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bodkacoffee
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Espresso: Cuadra II
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 3:22pm
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

Ok. My espresso is very bitter. I am using coffee beans roasted at 7th ave coffee roasters. I grind 18 grams and tamp. Pull a little water out and then pull 2 ozs of espresso in 27 seconds or so. It looks pretty good but tastes terrible. I just make a latte with it and drink it but I know I'm missing something here.
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pfn
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra II
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 3:39pm
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

bodkacoffee Said:

Ok. My espresso is very bitter. I am using coffee beans roasted at 7th ave coffee roasters. I grind 18 grams and tamp. Pull a little water out and then pull 2 ozs of espresso in 27 seconds or so. It looks pretty good but tastes terrible. I just make a latte with it and drink it but I know I'm missing something here.

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Flush more water out? No idea about your coffee, use a lighter roast? How are you measuring the 27 seconds, from first drop, or from pf infusion?
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bodkacoffee
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 4:18pm
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

From when I throw the lever up.
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pfn
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 5:35pm
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bodkacoffee Said:

From when I throw the lever up.

Posted April 10, 2013 link

So what is "tastes terrible" sour? I usually count from when I hear the pf fill up, or when the first drop appears...
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bodkacoffee
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 7:24pm
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I was thinking more bitter than sour...
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 8:06pm
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bodkacoffee Said:

I was thinking more bitter than sour...

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Flush more, and/or get lighter roasted beans (again, no idea what beans you have or how they're roasted).
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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013, 11:24am
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Does anyone have their machine on a timer? If so, which one do you have?
Thanks!
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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013, 12:54pm
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motherof4 Said:

Does anyone have their machine on a timer? If so, which one do you have?
Thanks!

Posted April 11, 2013 link

I use this one:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/100685884?catalogId=10053

$16.50, best timer ever, 7 programmable on/off settings, I have mine set to turn on/off at 5:30am-9am M-F, 9am-11am SS, and M 7:15pm-9pm

(It can program M-F, MWF, TTh, M,T,W,T,F,S,S, SS with 7 programmable slots for on/off).

It also auto-detects sunrise/sunset (based on rough latitude + calendar) if you want to let it auto turn-on and off at those times.
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Posted Sat Apr 13, 2013, 5:07am
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:(    :(


My Cuadra is on the fritz this morning. Brewing coffee or steaming milk allows the boiler pressure to drop to zero and it will not recover on its own. I have to turn the machine off for a bit and then back on again before pressure will build in the boiler. I am guessing the little relay for the Pstat may be going or gone.
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Posted Sat Apr 13, 2013, 6:05am
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

Dont worry my Cuadra brother another nice thing about these machines is the design is mainstream, with a long history ,it tends to be more mechanical than computerized and has standard parts.
I wouldnt be surprised if you get a pretty good answer from a Geek here before to long. Of course the place you got it would be my first call.

slybarman Said:

:(    :(


My Cuadra is on the fritz this morning. Brewing coffee or steaming milk allows the boiler pressure to drop to zero and it will not recover on its own. I have to turn the machine off for a bit and then back on again before pressure will build in the boiler. I am guessing the little relay for the Pstat may be going or gone.

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