coffee-forum.net
Promoting coffee discussion.

Main
Date: 11 Dec 2006 14:20:05
From: Lloyd Parsons
Subject: Alex is here!
Miss Alex arrived a day early. I won't go into a preview of it quite
yet, but I will say this is one serious piece of shiny steel. Right now
the peeling is done, the initial flush out is over and I'm waiting for
temp to get up and stabilize. Should take about an hour.

I'll post some photos and provide a link to them. It looks like I will
have to open it to adjust something or other as the manometer is showing
1.5 and I've heard that is probably too high.




 
Date: 11 Dec 2006 20:02:12
From: Lloyd Parsons
Subject: Re: Alex is here!
I've got a thread going on Coffee Geek forums, in Machines and Grinders

Thread name : Izzo Alex is here!

I've also posted some pictures of the machine and a couple of pours I
got tonight. Here's the link:

http://web.mac.com/lloydparsons/iWeb/Site/Izzo%20Alex%20setup.html


 
Date: 11 Dec 2006 13:17:53
From: Todd94590
Subject: Re: Alex is here!
hey Lloyd, I'll be over in a half hour ;)

don't worry about any adjustments for a week or so,
just til you get used to how it performs.

Todd

> I'm waiting for
> temp to get up and stabilize. Should take about an hour.
>



  
Date: 11 Dec 2006 15:44:47
From: Lloyd Parsons
Subject: Re: Alex is here!
In article <1165871873.408891.147290@n67g2000cwd.googlegroups.com >,
"Todd94590" <Todd94590@gmail.com > wrote:

> hey Lloyd, I'll be over in a half hour ;)
>
> don't worry about any adjustments for a week or so,
> just til you get used to how it performs.
>
> Todd
>
> > I'm waiting for
> > temp to get up and stabilize. Should take about an hour.
> >

Well, just to tickle your taste buds....

Second shot was absolutely perfect! I used the MDF for the grinder as
the SJ burrs are just too damn dull. First double was too quick at my
normal espresso setting of 3, took it to 2 and 25 seconds later I had
the damndest double I've ever tasted. Crema was thick and the color all
the great pictures show. Effing unreal. Took me months to pull a shot
that wasn't nearly that good from my Silvia.

Temp flushing until it quits spitting and flows steady, then get the
grinds, tamp and it is right on the money.

Pstat clicks way more often than the Silvia did and holds the boiler at
1.4 bar rock steady.

Then I did a cafe crema. 6 oz pulled in 25 seconds, YUMMY!!!

But I need to get this thing plumbed in. Uses water in a hurry, what
with all the flushing and stuff. I got all the parts needed to do it,
just need to get the teflon tape. And oh yeah, a timer. This thing
takes a bit of time to get up to temp, so I need it on a timer.

Checked water hardness. Wow! My water is between 3 and 7, that's the
scale settings, with the color closer to the 3 than the 7 by quite a
bit. So I'm wondering if I need to put the water softener in the line,
or just the filter.