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I am really enjoying my 2 week old Izzo Alex Duetto MkIV, getting some great results at the moment using BB's 'Milk Buster' espresso beans in my Latte & Cappuccino drinks. The only minor gripe I have with the machine is the rather short steam wand, when using my 20 oz Milk jug for steaming milk for just one drink, the wand is only just long enough, the sharp bend near the top of the wand does cause some restriction. Its far from a big problem, but does seem to be a minor design flaw to me. Just wondering if anybody else here had found the same issue?
I am selling my Izzo Duetto MKIV which is only 3 years old, as I am giving up coffee. I bought it new from BellaBarista 3 years ago, I have been the only owner from the start. I looked after it carefully as I've been a 'coffee-nut' for years It has been cleaned every fortnight (pulyCaff), has a Brita Purity C150 Quell ST Filter which you can have, it is good until Dec 2018, this fits under your kitchen counter, descaled (no scale came out on descaling so filter must be doing good!) It's in great condition, has a TINY 1mm dent (which is not deep) on the head unit (will post pics tonight) Comes with (these items will come with machine, I cannot give you a lower price without items, the price is for the machine ONLY, gadgets are a 'gift' with the machine): 3 portafilters, 2 original from machine, one has a 15g VST basket, one of these is a bottomless portafilter. Has new silicone gasket and I have an extra one to give you Has EMS shower screen fitted Timer to plug it in and set the time you want the machine to wake up for you Extra 18 and 20g VST baskets, EMS single dose basket, 'OE' dosing funnel (to make sure your coffee all goes in your portafilter and not on table ) 2 tampers Tamper mat/station Coffee scale All of the above at £1200 COLLECTION ONLY from CR8 postcode you are very welcome to come to view/try before you buy, mainly evenings late and weekends (just PM me for arranging) I 'may' be able to deliver up to 20miles from my home but do not assume I can, ask I am also selling the Olympus 75e grinder (separate thread) PS can't remember how to embed photos in posts, below is a link to the photobucket folder with photos (2 are below but there is more), please click on link it will take you to the photo folder, let me know if any problems, thanks http://s646.photobucket.com/user/joparkeruk/media/Izzo%20MKIV/IMG_0559.jpg.html http://s646.photobucket.com/user/joparkeruk/media/Izzo%20MKIV/IMG_0560.jpg.html http://s646.photobucket.com/user/joparkeruk/media/Izzo%20MKIV/IMG_0561.jpg.html http://s646.photobucket.com/user/joparkeruk/media/Izzo%20MKIV/IMG_0562.jpg.html http://s646.photobucket.com/user/joparkeruk/media/Izzo%20MKIV/IMG_0563.jpg.html http://s646.photobucket.com/user/joparkeruk/media/Izzo%20MKIV/IMG_0564.jpg.html http://s646.photobucket.com/user/joparkeruk/media/Izzo%20MKIV/IMG_0567.jpg.html
Had my Duetto Mk4 from BB since April 2013. House water all softened and drinking water on inline Brita filter in addition. 4yr old kettle still sparkles like new. Finally got round to first descaling today. Following the simple, clear BB guide, got busy with the citric acid granules. After the half hour soak, the boiler water came out a perfectly clear pale blue no bits! The several repeat drains were a paler clear blue until they ran as clear water. Steam wand disgorged sprays of filthy black water each time, really odd. All clean now and seasoning shots pulled, and the steam and water knobs turn more easily, but I'm not in a hurry to repeat the process until another 10/12 months time. Just shows that water softening and Brita really preserve the machine in good nick (we're in a seriously hard water area) though I imagine there may be some folks who argue that these processes remove some of the vital elements of water which give the shots their flavour and character? ?
Well my Breville Dual Boiler BES900 (from the Australian market) died suddenly after a routine clean and backflush. After much reading around, discussion, playing and talking I arrived at the following logic: Starting point: "When my BDB dies I'll get a Linea Mini, or an old GS/3" (mostly because I love using the full-fat Linea when I get to play at my local coffee shop after hours the steam power is something else, but overall they are just lovely.) Outcome: The Linea mini is good, but is it really £3k good? Probably, but I'm not going to spend that much on a machine having just moved house! I found my way to the Alex Duetto IV after much reading around, discussion etc. I knew I would like to get some decent steam power and have a decent solid internals, nice simple controls. The BDB isn't that repairable, and I found the steaming capability a bit weak. It also turns out that it was completely broken with the solenoid valve corroded beyond repair. Bella Barista were supremely helpful on the phone and the machine arrived next day even though I ordered at about 2pm. Must have just caught the courier. I spent a while reading the manual and then prepared the machine. Mine had the factory PID settings from the off, so I adjusted them to the recommended settings as per the manual. I flushed and readied the machine. I'm really pleased to have a rotary pump at last (though my Super Jolly is really the elephant in the room when it comes to noise.) Espresso was dead easy to get dialled in - sorted in a few shots before I found the sweetness in my favourite roast at the moment (Pioneer from Horsham Coffee Roasters). Milk texturing is always a journey with a "if only I'd" and "next time I'll" but by around day 3 I'd got used to the extra power of the steam wand. It's on the four hole tip, and just as feisty as the Linea in my local coffee shop. I've managed to pour a few five layered tulips now but still needs more practice. I intended to repair then sell on the BDB as a working machine. When it failed, it sounded like the OPV had locked open and/or the solenoid had gone. Upon disassembly I found the OPV was fine, but the solenoid valve/group head assembly had corroded so badly that three of the four screws sheared off during removal. I hadn't used excessive force (as somewhat mechanically minded!) but oh well. That puts it in a whole new category of expense to repair - as the stumps of the screws are corroded into the group assy. I'll just eBay it for parts. Bah! Anyhow! Awesome machine. Small enough for home/WAF (wife acceptance factor) but with near commercial power (just keep an eye on those recovery times, which are brief but not instant). Love it.