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Topic: New Espresso Machine and Hot Water On Demand... (3 msgs / 84 lines)
1) From: Greg Scace
The feature is very useful for Americanos, pre-heating cups, anytime 
you need hot water in the kitchen.  It's also useful for keeping your 
boiler water clean and mineral free.  Hx machines that only produce 
steam from boiler water suffer from mineral buildup and eventually 
develop scaling problems.  It's real easy to keep miniralization in 
check by periodically drawing off some water from the steam boiler.
My experience is that poor tasting water from the hot water tap is 
caused by using overly hard water to begin with, or by contaminating 
the water from improper steam wand use (leaving the wand in milk 
after steaming and allowing milk to be drawn back up the wand).
-Greg
At 12:43 PM 4/14/2008, you wrote:
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2) From: Ron Feroni
The feature is very useful for Americanos, pre-heating cups, anytime > you =
need hot water in the kitchen. It's also useful for keeping your > boiler w=
ater clean and mineral free. Hx machines that only produce > steam from boi=
ler water suffer from mineral buildup and eventually > develop scaling prob=
lems. It's real easy to keep miniralization in > check by periodically draw=
ing off some water from the steam boiler.>> > -Greg
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  ...........I guess I don't understand how you get more mineral build-up f=
rom static water compared to exchanging for fresh water?  Only so much mine=
ral content in x amount of water.  If x amount of water is used indefinatel=
y only so much mineral content can be leached from it,  where-as if you kee=
p introducing fresh water you are also introducing new mineral content.
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sooooo...what does one do who mostly just pulls shots with the occasional c=
appa?  I would definately like to learn the best way to keep my machine run=
ning with the least amount of maintenace.  Don't get me wrong, I would have=
 no trouble tearing it down, and I'm sure the day will come just from all t=
he research I've done on owning a machine.  I do prefer being proactive ove=
r reactive though...thoughts?
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Pack up or back up–use SkyDrive to transfer files or keep extra copies. L=
earn how.
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3) From: Sandy Andina
On Apr 14, 2008, at 2:35 PM, Greg Scace wrote:
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Mine too, Greg--even when Livia was ailing her hot water never tasted  
yucky. I have always been fanatical about keeping my steamwand and tip  
spotless by blasting out some steam and wiping it down immediately  
after frothing (wiping before and after the "blast")--they drummed  
that into us in the Intelligentsia home barista class.
Sandy Andina
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