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cuznvin
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Location: NY
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013, 6:57pm
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tdifraia Said:

I have a Quick Mill QM67. I love it. Have had it for over a month and it has served me perfectly so far. Its a quick Mill, dual boilers with dual PIDs. The learning curve was small, with no temp. surfing, and no guesswork. The boilers are on the small side, but the heating elements are large, so recovery time is super fast. Maybe this is what your looking for? The machine is fairly new, so there is not too much history behind it. BUT its a Quickmill and Quickmill is reputable. Like I said I love mine. I got a Vario to go along side it and have had nothing but success so far! 2 thumbs up from me.

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How are the shots..Sweet... sour??
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tdifraia
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Joined: 13 Dec 2012
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Location: Boston
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: QM67
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Drip: Bunn
Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 4:40am
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The shots are great. The only sour shots I have pulled were the ones in which I was dialing in a new batch of beans that were stale and ended up pulling a 10 second 2 oz shot in which the beans were way to stale and grounded coarse. Other than that the shots have been consistently good. There was one other time when I steamed a large amount of milk (20+ oz) and attempted to pull multiple shots. I was not paying attention to the temps, which had dropped down a bit. It recovers fast and by the time I cleaned the pf, ground and tamped the next shot it was back up to temp.
The machine had been very consistent with me.  Have you decided to pull the trigger on a machine yet?

cuznvin Said:

How are the shots..Sweet... sour??

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silvers
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Location: Barrie
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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 6:47am
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Thank you for your post.  I was also thinking of the Quick Mill.  Only reason why I haven't put it on the list yet is bc the other machines are available in stores nearby and I was able to play with them a little.  I currently have a Quick Mill so I know the Q67 would be good quality.  The only thing I would complain about with my machine is the E61 head wobbling when I insert the PF.  how is it on your machine?  Do you know if it has resettable High limit fuses?
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cuznvin
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Joined: 6 Oct 2011
Posts: 656
Location: NY
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: MACAP M4 Stepless /Baratza...
Drip: YouBrew
Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 8:24am
Subject: Re: Planning for my next machine, advice on some machines
 

tdifraia Said:

The shots are great. The only sour shots I have pulled were the ones in which I was dialing in a new batch of beans that were stale and ended up pulling a 10 second 2 oz shot in which the beans were way to stale and grounded coarse. Other than that the shots have been consistently good. There was one other time when I steamed a large amount of milk (20+ oz) and attempted to pull multiple shots. I was not paying attention to the temps, which had dropped down a bit. It recovers fast and by the time I cleaned the pf, ground and tamped the next shot it was back up to temp.
The machine had been very consistent with me.  Have you decided to pull the trigger on a machine yet?

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Not yet.. Still trying to decide if an E61 machine is for me or not..
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tdifraia
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Joined: 13 Dec 2012
Posts: 78
Location: Boston
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: QM67
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Drip: Bunn
Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 9:38am
Subject: Re: Planning for my next machine, advice on some machines
 

My E61 is rock solid. No give what so ever. And yes both boilers have resettable Hi limit switches on top of the boilers. The boilers are also insulated. The one negative I have about this machine is that it is very crowded under the hood. Since it has such a small foorprint, and has a dual PID, it is very crowded and can be a PITA to work on. But given QMs very good reputation, I hope I will not have to work on, or replace any parts for some time. I do have a 2 year warranty, and an additional 2 year warranty via AMEX. So if I have any serious issues in the first 4 years I can put the warranty into play. But the auxiliaries and fittings in and  on this machine are all top quality ... Copper and Brass fittings, top of the line controller and transformer, and very nice SS finish. The PID is very nice, and the temperature and offset can be changed by pressing a button. The gages are heavy duty. I really like the quality of this machine. The italians dont fool around, or skimp on quality. Like I said so far the only negative I have is how crowded it is under the hood. But I also realize this is the price I had to pay for the small foot print it leaves. The small boilers are NOT an issue at all, because the heating elements are powerful, and recovery time is SUPER fast. I mean seconds!!! I have only had the machine for a month so its still early, but so far I am very happy with it.

silvers Said:

Thank you for your post.  I was also thinking of the Quick Mill.  Only reason why I haven't put it on the list yet is bc the other machines are available in stores nearby and I was able to play with them a little.  I currently have a Quick Mill so I know the Q67 would be good quality.  The only thing I would complain about with my machine is the E61 head wobbling when I insert the PF.  how is it on your machine?  Do you know if it has resettable High limit fuses?

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tdifraia
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Location: Boston
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: QM67
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Drip: Bunn
Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 9:56am
Subject: Re: Planning for my next machine, advice on some machines
 

Ya Vin I know what thats like. Its a huge decision, and it took me almost a year to finally pull the trigger. I got a great deal on a buyers remorse. I was weary of purchasing a machine someone else had returned, but knowing it was coming from a reputable dealer like Chris Coffee, I felt comfortable. When it arrived I was pleased. When I pulled my first shot I was relieved, and now, about 3000 shots later I am thrilled, and very satisfied with it. I really am enjoying my experience, and wouldnt even think of draining a starbucks shot now. I was going to go with a HX, because of affordability but now I love knowing precisely what my temps are. Plus I can change my brew temp by pressing a button. When I buy a new blend and it recommends 205 f, all I have to do is press the up button and voila in a few seconds I got 205 f brew temp. No guessing. That was something I really wanted (PID), but was out of my budget. When I got this offer I said F-it. You only live once, so pulled the trigger. I have zero remorse, so far!!!

cuznvin Said:

Not yet.. Still trying to decide if an E61 machine is for me or not..

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cuznvin
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Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: MACAP M4 Stepless /Baratza...
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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 1:17pm
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