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  2. So what brand / model of what type of coffee grinder would you recommend?
  3. 1. Not suitable for your business 2. None 3. A market that will buy your product in sufficient quantity and the correct equipment.
  4. My journey was the opposite. I had a Profitec 700 (dual boiler, E61) and found it too big, took too long to get up to temp. For 1 coffee a day before a long day at the office, it was too much. So I bought a La Pav, and could not be happier. But now with this Covid-19 nonsense and god knows when I'll be in the office again, I find myself spending more time at home and use the machine more. I also would like something where I can turn on, wait 20 minutes or 60 minutes, and find the machine idling at a stable temperature. Ability to set that target temperature accurate, combine with the temperature stability and fast heat up, is key on a new machine. As you know, I'm now thinking of moving on from the Pavoni after 2 years. I still have doubts whether I should do this. Will I get better quality in the cup at a comparable cost/benefit ratio? I don't think so. Will I regret moving on from the Pavoni in 2 years time? Maybe. The other aspect is upgraditus, of course. It's always nice to have something new and different...
  5. I’ve obviously led a sheltered life - though I love coffee and I love gin - but I had never heard of combining them until I saw this thread. I have maybe 20 or 30 different gins at home and a fairly varied collection of tonic waters. I may be gone for some considerable time . . . Regards, John
  6. I have the same ones, from @BlackCatCoffee cant go wrong for the price. https://www.blackcatcoffee.co.uk/collections/eqipment/products/copy-of-hario-temperature-conrol-buono-electric-kettle-1
  7. Hi, I'm peruvian (south america) and I'm planning to start a small business in my town distributing ground coffee to families and persons (not business). We're on a really small budget so we can't afford an industrial grinder. First, we're thinking about buying a domestic coffee grinder (Sorry if that's not the term) and start saving money with out sales and then invest on a industrial/semi-industrial one. I have 3 questions 1) What are your opinions on domestic coffee grinders performance for small businesses? 2) What models of domestic coffee grinders would you recommend? I'm mostly concerned about the speed, I don't want to wait too much time for having 250 grms ground. 3) What factors do you think are the most important for starting a coffee distributing small business? Thanks in advance, Martin.
  8. Cheers, yeah and i found your original post about how you could see the inconsistency before you did the shims. I cant visibly see anything wrong with my grind. I will try full hopper in the morning and see what happens, never had an issue with the sage single dosing before - always use light roasted beans (usually Ethiopian) i wonder if the E61 is exposing my poor methodology when it comes to dosing? Very interesting. But hey ho ill see what happens with the mignon with a full hopper. I can always tip the beans back out i suppose.
  9. Landed yesterday, thanks for organising this 😁 First try as v60 and its proper tasty. 30->500g in 3:50. Tea like body, think I'm getting cherry in the cup. Looking forward to trying it as espresso now. No clue about the origin but it drew down pretty quickly for the grind setting, I'll guess Myanmar. Dovy
  10. Hi Philip, Hope you are still enjoying the Helios. Can I ask for the height measurement minus the hopper please, (body only). I'm trying to guess what the overall height will be with the smaller hopper. Thanks, Paul
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  12. Deemo

    Sage Bambino

    Done some investigation, it's where the drip tray meets the unit, when it purges after a brew, there is no seal, so water is coming out between the tray and the unit.
  13. The European Coffee Trip did quite a good video on espresso and cold brew tonic. It can be found here. In the video, they mention that it's best with fancy craft tonic because it's not as sweet. Does anyone have any specific tonic recommendations? JJ
  14. Greater consistency for one, but assuming you achieve that consistency through heat up time and operation.... Better temperature stability throughout the shot, and the larger commercial size baskets allows a shallower puck at the same dose so you can grind finer, push extraction up, and get better shots. The only thing I missed about the Pavoni was the ability to pressure profile but I've got the bianca paddle now so I can extend pre-infusion, slow the ramp up, stop the flow entirely, and control flow rate through the shot.
  15. Hello Following on from a previous post. Now got into my Delonghi, bought replacement part, but can't get the original one off. A the white tube is just shoved a LONG way over the valve inlet pipe and partly due to its location, I can't get the bloody thing off. And I can't unscrew the final attachment to get better access because, well, the tube is attached. Any tips? I've considered heating it up (though not sure how yet) but not sure if that would actually make it worse. Ditto cooling. Here's the new part, just so you can see its anatomy.
  16. I am early in my La Pav journey, I haven't had it long enough yet to pi55 me off. But, it has been so good that it has made me ditch the Sage, in particular because the milk steaming was superior. So those that have moved on why was that? Currently I can't see any downside of a machine which is good to go in minutes. Apart from maybe temp stability that can relatively easily be checked with a group thermometer and a bit of experimentation. I can see the appeal of something like a dual boiler. But I am not sure how something like a lelit would make a better shot? It is the shot volume/ratio? Do you miss something in not being able to get past about 1:3?
  17. Deemo

    Sage Bambino

    Duly noted! I've contacted them. Thankfully, I paid via PayPal, so shouldn't be any issues getting my money back! Will just go and buy one new! Thanks!
  18. Hi what did you end up getting? I am also looking at the melitta from Costco, its £799 currently
  19. I realise that I may be excessively posting, but it is better to collect thoughts here rather than lose them, I suppose. So the question here is if we can simply isolate the main needle flutter as a function of the vibration pump. Specifically, is it the case that the needle flutter is a consequence of pressure pulsations (and not, say, other mechanisms like air-liquid flow going unstable). Some additional reading from Chap. 5 of the book by Nakamura et al. See the image below of their Table 5.7 that indicates various ways of reducing pressure-induced vibrations. Some of the suggestions are quite interesting, and they largely relate to pre-treatment of the flow before it hits the gauge or the modification of the pump-OPV distance. Some of these recommendations seem unrealistic for the community (like those suggestions that relate to knowing exact properties), but suggestions of inserting an orifice, snubber, or side branch might be applicable.
  20. TomHughes

    Sage Bambino

    Because most of the machines they sell are poorly looked after and broken. Thats how they end up with them, they take returns etc. check they switch on then sell them without doing proper checks. Search this forum and you will find lots about them. Send it back ASAP
  21. I've had one of these in a cafe and it was terrible - not sure if it was the espresso that was the problem though i guess...
  22. Was that single dosing the sage (Another grinder which doesn't respond well to single dosing), especially with lighter roasted or higher grown beans. What chokes a machine is a well compacted puck made up of a consistent grind that is too hard to penetrate. An inconsistent grind will never choke a machine as the channelling caused by the inconsistency will always allow water through. Single dosing tends to cause more particle distribution (inconsistency) especially in certain grinders with small burrs like the sage (conical, 38mm) and Mignon (flat 50mm) Larger burrs (Niche 68? conical) can produce a more consistent grind from single dosing, but also with really hard dense beans (think light and high grown) Grinders like the Mignon can produce a consistent ENOUGH grind from these beans if you treat them right, i.e. half fill the hopper and ideally remove any obstruction (making sure you purge and clear dead grinds, another source of inconsistency) The sage isn't and will never be capable of grinding these beans properly, hence why it's an ok grinder for most medium, low grown beans, but is massively found out when you go dense (light and high grown typically).
  23. Deemo

    Sage Bambino

    How did you know?
  24. TomHughes

    Sage Bambino

    Not from XSitems I hope!
  25. Yes - Fracino sell them. Dont forget the gasket. Personally I'd prefer to run it on 4kw. Which machine is it? Pm me if you need a hand
  26. Deemo

    Sage Bambino

    Definitely under (as in under the machine). I will continue to monitor.
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