Search found 435 matches

by Niko
Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Happy Birthday Niko
Replies: 3
Views: 4370

Re: Happy Birthday Niko

Thank you very much, Chas!
Now I'm going to have to visit more often since John has dug me up from the grave :lol:
by Niko
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Just Another HD Video
Replies: 4
Views: 2356

Re: Just Another HD Video

Nice vid, Endo. Pours a little too fast for my taste of espresso - that one was probably too bright for my palate to handle. I like my pours at around 37-45 seconds (I know it sounds slow) but watching those long slow thick pours gets my heart rate going before I even begin drinking :bounce: I did n...
by Niko
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New Chris Coffee S1 Videos
Replies: 9
Views: 5604

Re: New Chris Coffee S1 Videos

Wow, sounds serious....hope he feels better soon. :-(

Plenty of rest does miracles for the body, not sure if Chris is the "resting" type since he's such an intense person (I mean this in a good way).
by Niko
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New Chris Coffee S1 Videos
Replies: 9
Views: 5604

Re: New Chris Coffee S1 Videos

BobUSN wrote: Anyone hear how Chris' back is doing?
Huh?
by Niko
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Oton's Coffee Set Up
Replies: 40
Views: 18352

Re: Oton's Coffee Set Up

I think that carbon fiber toilet looks better than the Dalle Corte :lol:
It also processes coffee (one way or another) :lol:
by Niko
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Back Flush
Replies: 33
Views: 14494

Re: Back Flush

Not sure but the naked does not have a really good fit with the rubber disc when I used it - this was a few years ago so maybe it was operator error :lol:
I know for a fact that the full metal blind basket works great, the seal is air tight and it really backflushes with authority.
by Niko
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Oton's Coffee Set Up
Replies: 40
Views: 18352

Re: Oton's Coffee Set Up

Sounds like he needs to create a new user I.D. and change IP adress :lol:

...I can change IP's on the fly :roll:
by Niko
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Back Flush
Replies: 33
Views: 14494

Re: Back Flush

So you're using the little black rubber disc? - This is the problem since I can't get a good back flush with the bottomless PF either.
I switched to a blind basket a few years ago and never looked back. It flushes aggressively in any style of PF.
by Niko
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Crys & Bob's New Vivaldi!
Replies: 9
Views: 3389

Re: Crys & Bob's New Vivaldi!

Very nice, I get excited all over again every time I look at someone's new coffee equipment.
Also noticed in your profile that you seem to be an audiophile 8)
What's your brand of loudspeaker?
Crank up both Vivaldis (man and machine) for some music and espresso :headbang: :headbang:
by Niko
Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8571

Re: Basket Size and Taste

I think they have at least 2,500 machines out there already :grin:
by Niko
Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler pressure too high? Need insight.
Replies: 7
Views: 2140

Re: Boiler pressure too high? Need insight.

No time wasted at all ;-) Good to hear that the machine is OK right now, keep a close watch on it to make sure it doesn't get into the red zone again. If this does happen, check the steam output and see if it feels more powerful than usual - this was a sure sign when mine went into the red a few yea...
by Niko
Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:08 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler pressure too high? Need insight.
Replies: 7
Views: 2140

Re: Boiler pressure too high? Need insight.

Any news? Seems that the temp probe problem is a thing of past since they changed the design a while back. Like you mentioned, it very well could be the manometer acting up - did you notice the pressure being really high when you steam milk? Does it almost paint the walls with milk when you fire it ...
by Niko
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Speedster Porn
Replies: 39
Views: 13445

Re: Speedster Porn

Sorry John :oops:
....missed those crystals up there.

My cup collection is worth over 2 Vivaldis, I should liquidate those and get a GS3 or something :lol:
I actually love my cups more than any machine out there and yes, I cannot drink from some of them because they are worth so damn much :-P
by Niko
Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Speedster Porn
Replies: 39
Views: 13445

Re: Speedster Porn

Nice machine, John!
Very beautiful.
All you need now is some Illy Cups on it....the really nice ones ;-)
by Niko
Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8571

Re: Basket Size and Taste

It is an American thing :mrgreen:
I still drink from a bottomless PF even though spouted tastes better to me, it's not laziness - I just love watching the shot emerge from nothingness into a beautiful cup ;-)
by Niko
Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8571

Re: Basket Size and Taste

I haven't noticed any difference. I had a QuickMill Anita for a while along with the 2 Vivaldis and my shots were pretty much dead on for consistency, only thing that changed the flavors for me were the temp changes. As far puckology goes the bigger 58mm have an advantage when the shots get bigger (...
by Niko
Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Always hot?
Replies: 7
Views: 1614

Re: Always hot?

The last 3 gaskets removed themselves from my machine, they came off attached to the PF when their time came. They all had the indentation, no cracks but they were no longer rubbery.
by Niko
Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment
Replies: 56
Views: 15645

Re: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment

chas wrote:With only 7 temp lamps 91-97C, what range would they cover in F?
Not much....I was thinking the same thing. It would require a new panel and the price would definitely increase.
by Niko
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip
Replies: 34
Views: 10168

Re: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip

As to the no-burn ARM... I also hated it on the VII. I just sold it. Its too long, the angle is wierd. Endo is right, it belongs on a Quickmill/E-61. Agreed that the angle is pretty weird but it's not too long. I'm wondering if one can take a torch to it and slightly change that angle so it has a l...
by Niko
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Metal Drip Tray Mod
Replies: 57
Views: 22822

Re: Metal Drip Tray Mod

I think it looks pretty nice.
I wish there was more panel choices but it gets expensive really fast.
by Niko
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment
Replies: 56
Views: 15645

Re: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment

So far on the S1 Forum you have no strikes but you do have a pair of balls! :lol: :lol: I was wondering about that warning system. :laughing3: Bwahahahahahah Back on topic. I have little doubt that such a small difference in temp could be tasted by an aficionado. heh - my problem is I'm not sure I ...
by Niko
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip
Replies: 34
Views: 10168

Re: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip

Endo wrote:OK.....enough tip talk. Time for some espresso! :lol:
Heh heh....I just pulled a triple :grin:
by Niko
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: removing steam wand
Replies: 12
Views: 5848

Re: removing steam wand

Wow, no kidding! :shock:
by Niko
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip
Replies: 34
Views: 10168

Re: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip

The new "No Burn, 4-Hole Tip" has a very similar steaming pattern like the old "3-Hole, Burn Your Ass-Off Tip". It seems like a really nice way to tame the savage beast for people doing very small quantities of milk. It throws the pattern in an outward fashion causing a nice whirlpool rather than a ...
by Niko
Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How long did your original brew group gasket last?
Replies: 34
Views: 6874

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

Not that much.
I think it was something like $20 USD but that was a long time ago.
by Niko
Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Looking for scale recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 4551

Re: Looking for scale recommendations

I'm still using the old scale from this place: http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/my-weigh-ibalance-2600.aspx Like John said on the other scale thread I started a long time ago, you need to go to Old Will's eBay store for the better deals. Here's the other thread: http://www.s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?...
by Niko
Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Beh-no-mor II
Replies: 10
Views: 2461

Re: Beh-no-mor II

....ah, NO :roll:
by Niko
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Beh-no-mor II
Replies: 10
Views: 2461

Re: Beh-no-mor II

The HT smoke never bothers me. The only reason I don't roast in the house anymore is because the wife revoked my kitchen privileges - she even tried getting rid of the Vivaldi so I told if the machine goes - I go! Took her about 2.73 seconds to answer that one :evil: Well at least we both get to sta...
by Niko
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip
Replies: 34
Views: 10168

Re: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip

Ah I get it....make the first shot of the day with it and then switch it back to the faster tip when I wake up.
No problem, will do :thumbleft:
by Niko
Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How long did your original brew group gasket last?
Replies: 34
Views: 6874

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

That's nothing...my brass diffuser is much dirtier than that :lol: I'm just giving you a hard time about it because you posted such a nice close up shot and I couldn't help myself. The screens and diffuser get a Cafiza bath every week here and I have a spare set (including diffuser) so there's no do...
by Niko
Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:21 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip
Replies: 34
Views: 10168

Re: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip

Damn it, Endo :grin:
You're gonna' make me get one too now...if I can find that No Burn arm this weekend - I know it's buried in a drawer somewhere.
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How long did your original brew group gasket last?
Replies: 34
Views: 6874

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

Looks like you're due for a backflushing!
...with Cafiza.

...and I mean the machine, not you :lol: :lol:
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Beh-no-mor II
Replies: 10
Views: 2461

Re: Beh-no-mor II

Lots of Behmor bashing here. I'll just say I love mine. No bashing at all, it's still a perfectly good working roaster for me. The fires keep me on my toes and I haven't had one since my little chaff removing technique. What mods are you talking about besides changing the standard drum to a smaller...
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How long did your original brew group gasket last?
Replies: 34
Views: 6874

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

I just changed my 4th gasket and it's been 365 days since my last gasket. :blackeye:



Funny thing about the gaskets is they tell me when it's time, they literally fall out when they're ready to go :lol:
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Beh-no-mor II
Replies: 10
Views: 2461

Re: Beh-no-mor II

I remember Chas' fire story "Be-No-Mor". Funny thing is that my Behmor has had about 8 chaff fires already :lol: These days (yes, it's still in operation) I do the craziest thing - while it's roasting I grab the chaff tray 3/4's of the way through the total roast time and I dump the chaff and reinst...
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Looking for scale recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 4551

Re: Looking for scale recommendations

I might have to get one of those scales for my old man - he won't admit it but I think he broke the old one by placing too much weight on it! :evil:
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: Shot Pics

Will do :thumbleft:

...and just did.
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Hottop Roasting Tips
Replies: 3
Views: 1445

Re: Hottop Roasting Tips

Nope, just using the stock HT thermo built in. I had the iRoar2 rigged with the Fluke but not on this one. It works fine for me and it's consistent enough to get identical roasts back to back. I do manually cool down the HT between roasts with a Vornado fan blasting at full speed, it gets the roaste...
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Rotary Pump Upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 2657

Re: Rotary Pump Upgrade

It's been over 6 months and nobody has anything to say about these pumps?
They indeed look like a sweet ride 8)
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: Shot Pics

I'd say closer to 5 minutes. 1st C takes about 1.5 - 2 minutes to complete its thing and then once the cracks stop (or really slow down to almost nothing), the smell of the roast changes (at least in my shnozola :lol: ). This is when I cut the heating element OFF and let the roast coast for little o...
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: Shot Pics

Take the Haimi 10 seconds into a rolling 2nd crack. It comes out looking like a Full City+ (not Vienna), no oily marks or droplets at all. It pulls nice, long drippy shots that go well into the 40+ seconds without blonding. Edit: Forgot to mention - I stall the roast after 1st crack completely finis...
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: Shot Pics

Yeah! :grin:
I'm addicted to this particular Yemen for some reason. It really is an UGLY looking bean but man is it heaven in the cup!
Do you have this one, John? There's two versions with the same name - just the process is different, one is washed (me thinks) and other is dry.
by Niko
Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: Shot Pics

Nice shots 8)
I really like the 3rd pic, the shot is beading really well.

At least you have your priorities, if I can only get rid of all my photo equipment....maybe I can get a Mistral and a couple of GS3's (one for each room :grin: ).
by Niko
Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: Shot Pics

This was the stock flash on a Nikon D200. It's a very small built in flash that does the job OK for little things like this.
by Niko
Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Put Up Your Latte Art Pics!
Replies: 141
Views: 43585

Re: Put Up Your Latte Art Pics!

I think that's his way of retiring you, John! :lol: :lol:



edit:
Oops, looks like he retired himself too :-P
by Niko
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:42 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Put Up Your Latte Art Pics!
Replies: 141
Views: 43585

Re: Put Up Your Latte Art Pics!

No not yet, Endo...
I was just thinking out loud :lol:
Won't be for quite a while and when I do move on, one of the Vivaldi's will still be with me.
by Niko
Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Shot Pics

Post pics of your extractions here.
We'd love to see the Spaz in action stills.
I'll start by posting a couple from this morning.
Single farm double Ristretto (Yemen Mokha Haimi) Full City+ (94C@9BAR)
beads.jpg
beads.jpg (114.76 KiB) Viewed 4506 times
glob.jpg
glob.jpg (88.19 KiB) Viewed 4506 times
by Niko
Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:36 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Put Up Your Latte Art Pics!
Replies: 141
Views: 43585

Re: Put Up Your Latte Art Pics!

Funny you say that, I haven't made a Cappa in months :lol: ...so I pulled that one this morning. I have a question for you, Chas. If I get a new machine, will I get honorably discharged as an "S1 Traitor" if I still retain my S1's? :blackeye: Not that I'm considering one but all you traitors out the...
by Niko
Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My geek setups
Replies: 16
Views: 7634

Re: My geek setups

New kitchen remodel.
Good thing the VII got to stay since every other appliance went out the door...
by Niko
Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Put Up Your Latte Art Pics!
Replies: 141
Views: 43585

Re: Put Up Your Latte Art Pics!

.
by Niko
Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Close-up Extraction Video
Replies: 16
Views: 6004

Re: Close-up Extraction Video

I never distribute. Just dose and tamp. I actually think the WBC should remove points every time a Barista touches the grounds. :lol: Who started this gross finger thing anyway? You always crack me up, Endo :lol: Don't get me wrong, that's a BEAUTIFUL shot you pulled - I know some guys that would K...
by Niko
Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Close-up Extraction Video
Replies: 16
Views: 6004

Re: Close-up Extraction Video

Probably because we're pulling Ristrettos?
I really prefer a nice super tight triple ristretto over anything and those babies run on upwards to about 50 seconds for me :shock:
The flavor hits me fast and hard - just what I need in the morning.
For doubles I use 15g and triples are 20g.
by Niko
Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Close-up Extraction Video
Replies: 16
Views: 6004

Re: Close-up Extraction Video

My shots are never under 30 seconds. The tastiest for me are around 39-41 seconds if you want to be exact :lol: Nice video, the shot looks like it channeled a bit in the beginning, IMO it probably needed a little more distribution in the sides of the basket before tamping. All in all a very decent s...
by Niko
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: All My Tips
Replies: 14
Views: 5470

Re: All My Tips

There is a reason, Evan.
...drink more coffee! :lol:

My favorite tip is the .9mm 4-hole (for small quantities) and the larger badness for the jug sized portions. Not sure what my collection of tips is up to (too scary to find out) but it certainly isn't like Endo's.
by Niko
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip
Replies: 34
Views: 10168

Re: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip

Well?!
How does it steam guys?
You probably don't have it yet.

...anyways please do post your findings so I can order a bunch of them for all my Vivaldis :lol:
by Niko
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Brew pressure gauge acts much different on VII than Vi
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

Re: Brew pressure gauge acts much different on VII than Vi

Yeah! 8)

I may be a Caffeinus Dissapearus - no wait....I mean a "Caffeinus Reappearus" :lol:

....but I ain't no S1 Traitor! (yet)

I see you're up to your old tricks, Chas.
Love the old avatar you brought back, I saw it and I just had to reappear.
by Niko
Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Brew pressure gauge acts much different on VII than Vi
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

Re: Brew pressure gauge acts much different on VII than Vi

highstrings wrote: Oh the memories of refubishing/upgrading the old S1...makes me wish I still had it so I could have two Vivaldis.
I still have both! :grin:



....in fact, the only thing missing is my 2500+ posts :lol:
by Niko
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Vivaldi Pheonix
Replies: 14
Views: 11034

Re: Vivaldi Pheonix

Very impressive work ;-)
You not only saved some dough, you gained experience on working inside these machines :thumbright:
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: $14 Triple Baskets!
Replies: 33
Views: 12412

Re: $14 Triple Baskets!

JohnB wrote:...Can't say I'm a big fan of straight triples, at least not with my current espresso but they do perk up a latte.
ahem...he meant, long Cappuccinos folks :lol:
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Side Panels?
Replies: 19
Views: 6670

Re: New Side Panels?

Yeah!
Where's the fun in that?!
My VII panels are no problem, it's those damn panels on my older machine :twisted:
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: Progressive Pre-infusion Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Pre-infusion Arrives (now with videos)
Replies: 21
Views: 8985

Re: Pre-infusion Arrives (now with videos)

I think you need to "accidentally" turn it back on :evil:

:lol:
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: $14 Triple Baskets!
Replies: 33
Views: 12412

Re: $14 Triple Baskets!

Great post, John :thumbleft: Also good advice to not mention what they'll be used for ;-) The ring of grinds on the very outer part of the puck should be no problem. Maybe P/i will help eliminate any issues for some folks but good old fashioned distribution and proper tamping should be fine. Or, a n...
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Progressive Pre-infusion Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Pre-infusion Arrives (now with videos)
Replies: 21
Views: 8985

Re: Pre-infusion Arrives (now with videos)

Maybe it's more forgiving, not sure since I didn't have any problems with before. Guess I'm used to it after a few years without but I must say it's the flavors that does it for me. I probably would've switched to my E61 machine for straight shots again if it wasn't for the P/i on the Vivaldi (final...
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Volumetric Dosing...NOT!
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

Re: Volumetric Dosing...NOT!

The only thing the volumetric dosing is good for is to cut off the shot incase someone distracts you with a phone call or something like that :lol: I have my buttons programmed for 2oz and 4oz (of coffee) so the blank shots (of water) are larger. The single cup button is my larger capacity since the...
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 121212

Re: HotTop or Gene Cafe?

I roast in a very similar situation like you, in the garage with the same 2-door ventilation thingy going on. Get the Hottop. :grin: You won't be disappointed. 8) And yes, the Hottop SMOKES LIKE A DEMON in hell. So make sure you don't sit there inhaling all the fumes (like I do), keep those doors op...
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:39 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Side Panels?
Replies: 19
Views: 6670

Re: New Side Panels?

Metal side panels might be even more painful to install than the plastic ones. The current ones have a little give so they'll bend a little when you install them. I couldn't imagine the metal being any easier :scratch: But hey, I agree with you - I'd love to have some metal ones and I'll be a guinea...
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: LaSpaziale logo anything???
Replies: 21
Views: 5877

Re: LaSpaziale logo anything???

I printed the entire catalog and bound it :grin:
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:32 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: 7 Day programmable timer instal help
Replies: 9
Views: 3663

Re: 7 Day programmable timer instal help

I think John has the best timer.
I'd get a PS3 instead of the Xbox since you can play Bluray movies on it ;-)
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Favorite Tamper?
Replies: 108
Views: 33579

Re: Favorite Tamper?

How come this post has over 7000 views? :shock: There are only 300 members! This is about as exciting as staring at a gear shift knob. (I just don't get it). A tamper is about the closest thing that will get your soul in touch with the coffee :lol: I can never have too many of them :grin: I kept br...
by Niko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:22 pm
Forum: Progressive Pre-infusion Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Pre-infusion Arrives (now with videos)
Replies: 21
Views: 8985

Re: Pre-infusion Arrives (now with videos)

Nice videos, Endo!
:thumbleft:
It seems a little awkward to hear a vibe pump inside a Vivaldi after living with the rotaries for a few years. Nice to finally hear one roar in a video. Thanks for posting the links.

So what do think of the P/i since you've lived with it for about a week?
by Niko
Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Failing Pump
Replies: 12
Views: 4422

Re: Failing Pump

Thanks, John...
Now I remember that thread :-P
I'll see what I find and post back. Funny thing is that the E61 machine that is a backup to that machine just went down too :evil:
...when it rains, it pours :lol:
by Niko
Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Failing Pump
Replies: 12
Views: 4422

Re: Failing Pump

I don't get to spend much time on this machine, it was relocated and I installed it two years ago and haven't checked anything on it since. These machines are very reliable if you do your part to maintain them. Removing the pump for a checkup is very easy, hardest part is looking for the long screw ...
by Niko
Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 44645

Re: Basket Improvements

I just checked all 6,359 baskets I own and only one is slightly off-centered :lol: But seriously, out of the many baskets (lost count) only one is moronically off centered as if the dude stamping them was hung over from the previous nights red wine tasting tournament. As for John's basket, you shoul...
by Niko
Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Failing Pump
Replies: 12
Views: 4422

Re: Failing Pump

Good info, guys.
As for checking the other machines I have, every year I change the filters - the pumps do get popped off for a quick check. The other Vivaldis were fine and this one just started acting up about a month ago.
So has anyone else changed the bearings on the motor?
by Niko
Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Failing Pump
Replies: 12
Views: 4422

Re: Failing Pump

I'm still around, been on vacation and then hit the ground running to play catch up since I returned.
I haven't looked closely at the motor yet, can the bearings be replaced without removing the motor? I do not look forward to removing that beast :lol:
by Niko
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Failing Pump
Replies: 12
Views: 4422

Failing Pump

We can add another pump to our list. This time it's from the 3rd Vivaldi (yes, we have a 3 third in the family :roll: ). The machine is 4 years old (5 according to the sticker) but it's been in operation for only 4. Here's a pick with more to follow, the motor is very noisy so a good cleaning and re...
by Niko
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:08 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Shot Timer Thread!
Replies: 24
Views: 8532

Re: New Shot Timer Thread!

I'll use any timer to cover up the "S1" logo, it's not ugly anymore - it's just plain HUGE :lol:
I still use that first timer that John posted a link to, it's small but I still manage to launch it off the machine whenever I'm in a hurry.
by Niko
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:03 am
Forum: V2 Controller Board Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Flash firmware in VI
Replies: 21
Views: 7941

Re: Flash firmware in VI

I think you should do the upgrade, Weska :grin:
It's nice to finally know that someone has done it! :thumbleft: Nice one, NEC!
by Niko
Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: S1 General Q&A
Topic: Newb,,, How does it hold together???
Replies: 54
Views: 10800

Re: Newb,,, How does it hold together???

John is right, fiddlefly.
Only use good beans, really good beans will give you good results. ;-)

As for roasting your own, you know what to do....hit up that other part of the forum for roasting threads :blackeye:
If you're not information-overloaded already :grin:
by Niko
Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: Post Installation Discussion on New Temp Offset Option
Topic: Temp offset affect on output
Replies: 7
Views: 3523

Re: Temp offset affect on output

Chas was measuring temps with an inexpensive temp probe from his Fluke meter (I think it was the probe that ships with the meter). Only thing is that you not only need a Scace (if you buy one) - but you also need a decent meter to measure the temps. It doesn't have to be a Fluke (about $200) but som...
by Niko
Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 12068

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

Yeah! ...except my wife is almost 6ft tall and packs a mean left. :lol: Actually she's a graceful 5'11" with a ramp model-like strut so I'll stay out of the kitchen for now. But you're right, John - the garage is Man Town and I still have the height and weight advantage :violent1: ..and roasting in ...
by Niko
Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: S1 General Q&A
Topic: Newb,,, How does it hold together???
Replies: 54
Views: 10800

Re: Newb,,, How does it hold together???

You must be shaking from this information overload, fiddlefly :lol: I'm afraid to add anything, you might explode. Only other thing I can think of is help with removing the old group gasket, make sure the machine is hot while trying to perform this. I don't mean this as a practical joke (to burn you...
by Niko
Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini Boiler Precautions
Replies: 23
Views: 3378

Re: Mini Boiler Precautions

Wish I had a Zass Turkish mill.
Anyone wanna sell one? :roll:
I know you two would never part with yours (neither would I) but I'd like to get one some day. :mrgreen:
by Niko
Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 12068

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

JohnB wrote:She just loves to make me happy. Don't all wives :?:
mmm...not really :lol:
I was banned from roasting in the house, she's now looking into banning me from roasting in the garage as well.
This is cruel and unusual punishment. :blackeye:
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: S1 General Q&A
Topic: Newb,,, How does it hold together???
Replies: 54
Views: 10800

Re: Newb,,, How does it hold together???

You probably need to change the group gasket.
The link below will show you, just change the selection to S1 from the dropdown menu:
http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/hom ... roupgasket
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi II in Europe
Replies: 3
Views: 1265

Re: Vivaldi II in Europe

Hi Kim,

Welcome to the forum! :notworthy:
Let us know how it goes :thumbleft:
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini Boiler Precautions
Replies: 23
Views: 3378

Re: Mini Boiler Precautions

Cheers :occasion5:
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 12068

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

chas wrote: John's VII Timer = Sugar Mama + Alarm Clock
:evil4:
:mrgreen:
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini Boiler Precautions
Replies: 23
Views: 3378

Re: Mini Boiler Precautions

The Mini and Maxi names are kind of cute :-P I wouldn't carry a 62lb pig to someone's house for a party, that's pretty extreme. Although I did lug a QuickMill Anita to a friend's house for a party once, I wouldn't do that again especially with a Mini Vivaldi since it's about 15lbs heavier. I know wh...
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 12068

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

You don't really lose anything, Jason. The B model is more manual control but it has it's built-in auto roast profile as well, some purists swear by the B model but I prefer having all the program options of the P. You can create and store more profiles with the P but I'd certainly look into the B m...
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:41 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini Boiler Precautions
Replies: 23
Views: 3378

Re: Mini Boiler Precautions

JohnB wrote:When did the S1 become the "Maxi"? Am I the only one that hates that name?
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Did I damage my pump?
Replies: 4
Views: 2193

Re: Did I damage my pump?

Air always gets into the system whenever I change the filters, it works itself out pretty quickly. You don't have anything to worry about.
by Niko
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 12068

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

:lol: I'd somehow try and get a Hottop, it's certainly my favorite for control. The Gene ain't bad either but at that price you can get a Behmor with a three month supply of beans (300lbs) :lol: Here's my list in order of favorite (and why): 1. Hottop -- control, quality of roast, cooling, sound 2. ...
by Niko
Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Cup Blockage?
Replies: 7
Views: 1523

Re: Cup Blockage?

I think porcelain cups act as a heat sink, they absorb all the heat and dissipate up into the air. So it's probably a good idea to put a few cups on the warmer. I usually have about 16-20 cups on mine, 16 espresso and 4 Cappas - mostly porcelain, sometimes glass Illy's. I always cover them with a do...
by Niko
Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: ...Or Behmor???
Replies: 119
Views: 26723

Re: ...Or Behmor???

Option A/ Toss burning $920 roaster out onto pavement & watch smashed roaster turn to scrap Option B/ Have fire extinguisher standing by & spray burning $920 roaster if necessary Tough call but I think Option B sounds more appealing. Sorry I wasn't clear... I meant watch the Behmor Burn Video :lol:...
by Niko
Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Moisture in Pressure Gauge
Replies: 2
Views: 1943

Re: Moisture in Pressure Gauge

Aye John, did you change it yet?
Was it pretty painless?
I've never had to change a gauge yet, crossing my fingers...
by Niko
Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: ...Or Behmor???
Replies: 119
Views: 26723

Re: ...Or Behmor???

So I take it this is why we have to dump the chaff tray on the Hottop before it will turn on again?? Sounds like roasting in a 250 year old wooden home might not be the best idea. No, definitely not a good thing :shock: The Hottop isn't as prone to chaff fires as the Behmor but still is extremely d...
by Niko
Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Latte Art
Replies: 21
Views: 8978

Re: Latte Art

It looks like an IPA style, John.
Nice cup ;-)
by Niko
Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57509

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

I actually whole-heartedly meant the comment about Pre-infusion on the Vivaldi. I really was thinking about another machine with pre-infusion for that feature since I really missed it on my Anita. Yes, I was really thinking about shelving the Vivaldis but CC came to the rescue. I'm good for another ...
by Niko
Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: ...Or Behmor???
Replies: 119
Views: 26723

Re: ...Or Behmor???

My Behmor caught on fire 2 nights ago. It was a gnarly chaff fire that had flames and everything, I had to open the doors (in the garage) and got the heat gloves on (just in case) and waited for the flames to die down. The smoke was hellacious and it finally calmed down after a couple of minutes. It...

Go to advanced search