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by expy98
Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Grind, Tamp, Screen bolt question
Replies: 7
Views: 5580

Re: Grind, Tamp, Screen bolt question

You've touched on a much debated topic. IME, it totally depends on your grinder and the mantra is true: grinder, grinder, grinder.

To avoid the screen bolt touching the puck, you can swap the hex bolt for a button head bolt to gain a little head space.
by expy98
Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Buying a Vivaldi II I think?
Replies: 6
Views: 1676

Re: Buying a Vivaldi II I think?

concerning "53mm will not be forgiving and will frustrate me"... IMO, the VII is not likely to be your concern. As most everyone says, grinder grinder grinder. Esp if you want to dabble with single origins and lighter roasts. You may want to invest more research into grinders before you decide...
by expy98
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: IMS basket and 53,3mm tamper
Replies: 4
Views: 12021

Re: IMS basket and 53,3mm tamper

thanks for the info. I'm tempted to try the IMS baskets as well. I currently dose 19g into the standard double basket w/out touching
the screen altho I've replaced the hex screen bolt w/ a button top to gain a mil or 2 of headspace.
by expy98
Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gasket Longevity
Replies: 32
Views: 11359

Re: Silicone Gasket Longevity

I guess it's been about 1.5 yrs and my first gasket still going strong. It does lock slightly further than initially
but each time I backflush w/ detergent, it seems to go back to the 6pm position. Perhaps it's accumulated
oil that does that. I haven't flipped it neither...
by expy98
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gasket Longevity
Replies: 32
Views: 11359

Re: Silicone Gasket Longevity

jfrescki wrote:I just bought three. I figured even if they last forever, I'll probably change them out every decade anyway :lol:
big spender!!! :-)
by expy98
Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gasket Longevity
Replies: 32
Views: 11359

Re: Silicone Gasket Longevity

still on my first gasket as well.
by expy98
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 43
Views: 14914

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

altho I have spare stock ones, order incoming. Thanks Steve.
by expy98
Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Channeling - a cure for
Replies: 4
Views: 2183

Re: Channeling - a cure for

19g in a double basket? Do you have any headspace with that much ground? Have you tried the nickel test? The most I could get is about 18g (not my preferred dose) and that's w/ hard tamping to get enough headspace. But then again it might depends on your coffee, your grinder and how fluffy the groun...
by expy98
Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: length of power cord?
Replies: 3
Views: 1459

Re: length of power cord?

to hide the excess cord , I bunch it up under the machine.
by expy98
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Preventing Scale Buildup
Replies: 2
Views: 1800

Re: Preventing Scale Buildup

hmm, exactly one month old post and no replies... I guess everybody is on vacation... I think you only can help the steam boiler, not much you can do about the brew boiler. When you steam, if you don't purge some hot water then mineral contents will build up. What I do is after I'm done using the ma...
by expy98
Thu May 16, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini Vivaldi Arrived Today!
Replies: 13
Views: 3308

Re: Mini Vivaldi Arrived Today!

you may want to try blocking off 2 holes with toothpicks, that's what I did for a while until I bought Rocket tip w/ 2 holes.
by expy98
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22071

Re: HG-One Grinder?

and I'm prone to paper cuts...
by expy98
Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22071

Re: HG-One Grinder?

it seems the only issue Doug/OE has w/ the various mods is that when folks mod their Pharos and something goes awry, they blame the Pharos instead of their new FrankenPharos. I also have the Voodoo kit and a special order 5 hole crank arm but haven't the opp to install it yet, it's been collecting d...
by expy98
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Vivaldi in White
Replies: 7
Views: 4630

Re: Vivaldi in White

brilliant! literally :-). It contrasts w/ the black and complements the buttons and LED indicators very nicely.
by expy98
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Stand By Light?
Replies: 10
Views: 3002

Re: Stand By Light?

interesting mod... mine is plugged into a power strip which is plugged into a GFCI outlet so there are 2 ways for me to turn off the blinking light but I no longer turn it off. I used to turn it off at the strip and then some mornings when I'm half awake I go to turn on the machine and it doesn't tu...
by expy98
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6932

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

or install the Voodoodaddy kit and spank no mo'...
by expy98
Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The question of power and scale
Replies: 5
Views: 2131

Re: The question of power and scale

I only make around 8 shots a day - 4 in the morning and 4 in the evening. Even my weekend consumption does not go above 12 a day. Only? I feel totally inadequate w/ my 1 shot in the AM and the occasional shot in the PM. 2 per day is my absolute limit, after that it has to be decaf. There's not much...
by expy98
Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Deeply disappointed by vario grinder
Replies: 5
Views: 2634

Re: Deeply disappointed by vario grinder

where are you located? maybe a local member could loan you something in the meantime.
If you're in the area, I can loan you a Pharos...
by expy98
Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 220VAC to 110VAC Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 2914

Re: 220VAC to 110VAC Conversion

I have the 1500w model altho my machine is only 700w. It works but rather clunky and the thing weighs a ton.
by expy98
Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 220VAC to 110VAC Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 2914

Re: 220VAC to 110VAC Conversion

I'll venture a guess that it'd be cheaper to sell your Mini and make a fellow Porsche owner happy and buy a new one to help the US economy than it is to convert it. No wrenching required and get a new warranty. Or a step-up transformer which is necessary anyway for all those vintage levers that you'...
by expy98
Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Can't descale my mini Vivaldi. A bar in the way.
Replies: 11
Views: 2893

Re: Can't descale my mini Vivaldi. A bar in the way.

a pair of long needle-nose pliers might do the trick and putting it back in doesn't require much torque (altho breaking it loose
might need more). I still would rather hacksaw a socket, easier w/ a vise. Socket is no match for $5 hacksaw.
by expy98
Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Roaster Choices for 2012
Replies: 36
Views: 8988

Re: Roaster Choices for 2012

but everybody loves Noo Noo...

I do also like the simplicity of just electric but the 1/2 lb capacity of the Hottop got old real fast. It just doesn't seem
like the 1lb Hottop will be ready anytime soon.
by expy98
Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Can't descale my mini Vivaldi. A bar in the way.
Replies: 11
Views: 2893

Re: Can't descale my mini Vivaldi. A bar in the way.

lazy me would rather measure the height of the bottom-of-cup to top-of-bar and go to local hw store and buy a socket shorter than that. Otherwise imo much cleaner to chop the socket. I would rather do a hack job on the socket instead of a more careful job on the bar but then again I'm pretty lazy. E...
by expy98
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Can't descale my mini Vivaldi. A bar in the way.
Replies: 11
Views: 2893

Re: Can't descale my mini Vivaldi. A bar in the way.

any chance you can find a short enuf socket that will fit under the bar? If not, perhaps get a thin-walled socket and have it shortened or hacksaw and file the socket.
You only need to crack it loose so it doesn't need to be super short...
by expy98
Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Roaster Choices for 2012
Replies: 36
Views: 8988

Re: Roaster Choices for 2012

I suppose you've ruled out the Huky 500 already? Electric models only?

Happy Bday!!!
by expy98
Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Your ONE favorite change to improve your coffee?
Replies: 12
Views: 4176

Re: Your ONE favorite change to improve your coffee?

the day I got the Orphan Espresso Pharos, still blissful after over a year.
by expy98
Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22071

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I pull the plug while grinder is sideways so nothing spills then turn it right side up directly over the basket/funnel. Rubber band sounds like fun but it's not only the PVC tube, it's the funnel, the burrs and the axle, grind clings pretty much anywhere it can. However, lately I get very near zero ...
by expy98
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22071

Re: HG-One Grinder?

me too, just stomp grinder on the grind pad and dose directly into basket w/ OE funnel, on top of .1g scale.
by expy98
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

I think I saw some mention of the total price of the kit around $165 or so, that's parts only. Can't find that reference now but it's best to PM Voodoo as it's possible there may be updates or change in price. I have tried it w/ both the needle bearing and w/out (thanks SYP) and altho it is better, ...
by expy98
Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

unfor there's no one place for all of his mods, it needs its own thread and sticky but this shows all the mods so far and to order you need to PM him directly. He sells the parts individually as well as the whole shebang and I believe he will also apply all the mods if you ship him the grinder, I'm ...
by expy98
Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

hmmm... not sure if you've seen Voodoodaddy's mods on the Pharos on HB. His mods address pretty
much all the common complaints w/ the Pharos. I am fine w/ the Pharos as is but those mods certainly look great.
by expy98
Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

I never use the ring. The flap is nec and I just flip one side up and pour the beans in from a basket. Never lose a bean...
by expy98
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Today's tip: Don't do this . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 2032

Re: Today's tip: Don't do this . . .

I've heard of adding butter to the beans during roasting but never heard of butter while brewing... :-)
by expy98
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Back flush procedure
Replies: 22
Views: 3925

Re: Back flush procedure

I like my BBQ too much to use that useless brush. I wonder what they were thinking w/ that brush, probably
a running joke for the factory workers on the US consumers.
by expy98
Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Back flush procedure
Replies: 22
Views: 3925

Re: Back flush procedure

and I only use my Pallo brush for the spoon end to measure out cafiza :-)
by expy98
Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Back flush procedure
Replies: 22
Views: 3925

Re: Back flush procedure

dgasmd, if the screens are that filthy, I'm wondering if you're doing any flushing/brushing/wiping after each shot or at least end of the session. I flush/brush/wipe after every shot so whether I clean the screens in a few days or a few weeks, the amount of accumulation is not too dissimilar, there'...
by expy98
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Back flush procedure
Replies: 22
Views: 3925

Re: Back flush procedure

back in the E61 days, I'd have lots of problem w/ the lever sticking, really gritty, because the cafiza granules don't dissolve readily. To avoid that, I'd dissolve the cafiza in the blind basket first before backflushing. Also, when I had other issues w/ that machine and consulted 1st Line, I was a...
by expy98
Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7582

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

Endo wrote:The Vario still is the most convenient and well matched grinder for the Vivaldi I have tried.
hmm... 3 Varios and counting and still is the most convenient and well matched? Isn't that sorta like
saying "Fiat reliability"?
by expy98
Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7582

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

can't comment on the Major as I've only used the SJ (4 different ones). Not only pumping the throat (try it w/ the SJ, you'd be amazed how much comes out), but also acid brush the throat as well. Sure it's not necessary, just dose an extra gram or 2 and don't try to get every last bit of grind out a...
by expy98
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7582

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

It blows away the Vario. In fact, since it has the 68mm burrs and no heat from the motor, I'd argue it is proabably the best grinder "tastewise" ....at any price. On the down side, it is also probably the most inconvenient grinder ever made....at any price. and not too long ago: Vario is no "achill...
by expy98
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7582

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

on the other hand, I don't think the Pharos is any worse than the repetitive pulsing the motor, brushing the chute, pumping the throat (with palm), tapping the doserless funnel on the SJ. It's sorta embarrassing having to explain why such is necessary on huge motorized grinder whereas the manual dum...
by expy98
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Espro 12oz pitcher
Replies: 8
Views: 2607

Re: Espro 12oz pitcher

maybe try:

- 6oz of milk
- purge wand for 5 secs and don't let steam build up as much before you steam
- plug 2 holes w/ toothpicks (I did that for a few months before buying one, works the same)
by expy98
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

after grinding, try bumping the grinder on the grind pad (so that the feet don't go thru the holes) a few times, that will get most of the grind to the bottom. I remove the stopper w/ the grinder sideway, then rotate grinder back upright directly over the basket (on a scale). If it's Brazil or Ethio...
by expy98
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Espro 12oz pitcher
Replies: 8
Views: 2607

Re: Espro 12oz pitcher

I assume you're using the 4 hole tip? I use 2 different 12oz pitchers, both straight walled types, and switched from 4 hole tip to 2 hole tip back to the stock 4 hole tip and thought I was happy but once I switched back to the 2 hole tip, it's been much more consistent. I steam about < 3oz. I used t...
by expy98
Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?
Replies: 7
Views: 2364

Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

or you can bend the PF spring so that it's very easy to remove the basket, which is what I do...
by expy98
Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

bowl or paper...

in my SJ days, I used a ramakin, then spoon the grind onto the basket.

The paper is actually more elegant, you just fold up the paper and pour.

neither are sexy but...
by expy98
Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

that would be annoying for sure, have you tried dumping on a sheet of paper?
by expy98
Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

discovered something this past weekend... I've read that static is likely caused by temp/humidity... used up a jar of brazil, zero static and everything fell out w/out any spanking. Then opened up a jar of Bali which was roasted a bit darker but still not to 2nd crack (showing some oil after a coupl...
by expy98
Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

it wouldn't be spanking with only 1... well that's OT :-) This morning, it seemed like every last .1g came out w/out any spanking at all, zero static cling. But every once in a while, like rain in Socal, the static cling is pretty annoying and I get a large crop circle on the counter as well as all ...
by expy98
Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Washing the Reservoir?
Replies: 4
Views: 1413

Re: Washing the Reservoir?

every couple of weeks w/ just water and sponge, no soap. also a good time to clean and apply dow 111 to the tank connector.
by expy98
Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13917

Re: Pharos

still spanking away and like it :-)
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by expy98
Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 7344

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

altho the majority of the grind is in the basket and a wipe of the screen will get rid of what's on the outside of the screen but there's some stuck in between the screens and diffuser. Assuming everyone programs the 2cups button for a short 2oz flush... at least on my machine, a little grind still ...
by expy98
Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Metal Drip Tray Mod
Replies: 57
Views: 20812

Re: Metal Drip Tray Mod

would love to see some Dzus fasteners and bypass the stock fasteners. That would serve both purposes well... That would go well w/ flames graphics too :-) Let me know when I can send you my side panels... in case you haven't heard of Dzus fasteners, I vote for the self ejecting buttons. http://www.d...
by expy98
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 7344

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

I'm gonna get ripped a new one but... I brush the screen, gasket, crevice in the group AND
wipe the screen and the group crevice.

I used to daily clean the bottomless PF, remove the PF spring and wipe it and the groove altho I don't do that anymore.

OCD? :-)
by expy98
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Metal Drip Tray Mod
Replies: 57
Views: 20812

Re: Metal Drip Tray Mod

hey I resemble that remark... mine is red and will remain red :-) Fantastic work. I gave up on a VBM to go S1, one of the primary reasons was keeping it shiny got old quick. But that tray and grate looks great. Among other things, I've come to appreciate the S1's group screens and very infrequent ne...
by expy98
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12556

Re: compak K10WBC

haha, I just made that up, thinking I'd pick the 2 extremes, the 54mm flats vs the 71mm conicals.
IMO it's like comparing a Fiesta to a Ferrari. Not saying which is better (altho I have my druthers),
just different...
by expy98
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:59 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12556

Re: compak K10WBC

I've read somewhere that the only logical upgrade from the Vario is the Robur E...
by expy98
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12556

Re: compak K10WBC

I have the vario and its cute but frankly I think it is the achilles heel in my setup. Vario is no "achilles heel". Your coffee and technique will have a MUCH bigger impact than any grinder upgrade ever will. I can't let this go w/out repeating myself again... The day I got the same-burrs-as-K10 Ph...
by expy98
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Pitcher size
Replies: 11
Views: 4058

Re: Pitcher size

ah, neat trick. But I suppose for home use, it's not much slower so mind as well steam twice, it takes but 10-15 secs with the
4-hole tip per steaming.
by expy98
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Pitcher size
Replies: 11
Views: 4058

Re: Pitcher size

what's the trick for doing 2 5-6oz capps w/ the 20oz pitcher? I'm able to get good microfoam for the first cup but the 2nd cup is less foamy, more liquidy, no matter how much I swirl the pitcher I've tried using the 12oz pitcher and same results. Of course, it's most consistent when I do them indivi...
by expy98
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: What About the Timer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2013

Re: What About the Timer?

If I didn't call the wife to turn on the machine while I'm on my way home, we'd never talk.

Save your marriage, don't buy a timer.
by expy98
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 53308

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

I agree, manual grinding isn't for everybody, nor nearly $1500 for a grinder.

Endo, at the cost of shipping, you can borrow one before you buy.

what WAF? just put it away after use. Try that w/ one that's 35 lbs with an umbilical cord :-).
by expy98
Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 53308

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

always a dissident in every thread... :-) it takes 30 revs to grind a double (14-15g) so that part is really fast (15 secs?) . Static cling is better/worse depending on the day or the coffee, sometimes it's really bad but not sure why. For the 2 shots each morning, I weigh an extra .5g per dose to e...
by expy98
Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 53308

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

or an OE Pharos for less than 1/2 the price and you can move your cabinets down at least 6"
by expy98
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: do you regularly drain water from steam boiler?
Replies: 12
Views: 3135

Re: do you regularly drain water from steam boiler?

After steaming is done, I draw about 2-3 oz, wait til it refills, draw another 2-3 oz, wait ti it refills, then power off the machine.
I use that water to brush the group screen/gasket further.

Using Endo's guide to check/clean the steam boiler, after 9 months, did not see any scaling.
by expy98
Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What's on your holiday espresso list?
Replies: 23
Views: 6563

Re: What's on your holiday espresso list?

an open boiler lever but it's likely that Santa will be late to my house...
by expy98
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Shot Timer Thread!
Replies: 24
Views: 7469

Re: New Shot Timer Thread!

I'm sure many would trade machines to help you out :-)

how about a flexible fridge magnet on first then timer on top? Gotta try that myself...
by expy98
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Shot Timer Thread!
Replies: 24
Views: 7469

Re: New Shot Timer Thread!

I use the same one as Endo's. It works great but... notice the back of that timer is curved so when first using it, it's easy to knock it off the machine when pushing the buttons. Fortunately it hasn't break yet and it's no longer falling off, unless friends come over and insist on pushing the butto...
by expy98
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Ceado E7
Replies: 56
Views: 11895

Re: Ceado E7

It looks like JohnB gave up on the Pharos before modding it to not slip? I had the same problem initially as well (and hated it) but once I added a couple of jam nuts (and now using the OE double thumb nuts), all is well as long as you don't mind the manual grinding. I prefer the manual grinding/spa...
by expy98
Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Ceado E7
Replies: 56
Views: 11895

Re: Ceado E7

I'm assuming you've ruled out the OE Pharos?

just one measly data point but once I got the Pharos, I never used the SJ (doserless mod) again for months and
finally sold it recently. For me, the pros outweighed the cons of the Pharos; couldn't say the same for the SJ so it went.
by expy98
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Malfunctioning water tank level indication
Replies: 3
Views: 1593

Re: Malfunctioning water tank level indication

just another data point...

the magnetic sensor on mine failed, tried to the magnet trick to no avail. Called CCS and
a new sensor is on its way.
by expy98
Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 53308

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

by expy98
Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Taller Feet
Replies: 14
Views: 7256

Re: Taller Feet

Thanks Peter but wouldn't want you to do any work. Be nice if I can easily fish out a stray bean now and then and practically the entire length of the power cord is sorta being sat on by the machine. Also every time the reservoir tank is moved, a few drops drip down the counter/power cord. minor com...
by expy98
Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Taller Feet
Replies: 14
Views: 7256

Re: Taller Feet

reviving really old thread...

are taller feet available? pls share pics and where to get them.

Per Chris/CCS, there are no such things.

Thanks.
by expy98
Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Orphan Espresso Dosing Funnel
Replies: 8
Views: 3825

Re: Orphan Espresso Dosing Funnel

I also use the OE funnel and mine is just slightly loose in the basket, 1mm of play sounds about right, def not a press fit.
For my use, I wouldn't want mine to be press fit.
by expy98
Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: steaming Milk
Replies: 12
Views: 2657

Re: steaming Milk

I usually steam about 2-3oz of milk at a time in 12oz pitcher and couldn't do it w/ the .9mm 4 hole tip. Plugged up 2 holes w/ toothpicks and it's just about perfect. I've tried it w/ even less than 2oz of milk in a 5oz pitcher and it seems to work ok but didn't try it more than a few times. Haven't...
by expy98
Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: does anybody know what this part is?
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Re: does anybody know what this part is?

old thread but since no definite answers yet...

I'm fairly positive that the plastic nut is to secure the power cord to the bottom of the machine.
by expy98
Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Looking at a Mini Vivaldi II
Replies: 10
Views: 2749

Re: Looking at a Mini Vivaldi II

GDK wrote: - ... and there is this - a true piece of art (not just a shiny box), which seems to have a great balance of it all, though it does not come with one group head:

http://www.laspaziale.com/S40_SELETRON_ ... LCOME.html
which has "controlled thermal differential .5C"...
by expy98
Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Seeking advice for a roaster
Replies: 16
Views: 3117

Re: Seeking advice for a roaster

I'd started w/ a Gene which was so very easy to use then switched to a HT B. At first I couldn't get consistent results, took a while until I learned how the heating element reacts to changes. IMO the ability to save profiles on the B, for me at least, has been pretty much useless. I've since replac...
by expy98
Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Rough start... brown water??!??
Replies: 43
Views: 12595

Re: Rough start... brown water??!??

ah, good point Endo. I googled for rate of rust under water and it should be slower than if not completely submerged. I was assuming that the boiler was partially filled, plenty to cover the boss/plug. If that's the case, then the rate of rusting would be about the same as a filled boiler. But if it...
by expy98
Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Rough start... brown water??!??
Replies: 43
Views: 12595

Re: Rough start... brown water??!??

Long time lurker, first time poster... but if there's that much rust buildup on a new machine, wouldn't it continue to build up at about the same rate over time as it's being used? Or is it being flushed out regularly so it's not really noticeable? I'm considering a Mini as my next and hopefully my ...

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