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dougwiebe
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dougwiebe
Joined: 14 Aug 2002
Posts: 151
Location: Vancouver, BC
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Isomac Millennium
Grinder: Innova (Flat), Solis Maestro
Vac Pot: Cafetino Balance, B&D Infuze
Drip: Chemex - the best!
Roaster: Poppery popper
Posted Fri Oct 25, 2002, 2:05am
Subject: Fantastic Photos!
 

Hi Mark,
It looks like Venus has the goods - from the First Look at least. I'll be interested to see how you stack it up against Silvia. Looking forward to the Detailed Review!
Doug
PS - Let me know if you would like some help with the Spidem.
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gauperaa
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gauperaa
Joined: 22 Dec 2001
Posts: 327
Location: Oslo, Norway
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Euro2000 Junior, Rancilio...
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Rancilio Rocky,...
Vac Pot: Mini eSantos
Drip: OBH Nordica King of Coffee
Roaster: Imex-CR100, Princess popper,...
Posted Fri Oct 25, 2002, 2:12am
Subject: Volume
 

Out of curiousity - what's the volume of your ristrettos Mark?
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MarkPrince
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Joined: 19 Dec 2001
Posts: 5,609
Location: Vancouver, BC
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: KvdW Speedster
Grinder: Compak K10 WBC
Vac Pot: A bit too many
Drip: Clive Coffee Drip Stand
Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Sat Oct 26, 2002, 2:41am
Subject: Ristretto Volume and more
 

My ristrettos are in the 1oz to 1.25oz range, including crema, along the lines of a 27 second pull.

I'm just wrapping up what I hope is a thought provoking look at the ristretto shot as a mainly N. American (and mainly west coast) phenom. I've interviewed and talked with a lot of top tier espresso people about the subject, compiled notes, and all sorts of goodies. I'm sure more than a few will also disagree with what I am writing :)
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gauperaa
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gauperaa
Joined: 22 Dec 2001
Posts: 327
Location: Oslo, Norway
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Euro2000 Junior, Rancilio...
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Rancilio Rocky,...
Vac Pot: Mini eSantos
Drip: OBH Nordica King of Coffee
Roaster: Imex-CR100, Princess popper,...
Posted Sat Oct 26, 2002, 9:50am
Subject: Ristretto
 

Me too, my ristrettos are also in the 1 oz to 1.25 oz range. Good to hear that I'm not the only one doing ultra-ristrettos :)
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auerbach
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Joined: 30 Oct 2002
Posts: 18
Location: Durham
Expertise: Intermediate

Espresso: Isomac Zaffiro
Grinder: Gaggia MDF
Vac Pot: Hario Nouveau
Drip: Krups Aroma Control Therma
Posted Wed Oct 30, 2002, 9:56am
Subject: Zafferino vs. Venus?
 

I just opened the box (have not used yet) the Zafferino I ordered from Chriscoffee.  I was in a hurry because my 12+ yr. old Spidem died.  Now I see the Venus for $300 less.  It was a stretch to buy to the Zafferino, and now I feel silly.  Should I try to return the Zafferino (can I?) and get the Venus.  What is the difference between then?
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MarkPrince
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Joined: 19 Dec 2001
Posts: 5,609
Location: Vancouver, BC
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: KvdW Speedster
Grinder: Compak K10 WBC
Vac Pot: A bit too many
Drip: Clive Coffee Drip Stand
Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Thu Oct 31, 2002, 2:45am
Subject: Returning Zaffiro... not!
 

I have both machines here, and while I really like the Venus, the Zaffiro is still, to my eyes at least, the ultimate single-boiler machine you can buy today. There's a lot going for it

  • big boiler
  • e61 grouphead
  • easily adjustable thermostat

The Venus doesn't have any of this.

The Zaffiro also steams much better.
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frelkins
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frelkins
Joined: 22 Dec 2001
Posts: 118
Location: nyc
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: rancilio silvia; expobar...
Grinder: mazzer mini
Vac Pot: bodum santos
Drip: bodum chambord french press
Posted Mon Nov 4, 2002, 2:01pm
Subject: what about that pressurestat?
 

does it really work? does it end the tedious surfing?

is it worth upgrading from silvia for this feature alone?
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MarkPrince
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Posts: 5,609
Location: Vancouver, BC
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: KvdW Speedster
Grinder: Compak K10 WBC
Vac Pot: A bit too many
Drip: Clive Coffee Drip Stand
Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Tue Dec 3, 2002, 1:00am
Subject: Isomac Venus Espresso Machine
 

Isomac Venus Espresso Machine

Our first look engine runs again, this time taking a look at a mid priced, good looking machine from Isomac.
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Shred109
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Joined: 4 Dec 2002
Posts: 25
Expertise: Advanced

Posted Wed Dec 4, 2002, 4:43pm
Subject: Zaffiro E61 Grphead still the way to go
 

For 700 ,I still think the Zaffiro would be a better choice,I too am a Sylvia owner who decided to upgrade,but for someone trying to decide between a sylvia and Venus...I'd plunk down the extra 100 for the Isomac:-)
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Shred109
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Joined: 4 Dec 2002
Posts: 25
Expertise: Advanced

Posted Sun Dec 8, 2002, 8:15pm
Subject: Mark:Full Blown Zaffiro Review
 

Mark,
How about a full review?
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