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Topic: state of my espresso machine; substitute in blend for monsooned? (2 msgs / 104 lines)
1) From: Sandra Andina
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Talked to my shop tech today--my Magister needed a new vacuum breaker,  
and his source was closed for the holidays. But it's been shipped and  
should arrive tomorrow or Wed., so I should have my machine back "this  
week" (just in time for me to be out of town again).
But he told me something surprising. He's always been disdainful of  
superautos, not just for the mediocrity of their shots but also their  
heretofore inevitable tendency to break down (sometimes several times  
a year). But he invited me when I come in to pick up my machine to try  
out a new Jura superauto he just got in.  He and his competitor out in  
Elk Grove Village have been using it and trying to break it (Jura  
Capresso dared them to) for a couple of weeks now, and it's holding up  
like a tank.  It also pulls a pretty good shot, as long as your beans  
are freshly roasted.  Only three drawbacks--it's a plumb-in; requires  
220V; and costs six grand.  Of course, there are those of us here who  
actually LIKE to grind, tamp, pull and steam separately and have  
separate components......."those" meaning "most" of us addicted to  
home espresso!
Another question--I'm out of Monsooned Malabar Elephant, and it's time  
to roast another lb. of Rocket Fuel (could go out to Metropolis for  
some Greenline, but want to use the SM's I have on hand).  Have enough  
Sumatra (aged and Mandheling), Brazil Cerrado, India Robusta Peaberry  
and Mysore Nuggets.  What would be an acceptable substitute for the  
Monsooned Malabar, or should I just resign myself that this batch will  
be less like Liquid Amber and more conventional?
Sandy Andina
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
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Talked to my shop tech =
today--my Magister needed a new vacuum breaker, and his source was =
closed for the holidays. But it's been shipped and should arrive =
tomorrow or Wed., so I should have my machine back "this week" (just in =
time for me to be out of town again). 
But he told me something = surprising. He's always been disdainful of superautos, not just for the = mediocrity of their shots but also their heretofore inevitable tendency = to break down (sometimes several times a year). But he invited me when I = come in to pick up my machine to try out a new Jura superauto he just = got in.  He and his competitor out in Elk Grove Village have been = using it and trying to break it (Jura Capresso dared them to) for a = couple of weeks now, and it's holding up like a tank.  It also = pulls a pretty good shot, as long as your beans are freshly roasted. =  Only three drawbacks--it's a plumb-in; requires 220V; and costs = six grand.  Of course, there are those of us here who actually LIKE = to grind, tamp, pull and steam separately and have separate = components......."those" meaning "most" of us addicted to home = espresso!
Another question--I'm out = of Monsooned Malabar Elephant, and it's time to roast another lb. of = Rocket Fuel (could go out to Metropolis for some Greenline, but want to = use the SM's I have on hand).  Have enough Sumatra (aged and = Mandheling), Brazil Cerrado, India Robusta Peaberry and Mysore Nuggets. =  What would be an acceptable substitute for the Monsooned Malabar, = or should I just resign myself that this batch will be less like Liquid = Amber and more conventional? = Sandy Andinawww.myspace.com/sandyandina = --Apple-Mail-90-243833903--

2) From: Slinkster
Sandra Andina wrote:
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A roaster here in town has had a Jura Capresso set up for customers to 
use for...almost three years now.  As nearly as I can tell the machine I 
saw on Friday is the same machine they installed back in early 2005.  
The pressure pads are looking a bit worse for wear but the thing is 
still working pretty well.
I have more fun futzing with their commercial 2-group HX though...


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