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Topic: Techno comments (was: RE: +Hottop- worst case scenario) (5 msgs / 120 lines)
1) From: David Lewis
At 10:41 PM -0500 9/13/02, floyd burton wrote:
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I don't play Scott on TV, but I thought I'd jump in here. I've used a 
110v Techno for a couple of months now. I bought the unit from Mike 
Johnson at Boyd's in Portland. He's been pretty responsive, but is 
new to the Techno, so they're still learning about them. Now that 
René's status is official, either way should suit. As to the machine, 
I love it. I rarely make milk-based drinks, so the 110v is no problem 
for me. I haven't yet mastered microfoam, but assume that's a matter 
of spending an afternoon with a gallon of milk and just doing it 
until I get it right. The espresso is absolutely great. The fact that 
the machine can be programmed for shot volume and for temperature is 
very useful, and the shots themselves are sweet. The mousetail hangs 
straight, just like it does on a La Marzocco, the pre-infusion works 
beautifully, and crema from the likes of Malabar Gold is indeed red. 
Most importantly, it tastes wonderful. It's also quiet, small for 
what you're getting, and looks very good on the counter. I've got 
very hard water in my area, so we have a full-house water softener; 
I've got the machine plumbed into an R/O unit that's followed with a 
calcite filter to add back a little hardness for taste. You 
definitely won't be disappointed. One thing to note, though, is that 
it's much touchier as to grind than my old Spidem was. I suspect that 
the gradual build-up of pressure from the vibe pump accounts for 
that. You'll need a grinder with extremely fine steps or none. Hope 
this helps.
	David
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signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are 
not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
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2) From: Scott Jensen
Hi David,
Just curious- did I miss something?  Are you an actor by profession?  Or
some joke that flew right over my head?
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I have not had any luck getting microfoam either!  I have just been thinking
I needed more practice as well.  I will just have to try tomorrow and see if
it can be done!  It kind of surpriced me when after 6 tries I had not
succesfully produced a decent foam.
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Does the 110v model have a vibe pump?  Or are you refering to your old
Spidem as having a Vibe pump?
Looking forward to keeping in touch with another Techno owner,  if you
figure out that microfoam please let me in on the secret!:)
Thanks,  Scott Jensen
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3) From: Angelo
Ah, yes! The microfoam thread, wherein we will discuss the various types of 
milk/foam combos, wrist/wand  techniques, and maybe even the number/angle 
of holes in the wand........to be followed,of course, by the latte art 
thread. I love this list! :-)
Ciao,
Angelo
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4) From: binki
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It's a reference to a commercial that was on TV some decades ago in the 
US.
An actor from a daytime soap (probably "General Hospital") comes out in 
a white lab coat and says, "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV." He 
then goes on to pitch some kind of aspirin which I don't remember. But 
the phrase goes on... if you do a Google search for "play one on TV" 
you'll see lots of variations on this theme in everyday use.
(since I have so little info to offer on coffee topics, I thought I'd 
jump in here!)
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5) From: David Lewis
At 11:11 PM -0500 9/14/02, Scott Jensen wrote:
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Some commercial or other some years ago (vague enough?) had some 
actor pushing a product by saying that he played a doctor on TV. My 
family, alas, would be happy to expound on the obscurity of my humor.
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As I said, I'm sure practice has something to do with it. I also 
haven't changed the temperature of the steam boiler, so that's 
something to try.
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The old Spidem had a vibe pump, and I suspect that the gradual 
pressure ramp that gave made it less sensitive to grind, since the 
puck was subjected to full pressure for less of the time.
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Yes, it sure is a great machine! I pulled some Moka Kadir this 
morning that was just tiger-flecked, wild, not at all bitter, I'd 
better stop now...
Best,
	David
-- 
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, 
signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are 
not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
	--Dwight D. Eisenhower
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