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bossman
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Joined: 10 Dec 2013
Posts: 100
Location: Iowa
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Mini Vivladi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario-W
Drip: Cuisinart
Roaster: Soon I hope
Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 5:23pm
Subject: It's here!
 

Christmas for me today!!  My Mini Vivaldi and Pro-M Espresso arrived!  So far they both look great and I am at the start of making them work.  The grinder seems like it might need calibrated as I am grinding just below the 1 setting and still running a little faster then I like with an 18g dose in the double basket, about 26 seconds.  It takes about 8 seconds for the first drops to appear but then comes out slightly fast.  I was able to make a shot good enough to make a latte with that tasted decent but still not quite there yet.  I burned through 3 8oz bags of my Redline getting things that close and learning the dose on the Pro-M.  Can't wait for this weekend when I will have a lot of time to play around. :)

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SpaceTime
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Joined: 9 Dec 2013
Posts: 271
Location: Virgo Cluster
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: 83 & 89 Cremina, 85 Coffex
Grinder: HG One, Pharos, LIDO
Drip: Freiling 33 & 44oz FP,...
Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 6:07pm
Subject: Re: It's here!
 

Cool boss.  Glad to see you got it.

One thing, if you can't make a decent shot with that, you're fired!

Lol....
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SproBro
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Joined: 11 Feb 2014
Posts: 48
Location: Topeka, KS
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: CC1 v1.5
Grinder: Compak K10PB, Vario
Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 6:23pm
Subject: Re: It's here!
 

Bossman means srs bsns with this equipment.
LOL Spacetime.

I found that preinfusion and dwell time has helped my shots develop over longer period of time. 18g seems like a pretty high dosage for a double basket, but not all baskets are created equal.
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bossman
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Joined: 10 Dec 2013
Posts: 100
Location: Iowa
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Mini Vivladi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario-W
Drip: Cuisinart
Roaster: Soon I hope
Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 6:37pm
Subject: Re: It's here!
 

SproBro Said:

Bossman means srs bsns with this equipment.
LOL Spacetime.

I found that preinfusion and dwell time has helped my shots develop over longer period of time. 18g seems like a pretty high dosage for a double basket, but not all baskets are created equal.

Posted March 19, 2014 link

Yeah I was dosing as high as I could to get the extraction time up.
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CMIN
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Joined: 14 Jun 2012
Posts: 1,356
Location: South FL
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 7:26pm
Subject: Re: It's here!
 

Besides calibration the burrs pry need breaking in. But are you weighing after you grind to make sure your at 18g b/c of retention? The MV has a small PF than normal at 53mm but a little deeper than normal as well, but not sure if 18g is too much. Lock in the PF after dosing and unlock and check the puck to make sure it wasn't fractured.
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bossman
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Joined: 10 Dec 2013
Posts: 100
Location: Iowa
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Mini Vivladi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario-W
Drip: Cuisinart
Roaster: Soon I hope
Posted Thu Mar 20, 2014, 4:21pm
Subject: Re: It's here!
 

Ok I got the grinder calibrated and dialed in.  17.5g in the double basket 5.5 grind setting with Redline nice 32 second extraction and just under the 2oz mark in the glass including crema, perfect for me and the best shot I have ever made myself!  VERY happy, only my 2nd pull after calibrating the grinder.

Now for the steaming lol.  So far I am making cappas instead of lattes unintentionally, I only use 2-3oz of milk but I pulled two doubles and tried to steam 5-6oz of milk but still got really good cappa foam lol.  I can't seem to keep air from being incorporated because of the massive steaming power, even sinking the tip deep it moves so much that it gets exposed and its done in less than 10 seconds.  I like the speed I am just going to have to figure out a technique for it.
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SproBro
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Joined: 11 Feb 2014
Posts: 48
Location: Topeka, KS
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: CC1 v1.5
Grinder: Compak K10PB, Vario
Posted Thu Mar 20, 2014, 10:45pm
Subject: Re: It's here!
 

Nice! Yeah that massive steam power is what I fear when I upgrade. I'm pretty darn proficient now with the single hole tip with steady moderate power, that it baffles me how baristas get microfoam in such short time for 1:1 milk/espresso drinks with commercial machine power!
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bossman
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Joined: 10 Dec 2013
Posts: 100
Location: Iowa
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Mini Vivladi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario-W
Drip: Cuisinart
Roaster: Soon I hope
Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 6:26am
Subject: Re: It's here!
 

I was having some bad channeling and spritzers with the bottomless PF.  I switched from my brass handled tamper to the free one CCS included with the machine and the problems went away.  Of course I end up liking the free one better than the one I special ordered. :(  The one CCS included is taller and slightly convex.
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