Hi ken wahoo,
Thanks for the story! I've had an Alex II for about 18 months and don't regret the purchase one bit.
I know where you are coming from re tank refill, it's a bit of a pain, it's a pain whichever machine you have........
My top cover is in the cupboard. :-o
I'm reluctant to plumb mine in as I know upgraditis will come again sometime in the near future.
One more step to go in my machine evolution?
Last weekend my Alex and Robur were on shot duty at a 3 day event, my daughter's wedding!! We went through
a heap of coffee with the most going out on Sunday morning, as about 40 or so people stayed over and came for breakfast
and morning coffee.
I made approx 180 (only 4 long blacks and one double espresso) coffees over the three days. Nearly 100 on Sunday morning.
The Alex never missed a beat, even when I had a queue. I was a bit worried about steam boiler temp stability but.......no problem.
Each shot was a double ristretto, so I did one at a time with a naked p/f. Using the small 300 ml jug it was quick to
texture, pour, serve and then do the next coffee. This seemed to give the boiler time to stay stable (I used a 2 hole tip as well).
The people were happy, the coffee was awesome, I was happy.
Congrats and good choice! I know you'll be happy with your Alex :-)