The reviews will be posted as a feature article on CoffeeGeek, and my understanding is that the website itself is getting some code changes to accomodate the road trip reviews. To me, it's akin to waiting for your publisher to produce a book after you submit the manuscript....we just need to be patient.
MisterJohnnyT Senior Member Joined: 13 Jan 2012 Posts: 62 Location: S.E. Florida Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Compak K3 Touch
Posted Wed Jun 13, 2012, 10:56am Subject: Re: The Crossland CC1 Machine - CG Road Trip!! (Looking for a few good geeks)
I was only joking about the "troll" thing. I have not posted a thorough review myself, because I am still relatively inexperienced and have never used another machine to compare it against. That said, I am making some excellent cappuccinos and have recently figured out how to get good and consistent straight shots. Everyone who comes over is always wanting me to make them coffee. It is FAR superior to the coffee at charbux and any of the gourmet restaurants in my area. The coffee is so good and so demanded by my family that I am considering upgrading to a Rocket to save a little time, just so I can steam and pull at the same time. If you're making just 1 or 2 or maybe 3 double shot drinks at a time, the CC1 is great. A bigger boiler and simultaneous steaming/pulling would be better for 4 or more double-shot drinks at a time, purely for the time facter. The CC1 is fairly quick, it's just not as quick as some of the Hx machines.
I have pulled over 400 mostly double shots in the past 5 or 6 months of ownership, and I've never had any problems with the machine, with one exception. I believe it was caused during shipping, since it's journey was something like 3000 miles from Seattle to S.E. Florida, switching UPS trucks who-knows-how-many times. The vibe pump had been loosened from its resting place, which then caused the opv tube to be pulled up from the water resevoir. Water was leaking out the bottom when I pulled a shot, because the tube was not draining into the water resevoir where it's meant to go. These were both quick and easy fixxes.
Gig103 Senior Member Joined: 12 Feb 2012 Posts: 244 Location: Arizona Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Vario Drip: French press!
Posted Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:56am Subject: Re: The Crossland CC1 Machine - CG Road Trip!! (Looking for a few good geeks)
I'm curious if any of the reviewers sent comments to Bill C along the way, or if he'll see the results at the same time we do? It doesn't change any outcomes but I just am curious because Bill was very helpful to me.
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,564 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Fri Jun 29, 2012, 10:50am Subject: Re: The Crossland CC1 Machine - CG Road Trip!! (Looking for a few good geeks)
I just got my CC1 but still dialing the shots in using a modded Hario Slim for right now (no tape, did the plastic milk jug mod today which seems more stable and better). Grinds so nice and consistent now, choked the machine out on click 4, and flowed a bit on click 5 but was over extracted at 50 seconds for 17.4 grams and had the temp at 207, I was getting sour shots setting the PID at 200-204 so have to play and measure the temp reading at the group head. But the shot today was much better then before even being over-extracted, and actually tasted great with some half/half (made an ice latte), using Anodyne beans. I'm waiting for my Espro Tamper to get here as I have a hard time using a normal tamp and feeling out my own pressure, rather have the Espro to be consistent. But I will say for a plastic tamper, the one included with the machine is very nice and solid and has a decent weight to it, I'd say pretty even with the rattleware tampers in the $20-30 range, which is way better then cheaper ones let alone the plastic ones included with most machines. Handle comes off so I guess if you want you could change the handle (wood, size etc).
I also let the machine warm up more then before and did a quick flush, ground the beans, tamped etc, then quick quick flushed again to get parts heated up and and put the portafilter in and waited a moment for temp to reflect on the PID. Letting the machine warm up for an hour (heck I've seen that time even on an H/X to be stable), raising the PID to 207 and the quick flushes before putting the PF back in seemed to make a nice difference even with the shot being over extracted.
Haven't played with steaming milk as I usually make shots or just iced lattes in this heat, but the steam is very strong and fast and pretty dry.
Looking to get an appliance time for it though since Bill said that the machine will work with a timer, that way set it for like an hour before getting up so it's all nice and warmed up.
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