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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2002, 5:30am
Subject: I know the detailed review is coming but...
 

...I can't help but absolutely WINCE at that price for a non-HX machine. I know Chris might slash the price somewhat from $895--but still. For only $200 more you can pick up one of the Zaffiro's big brothers in either the Tea or Millennium and get what the Zaf sorely lacks--a heat exchanger.

For an advertised price of $895, the Zaffiro had BETTER be the ultimate single boiler machine. For that price you can buy TWO Silvias AND an Innova conical grinder--or a Silvia, a Mazzer Mini, and a Caffe Rosto roaster--all for the price of ONE Zaffiro alone.

I admit that it looks schweet--basically a Tea with stripped gizzards--but that price seems to destine it for failure to anyone "in the know." I can't think of a single Geek or Altie who would opt for the Zaf when it's superior syblings are just an arm's length away.

For $200 more than a Silvia--say $595 or maybe even $695 I *might* be able to see it--especially with the underperforming Nivolas and X1s out there--but not at its current price.

Call me whacky.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2002, 5:34am
Subject: On the new lighting!
 

It ROCKS! Your photos are absolutely top-flight with your new lighting. The soft, edgeless, crisp look is stunning. The muted shadows are really something.

VERY impressive.
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Posted Mon Jul 29, 2002, 5:51pm
Subject: the zaffiro rocks
 

the zaffiro which i purchased from chris's coffee on chris'srecommendation about 6 weeks ago, is great. it makes a great shot-time after time. i did find that putting on the steam switch (rt. side) heated the water faster. in addition run a false pull to see if the water temp is hot enough. you can easily tell b/c the water will steam when it comes out the grouphead. one other comment is that chris was extremely helpful in helping me decide which machine to buy. he had no problem taking my call and ansering all my questions.you should also request his special mix of expresso coffee w/ your purchase-
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2002, 1:00am
Subject: Isomac Zaffiro First Look
 

Isomac Zaffiro First Look

Could it be the best dual purpose boiler machine made today? Our detailed review will make that call, but for now, check out this first look at the Isomac Zaffiro.
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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2002, 8:51pm
Subject: Temps?!
 

Having the Isomac TEA (HX version) I was wondering what you meant when you talked about dialing in the water temp. you wated. I hope your detailed review will address this issue.  The big neg. about the TEA is that the water is too hot and it's a bear to get it right.
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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2002, 11:23pm
Subject: Dialing in would be different
 

Dialing in the machine would be different fromthe Tea - the Tea uses a pressurestat to dial the temp range up or down. The Zaffiro lets you dial the thermostat (which is rare - most machines won't let you adjust the thermostat). I am getting a millenium, so I will check the pressurestat on that, and comment on it in the full review when it comes.
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2002, 12:18pm
Subject: Chris has some of these for $795
 

From what I can see, $795 is a great deal for this machine!  Today's date is 9/2/02 and I think they'll be going fast.  I just ordered one.

George W.
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Posted Wed Sep 4, 2002, 9:47am
Subject: For Curiousitiy's Sake
 

What adjustment did you settle for on the thermostat?
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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2002, 5:28am
Subject: The Zaffiro rocks !
 

Hi all,

i purchased a Zaffiro just threedays ago (branded as BAZZAR). I have to say that the professional E61 brewgroup allows me to create perfect shots after i had wasted half a pound of coffee.

Itīs simply a great machine and i really love it !
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2002, 2:48pm
Subject: I WANT ONE...BUT...
 

My La Pavoni pump machine has gone 'pear-shaped' & I cannot for love nor money get an Isomac Zaffiro anywhere in the UK...anybody help me !!!
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