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marvin
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#121: Post by marvin »

I'm not sure if the issue of very limited cup height (when using a scales) has been raised yet. It seems to be a show stopper for me! My timemore is 3cm high. If I'm not mistaken my approximate calculations show that with the spouted portafilter on only 4cm remains for the cup! Barely enough for a small espresso cup, let alone a 180ml cappuccino cup. Are people not weighing their shots anymore ?

drH
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#122: Post by drH »

I don't usually weight my shots after dialing in. You will also have a lot more space if you just use the bottomless portafilter

If using a double spout is necessary, I think you can probably get some bigger cups in there by angling them in, but certainly its an issue if you need double spouts, bigger cups, and scales.

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another_jim
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#123: Post by another_jim »

nick_111 wrote: ... could be due to a different/better dispersion screen ?
I don't know, but stay tuned for the next round of reviewers.
Jim Schulman

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#124: Post by linuxAndJavaScript »

What I would also like to see is the comparison between the Micra and the newly revamped Bezzera BZ13 DE Rosso

https://www.wholelattelove.com/collecti ... 3-de-rosso

It looks sharp, now is NSF certified, and less than half the cost. This would of been my first choice but at the time it was still just getting rolled out, so I got the Mini instead.

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another_jim
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#125: Post by another_jim »

linuxAndJavaScript wrote:What I would also like to see is the comparison between the Micra and the newly revamped Bezzera BZ13 DE Rosso.
The BZ7, 10, and 13 are similar machines: HX, brass boilers and groups, with cartridge heated group heads, and the groups based on the early 1990s Brasilia group head. They are traditional machine except for the cartridge heater, which gives them a fast heat up. I personally like the Brasilia group heads in both the Bezzeras and Elektras, but they are really old school. Brass, not steel. No headspace at all, and touch the shower screen with the puck and the shot is rubbish.

Wonderful shots if you stay within Italian espresso making norms -- not too light or dark roasts, low doses (no more than 7.5 and 15 grams), and very fine grinds. Not a machine for beginners, those wanting precision baskets, or lighter roasts.
Jim Schulman

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#126: Post by drH replying to another_jim »

The way you describe this reminds me of my Maximatic. Delicious when you do it right but you can't exceed 14g or you will touch the shower screen and ruin the shot. Zero headspace.
A friend of mine got a BZ10 as his first machine. Paired with a conical grinder he really loves it.

marvin
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#127: Post by marvin »

drH wrote:I don't usually weight my shots after dialing in. You will also have a lot more space if you just use the bottomless portafilter

If using a double spout is necessary, I think you can probably get some bigger cups in there by angling them in, but certainly its an issue if you need double spouts, bigger cups, and scales.
I agree. Those are the only options I guess. So if you don't weigh your shots while brewing, you must stop your shots based on time or appearance right?

linuxAndJavaScript
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#128: Post by linuxAndJavaScript »

Is the Micra steam wand more maneuverable than the Mini steam wand? One thing that I liked about the Silvia steam one was you could move it in any direction

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another_jim
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#129: Post by another_jim »

I don't know how the Mini's works; but the Micra's is on a ball joint and can move freely in all directions.
Jim Schulman

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#130: Post by linuxAndJavaScript »

The mini steam wand is mounted on two joints; one allows it to move forward and backward, the other allows it to rotate.