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frank828
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Posted Thu Dec 13, 2012, 5:59pm
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aw, that sucks.  just looked at the manual and it says it'll just drop to the bottom if the steam lever isnt all the way in the "up" position.    Kinda sounds like the lever isnt aligned properly and they set the off function at the middle position so that you cant get the lever all the way up to lock it in the steam.  :\

hope chris' has a quick fix for you.
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Posted Thu Dec 13, 2012, 6:06pm
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might dig around over Here

 
Yes I put the BDB and CC1 in the same class, yes i have a reason for leaving SCG off my list, yes it is my opinion, yes it is subjective as opinions are by definition, no don't start a flame war because you disagree.
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cuznvin
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Posted Thu Dec 13, 2012, 6:36pm
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Not sure if this is exactly the same problem as yours


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zedex
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Posted Thu Dec 13, 2012, 7:00pm
Subject: Re: Finally taking the espresso plunge - Mini Vivaldi
 

Well that sucks. I am sure CC will have you fixed up. When i received my v2, my volumetric sensor had frozen up and cracked in shipping. The water was not drained from that location. So anyways. The machine had a very small leak. I emailed CCS and they sent out a new sensor . I received it in 1 day.
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EvanOz85
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Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 1:56pm
Subject: Re: Finally taking the espresso plunge - Mini Vivaldi
 

]All fixed. Tim from Chris' Coffee walked me through the process of opening it up and checking an "L" shaped bracket to see if it had bent. It was bent alright...almost into a "V".

It needed to be bent back into an L..which was easier said than done. The bolts were ridiculously hard to loosen, and the metal piece itself had bent in several places. Took about two hours.

Everything is working great now though, and they even said they'd send me some free stuff for my troubles. Glad I bought from them :)

Pulled my first shot of espresso EVER using some Ethiopian Worka beans I roasted last week. Amazingly I got a near perfect extraction from my first try...it was delicious! Started blonding a TAD bit early, but hey I've got a lot to learn!

Bent bracket:
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cuznvin
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Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 2:02pm
Subject: Re: Finally taking the espresso plunge - Mini Vivaldi
 

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EvanOz85 Said:

All fixed. Tim from Chris' Coffee walked me through the process of opening it up and checking an "L" shaped bracket to see if it had bent. It was bent alright...almost into a "V".

It needed to be bent back into an L..which was easier said than done. The bolts were ridiculously hard to loosen, and the metal piece itself had bent in several places. Took about two hours.

Everything is working great now though, and they even said they'd send me some free stuff for my troubles. Glad I bought from them :)

Pulled my first shot of espresso EVER using some Ethiopian Worka beans I roasted last week. Amazingly I got a near perfect extraction from my first try...it was delicious! Started blonding a TAD bit early, but hey I've got a lot to learn!

Bent bracket:
Click Here (i249.photobucket.com)

Posted December 14, 2012 link




I think that is the bracket they were talking about in the thread I posted the link to...
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EvanOz85
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Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 2:14pm
Subject: Re: Finally taking the espresso plunge - Mini Vivaldi
 

Yeah but seeing as how this is my first espresso machine, I wanted to have someone on the phone with me walking me through it to make sure I didn't screw anything up.
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cuznvin
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Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 2:48pm
Subject: Re: Finally taking the espresso plunge - Mini Vivaldi
 

EvanOz85 Said:

Yeah but seeing as how this is my first espresso machine, I wanted to have someone on the phone with me walking me through it to make sure I didn't screw anything up.

Posted December 14, 2012 link

Totally agree with you!!
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cuznvin
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Posted Sat Dec 15, 2012, 6:20am
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Did you get the Pre Infusion chamber?
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Posted Sat Dec 15, 2012, 6:38am
Subject: Re: Finally taking the espresso plunge - Mini Vivaldi
 

EvanOz85 Said:

Yeah but seeing as how this is my first espresso machine, I wanted to have someone on the phone with me walking me through it to make sure I didn't screw anything up.

Posted December 14, 2012 link

IMO a the biggest reason I deal with Chris', when sales are long over the tech department has kept me up and running with tons of help.
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