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pShoe
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 11:42am
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That's a perfect little place in the kitchen. In my experience, I'm guessing at least one of those draws or cabinets is packed with espresso stuff.
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 12:37pm
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Thanks!  Yeah, it's the perfect place, except that it displaced our mixer and Vitamix blender...both are now on top of the fridge, since we don't use them everyday.  And yes, the left drawer will be storing the scale, tamper, cleaning supplies, etc.

Man, this is my first machine and experience, and I thought it would be pretty easy to dial in for a decent (not expecting great).  Did my first shots early this morning (set my alarm early!)...probably 10-15 of them, trying to dial in grind, practice on shots, etc.  They've all been so sour, even when I thought I was making proper adjustments!  This is definitely going to take some practice...
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 12:49pm
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branmuffin17 Said:

Thanks!  Yeah, it's the perfect place, except that it displaced our mixer and Vitamix blender...both are now on top of the fridge, since we don't use them everyday.  And yes, the left drawer will be storing the scale, tamper, cleaning supplies, etc.

Man, this is my first machine and experience, and I thought it would be pretty easy to dial in for a decent (not expecting great).  Did my first shots early this morning (set my alarm early!)...probably 10-15 of them, trying to dial in grind, practice on shots, etc.  They've all been so sour, even when I thought I was making proper adjustments!  This is definitely going to take some practice...

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That Vitamix will come in handy for summer coffee drinks. Start a new thread with all the particulars of what is happening to you when you pull the shots. Use the camera on your phone and post a few youtube videos. We will get you going in no time. Post things like:

Type of coffee
Roast date
Weight of the dose
Weight of the shot (if you have a vitamix i am guessing you have a digital kitchen scale that will do for a starter
Basket type and size
What all the gauges are reading.

Hang in there. I blew threw 3 pounds of coffee and could NOT sleep for a week when my current machine was brand new. ;)

 
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 1:25pm
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branmuffin17 Said:

Just got my used Mini Vivaldi II!  Just set it and the grinder up last night and did some cleaning, so this is before I've run any coffee through it.  So excited!

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You can sleep when you're dead! GO MAKE SOME COFFEE!!!

 
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 9:36am
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branmuffin17 Said:

Thanks!  Yeah, it's the perfect place, except that it displaced our mixer and Vitamix blender...both are now on top of the fridge, since we don't use them everyday.  And yes, the left drawer will be storing the scale, tamper, cleaning supplies, etc.

Man, this is my first machine and experience, and I thought it would be pretty easy to dial in for a decent (not expecting great).  Did my first shots early this morning (set my alarm early!)...probably 10-15 of them, trying to dial in grind, practice on shots, etc.  They've all been so sour, even when I thought I was making proper adjustments!

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Nice setup...congratulations!  That was a good call on clearing out the space my putting your mixer and blender to "storage".  Remember (assuming you knew in the first place - not talking Aristotle-type knowledge) that NEW grinder burrs require a break-in period to get to where they're putting out consistency, so be patient.  Well, if you're just NOT patient, then get yourself a couple of pounds of cheapo beans and run them through your Vario.  You can sprinkle them throughout your garden afterwards to feed your plants.

branmuffin17 Said:

This is definitely going to take some practice...

Posted October 17, 2013 link

Yes, welcome to the addiction!  The good news it's extremely enjoyable.  Before you know it, you'll be making drinks better than 95% of the world and all of your coffee drinking friends will love to come to your house for coffee!

 
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 1:24pm
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I am loving the Vetrano 2B machine more & more everyday!  I am even learning a little latté art . . .

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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 1:51pm
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FRCN:  I wish...but I've got a pregnant wife and 2 1/2 year old, and our house echoes.  They wouldn't be happy with that, otherwise, I'd be practicing at all hours!

Ron:  I really didn't do that much research on grinders, other than to choose one that was highly regarded in my price range =P  So I didn't really know that I needed to break in the burrs.  I've already run at least 1 lb through the grinder...might go and buy a lb of cheapo as you suggest...thanks for the info!

John:  Gonna start a new thread, since I don't want to muddy the shrine post with talking details of extraction.  Will also be in General Discussion...thanks!
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 2:19pm
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you might be surprised how well the kids sleep through espresso prep noise.  I've got a 5 1/2 year old and an 11 month old.  so I've been making noise around my sleeping kids for a few years.  I've made many an espresso, latte or cappa with my 11 month old sleeping in his stroller less than 10 feet away, without waking him up.  Of course, everyone's different, so you'll have to see how it goes with yours, but just sayin'...you might want to try before resigning.

When's your wife due?

PS: I think going to Wayne's house was a lot more research than most people do.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 3:37pm
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I think my kid would probably sleep through the noise on a regular day.  I probably just had really bad timing hahaha...

I came home from work, and she normally gets about 2-3 hours starting around 2...in this instance, she spent the day with her aunt and cousin, and didn't get to sleep until about 40 minutes before I got home (6-ish)...she was exhausted from hard play.  I went straight to the machine, and when I got to purging the steam wand, the blast totally woke her up, and she was NOT happy.  Had an annoyed wife on top of a cranky kid.  I'll probably try again when she's sleeping, but on a regular day, perhaps!

She's due late November (Thanksgiving time), but wife wants her to come out sooner (of course!).

And yes, talking face to face with Wayne was very helpful for the entire process...think I've been overthinking things a bit!
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 7:10pm
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New grinder needs a new shot.
Vario k30

First pull no adjustment to the grinder, but I did weigh the grinds as I have not yet set the timer and it was a perfect pull.  I wish I had taken a photo.  I expected it to be ugly, it was slow like honey, striped like tiger and so much chocolate!

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