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ChrisInked
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Posted Fri Jan 31, 2014, 9:19am
Subject: Hi, I need some cues and advices for my new acqisition: Isomac tea.
 

The title says it all...I need some cues and advices for my new acqisition: Isomac tea.

And I know I can find any and evrything I wan't on google, but I want trusted advises and tried and true methods that never seem to fail, not random reviewers who pulled 3 shots out of it for a youtube demo... ;)  

Thanks guys! :)
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NobbyR
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 4:36am
Subject: Re: Hi, I need some cues and advices for my new acqisition: Isomac tea.
 

What exactly is it, you want to know?

The Isomac Tea is an HX machine with an E61 brew group, a 1.2 liter boiler, a 1,400 W heating element and a Ulka vibration pump, and it usually comes with a standard single shot basket in a single spout unpressurized portafilter as well as a standard double shot basket in a dual spout PF. It has two pressure gauges, one for boiler pressure and one for pump pressure.

It'll take about 45 minutes to heat up properly. Before pulling a shot it requires a cooling flush, because the brew water tends to overheat, when the machine is left idling for more than five minutes. You can brew espresso and steam milk simultaneously with it. For extraction, pump pressure ought to be around 9 bar, percolation time around 25 seconds. You'll have to dial in your grinder using fresh beans to get extraction parameters right. If you're a newbie, it'll be wise to start pulling doppios, because the double basket is much easier to handle than the single. You could put the double basket in the single PF, if you want. Apart from looking really cool, a naked PF can be very helpful to diagnose extraction problems, because it'll only make no mess when you get your dose distribution and tamping right.

 
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 9:02am
Subject: Re: Hi, I need some cues and advices for my new acqisition: Isomac tea.
 

The TEA is a typical, mid-level, prosumer, E-61 HX.  If it's paired with a good grinder, and used with good beans and good technique, it will make excellent espresso consistently.  

Go to the FAQ section at Home-Barista.  Bookmark and read every FAQ in the How-Tos (link at the top of the H-B page) which applies to beginners, to HXs in general and to E-61s in particular.  

Then go to the Forums section at H-B, and from there to the Tips and Techniques page, and bookmark and read the "How to Adjust Taste with Dose and Grind" post.  

Calblacksmith, a moderator here and all around good fellow, has a video which will show you what an overheated stream of water looks like.  I'm sure he'll provide a link.  

After watching that a couple of times, take the time to go back and reread whatever H-B material seems relevant.

Get used to the idea that you'll be going through a lot of (fresh) beans and water before you get a handle on what's going on.  

When you're tasting to "dial in," arm yourself with a small spoon and a large bottle of club soda before you start.    Pull a shot, mix it with the spoon.  Taste a spoonful or perhaps two.  Consider what you tasted.  Throw the shot out.  Unless you have magic metabolic powers, and are very lucky with your first couple of shots, you can not taste enough coffee by the cupful to learn what needs to be learned -- at least not when you're first starting out.

Learning to use machine and grinder isn't as difficult as learning to use your palate.  It's a process everyone must go through to become good at espresso.  Be patient with yourself.

Your grinder will very likely be harder to learn than your machine; and will act as an ultimate limiting factor.  Which grinder are you using?

There's a great deal more to temping an HX with cooling flushes than Nobby described.  You'll have to learn to identify "sweet" from "bitter," as well as the basic mechanics of temping the machine before you learn how to taste, identify and solve temp problems. In fact, there are some subtleties not mentioned in the H-B FAQs.  

One of the beauties of the E-61 group is that it's very tolerant and forgiving.  Another is that it's so popular there are tons of aftermarket accessories.  You can purchase a thermometer (from EricS) which mounts in the front of the grouphead and which will give you a very accurate, real time picture of what's going on.  It is not, strictly speaking, necessary; but it is very reassuring for someone just starting out with temping.  

The really good news is that once you can recognize "a little too sour," and "a little too bitter," you can "dial-in" for temp easily and with great accuracy.  Similarly if you can count to six, you can hit that temp with consistent precision.  

If, after reading the H-B advice, fooling around with it for awhile, asking questions there and here, and you're STILL having trouble -- you can post here or there, PM me there, or e-mail me using the link here, and we'll go through the procedures in detail until you're comfortable.  

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NobbyR
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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014, 2:31am
Subject: Re: Hi, I need some cues and advices for my new acqisition: Isomac tea.
 

This is one of the Home-Barista sections recommended to read: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love HXs: Managing the Brew Temperature of Your Heat Exchanger (HX) Espresso Machine.

 
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ChrisInked
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Espresso: Isomac Tea v1
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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014, 8:39am
Subject: Re: Hi, I need some cues and advices for my new acqisition: Isomac tea.
 

Thanks guys!! That's exactly what I wanted to know, where to find all those precious answers, so generous of you all!! I'm going to pick it up today! So thrilled! Breville time is over!! :)  thanks again guys but now I gotta go read :) a loooot!!!
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