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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2004, 11:06am
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I've done the usual research about this machine, but wondered if anyone had any recent experience with it.  Looks like a helluva deal at wholelatte.  

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2004, 11:40am
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StJones Said:

I've done the usual research about this machine, but wondered if anyone had any recent experience with it.  Looks like a helluva deal at wholelatte.  

Stephen Jones

Posted November 11, 2004 link

Golly, have you tried searching these forums?  
There's been a wholelatteconversations recently about that machine.

"Brasilia Lady single boiler versus Expobar Pulsar"

"Isomac Tea vs. Expobar Pulser-which is better?"

"Help me decide: Isomac Relax or Expobar Office Pulser"

"Exobar Pulser v.s. Rancilio Sylvia  ...your opinions..."

"Expobar Pulser...or Isomac Amica"

"Best machine for around $1000?"

"New Expobar Pulser"

"Expobar Newbie questions - Lots of them!"

"Best set-up for under $800 total"

"Why I think the Expobars run hot..."

 
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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2004, 11:42am
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We've had ours for near two years, and a friend of ours bought one last summer.

Great machine (I show my bias here). It's been troublefree for two years.

We have never adjusted pstats or anything else internal. No complaints, and plenty of steam.

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2004, 11:55am
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I love my Expobar.  I've got the Control, not the Pulser.  But they are essentially the same machine.  No problems, except those caused by user error.  Produces quality espresso.

Jeremy

 
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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2004, 12:32pm
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I have the Control.  Would buy either Expobar again.

Jon
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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2004, 11:43pm
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2 thumbs up for Expobar.  It does everything that a more expensive single-boiler machine will do.  Great workhorse-definitely wins the "best value" award for prosumer machines.  FWIW, I found I get more consistent shots with the Reg Barber tamper-it seems to fit the standard Expobar double basket just perfectly.  The Lava I have used is just a little smaller-not quite as good of a fit.
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Posted Fri Nov 12, 2004, 11:53pm
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The Pulser is an outstanding machine.IMHO the build quality is better than (at least as good as) machines costing twice as much or more.  All the tubing is copper, the boiler is insulated and also larger than the competition.  I have made some pstat adjustments because my machine had poor steaming performance when I first got it.  (2min 20 sec to steam 12 oz of milt to 160 degrees F)  Boiler pressure is now set to .9 bar, after a cooling flush, brew temp is 192 degrees F.  With the standard Expobar 1 hole steam tip it takes just over 1 min 45 seconds to steam to 160 degrees.  The 3 hole Rancilio tip steams 12 oz to 160 degrees in just over 1 minute.  The standard Expobar tip produces better microfoam than the Rancilio tip, but I am currently using the Rancilio tip for the faster speed.

My recommendation; two thumbs up.  By all means go with the Pulsar and a good quality grinder.

Good luck,

Fred
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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2004, 12:29am
Subject: Re: Expobar Office Pulser?
 

StJones Said:

I've done the usual research about this machine, but wondered if anyone had any recent experience with it.  Looks like a helluva deal at wholelatte.  

Stephen Jones

Posted November 11, 2004 link

Dude, The Expobar Pulsar is the BOMB! ( unless you want to pay more and get an Isomac Relax, or an Andreja Premium)

"Re: Decisions..Decisions.....Newbie onboard..PLZ help"
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Posted Thu Nov 18, 2004, 9:52am
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I've had an Expobar since some time in January. I have the control model, but the only thing I use the preprogrammed buttons for is the cooling flush and the backflush.  I use the manual button for my shots.  I got it next to new from WLL.  I love the machine.  I had never pulled a shot before, so I wasn't that good at it at first.  After figuring out how much of a cooling flush to run, I was able to pull some great shots.  In mid September I started noticing black specks coming from the hot water tap and the group.  I contacted tech support and Todd suggested a boiler flush.  He was willing to walk me through every step.  Very good support.  Eventually we determined that I should send the machine back.  After receiving the machine Todd said that the inside of the boiler was actually flaking off.  He wasn't sure why and had never seen this happen before.  So I got a replacement refurb machine.  The replacement machine also had something coming from the hot water tap.  It was different from the first though.  I called Todd and showed him some pictures of the water from the tap.  He was very apologetic and said he would take care of it.  Next thing I know I have a brand new machine on the way. He didn't even wait for the old machine to make it back. (In fact it's still in my garage and I getter get to shipping it back)  I've had the new machine for 2 weeks now and love it.  I liked the old style steam and hot water tap knobs, but these are a standard knob and it should be pretty easy to find larger replacement knobs.  The knobs from the stove fit but look kind of funny ;).  It also came with a one whole steam tip which I really like a lot.   I have been told that my problems with the Expobar are very uncommon and from what I've read and heard I agree 100%.  I would not hesitate to get another Expobar, and I wouldn't hesitate to get it from Whole Latte Love.

 
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