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by Endo
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Preinfusion On Mini Vivaldi
Replies: 3
Views: 2376

Re: Preinfusion On Mini Vivaldi

wkwan wrote:I am a new owner as well. Is there an easy way of checking if the pure infusion was installed without opening up the machine?
Thanks
If nothing comes out for 6 seconds perhaps?
by Endo
Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:53 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 40789

Re: Basket Improvements

The precision ridgeless sounds very interesting. I tried one on my old Silvia and it made a noticeable difference. I'd like to see if it helps with higher doses, when the coffee puck surface comes up to the ridge. It would also help me do prep directly into the basket using my HG one.
by Endo
Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: low-no pressure at brew head, boiler fine
Replies: 22
Views: 4139

Re: low-no pressure at brew head, boiler fine

GIcleur valve starting to close up due to mineral deposits I would guess:

viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1216&p=14740
by Endo
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

The grind definitely produces a different looking shot compared to most other grinders I've used. Normally when I get a shot with so many uneven streams and jets from my bottomless PF, I would throw it out. But for some reason the HG one produces ugly, but excellent tasting shots. I can't figure out...
by Endo
Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I tried mega-dosing using 20g in the triple. No difference. Still getting jets and the wandering stream.

Bottom line, HG one produces a grind distribution which when made into a puck is less resistant to flow compared to the Vario, SJ and Pharos (all prep steps being equal of course).
by Endo
Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Great video of an S1 in action!!
Replies: 4
Views: 2097

Re: Great video of an S1 in action!!

Clueless or stoned....I'm not sure which. I see both Chas and I added comments about 2 years ago when this first came out: Chas: "While it wouldn't cure all the ills of this video, I do have a suggestion for you to "film" one more scene and add it to the end. Video a scene showing you stepping on th...
by Endo
Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Since I have been using the One for about a month now and have the same micro jets as others with the bottomless, I think the issue may be that the grind is too consistent. With my Pro M I can get no jets consistently at 28-32 seconds. If I set the One to grind for the same time It looks like a sho...
by Endo
Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

The shots I get from the HG One are certainly better tasting than what I get from the Vario, but I am unsure if I am seeing its full potential since the shot flow stream and flow rate from the naked PF look horrible compared to what I am used to. Stephen, what are you seeing when you use your HG One...
by Endo
Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

BlrdFx wrote: What is the pump pressure in the Spaz?
I have mine set to 9 bar (measured using the more accurate PF gauge method). I reduced it a bit from the 10 bar factory setting when I first bought it.

I see you own a HG One but have you tried it with a Vivaldi?
by Endo
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I did the shim test and my burrs seem to be perfectly centred (perhaps 0.005" gap variation as best I can tell). To avoid getting channeling and spritzers I must use WDT, dose 16.5g or more and use nutation. Even then, my shots will channel towards the end of the shot as the puck becomes unevenly po...
by Endo
Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: Dream vs GS/3 Throwdown
Replies: 50
Views: 17732

Re: Dream vs GS/3 Throwdown

This new "Dream" seems like about as much fun as programming a first generation VCR. :roll:

After using a lever (only electronics is a heater and switch), I think moving over to the Dream would be more like a nightmare.
by Endo
Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

By shining a light I can see an even burr gap all the way around. I assumed this meant it was well enough aligned, but I'll give your "feeler gauge" method a try just to be sure. But if the grind quality really is that sensitive to misalignment, then a one-sided "lock knob" burr retention method is ...
by Endo
Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

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 Endo
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

So Endo, it sounds like you prefer the Pharos for taste and lack of channeling (to the point of spritzing!). But the HG one is winning you over due to the ergonomics. I haven't had a chance to try either of these grinders but I hope to one day. How bad are the ergonomics of the pharos? Ergonomics a...
by Endo
Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

That may have to be the final solution.
by Endo
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I re-coated the threads with Dow 111 when I switched burr mounts. I never had a lot of movement so I can't say it made much difference for me. When you do this, you need to be a bit careful not to get grease onto the orange o-ring. If that happens, the lock knob can slip causing the burrs to lock up...
by Endo
Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

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 y...
by Endo
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Interesting! I will check it with the new burrs when it arrives today, and then again after I have ground several pounds of beans through it and then I will Post the differences if any. I've had a few pounds through and I see no difference. My Pharos required no break-in and was consistent without ...
by Endo
Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

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.
by Endo
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Even with the static and WDT, the grinder is still the best single dosing grinder I ever owned...by far. The hand grinding action is an absolute dream, and the shot quality is up there with the best. The static and WDT are both easily dealt with by tapping down the funnel once or twice on the tumble...
by Endo
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Yes. That's what I mentioned earlier regarding the static being caused by the packaging. The styrofoam moving during shipping transfers lots of charge it seems. I also can confirm the problems you experienced with regard to channelling. My Pharos gave very consistent pours with almost no adjustment ...
by Endo
Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

After an awkward start, I am really starting to like my HG one. Its probably one of the most beautifully made devices I ever bought. I'm happy to report my latest beans were almost static free, so perhaps the static is worse when new (due to charge shipping in the foam and plastic I suppose). I grin...
by Endo
Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: drain plug
Replies: 12
Views: 3621

Re: drain plug

Mini Vivaldi II is only sold by Chris Coffee. Other places that sell it must buy from Chris Coffee and resell with additonal markup. Cafe Union has been around longer than Chris Coffee and buys direct from LaSpaziale. The Mini 2 name is owned by Chris, but it is essentially the same machine (once yo...
by Endo
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

It's been -20C and darn dry all week in Montreal too. The designers from LA should have given this static thing a bit more thought. Still, I haven't given up yet. At least the grounds aren't locked in a sealed hopper like the Pharos. So it simply means a bit of tapping down on the funnel and a bit o...
by Endo
Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

image.jpg Tap the funnel down on the cup a few times and most falls down. So not too bad ( as compared to the bashing I had to do on my Pharos to make the grounds fall out). Spraying the beans with a bit if water before grinding eliminates most cling. Once in the cup, I usually stir it around with ...
by Endo
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Got the new grinder. Build quality is awesome, but the static and distribution is killing me. Only about 50% of the grinds makes its way out. I'm getting desperate and starting consider drastic measures (like this nuclear Polonium static eliminator). :lol: http://www.amstat.com/solutions/nuclear/bar...
by Endo
Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.
Replies: 16
Views: 4309

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

It's not the temp sensor that is binding ( that is straight). It is the the heating element ( which is a hooked shape). You can see the part which is binding in the bottom of your photo. Most likely the heating of the element has caused it to widen slightly so it can no longer come out. You may need...
by Endo
Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.
Replies: 16
Views: 4309

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

Sorry, it thought I read steam boiler. Luckily, brass is not magnetic either. So the magnet still might work. If not, no big deal. Just remove the brass nut on the back using one of the various methods ( big wrench and rag method or wood and hammer method). It's a more effective way to descale as we...
by Endo
Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Oh Boy, I screw up...Need help ...again.
Replies: 16
Views: 4309

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

Needle tip? Well, the boiler is stainless (non magnetic), and a needle would be steel (magnetic), so I would think one of those telescopic magnets they use to fish out bolts around car engines should work well. http://www.lowes.ca/magnetic-tools/general-tools-instruments-telescoping-magnetic-pick-up...
by Endo
Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: What is your Offset figure on your Dream?
Replies: 4
Views: 1742

Re: What is your Offset figure on your Dream?

Still no word on warming flushes? Is this a thing of the past?
by Endo
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 53485

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

I'm up to Vario #4. :-( This one looks promising though. A few subtle changes like micro and macro numbering. They also renamed the 3 dose buttons to simply 1,2 3. Another cool feature is they added a very nifty upper burr removal tool (see photo below). Nice! :bounce: But by far, the biggest improv...
by Endo
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Dream Day One Issues
Topic: Movement of Steam Arm...
Replies: 2
Views: 1607

Re: Movement of Steam Arm...

The whole steam knob/valve and wand ball/socket mechanism is new, so it is bound to feel a bit different. My guess is they moved it up a bit so that the requested "longer steam wand" can now clear the drip tray. By doing so, it seems the right angle bend at the top now clashed with the front panel. ...
by Endo
Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Living The Dream
Replies: 68
Views: 14364

Re: Living The Dream

Not really related to offset, but I wonder how much closer the idle grouphead temp compares to the running grouphead temp (now that it has that extra metal cover to prevent it from getting cold). I think this might be one of the biggest + of the new Dream (especially for the Dream T where warming sh...
by Endo
Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:56 am
Forum: Dream T Day One Issues
Topic: A Leak/Drip from the..discharge valve?
Replies: 19
Views: 5770

Re: A Leak/Drip from the..discharge valve?

Yes, it is a known problem (as is the fix):

viewtopic.php?f=29&t=713&p=7918#p7918
by Endo
Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water and scale
Replies: 5
Views: 2773

Re: Water and scale

+1 on the aquarium kit. I use the same and it seems to be much more accurate than other methods. Not something you would want to use too often since it is a bit of a pain, but usually you only need to do it once or twice.
by Endo
Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water and scale
Replies: 5
Views: 2773

Re: Water and scale

I suggest you first use another method to measure the hardness. You say you are using strips but it seems they are not working correctly. For example, my TDS meter will not work for an ion exchange softener, since it only exchanges one type of ion with another. Therefore my TDS will be the same. Per...
by Endo
Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover
Replies: 14
Views: 3865

Re: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover

The rest of the HB review is a bunch of unsupported blah, blah. If you are pulling 20 shots and hour, the rotary pump will be more reliable. If you are pulling less than 20 shots a day, the vibe pump will be more reliable. Endo, would you care to support your claims? :lol: Dan (frustrated engineer ...
by Endo
Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover
Replies: 14
Views: 3865

Re: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover

There are pro's and con's to having a rotary pump, but since I don't have one others should chime in. Vibe pumps make more noise. That's about it. The rest of the HB review is a bunch of unsupported blah, blah. If you are pulling 20 shots and hour, the rotary pump will be more reliable. If you are ...
by Endo
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Living The Dream
Replies: 68
Views: 14364

Re: Living The Dream

I guess EGS might be useful if is truly just a little spritz of water. I hate when I make the first espresso in several hours and discover that the last user forgot to dump the PF! That would probably make the cleanup a little easier. (I am probably the culprit as often as not... :oops:) I think so...
by Endo
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 31730

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

If he says so. Hard to believe though seeing that it is the same one used on the commercial S5 and top of the line $12K S40 Seletron (which probably gets used over 200 times a day in most cafes). http://www.laspaziale.com/english/frame_s5_en.html http://www.laspaziale.com/S40_SELETRON_ELETTRIK_EN/WE...
by Endo
Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Living The Dream
Replies: 68
Views: 14364

Re: Living The Dream

Power lead boots look more robust (simple silicone tubing I assume?) The "Grinding" feature is odd. Did somebody say there was a digitial pressure sensor now for brew pressure? I assume it works with that? But honestly, who would ever use this. Anyone can easily tell if the grind is too fine, since ...
by Endo
Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 31730

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Does the steam knob pivot or does it just turn to release steam? If you look at the pictures on the Chris website, you'll see both machines now use a steam knob. It seems most people prefer to be able to adust the force of the steam. For many not used to commerical steam power, it can be just too m...
by Endo
Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!
Replies: 29
Views: 6589

Re: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!

I removed the tubing as well. Inlet sit below the float sensor so the "empty" light comes on before the pump runs dry.
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by Endo
Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 31730

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Looks awesome! :bounce: Much nicer than the Chris photos.

I see a few new internal parts. Looks like a new flowmeter with a new brass top to prevent freezing damage during shipping.

I must say, this latest S1 is close to perfect. Enjoy!
by Endo
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Lattes taste fantastic but the espressos are embarrasing
Replies: 7
Views: 3443

Re: Lattes taste fantastic but the espressos are embarrasing

That's the really the big difference between a mid-range grinders and a Titan burr set. The shots on the Titan are amazingly consistent and forgiving. Makes things so much easier. Couple this with slightly "less than fresh" coffee and a unweighted dose size and tamping technique, and your shot taste...
by Endo
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Still, 17 orders for the 71mm and 77 orders for the 83mm. That's pretty close to the original prediction. I doubt there will be much difference. I just went with the 83mm since it was the most popular and also the one they did all their R&D work on. (Comparing 3 suppliers, etc). The linear cutting s...
by Endo
Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

My Pharos reminds me of a Christmas walnut. I break my hand almost every time trying to get to the damn insides...but so worth it when you get there.
by Endo
Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Lattes taste fantastic but the espressos are embarrasing
Replies: 7
Views: 3443

Re: Lattes taste fantastic but the espressos are embarrasing

The Breville Smart Grinder is good enough to make a decent espresso.

What is your dose?
by Endo
Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!
Replies: 29
Views: 6589

Re: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!

If your water is 30 ppm, you certainly don't need the reservoir softener.
by Endo
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

What does Doug think about the mod? I thought he was very much against locking the outer burr (preferred self-alignment)?
by Endo
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Lattes taste fantastic but the espressos are embarrasing
Replies: 7
Views: 3443

Re: Lattes taste fantastic but the espressos are embarrasing

Does not compute. A good latte starts with a good espresso.

Chances are you just think your latte is good because it masks the imperfections.

Is your coffee fresh? (Less than 3 weeks old). What Breville grinder do you have?
by Endo
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Already have one of those! Unless you are willing to take a hit on it, I'll have to pass on your offer. But for everyone else, the Pharos is a great Espresso grinder if you are willing to do the hand grinding and the spanking and the ... or cough up and get the Voodoodaddy mod kit which I did. Stoc...
by Endo
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!
Replies: 29
Views: 6589

Re: Pressure fluctuations. Unable to hold it!!

I gave up on the reservoir filters a few months back. I pulled off everything and now run with no filter restrictions (nothing to get blocked and easiest on the pump). I started using this cheaper filter/softener system called the BWT that is made for coffee machines. The filter costs only $10 and I...
by Endo
Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Is the pump suppose to spin freely?
Replies: 5
Views: 1953

Re: Is the pump suppose to spin freely?

Or you can them off Ebay for about $5 each. The number is 6202 Z (that's not a 2 on the end but a Z, which means a single metal shield). http://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-Motor-6202Z-15-x-35-x-11mm-Metal-Shielded-Ball-Bearing-/281020540521 Though I still think you'd be much better off replacing it wi...
by Endo
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Is the pump suppose to spin freely?
Replies: 5
Views: 1953

Re: Is the pump suppose to spin freely?

Shouldn't these motors use a viton seal rather than a metal dust shield? Then again, I guess you get whatever comes with the motor.

From the look of that high-water mark, I would bet that bearing is as rusty inside as out. Is that metal dust shield removable?
by Endo
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 31730

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Looks like they are sending them out with last minute untested software to make the Christmas rush. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. This is the kind of thing that can really hurt a company's reputation when things inevitably go wrong ( just read about the Bixi bikes). I assume they are banking on...
by Endo
Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 31730

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Parsons wrote:I think that continuous flow is useful if you have guests at home, so you can let them choose the quantity of coffee they prefer
That's a scary thought. My Dad would probably stop when it reached the rim.
by Endo
Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Sylvain, I think the HG One will be with me for a while. But if you're into spanking, I got Pharos for sale. :lol:
by Endo
Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 22188

Re: HG-One Grinder?

I just placed a pre-order. It's scheduled to arrive in Jnauary. I got the 83mm burr. An absolute MONSTER conical burr set from the 3 phase Robur. Probably not much difference compared to the 71mm (which grinds a bit faster and with less effort and so seems like a smarter choice) but since I typicall...
by Endo
Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

They didn't say, but it sounded like an assembly (tolerance) issue. Although, I have found it gets worse with time. So I think it may come out of alignment with time (or perhaps wear in a groove) over time. If I can't sell it or get another new one from Baratza, I'll completely strip it and see what...
by Endo
Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

I've called Baratza support several times and am currently on my 3rd Vario after replacing the first two. It is not just this grinder since the exact same thing happened on my last one as well. One of the techs told me last time it happens when the bushings are not aligned and more force is required...
by Endo
Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

I think I made up my mind for my next grinder.........

(drum roll)

HG One.

Just need to decide on 71mm or 83mm.
by Endo
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 31730

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Profiles. :lol: :lol: It won't be just your wife who will be ignoring those after the first day.
by Endo
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Divot for even extraction?
Replies: 5
Views: 4096

Re: Divot for even extraction?

Interesting. I have not tried that but will give it a try.

Have you tried adding a bump of glue to the centre of your tamper to do it repeatibly?
by Endo
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

Mine will likely be donated as well. Also, it is off my list of recommend grinders for those who ask. Unfortunately, I still haven't found a small, convenient replacement grinder that can satisfy my minimum taste requirement (damn you Pharos for raising my taste standard). I figure my only choices a...
by Endo
Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

Another bad day for me with my Vario. I am trying to change the grind setting, and as usual, it won't grind more coarse. I have the micro lever moved all the way from the top to the bottom and no change. Very frustrating. Whenever this happens, I usually need to take the top burr out and clean out t...
by Endo
Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: It's Here (Almost) - The Dream Espresso
Replies: 8
Views: 3550

Re: It's Here (Almost) - The Dream Espresso

Like I said in another post...I'm almost certain the new Dream will have software bugs. Still, they will no doubt get worked out through software updates. I don't think these initial bugs shoudl be enough to prevent someone from gettign the newer machine. Not that there is any problem buying the old...
by Endo
Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 31730

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

Maybe I'm just old and skeptical, but does anyone else get this feeling the interface on the Dream will be a disaster at first until the bugs are worked out? Seeing how idiotic and unintuitive the timer was, should we expect better for the Dream user interface from LaSpaziale? You can always unplug ...
by Endo
Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: It's Here (Almost) - The Dream Espresso
Replies: 8
Views: 3550

Re: It's Here (Almost) - The Dream Espresso

Get the Dream T (or Dream). You should have no regrets. Enjoy!
by Endo
Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Minimum Warmup Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 5423

Re: Minimum Warmup Time?

Here's the latest test showing the "quick 10 min warmup". For anyone who wants to try it, here's how it goes: 1. Start first with the normal 5 minute warmup. 2. When the you hit your temperature set point at say 94C and all leds are lit, do your first 2 oz warming shot. 3. Wait for the lights to tur...
by Endo
Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Minimum Warmup Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 5423

Re: Minimum Warmup Time?

Endo, How about putting your other thermocouple in the cup and read the temp as you pull the shot? Your setup should be able to do that. I am measuring warmup time at the grouphead using a thermocouple. You can't do this by measuring the shot temp or cup temp. I've done that many times before using...
by Endo
Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Minimum Warmup Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 5423

Re: Minimum Warmup Time?

First a typical warmup. My temp is the red line (ET) and my Rate of Rise (ROR) is shown in orange. You can see the temperature rises quickly with the ROR peaking at almost 10 deg C/min just as the heater turns off the first time at 4:30 minutes, when the water hits the 94C setting. At this point, th...
by Endo
Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Minimum Warmup Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 5423

Re: Minimum Warmup Time?

OK. Here we go....

This is my setup: Amprobe Datalogger with thermocouple on grouphead. Dowloaded to laptop (not shown) running Artisan roasting software.
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Temp Logging Setup
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by Endo
Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

I think the Vario is the best choice unless you are a die-hard espresso hobbiest. If eventually you find yourself in the category, you can always upgrade later. By that time, you'll have a better idea of what you want for a Titan, and there might even be some better choices on the market then. Why t...
by Endo
Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5445

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

You're right, it seems odd, so I googled it. This may be what I was remembering from the Elektra A3 review on HB: "Note: Chris Nachtrieb, owner of Chris' Coffee Service, asked the manufacturer to add boiler insulation to better meet his customers' expectations of energy efficiency. They replied tha...
by Endo
Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

The Pharos is a cheap way to find out if a Titan is worth it. I hate my Pharos, but I love the shots it makes. I love my Vario, but the shots are average.

When my hands get too sore from all the spanking and holding of the Pharos, I go back to the Vario.
by Endo
Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: cost of 20 amp dedicated line
Replies: 8
Views: 3611

Re: cost of 20 amp dedicated line

are you suggesting that you can't pull a shot and steam the milk at the same time on a 15 amp circuit with the Mini?? No. You definitely can. The only issue will be the steam boiler heater won't come on so your pressure will drop a bit lower by the end of the steaming (since the boiler is rather sm...
by Endo
Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID
Replies: 5
Views: 4536

Re: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID

The V2 is pretty much limited to a simple calculation as to what it does a) thermostat indicates water temperature below set temperature b) turn heater element on until water temperature equals set temperature c) turn heater off. Chas. How do you know there is no feedback logic in the V2 controller...
by Endo
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID
Replies: 5
Views: 4536

Re: Vivaldi mini temp regulation vs PID

You can Google PID, but basically it refers to a control loop feedback system. In the case of an espresso machine, it's a control loop on temperature between the temperature sensor and heater in the boiler. The term PID in the espresso world usually means one of the many generic off-the-shelf contro...
by Endo
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5445

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

I was puzzled by the comment about insulation being less green...no facts were cited and it is illogical. Consider the facts: First read the post JohnB provided and also the power analysis done by Chas (on the former VII site). You'll see Chas experienced a savings of about $30 per year when adding...
by Endo
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: Link to George's YouTube S1 Dream Video Overview
Replies: 3
Views: 1685

Re: Link to George's YouTube S1 Dream Video Overview

Sweet! Looks better in the videos than in the photos. Does anyone know if you can switch on the steam boiler without turning on the brew boiler? Sometimes my kids want me to make hot chocolates for them and I'd like to not have to heat up the brew boiler first before the steam boiler comes on when i...
by Endo
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5445

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

LaSpaziale doesn't insulate the boilers because the heat serves a purpose (heating the cups). Also, the S1 is so energy efficient, that the addition of insulation makes a difference of only a few pennies a day in the summer and no difference in the winter (since you are already paying to heat the ho...
by Endo
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New Member - Question On Timer Relating To Steam Boiler
Replies: 7
Views: 2500

Re: New Member - Question On Timer Relating To Steam Boiler

richardcoffee wrote:My experience is you don't turn the Mini steam boiler back on with a quick press of the button. I have to hold it for a few seconds to turn it off or on.
It should work opposite of the on/ off button. Turn on right away, hold for 4 seconds to turn off.
by Endo
Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

On the one hand you seem to recommend the Vario for the convenience in everyday use but it also seems like an inconvenience considering the many problems you've had with the Vario. If you were starting all over and could only have one grinder for espresso, which grinder that costs under $950 would ...
by Endo
Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders
Replies: 64
Views: 31730

Re: S1 Dream machine Now taking pre-orders

I wonder if they'll take trade-ins? I like most of the new features, but to be honest, I like the look of the old Vivaldi a bit more. The new LCD panel looks a bit too "batman" like, the sides are too shiny, the metal too dull, PFs handles too cheap and the "DREAM" logo font on the drip tray looks v...
by Endo
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario W or Mazer Mini E or something else?
Replies: 28
Views: 6982

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

I owned the Mazzer Mini, Mazzer SJ and Vario. The Mazzers are MUCH more reliable, but you'll pay for it.
by Endo
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New Member - Question On Timer Relating To Steam Boiler
Replies: 7
Views: 2500

Re: New Member - Question On Timer Relating To Steam Boiler

The Mini remembers the steam boiler setting. I think the regular S1 does not remember. Odd that.

I must say, this is a very important feature for me since it means my steam boiler is only on when needed. And since the steam boiler is a sealed unit on the Mini, it really increases its life.
by Endo
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Minimum Warmup Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 5423

Minimum Warmup Time?

Typically I use a minimum warmup of 30 minutes. I think I can get this down to 15 or perhaps even 10 minutes using some tricks I learned on my Cremina.

If anybody is interested, let me know and I'll do some comparison tests using my new datalogger.
by Endo
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Program Single Shot for Americanos
Replies: 2
Views: 1489

Re: Program Single Shot for Americanos

Good idea....unless your making a second shot soon after for a spouse. In which case, your group head will likely overheat and you will need to wait a while for the brew boiler to reheat all the cold water introduced.
by Endo
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover
Replies: 14
Views: 3865

Re: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover

It makes no difference to me. Both have some advantages. I like the fact I can use my Mini on a counter in the kitchen that is across from the sink area. If I had a plumbed model, I wouldn't be able to do this. I also like that it costs about $450 less, when you include all plumbing bits you need. O...
by Endo
Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 40789

Re: Basket Improvements

I ordered mine too. They say you can now order direct from the site from US and Canada now.
by Endo
Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: Updated Name & Budgetary Pricing
Replies: 2
Views: 1443

Re: Updated Name & Budgetary Pricing

Good name and price. I may be upgrading... if I can find a local buyer for my Mini.
by Endo
Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Increasing Cup Height
Replies: 12
Views: 5552

Re: Increasing Cup Height

...or just remove the grate.
by Endo
Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Increasing Cup Height
Replies: 12
Views: 5552

Re: Increasing Cup Height

The (minor) problem with Endo's solution is that there's a valve that needs to purge a little bit of water occasionally into the drip tray. It's in the far right corner. That's the reason the drip tray extends under that valve. I think the simpler solution is to buy shallower cups, or use something...
by Endo
Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Increasing Cup Height
Replies: 12
Views: 5552

Re: Increasing Cup Height

Here's what I do:

(Note: Simply place another glass underneath for any warm-up water shots or cleaning.)
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Big Latte
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by Endo
Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Mini Plastic Wire Cap Replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 3106

Re: Vivaldi Mini Plastic Wire Cap Replacement

Mine has that problem too. They seem to have a made a bad choice of materials for the insulator boots on the steam boiler. Mine have also gone from white to tan colored and seem dried out like paper. The boots are obviously not made for boiler temperatures. I would like to find something to replace ...
by Endo
Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The question of power and scale
Replies: 5
Views: 2137

Re: The question of power and scale

Keep in mind, very soft water with no mineral content (like RO water) does not taste nearly as good. I prefer to keep my water at 100pph and descale every 2 years. After all, if I wanted the convenience of not descaling over taste, I would have simply bought a Nespresso and replaced it every 10 year...
by Endo
Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The question of power and scale
Replies: 5
Views: 2137

Re: The question of power and scale

The power argument (starting up takes more energy than leaving on) is urban myth disproven many times. You can easily disprove it yourself if you wish with a simple kill-a-watt device which measure power consumption over a period of time. The scale buildup has to do with time, temperature and minera...
by Endo
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Deeply disappointed by vario grinder
Replies: 5
Views: 2638

Re: Deeply disappointed by vario grinder

Sadly 5 phone calls later no response and no hope for a new grinder for the weekend. I understand your disappointment. But I suggest you be patient. It must have something to do with the storm. I've never heard of Baratza or CCS not responding. I will bet anything that if you write them an e-mail, ...

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