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cottonchipper
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 4:39am
Subject: What's this piece of wood for?
 

I am new to serious brewing, as my wife and I have been using a Mr. Coffee espresso machine for years.  Yesterday we unpacked our new Saeco Aroma machine and have started our way up the learning curve.  One of the items included with the machine was a small piece of light-colored wood, measuring about 1-1/2 inches by 3/4 inches by 3-1/2 inches.  Any idea what this is for?  Surely it's not a coffee tamper.

Any tips on simplifying the use of the Saeco will be appreciated (I've already found searching the archives to be extremely helpful.)

Mark

 
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cottonchipper
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 4:53am
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Okay, I had a "Duh!" moment when I realized the piece of wood slides into this black rectangular basin thing to act as a divider (?) in the center of it.  

So, the new question is: What's this black plastic rectangular basin thing?  It's about 8 inches long, 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep.  I can't seem to make it fit on the machine anywhere.

Perplexed

 
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 4:59am
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I am not up to speed on your machine but the part is the right size for a removeable drip tray liner

regards

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cottonchipper
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 5:36am
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It's just slightly too large to fit where the drip tray goes, but the drip tray is just slightly smaller on all dimensions.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 5:52am
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That's a knock box... you use it to knock the spent coffee puck out of the portafilter (coffee holder/handle).

 
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 5:55am
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Here's a funny clip about why you want one.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myl33ZLkhB8

 
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 6:20am
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Aha!!  Thanks Jesawdy!  That makes perfect sense.  And the video clip will be a great help as I develop my technique.   :-)

 
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 6:27am
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You know, I've got one the exact same color, and that's NEVER happened to me!!!! Love the video though!
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