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Topic: superauto vs. manual espresso (2 msgs / 91 lines)
1) From: John Abbott
I guess I grew tired of doing all that, and the mess that the equipment and
I always made. Since we've retired and moved into a smaller place it doesn't
take much for me to mess up the place, but if I get desperate I still have
the Italian mess maker in the workshop. 
The Hottop has new life in the Abbott house. I grew a bit weary of the lack
of communications from the engineers in Taiwan, and the troubles several of
the units were exhibiting. And because I couldn't get any response I just
packed it up.  But then I had a very pleasant and long conversation with the
owner of Baratza and they gave me the green light to fix the unit.  I
shimmed the motor so that the drive shaft and the drum were straight. The
rubbing stopped and the bean loss went away.  I now crank out great roasts
one behind the other.  There are still a couple of changes that need to be
made; the back to back sessions aren't possible until they do a reset of the
sensors.  But if I let the unit cool for about 20 minutes its ready for me
again and produces another really great roast.  I've figured out the
roasting steps (7 of them) and can pretty well set and forget the roaster
now.  I will be the first one to cheer when the manufacturers in Taiwan
figure this stuff out for themselves.  
I think Lubos finally has a unit that is producing excellent roasts as well.
 He is the steadying influence on me - he never gets rattled, but keeps
working the problems.  I wish we lived closer so we could compare the units.
 Maybe at some grand gathering in the near future - it would be fun.
I just made my first Ibrik in about 3 months. GREAT!!!  Used my own mongrel
espresso blend (mostly Tom's monkey blend) and it was really good. I get
hooked on one drink and forget the rest. I have decided that I'm whimsical
and its just going to be that way.
John - loving coffee in the slow lane
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2) From: Paul Jolly
Glad to hear it, John.  Had I another $400 to
spend back in May, I would probably have bought
the same unit you have.  I loved pulling my own
shots over the summer, emptying the portafilter,
rinsing, measuring, grinding, filling, tamping,
pulling again...now the school year has begun,
I'm back at work, and I can't be bothered to go
through all those steps more than once when it's
6:30am.  If I only had the 5000!
What's the latest Hottop report?
Cheers,
Paul
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