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1stline
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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013, 3:05pm
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cuznvin Said:

For what the manufactures are selling their machines for they should be notifying the retailers.If they are told their line is going to be dropped then I'll bet they start communicating better. To me it shows arrogance and laziness on the manufacturers part.

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The last sentence states it all! We completed the change on our web site within 12 hours of notification.

 
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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013, 7:31pm
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1stline Said:

The last sentence states it all! We completed the change on our web site within 12 hours of notification.

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sorry, i figured you would have realized there were no insulated boilers on the latest cuadra v2's before that...

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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013, 7:47pm
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He was not aware of the change until I told him as far as I could tell.

On another note I think I am finally getting used to the machine. I am consistently getting good shots and the steaming is coming along too.
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013, 4:18pm
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Hello all,

I've recently become addicted to trying to make the "perfect" shot of espresso.  This started because I was in a small cafe in Seattle that made amazing good coffee, and I realized that my daily *$ doppio was frankly subpar.  I have a machine already, but it's not exactly high end.  It may not even be low end.  It (well probably I) is (am) making very sour shots, and one of the reasons I suspect is that the boiler is so small that after a couple of seconds the heat drops and the boiler kicks back on.  And of course technique, of lack thereof, I'm sure has a lot to do with it (see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOYGXN4gJ94 )

This has started me on my search for quality hardware such that I'll be able to know for certain that I'm definitely the problem, and not the machine.  And I've come to think that given my budget, the Cuadra is the best value out there.

Is there a consensus amongst owners that this machine has provided consistency and longevity?

Also, I see three versions listed.  I understand the price difference in the all stainless unit (i actually prefer the red version looks wise), but what is the difference between the two units priced $50 apart?

Would a Rancilio Rocky be an appropriate companion?

Any pointers would be much appreciated!
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013, 4:24pm
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gustavus Said:

Hello all,

I've recently become addicted to trying to make the "perfect" shot of espresso.  This started because I was in a small cafe in Seattle that made amazing good coffee, and I realized that my daily *$ doppio was frankly subpar.  I have a machine already, but it's not exactly high end.  It may not even be low end.  It (well probably I) is (am) making very sour shots, and one of the reasons I suspect is that the boiler is so small that after a couple of seconds the heat drops and the boiler kicks back on.  And of course technique, of lack thereof, I'm sure has a lot to do with it (see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOYGXN4gJ94 )

This has started me on my search for quality hardware such that I'll be able to know for certain that I'm definitely the problem, and not the machine.  And I've come to think that given my budget, the Cuadra is the best value out there.

Is there a consensus amongst owners that this machine has provided consistency and longevity?

Also, I see three versions listed.  I understand the price difference in the all stainless unit (i actually prefer the red version looks wise), but what is the difference between the two units priced $50 apart?

Would a Rancilio Rocky be an appropriate companion?

Any pointers would be much appreciated!

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Which grinder are you using?
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gustavus
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013, 4:39pm
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cuznvin Said:

Which grinder are you using?

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That shot was pulled with Lavazza pre-ground, which I'm sure is probably not what I want for a good shot. :)  I have a Krupps GVX-1, but it grinds so inconsistently that I had constant channeling.  It'll be going back to Costco.
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013, 4:41pm
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gustavus Said:

That shot was pulled with Lavazza pre-ground, which I'm sure is probably not what I want for a good shot. :)  I have a Krupps GVX-1, but it grinds so inconsistently that I had constant channeling.  It'll be going back to Costco.

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I know all the experts here are going to tell you that your problem is with the preground coffee and grinder
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013, 5:36pm
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Gustavus, the Cuadra II was my first decent espresso machine and I've been very happy with it.  I've had it for several months but not long enough to speak to its longevity.  There are only 2 things I didn't really like on the machine.  The first is the lack of a way to monitor the water level easily.  I solved this issue by following the lead of another member and using an external tank.  The other issue for me was the steaming tip.  I hate the 2 hole tip that comes with the machine.  I've gotten much better results with one of the holes plugged.

As far as the grinder is concerned, I HIGHLY recommend the Vario.  I purchased mine on Ebay.  New and delivered for $325 about 2 months ago.  There's a seller that changes the price quite often but just make an offer.  Not sure if I caught them with a large inventory or why they accepted such a low offer but I've been extremely happy with the purchase.  If you can get the Vario for close to this price, you won't be disappointed.

Hope this helps a little!
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Posted Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:20am
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cruizie Said:

The other issue for me was the steaming tip.  I hate the 2 hole tip that comes with the machine.  I've gotten much better results with one of the holes plugged.

As far as the grinder is concerned, I HIGHLY recommend the Vario.  

Posted January 19, 2013 link

I've got the 4 hole tip and once you get the hang of it it is fantastic.  I'm always getting a nice torrent of milk going in the pitcher.

For a grinder, I haven't used the Vario, but I did buy a different Baratza.  Was not happy.  Bought a Mazzer Mini and everything jumped a few notches.  Now the only issue is consistency in my commercially bought beans.  I get the same vendor and always buy 1-3 days post-roast.  Yet the last 3-4 16 ounce batches have cycled between being fairly "dry" and having a heavier coat of oil.
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Posted Wed Jan 23, 2013, 7:43am
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Guys,

Just found this on 1st-Line's site:

Click Here (www.1st-line.com)

Anyone know exactly what this is for?
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