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pmf2000
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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 7:25am
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I am considering upgrading to this model from a Rancilio Silvia. I have had absolutely no luck creating latte art and more importantly I want to a faster recycle time between shots. If you have had yours awhile, could update your experiences?  Tim
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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 3:35pm
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Rob55 Said:

Thanks Steve.. so far all your advice has been spot on. There is not enough slack to cut some off and use the same hose. I am not 100% sure of this.. but it looks to me like there is not enough. I can't read a size on that fitting without taking it apart. I was hoping Jim would see my post and maybe give me a size. Looks like they don't have any in stock. There is only me LOL .. I don't even know anyone else who has an Espresso machine... so no need for me to share.

Posted July 20, 2013 link

There is usually enough slack to correct this situation one time.

Sorry, spent the full weekend in the Poconos with very little digital access (intentionally). Needed time off to recharge my batteries and this is about the only time of year to do it. Email me your current address and I can US Mail you a hose.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 1:37pm
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pmf2000 Said:

I am considering upgrading to this model from a Rancilio Silvia. I have had absolutely no luck creating latte art and more importantly I want to a faster recycle time between shots. If you have had yours awhile, could update your experiences?  Tim

Posted July 22, 2013 link

I've had my Cuadra since October and I love using this machine. I consistently pull high quality shots and can froth milk perfectly for making latte art. The biggest barrier to latte art for me is my lack of skill, not lack of froth. I am also able to pull shot after shot with no issues. I think this is a great upgrade to a Silvia at a price point that is really hard to beat.

On the negative side, when I first got the machine there was a small leak but I was able to work through it quickly with phone support (and a new part in the mail) from 1st  Line. It wasn't a great feeling having a leak straight out of the box but the customer support was great and I have not had any problems since. I would definitely order this machine if I had to do it all over again.

Hope that helps.
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 8:10am
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Here's a couple of questions for my fellow Cuadra enthusiasts:

I'm taking my machine to a small gathering where I plan to pull a pound's worth of coffee one shot after the other. I figure it will be around 15-20 doubles, and I want to steam milk to make most of those into (small) capps. How concerned should I be for the welfare of the machine? Should it be able to take that many shots pulled in a row without faltering? Of course I plan to keep a clean workstation while pulling (the shots won't be rushed, thank god) and I have ample access to water...

Which leads me to the second question: instead of refilling the reservoir every few shots, I saw some people on this thread took their water pumps and put them into larger water jugs placed alongside the machine. The event will be somewhere with a sink, but it would be easier if I could take one of our 5 gallon water jugs and use that as its main water source. Is it as simple as pulling the hoses into the water? What concerns should I be considering (other than the quality of the water, it's not RO or anything).

Thanks for your advice!
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 9:37am
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kajitox Said:

Here's a couple of questions for my fellow Cuadra enthusiasts:

I'm taking my machine to a small gathering where I plan to pull a pound's worth of coffee one shot after the other. I figure it will be around 15-20 doubles, and I want to steam milk to make most of those into (small) capps. How concerned should I be for the welfare of the machine? Should it be able to take that many shots pulled in a row without faltering? Of course I plan to keep a clean workstation while pulling (the shots won't be rushed, thank god) and I have ample access to water...

Which leads me to the second question: instead of refilling the reservoir every few shots, I saw some people on this thread took their water pumps and put them into larger water jugs placed alongside the machine. The event will be somewhere with a sink, but it would be easier if I could take one of our 5 gallon water jugs and use that as its main water source. Is it as simple as pulling the hoses into the water? What concerns should I be considering (other than the quality of the water, it's not RO or anything).

Thanks for your advice!

Posted July 26, 2013 link

Just to note, to test the first prototype of Cuadra that we received, we tested the prototype machine to perform under heavy load at catering events we sometimes do on the weekends. These events are usually in upwards of 250 people to serve over the course of only 2 hours. The other machine we would bring and usually bring is the Vibiemme Super HX due to the larger steam boilers. Again, we brought the Cuadra to several of these events to test the machine under heavy load.

Compared to the Vibiemme, it is not as fast a steamer due to the Vibs larger boiler, but it did keep up on the espresso side of back to back extractions.

For 15-20 shots, I would not be concerned with having to fill the reservoir more than once. Since things move pretty fast under a catering environment, it is best to remove the reservoir for refilling as a direct pour can have accidental spillage into the unit.

And, we do still use the prototype machine for catering events. The plastic housing does get scratched in transport, but it is lighter when having to carry machines up steps when there is no elevator available. Good luck with the event.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2013, 5:07pm
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kajitox Said:

Here's a couple of questions for my fellow Cuadra enthusiasts:

I'm taking my machine to a small gathering where I plan to pull a pound's worth of coffee one shot after the other. I figure it will be around 15-20 doubles, and I want to steam milk to make most of those into (small) capps. How concerned should I be for the welfare of the machine? Should it be able to take that many shots pulled in a row without faltering? Of course I plan to keep a clean workstation while pulling (the shots won't be rushed, thank god) and I have ample access to water...

Posted July 26, 2013 link

An inquiring mind wants to know....

How did the the Cuadra handle the small gathering?

 
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Iluvdabean
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Posted Tue Aug 27, 2013, 9:14pm
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Moving to Kentucky and want to know what to do to move my E.C.. Jim told me once but I lost that email. Drain water tank or tank and boiler to. It will be up and
running in a week.

Thanks

Steve
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cruizie
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Posted Wed Aug 28, 2013, 10:23am
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Any advice on what descaling process/product to use on the Cuadra?
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Posted Thu Aug 29, 2013, 10:12am
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cruizie Said:

Any advice on what descaling process/product to use on the Cuadra?

Posted August 28, 2013 link

Please send me an email (or use the contact us form on our web site) with your invoice number and this request and we can provide you with the links.

 
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Jim Piccinich
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Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013, 1:10pm
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Thank you Jim ,machine is in uhaul trailer
and this is coming from Kingman Az on way to
Ky. Once again your company and you in particular provide great
post machine advice to me.
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