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kajitox
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra II
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Drip: Bodom French Press,...
Posted Sun Apr 13, 2014, 2:00pm
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Hello quadrites! I checked the history and about 2 years ago people were discussing new steam arm tips. I have a V2 that comes with the better standard tip, but my milk always comes out a bit less wispy than I'm hoping for. Many months of technique refinement have helped, but I'm also wondering if the stock tip gives the right amount of pressure. Has anyone settled on something other than the stock tip?
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cruizie
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Posts: 48
Location: Ohio
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Espresso: La Nuovo Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Roaster: Poppery
Posted Wed Apr 16, 2014, 5:31am
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I've been using the stock tip with a toothpick in one hole for about a year now. It takes just a few more seconds and I get great results. I tried the stock tip for a long time and could never get a good result until I plugged one of the holes. I've also tried the 4 hole tip from CC with no success. I've thought about trying the Rocket 2 hole tip with smaller holes but it comes with 3 other tips I don't want and a cost of nearly $35 with shipping. (If anyone has that tip, isn't using it and wants to sell it for cheap, let me know!) I haven't checked lately to see if there are any new options for the no burn steam arm.

I know some will have negative thoughts about the toothpick thing but it works for me. It isn't in the way and doesn't comes out. I never even think about it being in there anymore. Let me know if you give it a try.
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odieandsimba
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Location: Toronto
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Roaster: Caffé Rosto (PID'd)
Posted Wed May 14, 2014, 5:35am
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

Hello all.
I've owned a cuadra for about 3 years now. Got it used  after reading the reviews here and it has bean a very good machine. Some small problems, the fuse holder over heated and scale buildup, from which I learned the hard way to do regular maintenance. But this last weekend while doing a back flush cleaning the pump started to fill the boiler and didn't shut off. It kept on pumping until the pressure relief valve opened and I shut the machine off. The gauge went up past 2 bar and stayed there until the steam valve was opened. Out came water and the pressure dropped quickly.

Crap!

Wondered if the relay may be stuck in the on position so gave the machine a little tap. Nope, not fixed.

Pulled the control board out and with a meter, checked to see if the N.O. contacts were shorted. Nope, that wasn't it.

Searched the internet and found this thread. Read all the posts, yep all 1500+ of them, OK I glazed over for a lot of them but went through every page. Nothing about my problem, but I did learn a lot about the cuadra and how the refill circuit is suppose to work.

Pulled the level sensor, cleaned and re-installed. Still not right.

Checked the resistance between the level sensor and ground. There was some resistance, so I shorted the level sensor wire to ground. Nada.

Put a jumper wire between the sensor connection on the control board and the control board ground. No go.

Board must be pooched. 1st line doesn't like international orders, but I could get my Lady's cousin in the States to order it but by now we are in withdrawl. We need this sooner rather than later. Called the Canadian distributor for cuadra and they wanted $260. Ouch. Then I remembered the name of the band that made the best music to come out of the sixties... The Mothers of Invention. No I didn`t Freak Out. Just figured what was the worst I could do to the control board, pulled it out and started poking it with the meter. Surprise, surprise, surprise, one of printed circuits had a resistance in the multiple  mega-ohm range and this circuit was the ground. So I soldered a small gauge wire between the 2 points and it now works just fine.

As a bonus when I put back the plate that holds the water tank switch, I didn`t put it back in the 2 slots in the plate at the front. I put it on top and now the machine is much quieter than it was before. The bottom plate must have been rattling in the slots. Aaahhh, good coffee without all the irritating noise.

OK, long winded post for my first, but I wanted to tell anyone who runs into the same problem a way to fix it. I think it happened do to the vibration, because to circuit on the board is right on the edge of the board and will rub against the slot the board fits in the black box.

Here`s a picture of the board with the wire in place

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1stline
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Location: Freehold, NJ USA
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: Undisclosed
Grinder: Indisclosed
Vac Pot: Bodum Electric
Drip: None
Roaster: None
Posted Thu May 15, 2014, 9:54am
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Good job on the repair! Yes, sorry, there are a bunch of reasons for not exporting. Mainly for Canada, our merchant bank does not like to give approvals for international orders.

 
Sincerely,
Jim Piccinich
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odieandsimba
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Espresso: Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Roaster: Caffé Rosto (PID'd)
Posted Thu May 15, 2014, 3:26pm
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1stline Said:

Good job on the repair! Yes, sorry, there are a bunch of reasons for not exporting. Mainly for Canada, our merchant bank does not like to give approvals for international orders.

Posted May 15, 2014 link

Thanks

I understand your reason's and don't feel bitter. But I'm not happy with the Canadian supplier. $260 CDN for the part you can sell for $110 US. I understand that one must make a profit and there are considerable over head expenses but...
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1stline
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Posted Fri May 16, 2014, 2:50pm
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odieandsimba Said:

Thanks

I understand your reason's and don't feel bitter. But I'm not happy with the Canadian supplier. $260 CDN for the part you can sell for $110 US. I understand that one must make a profit and there are considerable over head expenses but...

Posted May 15, 2014 link

I agree. Parts, and sometimes machine prices are all over the place. It really depends upon qty purchased, air or container shipping, stocking costs, warehouse and labor costs, etc. One would be surprised how fast these costs add up.

 
Sincerely,
Jim Piccinich
Business Partner
1st-line Equipment, LLC
www.1st-line.com

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Iluvdabean
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
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Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Jul 7, 2014, 8:38am
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I just wanted to say that buying this machine at the introductory price of 1000 dollars was
a smoking hot deal,thanks Jim. I am also very satisfied with HX and E-61 wherever the future of espresso
machines go.
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1stline
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Location: Freehold, NJ USA
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: Undisclosed
Grinder: Indisclosed
Vac Pot: Bodum Electric
Drip: None
Roaster: None
Posted Wed Jul 9, 2014, 9:16am
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Iluvdabean Said:

I just wanted to say that buying this machine at the introductory price of 1000 dollars was
a smoking hot deal,thanks Jim. I am also very satisfied with HX and E-61 wherever the future of espresso
machines go.

Posted July 7, 2014 link

Thanks for the positive feedback.

 
Sincerely,
Jim Piccinich
Business Partner
1st-line Equipment, LLC
www.1st-line.com

Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1stline
Twitter: http://twitter.com/1stline
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Epson
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Posted Fri Jul 18, 2014, 11:58pm
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First, wondering if someone could chime in here, had my machine since this thread started.  Ive noticed ever since i got it, that sometimes the pressure gauge will "freeze" and if i open the steam wand it will drop very fast then i have to wait for it to warm up again, what would this indicate, how to stop this from happening?

Secondly, i recently did some maintance, i usually put 1 packet of descaler in, but i read the instructions on it a bit more closely and determined i need to be adding more like 1 and a half packets to my resevore, so thats what i did this time.  My descaler says to do it monthly but ive been doing it more like every 3 to 6 months.  Anyways, this time like usual i ran 3 or 3 and a half resvores of water to flush it out, the blue water stopped coming.  Also of note i didn't get any blue water out of my grouphead and i ran it at all stages switching between it and my water wand trying to get it in there.

So anyways it should be cleared out right, well couple days later i thought hey let me check this wand again and sure enough i had a bunch of blue water coming out of my water wand again, feels like its going to take another 2 res's to clear it out, why did this happen? shouldn't it have been cleared out?
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nataliethefrog
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Posted Thu Aug 28, 2014, 3:08pm
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Hi All,

I just purchased a La Nuova Era Cuadra, took it out of the box and plugged it in.  I filled the water reservoir and turned it on to warm up.  After 2-3 hours the pressure gauge was showing about .1-.2 Bar.  Is there something I'm missing in the setup, or have I received a unit with a faulty pressure gauge?

Any ideas?
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