Angelo said: "I would suggest that you do NOT run Urnex through it. I
believe Urnex and
aluminum do not get along well...Most of those machines have aluminum
boilers....You can use baking soda with aluminum."
Thanks! Just the kind of info I was looking for; it does indeed appear to
be aluminum. I actually held off on experimenting until replies came
through on the list (which I just received this morning...the list is easier
than processing all the individual emails).
I'll try the baking soda for cleaning, and I'll check the vapor temp (if
possible) for general edification. May be difficult to check the
steam/vapor temp, since there really IS a porta-filter on this thing, and it
locks in place pretty tight. So I guess I'll be measuring the temp. of the
coffee as it leaves the mechanism.
Oh, and no, there isn't any separate temperature control. In fact, besides
the On/Off switch, the only "control" is a knob that opens/closes the fluid
path to the steam wand. Truly, an electric Moka Pot. But with a very nice
little glass decanter with a handle. Like I said, it sure is cute. ^_^
And thanks too for the recommendation about degree of roast and fineness of
grind. I'm thinking I'll try it out a little later this morning, after my
better-half wakes up, so she can call 911 in case Murphy shows up. ;O)
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