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Mr_Faineant
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Joined: 7 Jan 2012
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Location: Tampa, FL
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Vario
Posted Sun Sep 23, 2012, 5:20pm
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

Steve,

Glad you liked the Double Dog...I find it compares well with other, more "famous" blends. It is usually fairly consistent, too...I go through around a pound per week, and there is little variation on taste. I would like to try q bunch of different blends from around the country, but with shipping prices, it gets pretty expensive...you wind up spending $20 or more for 14 oz, which is nuts.

Are you still liking your Cuadra? Did you ever get the replacement wand? I think I remember you mentioning it, but I don't feel like combing through all of those posts. If so, are you happy with it? Im still using the original, with two holes plugged...

mnz,

Welcome! I think your machine might be slightly different than ours, given that it is 4 years old...I have a feeling I read that the older ones were a bit better...can anyone confirm that? Does yours have faux chrome plastic side panels?
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mnz
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Location: Sweden
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Nemox Lux
Posted Sun Sep 23, 2012, 8:24pm
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Mr_Faineant Said:

Steve,

mnz,

Welcome! I think your machine might be slightly different than ours, given that it is 4 years old...I have a feeling I read that the older ones were a bit better...can anyone confirm that? Does yours have faux chrome plastic side panels?

Posted September 23, 2012 link

The side panels are plastic (but mine are white, which looks great in our kitchen!). The boiler is not isolated, but the steam wand has a two hole tip. Also, the pressurestat is situated on top of the boiler, just under the cup heater, not on the side as I've seen on others on the net.

All in all it seems like a great machine!
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slybarman
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Location: usa
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012, 4:29am
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John:

I still like the Cuadra, but to be completely fair, other than the Saeco superautos I owned before, I have nothing really to compare it to. I did go to one local coffee gathering and the fellow who hosted it had a Quickmill Andrea (IIRC) and I did not see anything that machine did any better or different than out little Cuadra.

Yes, I did get a replacement no burn steam wand and I used it for a while. In the end I went back to my original wand with the two holes plugged with JB Weld. The reason I went back was probably kind of silly. I had bought an aftermarket handle for my original wand that cost maybe $3 and I really like the way I am able to move and pivot the wand with that handle, so . . .

MNZ:

Thanks for the video and welcome to the group.
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Location: Freehold, NJ USA
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Vac Pot: Bodum Electric
Drip: None
Roaster: None
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012, 10:19am
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slybarman Said:

John:

I still like the Cuadra, but to be completely fair, other than the Saeco superautos I owned before, I have nothing really to compare it to. I did go to one local coffee gathering and the fellow who hosted it had a Quickmill Andrea (IIRC) and I did not see anything that machine did any better or different than out little Cuadra.

Posted September 24, 2012 link

I do find the comparison interesting. Having sold a good number of Cuadras in the past 10 months, I was surprised to see practically any reviews on coffeegeek.com? And, I cannot figure out why.

 
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slybarman
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012, 10:38am
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Jim:

Speaking for myself, I sat down to write one several times but kept deciding that my lack of experience with other machines left me somewhat unqualified to give a really meaningful review. I also felt like I needed more time with the machine to see how I felt about it after using it for a while. I should probably give it another go.
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Hoenen
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Posted Tue Sep 25, 2012, 12:17am
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I have this machine as well, but I must say.. the noise it produces is so frustrating! Sounds like the whole machine is vibrating. Are there any ways to reduce this?
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slybarman
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Fri Sep 28, 2012, 5:34am
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Cruzie:

Any better results with fresh coffee?
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slybarman
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Fri Sep 28, 2012, 1:37pm
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1stline Said:

I do find the comparison interesting. Having sold a good number of Cuadras in the past 10 months, I was surprised to see practically any reviews on coffeegeek.com? And, I cannot figure out why.

Posted September 24, 2012 link

OK Jim - you shamed me into finally writing a review.
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cruizie
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Joined: 16 May 2012
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Location: Ohio
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: La Nuovo Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Roaster: Poppery
Posted Fri Sep 28, 2012, 6:42pm
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Slybarman, just got online to post my new coffee experience and saw your post asking about it.  OMG what a world of difference!  I bought some green coffee beans from Sweet Maria's and roasted them on Wednesday.  Pulled my first shot this morning and "oh . . . . . so that's what crema is!" lol . . .

I also discovered a fuller body or mouth feel or whatever it's called.  My old coffee seemed much "thinner" than what I had this morning.

I decided to go all in and roast my own.  Not sure if that was the best decision as I just threw another variable into my learning process.  But, I knew whatever I roasted would be an improvement over what I was using and it definitely was.  I know I have so much to learn and after my experience this morning, I'm excited to keep going.

My steaming is even getting better.  I've backed the stretching phase off to 80 degrees instead of 100 and that's helped a lot.

Thanks for checking in and I'll keep you posted on my progress.
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slybarman
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Sat Sep 29, 2012, 2:15am
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That does seem like a lot to take on at once but I admire your ambition. You might consider buying at least one bag that was professionally roasted so you have an idea of what to shoot for. Good luck with it and enjoy.
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