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    Ok, I'm back in on the fun, kind of. Got the Anita running last night after the brew pump needed a bit of help at first - had been sitting in storage for a year. Used some cleaner for the boiler and tubes, scrubbed the screen and gasket which did not need replacement after all, soaked and cleaned all the filters etc. Now the real fun begins, even though with a small delay. Need to adjust the brew pressure first but the tubing is a bit short and I am waiting for some new tubing to come in. Then it's time to dial it in. Just got 5# of Redbird to play with the fine-tuning. Still a long way to go but it was already good enough to make a decent latte this morning, needs more work before I can pull an espresso I am proud of. Already found myself looking at grinders again, but the Rocky will have to do for a little while more, I just barely avoided bankruptcy... Need to get a small scale, though. I want to keep it at a reasonable level and not make a science experiment of every shot, but I learned before that it helps to measure it all up in the beginning to figure out the routine. This should be fun, I missed the coffee rituals at home.

    Stefan

    P.S. I think I will have to read up on VST baskets...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SameGuy View Post
    Ordered a 58.35 mm (VST) base for my Reg Barber tamper from eBay seller precisiontampermaker and I couldn't be happier. After a series of emails to confirm the size and style I wanted, the part was shipped quickly from West Palm Beach, FL, to my address in waaaay upstate NY and got there in three days over the holiday weekend by USPS Priority Post. The workmanship and finishing is impeccable, And my digital calipers measure the base at precisely 58.350 mm. The only noticeable difference with the Reg base is that his is cut to set the handle in, providing a flush transition from the handle to the base. The new base is flat above the bevel, but together they still look like an original piece. At $27.50 plus shipping, this is a great deal. As noted above, it had an instant impact (no pun intended) on my shots.
    So if I understand your basically on a Euro type base also (convex 2)? Torr who I got my tamper base from also said despite VST suggesting a flat base that a slightly bevelled base seems to work better. I do know now with the VST that its pretty much exact in espresso weight, tamp pressure, etc. 20 grams is what its rated at and basically this is where I get my best shots from. If not then I did not tamp correct or set grind correct, or the espresso is just ****.

    I am liking the 20 over former 23g. Give that nice clean flavour with just the right amount of depth that the 18 never hit.

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    Now if we just start a thread on old Panhead Bobbers all my bases would be covered, lol (I ride an old Evo to work).
    One of the best things I ever talked myself into was a first class espresso machine and grinder (Expobar Lever & Mazer Mini). Wasn't easy pulling the trigger on so much dough, but I figured it would pay for itself in one year. And yes, it did and I've been livin' good ever since.
    Long live Carbon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaamax View Post
    Now if we just start a thread on old Panhead Bobbers all my bases would be covered, lol (I ride an old Evo to work).
    One of the best things I ever talked myself into was a first class espresso machine and grinder (Expobar Lever & Mazer Mini). Wasn't easy pulling the trigger on so much dough, but I figured it would pay for itself in one year. And yes, it did and I've been livin' good ever since.

    I totally agree with you.
    For years I was sort of looking what machine to get. I had ECM in mind and then they had it at a new Media Markt here in Germany. Demo model, but never used. Of course all the porno german types wanted these **** bling machines that do it all. Some even cost over 3K euro. Anyways a few months go by and its sitting there all sad so I say I will give 800 euros. A lot of haggling and I took it with 12 months zero interest. Ran a Graef grinder for about a year with it. Then I got my Mazzer Mini Mod B with 12 month zero interest. That was 4 years or so ago and they have been dream machines ever since.

    Of course I had worked as a barista in many places including the Drake Hotel when back in Canada. Did some local competitions, etc and used some very fine pro machines. I would say with the exception of a few shots I pulled on a Synesso I can get better quality at home now.

    I wake, hit the machine to warm up, shower, have my cappuccino and ride to work. Its a great way to start the day

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    First good fix in a week, after too much Costa Coffee, I'm posting this from the tiny front bar at Raw Coffee in Al Quoz, Dubai UAE. First slap in the back of the head was a triple ristretto single-origin Sidamo Ethiopia. Huge citrus up front, very interesting profile, but not something I'd like to take home with me. Felix the barista asked me if I prefer something darker -- an obvious test, trying to weed out the Starbucks/Gloria Jeans/second Cup pretenders, I suppose -- and when I said I prefer a more rounded profile he suggested I try the "Walk In" (house) blend. It is superb​. More later!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerSnap View Post
    I had ECM in mind and then they had it at a new Media Markt here in Germany.
    A friend of mine has an ECM and it seems like a damn good machine.

    Since you are in Germany, do you have any opinion on what the reality of buying a La Marzocco in Italy would be? Is there any savings to be had? So tempted to get one, but everything here in Sweden is so over-the-top expensive.
    Long live Carbon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaamax View Post
    A friend of mine has an ECM and it seems like a damn good machine.

    Since you are in Germany, do you have any opinion on what the reality of buying a La Marzocco in Italy would be? Is there any savings to be had? So tempted to get one, but everything here in Sweden is so over-the-top expensive.
    If you can manage to get a price you can live with grab a La Marzocco. I am really enjoying mine, even though it took me a bit to figure out how to do maintenance on it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahimlee54 View Post
    If you can manage to get a price you can live with grab a La Marzocco. I am really enjoying mine, even though it took me a bit to figure out how to do maintenance on it .
    What sort of maintenance do you do on yours? I do a backflush with detergent and clean the grouphead every week or so. Backflush with water nightly. and generally try to move water through both boilers a few times a week. I think that's about all I do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinster View Post
    What sort of maintenance do you do on yours? I do a backflush with detergent and clean the grouphead every week or so. Backflush with water nightly. and generally try to move water through both
    boilers a few times a week. I think that's about all I do...
    Draining the boilers was new to me but not big deal, the biggest problem I had was the brew pressure adjustment piece got stuck and was sending the pressure to like 15 on the gauge. Just the learning curve of a new machine. The machine I had before didn't have anything you could do to it besides flush with detergent.

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    O.k., I finally replaced a few tubes in my Anita and will clean the grouphead tomorrow and dial it in with Redbird until I get shots I don't have to pour into milk... Of course, I haven't even gotten there and find myself researching upgrades already - it's a disease, at least as bad as knives... Here is the question: what will get me the bigger quality improvement, upgrading from my doserless Rancilio Rocky (to Macap M4, Mazzer Mini, Compak K3 - or a Baratza Vario(-W)?) or getting a Behmor to roast my own beans? I will have to save up for either one, and I am not sure what the best strategy is. The grinder would be for espresso only, and the Rocky would then be dedicated to French press and drip coffee, so I am leaning more toward one of the Italian metal monsters right now, but I am open to suggestions. However, since the doserless Rocky is throwing grinds all over the place (even with the yoghurt cup...), I am thinking about a grinder with a doser. As for roasting, I did that for a while with an IRoast 2 but the Behmor seems to be the better solution on all kinds of levels. Of course, it is illegal to import green beans to HI, so I will have to think of creative solutions for that...

    Anyway, any thoughts on the best sequence here? Anybody selling a Mazzer mini for cheap or trading for knives or handles

    Stefan

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