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  1. I have finished making the 10 seal tools. AIl have been tested for fit on the piston from my machine. I haven't had the opportunity to test one on a really stuck piston yet, I'd love to hear from anyone in future that has. I'll contact those on this list shortly to make arrangements if still interested. I now have material to make more and will post an ad in the classifieds when I have finished another batch. Price will be £35 plus £4.30 for Hermes delivery in the UK and delivery at whatever it costs to everywhere else. I have part finished some dosing rings, I could not
    10 points
  2. a small update today or tomorrow my supplier should ship the display for the Vesuvius Evo that we are waiting in order to start the production of the second batch.
    10 points
  3. Are these the wands you want to see? I love the appearance and the fact that they always stay out of the way!
    9 points
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  5. Good morning, only two machines will be shipped this week of the second batch, the rest before of the end of this month unfortunately the stock of some electronic part are empty everywhere due of low production during the Covid. Of course our intention is always to ship the machines asap. Sorry to keep some customers waiting.
    8 points
  6. Here is a picture of some part finished piston removal tools. I had enough bits to make another seven, with the possibility of three more. The one with the hole in it is the finished prototype which I am keeping. Piston is out of the machine to check fit, six fitted straight away, only one needed a minor amount of fettling. The round bit on the top of one of the tools is the frightfully clever (well I think so 😄) drilling jig to ensure accuracy of the four holes for the pins. They should be able to take a serious amount of torque but have yet to be tested in anger. Smaller roll pins can b
    8 points
  7. Spent the morning making this piston removal tool as discussed in previous posts. I anticipated that the piston would be really tight and would need some serious torque to get it loose. Turns out that it freed very easily, no locking compound used, much simpler tools would have done the job, so this tool is a bit of overkill. Still, it will be handy for adjusting seal compression in-situ and when turned round it can be used to push the screen out from the top.
    7 points
  8. Day 4- I have tried raising the boiler temperature (in stages)...and then reducing the boiler temperature (in stages) and the same with the group temperature. I have come back to 95C group and 99C boiler....and the results are very nice indeed! I am running 3 of my Dalian roasts concurrently. *A Guatemalan *Costa Rican San Jorge and *Peru Ceja de Selva They were all roasted to a medium level 5 days ago and have been stored in an Airscape cannister in the fridge. I am grinding on a Helor Stance Motor to the level of fineness that star
    7 points
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  10. (A reminder: code CFUK21 at checkout gets you 15% off all individual bags of coffee at https://www.coffeebythecasuals.com) Hi everybody! Let me preface this by saying that to us this is a major update. Some of you might shrug, but I hope many of you will recognise the significance of this part of the life of our business. I would like to think that this story is made all the more interesting by the fact that our little company was born on this forum. As of today, we have our first employee! You know him already - his name is Calvin! Calvin has been roasting since we starte
    5 points
  11. There are people who want a simple way of doing espresso and I can respect and understand that. This is why you see baskets like E&B superfine or HQ14. These baskets have a much narrow total holed area at the bottom, making you grind much coarser and adding a much higher resistance to the puck. If the most open baskets are VST/Pullman followed by IMS and the further away from them are pressurized baskets that you dont need a grinder with the HQ14 and E&B superfine are baskets are in between and they let you grind coarser and at the same time user smaller doses (some people a
    5 points
  12. Hi All, There has been lots of conversation about tampers, and I've discovered finding ones that suit the nominal 54mm LSM baskets is a bit more challenging than with 58mm baskets. I thought I'd make a suggestion, based on my very satisfying experience, to everyone who might similarly be looking. I suggest you look at Etsy.com. I purchased from a local Aussie maker on Etsy two custom tampers, hand made from jarrah timber and machined brass and stainless steel. Both custom sizes, 54.4mm for the standard Vesuvius baskets (hopefully they will be a good fit when I get my machine), and
    5 points
  13. I thought that people may be interested in my experiences with my latest 2012 Classic. I bought it as a lockdown project from Facebook ads in about January, it was dropped off at to my son's house in Sheffield where it stayed until I finally got to pick it up last week. It was listed as spares or repairs with no details given as to what the problem was. It was advertised at a pretty good price considering what they go for nowadays. I could see that it has an auber type PID and Rancilio steam wand. It also has a brass dispersion block and IMS screen so it has obviously been loved. Wh
    5 points
  14. Been making this particular brownie for years now. Recipe asked for 250 gm of chocolate, I put 400 gm in! It is the best tasting one I have ever had Two years ago, I mage to for a Macmillan coffee morning. They were selling at £1 per square. The first person to buy a bit then immediately bought both for £20 each and took them away. Needless to say, the recipe has been refined by me over the years so if you make Brownies, and want to share or talk about them, now is your chance! Not interested in cakes or buns! Will post a pic tomorrow. Once cooled down, it goes into the fridge to chill right
    5 points
  15. Good test for the Evo today - ran some Kenyan light roast through at 1:2 ratio. First shot was 15 secs PI and complete in 42 secs. Opened the grind a quarter notch on the EK for second shot. 12 secs PI and completed in 32 secs. Longer shot had more muted acidity but preferred the shorter shot. Bags of blackcurrant acidity but no sourness. With some Columbian acidic beans finding quite short shots - 25 secs perfectly drinkable - loads of fruit pineapple acidity but no mouth puckering sourness. Couldn't get this on my previous lever - would have to go longer to tame the acidity and r
    5 points
  16. I don't care how much longer it will extend my life, I'm not drinking Nescafe :-)
    5 points
  17. Finally installed my son's Evo and he decides on personalising it.
    5 points
  18. We have 6 new coffees listd on our website. www.theteessidecoffeeco.com Including a UK exclusive! Nicaragua - Finca Mote Cristo (Anaerobic Natural process) Anyone who orders a KG or more of any of our coffee will receive a free 200g bag. Until the end of July! PS... It's coming home! www.theteessidecoffeeco.com
    5 points
  19. So getting to grips with the bianca, Its a cracking machine it really is I also like the little details The steam with the two hole tip is very manageable, gives a lovely foam. Ive changed a llc setting to show the true temp, thanks @MediumRoastSteam for that tip. As bang for buck goes its a cracking package
    5 points
  20. Yes, I can make more. Please don't start another list and clog up this thread, I'll post an advert in the classifieds when I have more supplies. I am also going to order material to make more dosing rings to fit these smaller baskets and may do a special price for the two bought together.
    5 points
  21. New font. "It’s just ugly for no reason" no longer applies 😃. The grinder is from homebarista.be (delivered this week).
    5 points
  22. No need for pliers, just undo the four acorn nuts with a 10 mm ring spanner, they're not tight, and the top of the group lifts off. A strap wrench,"C" spanner or adapted PVC should do it, no need for vices, stilsons etc.
    5 points
  23. Happy to let you know my brief thoughts although clearly off topic. I had a decent and sold it after year. Denis S has a decent and has decided to buy a large spring lever in addition. I drink darker roasts, I understand Dennis prefers lighter roasts (not my place of course to speak on behalf of someone of his expertise) It seems like, from our very different perspectives, neither of us found the decent to be espresso endgame, whatever that might be The decent was very good. However I and many others found it difficult to get really thick syrupy shots with dark roast beans, e
    4 points
  24. You are being a very patient bunch... All these electronic components delays in the supply chain must be so frustrating for Paolo and ACS as well as the clients. It must be quite annoying to have the machine technically assembled and ready to be tested, and the only thing that's missing is the part that controls the machine. So, I take my hat off to you lot, and I have my fingers crossed that you shall hear good news next week. 🤞 Fun quote: A friend from Naples once told me: "Do you know what's the definition of "Un attimo"? ("a moment", in Italian). "It's the time interva
    4 points
  25. I just wanted to give a shoutout to member Elephantoplasty for putting me/us onto Shai from Coffee Obsession in Australia (available on Etsy). Thanks Elephantoplasty! I ordered the same style of tamper as Elephantoplasty (but custom-sized to my needs) on Monday and it has just been delivered now (Friday)...and it is beautiful...great to see that craftspeople still exist. The tamper has some serious heft too (407 gms). A headsup...If you are interested in buying one from him online, just make contact with Shai before paying for anything. He got back to me via the Etsy communicati
    4 points
  26. I used the baskets and tamper supplied. I do think the tamper could be a much better fit, so the people going for slightly larger tampers...good move. Why because I am a cheapskate and I have not really ever noticed a huge difference with baskets....apart from VST need a finer grind than IMS, standard baskets are all much the same...taste wise..I don't care.
    4 points
  27. So I did a little test with the IMS B662TH26m 14/18g basket: 1. I measured 18g of my current espresso grind it to see how much room it would take before tamping. Photo 1 below. 2. The size of the heap shows that 18g is indeed the upper limit for this basket. Photo 2 and 3 below. 3. I use the 30-lb calibrated Espro 53mm tamper to see how far the puck would sit below the top of the basket rim. I measured about 4.7mm. Photo 4 and 5 below. 4. At the top of the 30-lb tamped puck and with the tips of the calipers inside the basket by 4.7mm, the diamete
    4 points
  28. How to answer that one...Well, there's a manufacturer who sells Levers that can only be plumbed, and Levers that can only be run from a tank that have a pump....but not both. So the wise owl who made that funny comment might be right... But what about a Lever like the Vesuvius Evo Leva, it can be, pumped, and it can be plumbed in....all without affecting preinfusion pressures...seems to be the best of both worlds...perhaps it's a Ferrari, it's certainly Italian. That's without even mentioning all the other advanced stuff.
    4 points
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  30. There’s a few things here - we don’t need to find the link just attend to them :) 1) jumping about - this has 3 causes you might be suffering from all of them or just the first one a) little or no resistance on the blades. Eg the setting is too course or there’s no beans at all b) coffee grounds or other debris on surface/feet c) smooth surfaces obviously 2) lower burr holder catching chamber wall - this is down too a) motor bearing failed (almost certainly not your issue of its one arm at one point) b) debris too check you need to remove
    4 points
  31. Having had the minima (with flow control) and the owning the bianca, i can say both will make the exact same nice coffee, the bianca is however a whole lot quieter. the minima is bang for bucks and easier to clean if i had the budget though id go bianca
    4 points
  32. I asked Paolo, and he confirmed this yes. I asked ACS thru email for purchasing a replacement Vesuvius wand to fix the issue, was initially quoted a price and accepted but got a further email from their team saying:"I have asked to the technician and unfortunately it’s complicated to place the Vesuvius steam wand, so we suggest you to place the Vostok steam wand."So if anyone is considering any of the higher arms( Minima or Vostok) on the right side, please keep in mind the interaction with the touchscreen and a burning steam wand.
    4 points
  33. Douglas Adams was a visionary man A real humanist.
    4 points
  34. @Cuprajake People forget that mobiles had got very small, would so easily fit in any pocket and had a battery life measured in weeks....then We got smart phones with a battery life of a day or so. Then "smart" watches, that you have to charge every few days...<sigh> Cars that become increasingly more difficult and expensive to fix, rather than simpler and cheaper to fix. In their desperation to maintain their hold on your wallet, they have made the simple, as complicated as possible. Being able to replace a battery in electronic devices...call me old fashioned but....
    4 points
  35. 'The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy. In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side.' Hagakure - The Book Of The Samurai. Congrats, it'll be great. I'm like that too, I never buy things off the cuff, usually a lot of research be it a £20 coffee cup or a £3000 TV but rest assured there's been more discussion and research on the Niche than anything else on this website and the huge majority are very happy. Niche won't be updating any time so
    4 points
  36. Not on the prototype and it's a good job I didn't, because the production grinder is quite different and one or two things I commented on with the prototype have been changed. I think I will get a production one in a week or two....so will be able to give you my take on it. I have already seen some of the marketing (or potential marketing), not sure how much is in the field and I don't particularly like that sort of marketing. I prefer something has it's operation and features evidenced properly and sold on its strengths..
    4 points
  37. I never caught covid and I drink lots of coffee, so it must be true.
    4 points
  38. Just a heads up - I think that may be the wrong one - I also made the same mistake. IMS make a "San Marco" and a "San Marco lever". https://www.imsfiltri.com/docce/sml200im/
    4 points
  39. Been away for a few days so just catching up on this thread. @shimon with my previous set up for light roast (lever), settled on an 18grm dose as standard - haven't gone above that but have tinkered around with 17grms before settling back to 18 grms with a ratio of 1:2. Sticking with 18 grms - pull the shot when pressure gauge hits 6 bar which gives a consistent repeatable 1:2 - 1:2.5. Mantra for levers is grind as fine as you can and tamp light. This can create problems - danger of channelling but it's worth seeing how far you can go. Just made a couple of shots with Origin Columbian Vi
    4 points
  40. Well long day, caught plenty of fish 🤣 but my mind was elsewhere.... Got home to a well packed box, Inside the box was another box The machine comes with: Plumbing kit Group brush Water filter Coffee scoup Single basket Double basket Triple basket Twin portafilter naked portafilter 2 and 4 hole steam tips Metal tamper Cup raiser Lelit towel to note the baskets are ims So filled the res, it holds 2l not massive but ample, im an av
    4 points
  41. Scotophaeus blackwalli AKA mouse spider, so named after the mouse like fur on the abdomen. It's a 'ground spider', it hunts by running its prey down, rather than catching it in a web, hence its speediness. Very commonly found indoors.
    4 points
  42. So im hoping the replacement for the londinium will be here tomorrow in one piece. Ive ordered a lelit bianca from Bella barista
    4 points
  43. @Norvin I think it's because the group is new, it's easy to get off. I'd put a wrap of PTFE tape and possibly some Molykote to ensure it always comes off easy
    4 points
  44. Well done you two. You both have passed the 1st test in the Italian Citizenship test. 🙂 Second rule:
    4 points
  45. Evo produces wonderfully micro-foamed milk😀
    4 points
  46. Hi everyone, Decided to make a video about how we still roast coffee during ritualistic cultural coffee ceremonies. The ceremony would also including burning of incense - not recreated here. Have a look a see what you think VIDEO: Century old coffee making technique
    3 points
  47. Fixed my machine this morning by installing the new cam BB sent me. The old one was very slightly bent. I tried reinserting the old one a few times yesterday, always to the same result. The new one went in first time, no problem. Didn't have to adjust the microswitch depth either. Thanks for everyone's time and expertise! Also credit to BB, a very kind team.
    3 points
  48. Not the postie, but finally picked this up from a relative's. Bought much earlier in the year but due to covid only just been able to get it. It was sold as spares or repairs but looks to be a lot better than the usual fare. Has a PID (Mr Shades?), Rancilio wand and brass dispersion block so has obviously been cared for. Won't be able to look at it for a while but interesting to see that a live wire is connected to the earth. Will make an interesting project.
    3 points
  49. Try running a very hot wash and empty in a container of dish washer cleaner, this is intended to remove grease and bacteria / smells. Many machines have a small trap door at the bottom of the machine for access to the pump / filter. (if it has ) open the trap door, place a 'tray / meat tin ' underneath and unscrew the plug inside to release water from bottom of the drum, clean the filter in the plug.
    3 points
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