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wsfarrell
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Postby wsfarrell » Nov 27, 2012, 5:10 pm

My OPV is in back towards the bottom, and there's no hole in the back panel for accessing it. There was ALMOST a hole, since UPS apparently dropped the box from a great height, causing the OPV assembly to bang into the back panel and put a dent in it.

Which leads me to dealing with 1st-Line: top notch. They've got some panels on order, and will send me a replacement when they arrive.

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CSME9
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Postby CSME9 » Nov 27, 2012, 6:46 pm

Caryet-How does the machine perform, espresso quality, length of cooling flush, steaming. Boiler is not insulated but the side panels are, does that make much difference ?

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caryet
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Postby caryet » Nov 27, 2012, 7:49 pm

Again, I did not adjust the the brew pressure at the OPV, which you probably could do, but you would have to remove panels to do so. Playing with the pump pressure is purely experimental and can easily be changed back to original setting. As long as everything else (beans, grind, etc) is in order, the machine produces consistently great espresso. I think the weakest link in my extractions is always the beans. I can't control the beans because I don't roast my own, but I can control the rest. Always buy the best beans you can afford, otherwise you'll really never know how good your machine can perform. Although I don't do too many milk based coffees, the steaming power is very good and the steam tip does it's job fairly well. I think the cooling flush is important but a bit subjective and varies slightly from time to time, but probably lasts a good 5 sec. If you've read any of the threads on insulation, depending on the type of machine being used, it's at best a toss up. I guess if the boiler comes insulated it's one less thing to consider, on the other hand it isn't hard to insulate an uninsulated boiler. As you mentioned, the side panels are insulated and does considerably reduce the temp of the exterior panels. You might ask, How does he know this? Because my machine was sent without the interior side insulation... and the sides get very very hot. After an email to Jim, we both figured that my batch had just been overlooked (oops) in the insulation dept. Nontheless, Jim contacted the manufaturer and within 3-4 wks I was sent my insulation. No fuss no muss, no reminders, no phone calls. 1st-line followed through as they said they would.
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eelpout
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Joined: Aug 31, 2012, 12:37 pm

Postby eelpout » Dec 08, 2012, 3:24 am

Does anyone know about the drip tray drain and the Technika IV Profi?

The manual I found on their website implies one has to drill the hole in the pan oneself. (Shades of Expobar...)
Sounds like there is a drain connector in place, but a somewhat oddball 15mm size.

I wonder if 1st-Line might do the drilling?

caryet
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Postby caryet » Dec 10, 2012, 5:56 pm

The 1st-line site under the Technika switchable model / notes states: "There is no drainage capability, nor parts included for this, of the drip tray." Although the international websites show original versions of the ECM Technika profi, I would advise relying only on info from 1st-line, as that is the actual product you would receive in the U.S. There is an indentation in the middle of the drip tray which I'm pretty sure would accommodate some sort of make shift drain setup with the proper elbows, rubber gaskets etc.
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eelpout
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Postby eelpout » Dec 11, 2012, 4:17 am

Talked to Jim at 1st Line about it. He said his ECM imported machines are custom for the US and don't always match international specs. He said if I want a drainage system I'll have to drill it myself and rig a catch basin. I'm cool with that. :)