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 Post subject: For Espresso machine owners - PSA
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:00 pm 

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This is way off topic probably, but if you like food, you might like espresso, so here's a tip.

I just added an IMS precision filter basket and shower screen to my Expobar, E61 group, machine. I read reviews where people said it helped and, thinking I was being a sucker, i gave them a try. What a difference! The crema has a notably different/much more enjoyable, texture and the flavor of the shot is subtly improved. It was well worth the cost of the upgrade.

They can be acquired many places, but here is one:

http://www.espressoparts.com/parts/espressomachineparts/i-m-s-precision-screens-and-baskets


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 Post subject: Re: For Espresso machine owners - PSA
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:13 pm 
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At what investment point, dollar wise do you see a noticeable improvement in brew quality in a home environment?

I have an ultra cheap espresso brewer....



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 Post subject: Re: For Espresso machine owners - PSA
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:36 pm 

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I really can't answer that question well, but I can point you to a forum...

http://www.home-barista.com/forums/

I have this machine:
http://www.wholelattelove.com/products/expobar-brewtus-iv-with-vibration-pump
and this grinder:
http://www.wholelattelove.com/products/ ... ee-grinder

So I have about $2500 in it all with the latest upgrades. I'm 100% self-taught on espresso brewing and this combination has been making fantastic espresso from the first shot I tried, except for a period when I let it get dirty. I've had it about 3 years and I only really cleaned it twice. I should do it every 6 months or so. It didn't really start producing substandard coffee until about a month ago. With the latest upgrades, I can easily say that this is making the best coffee I have ever had - and that's after seeking out the supposedly best coffeehouse in London, NYC, and Chicago. That's obviously subjective, but I honestly don't think I've had better. I'm achieving this with a rather ordinary supply of coffee. I'm going to order my favorite beans and am anxiously awaiting the result of great beans with my current installation.

It's maybe a lot, but it's saved me quite a bit from buying espresso on the street. ;) I rarely buy it in restaurants or shops, because it's always a disappointment since I now know what it should taste like.

If you force me to guess, I would say that you could come close to where I am for $1500 +/- $250.

Hope that helps.
J


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 Post subject: Re: For Espresso machine owners - PSA
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:06 pm 

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My wife and I purchased the La Pavoni like this one over 25 years ago, it's in daily use.

https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/la-pa ... base-pc-16

Jack


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 Post subject: Re: For Espresso machine owners - PSA
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:18 pm 

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Where was that Pasquini when I was looking? :twisted:

I'm sure that it was on their site and I knew about lever action machines and I really wanted one. I can't remember why I didn't get one, but I wish that I had. I guess I read that the Expobar was quite easy to use and it has been, but I like the throwback lever action idea.

Here's the Kiyoshi Kato Damascus of lever action machines:
http://www.olympia-express.ch/en/products/cremina


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