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jsdp
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Posted Fri Aug 28, 2009, 6:33am
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...... and my current set up purchased a few weeks ago.

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Jmanespresso
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Espresso: Alex Duetto II
Grinder: Compak K10 - Vario
Vac Pot: Yama-SY5/SY8/TCA5
Drip: V60, Beehouse, CCD
Roaster: Hottop B
Posted Sat Aug 29, 2009, 12:50am
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Updated:

New Grinder, Bunn G2.  Also, moved to a better spot, with more room to work.  A GS/3 will be replacing Anita in the not-to-far-off future, along with a new Conical grinder.  Anita might stay with me as well.  But im really lovin the BunnG2.. Grinds like a dream!

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JasonBrandtLewis
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Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -...
Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -...
Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup
Drip: CCD, Chemex
Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Sat Aug 29, 2009, 8:49am
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So here is a long-delayed post of my current home setup:

Mahlkönig K30 Vario grinder
Elektra "Sixties" T1 espresso machine w/four portafilers (one bottomless) -- only one pf visible in pic
Quick Mill stepless/doserless (and hopperless) grinder
Bumper knockbox, tamper, tamper stand
Elektra logo espresso and cappuccino cups; Bodum Pavina lattè cups

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Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -...
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Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup
Drip: CCD, Chemex
Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Sat Aug 29, 2009, 9:16am
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And here is my office setup:

Arrarex Caravel (converted to run on 110v)
La Valentina auto with three portafilters (one is bottomless)
Cimbali Max Hybrid
Bumper accessories
Espresso Vivace logo desmitasse and cappucino cups; Bodum Pavina demitasse and Lattè cups

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kitt2000
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Espresso: Lambro,
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Posted Sat Aug 29, 2009, 2:06pm
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First pic of the new(ish) Vibiemme domobar junior (HX), Hybrid Macap MX/Compak grinder and a homemade Knockbox

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Jmanespresso
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Espresso: Alex Duetto II
Grinder: Compak K10 - Vario
Vac Pot: Yama-SY5/SY8/TCA5
Drip: V60, Beehouse, CCD
Roaster: Hottop B
Posted Sun Aug 30, 2009, 10:02pm
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Jason.. Lovin the Elektra man!

And that is quite a nice setup for an office! Ive always liked the Caravel.  Your co workers dont know how good they have it!(well.. they probably do)

 
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JonR10
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Espresso: E61 Legend, Livietta,...
Grinder: Robur, B-Vario-W
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Drip: Technivorm
Roaster: 1-lb US Roaster, Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Oct 14, 2009, 7:40pm
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Shrine update   :-)

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JasonBrandtLewis
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Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -...
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Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup
Drip: CCD, Chemex
Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Thu Oct 15, 2009, 7:00am
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. . . and how is the new toy?  ;^)

 
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JonR10
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Espresso: E61 Legend, Livietta,...
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Drip: Technivorm
Roaster: 1-lb US Roaster, Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Oct 15, 2009, 7:43am
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

. . . and how is the new toy?  ;^)

Posted October 15, 2009 link

Assuming this is directed at me.....

The new toy is pretty darn cool.  Of course, after less than 24 hours of ownership it is too soon to give any meaningful review of the machine, but my first impressions are positive (I like it *much* more than I thought I would).  

The setup process was super-easy for me.  I purchased the machine from ChrisCoffee and they installed the "burn-me" steam wand, set the machine for plumbed-in operation, adjusted the pump to 9 bar (with plumbed-in line pressure of 4 bar), and even shipped it with the John Guest 3/8" fitting installed on the bradied hose so I could simply "plug and play"

I was able to pull great shots from the start. The no-BS temp. management is very convenient and the programming adjustment is accessible by "hot keys" so you can quickly and easily change the brew temperature setting (the boiler takes time to restabilize but you can still brew during that period).  

Also, I made my first cappucino this morning (for my wife) and got beautiful microfoam on the first try and was even able to pour a nice rosetta.  It's a powerful steamer and only took maybe 10 seconds for 6-ish ounces.  My wife commented that she thought today's cappucino was better than yesterday's (made from the same coffee, same basket, same dose and grind from the K30 Vario - the only difference was the machine).  

Cups sitting on top get much warmer than they did on my Wega.  


On the downside, none of my E61-compatible portafilters fit in the group and so my favorite wooden-handled bottomless PF is rendered useless.  I have already ordered a LM bottomless but in the meantime I am pulling shots through spouts.  

Also, this machine came to me with pretty smooth and quiet operation but the drip tray did buzz just a bit when pulling a real shot into a demitasse setting on the grating.  Fortunately I had already gotten some Dynamat and a couple of strategically-placed thin strips removed the buzzing completely.    


The Wega Lyra is a real pleasure to use; she has been extremely reliable and I love the old-skool robust build and simple controls.  I have pulled many great shots with my wega Lyra over the last 4 years but after one evening setting up The GS/3 and one morning's use I will say that for me, this machine is in a different class....

So far, a very satisfying upgrade (still in the starry-eyed in the first day of ownership)

 
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JasonBrandtLewis
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Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -...
Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -...
Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup
Drip: CCD, Chemex
Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Thu Oct 15, 2009, 8:04am
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Congrats, Jon!  Almost makes me want one . . .

Enjoy!

 
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