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Topic: Bought my Dream Machine (11 msgs / 237 lines)
1) From: John Borella
Ever since I first saw photos of the Kees van der Westen Speedster several 
years ago I've lusted for one. When a slightly used (2 months old) Speedster 
w/spares came up on CoffeeGeek recently I couldn't resist.
 It left Texas yesterday but won't be here until next Monday due to the 
holidays so it will be a LONG week. First person I mentioned my trusty 
Vivaldi S1V2 to bought it on the spot so that leaves town on Friday. Its 
been a great machine but I'm sure the Speedster will have no problem filling 
its shoes.
John B.
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2) From: Derek Bradford
A hearty congratulations to you!  As much as I love my S1V2, I'm not sure I
could resist a van der Westen either.  Will you post some pics and specs
when you get it up and running?
--Derek
On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 5:45 PM, John Borella wrote:
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3) From: Yakster
Wow, congrats.  That's great.
So, John, when are we invited over :-)
-Chris
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
Now that I've cleaned up my keyboard (from the DROOL:-), I'll add my
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
miKe
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5) From: John Borella
I tried sending a photo attachment through to this list last week but it got 
stripped out. Are attachments allowed?
John B.

6) From: John Borella
If anyone on this list is ever going to be passing through northeastern CT. 
they should drop me an email. All my friends drink preground or instant so a 
visit from someone that appreciates good coffee is always welcome.
John B.

7) From: Derek Bradford
Unless you post a link to an externally-hosted file, you'll have to go to
the SM forum.
--Derek
On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 7:18 PM, John Borella wrote:
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8) From: Mike Chester
That is one beautiful machine.  I would be jealous but I think I can suffer 
along with my GS-3

9) From: miKe mcKoffee
Yeah ah gee, only a GS3!
Now, if only it was the GS3 Paddle Group...
Ok, I'll go away now and hide behind my 'lowly' Bric' at home, who's shots
can sometimes beat my equally lowly Lineas:-)
miKe
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10) From: Les
Sweet machine!   I hope you enjoy it!  I just had a friend in Montana
order one and he won't get his until March.   Speedster is an awesome
machine, however I find my shots from my Elektra Micro Casa to be very
much to my liking.  Warm-up time is about 20 minutes, and it pulls
very full, sweet, complex and totally satisfying shots for my wife and
myself.  It is the guy or gal behind the machine as well as  good
beans,  proper roast, and right grind  that makes the shot.  I have
had more swill from 5 figure machines than I care to remember.  I did
enjoy pulling shots on a Synesso Cyncra Single group last spring.  One
of the most temperature stable and easily adjusted machines I have
ever played with.  The shots were awesome!  Enjoy your Speedster, but
remember it is only a tool, you must bring the skill.  I am drooling
too I must admit!
Les
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11) From: John Borella
 Hi Les - Funny you should mention your Microcasa as I just pulled an 
excellent shot on mine using some of the SM Guatemalan Finca Agua Tibia. 
Since our kitchen is ripped  apart for a long overdue makeover I'm creating 
a temporary home for the Speedster in another part of the house. Running 
plumbing/wiring/ect is taking longer then expected but with the MCaL to keep 
me fueled with wonderful Espresso I'm getting there.
 You are absolutely right about bringing the skill & there is no question 
that  no one "needs" a Speedster to make great espresso. For me the 
Speedster is like the BMW R90/S I've owned for over 33 years. The first time 
I laid eyes on one I knew no other bike would do & in June 76 I bought one 
from the last batch BMW sent to the U.S. I could have spent a lot less money 
at the time but nothing else matched the beauty & quality of the R90/S in my 
eyes. It was the same with the Speedster; once I'd seen one I knew nothing 
else would do. I had planned to wait a few years as I was satisfied with my 
Vivaldi but when a slightly used one came up on CG with both sets of 
bodywork I put in a bid. I have no regrets whatsoever about the $$ spent as 
it is hands down the most beautiful piece of machinery I've ever laid eyes 
on with or without the bodywork in place. First thing I did after removing 
the bubble wrap was pull off the top cover. Every bracket  & fixture is 
custom made, every weld is perfect & even the panel separating the 
electronics from the boilers is polished to a mirror finish. In a world 
where hand crafted quality is rapidly becoming a thing of the past the 
Speedster is a rare jewel that just happens to also make damn good 
espresso!!
John B. (One lucky SOB)


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