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    Izzo Alex Leva

    Enjoy the new machine. What a ripper! And at a great price.

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    It took a while to get across the Nullarbor, but it's here. What a beauty. Thanks all!! Cheers!!
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    Well done,
    You will not regret it - they are brilliant
    Enjoy it
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    And paired with a Compak K10 WBC set up for single dosing. Possibly the best combo one can own these days at home. Just like mine. I don't think this is upgradeable. This is it. The end. ..... Or is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hack View Post
    And paired with a Compak K10 WBC set up for single dosing. Possibly the best combo one can own these days at home. Just like mine. I don't think this is upgradeable. This is it. The end. ..... Or is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trenttdk View Post
    It took a while to get across the Nullarbor, but it's here. What a beauty. Thanks all!! Cheers!!
    Congratulations, so happy it got there safely.
    That was the last one of our stock of the Alex and I think the last free one in Australia
    We will be updating our website with the Valexia version very soon !

    I have to ask, the cup with the broken handle on your grinder, what brand is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hack View Post
    And paired with a Compak K10 WBC set up for single dosing. Possibly the best combo one can own these days at home. Just like mine. I don't think this is upgradeable. This is it. The end. ..... Or is it?
    Haha. I think there are a lot of site sponsors kept in business by those who say their current setup is not upgradeable!!

    Having said that, I started with a La Pavoni. I see now that when I went to my VBM E-61 machine what I really wanted was a useable lever. Now that I've got that, plus a nice conical, I can't see any reason to move on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casa Espresso View Post
    I have to ask, the cup with the broken handle on your grinder, what brand is it?
    Sorry, mate, I have no idea. I bought a set of them from a shop in Adelaide over five years ago. I think I only paid about $20 and, other than that one with the broken handle, the rest are still in daily service.

    Thanks again for your help! Cheers, Trent

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    Quote Originally Posted by trenttdk View Post
    Sorry, mate, I have no idea. I bought a set of them from a shop in Adelaide over five years ago. I think I only paid about $20 and, other than that one with the broken handle, the rest are still in daily service.

    Thanks again for your help! Cheers, Trent
    No worries. It looks like an Ancap decorated cup. We stock them.

    Make sure you keep us updated on your progress with the Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casa Espresso View Post
    Congratulations, so happy it got there safely.
    That was the last one of our stock of the Alex and I think the last free one in Australia
    We will be updating our website with the Valexia version very soon !

    I have to ask, the cup with the broken handle on your grinder, what brand is it?

    Cheers
    Antony
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    Free? Now that's a bargain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Free? Now that's a bargain!
    Yes the machine was free but the freight to WA was expensive
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    Yes, That freight to WA was a killer

    Really enjoying the machine. I'm using the recommendation Chris made early in this thread. Fill the portafilter, don't collapse, tamp, shot. Works great. I'm using the naked portafilter exclusively and it's excellent. I changed the temp a couple degrees up and down and notice only very subtle differences. I do have a question for the crowd though, what are the other adjustments? The instructions don't really say much. The gauge reads 1 bar at 122 degrees. Is that correct? Thanks

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    Izzo Alex Leva

    Sounds about right trenttdk. I run my leva at 118, and pressure sits at around 0.8 bar, which is more than enough for rapid microfoaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trenttdk View Post
    The gauge reads 1 bar at 122 degrees. Is that correct?
    Mine is 1.05 bar at 122 - so looks right.

    Temp is the only "adjustment".

    Useful advice I read on Home Barista:
    "Q: What advice would you offer to someone starting out with a lever machine?

    Allow yourself to be surprised. I've had 40+ second shots that were absolutely delicious. Not exactly normal - we tend to go 3-5 seconds of pre-infusion with the lever in the "locked" down position, then gradually releasing for another 25 seconds of extraction. But there have been times when I've been caught off-guard with how good some longer-time shots have been. Also, there is a huge difference in the extraction between super-fast releasing the lever from the "locked" down position, versus a slow, more deliberate releasing the lever to around the 45 degree angle where transitions into pushing the water through the espresso puck."

    Full article is here (starts out as a review of Profitec Pro 800 but is equally useful for us Alex owners): http://www.home-barista.com/reviews/...ew-t44660.html

    Completely happy with my Alex Leva. One of the reasons to buy it is that it's impossible to upgrade it - except with another Leva.
    If I bought a pump machine it would be a sideways (and slightly downward move) to add another family member in the pantry.

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