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slybarman
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 12:25pm
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Deus Said:

can this be modded to be plummable? I have a water line right next to my station so this would great

Posted March 5, 2013 link

I do not believe you can plumb a machine with a vibratory pump, but I cannot swear to that 100%. I think you need a rotary pump machine.
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CaffeineFeine
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra II
Grinder: Baratza Vario & Bodum Bistro
Drip: Aeropress, Bialetti Brikka,...
Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 12:44pm
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I'm still getting familiar with the Cuadra and have a question regarding the lever that actuates the grouphead.  I notice that when I raise the lever that it can stop mid-way before completely engaging the pump to push water through the grouphead.  Is this in someway used for pre-infusion?  What is the purpose for the middle position and how do I properly use it?
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cruizie
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Location: Ohio
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Espresso: La Nuovo Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Roaster: Poppery
Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 1:06pm
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Deus Said:

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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If you go for the Vario, check out Ebay.  I was a little nervous about purchasing there as the price was significantly lower than anywhere else.  The grinder arrived brand new and in perfect condition (including the packaging).  I've been very happy with it.  Definitely purchase a decent tamper.
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Deus
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 2:39pm
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cruizie Said:

If you go for the Vario, check out Ebay.  I was a little nervous about purchasing there as the price was significantly lower than anywhere else.  The grinder arrived brand new and in perfect condition (including the packaging).  I've been very happy with it.  Definitely purchase a decent tamper.

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Does it come with a tamper? If not can you suggest a particular one?
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slybarman
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 2:49pm
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CaffeineFeine Said:

I'm still getting familiar with the Cuadra and have a question regarding the lever that actuates the grouphead.  I notice that when I raise the lever that it can stop mid-way before completely engaging the pump to push water through the grouphead.  Is this in someway used for pre-infusion?  What is the purpose for the middle position and how do I properly use it?

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My understanding is that with a vibratory pump - you don't. All E-61 brewheads do some pre infusion when you activate the lever. Only rotart pump machines used the mid setting to pre-infuse via the water pressure of the plumbed in water supply.
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cruizie
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Espresso: La Nuovo Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Roaster: Poppery
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 2:13am
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Deus Said:

Does it come with a tamper? If not can you suggest a particular one?

Posted March 5, 2013 link

I just bought a Rexroth from 1st Line when I purchased my machine.  You can spend lots on one but I'm happy enough with the one I bought.  It was about $35 for the base and handle.
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MDiddy
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Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi
Grinder: Baratza Forte AP
Drip: Cuisinart DCC-1200
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 10:49am
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Not to advertise myself by any means, but if anyone is interested in a nice 58mm tamper, I have a Concept Art Zebra Wood 58mm flat tamper for sale in the classifieds.  

I picked up a Reg Barber and have no need for it any longer.   Please take a look-see if interested.

"SOLD! - 58mm Concept Art Zebra Wood Tamper"
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888RP
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Espresso: Cuadra
Grinder: Vario
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 11:40am
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Dear cuadra owners,

I have a dilemma! So I'm a Canadian and I found a retailer that will import this machine for me for $1300.
The retailer will not provide a warranty but I know another place close by that can repair cuadra"s but it will be out of pocket. Do you think I should buy a quick mill silvano for 1100 with 2 years parts and labour or
Should I pay 1300 for a cuadra and pay for any repairs out of pocket??

Thanks!
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MDiddy
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Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi
Grinder: Baratza Forte AP
Drip: Cuisinart DCC-1200
Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013, 11:54am
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Figured I'd post a pic of my setup.  Pretty much complete now.   I think the new knobs make a world of difference in the look of the machine as well.  Exactly what I was going for.  :)

MDiddy: coffee.jpg
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Espresso: livia 90 & gaggia classic
Grinder: baratza vario & preciso
Drip: bodum french press
Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013, 7:20pm
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888RP Said:

Dear cuadra owners,

I have a dilemma! So I'm a Canadian and I found a retailer that will import this machine for me for $1300.
The retailer will not provide a warranty but I know another place close by that can repair cuadra"s but it will be out of pocket. Do you think I should buy a quick mill silvano for 1100 with 2 years parts and labour or
Should I pay 1300 for a cuadra and pay for any repairs out of pocket??

Thanks!

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won't 1st line ship to canada?
Click Here (www.1st-line.com)

doug s.
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