So that Oscar I have a line on is plumb in. I've no fear as to the plumbing in of the machine to a cold water pipe as I assume it's just like a ice maker in a fridge. It has raised two questions for me, however. One being stupid, and one being, a fair question. 1. Anyone know if the Oscar drains on the drip tray and I'd have to plumb that somehow too? I'm assuming that you just have to empty and clean the drip tray manually. 2. Plumb in would require some sort of inline filtration system. Any thoughts on that?
Most plumb in espresso machines use a little water softener and filtration to make the water taste good. If it already tastes good, then the softener will suffice. Using soft water is a trade off between taste and machine life. I have never noticed my softener adding flavor to the water or making bad espresso. here's a link to the one I have and what I've seen on quite a few plumbed in versions.http://www.1st-line.com/parts/watsftnr.htm1st-line is a decent business. I've dealt with them several times to purchase espresso machine 'stuff'. ********************* Ed Needham® "to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com(include [FRIEND] in subject line to get through my SPAM filters) *********************
I don't use a softener because water and subsequent shots taste very good though water moderately hard ~100 to 120ppm. Not a trade off shortening machine "life" IMO but rather adding at least annual preventative descaling both HX and boiler. Do filter the water with charcoal block under the counter system to get rid of any added chlorine etc. I'll take routine maintenance over flatter tasting shots! Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. <Snip>