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by NewEnglandCliff
Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: What should I do to my S1V1?
Replies: 13
Views: 3566

Re: What should I do to my S1V1?

So awong, how did this all go for you?
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Automatic Boiler Off on Power Up
Replies: 4
Views: 4143

Re: Automatic Boiler Off on Power Up

Thanks for the update. I think that'd be an even more desirable feature with those having the new timer now, if they only make espresso. The machine will be on and waiting for you when you get home from work, for example, but unnecessarily using power or creating excess heat. I don't have one. For m...
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: V2 Controller Board Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Flash firmware in VI
Replies: 21
Views: 8376

Re: Flash firmware in VI

So that's Moscow, Russia? Should have guessed from your 220v reference in your signature. Wonder if this board will work with 220v.

BTW, we've got all the same "stuff", except for the roaster. Probably have just as many sets of long johns, too.
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: S5 Steam Arm Photos
Replies: 23
Views: 9251

Re: S5 Steam Arm Photos

Another hobby I can't afford.
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: S5 Steam Arm Photos
Replies: 23
Views: 9251

Re: S5 Steam Arm Photos

Did I spot an Omega Seamaster?
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: V2 Controller Board Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Flash firmware in VI
Replies: 21
Views: 8376

Re: Flash firmware in VI

I think it's these long Newengland winters more than any desire to trailblaze that fuels my restlessness (a hand grinder and flame heated vac pot sure came in handy when the power was out for 11 days). The V1 boards cannot be reprogrammed so you have to buy a new board. The retail from Chris Coffee ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:08 pm
Forum: V2 Controller Board Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Disassembly differences from site guide
Replies: 2
Views: 2104

Disassembly differences from site guide

My S1, which was built in January of 2004, has some differences in construction which might be useful for some. Perhaps this should be moved to a different area, but I was doing the controller board upgrade when I noticed this. The disassembly instructions Chas posted in his guide to swapping the co...
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: V2 Controller Board Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Flash firmware in VI
Replies: 21
Views: 8376

Re: Flash firmware in VI

Exactly.
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Beautifying the S1
Replies: 13
Views: 2744

Re: Beautifying the S1

I don't understand the problem people are having with the S1 logo. Have you seen it in person? It's very well done. I think it looks great. The whole machine looks classic. I think those who haven't actually seen one would be impressed. The plastic is not cheap and doesn't make it look cheap at all....
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: V2 Controller Board Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Flash firmware in VI
Replies: 21
Views: 8376

Re: Flash firmware in VI

I have a VI which I bought in January of 2004. I spoke with Chris at Chriscoffee and he explained the board upgrade would work fine with the original temp. probe. I just completed the upgrade and everything works fine. I did not get a new gauge, having the portafilter brew pressure gauge already. I ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Favorite Tamper?
Replies: 108
Views: 35475

Heard about Barefoot but didn't have the time to get there.

There are a lot more good pubs in the Boston Area than coffee houses. And the best cheese shop in the country!
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: triple baskets
Replies: 22
Views: 7173

gdahl wrote:My tamper fits snugly but can't go in much deeper than it is supposed to...

Gary Dahl
That's perfect! The tighter the fit, the less channeling you'll get. Scott Rao of Esselon Cafe in North Hadley, Mass first demonstrated this for me on his Kees Van Der Westen Mirage.
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Favorite Tamper?
Replies: 108
Views: 35475

Hey Niko, thank you and your welcome! You've read several of my posts, eh? Well it's safe to say I've read more of yours, almighty Extreme Supreme. You're in one of my favorite towns. Loved the Blue Bottle kiosk on Linden, and Ritual on Valencia during my last visit a few months ago. Plus all the gr...
by NewEnglandCliff
Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Favorite Tamper?
Replies: 108
Views: 35475

Hey Chas, thanks for the site! Not sure I ever expressed that.

Happy Holidays,

Cliff
by NewEnglandCliff
Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: triple baskets
Replies: 22
Views: 7173

You did? How did it turn out? Was it $45?
by NewEnglandCliff
Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:29 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Favorite Tamper?
Replies: 108
Views: 35475

I probably have 15 pricey tampers, but the one I use all the time is this "Classic Nuss" walnut tamper made by Joerg Rexroth of Concept Art in Germany (www.concept-art.de). It's all walnut and pretty light. While he does offer a 53mm tamper, this one he custom sized to my exact basket dimension and ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:10 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 1/4" or 3/8" water line?
Replies: 16
Views: 5378

Is anybody with an accumulator getting leaking from the expansion valve (Jeff, got your response at HB, thanks)?
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Milk Steaming
Replies: 69
Views: 29601

HooHaw wrote:When you folks say '2% milk' is that like '98% fat-free milk'?
Yes, that's correct. Of course the other 2% is 100% fat.
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:05 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Villiage Idiot of Espresso needs S1 assistance!
Replies: 40
Views: 11203

Susan, yes you can consistently make bad espresso with great coffee and an expensive machine. Generally, the pricier you get, the more you need to learn as a Barista. All of the information you need has been covered in great detail at www.coffeegeek.com, and especially at www.home-barista.com. Inste...
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How to determine fine temp?
Replies: 8
Views: 2944

Congrats on your purchase! You cannot tell what your fine temp. is set at merely by looking at the lights in the normal "on" mode. It'll only show you the temp. from which you began the fine temp. adjustment. If the 95 light is lit when you power it up, and then you go into fine adjustment and 3 mor...
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Hey lino!
Replies: 5
Views: 3207

by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Hey lino!
Replies: 5
Views: 3207

Get a couple while Lino's still building them, because they're not available by any other means. You WILL notice an improvement.
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Sep 23, 2005 9:32 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Hey lino!
Replies: 5
Views: 3207

Re: Hey lino!

bobroseman wrote:I might just buy another couple of baskets and put them in a vault in case something happens to one of these.
My sentiments exactly.
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Second round of VernaBaskets...
Replies: 43
Views: 16060

The coffee I used to make the measurements of the differences between the baskets gave these results: Stock double - 17 grams Large radius triple - 20 grams Sharp radius triple - 21 grams That's 5% more coffee. If the amount of coffee is directly proportional to the length of time you run the pour b...
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:12 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Second round of VernaBaskets...
Replies: 43
Views: 16060

I've been contact with Chris from Chris Coffee about trying to get the larger of the two double baskets, and it's not so simple. Here was his most recent reply: You have to understand something, there is no such thing as filter baskets manufactured by La Spaziale or any other espresso machine manufa...
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:17 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: Second round of VernaBaskets...
Replies: 43
Views: 16060

The sharp radius baskets hold about 1 gram more coffee than the round radius baskets.
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Jul 15, 2005 4:10 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 "Triple" Basket Reviews
Replies: 17
Views: 8810

S1 "Triple" Basket Reviews

As the other VernaBasket thread is getting so long, I thought it might be best to start a new thread for actual reviews now that they're arriving. I received my final basket (my others were prototypes) and it's a nice one. I measured the capacity with a couple of different coffees and it varies quit...
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Jun 29, 2005 5:54 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

VernaBasket

Whatever the amount of coffee is that you're tamping into your stock double basket, you can expect to get an additional 4 grams with this modified basket. A traditional double is 14 grams, and a triple is 21. This is what the La Marzocco triple is said to hold and why I referred to this basket as a ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Tue Jun 28, 2005 11:17 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

dsherman wrote:I do notice that when I use Paradise Roasters my pour is closer to 28 seconds.

- Derek
Have you tried adjusting the grind to get a 45 sec. pour with the Paradise Roasters?
by NewEnglandCliff
Mon Jun 27, 2005 9:43 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

I currently pack 19 grams in my double bottomless PF, but my ideal tasting shots run to 45 seconds vs 28 seconds. Perhaps the triple basket is a goood idea and I'll email Verna Design straight away. Thanks for the info and ground work in producing the triple basket. - Derek Your welcome. When you t...
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

Yes, Lino is the one who makes Chris' naked portafilters. I'd spoken to Mary (Chris' sales chief), whom I met personally, about this project some time ago and she said they'd be interested in offering them on their site. She shipped some baskets to Lino for me, as well. You won't even need to give h...
by NewEnglandCliff
Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

I've posed that question to him and he's receptive to any requests. I don't know what the price will be, but it will certainly be less than what I paid ( guess who ate the cost of much of the setup). Still, it was probably the cheapest investment I've made to make such a welcome improvement in my sh...
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:27 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

To clarify, the double shots I'm pouring with the "triple" basket are 1-1/2oz. with not a hint of blonding; a superior pour. Regarding doppios question about the La Spaziale not having a standard size group, 58mm is not a standard. It certainly has it's proponents, but there is really no standard an...
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:47 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

Yes, there is enough room in a regular portafilter for the triple filter. It doesn't even touch the bottom. It was constructed specifically so that it would fit this way, just for the La Spaziale S1. Once the two sections are fused together there is a thin but smooth and very nearly flush weld bead ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Jun 16, 2005 4:41 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

The triple basket is made by cutting two stock double baskets at different places and then welding the two larger halves together. I'm working on some photos. Here's one showing the triple basket on the left. If you look closely you can see the cut where the 2 halves meet about a quarter inch above ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: S1 triple basket ?
Replies: 55
Views: 25054

Triple Basket

I've been using a filter basket profesionally modified by a machinist/welder. This basket holds 4 more grams of coffee or 36-40 additional beans, yet still fits into the stock portafilter handle. Filled to the bottom of the retaining spring groove (tamped), I measured the stock double to hold 17 gra...
by NewEnglandCliff
Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:07 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Old brass diffuser disk
Replies: 22
Views: 6364

All right, thank you.
by NewEnglandCliff
Sun Mar 20, 2005 11:52 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Old brass diffuser disk
Replies: 22
Views: 6364

Padillatim, care to sell a couple?
by NewEnglandCliff
Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The Bottomless Portafilters Are In!
Replies: 7
Views: 2752

The Bottomless Portafilters Are In!

The professionally made bottomless (aka crotchless, naked) portafilters Dan Kehn informed us of are in! Chris Coffee has them ready now. If you enter coupon code BPD1000 on the order form you'll get $10 off, until April 1st., for a total of $49 (free shipping). A double basket is included. Mine's on...
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Crotchless Portafilter
Replies: 23
Views: 8934

OK, thanks Johan. I'll give them a try.
by NewEnglandCliff
Wed Mar 02, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Crotchless Portafilter
Replies: 23
Views: 8934

Johan, a little off topic here. Ever since you mentioned that Impod makes their tampers in different sizes (besides 58mm) I've been trying to contact them. I want to buy two more of their tampers but they're ignoring my emails. Maybe it's because I can only write in english. Last I knew, though, eng...
by NewEnglandCliff
Mon Feb 28, 2005 10:17 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Crotchless Portafilter
Replies: 23
Views: 8934

Well that's all it is, a little more of the good stuff. Or a rich 1.5oz ristretto. Maybe some Italians would like to call this American excess. I've had some shots there that were less than 1/2oz, less than I could spit! At first I thought they were just taunting this particular american. No wonder ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:10 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Crotchless Portafilter
Replies: 23
Views: 8934

Excellent! Any word on price or availability? JUST KIDDING. Thanks for the update. Another great thing about the bottomless portafilters is they're so damn easy to clean. I'm interested. Looks like a slightly deeper basket would fit in there, even if it weren't chopped. Maybe Chris Coffee will get L...
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Crotchless Portafilter
Replies: 23
Views: 8934

Great to hear. Now who's going to craft a deeper filter basket by chopping two and welding the longer sections back together? It'd fit in a bottomless. I've been spoiled by having the choice of a triple shot (or a double ristretto) my La Marzocco triple basket provides for on my E61 machine.
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:30 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Group pressure flucuation
Replies: 12
Views: 5260

Concerning the Flojet, it cycles on and off quickly, presumably between zero pressure and full pressure. However, I don't notice any fluctuation in the water output at the grouphead. Hmmm.

Looking forward to Dan's Cimbali report.
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:01 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: channeling
Replies: 55
Views: 29887

Sure is pretty. Hope my girlfriend doesn't mind when I replace our vacation photo with this as my desktop!
by NewEnglandCliff
Sun Feb 06, 2005 12:40 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: channeling
Replies: 55
Views: 29887

I can't help you there, either, barjohn. Hey Johan, I thought you Swedish baristas were curved bottom tamper folk. My favorite tamper is made in Sweden by a company called Impod (www.impod.se). I bought one directly from the producers there a couple years ago, the Interragativo model, for an E61 mac...
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Feb 04, 2005 8:28 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Group pressure flucuation
Replies: 12
Views: 5260

Sounds good to me. Appreciate it.
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: channeling
Replies: 55
Views: 29887

I think it's that very contact between the shower screen and the coffee that CREATES channeling, in some respect, as well as less than optimum extraction. When the water squirts directly out of a sceen hole into the grounds, the pressure will be higher at that pinpoint than if it were allowed to dis...
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:56 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Group pressure flucuation
Replies: 12
Views: 5260

OK, I'll try that. I think I do recall reading about that here awhile ago.

Thank you.
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:53 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Dripping Expansion Valve
Replies: 20
Views: 9431

I've fixed the problem. Thanks.
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Feb 03, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: channeling
Replies: 55
Views: 29887

Another note on the spacing between surfaces, it's beneficial to have a slight space between the bottom shower screen and the espresso grinds. Maybe that's obvious to many, but it wasn't to me for awhile. That space allows the most even distribution, the best uniformity of the water pressure possibl...
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Feb 03, 2005 5:38 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Dripping Expansion Valve
Replies: 20
Views: 9431

I serendipitously avoided this dripping problem by plumbing mine with bottled water and a Flojet pump. When the S1 is in standby, the Flojet remains off resulting in no water pressure at all to the machine. It's very easy to do and has a few other benefits, as well. You can locate your machine just ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Thu Feb 03, 2005 5:31 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Group pressure flucuation
Replies: 12
Views: 5260

Group pressure flucuation

It was my understanding that the line pressure to the S1 influences the output pressure at the group. I assumed that the group pump pressure was adjusted for what a typical municipal water pressure would be. Since I have my S1 plumbed with bottled water supplied by a lower pressure (I assume) Flojet...
by NewEnglandCliff
Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:46 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: channeling
Replies: 55
Views: 29887

Yes, I suspect the alternate screen setup would allow fewer grinds getting up in there. With the two sreen surfaces in direct contact with each other many of the holes will be blocked.
by NewEnglandCliff
Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: channeling
Replies: 55
Views: 29887

Shower Screen Configuration

I've looked closely at all the possible screen configurations and can't see how anything could be better than the factory setup. It seems that having a little space between the brass diffuser and each of the screens, as in the factory setup, would help prevent channeling. This would allow the pressu...
by NewEnglandCliff
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:35 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Old brass diffuser disk
Replies: 22
Views: 6364

Originally I was looking for some already existing screw like that but couldn't find any. So I went to an ACE hardware store and showed them my screw, said I wanted something like that for a flat screwdriver and that doesn't rust (brass or stainless steel). Then I filed it down (works easiest with ...
by NewEnglandCliff
Sun Jan 30, 2005 12:42 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Old brass diffuser disk
Replies: 22
Views: 6364

New Screw?

Where did you get the thinner screw? Do you have any extras?

Thanks,

NEC
by NewEnglandCliff
Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Automatic Boiler Off on Power Up
Replies: 4
Views: 4143

Automatic Boiler Off on Power Up

Most of the time I make espresso only. I don't need the water boiler for that. Having the 15amp model, EVERY time I turn the machine on I have to then turn the boiler off. There should be a way to set it, optionally, where it won't turn the boiler on after startup. Then, instead of turning the boile...

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