Jmanespresso Senior Member Joined: 18 Jan 2009 Posts: 2,151 Location: Westchester NY Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Alex Duetto II Grinder: Compak K10 - Vario Vac Pot: Yama-SY5/SY8/TCA5 Drip: V60, Beehouse, CCD Roaster: Hottop B
Posted Sat Aug 29, 2009, 12:50am Subject: Re: Espresso Shrines
New Grinder, Bunn G2. Also, moved to a better spot, with more room to work. A GS/3 will be replacing Anita in the not-to-far-off future, along with a new Conical grinder. Anita might stay with me as well. But im really lovin the BunnG2.. Grinds like a dream!
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JasonBrandtLewis Senior Member Joined: 9 Dec 2005 Posts: 6,572 Location: Berkeley, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -... Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -... Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup Drip: CCD, Chemex Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Sat Aug 29, 2009, 9:16am Subject: Re: Espresso Shrines
And here is my office setup:
Arrarex Caravel (converted to run on 110v) La Valentina auto with three portafilters (one is bottomless) Cimbali Max Hybrid Bumper accessories Espresso Vivace logo desmitasse and cappucino cups; Bodum Pavina demitasse and Lattè cups
The new toy is pretty darn cool. Of course, after less than 24 hours of ownership it is too soon to give any meaningful review of the machine, but my first impressions are positive (I like it *much* more than I thought I would).
The setup process was super-easy for me. I purchased the machine from ChrisCoffee and they installed the "burn-me" steam wand, set the machine for plumbed-in operation, adjusted the pump to 9 bar (with plumbed-in line pressure of 4 bar), and even shipped it with the John Guest 3/8" fitting installed on the bradied hose so I could simply "plug and play"
I was able to pull great shots from the start. The no-BS temp. management is very convenient and the programming adjustment is accessible by "hot keys" so you can quickly and easily change the brew temperature setting (the boiler takes time to restabilize but you can still brew during that period).
Also, I made my first cappucino this morning (for my wife) and got beautiful microfoam on the first try and was even able to pour a nice rosetta. It's a powerful steamer and only took maybe 10 seconds for 6-ish ounces. My wife commented that she thought today's cappucino was better than yesterday's (made from the same coffee, same basket, same dose and grind from the K30 Vario - the only difference was the machine).
Cups sitting on top get much warmer than they did on my Wega.
On the downside, none of my E61-compatible portafilters fit in the group and so my favorite wooden-handled bottomless PF is rendered useless. I have already ordered a LM bottomless but in the meantime I am pulling shots through spouts.
Also, this machine came to me with pretty smooth and quiet operation but the drip tray did buzz just a bit when pulling a real shot into a demitasse setting on the grating. Fortunately I had already gotten some Dynamat and a couple of strategically-placed thin strips removed the buzzing completely.
The Wega Lyra is a real pleasure to use; she has been extremely reliable and I love the old-skool robust build and simple controls. I have pulled many great shots with my wega Lyra over the last 4 years but after one evening setting up The GS/3 and one morning's use I will say that for me, this machine is in a different class....
So far, a very satisfying upgrade (still in the starry-eyed in the first day of ownership)
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