Thane Senior Member Joined: 11 Mar 2013 Posts: 3 Location: Dana Point, CA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Magister Stella Grinder: Mazzer Mini Doser
Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 12:06am Subject: Re: Magister Stella deal or no deal?
I know this is an old thread, but I too wanted specifics on the Magister Stella components and could find only guess comparisons and general experiences. I picked up a used one from another member, have been enjoying it and have some build info for those interested. Also the website information differs from my machine.
Magister Stella standard as a pour over (my version), or the Pro version which is plumbed Top Feeding Reservoir is on a pressure switch to detect empty (Auto Shut-off on empty or if pump stalls) Exposed E61 group with hand lever Polished Stainless Steel Case, drip tray and grate (not magnetic) Copper pipe, brass fittings BSPP Single 1.5 liter copper vessel, not insulated with 1,300 watt element , vertical orientation Mater pressurestat Boiler pressure gauge Overheat Sensor "Burn You" steam wand (3 jet) and hot water wands (knobs not levers) (Pro version is "No Burn") Ulka Vibe pump Large OPV requires disassembly to adjust shim GICAR electronics No vacuum breaker valve (pro version has one)
A thorough cleaning/descaling, adjust Pstat, lube and adjust OPV to 9.2 bar, replaced gasket with and 8.5 and Faema dispersion screen (yields 1.7mm more head space). A 6 oz. cooling flush will let me pull 3 oz. from 198° to 197° consistently with abundant steam.
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