LMWDP Rollcall - Page 197

A haven dedicated to manual espresso machine aficionados.

Postby bettysnephew » Feb 04, 2018, 3:19 pm

For what small amount this is worth, darker roasts have less caffeine.
Suffering from EAS (Espresso Acquisition Syndrome)
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Postby Czar0001 » Feb 18, 2018, 12:22 pm

For me, learning from my Cremina is like learning to be a parent.
Before our kids were born we read tons about how to properly parent children. We knew everything there was to know, in a theoretical sense, and we were not shy about giving others our parenting advice. Then our daughter arrived. Within a few months we greatly revised our thinking. Three years later our son arrived and now we don't give any parenting advice at all.
That attitude was also me before our Cremina. I had so many firm ideas. I liked my Silvia, and I was positive my Rocky grinder was ideal. When people would post about its grind variability I thought of that as its strength, smug in the belief that this variability allowed the full range of flavors to be drawn out. I was positive that exactly recreating the same tamping pressure time after time was really the key to great espresso.
Then I bought a Cremina. I bought a naked portafilter and somehow it took weeks to get things going right. I thought I was a pro at foaming milk on my Silvia, but this Cremina...
Must be the machine. I watched the OE rebuild videos and quickly knew everything to do. I dismantled my Cremina and immersed everything in a citric acid bath overnight. I then reassembled everything and it performed beautifully...for a while. Then water started leaking from the portafilter during warm up. I realized I had put both piston seals channel down, not top channel up and bottom seal channel down. Next I realized that the citric acid bath had caused some de-chroming on the brew head and yoke.
I wanted to have this baby right, so I posted requesting a business that does this work. No luck. Every place in my area does car bumpers, etc and had no interest in doing my pieces. I finally found a place 1500 miles away, took apart the Cremina and sent them my brew head and yoke. they said they'd get right on it.
2 weeks later I inquired and was told they had a 3 to 6 week backlog.
I now give no advice, I just try to take solid advice. This whole thing has humbled me in a really wonderful way, and I'm better for it, completely apart from the espresso.

p.s. I sold my Silvia and my Rocky, and bought a Mahlkonig K30 Vario. I was completely wrong about grinders, too.


Postby flathead1 » Feb 18, 2018, 1:01 pm

Welcome to the rabbit hole. :)
A Lever and a place to stand ...

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Postby Chert » replying to flathead1 » Feb 22, 2018, 12:36 pm


Your rabbit hole is crowded with a Salvatore Lever. How are you liking that?



Postby Czar0001 » replying to Chert » Feb 22, 2018, 5:59 pm

Hey, Flint--
Lucky Chert--For this Bill, I'm with Red Knuckles: "...I'm a One Woman Man."

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Postby Chert » replying to Czar0001 » Feb 22, 2018, 6:13 pm

D--n! I stepped in that one.

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Postby flathead1 » Feb 22, 2018, 6:38 pm


The SCL is my go to machine. It's the weekday worker. I pull four shots in the morning, 2 for immediate consumption and 2 in the thermos for the drive into work. I don't have a complaint.

The others in the menagerie are weekend warriors and usually put in about a month of service until they are rotated out for another machine.

Keeps me on my game adjusting the grind.

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Postby Chert » replying to flathead1 » Feb 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

variety's the spice


Postby kellzey » Feb 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

I am already Member #499 with a '74 Europiccola, but I add another star to my membership badge with the addition of my second lever...

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Arroyo Estrellas

Postby Arroyo Estrellas » Mar 13, 2018, 1:11 pm

Ladies, Gentlemen,

I'm Paul, from Sterrebeek in Belgium. In the spanish language, Sterrebeek is more intelligible as "Arroyo de las Estrellas" (hence my alias), it means "Starbrook" (or, in German, "Sternenbach", French "Ruisseau des étoiles"...what's in a name)?

After having been to Spain, some 20 years ago, I tasted what I thought was good coffee there, "cafe con leche", or perhaps even "cortado", and because I erroneously thought I needed an espresso machine to make something like that, twelve years ago I bought a second-hand ECM Giotto, then a Macap grinder, and it didn't take that long before I was roasting on the first model of the (electric) Hottop, until that broke down, around 570 roasts and ten years later. Once one has learned to roast, it's nigh impossible to go back to commercial roasts, so a year ago I ordered and received a propane-gas fired Huky 500 which, paired with Artisan, given excellent roasts.

The trusty old Giotto (loved that excellent E61 HX) has been my constant espresso companion until last Sunday, when I drove to a suburb of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, to pick up a Londinium I lever machine built in 2014. Already, the second day into trying to set espresso with this shiny monster, I find the coffee tasting rather better than with the pump-driven ECM: more mellow, softer, less tannin, perhaps. But I have yet much to learn...however the signs are there: this is a great machine!

Now I have to find the sweet spots, some new routines, procedures... perhaps try new coffees (right now I roast a generic Brasil, and a Yirgacheffe, which I sometimes mix in varying degrees...I haven't been really adventurous in finding "magic" beans.

So, if you'll have me, I'd like to join...it would be wonderful if 911 (or perhaps 908 or, better, 917) were available, but beggars can't be choosers, any number will do!