Hi guys ive got an ECM Technika with rotary pump, havent plumped it in yet and just upgraded the grinder to the Eureka Atom
I consider my gear to be a "double boiler" setup, although it isn't really ;-)
In the middle is my Quick Mill Alexia Evo which I bought a few months ago and which is currently my main machine for espresso. On the right is my Elektra Micro Casa a Leva, which I now use mainly to steam milk (that's why I consider both to serve a sort of a double boiler machine). Also pictured is my Compak K3 grinder.
Setup in the kitchen with the new kid EK43S Black, ft. Rocket Giotto Evo plumbed in with Everpure water filters and drain to the kitchen sink next to the machine. Retiring Macap MC4 soon, next goal probably a GS3 or Linea Mini
Refurbished BES920XL with Rancilio Rocky(skipped the Breville Smart Grinder) paired with a pesado tamper. Love the daily shots pulled, easy machine to work with.
New Niche Zero, but this just about sums up the equipment. Got a few tamper's and milk jug's, a Behmor roaster too.
the collection of toys or as i like to call them, tools of the trade, keeps growing.
Pesado modular portafilters, 1 x naked 1 x double spout
Pesado depth adjuster tamper
decent espresso baskets
decent portafilter stand
tiamo dosing cup
scott callaghan dosing tools
cheap ebay distribution tool
Have another 3 tampers retired and the 2 original la marzocco portafilters also retired.
All items in the pic are in current use.
Have a couple new side panels for the gs3 also coming shortly, and hopefully that should be it. (yes i know, famous last words )
got a phone call today from the coffee machinist to say my new side panels for my GS3 are back from the anodisers and ready to pick up.
Only 4 of these panels in existence i believe, billet aluminium and hand polished.
They turned out an absolute treat, and thought it was something completely different from the usual timber which i have been use to now for a long time.
The beauty with these also, is when i get sick of the colour, just a quick strip down and anodised again in any other colour i may want
That is amazing. Blue being my favourite colour maybe makes me bias. Strangely Iím not a fan Iíve learnt of wood but that is just what Iím interested in.
New machine arrived today. Have a new Knockbox etc to come through from the USA.
Great future wife I have as we were late to a family dinner last night so I could unpack it when I got home. Few shots late last night and this morning.
Doubt it will be any better than my ecm synchronika I had but I love the style of this machine.
This customising becomes very dangerous and expensive
well got the final custom piece delivered on friday for my gs3. I was never a fat of the flat boring group head of the AV so had Dan at specht design make me a stada look alike to suit the gs3 with the lion log engraved into it.
Think i am just about done with mods to this machine apart from getting some taller s/s feet for it as the little black ones are a little pathetic.
Very impressive John, tell us a little about the coffee it produces.
Took me a little while to get use to this beast from my r58.
Steaming pressure is to die for and just doesnt seem to run out of steam (pun intended) Recovery is also very fast
What i found weird was, were i could overdose with the r58 and my previous giotto premium, i found the gs3 didnt like it as much, so got me started with weighing.
With the previous machines, id overfill the basket, collapse, top up and use the scottie callaghan tool to level before tamping and pulling a shot
In saying all that though, the ocffee it produces isnt too far from the r58, not night and day difference, but it does produce a beautiful well balanced cup. Great balance of flavours.
What i love most about the Av though is setting the volumetric for each button, knowing that it should produce the exact same amount in the same time as long as my technique is constant and the grind is adjusted accordingly. I fid it a good tool to know if something is wrong.
Also not worrying about keeping an eye on the shot whilst stretching the milk is a godsend, especially during parties when you just want to pump out lots of lattes back to back.
Hers my little set up, i have been happy with it for 3 odd years, but after seeing some of the magnificent machines that are here, I am getting itchy feet, though it could be the fact its 3am and i am still drinking coffee...
Rocket R58 v2
Compak K3 touch
Acquiring the latest machine will probably give your ego a temporary boost, but wont offer any more in the cup than the machine you have at the moment, with a machine like the R58 there's no reason why every shot shouldn't be close to ideal, this is certainly the case with my 10 year old Bezzera, I simply don't experience dud shots, except on the rare occasion that something fails on the machine, then its often a problem I can fix myself, (as with my recent pump failure, or a trip to the repair shop if more involved) with a bit of maintenance and TLC these machines are very repairable and have a long life, just a matter of doing a bit of fine tuning early on and getting to know your equipment.
Of course if your in the position of being able to afford endless upgrades go for it, the object of the exercise for me is great coffee in the cup, what I've been using for the past decade provides it.
Step by step... learning the basics, training the palate, saving the money, measuring the bench space, preparing the wife, practising the latte art, getting ready for upgrading the grinder next. Maybe something shiny by Xmas??
(To make yourself a hobby, just take something very simple - like having a cup of coffee - and see how complicated you can make it!)
Looking good guys...
Tatooed Sailor beans - Where do these come from?
It's a small boutique roaster here in Cairns. There's a few up here. I haven't opened the bag yet, it was roasted on the day I bought it 10 days ago, so it will be next one to enter the hopper...
PS. I might wait until my Profitec T64 grinder appears. Ordered from JetBlack TODAY!!
I've got DeLonghi EC850.M espresso maker for a birthday a few years ago. Shortly after that, I realised that I'm enjoying not just espresso, but "american" coffee too, so I decided to buy myself one more appliance for coffee. I was searching for some budget, but nice coffee maker and I found Elite Cuisine EHC-2202 Maxi-Matic Coffee Maker.