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by JohnB
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Insulating Steam Boiler
Replies: 57
Views: 20822

Re: Insulating Steam Boiler

Not dead, only resting for 6 years! Last time I needed to remove scale from a heating element I masked it off & blasted it clean in a bead blast cabinet. Since I now control the hardness of the water going into my machines I haven't had to do that in ages.
by JohnB
Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip
Replies: 34
Views: 8735

Re: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip

Pretty typical of any No Burn wand. Buy a couple of rubber sleeves for the Burn Me wand.
by JohnB
Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 220v Machines? Mini-Vivaldi II too?
Replies: 23
Views: 5274

Re: 220v Machines? Mini-Vivaldi II too?

One of these would solve your problems cheaply: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J0CF8W4?psc=1 The 3000w version should suffice.
by JohnB
Mon May 26, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: No water from hot water tap
Replies: 8
Views: 3939

Re: No water from hot water tap

Did you wait 5 years to look in the boiler or just took that long to post the followup? :lol: My V2 is long gone but I do use the hot water function on my pump machines daily for rinsing the p/f, cups & for brewing.
by JohnB
Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

The burrs will pull together at zero so that won't tell you anything about proper burr alignment. Start at the finest grind adjustment point you use with the burr carrier locked in position (knob tight). Cut a piece of paper, cardboard, shim stock, ect. about 1/4" wide & 1" long. You want something ...
by JohnB
Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Paging Endo: How are you making out with the channeling? After revisiting the gearcase shimming last week to fine tune the inner burr alignment I'm seeing a big improvement in grind quality. I removed the stock exit funnel & now grind directly into an AeroPress funnel which sits in a 9oz Dixie Cold ...
by JohnB
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

No need to eyeball things, your finger tips are much more accurate. I loosen the adjustment knob, grab the gap between carrier and mount, and retighten. It is obvious by feel alone that there is some movement as you tighten. This doesn't surprise me since any thread by nature will have lateral play...
by JohnB
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I agree, I haven't had to play with the settings once I find the sweet spot but like Endo I wish it turned out grounds that didn't need a lot of prep. Even with WDT it can get messy. It's never going to be my primary grinder unless we are traveling in the car so it's not a big deal. I would never co...
by JohnB
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Glad to hear your alignment issues are worked out. Mine is aligned, but I still get channeling. There is definitely something different about the Rossi MC burrs on the Pharos. I'd like to try them in my HG one. I assume a carrier can be adapted to make them fit and a key way could be cut? I'll let ...
by JohnB
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I finally got my HG-one sorted out. There was serious burr contact at pump or finer settings. It turns out that part of the set up process before shipping is to place shims between the gearbox case & mount to center the small burr. Mine wasn't done & it was way off. Also if you loosen the burr carri...
by JohnB
Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Screen idea doesn't seem to work. Still getting some channeling and spritzers. More than with my Pharos or Vario. Convinced it has something to do with the lack of fines. I doubt it. I'm seeing no difference in the distribution issues between the seasoned 83mm burrs & the new 71mm burrs. Both requi...
by JohnB
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I'll tell you how much of a difference burr seasoning makes in a couple days. As I mentioned I have a well seasoned 83mm burr set coming but UPS decided to send them to Ky. for a day so I won't see them until Friday now.
by JohnB
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Anyone else seeing a big reduction in static after a week of use? My problem blend now comes out with almost zero retention after giving it a couple light RDT mists. Previously the mists had no effect. Of course it's also warmed up in the past few days so it's hard to nail down what has caused the i...
by JohnB
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I agree, compared to the Pharos the HG is a delight to use but the static thing does suck. I'm providing feedback to Craig & Paul to see if we can come up with a solution. Cold & dry here also plus I heat with a woodstove. Anything that cures the static problem here will cure it anywhere.
by JohnB
Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Nice to see the static isn't just a 71mm issue. :lol: I've found that it is very blend/bean dependent. One blend I have contains Monsooned Malabar & robusta. Roasted lightly into 2c so just a hint of oil here & there. Even with the RDT misting it's such a static mess I won't run it through the HG-on...
by JohnB
Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.
Replies: 16
Views: 4251

Re: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.

There are a few photos here: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=486 Once you get in there it's all pretty obvious.
by JohnB
Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.
Replies: 16
Views: 4251

Re: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.

That was certainly a long wait for the pump. You could have bought it directly from the distributor but maybe there was a supply problem. The rear bearing is in the rear motor cover but shouldn't be an issue. The front one fails because water gets in otherwise they'd last many years with the limited...
by JohnB
Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: A bit of a surprise...
Replies: 14
Views: 6550

Re: A bit of a surprise...

It's been almost 5 years with no new posts so I'm guessing the issue has been fixed. Even if it hasn't if this is the worse problem you run into with any new machine you should be thankful as it is easily & cheaply fixed.
by JohnB
Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.
Replies: 16
Views: 4251

Re: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.

The o'ring seal should be reusable as long as it's not deformed.
by JohnB
Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 52823

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Hope they've finally debugged the design. A friend just bought one as his first real grinder. He bought it from CCS so I hope he got the latest version. I'll have to ask if his came with the burr tool. From what I've read they tightened up the tolerances so much you can't get the burr out without a ...
by JohnB
Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I'm still interested in comparing. I bought both burr mounts for an extra $85, and I have a friend with some 71mm burrs, so I might do a 3 way comparison with the 68mm Pharos. Kind of my own "Titan hand grinder" project. :lol: Unless those 71mm burrs are from one of the "preferred" suppliers it mig...
by JohnB
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 21792

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Just to get this thread back on track: Have you noticed that sales of the 71mm version have "finally" picked up? Maybe my posts on the Londinium Owners thread on H-B swayed a few buyers. No second guessing here, I've yet to read anything that would make me think that the 83mm burrs are a better choi...
by JohnB
Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Is the pump suppose to spin freely?
Replies: 5
Views: 1926

Re: Is the pump suppose to spin freely?

Thanks John for your replies . If not too much to ask, based on the photos above. Does it look bad to you ( both motor (before was on another thread) and pump) ? Cheers Doesn't look any worse then mine but what matters is how that bearing sounds when you spin the motor shaft & if you can feel any r...
by JohnB
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Is the pump suppose to spin freely?
Replies: 5
Views: 1926

Re: Is the pump suppose to spin freely?

The pump will have some resistance & I wouldn't expect it to spin as freely as the motor shaft. To change the motor bearing you will have to remove the two bolts holding the front & rear covers in place & pull off the front cover which holds the bad bearing. Once the cover is off you should be able ...
by JohnB
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5324

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

My GS3 has the most "interesting" factory insulation I have ever seen. I guess it could be considered the Max Frugal approach. Only the top half of the steam boiler is insulated. Since the boiler is horizontal perhaps that is good enough. That's exactly what Kees did with the Speedster. A layer of ...
by JohnB
Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5324

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

When I insulated the steam boiler in my S1V2 I saw a 42% reduction in heat cycles & the cup warming area was much cooler. Ended up covering the cup area with a hand towel leaving the front section exposed for cooling. I used K.O. Wool which is designed for insulating boilers. I don't think I'd want ...
by JohnB
Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:44 am
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Roaster Choices for 2012
Replies: 36
Views: 8848

Re: Roaster Choices for 2012

It's well past the vaporware stage but you are right, Michael said their target buyer is a small cafe that wants to roast their own beans. I'm sure you'll be happy with the Quest, most buyers are. Can you roast indoors with it?
by JohnB
Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Roaster Choices for 2012
Replies: 36
Views: 8848

Re: Roaster Choices for 2012

Evidently you missed this part of my post:
JohnB wrote: & a fully manual mode so you can roast back to back if you choose as you have complete control.
by JohnB
Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Roaster Choices for 2012
Replies: 36
Views: 8848

Re: Roaster Choices for 2012

I would love the 1 lb Hottop and would be willing to wait 6 months if I knew it was coming, but after years of waiting, I've now given up. It is coming so be patient. Spoke with Michael at HTUSA recently & he says they are doing UL testing which can take 5 months. He said all the molds/castings are...
by JohnB
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 9 bar or 11 bar?
Replies: 14
Views: 5506

Re: 9 bar or 11 bar?

By the way, I never asked you....what do you think of your Cremina compared to all you other machines? I like it but I also like the Strega. As with most of these levers I think there is too much Kool-Aid drinking going on. They are both capable of producing a very nice shot if you get everything r...
by JohnB
Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 9 bar or 11 bar?
Replies: 14
Views: 5506

Re: 9 bar or 11 bar?

I don't think there is any confusion on Bezzera's part. Having the max pressure set to 11 bar doesn't prevent you from pulling a shot at 9 bar but having the pressure maxed out at 9 bar would certainly limit your options with a vibe pump.
by JohnB
Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 9 bar or 11 bar?
Replies: 14
Views: 5506

Re: 9 bar or 11 bar?

It's all in here: http://www.home-barista.com/reviews/bezzera-strega-second-look-t18933.html as far as the 11b p/i goes. Works very well with the lever to bring out exceptional shots especially with coffees or roast levels you might not normally use for espresso.. Concerning the video; what's the bi...
by JohnB
Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 9 bar or 11 bar?
Replies: 14
Views: 5506

Re: 9 bar or 11 bar?

Bezzera is setting the vibe pump MAX pressure to 11 bar. What pressure you are going to see at the puck will depend on the grind you are using for the particular dose although it can't exceed the OPV max pressure setting. From: http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide-machines.html "Unlike rotary ...
by JohnB
Fri May 18, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: SCAA Exposition in Portland, OR
Replies: 7
Views: 3604

Re: SCAA Exposition in Portland, OR

If you are familiar with downtown Boston it might only be awful but if not the maze of one way streets is a nightmare that I avoid at all costs. Looks like the Convention Center is only a couple blocks down from the the Seaport Center. Drop my wife at the Seaport Center for the Marathon Expo & head ...
by JohnB
Sat May 05, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: motor/pump noise
Replies: 32
Views: 17517

Re: motor/pump noise

I'm not surprised! Don't over think the motor bearing if it is bad. It's a common bearing & will probably last forever if you keep the water out of it. A larger drain hole & the grease will take care of that.
by JohnB
Sat May 05, 2012 7:56 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: motor/pump noise
Replies: 32
Views: 17517

Re: motor/pump noise

I hope you didn't drink that shot. Just a guess but the front bearing in your pump motor may be shot. Whatever the noise is it is resonating inside the machine so pushing on the side covers might quiet it down some. Time to open it up & take a look. It should be pretty obvious where that noise is co...
by JohnB
Fri May 04, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Another pump/motor failure
Replies: 28
Views: 13599

Re: Another pump/motor failure

Something is loose or touching the frame rails. What kind of noise are you getting?
by JohnB
Fri May 04, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Another pump/motor failure
Replies: 28
Views: 13599

Re: Another pump/motor failure

No, any good high temp grease will do the job if you are just coating the inside of the motor housing where the pump attaches.
by JohnB
Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: SCAA Exposition in Portland, OR
Replies: 7
Views: 3604

Re: SCAA Exposition in Portland, OR

chas wrote: I see that SCAA 2013 is going to be in Boston. I guess I can make that one. It's "only" 300 miles.
Only about 80 miles for me. Hopefully it will be at the Seaport Conv. Center which is an easy in & out. Driving in downtown Boston is a nightmare.
by JohnB
Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7461

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

Hey lets not be insulting Fiat now! They're back & building the best Chryslers in years. :grin: Meanwhile the Baratza grinders keep on breaking down.
by JohnB
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7461

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

Endo wrote: I must say my "honeymoon" with the Vario is pretty well over. I'm now on Vario #3, so that changed my opinion regarding durability.
The Baratza warranty- the gift that keeps on giving! Hope the K10 deal works out, you've suffered enough.
by JohnB
Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7461

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 du...
by JohnB
Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 16786

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

When you say that the original version was better, how can you explain that ? Could it be simply an evolution in you taste ? About a year or more back one of the main beans in the original Redbird blend became unavailable & Jeff spent quite a bit of time trying various replacements to maintain the ...
by JohnB
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 16786

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

diggi wrote:chocolate and nut notes for sure. I'll do some playing around and see what else it will do. But very happy with it.
That is pretty much it I'm afraid. No idea why Redbird is so popular as it really isn't anything special. The original version was better IMO but the current one is ok.
by JohnB
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7461

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

Endo wrote: 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.
:lol: Well at least we can agree about one thing.
by JohnB
Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 16786

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

The thin dispersion block has the holes arranged in a circle. The thicker block has holes in an offset star pattern. Mine is the star. thanks. And I've been consistently using 16g now. I do get a definate bolt pattern with this dose and the thin block. As Chas said if it has a star pattern you have...
by JohnB
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: super noisy boiler fill?
Replies: 13
Views: 4337

Re: super noisy boiler fill?

Yes, the photo, 3rd row right, at this link clearly shows the cap bracket that can touch the cross member.
s1v2/S1vsVII.php
by JohnB
Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: super noisy boiler fill?
Replies: 13
Views: 4337

Re: super noisy boiler fill?

When I had that issue I had to bend the bracket slightly to get enough clearance to prevent rattling.
by JohnB
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Preinfusion: How many of you are using it with the S1VII?
Replies: 22
Views: 7007

Re: Preinfusion: How many of you are using it with the S1VI

Too bad you sold the K10 as it sounds like the K6 is lacking in adjustment if you can't stretch out your shot times pre blonding.
by JohnB
Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Preinfusion: How many of you are using it with the S1VII?
Replies: 22
Views: 7007

Re: Preinfusion: How many of you are using it with the S1VI

I don't know what your line pressure is but it typically takes a second or more for water to even get to the puck. With 2 seconds of P/I I doubt you are accomplishing any more then no P/I would. You can get nice shots with or without P/I but the idea of pre infusion is to thoroughly wet the grounds ...
by JohnB
Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 16786

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

Bumped up to 16g today and noticed a nice improvement in shot quality. I did get the bolt pattern in the puck though. 36sec pull w/ preinfusion chamber. 42g shot. Is there a way to make more room in the basket? side note: I've seen recommended shot weights at 30g, but that would be equivalent to mo...
by JohnB
Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 16786

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

Going from memory I think you can get 18g in a stock Vivaldi basket but I think you'd be better off in the 16-17g range with the Redbird @199*F. Give the R/B 6-7 days rest for best results. Have yet to try the Blue Jaguar but there is a thread on CG you could check out.
by JohnB
Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: super noisy boiler fill?
Replies: 13
Views: 4337

Re: super noisy boiler fill?

Shouldn't be any noisier then when you are pulling a shot. If the pump is noisy all the time check to see if the upper front pump/capacitor mount is contacting the frame crossmember.
by JohnB
Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 7461

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

Did someone say K10 Pro Barista????
by JohnB
Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12418

Re: compak K10WBC

As I said before it does depend on what you are using for a blend. I can't imagine anyone not noticing a big difference when grinding a fruity single origin or blend with the K10 vs one of the large flat burr grinders. The flat burr grinders are fine for comfort food chocolate blends but you lose th...
by JohnB
Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?
Replies: 7
Views: 2334

Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

I've gotten very used to dosing directly into my baskets while popping them in and out of my bottomless PF on my Expo. Any chance there is ridgeless for the S1 or am I better off despringing it? Currently I fumble around with the dosing if I'm holding the entire PF handle to the grinder. There was ...
by JohnB
Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: I've joined the group
Replies: 17
Views: 3877

Re: I've joined the group

by JohnB
Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12418

Re: compak K10WBC

He sold the K10 to pay for the Vivaldi & according to his equipment listing he misses it. The K6 is Compaks Super Jolly. I suppose it depends on what you normally drink for espresso. I keep trying various blends in my Major but I always switch back to the K10 next shot. The Major does make a kick as...
by JohnB
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13684

Re: Pharos

I heard that some peoples complained about the pump's noise. But from what I understood, the one you have is realy quiet. Do you think it is a matter of personal perception or an issue with the machine's production ? The leverheads don't want to hear any pump noise. Mine has gotten a little louder ...
by JohnB
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13684

Re: Pharos

I believe the TOP version has replaced the Tank version so that will most likely be what you get. I know one H-B member recently ordered the TOP version through your Canadian dealer. The TOP version is the Tank version I have with the additional plumbing & parts to plumb it in if you chose but it wi...
by JohnB
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13684

Re: Pharos

It's not a great picture but I agree it is a great espresso machine that I'd like to have. JohnB, do you still have yours since you now play with the Strega (a machine that I'm planning to buy) ? The Speedster is my "leave it in the will" machine. I turn it on every morning & it stays on until even...
by JohnB
Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13684

Re: Pharos

On second thought Endo. Don't send me that thing. I swear i will put it in my 80 ton press and squish that thing flat. $1500 for a k10 sounds like a smokin deal. :grin: I've never appreciated the K10 more then the morning after I sent Pharos #21 back to OE. They (OE) or should I say, the Pharos own...
by JohnB
Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 13684

Re: Pharos

http://montoit.cyberpresse.ca/201203/08/01-4503653-cafeinomanes-a-la-maison.php#Slide-4-box-0 Look at picture number 5 Very beautiful grinder. Very nice looking grinder but I like this photo even more! http://montoit.cyberpresse.ca/201203/08/01-4503653-cafeinomanes-a-la-maison.php#Slide-3-box-0 :lo...
by JohnB
Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Washing the Reservoir?
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Re: Washing the Reservoir?

It's not a Mini but I dump & rinse my Strega's plastic reservoir under hot water every couple days. No sign of any sliminess yet so no detergent cleanings
by JohnB
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12418

Re: compak K10WBC

Cheap?? That's an $11 part!! :lol: No cracks, just some scratches I put in the plastic that the flash made look much worse then they really are.
by JohnB
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12418

Re: compak K10WBC

That's fine if you want to believe it but I've owned both & there IS a world of difference between the two. As I've mentioned before you have to take into consideration ease of use, consistency, ability to single dose, grind quality, build quality as well as what's in the cup. Use a K10 for one week...
by JohnB
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12418

Re: compak K10WBC

Vario is no "achilles heel". Your coffee and technique will have a MUCH bigger impact than any grinder upgrade ever will. Maybe but if you have good coffee & you know what you are doing which would you rather have sitting on the counter? Factor in ease of use, consistency, build quality, RELIABILIT...
by JohnB
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 12418

Re: compak K10WBC

Ya I know. I have the vario and its cute but frankly I think it is the achilles heel in my setup. Thankfully my wife likes really good quality stuff and I can see her warming up to the big grinder. For her I think its the cost.Cheers My wife was/is the same way. From the first time she saw the Vari...
by JohnB
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Problem with my Vivaldi II
Replies: 9
Views: 2773

Re: Problem with my Vivaldi II

The funny thing is once I cleaned everything up in there it never leaked again while I owned it.
by JohnB
Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 52823

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

always a dissident in every thread... :-) At half the price of an "unreliable plastic grinding device" and 1/6 the price of a same-burrs K10, I like it!!! I'm happy that you are happy but I owned a Pharos & hated it. They have improved the design since I bought mine or should I say the design was i...
by JohnB
Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 52823

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

GDK wrote:Perhaps the Vario - Pharos combo is the way to go, use the Pharos when the Vario is being fixed ;)
Sure & just think how good that Vario is going to look after a week or more of clenching/cranking/banging the Pharos to make your espresso!
by JohnB
Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 52823

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

If you single dose & don't need to use a hopper; most, if not all of the titan grinders will fit in that space. My K10WBC (worlds's finest single dosing Titan conical) stands 16" tall without a hopper if you include the knurled locking knob, 15.75" otherwise. Slide the grinder forward when you need ...
by JohnB
Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 52823

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Living in a 250 year old home I've built most counters, ect. What is considered a standard counter to cupboard clearance these days?
by JohnB
Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 52823

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Baratza Support is great. They should be able to help you with that. They must run 3 shifts in that department with all the problems their grinders have. The Vario finally seems to be sorted but now we have the Preciso stripping gears & the Vario-W woes. Never hear much about Mazzer support. :lol:
by JohnB
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The best way to look like an idiot in Italy is...
Replies: 13
Views: 4949

Re: The best way to look like an idiot in Italy is...

LM is popular over here thanks to Starbucks. Having one of their machines in every S/B put them on the map in the U.S. but I haven't been impressed with them as a company either. Took them ages to sort out the GS3 issues & they made the owners pay for most of the fixes. If you compare the LM saturat...
by JohnB
Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Tamper suggestions
Replies: 29
Views: 8172

Re: Tamper suggestions

Thanks for the reply. what would you suggest? RB? RB has some nice designs & I use my wooden handled/C Flat base RB daily. I also have a Pullman (flat base) & the KvdWesten tamper(Euro curve) that came with my Speedster. They are all slightly different in base size, have different base shapes & all...
by JohnB
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Tamper suggestions
Replies: 29
Views: 8172

Re: Tamper suggestions

I wouldn't, get yourself a nice conventional tamper as you will soon out grow the calibrated Espro. The 30lb tamp is vastly over rated & unnecessary so there is no need for a tamper that is set up for one.
by JohnB
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Wooden side panels
Replies: 12
Views: 4598

Re: Wooden side panels

The side covers are pretty but neither wood I've seen works well with the black drip tray.
by JohnB
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What's on your holiday espresso list?
Replies: 23
Views: 6489

Re: What's on your holiday espresso list?

I'm hoping that it will become my home roasted S/O machine of choice if what Jim S. has said about it is true. Just pulled a half dozen different African DP greens out of my freezer for roasting tomorrow. Hopefully by the time they are ready for use I'll have some idea of how to properly use the Str...
by JohnB
Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What's on your holiday espresso list?
Replies: 23
Views: 6489

Re: What's on your holiday espresso list?

Santa came early!!
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Sleigh broke down so he rented a truck. :lol:
by JohnB
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What's on your holiday espresso list?
Replies: 23
Views: 6489

Re: What's on your holiday espresso list?

I'm not taking chances this year, I told both my kids to forget the "surprises" & get me Gift Certificates for GoCoffeeGo. As for espresso related equipment my Strega should arrive by early Jan. :grin:
by JohnB
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: 49th Paralell Epic
Replies: 7
Views: 2599

Re: 49th Paralell Epic

I tried Redline again recently but I find it pretty boring. What's wrong with cherries? Too sour? Let it age longer? Tighter pulls?
by JohnB
Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Chris' New Thor S1 Tamper
Replies: 28
Views: 11750

Re: Chris' New Thor S1 Tamper

Still have my Thor 53mm tamper. Mine looks like the one in pic #3. I use it to prevent popcorning in my Mazzers when I single dose.
by JohnB
Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: incremental temp U/S anyone had that prob before?
Replies: 14
Views: 3851

Re: incremental temp U/S anyone had that prob before?

If you've had this S1V1 since 2007 & have never changed the control board I don't see how you could have the 0C-8C offset option which wasn't even offered on the S1V2 until summer 2009(?).
by JohnB
Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: incremental temp U/S anyone had that prob before?
Replies: 14
Views: 3851

Re: incremental temp U/S anyone had that prob before?

I tried it (cuz nothing to loose ;-) ) And bingo it worked! I have access to incremental temp adjustment now! So one question left: what mode it was in before since I don't own a V2?????!!!??? Could it be that I have access to the features of a 2008 V2 without knowing it??? I'll check the programmi...
by JohnB
Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Oton's Coffee Set Up
Replies: 40
Views: 16874

Re: Oton's Coffee Set Up

Similar issues: http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-ma ... 19625.html Lowering the water level probe sounds like a possible fix.
by JohnB
Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Oton's Coffee Set Up
Replies: 40
Views: 16874

Re: Oton's Coffee Set Up

Very nice set up!! I'm quite familiar with that devil you speak of. :twisted:
by JohnB
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Yellow Water
Replies: 11
Views: 2585

Re: Yellow Water

Could just be salt dust or something they rinse the salt with during processing. I know the softener cartridges have a strong chemical odor when you first remove the plastic wrapping so I always run plenty of water through them before consuming any of the water.
by JohnB
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Tamper suggestions
Replies: 29
Views: 8172

Re: Tamper suggestions

Thanks JohnB. So when your tamper leaves that thin wall of grinds do you pull the shot with it still there or scrape it down and work it into the puck with a polish? Yes, I pull the shot with the grounds still there. Re tapping the basket: pre tamp to settle is ok, after tamp not good. I referred t...
by JohnB
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Tamper suggestions
Replies: 29
Views: 8172

Re: Tamper suggestions

Timely question as I've been playing with the Custom fit flat base Pullman, somewhat loose (58.1mm) flat base RB & my very loose (57.9mm) KvdWesten Euro curve tampers for several weeks now. Can't say whether its the flat base vs curved base or loose fit vs tight but all of a sudden it was spritzer c...
by JohnB
Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Yellow Water
Replies: 11
Views: 2585

Re: Yellow Water

You would need to flush several (many?) gallons through your softener before running the water into your machine. Even with the 10" softener cartridge I flush the line directly into my sink through the dog leg take off until the water runs clear & then I install the carbon filter & flush that the sa...
by JohnB
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Yellow Water
Replies: 11
Views: 2585

Re: Yellow Water

I can't see how the black carbon fines would cause "yellow water". That sounds more like the softener salts. How much water (gallons?) did you flush through the softener cartridge before hooking it up to the machine?
by JohnB
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:27 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Ceado E7
Replies: 56
Views: 11718

Re: Ceado E7

My serious riding days are behind me, too crazy out there now. I'd rather take one of our dogs & go paddling in my kayak or go for a bicycle ride then dodge idiots on cell phones. I still ride the back roads around here when I get the urge. Hopefully you wear a good helmet & full protective gear whe...
by JohnB
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Ceado E7
Replies: 56
Views: 11718

Re: Ceado E7

The bike I chose is a Kawa Vulcan 900. Neither too small or too big, just perfect for a new (but almost senior) biker. Are you a biker, John ? Maybe did I see you on a bikers forum ? I've been riding motorcycles since 1965 & have owned over 60 different bikes so far. I've ridden throughout the U.S....
by JohnB
Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Ceado E7
Replies: 56
Views: 11718

Re: Ceado E7

What motorcycle did you buy?
by JohnB
Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Green Beans & Their Roasting
Topic: SM Mohka Kadir & Liquid Amber Blends
Replies: 3
Views: 1109

Re: SM Mohka Kadir & Liquid Amber Blends

Endo wrote:How about you send me some Mohka Kadir and I'll trade you for some Cuban Turquino or Serrano? ;-)
Green??
by JohnB
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: Green Beans & Their Roasting
Topic: SM Mohka Kadir & Liquid Amber Blends
Replies: 3
Views: 1109

SM Mohka Kadir & Liquid Amber Blends

Time to bring this part of the forum back to life! Anyone else roasting either of these two blends? The current L/A is quite a bit mellower then the version I received from SM several years back. A lot like the traditional Italian blends that several U.S. roasters offer. Very enjoyable & a lot less ...
by JohnB
Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Ceado E7
Replies: 56
Views: 11718

Re: Ceado E7

What is the wattage rating listed on the specification decal on your K8? Chris Coffee lists 270W which would be extremely low for an 83mm burr grinder if correct but 1st-Line shows it as 420w. For comparison the Major (84mm burrs) has a 650w/1600 rpm motor & the Super Jolly (64mm burrs) a 350w/1600r...
by JohnB
Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Has anyone replaced a Coffee Group Temperature Sensor?
Replies: 8
Views: 3875

Re: Update: Really easy.

Now I am running fine, but might have just a slight leak around the sensor tube I replaced. Anyone use thread sealant or anything on assemblies? Perhaps an extra wrap of teflon tape? The leak is so slow that it might also seal itself shut just by mineral deposits. Anyway, not a big deal. Teflon tap...

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