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  1. A number of interesting observations: 1. Of the 20 or so Evo's now in the hands of paid owners who forked out real money then waited 6 months or so, not one has voiced a regret over their decision. In fact, the support has become literally fierce. 2. Almost immediately after any legitimate questions surface, multiple owners jump in to offer actual, factual experience and explanations. 3. Almost immediately after any questionably legitimate questions surface, multiple owners jump in to offer actual, factual experience and forceful defenses. 4. More importantly, the owners seem to be enjoying their espresso, cappuccino or whatever; light, medium or dark roasts; at various PI and brew, temperatures and times and the focus has always been on the drinks because the Evo just seems to get out of the way and deliver the goods regardless of what is asked of it. This is not the case with lesser levers which require multiple major "upgrades" to make them perform even after being on the market for literally decades. 5. By a healthy margin, owners are content with the Evo the way it is delivered, with only the choice of shower screen circlip warranting a second look. But no "mods" are suggested or offered, no major flaws unearthed, unlike the umpteen LMLM mods hoping to justify the inexplicable price but sending the real outlay to near a GS3. I am not a social worker by trade so I do not find using excuses for things that should have been done correctly acceptable. Perhaps putting a 2" square steel frame behind the LSM may completely eliminate any visible flex but that beast would be nearly impossible to install at home if it were to also have 2 boilers, 3 PIDs, a gear pump and a water reservoir for autonomy. Grafting the LSM group to the Vesuvius chassis is a very pragmatic approach that brought us a superb machine with an accessible price at breakneck speed. I'd say what we are witnessing is a damned good report card for the Evo and its creators (and co-conspirators) and kudo's are in order.
  2. @Levvieman It is not realistic to have a double-spring LSM group using up to 300kg of spring force as mentioned by @The Systemic Kid and not have it show some flex in a machine meant to be used in a non-commercial setting. The degree to which it does flex has been minimized in the production Evo, but not non-sensibly that you cannot lift it from the floor to the counter without using a pneumatic lift table. So as sometime who looks for better ways to get things done, I found mine. Just ask any automotive designer how they tame the frame flex when they chop off half the car to make a convertible. It's never "no flex at all" because it's simply an impossible pipe dream in a practical world.
  3. I have now had my Evo for 33 days. I have made espresso and cappuccino everyday, and somewhere in the back of my mind - to reassure my investment in money and trust in the Evo and its ecosystem is sound - I tried to answer the same question nearly everyday "Did I make the right choice?" Paolo and I spoke about this yesterday. Is the Evo a stunning new entry in the "prosumer" or "personal luxury" category that will take its place in history? Or is it a flash in the pan waiting to be unseated by the next latest and greatest, so evident currently in the grinder market? To clearly knowledgeable and experienced folks like @DavecUK, @The Systemic Kid, @Denis S and @scots_flyer, the arguments for and against may arise from a substantial background of experience, and their points are fact-based, nuanced and balanced. To me as a pragmatic yet diehard foodie and espresso lover, it's a more direct matter - what else is there for the money, and will it continue to be excellent without needing massive amounts of babying? The short answers for me is no and no. I'd thought 33 days after the Evo landed I would have found more to moan about but there really isn't. I mentioned to Paolo I wish the Evo had taller feet so I can get under to clean the counter easier but that is the nitpick of nitpicks. The machine warms up in exactly 16 minutes, almost the exact time of my morning routine out of bed. By the time I am ready with the puck the Evo is at exactly 92/100/125, the way I set it for my espresso and my wife's cappuccino. Not even one minute of waiting needed. Then the same "Godshot" lands in the cup, day after day, no drama, no surprises. I said to Paolo I can no longer go to cafés as the Evo has done them in for good. There simply is no comparison in taste and more importantly, no better satisfaction. The Evo brings out what's in the bean more than any machine I've experienced including the various high-buck La Marzocco commercial machines in my neck of the woods from Strada's to GB5's and Linea's who charge a fortune then inevitably disappoints. 5 minutes after I pull the shots, the Evo goes off. The average energy consumption observed is about 0.7 KWh, or US$0.12 per day. On a busier day with company visiting, it may be double or triple but it still costs less than 1/2 of a candy bar. The impact of the 3 PIDs is not only on energy consumption but the cost of long-term maintenance. With the machine not needing to be on for any more than 15 minutes at a time for 2 drinks - versus the full hour needed for the 5L or single boiler models - the heat and pressure stress on parts are substantially reduced, and scale deposit inside boilers minimized. Longevity goes up, costs go down, and hassle minimized. Not many folks talk about this aspect of the Evo's brilliance and even if this was not part of the master plan from @Paolo_Cortese and @DavecUK, they are getting a big thumbs-up from this pragmatist. Next to machines of remotely comparable stature and capabilities, no one comes close. On the flex issue - I had big worries, and had even devised a plan to counter it when my Evo arrived. I since found a way that works for me with no added parts or hacking the frame - by simply lifting up on the locked portafilter handle while pulling the lever down. The counteracting forces of up vs down allow the group head to act more as a fulcrum at the frame than having to transfer the downward force of the lever to it causing it to flex. With just a little practice this became a simple and workable solution. Paolo mentioned that the parts are finally starting to flow, so I wish him a lot of success in the market with the Evo. It is a brilliant design well executed and it very much deserves a very loyal following.
  4. Using the Acaia Lunar, that moment comes when the first drops in the cup cause a little beep, a handy reminder to let her go.
  5. @Denis S Thank you for the information. This explains why the Bplus paralleled the taste when my tamps were above 90 lbs. At less than 80 lbs, the Vesuvio is a little rudderless but it kicks in around 82/83 then finds literally a sweet spot at 85. After 85, it falls off the cliff at 90.
  6. I have had a few weeks with the 55mm Bplus screen in the IMS 26M basket. I stopped using it. The Bplus cost nearly US$70 delivered and it now sits on the shelf. Earlier on, I experimented with tamp pressure to get the most for our roast of choice, the classic Neapolitan Passalacqua Versuvio, My wife prefers milk drinks and its full bore flavor and body reminds me of the nice times we had in Italy. Since I use an arbor press with a dial indicator, I can gauge exactly how much pressure the tamp is, change it and repeat it every time. The best I found is at an indicated 85 lbs. Yep, 85. My espresso drink is heavenly and my wife's comment for her cappuccino is that it's like eating a piece of opera cake. We like that. Adding the Bplus changed the taste. It pushed flavors to extremes - it unraveled bitterness, the finish is shorter and far less pleasant. Cocoa became tar. I believe this happened because it exerts additional pressure on the puck. So the 85 lbs becomes something higher. How much higher I cannot tell as I don't have a Scace but the evidence is an even more tightly packed puck, more so than an already nicely packed puck. I can see the rationale of a Bplus with a LaPavoni, Flair or even Olympia Cremina since they can be pressure-challenged but with 12 bar on tap with the Evo, I find it not only not necessary but a detriment - to our roast at least. Perhaps this will be different with lighter roasts but we don't drink those. YMMV, of course.
  7. @gus6464 - as @Like Medium Strong Coffee said, it's "51 cm (L)" or 20 inches.
  8. @gus6464 No - much worse. The Evo is the devil incarnate because it reveals the limits of my grinder and that is reeking havoc with domestic tranquility since I may have to rescind the promised moratorium on more espresso s**t post-Evo.
  9. I remembered the fateful night I saw the movie very well. My buddy and I fought to drive home and he prevailed. It's a miracle we were not thrown in the slammer. I see some parallels with our beloved Evo - it's not about having the most money or the best brand or whatever, it's about doing the impossible and rewarding the cognoscenti. I also have a feeling that all the Italian makers are more relaxed about this - like the closing scene of the movie where everyone congregated for a good cheer by the Queen Mary, even Roscoe.
  10. @dfk41 Don't you just love the good ol' days? Daytona convertibles and Cobra 427s running amok, and Faema and La Cimbali was king of the hill. But some truths are absolute and timeless, and this was one of them for me.
  11. I think this is just as appropriate as "The First Rule of Italian Espresso Machine Making". @The Systemic Kid - don't show this to your son with the Ferrari - he may have a coronary.
  12. @gus6464 I did replace the circlip with a 50mm in stainless steel and it went in without a hitch. But it was not from McMaster. As @DavecUK showed in his post on page 115 from Aug 17, any 50mm circlip that conforms to the DIN 472 standard should work. I had one on hand, did the measurements, and you can see my comments.
  13. The smart plug that can handle the Evo's 14A current draw arrived only yesterday so there is insufficient data for an average. With only half a day, this morning's routine with a casual, not-anally-monitored warm up for both of our drinks is at 0.72 kWh. So including the anticipated evening routine, we are trending towards no more than 1.2kWh for the day. Sounds like the Evo will be significantly more energy efficient than the Izzo Leva, by about 2/3's, maybe?!
  14. @DavecUK Thanks for the detailed explanation. It all makes sense. All the heaters work well together as they are because what's in the cup is glorious.
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