Jmanespresso Senior Member Joined: 18 Jan 2009 Posts: 2,111 Location: Westchester NY Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Alex Duetto II Grinder: Compak K10 - Vario Vac Pot: Yama-SY5/SY8/TCA5 Drip: V60, Beehouse, CCD Roaster: Hottop B
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 1:32pm Subject: Re: Could somebody ID this Vibiemme?
Its not really a manual machine.
Its a semi-automatic machine. Its lever activated. When you lift up that lever on the right side of the grouphead, two things happen. One, you open the brewpath, and two, a microswitch is tripped causing the pump to pump water through and pull the shot. You push the lever back down to stop the shot.
Think of it as a really cool button.
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Coffee makes your constantly overcome your prejudices and re-evaluate your own "received wisdoms" when it comes to judging cup flavors. -Tom Owen, SweetMarias
Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013, 6:05am Subject: Re: Could somebody ID this Vibiemme?
That's a pretty darn good price for that machine. I bought a VBM DD v2 demo model right after they announced the v3. I got it for $1100 and that's the lowest I've ever seen a VBM go for. It was WAY too much machine for me but I easily grew into it because the E61 machines are so forgiving. If you're willing to live with an HX machine that Domobar Super is an excellent machine.
Now for the caveats. A used machine will probably need some fixes. If you're not handy that can be a hassle. Also, you'll need a very good grinder. That means at minimum a Baratza Vario and probably should be a 64mm commercial-style grinder.
I'll answer any questions you have. I've been inside my VBM 25+ times but only once was a VBM problem; the rest were me customizing and fixing my own mistakes.
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