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Topic: I am a lucky man (10 msgs / 314 lines)
1) From: Scott Petersen
I am a lucky man for more than the usual reasons today. After visiting 
49th Parallel Cafe in Vancouver BC (best place in Vancouver in my 
opinion), and having our first Machiattos, my wife insisted that we get 
a better espresso machine for home. I currently have an inexpensive 
Delonghi pump machine which can produce the occasional nice shot as long 
as you don't mind lots of futzing, no consistency and not being able to 
steam much of anything. I took my wife's advice to "Get a really good 
one" and ordered a La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II in black.
I can hardly stand it so had to share with people who could appreciate 
my good fortune. I know I have a learning curve to overcome but I have a 
feeling that it will be enjoyable doing so.
I do want to thank Tom (I don't remember his last name) who brought his 
La Spaziale to the PNWG V this year as I was able to see it first hand 
and taste what it could produce.
Cheers
Scott Petersen

2) From: Les
Congrats on a great machine.
Les
On Nov 10, 2007 10:34 PM, Scott Petersen  wrote:
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Ditto congrats on the VII, very good user friendly machine. BTW, what
grinder will you be using?  
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Les
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	Congrats on a great machine.
	 
	Les
	
	On Nov 10, 2007 10:34 PM, Scott Petersen  wrote:
	
		I am a lucky man for more than the usual reasons today.
After visiting
		49th Parallel Cafe in Vancouver BC (best place in Vancouver
in my 
		opinion), and having our first Machiattos, my wife insisted
that we get
		a better espresso machine for home. I currently have an
inexpensive
		Delonghi pump machine which can produce the occasional nice
shot as long 
		as you don't mind lots of futzing, no consistency and not
being able to
		steam much of anything. I took my wife's advice to "Get a
really good
		one" and ordered a La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II in black. 
		
		I can hardly stand it so had to share with people who could
appreciate
		my good fortune. I know I have a learning curve to overcome
but I have a
		feeling that it will be enjoyable doing so.
		
		I do want to thank Tom (I don't remember his last name) who
brought his 
		La Spaziale to the PNWG V this year as I was able to see it
first hand
		and taste what it could produce.
		
		Cheers
		Scott Petersen

4) From: RK
Scott I don't think you will  be disappointed in the S-2
I have a S-1, I really like it, Carbon filter recommended.
Let us know how you like it when you get it set up.
RK

5) From: gin
Scott,
you sure are, let us know when you get it all setup.
ginny
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6) From: Michael I
Scott,
Good choice on the machine.  I've got a V II, as well, and it's great.  Did
you get the timer, too?  I was skeptical about it, but ordered it anyway,
and am very glad I did.  Nice to have the machine all warmed up by the time
you're awake in the morning.
-Mike

7) From: Scott Petersen
Michael I wrote:
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Yah I sprung for the extra to get the timer. I need it to really take
advantage of this machine. My time (mostly due to my inability to get
out of bed) is limited on weekday mornings. The timer will make it easy
to just run upstairs, grind, dose, tamp, pull, add some water and run
out the door with an americano. Mmmmmmmmm. Weekends will be straight
shots and machiatto's for me and who knows what for Anita and
Marie-Elise. Neither of them are really in to coffee like I am but they
enjoy the results occasionally.
Cheers
Scott Petersen

8) From: Eddie Dove
Scott,
I think our wives should become friends ... ;-)
Contratulations!
Eddie
-- 
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On Nov 11, 2007 12:34 AM, Scott Petersen  wrote:
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9) From: raymanowen
"I am a lucky man..."
Indeed, you are, Scott!
Here I sit, outraged that my Crapesso Luxe continues to outsmart me (Only
gets an Honorable Mention- not so tough.)
The thing drives me wild- No Amount of careful cleaning has gotten all the
coffee grounds out of it.
Finally, today, my Celtic Critic reported the shot was good [that's Waay
better than it sounds]- a double from 13g of the Roastmaster's Choice Liqui=
d
Amber, roasted Monday, 5 Nov 07. Ground to 20, packed lightly, declumped (i=
t
wasn't) and repacked.
75 reservoir, normal brew temp, 5sec pre-infusion and Nothin' but gorgeo=
us
crema. Stopped at 1.7 oz, since it was just starting a hint of blonding. Th=
e
crema was beckoning, saying "Here I am, decorate me!" I wish- but my
daughters are the artists... Yours Truly is literally wired backwards and
uncoordinated. One of these days, Alice-
I was exasperated and did a minor PMI- Preventive Maintenance Inspection.
Upside down, the matcheen is easier to work on. I pulled the diffusion
sieve- it wasn't very smutty- and cleaned around the upper plumbing ad
nauseum with several Q-tips. Again, diminishing returns for the time and
minor disassembly efforts.
The gasket was Pristine since I wipe it off every shot, anyway. I got out a
fair amount of grounds on my white terry cloth inspection hand cloths- Not
surprising since I couldn't completely rid the light tan Bilge Water
appearance of Blank Shots!
Good Heavens- when I reassembled it and pulled a blank test shot, all manne=
r
of tan Bilge Water and stray grounds came down and got hung up in the filte=
r
basket. The steam plume had the faint dishwater coffee smell. Probably a
half dozen times more, I got more Crap and Corruption out of it- Bilge Wate=
r
and grounds in the filter basket. EGAD!
There it sits- waiting for me to get back with the distilled water and Sara=
h
to pick up some snake oil cleaner for coffee pots. I got some Go Joe but
it's not for the main machine innards- just a zip dip and group cleaner.
This group is only pretend, so I have to do something else. There's no blan=
k
disc, so I'll have to improvise.
What in the World am I doing rong? McGuyvers?
Cheers, Mabuhay at maramig salamat sa inyong lahat -RayO, aka Opa!
Alms for the poor- Help!
On Nov 10, 2007 11:34 PM, Scott Petersen  wrote:
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-- 
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Might=
y
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

10) From: Scott Petersen
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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I got a Mazzer Mini about 6 months ago so I am hoping I am set in that
department. I have a little work to do to set up the area where it will
go.  We have a small room beside the kitchen that currently has a washer
and dryer in it that is never used as we have another set downstairs.
(It used to be a suite.)  We are going to remove the washer and dryer
there, and put in some sort of counter. Since it is already plumbed and
wired we are set for a great coffee station. I just have to replace the
30amp circuit with a 20 amp and I am good to go.
Cheers
Scott Petersen
---Very odd, this is now the fourth time I have sent this message, 
hopefully it appears this time. Could there be some form of spam 
filtering that I don't know about?


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