Posted Tue Dec 6, 2011, 4:55pm Subject: SOLD: Quickmill Alexia with PID + optional Quickmill grinder
For sale is my Alexia with dual control PID and, optionally, I will throw in the Quickmill doserless stepless grinder if you want it. Buyer pays shipping. The listed price is for the value of the Alexia, but I would be happy to throw in the grinder for only the cost of shipping if you would like a good introductory grinder capable of tweaking espresso. The Alexia is probably the best option in this price range for someone who drinks mainly espresso, but it would still be good for someone making an occasional milk drink.
Alexia The Alexia is a single boiler machine and this one has the best PID temperature controller available, the SD3C Watlow PID that allows you to control the boiler temperature to within 1 degree F, and it also allows you to control the steaming temperature. To make great espresso, you really need to be within this one degree range for each bean or blend of beans. This machine has really great consistency in achieving the same brew temperature time after time. There is about a 22 degree difference in the PID set-point and the brew temperature, so if you wanted to achieve a 200 degree brew temp, you would simply set the PID to around 222. This also has the E61 group head (UFO-looking thing where the coffee comes out) which delivers a very gentle pressure profile aiding in a very even extraction. If you raise the brew lever to about a 45 degree angle, you can achieve pre-infusion where water will soak into the coffee without the pump engaging. Then raise it all the way to kick in the pump. This machine is modified with thumb screws so the casing can swing open in the back. You can then easily adjust the over-pressure valve and change the pressure in no time (see the 2nd picture, featuring the reflection of my beloved piano). This feature is perfect for exploring the effects of pressure on the fly.
Comes with the original two portafilters, single and split spouts, single and double baskets, an alternate tip for the steam wand, extra thumb screws for the modified swiveling casing, original casing screws, the Alexia logo (which I removed because I like the cleaner look), instruction manuals, and original box.
This machine was the very first Alexia with dual temp control, bought by the original user from Chris Coffee and shipped directly to Jim Gallt (MLG Properties) for the PID installation. I bought it off the original user in 2009 and got a little less than a year out of it before quitting coffee and draining the boiler on this machine. I recently returned to drinking espresso (what was I thinking?) and have been pulling shots on Alexia for about a month to test everything out. Everything is in perfect working order, making great shots as always. edit: Additionally, I just had Jim Gallt bench test the machine to make sure it was perfect for the next owner. Has some light wear on the drip tray cover, no scratches on the casing, regularly polished because I like the look of bling. Back-flushing has always been part of my daily routine. I descaled once in my one year of use, though I have tested my water hardness here with Chris' test strips, and it is in the ideal range. Selling because I am looking into owning a La Marzocco Shot Brewer, and this is part of my plan to save for that.
Quickmill Grinder The Quickmill grinder has the advantage of giving you stepless adjustment, so you can really tweak the fineness of the grind to achieve the perfect flow rate of the espresso. Turn the knob clockwise to make the grind finer, counterclockwise for coarser. The doserless design allows you to grind directly into the portafilter with virtually no wasted coffee - the cover on the doserless spout flips up so you can knock all the grounds out if you have a chopstick (far better spout design than my Macap MC4). It has 49 mm flat burrs. I bought this grinder new in the fall of 2007 and retired it when I got my Macap in January of 2008. It has thus seen about 4 months of use since purchase. It makes a slight clinking sound when grinding fine for espresso but it is much quieter than some other grinders I have used like the Le'Lit PL53. Would make a great introductory espresso grinder until you may decide to spend on a Macap, Compak, Mazzer, or the like. Especially at this all-time low price of $FREE. =-)
All equipment was originally purchased from Chris Coffee, where this combination sells for Alexia ($1200) + dual control PID ($320) + Quickmill grinder ($275) = $1795.
I am selling the PID Alexia for $1150 $1100, and you can have the grinder for just the cost of shipping if you want it.
Listing Details Asking / Suggested Price: $1150 $1100 Seller Name: Jon Kulpa Seller Location: San Francisco, CA Troy, MI Sale Type: For Sale
Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:50am Subject: FS: Quickmill Alexia + dual control PID + optional Quickmill doserless grinder
I just made a wonderful chocolatey shot of Blue Bottle Roman Espresso on this Alexia and it made me so happy I reduced the price. =-) Asking $1100 for the Alexia.
Local sale would still be great, but I am now very open to shipping. Buyer pays shipping. If you don't want the grinder, no problem. If you do want the grinder, I will throw it in for just the cost of shipping. This Alexia is in fantastic condition, and will allow you to control pressure and temperature. If you drink mainly espresso, it would be hard to find a better option. If you steam milk on occasion, this is still a great option.
Again, if local and interested, come pull some shots with me!
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