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MDiddy
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:53pm
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

slybarman Said:

My Pstat is turned down fairly low. The machine idles at .9 bar. When th element kicks on it goes up to about 1.05 bar.

When I started steaming milk for my latte, the boiler was at .9 bar. When I was finished it was at about .65 - .7 bar.

Obviously, the change is pressure will be effected by how far you open the valve and for how long, etc.

Hope that helps.

Posted March 2, 2013 link

Many thanks Sly!  Your's seems pretty much on par with the others I posted earlier in the thread.  

I found today, I have a much better chance of keeping up steam pressure, if I wait until the boiler is kicked on by the PStat.  I started steaming when I was around 1 BAR and waited for the click.  Once the PStat engaged, I found my pressure dropped only to around .9 BAR and stayed pretty much there.  I was also a bit more judicious in how far I opened the steam valve today.  It really doesn't take more than a half turn to get the necessary amount of steam needed for the milk.
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slybarman
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:56pm
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So long as you aren't running out of steam, I wouldn't stress too much about the numbers.
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Deus
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 8:34am
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Can someone tell me if this is a mod or a permanently attached thermometer in this video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHbPOXFigYU
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cruizie
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 8:52am
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It's an Eric's E61 Thermometer.  Very easy to install . . .
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hirschaj
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:32pm
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Link for you...
https://www.chriscoffee.com/E61_Group_Digital_Thermometer_Adapter_p/sss-04.htm
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Deus
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013, 3:52pm
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I am looking to bite the bullet on this in the next two weeks. I am buying a Vario non-W with it. I am curious is there is anything else I should order. I do not have anything right now as this is my first setup. I am going to order the thermometer mod but is there naything else I should get and if so any links to specifics? Is the tamper that comes with this good?
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slybarman
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013, 6:49pm
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A steaming pitcher if you plan to make milk drinks. You might also want a steaming thermometer to use until you learn to do it by feel.

A small digital scale if you plan to single-dose the Vario.
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013, 8:05pm
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

I'm so close to buying this and upgrading from my Lelit. I'm stuck on either this or the oscar. This one looks so much cooler than the oscar but I'm curious why it is not nearly as popular? 1-st line is selling these for $995.00. Seems unreal for an HX machine that looks that cool.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 8:27am
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can this be modded to be plummable? I have a water line right next to my station so this would great
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CaffeineFeine
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 9:58am
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Greetings jwark,

I was just recently in the same situation trying to decide between the Oscar and CuadraII.  I went for the CuadraII.  It seems Nuova Simonelli has more distribution power in the US while La Nuova Era is VERY limited and might be one reason for the popularity difference.  

I've done a lot of internet research between the two espresso machines and it seems Cuadra has quite a following in Germany, Oz, and other parts of the world.  At one point many years ago it was re-badged and sold as "Diamond Italia" in Australia.  The current revision sold by 1st Line happens to be "better" in my eyes since they've updated it with no-burn arms and other "little" things.  I'd be interested in what others have to say since I'm a complete NEWBIE in the espresso world having recently upgraded from a Bialetti Brikka... LoL

Luckily between the two you can sleep well at night knowing replacement parts are easily available for both (thanks to 1st Line being the only distributor that I've found to have Cuadra parts in the US).  Both appear to be built well too for years and years of service... something that was very important during MY search for an espresso machine.

In the end, $995 was too good of a deal for me to pass up for such a sexy machine (with all other places pricing the Cuadra @ a much higher cost) with the capability of pumping out steam and espresso that rivals the "big boys."
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