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fredk01
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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 8:56pm
Subject: Unic Pony
 

Just when I thought I had it figured out.

I may have an opportunity to acquire a Unic Pony dual boiler.  With dual 1 L boilers its way overkill for the amount of use I will give it, but it is an in production machine so I expect there will be parts available for a while.

Size wise it seems quite compact, maybe 2" longer than the CC1 and 1" wider.

Some questions.  If I am pulling one drink a day (sometimes not even that) except weekends am I going to end up with a lot of stale water because there is not enough turnover?  This is somewhat important because I will have to buy distilled water to reduce the hardness to something approaching reasonable.

This thing has volumetric dosing.  I have no idea if I can override this or if that is desirable.  Thoughts?

Hmm... does this thing have a 3 way valve for backflush/pressure relief?

Anybody have recent experience with this machine?  I see a post from 2003 where Chris' Coffee called it junk, but some others that seem to like the machine.
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fredk01
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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 9:37pm
Subject: Re: Unic Pony
 

Found a parts diagram and an answer to my backflush valve question.  It does have one.

What would a LP valve (low pressure I presume) on the steam boiler be for?

It also has a 56mm portafilter.  Should I care?
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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013, 4:53am
Subject: Re: Unic Pony
 

In the real world, stale water is for the most part a myth.
All volumetric machines can be operated in semi mode but you will love the volumetric feature
I have no use of that machine, like anything used, condition is most important. The non standard pf might be an issue for aftermarket baskets etc.

 
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