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barngal
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Posted Sun Jul 19, 2009, 6:12pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto Owners-Please speak up!
 

thanks to everyone for the feedback.

DaveUK, I did read your review several times, and I very much appreciate having read it.
We all know about analysis paralysis
I decided that without trying out a different machine hands on, I'd really be very happy to just go with what I have.

So the Duetto II is an obvious consideration (similar to the brewtus IIIr)

Thanks D61 and JeepinGeo for your comments.  Very much what I was hoping to hear.

D61, you nailed it for me. I just want a machine that delivers the goods, without being tempermental
I want to consistently  make great coffee whether I'm running to get to work on time, or hanging out reading the paper
Starting the day with a grin because the espresso mojo is happenin' makes it just that much better

So I appreciate everyone's comments, I'm going to sit on this for a bit...

Jenni
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MarkCan
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Posted Sun Jul 19, 2009, 6:43pm
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I live in Canada.  Who sells the Izzo Alex Duetto in Canada?

Mark
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Dirk_P
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Posted Sun Jul 19, 2009, 8:35pm
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CaffeTech right in your "backyard" so to speak as well as Cappuccino King in Calgary
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MarkCan
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Posted Mon Jul 20, 2009, 6:10am
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Thanks.
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Masterdebater
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Joined: 26 Feb 2009
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Location: Canada
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Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto II
Grinder: Mazzer Mini E - Type B
Vac Pot: Looking
Drip: What is that?
Roaster: Considering
Posted Wed Jul 29, 2009, 7:47am
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Hi,

New duetto II user here from Canada. I am set up with the Mazzer mini E (mod B) grinder. It has only been two days with the machine but everything has great thus far. I will answer any questions if you wish and offer comments as my experience with the machine and grinders grows.

Cheers!

Here's an initial pic of the set up (I've since removed the sticker from the group head :-) ):

Masterdebater: IIzzo Duetto and Mazzer Mini E (JB).JPG
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islandbob
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Posted Wed Jul 29, 2009, 1:41pm
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Where'd you buy it?
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Masterdebater
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Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto II
Grinder: Mazzer Mini E - Type B
Vac Pot: Looking
Drip: What is that?
Roaster: Considering
Posted Wed Jul 29, 2009, 1:49pm
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islandbob Said:

Where'd you buy it?

Posted July 29, 2009 link

I bought it from Caffetech in Edmonton. Ryan and Joe are very knowledgeable and friendly. Caffetech has a close relationship/affiliation with Chris Coffee in the U.S.
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DavecUK
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Posted Wed Jul 29, 2009, 4:14pm
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I know it's not on topic....but I just can't help misreading this guys name ;-)
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baevans
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baevans
Joined: 22 Jun 2008
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Location: Minnesota
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Espresso: Alex Duetto II; Olympia...
Grinder: HG One, Baratza Vario
Vac Pot: Balance Brewer
Drip: Eva Solo; French Press
Roaster: I think not
Posted Wed Jul 29, 2009, 4:40pm
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Hello all;
Quietly contented user of Duetto since November 08.
Downs: Yes the sticker name came off; at the moment I have it stuck on the front of the drip tray door where it doesn't get hot and seems happy.
Yes, the eyebrows above the steam/water knobs will eventually come off. And, I have to remember to open it up once a month to empty the water reservoir (machine is plumbed in - yay!) since every time it's turned on it dumps a bit of water in there. There is a suggested rerouting of the responsible tube but I haven't bothered. I did have to re-tape the insulation on the steam boiler when it arrived, and adjust the brew pressure to compensate for the 3 barr line pressure when I plumbed it in.
That's it. Period.
Runs on 20 amp mechanical (couldn't find a reasonable digital one) timer. I turn the steam boiler on manually when I get up so I can make wife's latter with my second espresso or machiato. Ready to steam in about 8 minutes - note, this is the 20 amp version.
Coffee is great and consistent. 6+ drinks a day for the two of us.
That's it. Just what I was looking for. Very satisfied.

Bruce
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MarkCan
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Posted Sat Aug 1, 2009, 8:06am
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Dear Masterdebater

What a coincidence.  I just purchased a Duetto and a Mazzer Mini E (mod b) from Caffe Tech this week also.  Very happy with the machine and grinder so far.  Joe and Ryan were quite helpful and knowledgable.  Good place to do business - the guys are pretty straight with you.  

The machine looks great on the countertop.  More importantly - the coffee is superb.  The PID takes the guesswork out of it.  Just starting to play around with doser quantities, adjustments to the grind etc.  

The start-up instructions state that the hoses in the reservoir must both touch the bottom for the machine to operate.  Only 1 is long enough to touch bottom.  I spoke with Ryan about it and he advises that the short hose is a return hose and it does not need to touch bottom.  

Mark
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