erik82 wrote:Fun to read. The driptray is a beauty. I need to empty it every 5-6 espressos including flushing the screen. Unlike you I really like the design of the driptray-lid. It's easy to remove for cleaning and emptying and the small lip on the driptray itself keeps it nicely in place. I've raised the driptray a couple of times the last months but keep putting it back in the down position. Seems to fit me best.
I've used the anti-dust lid only when it's off. No temperature problems for me without the lid and it warms up nicely within 10 minutes. After reading your post I left the lid on today and it's a nice way to raise the temperature 3C without fiddling with the thermostat. Works like a charm. I didn't need to take the lid off for pulling the shot. Just be sure to keep it centered and you can raise the lever without any problems. Nice tip and fun to experiment with.
Interesting to read about your experience, Erik. Thanks for the comments. Your initial thread was really helpful to me and encouraged me to make the purchase.
In regards to the drip tray lid. I agree, it's really sharp looking. In general, I really like it. I just prefer things to fit snugly and not be able to move around, just a pet peeve... A minor one, at that.
In regards to the anti dust lid. Mine does not have enough of an opening to allow for the lever to rise without getting caught. It seems that I could easily open up the space in the lid a bit more to make this possible, though. That would actually be nice.
Unlike your machine, mine in its current setting does not generally reach high enough temps without the lid. With the group only half full the highest temp I can reach at the top of the heating cycle using an instant read thermometer down towards the bottom of the group just above the piston is 195f. If I fill the reservoir to the line then I get even lower temps. But, with the lid on it reaches 203f. I may try putting a temp strip on the group just to see if I register any difference in temps there, but as of right now I'm finding the lid is necessary for reaching the full temp range. As I said, though, Wouter did mention being able to adjust the thermostat, so I look forward to seeing how this will improve the situation and will be sure to report back.