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Mendozilla
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Joined: 16 Apr 2013
Posts: 4
Location: Anaheim
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: 1993 Elektra T1
Grinder: Rancilio
Roaster: Stovetop Pot & Porcorn maker
Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 7:32pm
Subject: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Hello community,
I'm here for two reasons: to keep learning and I love coffee.
My machine is a 1993 Elektra T1 and it's pair with a Rancilio Rocky Grinder.

I'm planning to change my machine soon, and i'll need some advice on a replacement but that'll be matter of another topic I guess.
Best regards, Mendozilla.

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SSgt93
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Joined: 7 Apr 2013
Posts: 56
Location: USA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 8:29pm
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Welcome!
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Mendozilla
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Joined: 16 Apr 2013
Posts: 4
Location: Anaheim
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: 1993 Elektra T1
Grinder: Rancilio
Roaster: Stovetop Pot & Porcorn maker
Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 8:58pm
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Thank you!
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Coffeenoobie
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Joined: 11 Dec 2011
Posts: 3,052
Location: PNW
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 9:10pm
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Welcome, I would replace the grinder first and see if you don't like your machine better.

 
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qualin
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qualin
Joined: 30 Jun 2012
Posts: 669
Location: Calgary, AB
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto 3
Grinder: Mazzer Mini Elect. Type A
Vac Pot: Looking to buy
Drip: Manual
Roaster: Considering?
Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 10:28pm
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Wooow.. That's a really nice machine.

To use another one of my famously bad analogies, What you have there is a F1 formula racer with truck tires.

Ditch that Rocky ASAP and replace it with a used Super Jolly if you can. It'll make that machine shine.

So, I'm curious, why on Earth would you want to replace such a beautiful machine? There are companies who can rebuild
machines like that, not cheaply, but cheaper than for what you'd pay for one of those machines new.  

Some one of the best espresso I've ever had was from a machine at least half my age.. and that's saying something! :)

 
Garbage In, Garbage Out, for every step of the process. From Beans to grinder, grounds to machine, coffee to cup.
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emradguy
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Joined: 31 Mar 2011
Posts: 3,303
Location: Houston
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4, Pharos,...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 5:01am
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

Welcome, I would replace the grinder first and see if you don't like your machine better.

Posted April 16, 2013 link

+1

Actually, I like Bud's analogy :)  
(In case you haven't figured it out, your T1 is the F1 racer and your Rocky is the "truck tires").

Seriously though, if you've got the cash around for a better grinder, you should ditch that Rocky like it's got the plague.  Get something stepless or nearly stepless and then you'll see what you're missing with the Rocky...no more dose modification to get the extraction to run right.

 
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Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
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Jmanespresso
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Jmanespresso
Joined: 18 Jan 2009
Posts: 2,109
Location: Westchester NY
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Alex Duetto II
Grinder: Compak K10 - Vario
Vac Pot: Yama-SY5/SY8/TCA5
Drip: V60, Beehouse, CCD
Roaster: Hottop B
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 7:34am
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Yeah another vote for a new grinder.

Even coming from a Dual Boiler fanboy, the Elektra machines are great.  They're capable of TRULY wonderful coffee if the grinder is worthwhile.

Honestly thats a machine worthy of a Titan grinder.  Mazzer Major, Fiorenzato Doge 83, Anfim Super Camiano, or a Titan Conical, Mazzer Kony, Compak K10, Fiorenzato Doge Conico, Mazzer Robur.

Those grinders are more or less the top grinders on the market right now.  First three are flat burrs, last four are conical burrs.  There is debate over which is better, and in general, the large conicals rule the house..  But, being someone who now owns a large conical for about a month, and who owned a Titan Flat(mazzer MAjor)for about four years, I can say for sure, its not as simple as "COnical beats Flat".   What IS for certain, is that when you're talking about huge burrs, there is small differences.  

Those 7 grinders, any one of them, would chomp the rocky for an appetizer without a moments thought.  

To make an analogy:

Rocky is too a childs triclycle, as Titan Grinders are to a 21 speed mountain bike.
-Both of them will allow you to pedal to the store, and back home, but one is a constant struggle, and you'll likely have a couple cuts and bruises by the time you arrive, whereas the other is designed for exactly what you're doing, and it does so effortlessly.

 
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EndTwo
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Joined: 13 Mar 2013
Posts: 89
Location: Denmark
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Apscaso uno steel prof
Grinder: Mazzer Major DR + Mahlkönig...
Drip: french press, ceramic v60...
Roaster: skillet
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 7:58am
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

My god, I love the look of that machine... but yeah, get new grinder.
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Mendozilla
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Joined: 16 Apr 2013
Posts: 4
Location: Anaheim
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: 1993 Elektra T1
Grinder: Rancilio
Roaster: Stovetop Pot & Porcorn maker
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 6:03pm
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Wow! :) I guess we all agree I need to replace my grinder, I'm starting to regret selling all the Fiorenzatos, Mazers, Cimbally I even had a hibrid. A few machines have pass through my hands as well and I have to agree the this Elektra has given me the better tasting coffee with the least effort to make it right. The other machine I really liked as well is the old Pasquini Livietta.

Two reasons I was thinking of a change, The machine needs to be connected to a water line and right now I just have a water container on the side of the machine, for some reason with this setup the pressure goes from 9 bars to about 14 bars and I still manage to get excellent shots from it but I do worry that so much pressure might no be good for the machine.
The other reason not as strong either is the 2000 watt rating.

For that, I was thinking that there could be really a machine out there with a lower profile perhaps without sacrificing the quality that Elektra offers but after reading you comments I'm really inclining to keep it and rather invest on the grinder and a water connection.

Thank you all for your comments and I really enjoy the way you guys put things on perspective.
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s_lovan2
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s_lovan2
Joined: 21 Feb 2013
Posts: 31
Location: Des Moines IA
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: Vario
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 7:24pm
Subject: Re: I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself and my machine!
 

Welcome! I am new here as well but have been lurking for a long time on here and H-B. You have an awesome machine and you should post some shots after you get rid of your off-road tires! :D
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