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    New machine has arrived!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi,

    Im new to the forum. Had to replace my Cimbali Liberty as it recently shit itself. Bought a Unico Splendor from Chris of Talk Coffee. ;D

    Chris was great, a real gentleman, no hesitation in recommending people giving him a call if you are after some new equiptment.

    First impressions - Wow!

    I am awaiting my Iberital Challenge so I cant say too much at this stage but the signs are very promising.

    Steam performance great. Microfoam no problem. Warm up time excellent.

    Crema is the only issue apart from the pump noise - not use to that. At this point but I dont need to tell you guys that until the Iberital arrives and I play with grind and volume then Im pushing it uphill to get a really good shot.

    Just a question on the Cimbali. It dry boiled ( yeah left it on and went to work). Coffex who repair Cimbalis informed me the unit could not be repaired easily. Something to do with the element being part of the boiler, so a simple change of element was not possible. The machine does start to warm up but trips the safety switch after a minute or so of being turned on.

    If anyone has some suggestions as to options that I could explore and possible costs to fix that would be great.

    It would be nice to get it going and take it to my office.

    Regards

    Jim AKA LongMac






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    Re: New machine has arrived!

    Hey Jim and thanks soooo much for the feedback.....Worry not about the crema...there will be plenty once you get some great, fresh coffee and dial that grinder in.

    I hope that you grow to love that new machine!

    Chris

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    Re: New machine has arrived!

    Im definitely jealous ;),

    Youve sure got a great combo there LongMac, great to behold as well as use. Welcome to the wondrous world that is CoffeeSnobs [smiley=thumbsup.gif],

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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    Re: New machine has arrived!

    Yeah, Ill second that ...

    Chris was kind enough to let me play on one of his unico splendors a few CS meets ago and I was very impressed. At first I was skeptical about the steam tip, but after dialing the pstat up a bit and bending the wand it was fantastic! In terms of coffee quality, it was better than most of the commercial HX machines that I have used!

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: New machine has arrived!

    Quote Originally Posted by LongMac link=1147396330/0#0 date=1147396330
    ...then Im pushing it uphill to get a really good shot...
    You just reminded me of a saying I once heard ...

    "like trying to roll jelly up a hill with a stick"

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    Re: New machine & now new grinder has arrived!

    Picked up my new grinder yesterday.

    To say the quality of the pour improved out of sight is an understatement. ;D Excellent results first up.

    My only issue is that my wife is a decaf drinker ::). She is unbelieveably fussy about cross contamination issues with switching between normal beans vs decaf.

    Might have to now look at buying a second grinder for her decaf beans, although she is more than happy using pre-ground beans at present as the coffee I make her each morning is better than what she normally gets at a cafe.

    I can recommend the Iberital Challenge. I purchased the chrome bodied model and while it does not come with the timer I dont think that is going to be a problem.

    Regards

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    Re: New machine has arrived!

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight

    I would recomend buying a new cafinated wife!! ;D



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