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Posted Fri Nov 1, 2013, 7:01pm
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They last 3-5 years.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 7:53am
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branmuffin17 Said:

Hey Wayne,

I read in one of your replies to a different post that you really like the Klatch Belle and WBC blends...I just got some Belle and am liking the flavor a lot.  Had the Klatch House Espresso (not the Organic FT House Espresso), and it was okay, but definitely like Belle better.

What is it about Belle and WBC that you like?  I'm thinking I'll probably stay with the Belle for a while, but might be interested in trying WBC...still also want to try Velton's Bonsai Blend sometime too.

Posted October 29, 2013 link

Sorry for the long time for the reply, I have been VERY busy at work and not much time for coffee other than drinking it.
Simply put, I like the flavor profile more. I tend to favor the chocolate and cocoa notes in espresso VS the floral notes. That goes for brewed coffee too which is why I like a good Sumatra, great stuff.

I NEVER cared for FTO, I really don't know why, other than to me, it just tastes nasty and gross, hard to put it any other way.

Again, sorry for the long time between your post and my reply!

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 8:00am
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Vibe pumps do not last as long as a rotary.
Vibe pumps are not a big expense item though.

Ya know, you have my phone number, give me a call for help, I don't mind. Heck, I have a vibe pump just laying around from my Sylvia rebuild when I replaced the pump just because I had a new one not that there was anything wrong with the old one.

If you have not ordered the pump yet, you can have this one. I was going to sell it but then thought, "heck it will be more trouble than it is worth"
Vibe pumps are pretty much all the same.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 8:02am
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calblacksmith Said:

Vibe pumps do not last as long as a rotary.
Vibe pumps are not a big expense item though.

Posted November 4, 2013 link

Maybe that's what I was referring to...It was something I read on S1Cafe regarding the differences between vibe and rotary in the Mini and Vivaldi. Forgive my slip of the memory thinking the vibe lasted longer than the rotary. I think the point was that it was cheaper to replace when it stops working properly. Thanks for the clarification.
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 8:25am
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Just to throw a monkey wrench into the works, my Silvia May 2001's vibe pump is still going strong! :D

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 9:33am
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Craig,
Nothing says they HAVE to fail quickly :D

The one I pulled seems to be working fine, I just had a new one so what the heck.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 12:38pm
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Hey everyone,

So some quick updates...thanks Wayne for the bean feedback.  When my wife and I were drinking regular coffee, we were always going Sumatra (though it was Starbucks, so it probably doesn't count).  I'm REALLY liking the Belle...well, when I can drink it, that is.

The back of my machine is out and ready for the pump to be replaced.  According to the Chris Coffee tech, he says he's seen vibe pumps die anytime from 6 months to 6+ years, but that it's not that uncommon.  It cost me $50 from their website...guess I should have called you, Wayne...but this new one should hopefully last a while!  Hope I can figure out how to do the switcheroo...I might be calling you =)  Reason I don't call you is because I don't want to be a bother, and because I don't know when you go to sleep...I know you get up early in the morning, so don't want to call if you're already possibly asleep!

Also got the little shims from Baratza, for the loose levers on the Vario, and put them in this morning...the levers are definitely tighter now, so I shouldn't have any slippage.  It was funny...the pieces were just stuck to a post-it note's sticky side...almost thought I lost the piece somewhere, then realized those two little dots were actually the pieces!

Hope to have some coffee tonight...I was dying for a cup all weekend.  Had to take a trip to Kean on Sunday, and I think I like my capp better than theirs already.  Probably the bean more than anything, as I like the Belle over their espresso roast.
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 1:18pm
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No problem. FYI bed time most nights is 9 pm. Up at 3 am start work at 6am
You have had it now, when you go to Kean for coffee and you like yours better...  you are in the deep end of the pool my friend ;D

Better take your self ranking of geek up a peg or two LOL

 
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Posted Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:32am
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Big thanks to Wayne...as a continuing noob, I installed the new vibe pump, but then tested by priming the pump before fully turning on the machine...no water flow through the grouphead.  Started to freak out internally (wife was around, so had to act like nothing was wrong lol...she's so tired of me fiddling with the machine already!).

Wayne was so kind as to take my call and tell me what was happening.  As a vibration pump, the vibration is essentially a quick expanding and contracting of a diaphragm, but if there's an air pocket/bubble inside, it may hang up the system.  So he suggested I find something to help push water through the pump to get rid of the air...something like a turkey baster.  Unfortunately, I didn't have one, so I looked around and rigged my own...took my baby's old snot sucker tube, and combined it with a medicine syringe (also for baby)...used the syringe to push the water, and voila!  Working!

Tested it out, and everything seems like it's all back to normal...hooray!  Thanks again, Wayne.  You da man.  But this experience tells me to keep my ranking exactly where it is =P
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Posted Tue Nov 5, 2013, 6:34am
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LOL, yes that will work too, I just hope it was......  well cleaned YUCK ! LOL!
Glad to help.

 
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