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slybarman
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Posted Sun Oct 7, 2012, 9:17am
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mnz Said:

Aha, now I get it. Since the water being pumped into the boiler during the cooling flush is colder, the temperature during the flush will drop faster. Makes sense.

Posted October 7, 2012 link

Correct - except the water doesn't go into the boiler. It goes through the heat exchanger.

See this general hx image from coffeetimeuk:

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Posted Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:28am
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Hi guys .. been awhile since i stopped in and it took some time to catch up on all I hadn't read since last I was here.

A quick question... is anyone else besides me having trouble with the fuse under the power plug blowing out? If so do you just keep replacing it or have you found a fix? This morning I had my 8th fuse blow out since I got the machine in Dec. After the first one went I keep spares on hand.... sadly last time I got 3 and about a week ago I had to replace one and the next one went out about 30 minutes later and so no more spares and I had to break out my Lelit to have my morning fix. These fuse are slow blow and cost about $3.50 a pop.... so I have about 25 bucks in fuses in 9 months... and its getting old. I am glad I kept the Lelit as a back up. :-)
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Posted Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:54am
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Never had one go out. I think you need to investigate why they are blowing. Fuses don't go for no reason.
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Posted Sun Oct 7, 2012, 7:54pm
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I seen you talk about Metropolis Redline early in the thread... I thought I would try some if it was reasonable. $13.25LB ... but couldn't find any shipping info. SO.. I figure what the heck I will try some. Go to check out and its 9 bucks to ship it .. hahahaha.... I will drink water.
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Posted Sun Oct 7, 2012, 8:02pm
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I've bought from Metropolis, and it was never that expensive -- and I live in California.  Then again, shipping for a single pound is always the most costly option.

 
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 6:24am
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Rob:

Maybe just as well. I have recently given up on Redline (again) because it is just too inconsistent for me from bag-to-bag. John (Mr. Feineant) recommended Double Dog espresso from Buddy Brew and I found it to be much like what Redline used to be (or maybe sometimes still is on a good day). I have been enjoying it very much.
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 6:28am
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yes Jason ... I knew it wouldn't be cheap. I expected 4 or 5 and I was willing to do that to try it. I hate to order 5 lbs not knowing if I will like it or not, plus I got 5lbs of Redbird on the 29th.  I know coffee has gone up and so has shipping... but 8.95 for fedex ... I wasn't willing to go that high. USPS has got to be way cheaper ... Redbird is further west and I get it 2 days post roast. Chicago is right next door to Ohio ... LOL.
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 7:09am
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Thanks Steve. I checked it out. Not much different pricing wise. $22.20 for Redline delivered and $20.50 for the Double Dog. Hard to justify ...Rebird in 5LB is $10.38 delivered. Apples to oranges since that is in 5lb size, but still..... I ordered a pound anyhow.


I looked at "parts" on 1st-Line for the Cuadra. They show a 15A fuse. I have had mine apart and the only glass style fuse I seen was in the plug. That one is T6.3AL 250V which is nothing like a 15A. I wonder if this adresses my problem with blown fuses... perhaps some others have had the problem and they recommend to go to the bigger fuse. I guess I need to call them and see if I can get any info.
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 7:17am
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Matter of personal taste of course, but I was never wowed by Redbird. I thought it was OK, but nothing special. I know a lot of folks really like it, but it wasn't for me.
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 7:25am
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I like the Redbird, but like you said personal taste. I really liked their Sweet Blue, but when a new crop of coffee came in I didn't think it tasted the same, in fact I really didn't care much for it. I did like the Blue Jaguar though which is strange since it is a blend made with the same Sweet Blue ...go figure. I also Like Chris Coffee Black Pearl. I was pretty much switching between the Black Pearl and Blue Jaguar staying mostly with the Black Pearl. This time I decided to go with the Redbird as a change of pace. I was pleasantly surprised, it was even better then I remembered.
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