Hi, Marshall!Marshall wrote: Negatives:
- Muddy shots. They are very much the same from one blend to another, and it is very difficult to experience distinctive flavors. This may be an issue with the narrow, deep basket or the pressure control. I'm only guessing. It's the main reason I've decided to buy a GS/3 Paddle.
- Overpressure valve placement. It renders the volumetric dosing useless, as it measures the water flow before it reaches the OPV and gets diverted. It may also not be as effective as some other valves.
- Preinfusion. Essentially useless without line pressure. DC may have a preinfusion mod in the works.
Have you compared DC x GS/3 side by side? I wonder if the basket is the problem about the muddy shots, as LM double baskets, although are 58mm, have most of it's volume on a narrower diameter (I measured 55mm, and as far as I remember, the area of the screen are almost the same between them). Ok, the dispersion screen is wider and if one doses 17-18g, the shape of the puck is unique (wider at top). Is the puck of DC that deeper than LM's double puck? But, I'm just wondering...
How about the single shots on DC?
About the OPV and flow meter, I really remember the OPV right after the pump... I don't remember if the flow meter is before pump - that could work if the return of the OPV goes to pump after the flow meter (I know some people have changed this diverting the water back to tank).
There is a Super Mini available here in Brazil (a close friend bought the Mini that the guy was selling too), for a reasonable price (it's expensive but the price is an opportunity, considering the crappy prosumer market here), but I wonder about the 54mm group design! I like playing around with my Gaggia and LM or other 58mm baskets... Of course the Super Mini is kind of an overkill for me, but this obsession is taking me over!