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Old 08-04-2020, 12:07 AM
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Gorgeous!

I'm currently trying to make the most out of a Rok GC. Seems like I need a better grinder to go with it for now...
Yeah, a good grinder is going to an integral part of pulling a good shot with that ROK (or really any espresso maker).




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Old 08-04-2020, 09:50 AM
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Yeah, a good grinder is going to an integral part of pulling a good shot with that ROK (or really any espresso maker).
Given budget, space, and the amount of use our filter grinder gets, I'm leaning towards a manual grinder since it will see much less use. Got a short list, just trying to weight pros and cons... (Kinu Phoenix, 1zpresso JE-Plus or JX-Pro)
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Old 08-04-2020, 10:14 AM
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Given budget, space, and the amount of use our filter grinder gets, I'm leaning towards a manual grinder since it will see much less use. Got a short list, just trying to weight pros and cons... (Kinu Phoenix, 1zpresso JE-Plus or JX-Pro)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B083L...b_b_asin_title
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Old 08-04-2020, 10:24 AM
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Brought home this lever at a very good price today. Seals replaced less than a year ago. Owner demonstrated pulling shots, steaming milk, and making lattae art (on the back deck with proper distancing protocols ). He kept the tamper though so I need to get a 51.5mm tamper (need) and a bottomless portafilter (want) before I start pulling the lever.

So soon, very soon, I shall pull the lever!






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Congrats, you'll like it!

Might not apply to yours since you mentioned the PO demo'ed steaming and frothing milk.
Mine, with the original 3-hole nozzle had a hard time to produce the same kind of froth you get with a commercial machine.
It just seemed like it did not produce enough steam pressure and stem volume.
This is also the reason folks are selling 1-hole nozzle tips on eBay.

I changed mine from 3 to 1-hole and it is day and night...
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Old 08-04-2020, 11:26 AM
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Congrats, you'll like it!

Might not apply to yours since you mentioned the PO demo'ed steaming and frothing milk.
Mine, with the original 3-hole nozzle had a hard time to produce the same kind of froth you get with a commercial machine.
It just seemed like it did not produce enough steam pressure and stem volume.
This is also the reason folks are selling 1-hole nozzle tips on eBay.

I changed mine from 3 to 1-hole and it is day and night...

I've seen a couple of videos about this, and trying the machine out this morning I concur, I'm not a fan of the 3 hole tip. I pulled a half way decent shot on the first go but I'll still need to practice with this to get it dialed in.

<edit> The plastic tamper that comes with these really sucks, but I wanted to give it a go anyway. To temped to play with it while I'm waiting for a proper, correct sized tamper to arrive.




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Old 08-04-2020, 11:27 AM
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Given budget, space, and the amount of use our filter grinder gets, I'm leaning towards a manual grinder since it will see much less use. Got a short list, just trying to weight pros and cons... (Kinu Phoenix, 1zpresso JE-Plus or JX-Pro)
The Ultimate Hand Grinder Showdown!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn9OuRl1F3k

I saw this pop up in my video travels this morning.





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Old 08-04-2020, 11:41 AM
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The Ultimate Hand Grinder Showdown!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn9OuRl1F3k

I saw this pop up in my video travels this morning.
I watched that earlier in the week I'm currently mining the braintrust in the home-barista.com forums
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I'm close to pulling the trigger on a Niche Zero. How do you like it? I really like the aesthetic and I already load my grinder one dose at a time.
I absolutely love my Zero Niche!
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Old 08-05-2020, 10:27 AM
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Don’t sleep on the one I linked, it’s every bit as good as more expensive hand grinders. Everyone seems to have latched one to that one brand and they’re all sold out anyways.
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Old 08-05-2020, 10:54 AM
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I quick reminder to new La Pavoni lever pullers..."IT'S HAWT!!"

I was pulling the lever and resting my other hand on the top of the fill knob, relaxed my fingers which then touched the top of the steam/frothing bar...Whoa...that's hawt!!! Not burned or anything, just a quick reminder that much of this machine gets quite hot.

PS: Getting better even without a proper tamper...which is on the way.





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Old 08-05-2020, 07:36 PM
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Well it's here

The good:

- It's indeed a professional, it was sold as a europiccola. I was correct in identifying the model and approximate age.

- It's in OK condition. Definitely not like new but overall fairly clean and seemingly undamaged.

The bad:

- It's 230v but I thought it probably was. Need a 110v element.

- It's missing the grate but I knew that already.

- It's missing the portafilter which I was 50/50 on since it wasn't pictured but also wasn't mentioned as being missing. I guess that means I'll just get a bottomless portafilter now so not really a big loss.

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Old 08-05-2020, 07:40 PM
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I absolutely love my Zero Niche!
Just received mine Monday, what a piece of machinery. Thank you for the detailed review that convinced me to buy one.
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Old 08-05-2020, 08:19 PM
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The good:

- It's indeed a professional, it was sold as a europiccola. I was correct in identifying the model and approximate age.

- It's in OK condition. Definitely not like new but overall fairly clean and seemingly undamaged.

The bad:

- It's 230v but I thought it probably was. Need a 110v element.

- It's missing the grate but I knew that already.

- It's missing the portafilter which I was 50/50 on since it wasn't pictured but also wasn't mentioned as being missing. I guess that means I'll just get a bottomless portafilter now so not really a big loss.


Nice!


Here are a few other sites to throw your money at...

https://coffee-sensor.com/product-category/la-pavoni/

https://www.espressocare.com/product...achines/10/P20

https://www.bplus.biz/categories/la-...machine-owners





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The good:

- It's indeed a professional, it was sold as a europiccola. I was correct in identifying the model and approximate age.

- It's in OK condition. Definitely not like new but overall fairly clean and seemingly undamaged.

The bad:

- It's 230v but I thought it probably was. Need a 110v element.

- It's missing the grate but I knew that already.

- It's missing the portafilter which I was 50/50 on since it wasn't pictured but also wasn't mentioned as being missing. I guess that means I'll just get a bottomless portafilter now so not really a big loss.
In case you can't find one, there is a guy in Hungary that makes them in exchange for your 230V one.
PM me if you need more info.
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Old 08-05-2020, 09:08 PM
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Thanks for the links!
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