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JV
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Posted Fri Jun 27, 2008, 10:35pm
Subject: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

So I figured if the GS/3 owners have a thread...Let the crazy coffeegeeks that own a Linea in the home or garage or where ever the Linea beast is fitted...haha  to have a thread :-)

Any Linea owners out there?


My rebuilt Linea - keeps me fueled and buzzed day and night...

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Posted Sat Jun 28, 2008, 11:57pm
Subject: Re: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

Your out of your mind!.......................But in a good way. I guess your wife doesn't buy your story about going into the garage to do some  chores. I have a question though. How do you like your  Mahlkoenig? I can't afford it , but , for some reason I really want one. The fact that their distributer is ten miles from me makes it harder to resist. Please tell me you don't like it and wish you had not purchased it.
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MarkPrince
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Espresso: KvdW Speedster
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Drip: Bonavita
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Posted Sun Jun 29, 2008, 12:28am
Subject: Re: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

Well, I own one, but it looks like a Linea on the outside only.

Here's my specs:

5l steam boiler, 3l brew boiler
Heat exchanger in the steam boiler, feeding brew and hot water mix
PID controls on the brew boiler
Hybrid stainless steel saturated brew group
Stainless steel dispersion screen assembly
Optimized for 110V, 12amp service (max 15amp draw)
Custom low power consumption fluidatec rotary external pump
Runs on 110v
Steam boiler optimized for 1.8bar service, though I run it at 1.5bar

The thing steams way too fast at 1.8bar, so I dialed it down. The steam boiler was supposed to be PID'ed, but keeping it to 12amp was a consideration. This machine is pretty much a one of a kind. I constantly count my blessings and thank LM for custom building this for me.

That said, if the Kees Van der Westen Speedster 2008 model comes in 110V, I may jump ship.

Mark

 
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JV
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Espresso: La Marzocco 2EE, Brasilia...
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Posted Sun Jun 29, 2008, 10:08am
Subject: Re: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

steven_meyer Said:

Your out of your mind!.......................But in a good way. I guess your wife doesn't buy your story about going into the garage to do some  chores. I have a question though. How do you like your  Mahlkoenig? I can't afford it , but , for some reason I really want one. The fact that their distributer is ten miles from me makes it harder to resist. Please tell me you don't like it and wish you had not purchased it.

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Indeed I am out of my mind :-)  No wife yet so I do not have to worry about the nagging. ha. My Linea is nestled nicely in my city apartment...with a little twisting, drilling, cutting and ikea anything can fit.  The Mahlkoenig Guatemala is awesome.  I got it from the ebay....it was practically brand new.  i cleaned it up and set it on the 5 dial and it's ready to grind some press.  If your able to get a Mahlkoenig...i say get one :-)  

here is another shot showing the mahlkoenig:

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JV
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Espresso: La Marzocco 2EE, Brasilia...
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Posted Sun Jun 29, 2008, 10:27am
Subject: Re: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

MarkPrince Said:

Well, I own one, but it looks like a Linea on the outside only.

Here's my specs:

5l steam boiler, 3l brew boiler
Heat exchanger in the steam boiler, feeding brew and hot water mix
PID controls on the brew boiler
Hybrid stainless steel saturated brew group
Stainless steel dispersion screen assembly
Optimized for 110V, 12amp service (max 15amp draw)
Custom low power consumption fluidatec rotary external pump
Runs on 110v
Steam boiler optimized for 1.8bar service, though I run it at 1.5bar

The thing steams way too fast at 1.8bar, so I dialed it down. The steam boiler was supposed to be PID'ed, but keeping it to 12amp was a consideration. This machine is pretty much a one of a kind. I constantly count my blessings and thank LM for custom building this for me.

That said, if the Kees Van der Westen Speedster 2008 model comes in 110V, I may jump ship.

Mark

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Hey Mark.  I've always thought your Linea was kickass. I knew It would be impossible for me to get a 110v Linea so with lots of searching and patience I got a great deal on the 2 group and did an overhaul.  I thought about adding a PID but not sure if it is really worth it....the Linea temp is always spot on.

That Kees Van de Vesten is one sexy looking machine.  Awesome. If you do get the Speedster does that mean your Linea will be for sale? :-)

cheers
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Posted Tue Jul 1, 2008, 7:05am
Subject: Re: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

Seems you can get factory Linea extras to upgrade your Linea.

Things like PID Kit & Cronos Keypad. You can even add some funk barista lights that light up the work area.

Not sure how easy these are to install though. Might only be factory add ons when you order new.

Do you notice your street lights dim when you turn on the Linea!?! (Im just jealous..)
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JV
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Espresso: La Marzocco 2EE, Brasilia...
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Drip: French Press
Posted Thu Aug 7, 2008, 7:40pm
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Lets keep this thread alive...woot woot.

cheerio
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LurkerJohnny
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LurkerJohnny
Joined: 11 Apr 2004
Posts: 77
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Marzocco Linea 1 Group
Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly
Drip: Krups Moka Brew (favourite)
Roaster: Quest M3
Posted Thu Aug 7, 2008, 8:05pm
Subject: Re: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

I hope to join you're ranks one of these days......   My 1 group Linea is about half done.  We moved and I had to put the project on hold.  Hopefully soon I will be able to pick it back up again.    The good news about my new house is that the kitchen countertops have 19" height.   Enough for the Linea to fit.  The bad news, wifey will not let me drill a hole in our brand new Corian for the drain/water/electric lines.
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Lady_Croft
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Joined: 27 Jan 2008
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Location: Michigan
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: None :(
Grinder: Baratza virtuoso
Vac Pot: Yama tabletop
Drip: Mellita ceramic pourover
Posted Sat Aug 9, 2008, 5:37pm
Subject: Re: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

Seems to me that corian countertop would be doing a LOT more good with the hole in it!!! :)

Oh, if anyone doesn't want their linea anymore, i'd be more than happy to get it off your hands....... just thought I'd throw that out there.....

~Jessie
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JV
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Espresso: La Marzocco 2EE, Brasilia...
Grinder: Mazzer Major, Mahlkoenig...
Drip: French Press
Posted Sat Aug 9, 2008, 6:26pm
Subject: Re: New La Marzocco Linea owners thread...
 

I agree....drill the hole...it'll be worth it :-)
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