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Topic: Plumb In Espresso Machines (4 msgs / 110 lines)
1) From: bb
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?

2) From: Leo Zick
I used this for my giottohttp://www.chriscoffee.com/products/home/plumbing/filtersystemandhttp://www.chriscoffee.com/products/home/isomacparts/floatsys

3) From: Ed Needham
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'.
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
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.
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