SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 440 Location: Canada Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket... Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best Vac Pot: No :( Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 5:13am Subject: Re: Boiler wattage
I love it. I have never had any problems with it that weren't easy to fix. It didn't take long to get really comfortable using it for consistantly good espresso. I have only one "Upgrade" issue, the boiler fill solenoid. Rocket (As ECM had also done) uses a small boiler fill solenoid despite there being plenty of space for a proper "Lucifer" sized solenoid. In my older Giotto, the valve closed off with calcium twice before I finally replaced it with a larger valve. With the larger valve, it threatens to block off right at the boiler inlet fitting but is easy to descale with come citric acid in through the boiler-fill-probe hole instead of pulling off valves and pipes. I descale my newer Rocket Giotto more often, and am using it with much softer city water, so it hasn't ever seized closed, yet. But I do wish Rocket was just using the larger 2-way to begin with. Some day I will change it to a larger one and can be less concerned with descaling. Rocket has made great improvements, no more "Pencil Eraser" feet. Serious "Sirai" P-stat. Nice form-fitting boiler insulation for energy efficiency (Mine is older than this improvement and doesn't have it, but I've considered buying some to add). Both of my Giottos were used before I got them and I suppose I have been very lucky that neither have ever had any serious problems (Yet). I am one of many Giotto people who am very pleased with the machines.
Symbols: = New Posts since your last visit = No New Posts since last visit = Newest post
Forum Rules: No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards. No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum. No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek. No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum. Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards. Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics. Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies. Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies. Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts. Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.