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Deus
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Posted Sun Mar 10, 2013, 7:31am
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I am reading about tampers and read that the tamper should match the basket? Which basket comes with this machine. I was looking at convex base as it makes sense to me. Euro curve I was thinking but I am not sure what this basket shape is.
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013, 5:05am
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888RP Said:

Dear cuadra owners,
I have a dilemma! So I'm a Canadian and I found a retailer that will import this machine for me for $1300.
The retailer will not provide a warranty but I know another place close by that can repair cuadra"s but it will be out of pocket. Do you think I should buy a quick mill silvano for 1100 with 2 years parts and labour or
Should I pay 1300 for a cuadra and pay for any repairs out of pocket?

Posted March 6, 2013 link

Why don't you buy it in Ontario from a dealer that will warranty it?  IDrinkCoffee sells it and ships it right to you if you don't want to go into a showroom and physically inspect it before buying. They also have a showroom in Milton if you do want to. On a "Bargain Price" HE unit you'd be foolish to buy without a warranty unless you're planning to consider it disposable.  Even if it is just a "Parts Machine", paying $1300 is only the first step toward paying a lot more as you do whatever modifications you plan. If you do plan to strip it and rebuild it better, with better parts so a warranty would be voided, why not start with a slightly used one?
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slybarman
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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013, 12:34pm
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A nice video that explains the workings of the E61 and HX.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jn28YTS3OQ
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888RP
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Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013, 8:00am
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SStones Said:

Why don't you buy it in Ontario from a dealer that will warranty it?  IDrinkCoffee sells it and ships it right to you if you don't want to go into a showroom and physically inspect it before buying. They also have a showroom in Milton if you do want to. On a "Bargain Price" HE unit you'd be foolish to buy without a warranty unless you're planning to consider it disposable.  Even if it is just a "Parts Machine", paying $1300 is only the first step toward paying a lot more as you do whatever modifications you plan. If you do plan to strip it and rebuild it better, with better parts so a warranty would be voided, why not start with a slightly used one?

Posted March 11, 2013 link

Thanks for the reply. I don't plan on stripping it down or making any modifications to it (other than adding an Eric S temp gauge)... and Idrinkcoffee does not sell the Cuadra. They will import it from 1st line for you but they will not provide any warranty. Anyways, I ended up buying it from 1st line and will pick it up in the US and pay duties etc. to bring it across the border. A licensed Faema shop in Toronto sells the Cuadra for $1700 (before tax) with a 1 year warranty I believe -- faema.ca. They also repair Cuadra machines so If mine breaks im not SOL - I have a place to take it to in Toronto that can service/repair it. I have no idea how much repairs cost but so long as it's less than ~$600 in the first year than I still come out ahead getting it from 1st line and paying out of pocket for repairs as opposed to getting it from Faema with a warranty.
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 7:40am
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How do you clean your water reservoir? I took it out and used a long-handled scrub brush, but I'm not sure it really did much. I'm thinking about letting the reservoir sit with a weak bleach solution in it overnight. Is that a bad idea?
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888RP
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 7:51am
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Hey Guys - -Quick question.

I know that with any new grinder you have to dial in the right settings, from what I've read on here, the correct way to do that is to start at the finest setting and then work backwards. I know every bean/machine is different but generally the finest setting would choke any machine if i'm not mistaken. Anyone with a Vario (non W) grinder + Cuadra set up -- care to weigh in on what grinder settings they use on the Vario?

Thanks!
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slybarman
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 8:10am
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Anyone else's setting is probably meaningless becuase the coffee,  humidity,  temp, grinder midpoint calibration,  etc all effect the setting.
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888RP
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 8:20am
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thanks! is the calibration process i decribed above accurate? ie. start at finest and work backwards or is there a more efficient way to do this?
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slybarman
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 8:37am
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The Vario owners manual has instructions for calibrating the midpoint using the included wrench in the adjustment screw. Therr are also videos on YouTube on how to do this.
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 10:13am
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888RP Said:

Hey Guys - -Quick question.

I know that with any new grinder you have to dial in the right settings, from what I've read on here, the correct way to do that is to start at the finest setting and then work backwards. I know every bean/machine is different but generally the finest setting would choke any machine if i'm not mistaken. Anyone with a Vario (non W) grinder + Cuadra set up -- care to weigh in on what grinder settings they use on the Vario?

Thanks!

Posted March 14, 2013 link

Just for reference, mine runs in the 3-G through 3-M range for most beans.  I've found that to be the sweet spot on my Vario.

Like Sly said, though, this is all relative as there are simply too many variables involved.
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