[Homeroast] Lucky Me!!

Cameron Forde ceforde at gmail.com
Sun Sep 5 13:17:24 CDT 2010

Hi Terry,

You don't need 220 V, just 20 A (120 V) for your Vivaldi II.  I've
just had the circuit upgraded in my kitchen and it is nice to not have
to wait for the steam boiler -- it seems like it is always ready now.


On Sat, Sep 4, 2010 at 4:53 PM, Terry Stockdale
<terry at terrystockdale.com> wrote:
> At 03:27 PM 9/4/2010, you wrote:
>> I am punching out about 15 shots a day on the Gaggia.  Got it tuned
>> and the coffee is good.
>> My son is in Med School and came home today.  He ask the Wife and I
>> how much a machine like this cost.
>> I look at the wife, she looks at me and says UPGRADE!!
>> So, Giotto Professional is in my future unless you guys tell me to buy
>> something else.  ALSO, I will need a new grinder,  What should I get
>> here, another Rocky?
>> Thanks!!!
> Lucky You!  Congratulations, Hank.  Enjoy your good fortune.
> Instead of a Rocky, I suggest a Vario - that's what I changed to when I
> apparently managed to bend the shaft of my Rocky while changing the burrs
> (never brace the bur carrier using a screwdriver - use a socket on the
> center shaft - that's why it has hex sides<argh!>.  Expensive lesson - and
> bad espresso -  until I finally gave in and got another grinder.
> I was leaning towards one of those all-stainless models, when I upgraded
> from my Silvia about 18 months ago.  I showed my wife the Andreja Premium,
> something else that was again bright stainless (forgot what it was), and the
> La Spaziale Vivaldi II.  She picked the Vivaldi II - which I really thought
> was a couple hundred above the top of what I would consider spending and
> which I was showing her just to display how reasonable my plans were <grin>.
> Oh, I gave in, for the sake of marital bliss - especially since she doesn't
> drink coffee OR espresso.  Love the separate brew & steam boilers.  It makes
> fantastic micro-foam, which in turn, makes fantastic hot chocolate for her!
> When we redo the kitchen, I'm going to add a drain line for the Vivaldi II
> (and future espresso machines) and get that area a 220v outlet, so I can
> switch my Vivaldi II from 110/120 to 220/240 mode.
> Needless to say, the water input line is plumbed-in (that's the way the
> Vivaldi II works) because I wasn't about to give up the Silvia auto-filling
> mod - it saved too much aggravation.
> What would I do if I was doing it again?  Make the wife happy, of course.
>  But, based on Tom's fantastic  Giotto Professional web page, I think I'd
> argue in favor of the Giotto Professional.  It looks like I could enjoy that
> machine - the Vivaldi II is great, but almost boring.
> The advantage of the Vivaldi II is that I can turn off the steam boiler
> after my morning latte, and reduce the heat load on my air conditioning
> bill.  I leave the brew boiler on, but turn off the steam boiler for 10
> hours a day.  The GP is a heat-exchanger machine that uses the hot steam
> boiler to heat the espresso brew water, so I would run it 27/7 (that's 24/7
> on espresso-time).
> --
> Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA
> My computer tips site and newsletters:  http://www.TerrysComputerTips.com
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