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Posted Tue Jul 29, 2003, 5:35pm
Subject: Thanks everyone!
 

Thanks again everyone for your great comments, and the compliments on the review. I really appreciate them, and they drive me to do even better with the next ones (next up is the Francis! Francis! X3 and the long overdue Micro Casa Semi Automatica).
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Posted Thu Jul 31, 2003, 9:48pm
Subject: Thoughtfully done!
 

Mark...not only thorough and fair, but the user instructions were a generous addition to anyone who now owns a Zaffiro (Not I...as yet)
good Work...Robert Jason
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Posted Tue Aug 5, 2003, 10:49pm
Subject: failing thermostat
 

I love my Zaffiro. Thanks for the great review. One question: What happens when the thermostat goes bad? Will it be completely obvious if it's broken? Thanks!
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Posted Wed Aug 13, 2003, 11:35pm
Subject: 6 months now
 

As usual a great review -:)  I've had mine now for 6 months and it hasn't missed a beat.  No thermostat or other problems (knock on wood!),  And I laughed to see the cheats for steaming as that's what I've been doing for my cappuccinos and lattes all along.   Yeah there's a wait but I've never found it objectionable in the long run whether just brewing for myself or a bunch of guests.
One tease though... thanks for the mention and although I did post a bunch of pictures showing how to adjust the water level switch, I don't think I'm the one that discovered it first.  No problem, my name isn't spelled correctly anyhow!  LOL

Again great review, great site, great machine, and with Chris a great dealer!

Bob Allman
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Posted Wed Aug 13, 2003, 11:37pm
Subject: ouch... should have added
 

Don't move the steam wand over the drip tray when bleeding.  I use a second stainless pitcher exclusively for this.  Sure saves the hands and time messing around with positioning the wand -:)

Bob
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Posted Mon Aug 18, 2003, 3:29am
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Acck! Well, sorry for the missspeeeel anyway Bob, I've fixed it now :)
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Posted Mon Aug 25, 2003, 11:57am
Subject: True dimensions?
 

I will possibly be buying a new Zaffiro sight unseen. I could do with knowing the true dimensions of the machine and to where the measurements are taken. e.g does the depth include the drip tray handle? Can the drip tray handle be removed and what is the depth once it has been removed, if it can be removed. Also, what is the recommended minimum clearance between the top of the machine and a fitted cupboard. I have to give the kitchen builder this info tomorrow or the day after latest so anyones help would be greatly appreciated.
thanks ...RG
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Posted Sat Sep 13, 2003, 10:06am
Subject: Re: Isomac Zaffiro Detailed Review
 

When you want a shot, it's still good practice to "flush the grouphead", but you only need do a quick on/off pull of the lever for a second or two - just until you see some water flow.

Why, Mark?
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Posted Wed Oct 22, 2003, 11:30am
Subject: Re: Isomac Zaffiro Detailed Review
 

Okay I want to buy a new machine and am torn between the Rancilio Silvia, Isomac Venus and the Zaffrio.

I primarily drink Cafe' mochas.  Would the Zaffrio be a bad unit?  I normally drink about two a day so it won't get a ton of use but I want to be able to make multiple drinks if I have company over.

Thanks for your replies and if you could email your replies to:  slowrey@everestkc.net that would be greatly appreciated!

Sean
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Posted Wed Feb 7, 2007, 6:41am
Subject: Re: Isomac Zaffiro Detailed Review
 

GLAD I passed on this one!  

Wonder if Zaff II will be the same??
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