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1) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Jim Schulman" 
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Got me curious. (or is it I forget...) Which way did you go for espresso
machine?
MM;-)
Home Roasting in Vancouver, WA USA
Still loving Miss Silvia but keep reading about the Livia 90...
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2) From: Jim Schulman
On 31 May 2002 at 16:49, Mike McGinness wrote:
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An Isomac Tea. It's one of the tribe of semi-pro machines (originated by the 
ECM Giotto) that has a heat exchanger and an E61 group. The ufo look of 
E61 group sold me. There's lot's of reviews on coffeegeek. 
If you frequently make or want to make top of the line espressos for company, 
an HX machine is almost a must. Then when you've had one a week, you'll be 
utterly spoiled.
Sorry for the delay, I was out
Jim
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3) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
Jim,
why have you selected the Tea over the less expensive Zaffiro Isomac®
Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine?
Regards, Lubos
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4) From: Jim Schulman
On 1 Jun 2002 at 2:04, Irene and Lubos Palounek wrote:
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I originally wanted to get the Zaffiro, but it turns out to be the heavywe=
ight of 
no heat exchanger, single boiler machines. It has a large 0.8 liter boiler=
 and 
(apparently?) a fast pressure stat control system; so it might not need 
temperature surfing. But it does need to be switched from espresso making =
to 
steaming. 
It's been around longer than the Isomac's Tea or Millenium, and has taken 
part in two large, well conducted taste tests. In one done by the Danish 
equivalent of the SCAA, it just edged out the Sylvia and Gaggia Classic; i=
n 
the German "Feinschmecker" test, it got edged out by the Livia, Giotto, an=
d 
other HX machines, but again scored better than other single boiler machin=
es.
Jim
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5) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Jim Schulman" 
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Beautiful machine Jim. Read your coffeegeek review. I wonder how it compares
to the Pasquini Livia 90. Now that would be a great side by side comparison.
Someday I may 'kick it up' to that class. For now I'm happy with Miss
Silvia, my first real espresso machine. (coming from a Krups combo
drip/steamtoy unit...) But I do need to quit looking and reading about
machines like your Isomac Tea!
Gotta ask, are the shots really 2.5 times better than with a Rancilio Silvia
or 3.5 times better than a Solis SL70? 
(Only kidding! I do understand incremental quality. Just my home theatre
sub-woofer cost more than an Isomac Tea...)
MM;-)
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