[Homeroast] Lucky Me!!

Terry Stockdale terry at terrystockdale.com
Sun Sep 5 18:07:59 CDT 2010


Cameron,
You're right - not sure what I was thinking when I wrote that.

The Vivaldi II doesn't switch  between 120v and 240v, it switches 
between 15 Amps and 20 Amps, both at 120v.

Terry

At 01:17 PM 9/5/2010, you wrote:
>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.
>
>Cameron
>
>
>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).
> >
> >
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