To make a long story short, we use to own a coffee shop and we had a clover. The clover broke down and we were told it needed a new motherboard ($1200). Well we didnít have the money so we took it offline and started a drip bar (we wanted to do one anyway). So the clover came home with me and I would fix it when we had some extra money. Well the shop was sold (I wont get into that) and three years later the clover was sitting in my garage. So I finally am in a position to try to get it up and running again. So this past weekend we ran a 220 line in the basement and got it hook up to water. Started it up and it threw the same error code as 3 years ago. So I got in touch with Elysian Coffee Inc, they only North American dealer of clover parts and Robert walked us through a troubleshoot session.
Ordered the part Solid State Relay we think is the problem (not a motherboard, we havenít ruled that out yet but on a close inspection it look like its in good shape - no burn marks), So Iím sitting waiting for the part to arrive, I hoping this week and seeing if that is the issue. Canít wait to get a cup off this old girl who has been sitting in moth balls. Got two bags from intelli, one Brazil and one Columbian, Iíve been French Pressing the Brazil (very good) but havenít tried the Columbian this season yet.
Just wanted to share with folks who would appreciate the whole clover thing
Spectral Senior Member Joined: 13 Feb 2012 Posts: 4 Location: Wellington, New Zealand Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Sat Mar 24, 2012, 9:30pm Subject: Re: Clover Coming soon (maybe)
Yes, good luck with the repair. It's been a while since I took a close look at it, but I seem to recall it runs two separate 2kW heaters through off-the-shelf SSRs and fairly conventional circuitry. I was going to fix another one temporarily by running just one heater circuit but the owner fixed it without my help. You might be able to do the same.
Thanks for the Elysian Coffee Inc hint. That could come in useful.
cornercafe Senior Member Joined: 1 Jun 2008 Posts: 81 Location: Ridgewood, NJ Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Intelli Black Cat Grinder: Baratza virtuoso Drip: Clover, French Press - bodum
Posted Sun Mar 25, 2012, 3:23am Subject: Re: Clover Coming soon (maybe)
It is cool having a clover at home. I remember one time when I still had my shop, in the middle of the night I had a caffeine headache (we have all had those), well I just drive to the shop, open it up and made a cup. It was good and my headache did go away. I do love these machine.
water - town water TDS's over 400 (cant help that right now)
12 oz cup 45 grams setting on grinder (25 on the Virtuoso grinder) 205 temp 50 sec steep time
Intelli - La Soledad Itzamna Guatemala roasted on 10/2
Thanks to Peter from Ridgewood Coffee Company that help me dail it in, also thanks to Matt from Red House Roasters who helped get the clover working ( also a shout out to Bob for this help teaching me about how to use a screw driver, and finding the loose connection with his trusty volt meter, thanks Bob. Also thanks to Gary for all his upfront work getting the Clover preped and the intial debug work)
45 grams, we always went heavy with our weights when I owned the shop. Always started our profile at 42 grams/42 steep and tuned from there.
I was once told by a guy who worked on the clovers, that he had his best cup of retail clove off our machine. (this was a few years ago).
We always went by taste, I like it on the heavy side, Ive had lighter at other shops in NYC and and have never liked it (to me had no real taste). Also the guy who helped me tonight went heavy from 42 grams to 45 grams and it did taste the best.
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