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ponti33602
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Posted Mon Dec 6, 2010, 3:46am
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Here is our 1st ever Espresso set-up. The grinder was purchased used from a member here.

It was in great shape but the Mrs wanted the raw aluminum look so rather than perform a re-paint I went the sand and polish route. The espresso machine was purchased from Chris' Coffee.

Thx to everyone for their posts in helping us decide!



Bob

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Espresso: Rocket Giotto Evoluzione,...
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Drip: Capresso Elegance
Posted Wed Jan 19, 2011, 4:46pm
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My new Rocket Giotto Evoluzione - plumbed in. Just upgraded from PID-controlled Silvia.
There really is a noticeable difference in the cup (and channeling is history!)

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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 7:51am
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On the water filter head:

The left gauge is the static inlet water pressure to the house - normally 60-85 psi.
The right gauge is the outlet pressure from the pressure regulator.

I've installed a shut-off for the water supply inlet to the filter cartridge so that I
can isolate the espresso machine from the water supply, for extended periods if
necessary,  without having to shut off the cold water supply for the sink.

The white plastic shut-off valve coming out of the bottom pressure regulator outlet
has a quick disconnect hose fitting.  This permits easy installation of a short length
of plastic hose that empties into a bucket, to purge carbon fines after installing a
new filter cartridge (without having to disconnect the espresso machine's supply hose).

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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 7:52am
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Another view of under sink installation

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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2011, 5:46pm
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absolutely gorgeous carlhpretired! nice job youve done
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Drip: Keurig
Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 9:56pm
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Here's mine.  I just added a bar sink and a few other mods, so I'll have to take another picture soon.

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jsaliga
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Espresso: Bezzera Strega
Grinder: Baratza Vario, Compak K10...
Vac Pot: Yama
Drip: Technivorm, Clever Dripper
Roaster: Hottop KN-8828B
Posted Thu Jan 27, 2011, 12:22pm
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I wouldn't exactly call it an espresso shrine.  At the moment my setup is borrowing space in my wife's kitchen.  Now that the nest is empty I plan to turn the bedroom adjacent to my home office into a coffee bar.  A large Kitchen Island is going in there that will be home to my Mini Vivaldi and whatever lever machine I end up with.

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Posted Thu Jan 27, 2011, 4:00pm
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jsaliga Said:

I wouldn't exactly call it an espresso shrine.  At the moment my setup is borrowing space in my wife's kitchen.  Now that the nest is empty I plan to turn the bedroom adjacent to my home office into a coffee bar.  A large Kitchen Island is going in there that will be home to my Mini Vivaldi and whatever lever machine I end up with.

--Jerome

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Very nice looking set up!  That is a Sweet nice espresso machine! I thought your Quick Mill Silvano was top of the line but the Mini Vivaldi looks even better.

I just noticed the basket for your Vario - you grind right into the portafilter.  I use the "stir the grounds in the portafilter" method - how do you like that style?

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Fri Jan 28, 2011, 9:57am
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EricBNC Said:

Very nice looking set up!  That is a Sweet nice espresso machine! I thought your Quick Mill Silvano was top of the line but the Mini Vivaldi looks even better.

I just noticed the basket for your oog - you grind right into the portafilter.  I use the "stir the grounds in the portafilter" method - how do you like that style?

Posted January 27, 2011 link

The funny thing is your "junkyard espresso" kit, overall, is probably worth more than all the espresso shrines after all the modding ;)  You manage to do some amazing MacGyver like work with whatever is laying around :)
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Grinder: Baratza Vario, Compak K10...
Vac Pot: Yama
Drip: Technivorm, Clever Dripper
Roaster: Hottop KN-8828B
Posted Fri Jan 28, 2011, 8:21pm
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EricBNC Said:

Very nice looking set up!  That is a Sweet nice espresso machine! I thought your Quick Mill Silvano was top of the line but the Mini Vivaldi looks even better.

Posted January 27, 2011 link

Thanks Eric.  Both are nice machines, to be sure.

I just noticed the basket for your Vario - you grind right into the portafilter.  I use the "stir the grounds in the portafilter" method - how do you like that style?

The Vario does not clump the coffee when it comes out of the chute so the grounds settle into the portafilter evenly if you give it a few light shakes during grinding.  After I grind, I level the coffee grounds in the portafilter and then tamp.  That has always worked very well for me and I never felt the need to do it any other way.

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