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1stline
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Posted Thu Sep 26, 2013, 10:20am
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slybarman Said:

Jim:

I am not sure I follow the meaning of your reply as to retrofitting earlier machines with the flow restrictor.

Posted September 25, 2013 link

Sorry, I was not more clear. I have 25 extra flow restrictors coming in as a separate part item.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 26, 2013, 10:23am
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tpsun Said:

Hello all--I have a quick question about the Pressurstat.  I just got my machine yesterday (delivered very quickly from 1st-line) and while it looks great, my shots are coming out too slow.  Even warming up for an hour, dosing 14g, I use the coarsest grind on the Pasquini Lux (stepless, so it's not like the coarsest grind is drip, or even french press), and still my shots are running 35 seconds for 2 oz in the portafilter with the double basket (10 seconds for the flow to start).  My pressure on the steam pressure meter is 1.1 bars, so even though that's not brew pressure, I know that's normal and I'm thinking I don't want to mess with the pressurstat.  But I can't think of another way to get a good flow. And I've switched beans, still no good.  Anyone know if increasing the pressure would help, or would that leave me with other issues?  Anyone else have this issue of a slow flow?  I'm sure there's a way around it, I'm still in that experimental phase, but I am a little stuck.  Thanks.

Posted September 26, 2013 link

Try a little less coffee int he basket. Sometimes, these grinders are preset to be too fine.

Another thing to do is to test without the water softener. If it works better, then the water softener needs to be charged/recharged.

Last case and least likely is the OPV. I do not ever recall any Cuadra customers having to adjust this. So, this is the least likely issue.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 26, 2013, 10:26am
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Iluvdabean Said:

Machines been great,Jim at 1stLine's been great and this to me will go down as one of the best deals at $ 999.00 that I could
have ever imagined. I think they are going to hold their own as a company and a good value. I was caught in a whirlwind of whats beyond
Gaggia Classic and Silvia until this machine came along. Thank you Jim.

Posted September 26, 2013 link

Thank you for the kind words. At the new price, I think they will sell as many customers have truly enjoyed and still enjoy their Cuadras. Heck, I even had one in my house for many months when I was bench testing the first prototype evaluation model we received - and that particular unit still runs for our sideline espresso catering business.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 26, 2013, 7:00pm
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I've had my La Nuova Era a couple of days and. I'm enjoying myself thus far. I'll enjoy it more after I get through the beginner espresso class at Counter Culture next week in Atlanta. I am looking forward to improving my extreme rookie barista skills. But back to the machine, it looks great, makes a great shot, and it beautiful to look at and watch in action.

It was a great purchase I'll enjoy for many, many years.

Cheers,

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Posted Thu Sep 26, 2013, 7:14pm
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1stline Said:

Sorry, I was not more clear. I have 25 extra flow restrictors coming in as a separate part item.

Posted September 26, 2013 link

Ok - thanks Jim. I will likely pick one up when you get them.
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Posted Fri Sep 27, 2013, 2:46pm
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Jim:

I noticed this morning that I have developed a leak along the arm for my brew lever where indicated. You can see the drop of water hanging on there.

Can you suggest some troubleshooting steps?

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Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 5:41am
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slybarman Said:

Jim:

I noticed this morning that I have developed a leak along the arm for my brew lever where indicated. You can see the drop of water hanging on there.

Can you suggest some troubleshooting steps?

Posted September 27, 2013 link

Jim - disregard. It has not repeated. I am thinking maybe I just spilled water on it when I was filling the tank or something. If it happens again, I will give you a call.
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Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 5:33pm
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slybarman Said:

I noticed this morning that I have developed a leak along the arm for my brew lever where indicated. You can see the drop of water hanging on there.

Posted September 27, 2013 link

When the leak gets bad enough, just replace the seals.  It's just 2 seals inside that shaft-guide, but you might as well replace all the rubber in the head at the same time.  Three valve seals, two shaft seals and a group gasket. Lube the shaft seals with food-grade grease. The valves are a little delicate if not unscrewed every few years. Be careful when taking them apart.
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Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 5:37pm
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SStones Said:

When the leak gets bad enough, just replace the seals.  It's just 2 seals inside that shaft-guide, but you might as well replace all the rubber in the head at the same time.  Three valve seals, two shaft seals and a group gasket. Lube the shaft seals with food-grade grease. The valves are a little delicate if not unscrewed every few years. Be careful when taking them apart.

Posted September 29, 2013 link

Roger that. Thanks.
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Posted Wed Oct 2, 2013, 8:36pm
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Moving the question here to get attention of Cuadra experts.

When I turned on my machine this evening to make coffee I noticed the boiler pressure gauge stayed at 0. The grouphead was warm, but not at operating temperature.
Since there was no pressure, there was no steam or hot water coming out of either wand.

Any thoughts as to what might be going on?
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