Alright! Upgradilitis cured....or at least tended to........for now
Vibiemme Domobar Junior Manual Heat Exchanger!
My decision making was helped by this thread: Who knows about a small HX espresso machine
Now I'll keep this thread up to date with info as I go along.
I went into Copenhagen for it yesterday and quickly got my darling Miss Silvia out of the way to make room for the new
Kinda sad really, she's been with me for almost 8 years and without a hitch other than a recent OPV issue caused by a clog from some foreign object (almost got me to consider to stop the upgrade, but by then I was bitten pretty bad).
So the wife and I moved Domo around a bit to see where she fit in the best and the original place was still the best. Here they are side by side on the oposite side of the counter (I know Silvia is a bit mucky, but I didn't have time to clean her after yesterdays morning latté, which turned out to be the very last!!!).
Here she is in her new home
I toyed around with Domo for a bit before pulling the first shot and found it to be absolutely solidly built. Everything on it is tight and "weighty", it's just the apidimi of quality IMHO. The PF's are simply outstanding, heavy, with great balance and the rubber handles are to die for. Huge drip tray which is a really nice change from Silvia which is a tad shallow. The casing is solid too. Thick steel....love it.
So here's the first shot (I know it was maybe a bit crooked, but I had itchy fingers to get started but they tasted great! And isn't that was it all about in the end?)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MszfIHhU...e=youtu.be
Steaming is amazing (remember I am comparing to Silvia and not a GS3 or something like that
). On Silvia I was steaming for about 45 sec to 1 min but this thing is spitting fire and steams the same in about 15 sec! I do need to get used to the two hole tip. Also I think I need do my first machine mod, which I've been pondering ever since looking into HX's and that is to switch sides of the steam wand and hot water spout since I have a wall to the left of my machine, but that's for later.
One thing to definitely get mod'ed though is the single spout PF which I will probably undress to get room for a triple basket. Since my wife bought me my NPF for Silvia I haven't used anything else....at all. And I think I'll send my current NPF with Silvia when she gets sold as the quality of the PF isn't as nice as the VBM PF and I found it to be a great learning tool that the next user would probably enjoy. But I don't know if I should have Verna Design do the undressing or do it myself as some members here and on CG have done, but I'll keep you up to date on that as we go along.
When I get more shots out of her I'll be back with more info as I think there is too little user info on this machine anywhere.