Yes... I have to agree... spending some time talking with a professional to sort things out is probably a very good idea.
Voted? Unless we talk 'good' as in 'tastes good' (or some other subjective criteria), I would've thought that you would have to define what is better than something else, ie less of this and more of that in your water, and then one water sample vs another either is or isn't better. No voting involved.
Originally Posted by CoffeeFever
Is unscrewing 'the mushroom' and doing a visual inspection a quick and easy way to get a good indication of the level of scaling in an espresso machine? Thanks.
Originally Posted by noonar
As 'noonar' points out in his post, bi-annual inspection of the "mushroom" isn't a bad way to determine the rate of scale deposition that is occurring and depending on your situation, location, etc this could be stretched out further or made more frequent, but isn't a bad place to start from.
One thing to keep in mind though, is to have a couple of spare Teflon Washers on hand as the original may not be reusable...
Another thing as well, you need to use either a high quality exact fit spanner or a hexagonal socket to remove the chromed nut. Otherwise, you will risk damaging the chrome finish or even worse, the nut itself. They are made from brass so are quite soft...
Hi all, newcomer to CS here with a recent purchase of an Alex Duetto 2 from a fellow CS member in Brisbane (thanks Tim, congratulations on the wedding!) Although this is rehashing an old thread, the topic of ideal water hardness remains a bit opaque to me. I would like to pose the question: for documented “soft” water areas of Australia such as Sydney (57ppm) does the addition of a cation exchange resin water softener bring the resultant hardness too low for optimal flavour extraction? I note recent local work at UNSW has been published with some good insights.
The suggestion is is that the “ideal” hardness for taste is around 50-80ppm. What are people’s opinions on whether just to run Sydney water as it is vs further softening?
Thanks and looking forward to years of collaboration.
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Congrats on the new acquisition, terrific machine.
Best bet would be to take a sample of your tap water to a local water filter supplier and request a Total Hardness and pH test. Depending on what that indicates, you can make a decision on what to do.
Very good score with the new machine. Seems likes it been well looked after and bought at a great price.
Originally Posted by AlexTz
Not sure if you noticed the recent thread on water testing which may be of interest - https://coffeesnobs.com.au/general-c...tml#post651446