little. Far too small a quantity. Then turned off and on again and the same happened - it refilled a lit...
by coffeeowl
Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill (solved)

The heating starts immediately when I turn on the boiler. Usually it starts off with refilling, honestly I didn't look if heating goes on too then. It's bad that heating goes on without water. Unfortunately today the same thing started again: I took a glass of water and it didn't refill. I turned th...
by coffeeowl
Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill (solved)

Try to switch off and unplug from power, then wait a minute, plug and power on - maybe it will come back to normal. I started a thread on h-b about the subject here: http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/steam-boiler-doesnt-refill-on-vivaldi-help-t16945.html you may wish to post. If you're i...
by coffeeowl
Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill (solved)

Seems like an intermittent issue, perhaps a sticky boiler fill solenoid? I'd still look into getting it fixed. If you don't, I'd worry the boiler may become empty without you knowing, resulting in a damaged heater. That said, intermittent issues are the worst to deal with. You bring it in to the sh...
by coffeeowl
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:19 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

Endo, thank you very much for all your help and input - I didn't manage to do anything for it's the first time I was about to open the machine (yes I haven't yet removed the panels even once!) so I was preparing carefully... yet the issue solved itself - today morning I came up to the machine and tr...
by coffeeowl
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Re: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

No fault lights, pump silent, noting happening at all. I'd be surprised too see scale, though, for I'm running on RO (mineralised) water all the time. Of course I don't run it for it would burn the steam boiler heating. But, I set the machine to economy mode and then switched off and unplugged from ...
by coffeeowl
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill
Replies: 28
Views: 13966

Problem: steam boiler doesn't refill

Hi! I have a problem: the steam boiler doesn't refill. Now it is completely empty and still doesn't do and tries to heat up. First time something similar occurred when I emptied the boiler after returning home from travel - after I did so the boiler didn't refill; but, after unplugging the machine f...
by coffeeowl
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Italian Espresso Institute - the definition
Replies: 5
Views: 3282

Re: Italian Espresso Institute - the definition

I knew most of that but the recommended brew temperature is quite a bit lower than what people usually talk about at the various forums. Any successful experience with 88C? Success story (is it? :smile: ): I once got beans that were only drinkable at 88C. Tasted quite good - I remember some black b...
by coffeeowl
Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Caught Cheating?
Replies: 8
Views: 2759

Re: Caught Cheating?

Hey, Endo, did you try your KyM for espresso??? I'm eager to hear how it works. I was watching that one too, I think.
by coffeeowl
Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Hand Grinder
Replies: 15
Views: 4336

Re: Hand Grinder

They don't throw them away, they sell them for other brewing methods. Possibly Pede marked mokka would do btetter, but still could be that it depends. I have three KyMs rocking!!! and a Mocca (mocca brand, not mokka or anything else) that does the thing for Caravel in crazy number of turns. And Zass...
by coffeeowl
Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Clear LaSpaziale Portafilter
Replies: 8
Views: 3824

Re: Clear LaSpaziale Portafilter

Have you seen this?
Girl quits her job via erase board messages: http://bit.ly/aLvbOo . Great. Now take a break, and then...



then have a reading here: http://tcrn.ch/cKrPoI


Cheers!
:smile:
by coffeeowl
Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Is It Bad To Choke My S1?
Replies: 2
Views: 903

Re: Is It Bad To Choke My S1?

For few seconds is ok, but anyway, be the witch and learn to guess grind accurately. :smile:
by coffeeowl
Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Iced Espresso
Replies: 9
Views: 4992

Re: Iced Espresso

Hi! I wasn't really drinking iced coffee drinks until I read about Murky Cafe recipe, then I just hahd to try it. Yet still I didn't like the result. Until recently I tried it another time - it was the weather, unusual heat that put me into the topic this time. I made an iced americano with Papua Ne...
by coffeeowl
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Reverse Osmosis and Input Pressure
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: Reverse Osmosis and Input Pressure

RoninTech wrote:I completely disagree with your statement about RO water "making terrible coffee", but to each their own. :bom:
I use RO with mineralisator and suggest you do the same - add mineralisator to the system.
Possibility of trying espresso wothout it I had only on lever.
by coffeeowl
Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Genuine LaSpaziale Triple Baskets are here now!
Replies: 40
Views: 14835

Re: Genuine LaSpaziale Triple Baskets are here now!

Better check the weather channel & see if Hell froze over! :shock: and then I'll consider hell officially frozen. Well guys, many spiritual traditions consider there are two types of hell: hot hells and cold hells. So don't speak about hell freezing, it would not bring any good at all. Since they r...
by coffeeowl
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Genuine LaSpaziale Triple Baskets are here now!
Replies: 40
Views: 14835

Re: Genuine LaSpaziale Triple Baskets are here now!

Now, this is f*&ing great news!
The only downfall of the machine has finally been fixed.
This is a date to celebrate.
:smile:

But I am the greatest. Have got it one month earlier, and it was a bargain. YEA! :mrgreen:
by coffeeowl
Sun May 30, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Major VII User's Manual Update Posted
Replies: 6
Views: 2686

Re: Major VII User's Manual Update Posted

This information, I think, is missing in the manual: When the temperature adjustment in the extreme mode is set, then if you adjust the temperature seting normal way, for example from the set 88C (diode 91C on) to 92C (diode 92C on) and then switch back (diode 91C on), the extreme temp setting will ...
by coffeeowl
Fri May 14, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Videos of the Vivaldi
Replies: 57
Views: 21838

Re: Videos of the Vivaldi

I didn't - mentioned it was intense. Today I made a triple again with finer grind - sweetness like thick hot chocolate. Yet the brightness was gone, transformed into some spicy pick.
by coffeeowl
Thu May 13, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Videos of the Vivaldi
Replies: 57
Views: 21838

Re: Videos of the Vivaldi

Hi!

One of my first triple shots...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p61yq7jKcsI

The video was cross-posted on home-barista. :smile:

John and Keith, thank you! :smile:
by coffeeowl
Tue May 11, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Is the Laspaziale S1 Vivaldi 2 recommended leaving on?
Replies: 5
Views: 2522

Re: Is the Laspaziale S1 Vivaldi 2 recommended leaving on?

Endo wrote:The regular S1 steam boiler is larger, so it takes a bit longer.
8 minutes.
by coffeeowl
Tue May 11, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Major VII User's Manual Update Posted
Replies: 6
Views: 2686

Re: Major VII User's Manual Update Posted

Hi Chas! It's funny to have a discovery after 2 and a half years of use, no? 8) I'm talking about the extreme temperature settings. Now I have to find a coffee that will give her best at 88C. And I mean it! What I was doing though, was skipping a flush and brewing some beans at low 91C, yet still th...
by coffeeowl
Tue May 11, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: The Scace Rental Program
Replies: 112
Views: 60338

Re: The Scace Rental Program

Hi!
I would also like to participate, but I live in Europe. Hope it's ok (please :smile: ).
Thanks!
by coffeeowl
Tue May 11, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: New Documented Feature
Replies: 6
Views: 3544

Re: New Documented Feature

JohnB wrote:Was this something that came with the software upgrade last summer?
No. I have the stock VII board and have this too.
by coffeeowl
Tue May 11, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Is the Laspaziale S1 Vivaldi 2 recommended leaving on?
Replies: 5
Views: 2522

Re: Is the Laspaziale S1 Vivaldi 2 recommended leaving on?

I leave my on 24/7, only switch on and off steam boiler as needed.
You can also put the machine on timer.
by coffeeowl
Tue May 11, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Extraction temp
Replies: 9
Views: 4049

Re: Extraction temp

I don't know how yours, but mine VII without any upgrade has the superspecial temperature setting described in the upgraded manual - from 91 down to 88 and from 97 up to 100. Found it out only yesterday... I haven't done the homework and wasn't checking for news too often here :oops: Yet I haven't f...
by coffeeowl
Thu May 06, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Our new Mini II and Vario Setup
Replies: 7
Views: 3271

Re: Our new Mini II and Vario Setup

Hi and welcome to the forums! Very nice set up and pictures. Best wishes with your machine! :smile:
by coffeeowl
Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: The Annual Triple Poll
Replies: 31
Views: 5843

Re: The Annual Triple Poll

coffeeowl wrote:
sakurama wrote:Anyway, I know a couple of folks have expressed interest and I thought I'd offer up a thread to see what folks thought.
I'm in !
Im sorry but, as I decided to get the pf and basket offered in the Swap forum by Keith, I'm no longer in for the basket here.

Regards and good luck to everybody!
by coffeeowl
Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:27 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: The Annual Triple Poll
Replies: 31
Views: 5843

Re: The Annual Triple Poll

sakurama wrote:Anyway, I know a couple of folks have expressed interest and I thought I'd offer up a thread to see what folks thought.
I'm in !
by coffeeowl
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8573

Re: Basket Size and Taste

sakurama wrote:I can make these but I don't know if anyone would want to pay for it since it's very time consuming and would require a custom modified bottomless to allow for the depth of the triple.
I'd like a normal triple, I have normal naked pf. Will you be interested to make?
by coffeeowl
Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:22 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How long did your original brew group gasket last?
Replies: 34
Views: 6876

Re: How long did your original brew group gasket last?

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo... :grin:
my gasket lasted one year and five months.
by coffeeowl
Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Cappuccino Time
Replies: 21
Views: 11995

Re: Cappuccino Time

Niko wrote:Here's a Cappa from start to finish...
Hm, tell the truth, you weren't very happy with the rosette this time, were you?? :smile: You hid it right away.
But on the other hand, you fullfilled your promise to Weska and showed yourself - wow! :grin:
Ha ha ha!
by coffeeowl
Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Making your own triple basket
Replies: 26
Views: 6360

Re: Making your own triple basket

Interesting! Good luck!
by coffeeowl
Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Espro Tampers
Replies: 42
Views: 10976

Re: Espro Tampers

The Espro for sure has the Euro Curve thingy going along with a slight flat middle (sort of like the Reg's). It has flat centre but not Euro-curve, it's us-curve (euro-curve is the more convex one - I had a direct comparison with 53mm Schomer's Ergo packer, which is us-curve) http://img136.imagesha...
by coffeeowl
Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:39 am
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Espro Tampers
Replies: 42
Views: 10976

Re: Espro Tampers

Well Niko man, you must have lost your mind... ... or this thread is just to call me back from afar. You know I have both of them all the time. The flat is excellent at singles, convex works better for doubles. OK - maybe only for me :smile: I mean the shot is nicer looking when I use convex for my ...
by coffeeowl
Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: triple basket update
Replies: 25
Views: 5497

Re: triple basket update

WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Sure it is my only chance to get one - that one remains :grin: :bounce:
by coffeeowl
Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: triple basket update
Replies: 25
Views: 5497

Re: triple basket update

michael wrote:if you reach me on the list, i would definitely take a triple 8)
Me too :bounce:
by coffeeowl
Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: What made you pick the Vivaldi (if even), and not an E61?
Replies: 42
Views: 14997

Re: What made you pick the Vivaldi (if even), and not an E61?

Niko wrote:Yeah!
Welcome back, Pawel! :grin:
chas wrote:Pawel:
The same could be said for you. Isn't this your first post in six weeks? Welcome back, too!
Thanks... :color:
specialy that... today is exactly one year of my Vivaldi happiness :clock:
by coffeeowl
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: What made you pick the Vivaldi (if even), and not an E61?
Replies: 42
Views: 14997

Re: What made you pick the Vivaldi (if even), and not an E61?

Double boiler, excellent temperature stability, hot water tiger, wise boiler volumes and power, and the group design - in short, it works perfect for me, I have to really put effort to spoil the shot (though I'd like a better grinder then the mini I have, mainly because I run it per shot - hoperless...
by coffeeowl
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: Post Installation Discussion on Programmable Preinfusion
Topic: Pre-infusion After 6-8 Weeks
Replies: 38
Views: 7462

Re: Pre-infusion After 6-8 Weeks

From the review at h-b it looks like p/i promotes taste to be clearer, or not-muted. Did you too have some similar experience? I found shots pulled on my Caravel (lever gravity machine) to resemble that too; I mean Vivaldi's doubles could taste a bit muted compared to shots from that machine. On the...
by coffeeowl
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Pump Noise - Air in the Lines?
Replies: 6
Views: 1320

Re: Pump Noise - Air in the Lines?

I'm starting to think it's a kind of a flew or similar disease.
Have you read the posts in 'in warranty problems' in the s1vII section?
Now mine inlet pipes are resting on the shovel and the problem disappeared...
by coffeeowl
Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Post Installation Discussion on Programmable Preinfusion
Topic: Pre-infusion After 6-8 Weeks
Replies: 38
Views: 7462

Re: Pre-infusion After 6-8 Weeks

Weska wrote:That's a good-looking one.
Thank ya! :grin:
Seems to resemble a juicer from my childhood in styling.
:lol:
The orange color and hand on top of the boiler. Mine is grey, I told you.
I appreciate your attempt to make sure that I don't miss out on a good thing.
:angel7:
by coffeeowl
Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: Post Installation Discussion on Programmable Preinfusion
Topic: Pre-infusion After 6-8 Weeks
Replies: 38
Views: 7462

Re: Pre-infusion After 6-8 Weeks

What is a Caravel, coffeeowl? Well I just had to do it. Have a look here . Mine has grey body. I'd get it even if I already had Electra :grin: My case is heavy :mrgreen: :smile: p.s. Have yet to get a hand grinder for its company ... and W I F E ! 8) p.s.s. Weska, in Moscow there's something specia...
by coffeeowl
Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: Post Installation Discussion on Programmable Preinfusion
Topic: Pre-infusion After 6-8 Weeks
Replies: 38
Views: 7462

Re: Pre-infusion After 6-8 Weeks

I am not sure I am getting better quality coffee but it didn't degrade either. On the other hand losing the streamers from the Necked PF is enough for me to be happy with it. The next toy we all need is a transparent PF so we can see the actual coffee flow in a variety of circumstances. :cheers: No...
by coffeeowl
Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Water flow through the group screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Re: Water flow through the group screens

I don't know really. Definitely it has something to do with the vibrations of the inlet line. If it vibrates smoothly, then the flow is even. I checked the valve - it is open. Everything looks the same as it was. If there was a bubble it should get pumped through, anyway I can't imagine how it would...
by coffeeowl
Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Versalab or Robur?
Replies: 4
Views: 1775

Re: Versalab or Robur?

I don't have the big bucks at the moment, but after reading several grinder threads on h-b and after I gained some more experience with my Mazzer Mini (run hopeless again, its throat having locked with a Mazzer 53mm plastic tamper) I conluded that a Robur would be better, though it costs more.
by coffeeowl
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Versalab or Robur?
Replies: 4
Views: 1775

Versalab or Robur?

Discussion time comes.
by coffeeowl
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Water flow through the group screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Re: Water flow through the group screens

I have no idea. It looks completely crazy.
by coffeeowl
Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Water flow through the group screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Re: Water flow through the group screens

Quite surprising solution to my problem... While the group was operating I lifted the water inlet tube up and noticed that the pump sound changed to smoother. Then I put the inlet on a thick showel - now the pump goes much much smoother and the water flow is even!
I would never think of that myself.
by coffeeowl
Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Preinfusion
Replies: 6
Views: 15886

Re: Preinfusion

mmm this silence after the click sounds intriguing... :) :wink: :D
by coffeeowl
Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Water flow through the group screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Re: Water flow through the group screens

Yes I did. In fact I do it regularly, however I'm too lazy to do it every evening (or shall I say everynight - I have a go before bed quite often). The problem started when I first turned off the machine for a week, when I was away from home. My mistake was that I didn't do caffiza before turning it...
by coffeeowl
Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Water flow through the group screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Re: Water flow through the group screens

If so, what to do?
Anyway..., would something stuck in the water pathway affect the water flow through screens? I thought it's the machine's need for caffiza showing up.
Would you be willing to make a video of water flow with no portafilter in the group? (please :) )
by coffeeowl
Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Water flow through the group screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Water flow through the group screens

Hi! I noticed that water flow through the group screens differs each time I pull water with portafilter removed. I started paying attention to it when I noticed some not-so-even extractions. First I thought I needed a good chemical backflush, but that didn't help. At times the flow is even, but usua...
by coffeeowl
Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Diffusion Block
Replies: 9
Views: 2412

Re: Diffusion Block

Do you have both machines from CC?
I got the bigger diffuser with mine, but mine was ordered in Poland and came from Italy.
Scroll down here and you will see pictures of both diffusers.
by coffeeowl
Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Post Installation Discussion on Programmable Preinfusion
Topic: Settings
Replies: 5
Views: 2003

Re: Settings

So far, my favorite setting for a dry process Brazil is 6 seconds of preinfusion at 30psi. I will try upping the water pressure a bit (40psi) and keep the PI time the same to see what happens. Also, I will try the same exact coffee on the two Vivaldis and compare notes on the Passive vs. Progressiv...
by coffeeowl
Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Back to an E61
Replies: 2
Views: 1452

Re: Back to an E61

Niko, is it realy that bad?
I just can't wait to hear your experience with the progressive tube. I'm not yet convinced :oops:

p.s.
your post title reminds me the beatles :D
by coffeeowl
Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: Progressive Pre-infusion Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Operational Overview
Replies: 42
Views: 11836

Re: Operational Overview

Ok, thank you. Anyway I still don't get it why there's this pressure left after the shot is ended - I mean the video by Cliff here . If you let it run from start until the end, you will see that there's a slow rump up of pressure and then the pressure is at highest level during the shot. Then the sh...
by coffeeowl
Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: Progressive Pre-infusion Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Operational Overview
Replies: 42
Views: 11836

Re: Operational Overview

Chas,

so does the water from the cylinder manage to exit the system before pulling next shot? and what exactly is solenoid? does it close the group from the water that remains in the cylinder the moment shot is ended?
by coffeeowl
Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: Progressive Pre-infusion Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Operational Overview
Replies: 42
Views: 11836

Re: Operational Overview

OK. So does anybody have the progressive preinfusion going on already? From the video Cliff posted it clearly is visible that pressure still remains (and even goes up a bit) after the shot is ended and water pushed out through OPV. Portafilter sneezle??? :shock:
by coffeeowl
Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What a difference a Niko makes!
Replies: 3
Views: 991

Re: What a difference a Niko makes!

:king:
by coffeeowl
Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 12938

Re: Consistency

As for the warmup flush, probably we'll have to make it longer, for the water will get into the tube contrary for example to an e61, correct? The rest - portafilter wiggle, backflu etc. - it will be just as on any other machine with preinfusion (I mean the gradual mechanical). You will probably hav...
by coffeeowl
Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 12938

Re: Consistency

As for the warmup flush, probably we'll have to make it longer, for the water will get into the tube contrary for example to an e61, correct?
The rest - portafilter wiggle, backflu etc. - it will be just as on any other machine with preinfusion (I mean the gradual mechanical).
by coffeeowl
Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: Progressive Pre-infusion Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Operational Overview
Replies: 42
Views: 11836

Re: Operational Overview

Niko wrote:...Oh yeah, I forgot :lol:
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL :lol:
by coffeeowl
Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:53 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 3999

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

Because the market is really thirsty for the dual boiler liquid.
Apart from the GS/3 that was like a mirage on the desert, what was around?
by coffeeowl
Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:46 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My geek setups
Replies: 16
Views: 7642

Re: My geek setups

Niko wrote:Current set up.
The wine rack is now an extension of the coffee bar.
It's not often I get my wife (far left) and one of my mistresses in the same picture :lol:
beautiful FENCE! :lol: :wink:
by coffeeowl
Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: From Krups in the closet to S1 in the garage...
Replies: 13
Views: 3940

Re: From Krups in the closet to S1 in the garage...

alsterling wrote:Pawel, nice to meet you and the others on this site. I'm just wondering, can you share your city location? Our neighbors are from Poland, (...)
I'm from Poland!
couldn't help but recognize the verse from your forum signature
:D
we need a praying smiley... or prostrating one... or both! 8)
by coffeeowl
Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Troubleshooting
Replies: 9
Views: 4639

Re: Troubleshooting

Niko,

thanks for the video! Really nice to see the pressure during backflush.

I feel sorry to hear about all this bad things happening. Take care!!! always!
All best wishes from me!

Pawel
by coffeeowl
Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: From Krups in the closet to S1 in the garage...
Replies: 13
Views: 3940

Re: From Krups in the closet to S1 in the garage...

Nice!
Nice!
Nice!
Nice!
Nice!
Wow! my first post on the forum after the changes... I like that too! :)
by coffeeowl
Thu May 22, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The Prodigal Niko Returns
Replies: 19
Views: 2821

My condolences and best wishes
Pawel
by coffeeowl
Wed May 21, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Favorite Tamper?
Replies: 108
Views: 33603

For those with wives that barely kept their sanity when the S1 and a grinder showed up on the kitchen counter, one of these might be that last straw! :pain10: my humble advice for them would be rather to stay away from mechanical autotampers... otherwise soft parts of their body may be in a danger ...
by coffeeowl
Mon May 12, 2008 1:48 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: black cat temp setting help
Replies: 30
Views: 5525

too much coffee results in seeing white mice black cats all around.
by coffeeowl
Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Help with diffusion screens
Replies: 7
Views: 1908

I can't believe it - I actually went to my machine, unscrewed them and then came back to computer to write the reply :shock: I'm sorry for misinforming you :oops:
by coffeeowl
Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Filling your Portafilter
Replies: 44
Views: 12206

I just wonder how the heck you cram 18oz in? It's all about the coffee. With some coffees you will not be able to put 18g in the portafilter. I agree. For example - best extraction with the current beans is when I put a hair less then 16g to the basket. The previous liked 15.5g and no more (at max)...
by coffeeowl
Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Help with diffusion screens
Replies: 7
Views: 1908

B goes up (I mean in contact with group).
Do a little search, you will find a thread about the configuration of the screens and how to easily match them (with hands not memory :D ) together.
by coffeeowl
Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Favorite Tamper?
Replies: 108
Views: 33603

zoey wrote:How do you like the weight of the aluminum?
I don't like it LOL! :D
by coffeeowl
Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Making your own triple basket
Replies: 26
Views: 6360

Re: Basket Update

Fred wrote:Lino sent an update to Tom and I recently. He has 50 baskets from me which would yield 25 triples if all goes well.(...)
...we'll have to keep our fingers crossed!
Fred
YEEEAAAH!!! :occasion2:
yes yes yes :coffee2: :color:
Sure I'm crossing mine right now! :)

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