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MarkPrince
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Posted Tue Jul 15, 2003, 12:00am
Subject: Isomac Zaffiro Detailed Review
 

Isomac Zaffiro Detailed Review

CoffeeGeek takes a look at what could very well be the best espresso brewing machine under $2,500 (once you forget about steaming). See what we have to say about the Zaffiro.
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Dean
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Posted Tue Jul 22, 2003, 6:04am
Subject: Steaming time on the 240v version
 

I don't own the zaffiro, but Paul Haddon, who's also a coffeegeek user was kind enough to demonstrate his (240v) Zaffiro for me, and the steaming wait was over 1:30, so I don't think you can just blame the 110v power for the wait.  More likely to be the result of all that water in the boiler - great for temperature stability - meaning it takes a long time to cool down when making espresso, but also a long time to heat up for steam.
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Posted Tue Jul 22, 2003, 11:27am
Subject: Thermostat Adjustment
 

Thanks, Mark. As a current owner without scientific temperature probes, the thermostat adjustment guidelines were especially useful.
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DavidMLewis
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Posted Tue Jul 22, 2003, 11:37am
Subject: Minor quibble
 

Great review, Mark. Minor quibble is with the statement that only the LM and Conti have larger dedicated brew boilers: the Techno's is 1.4 liters, with concomitant stability.
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MarkPrince
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Posted Tue Jul 22, 2003, 12:43pm
Subject: Techno Boiler
 

Hi David. I didn't mention the Techno, because my understanding is the model isn't currently being manufactured - they have it on "hold' until this fall because of some production problems; again, this was my information as gleaned from the SCAA show in Boston. If this information is incorrect and the machine is being made today, and shipping today, I'll make the edit change.
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Frenchie
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Posted Wed Jul 23, 2003, 5:43am
Subject: Re: Isomac Zaffiro Detailed Review
 

Loved your review, Mark. I too, own a 240V version and noticed the same delay in getting ready to steam...
Picked up some good suggestions, like bleeding false pressure when flicking the steam switch (I had read about bleeding for other machines, didn't think it mattered here.
Just one question - until now, I had been backflushing after every session... apparently overkill?

Thanks again, Frenchie
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Posted Wed Jul 23, 2003, 12:33pm
Subject: Backflushing
 

Hi Frenchie:

Yeah, I think backflushing after every shot is overkill, and can lead to premature deterioration in the gaskets and plumbing inside the machine. Doing the "portafilter wiggle" should be more than sufficient between shots.
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Frenchie
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Posted Wed Jul 23, 2003, 9:10pm
Subject: Backflushing
 

Ok, thanks. I'll change my habits to do just the "portafilter wiggle".
Just for clarification, I was doing the backflushing after every session with plain water only.
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handcannon
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Posted Thu Jul 24, 2003, 7:41pm
Subject: Upkeep and operation
 

Finally, the detailed review!  Your first look prompted my Zaffiro purchase, and never was a great espresso made easier.  I'll keep a laminated copy of the cogent parts of your review close to The Machine.  Absolutely a great review of a great _espresso_ machine. ( If I want milk, I'll drink milk.)
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Posted Sun Jul 27, 2003, 12:59pm
Subject: once again great review Mark
 

Love these detailed reviews!
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