Awesome review. If I'm ever down Vic way (from SEQLD) would love to drop by your shop Andy. Do you have a cafe in Geelong?
I own one of these notorious machines, and as I used to be a barista (back in the day when I had to work for a living), I have been quite unimpressed with the product of it. Same result as Andy. Sh1te crema, bitter as, and lukewarm at best *sigh*. Reading some of the other reviews I was surprised that people are saying its great. Mine is perhaps 4 months old. Have they changed the designed? Be surprised if so in that timeframe. By the way, please don't scold me too much for settling for an automatic machine and capsules I know, I've changed.
I've read and re-read your modification of this machine too Andy. Now as a Hydraulic and Engineering firm owner (the cafe apron was hung up years ago prior to military service I had a laugh), especially interested to see the modification of hose/fittings/pressure etc. We are modifying this machine with a small hose clamp (nothing too taxing or exxy), to provide fine adjustment, on the boiler outlet hose. Same place as Andy's wire.
It appears that this should present no problem on initial look-in. The hoses and clamps to and from the boiler will have little chance of coming off, as you can just see in Andy's pics, there is quite a decent flare on the metal inlet and outlets on the boiler. Seems like reasonable quality hose and stainless! bloody hose clamps. Not bad for a cheap machine I would think. The only thing I have yet to check out is the fitting from the pump outlet. If anything is gonna fail from this mod long term it would be the pump. The other hoses and fittings will hold for sure.
I'm aiming for a brew temp in the very high 80's degrees, so will certainly post pics and stuff as we get it done. This is just a quick preliminary post. As time permits will perhaps even put up a longer term review of how the mod holds up. Mmm... just had an interesting thought. One could call it "Hacking an Aldi product" I had a laugh God knows I've done it to my Aldi laptop. Bloody wiped the hard drive and put my own crap on there as soon as I bought it.
Anyways, thanks Andy for the idea!
More to follow....
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