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mtcummins
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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Izzo Alex II
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Drip: Cheapo 12 cup
Posted Tue May 15, 2012, 5:37pm
Subject: Tamper/accessories for use with Expobar Lever Plus
 

I'm about to buy an Office Lever or Lever Plus, and have done some searching of old forums, and it seems that the majority of Expobar Office Control users think that Convex tampers were the way to go with their machines.  Just wondering if this holds true with the Lever/Brewtus models as well, as they're a little different and have a slightly different brewgroup?  

I'm not interested in a rehash of the flat vs convex debate, just people's personal experience with flat or convex with Expobar E61s/PFs in particular.  

Is there any other suggestions you'd have to help get this newbie going faster (this is my first machine, jumping in fast) working with an Expobar Lever and Baratza Vario?  I've only worked with super-autos before, so I've been researching like crazy to learn all I can before I get a machine, so I don't screw it up or just have an unnecessarily long/wasteful adjustment to the world of semi-autos.  

I plan on getting:
  1. a decent tamper (suggestions of flat/convex as well as brand?  Def want SS bottom)
  2. a naked PF
  3. a 12 or 20oz frothing pitcher (or maybe both? suggestions?  I do a lot of milk drinks, hence starting with an HX to steam and pull simultaniously)
  4. steaming thermometer (already bought)
  5. tamping pad (thoughts about the Rattleware Grinder Tray/Tamp pad combo from WLL or Chris'?)
  6. cafelat SS knock box (found one used on ebay for less than half price, already bought)
  7. lined shot glass for dialing in shots
  8. a set of Bodum double wall shot glasses (already bought)
  9. various latte/cappa cups and such.  
  10. E61 cleaning brush and backflushing detergent.  Any other cleaners I'll need?  What do people use to keep their SS all shiny and purdy?

Any thoughts about adding a thermometer to the brew group?  I've heard its very beneficial on these HX E61s, but is it really worth the $100 or so?

I know there's a lot in this post.  I've done a lot of research already and am not asking you guys to just do all the work for me, but thought I'd ask for some general input on my overall plan, as well as any specific advice you may have as far as equipment that I will likely want/need.  I'm willing to spend money on things that are worth it, but I will be stretching myself a bit here to get good stuff.  Therefore, I can't do the "just buy both tampers and see what you like" kind of suggestions, or spend a lot of money on things that make a very small difference.  At least not yet...

Finally, anyone know any good local roasters in Pittsburgh, PA?  I like Black Cat, which I can get pretty fresh at a local coffee shop, but would like to try some local blends.  Len, I know you advertise roasts in Pgh, I sent you an email, not sure if you got it.  Any other good ones out there I should be looking into?

Thanks everyone, you all have taught me worlds already (or I wouldn't have known what half that stuff I just wrote meant).  

-Mike
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mtcummins
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Joined: 9 May 2012
Posts: 19
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Izzo Alex II
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Drip: Cheapo 12 cup
Posted Tue May 15, 2012, 6:53pm
Subject: Re: Tamper/accessories for use with Expobar Lever Plus
 

Anyone have any experience with this ebay seller (or is one of you this ebay seller? haha)... One of his items linked below:
Click Here (www.ebay.com)

Seems nice, 2 piece tampers, your choice of flat or convex (as well as some ribbed things... anyone have any idea what that's supposed to do?) at a good price.  Would allow for a future head replacement keeping the same handle.  

He also has a solid SS one at $50.  I kinda like the aluminum handle with the SS head though.
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