I'm enjoying it so far, but of course, haven't really gotten everything down yet. I just adjusted the pressurestat to .9. I have been a wee bit busy too, but pretty soon I'll hve some time to get in some real time with it! She sure is beautiful!! :D
Posted Thu Feb 18, 2010, 1:26pm Subject: Re: Espresso Shrines
I hope that this doesn't stray too far from the original post but, since I saw it here, I thought I would ask here. To Juanjo (or any other woodworkers here) - what do you use for a finish on the portafilter holders? I have one that I need to finish but couldn't decide what to use. I'm mainly concerned about it being taste/smell neutral and I am looking to not change the look of the wood, more to seal and protect it. Can you share your secrets?
Thank you very much, Barbara, but I need to point out that the handles on the portafilters are not wood. Here is a close-up picture of the portafilter's handle; it's actually Bakelite, one of the earliest forms of plastic, but it does look like wood. The portafilter handles and the levers for both the water and steam wands are made from Bakelite, and the control panel has a plastic tortoise shell trim. (See below.)
Is that an Orphan Espresso dosing funnel? How do you like it?
I noticed in a different thread, Barbara, you mentioned you have a clumping problem with your K30 Vario. I seem to have a "slight" and/or "periodic" problem with clumping -- in part dependent upon the weather; in part upon the bean*. Even when it clumps, the clumps are (almost always) light, fluffy, and small. I use the dosing funnel every time I grind. The funnel's first job is "neatness." I have fewer grinders in the tray or on my countertop when using the funnel. Its second job is to aid in WDT if I have clumps, and here too, it works quite well. (I don't use the dissecting needle John Weiss, the "creator" of the WDT, uses; I use a bamboo skewer.)
* For example, I've noticed that the "Ambrosia" from Caffè Fresco clumps more than Espresso Vivace's "Dolce."
Posted Tue Mar 9, 2010, 7:32am Subject: Re: Espresso Shrines
I noticed in a different thread, Barbara, you mentioned you have a clumping problem with your K30 Vario. I seem to have a "slight" and/or "periodic" problem with clumping -- in part dependent upon the weather; in part upon the bean*. Even when it clumps, the clumps are (almost always) light, fluffy, and small.
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