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Mista_T
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Posted Sun Jul 3, 2005, 11:00pm
Subject: World's biggest/stupidest steam tip
 

This is on the Carimali Uno I acquired recently. I hate "froth assisting" tips at the best of times, but this one doesn't even assist. Think the worst '80s cappucino froth you've ever seen, then get a monkey to try and replicate it. Also, it's massive. It looks to me like it's been retrofitted to the steam arm, and the weight of it means the steam arm won't stay where you put it. It just flops back down to the drip tray.

On the plus side, the machine it is attached to seems pretty good so far.....  :)

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Posted Mon Jul 4, 2005, 9:58am
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I never heard of the Carimali Uno before seeing your post. If you look at their site click here it appears that the tip is without "embellishment".

What did the machine cost you - if you don't mind my asking? It looks like a serious player!
- dual boiler (1600w + 350w)
- 3.5l main boiler
- 28kg net weight.

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Posted Mon Jul 4, 2005, 6:43pm
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Worldman Said:

- dual boiler (1600w + 350w)
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Posted July 4, 2005 link

It's a HX machine. Maybe its pump works at 350w

 
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Mista_T
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Posted Mon Jul 4, 2005, 10:02pm
Subject: Re: World's biggest/stupidest steam tip
 

Yeah, the machine is a beast. Not the prettiest machine ever - especially given my other machine is an Elektra, but it is certainly powerful. I got it for about NZ$650 (currently ~US$450) on an internet auction, which I think is a bit of a steal (despite the many years' worth of crap on the machine), as the lowest price I have seen for a used one is US$1200. I have seen refurbished ones selling for NZ$2500+ locally in the past.

It is a single boiler HX machine: the "1600W + 350W" refers to 1600W heating element plus 350W motor, as GongfuCoffee suggested.

The very few specs on the Carimali site are all the details I have about the machine, and I have no idea what one would retail for new. (Anyone got any more info?) As I said, it's a single-boiler commercial HX machine with programmable volumetric dosing. I was very impressed when I took the shell off it to reveal names like Gicar, Sirai, Procon, RPM, etc. which have been previously out of my league.

The exploded parts diagram shows a normal steam tip. Ordering this is high on my to do list.

 
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dolcimelo
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Posted Tue Jul 5, 2005, 8:11pm
Subject: Re: World's biggest/stupidest steam tip
 

Of course, any Elektra has to be disqualified from beauty contests on the grounds that it is unbeatable...

I'm even more intrigued now that I've seen their site - even the little Carimalina boasts:

1,5 l. boiler, 2,3 l. built-in water tank or possibility of water net connection
Simultaneous dispensing option of coffee and steam
Professional filter holder, adjustable for coffee pouches
Thermosiphonic coffee group heating

It doesn't say HX, but does 'thermosiphonic' and simultaneous steam imply this? You wouldn't expect those specs from looking at it.

As for NZ$650 being "a bit of a steal", I'd say you should be in prison 8-) Good luck with it!

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Mista_T
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Espresso: Elektra MC SA, Carimali Uno
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Vac Pot: Bodum Santos
Roaster: iRoast
Posted Sun Jul 17, 2005, 1:01am
Subject: Re: World's biggest/stupidest steam tip
 

Yup, it's an HX. Don't think it has a thermosiphon though. Boiler is about 3.5L I believe, volumetric dosing, internal rotary pump... I'm still getting a kick out of reminding myself (and anyone else who will listen) that it's not a commercial quality machine, it is a commercial machine.

Carimali are definitely serious players in the market, but it's quite hard to find people who sell them, or any info about their machines on the net.

So far, it's awesome (even the steam tip is ok with a few holes plugged up). Maybe I'll do a review soon...

 
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