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    Yet another happy VBM Domobar owner (pics)

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Ive been talking about it for more than a month now, here and there.
    Chris from Talk Coffee has been very patient with me.
    Well my funds finally came through and now I have, proudly sitting on my kitchen bench and serving me the most delicious coffee, the
    Vibiemme Domobar Super Lever Stainless Steel.

    A little pictorial of my excitement.

    All images are at 640 max, and all images are thumbnails to larger (1200 max) images.

    My wife and I went to Melbourne for a few days. One of the stops we made was because of a recommendation from a good friend, that I should go to see Erin Sampson from Pressings. So, not sure where to get off the tram, we jumped in a cab and found ourselves there.
    By the way I highly recommend the fruit toast. 2 pieces filled me. And 2 coffees of course.

    The first round...


    The 2nd round...


    And Erin at work


    So having phoned Chris from Talk Coffee on Friday afternoon and made the payment, then going to Melbourne, I arrived home on Tuesday afternoon.
    Came in the back door. Dumped my stuff. Opened the front toor to find this


    Looked so good, had to go for another angle


    From paying on Friday afternoon, it was on our doorstep in Tasmania 48 working hours later. Got to be happy with that!!!

    So we got it inside and unpacked it






    Now its time for the old guard to step aside...




    And the new guard to proudly take its place...













    So lets see what its got...




    Now, time to celebrate in style...


    I now have a bottomless PF care of coffeeparts, and today my water filter arrives from Bombora.
    While in Melbourne I also called into Veneziano and had a great chat with Craig. Picked up a couple of jugs and a knock box.
    Now all that is left is for me to shake this head cold so I can appreciate my coffee a bit more.
    And to buy the new Pullman tamper when it is available.

    A very big thank you to everyone at CoffeeSnobs for offering me advice with all the posts throughout this forum.
    And again, a special thanks to Chris. Thumbs up, mate!
    Ive been doing a lot of reading and had nearly decided on the Giotto. I am sure I would have been happy with it, but I just love this machine. I can already see so much potential.
    The crema that pours from the group head as the extraction takes place is just amazing.
    I thought I was getting good coffee from the old machine. I suppose I was - but there is a quantum step between good coffee and the great coffee this machine has the potential to produce - I can see that already, and I have a lot of learning to do before Im pulling anything near god shots.


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    Re: Yet another happy VBM Domobar owner (pics)

    That is so cool Adam.

    Love the pics. Its like erotica for Coffee Snobs! :-?

    What great service and what a great looking unit.

    May you have years of pleasure with it.

    Brett.


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    Yeah...what he said, and a perfect fit on the bench too!

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    Thats killer Adam. Heaps happy for you mate, great machine - was definitely on my short list before I got my Minore... actually was no. 2 from memory. Super psyched for ya mate.



    Chris, I noticed the TNT sticker on the box - didnt learn your lesson with the Bezzera or...? haha, just pullin.

    YeeZa

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    WOW!!! hang on, im coming arond to check it out for myself... just leave the key under the mat... ;) ;D ;D

    seriously, Adam, that is a great piece of kit!!
    well done, and kudos to Chris for yet another happy camper!

    L

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    I was waiting for that about TNT. :-)

    Having used the VBM in question, I agree it is a fantastic machine and is on my shortlist when I can afford it! [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

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    Coffee porn.

    Very shiny.

    Congratulations.

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    Great Purchase Adam.
    Good looking machine there, i am sure you will love it a get great coffee.
    You will have to stock up on beans, i can see the neighbourhood lobbing on your door step for a coffee.

    Mal

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    Re: Yet another happy VBM Domobar owner (pics)

    Quote Originally Posted by YeeZa link=1211499685/0#3 date=1211504080

    Chris, I noticed the TNT sticker on the box - didnt learn your lesson with the Bezzera or...? haha, just pullin.
    Yes, but if you note the 4th photo, TNT are now using dogs to do their deliveries. Obviously an improvement ;D. (Hope you gave him a nice tip - soup bone, dog biscuit, etc.)

    Seriously, BEAUTIFUL looking bit of gear there, Adam. Congrats.

    Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregJW link=1211499685/0#8 date=1211510610
    Yes, but if you note the 4th photo, TNT are now using dogs to do their deliveries. Obviously an improvement ;D. (Hope you gave him a nice tip - soup bone, dog biscuit, etc.)
    Greg
    And judging by the 7th photo the cat unpacked it - couldnt wait for a machiatto I bet. :)

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    This is my first post here, so not sure about the protocolsócan the OP indicate the approximate price paid? This is the machine my lady and I are looking at, but we do not have a clear idea re. where to source yet. We live in Canberra. TIA

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    Hi there
    Site sponsor CosmoreX Coffee are located in the ACT.
    Try them or you can try the same supplier that Tasadam used, Talk Coffee, also a site sponsor. I have used them on a number of occasions and i cannot give them enough praise. Chris from Talk Coffee will give you superb unbiased advice on all things coffee.
    They sell interstate and as can be seen by Tasadams post everything went as smooth as it should.

    Mal

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    Re: Yet another happy VBM Domobar owner (pics)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kit_L link=1211499685/0#10 date=1211610889
    This is my first post here, so not sure about the protocolsócan the OP indicate the approximate price paid? This is the machine my lady and I are looking at, but we do not have a clear idea re. where to source yet. We live in Canberra. TIA
    Youve done two things correctly so far.
    Firstly, youve decided on a fantastic machine, and secondly, youve discovered CoffeeSnobs.
    On the left is a list of site sponsors, and as indicated, there is a link there to Talk Coffee.
    If you visit this link, you will find a link to "other Specials" for CoffeeSnobs members from Talk Coffee.
    There was a VBM there a while back but I cannot see it now - doesnt mean you wont get a good price for a great mechine.

    Thanks to everyone for great comments on my newest member to the family. Ill keep this thread updated with my world of discovery with it.

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    Hi Adam
    Congrats on the new machine. Im sure youll be very happy with it. Im thrilled with mine.

    Cheers

    (cricketfan)

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    Shared madness just isnt madness at all surely.

    If Id taken pictures of mine (yes I would have loved to) Id still be locked outside, but Id be drinking good coffee though.

    Good job mate !

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    Things are going well.
    The steam was at first a bit powerful so I blocked one of the outlets with a toothpick for a few days.
    Now Ive gone back to using both holes and adjusting the pressure with the tap better.
    Starting off a bit easy on the steam and getting some air into the milk to start the stretch, then increase the pressure to spin it good and finish it off.
    A steady hand required so as not to allow a big gulp of air too late into the stretch, or I will have too many big "cappucino" bubbles.

    I have tried changing from skinny 1% milk to regular milk. This has made things a bit easier in achieving microfoam.
    Its still early days, but this morning I made a coffee that was the nicest I have had in Tasmania.
    Not the nicest latte art, but the nicest tasting coffee.

    So heres a couple of photos.
    A long way to go, but its a start.
    First round...




    2nd round...

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    Thought I would give an update.
    Things are still going great.
    Havent yet needed to tip any down the sink.

    Ive been working on the art a bit - I can see there is a real skill in it and a few cups a day really isnt enough practice to get "good". But Im having fun, so I thought I would share.
    These are some of the better efforts.

    Looks a bit like a bird of some sorts - maybe a peacock?
    Total fluke and unrepeatable.


    This ones not supposed to be a rosetta or a fern leaf - more a Tasmanian Pencil Pine... *;)








    Practice practice practice... And off to youtube to see how its supposed to be done.

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    Theyre getting better and better Adam.
    I have given up trying to master the art at the moment, i only do 1 - 2 milk based drinks during the week for the war dept and its difficult for that to improve my technique.

    I guess like you said a study session on youtube

    Keep up the practice.
    They already beat the hell out of my blobs.

    Mal

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    That coffee machine is pure porn,
    I have the VBM Domobar Levetta from Chis, and do agree that his service is excellent. So are the Machines.

    Nice choice

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    You will love this machine soooooo much you may want to sleep with it :P

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    My first post as a snob. Been a guest prowler for some time. I dont have a home espresso set up yet but that is going to change very soon according to the Minister of Finance. After all the reading, research and comparisons we thought the VBM Super seemed like a very logical choice. Compares to most everything else in the price bracket favourably, rates highly, and at least to us seemed everyone who owns one loves it and many who dont own one want to.

    Is this thread saying theres a new improved version coming soon, or a much more expensive version that "may" do things better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrecker link=1211499685/20#20 date=1214459403
    My first post as a snob. *Been a guest prowler for some time. *I dont have a home espresso set up yet but that is going to change very soon according to the Minister of Finance. *After all the reading, research and comparisons we thought the VBM Super seemed like a very logical choice. *Compares to most everything else in the price bracket favourably, rates highly, and at least to us seemed everyone who owns one loves it and many who dont own one want to.

    Is this thread saying theres a new improved version coming soon, or a much more expensive version that "may" do things better?
    There is a PID dual boiler version coming and it will be available in lever and electronic versions, some with vibration pump and some plumbed, rotary pump.

    Priciewise, think north of $3k to perhaps 4k or so.

    Expect a higher cost of service and ownership for a much more complex machine. Its probably overkill for home but will be laden with geek factor. Nevertheless, the biggest influences on shot quality will remain freshness, grinder and most importantly, the nut on the group handle ;).

    I am hoping to be on a preview model on the ECA stand at Aromafest. I think we are realistically some months off seeing them for sale in Australia and as per usual, the early adopter caveats apply ;)

    Chris

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    Re: Yet another happy VBM Domobar owner (pics)

    Hi there and welcome out of the closet (and into the forum).

    Regarding the bigger better faster stronger Vibiemme you speak of, I believe this thread is what you are referring to.
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1200231035
    From what I understand, its a dual boiler Vibiemme Domobar Super.
    If youve read all about HX machines and think you can live with that, the machine I have is perfect.
    If you can afford the difference, lucky you! Or spend the difference on a better grinder, which you will read is a very importand investment.
    Have fun!

    I should add, theres nothing hard about cooling flushes on this machine.
    I absolutely LOVE it.

    Hey Chris, nothing like flashy pictures to get people interested eh? (commissions accepted) ;)

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    Heres a pic of a euro spec. one:

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    Gawd, a machine I didnt think could look any better just did. I like the blue numbers too, good choice.

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    Drool.....
    If I win Lotto....

    :-)



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