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  1. 10 points
    Where do I start.... Well after the lever day I’ve had this urge to have my own. I’ve always wondered about lever machine, but since that day I’ve been on the hunt daily. Finally one came up that looked like a perfect candidate for a mini refurb. The description was that it was working, but on its way back from its service, the box was dropped and the steam valve got kinked over, and so it was being sold as spares. I had fully prepared myself for a duff machine with the intent of doing whatever I could to bring it back to life. Speaking to [mention=2844]coffeechap[/mention] about the machine, I found he was watching it too. So we worked out a bit of a deal between ourselves. He ended up getting the machine, and after a few tweaks and the seal of approval from Dave, it is now in my hands. So after a knackering day of building decking (aka child saver) I thought I’d get the kids to bed and spend the evening with the Pavoni. I’d done some prep work and ordered up a group seal kit so I was ready to go. I’ll admit in the excitement I didn’t take enough photos. So the strip and rebuild is pretty scarce. Had some decent scale in there anyway when checked. Also the piston seals had firmed up, but not totally shot. So basically I used that severe formic acid descaler to get it all cleared out. Didn’t need long, only around 15 mins. Had to do it a couple of times to get the rest from the elements. Then I moved onto the group head and just gave the piston sleeve a quick scrub over with some fine wet and dry The piston had to receive the[mention=12284]jimbojohn55[/mention] treatment though. It was 11pm by then but I had to head down the workshop to fire up the buffing wheels. Would’ve been rude not to New seals, bit of grease and new screen, and were ready to go back on. What a beautiful machine these are. So proud to finally own one, and especially one that is as old as it it. As for the colour, I quite like how it looks. May just give it a buff up and keep the natural look. We will see. So after the mini refurb it fired up lovely and gets up to temp quicker than I imagined. Time to make coffee.... oh crap.... I don’t have a tamper to fit. Me of all people [emoji23][emoji85][emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 5 points
    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN I've been fairly quiet this week... in an attempt to let stuff settle down......... BUT We are now over a week after the implementation of a (lets be frank) steaming pile.... Basic forum functionality still missing (albeit possibly only trivial stuff..... ), still not got a UI that is stable, still daily issues/complaints...... We all know that the new platform will (eventually) work as a forum and while it might not work exactly as it used to - it's forum software and we will get used to it. From my perspective the actual upgrade isn't really an issue...... but the way it was done is f***ing AWFUL!!! No body (as far as I am aware) has explained the need for this "upgrade".... I expect "security", "functionality", "reliability" and "future proofing" will get bandied about)..... As far as I can tell this "upgrade" wasn't even tested to a basic level prior to implementation..... (if it was the Testers should hang their heads in shame) We have (or had!!) within the community quite a wealth of experience of "general" IT and I think possibly even "specialist" Forum IT... We certainly have (or had) keen and prolific users who (I am 100% certain) would have been happy to be "guinea-pigs"... BUT NO - We were basically totally ignored.... Not in my view a great way to treat "customers"...... All I have heard so far was some claim to have "pulled an all-nighter" to implement...... Once again harking to (my) experience with "implementations" "pulling an all-nighter" is NOT a GOOD THING!! it merely highlights poor planning and poor execution.... PARTICULARLY considering the ongoing issues! If an "all-nighter was pulled" over the implementation to deliver a fully functional and "perfect" outcome then it might carry some "bragging rights"... but as a prelude to over a week of ongoing fixes/bodges it really isn't something to crow about. Adding insult to injury at least one reply during the week implied that PAYING might alleviate one of the reported issues (spam/unwanted Ads) - leading to the (unwanted) conclusion that "Our Forum" was being monetised!!! (I a prepared to accept that this interpretation might be harsh!) PLEASE could SOMEONE actually take time out (even from the ongoing Firefight that might still be needed to get "Our Forum" back on track) to explain WTF happened here? And to either allay (or confirm) my fears about the ongoing direction/ethos of the Forum. Yours Drewster
  3. 3 points
    I do agree with drewster on this, the whole change could and should have been communicated better with the members of the forum, they are after all the lifeblood of the forum and without them the forum would be a void. I t is getting better day by day and it appears we are generating more new threads and activity, however it is really sad that some of our long standing contributors have now decided to call it a day😩
  4. 3 points
    If anyone is missing badges, please PM me and I'll sort them out for you. @MildredM I'm sure a 130,000 Club badge will be available shortly, as I'm sure you'll get there before the year is out
  5. 3 points
    Summit camp. I’ve realised my camera gear now weighs 1.6kg whereas base walking/camping gear without camera stuff totalled 7.7kg. Any point and shoot camera suggestions that cost less than Sony RX100 mk6? [emoji51]
  6. 2 points
    Great compact set up which will certainly get you going, welcome to great coffee. Time for some great beans now
  7. 2 points
    I have no particular issue with monetization per se - it is the total lack of communication with "us" prior to foisting an un-tested, bug-ridden pile of cack on "us" (Read "me" if you would prefer). This high-handed treatment of "us" - I find uncomfortable, annoying and if I am honest slightly upsetting! I won't lose sleep over it, it won't ruin my life but a "community" that I always felt part of has been to an extent spoilt.... It certainly isn't totally spoilt, it certainly isn't beyond hope but it is wounded! Also: Why is there bound to be problems? There is no reason why a professionally carried out implementation, with proper testing (Functional & look and feel) Is "bound" to have problems! I would suggest that such a change is quite likely (and very predictably) to meet some sort of "resistance" from its user community who are almost universally a bit resistant to change.... However - the simple steps of communicating with and engaging with the community could very easily have circumvented/alleviated and. possibly even prevented many of the issues that arose.... And engagement of such "champions" from among the existing (known and loved) community would have elicited a much more accepting response (This is basic stuff in implementations - get the users on board beforehand and they will accept and tolerate an awful lot when things don't go exactly to plan!!!) As to "rude" that wasn't and isn't my intention - I did intend "direct and pointed" possibly even "harsh". Often the tone of the written word can be interpreted "more harshly" than if face to face. I stand by my assertion - the implementation was a pile of sh!te...... It could have been handled a lot better with good (or any) communication before hand. You might think it rude but in my view it needed to be said... nothing is gained (or learnt) by ignoring the elephant in the room! .
  8. 2 points
    Lets start at the beginning with the very basics backgrounds ....Do you even know what dark means? Themes that are just that. only the colour is different until you figure how to retain text boxes with contrasting colours of text Fit the forum to the screen size None of this pop-up when you mouse over, at most just a text box (small) "new posts since you last visited" displaying how many pages. That should get you started, be enough to be going on with, as these are basic all over the internet forum options. @Drewster alluded to the wealth of knowledge among the membership. Perhaps you too could ask about issues you may have Edit: Rude? The time frame for this has shown that "Asking nicely" is perhaps not getting us anywhere so I totally understand that a post such as Drewster's may be the way forward. Telling it as it is might just impart the sense of how unsupported some of us feel about this. Oh and by the way: Twitter, facebook et al, including of all things Linked-in, are all lined up across the bottom of the page for you so the chances are that there will be at least one bot watching because I am certain that setting up robots.txt files won't be of interest to these guys
  9. 2 points
    peacock, that's my cue! can't wait to get a certain milk jug so there'll be funny la(tte) Pavoni art we can excel in. Maybe we should set up the [2019 la Peacock Lever Championship][email protected] ?!
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    I was impressed with how good the chrome was on this machine, plus the minor declared damage was nothing in the end. Enjoy getting to grips with the lovely peacock!
  11. 2 points
    Ah ,I knew I had seen it before ,I had it on my watch list 😀... well done and enjoy ....
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    Unless Pavoni radically redesigned their machines at some point in the last the 15 years then the second point about not being able to adjust the pressure is in fact not true. All La Pavoni professionals have an adjustable pressure stat in the base as do the standard post milenium models, however the key benefit to having the pressure gauge is that you can see where you are at on the pressure stat. Which you cannot see on the smaller model. you can of course add a gauge, or take a reading from the steam wand using a pipe and gauge, however the ability to change the pressure means that you can influence the temperature of the shot. The first point is still relevant though as all pavonis wil over heat, unless you use a cold towel or a heat sink on the group.
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    Chill dude, it's all peanuts compared to the weight of these slabs...
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    Here we go! I'm going o sell one of my machines from my private collection, unused Vesuvius wrapped carbon fiber version, unique with a mod steam wands. PTFE version. Here some pics. 2650 £ shipped. feel free to contact me for any details. Thanks Paolo This is a link to the user guide done by Davec of your forum https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/vesu...ile.php?id=148
  17. 1 point
    And we’d miss his legs !!!! Don't you dare go @dfk41
  18. 1 point
    glad you picked up my lead [emoji41] We also have actual stainless steel panels and actual wooden handles on our machines as opposed to vinyl wrap [emoji6] In my role as an industrial designer I work with materials every day. A big part is convincing everybody in a project to utilise a convincing selection of materials. Because this is where a user meets a product with all senses. Guess I kinda have an idea of [email protected] ultimately feels about materials... therefore my hint-hint [emoji56]
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    Coffees #284 & #285 from today...
  20. 1 point
    noice! did you also steam the milk with it? Got great texture mate... how many holes in the tip?
  21. 1 point
    Congrats on your new set up 😁 let us know how you get along!
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    Hello 'M'. Yes as you may see I have increased the font size but how do you keep it as 'My' default, when I respond I need to select each time and the posts I read the fonts are small unless I increase the full screen size ?. Jon.
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    is the 2019 Site Sponsor badge the one we should sport if donated in/for this year? Then I'd be missing that one as well. But I guess fixing anyone's bragging medallions should be way down your todo list to be honest! At least I could also live with the idea of getting reinstated upon next year's donation... Should be showing now. Only takes a minute to change.
  27. 1 point
    Well not "just a rumour" but as I said possibly a "harsh" interpretation? PS - The quote was direct from you in a thread... but the new functionality is slightly different so not 100% obvious
  28. 1 point
    Names Tait! vBulletin was creaking and yes all of the above, security issues etc. We're now using IPS (Invision Power Suite). The only thing to sort is the old images and avatars. There is more functionality it's just in different places. If you're unsure of how to do something please feel free to ask me publicly or privately. There was no pay to remove advertising that was a rumor. I'd added ads back when I migrated the platform and Google Ads came in. They've since turned off as they we're not related. I'll probably turn it back on for guests and non-logged in users at some point. @Drewster, there's been a lot of investment in your forum. Objective being to make it faster, safer and grow it. The best thing you can do to help is to stay positive and provide constructive feedback for me and I'll tackle each thing as it comes up. If other members need guidance, you can guide them too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Oh and I see I can get my 130000 Club Badge awarded now 😁 😁 😁
  30. 1 point
    Mostly all fertilisers are just variations on a theme, the levels of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) varying for each and some have weed killers in them too. If you want to get serious, companies like Agrichem do a soil analysis kit in order that you can choose the right fertiliser The time of year will have a bearing on this too, you would not want to be applying too much nitrogen in Autumn. EDIT: To expand on this and to compare with garden centre prices You will see sacks of fertiliser labeled for example 20 10 10 https://www.agrigem.co.uk/fertilisers/granular https://www.burnhills.com/small-holder-c8/maintenance-c85/fertiliser-c87/glasson-20-10-10-fertiliser-25kg-id-required-p3121 Notice that these may not contain the fire suppressants found in retail products so you may have to provide ID to purchase. Usually listed without VAT It is worth reading up on what Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium do for not just grass but other garden plants Lastly, Miracle-Gro Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food has a ratio of 24-8-16 (2Kg = £8.50 )
  31. 1 point
    Loving the machine and the irony! I look forward to hearing how you fare when you start brewing with it.
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    Ha! Now up and running, it's only a matter of a tousand shots or so getting to grips with it [emoji23][emoji2957][emoji56] Congrats to this beaut mate [emoji6][emoji1303]
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    I think I’m more pleased about being able to navigate the forum to add the thread haha. Fixing it is one thing, making the coffee is another haha Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    The same happens to me, albeit only when the machine’s been on for quite some time. Portafilter also becomes ‘tougher’ to fit, the more heat there is — but never causes too much of an issue.
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    No more than £20 for the postage No more than £20 for the postage @bigsav
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    @TheHToad the Rekrow one sold by CoffeeHit is the one I use. Works well.
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mazzer-Luigi-Super-Jolly-Timer-Commercial-Coffee-Grinder/173908556746?hash=item287dc1fbca:g:DDEAAOSwH3Zc4pxg https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Macap-MC4-Coffee-Grinder/133058008102?hash=item1efae01426:g:CrEAAOSwNIpcxvRe Make some strong offers (strong for you), allowing for probable new burrs required. The Mazzer might be knackered it might be fine, it's not at much money, unless your bidding against someone in the forum you may get it cheap. The Macap, simply make an offer of 60 quid or so and see what happens. Worry about the machine later.
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    Thanks - just about managed to get out of the tent in the morning! Dozed off for few more hours... 10 hours later the views were much different though: Still undecided in the camera gear decisions! G1x m3 sounds like a hell of a fun camera by the way.
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    You may, (or may not) want to turn off gif avatars like mine. I don't think mine is bad but it could be abused... I expected mine when I uploaded it to stay fixed at a random pattern I didn't expect it to work 😛
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    Be careful,haha
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    No fancy tulips or swans here but I've gone with 'palm tree on a sandy beach' 🌴🏖️
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    I keep struggling with the last leaf! I think I just get excited about what I’ve done so far and rush it[emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    OK, we're back up and running! First up.. Our very own @MildredM. Many thanks for your generous donation on top of already being a and . It's very much appreciated
  46. 1 point
    Really enjoying Billions at the moment (Season4) , there's also some coffee action.
  47. 1 point
    Depends on your budget as well. Top of the list is the Titus, but that is more suited to espresso but I'm guessing if you use a blind shaker with one then it would suit both worlds (There's also the Versalab). Then you've got other single dosing grinder such as the Lyn Webber EG-1 (v2) which does both, Kafetec offerings in both conical and flat flavours, The beast that is the R120 as well as the EK's As always, taste is subjective and coffee variates are varied in flavour profiles. I personally use an EK with Turkish burrs, which does espresso very well but loses out at the courser end. Also have a customised Versalab which I just use for espresso and gives a different cup to the EK
  48. 1 point
    My order arrived today yaaaay! Comes to 60pence per vial(amber borosilicate) including cap with seal. Take about 15.6gr roughly on dark decaf and medium to dark colombian. Haven't tried lighter roast as i normally dont prefer them. So if you are dosing 15grish i think these are very stylish and cheap. Caps seal very well. No smell of coffee at all Next thing i ll be making them a rack. Note: the weight difference between the vials are minimal. 5 of them 23.40grms 3 of them 23.52grms 2 of them are 23.22grms. so 0.3grms difference max. taring each time not necessary really.. They are 95mm tall 27mm OD and opening is 18mm. Filling them up is really easy.
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    Shhh don't tell Trump, but one's going over......
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    I imagine you are one of many falling foul of an upgrade glitch. I was an early adopter of 2019 Site Sponsorship in October 1018 and my badge has disappeared.
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