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Topic: super auto vs. manual espresso (3 msgs / 65 lines)
1) From: Paul Jolly
I'll go there, even though I have no experience
with the super autos.  What I do have experience
with are both Solis machines (SL70 & 90).  The 90
is both pre-programmed and programmable; the 70
is manual on/off (like the Silvia).  I've yet to
get a killer shot out of the 90---it hasn't
extracted fully, it hasn't made much crema, it
just hasn't been great.  I don't know why I've
had that experience, but I have.  The 70,
however, works really well...especially when I
make a ristretto.  
For that matter, having read Carl Lau's article
on god shots (see coffeegeek.com), I find that
what I *thought* was a god shot is more likely a
result of simply having a very intense
espresso--which is a result of using, say, 14g of
beans to pull less than an ounce of liquid. 
Grind, tamp, and extraction time are all
important, but the "more beans and less liquid"
method yields brilliant results.
Paul
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2) From: Jim Schulman
On 30 Aug 2002 at 11:12, Paul Jolly wrote:
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Have you done the temperature mod on the 90? If not, 
get in touch with Baratza and ask them to give you the 
how-tos. Without it, the 90 brews at a lower 
temperature than the 70.
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3) From: John Abbott
Paul,
I don't read coffeegeek or believe everything that others tell me about
what's good and what's not. I just know that when I picked my superauto - I
already owned a top rated European pump.  I am totally satisfied with
whatever those 2 ounce things are that my machine produces - based on over
50 years of coffee drinking and having had espresso all over Europe and the
United states.  I'll keep my machine and just not argue.
Good Cupping
John


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