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patrickff
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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 8:57am
Subject: Silvia in Chains
 

I'm thinking about putting my Silvia and Vario grinder in my office.
However, I share my office with multiple people and a fair number of people go in and out. Oh, and the doors stay mostly unlocked.

I'm worried that one day either of them would disappear.
Did anyone ever mod his/her Silvia resp. Vario to be able to lock it to a table (or something), or add a Kensington Slot?

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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 9:54am
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

Is there some place you could lock them in when away? I think that would be easiest.

You could remove the covers and add something like a solid (not bent) eye bolt to the frame and cut access through the covers on reassembly but I am not aware of any product to do what you are asking for.

 
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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 10:18am
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

Sooner or later it would possibly walk away or be damaged. I would figure out a way to install both in a lockable cabinet with sliding shelf. I've seen Steel Case units that would work with very little modification. One key(yours) should keeps things safe.

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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 4:37am
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

Hey Patrick

Silvia’s rear chassis has a series of drain holes you could use to connect for example a steel wire to it and secure it to some place on your counter. There is no need for any drilling etc. as Silvia feet are high enough to allow the wire to go to its side.

What you should worry more than Silvia will disappear is who will clean the brewhead and  tray after each use and who will fill its water tank…   ;-)

and...don't forget to take with you the portafilter...

anyway, best way to keep it under YOUR control is to place both inside a locker !

 
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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 8:33am
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

+1 on locking away the pf, so no one else can use it while you're not there.

 
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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 10:20am
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

I disagree about hiding the PF in a shared office space.  I once picked up a used machine from CraigsList and the guy didn't have the PF handle and told me that you put the coffee in the top of the machine (where you pour the water in).   Fortunately he hadn't been using the machine and the boiler was fine with no evidence that coffee had ever gone through it ... but if I'd have asked him to demo the machine for me, that is how he would have done it.  

I can just see someone measuring in several scoops of ground coffee into your water tank and then flipping the brew switch.
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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 10:25am
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

AndyPanda Said:

I disagree about hiding the PF in a shared office space.  I once picked up a used machine from CraigsList and the guy didn't have the PF handle and told me that you put the coffee in the top of the machine (where you pour the water in).   Fortunately he hadn't been using the machine and the boiler was fine with no evidence that coffee had ever gone through it ... but if I'd have asked him to demo the machine for me, that is how he would have done it.  

I can just see someone measuring in several scoops of ground coffee into your water tank and then flipping the brew switch.

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Sounds like maybe he helped a machine disappear from an office and could not find the PF, or did not know that it needed one.

 
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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 12:24pm
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

Thanks for all the replies :-)

Cabinet

This is where the Vario might end up.

drain holes


Maybe I should have a look at them ... sounds like a good starting point

told me that you put the coffee in the top of the machine

No more tamping - how convenient.


I never mentioned why I might want to move the Silvia & Vario: In 2 month we will welcome a newborn to our house. I don't think I will have any time in the first few months to pull shots at home :-)
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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 12:53pm
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

congrats on the upcoming kiddo!  When my first one came (2nd one due in Nov), I found the time to make coffee for me and the family (wife - decaf; in-law and me - regular).  Not only will you be pressed for time, but you will be really tired for the first several weeks, so (if you're anything like me) you're going to definitely want a way to have coffee at home.  All to say, think really hard about that before moving your gear.

 
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patrickff
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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2012, 2:43pm
Subject: Re: Silvia in Chains
 

2nd one due in Nov

Congrats too :-)

think really hard

I am still struggling what to do, especially now that I have an Aeropress in my office (I know it is only coffee).
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