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  1. Can't use the normal cupboards, they're full of things which my wife needs to reach! At 6.4ft I can get to everything with ease, works well. Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
    3 points
  2. yes please! ? Alright, recap of today's full day... First off, Men's alpine skiing downhill race in Kitzbühel was on, and watching that on telly is a really big thing in Austria - many stayed home until afterwards. Which was fine with me as it meant a soft start. Served a grand total of around 200 cups, many of them being Americanos. Machine did exceptionally well - also with delivering hot water. It's only a matter of chronology: pour some cold water into cup, fill group, dispense hot water into cup (remember, it's an Izzo Leva running 120C boiler temp - you better mix
    3 points
  3. And curry’s is selling this machine for £199. Seems worth a punt?
    2 points
  4. There are a couple of types of adapter about to convert euro to uk. One is some what heftier than the other and things fit firmly. I had a decent one arrive from another uk company that is actually in Italy but also rents an answering service in the UK. Also a decent one with a compressor from Germany. I rate MK plugs highly but wish they hadn't changed them. They have reduced the diameter of the wire clamp nut. Justified as the max wire size into a plug has been mmm "rationalised". Masterplug are pretty good and easy to get hold of. Some plugs just have a IEC stamp - avoid. They should h
    2 points
  5. It's just a small job, don't over worry....but I'm the sort of bloke that checks pre wired plugs and if they get too hot, cut em off and put a real plug on. sadly although pre-wired plugs and adaptors all meet the regulations, it doesn't mean they are good, or safe. I remember when I used to fly, there was a choice of parachutes, cheap (no name) and expensive well known makes.....they both met the legal standards but they didn't sell a lot of cheap parachutes! Mind you, no one ever complained about a cheap parachute, or made a warranty claim that I am aware of.
    2 points
  6. That [email protected] strikes again! Thank you so much [emoji3526] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  7. I was just about to post this "I think some infrared technology would probably be needed too", you beat me to it. Thermal imaging is definitely standing between me and a lifetime of endless god shots. Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
    2 points
  8. My toolbox has one of these Inspection Mirror . It has been used in many places, including the kitchen. Has a couple of LEDs and useful for many things including watching coffee pours- 3 pound is not a big expense but it's not magnifying. As mentioned with a decent sized cup on scales there's not a lot of room to get a mirror in place. I think i like the look of the round ones on the drip tray (if you have the tray space). Of course the inspection camera is the future - with HD thermal imaging option of course..?
    2 points
  9. This thesis may provide food for thought? https://www.nature.com/articles/srep24483 It was one hell of a way to get a Phd!
    2 points
  10. I got the element end off, but it required effort. About 6 hours of sawing to be precise, though I estimate I could do it in 2 now that I know what to do/expect. Initially I used the cheap $2.99 2-pack carbon steel blades for my hacksaw, but switching over to the more expensive $6.99 dual-metal blades (whatever that means) pair is worth the price. I could cut faster for longer. Whatever the blades were I was left pretty sore but satisfied at the work. I got the rings off intact but I am not sure if I can take the fused bolts out. I am going to order a new set of rings for that side just in cas
    2 points
  11. Even while I debate what to do for the polishing and frame I am going through the cleaning process and seeing what needs replacement. I also show the tools used to take apart each valve shown below. The water fill valve is a niftly little valve that is spring loaded. It is pretty easy to unscrew with some heat if you have a vise to hold the big nut. One issue you may have is unscrewing the one way valve, as there is almost nothing to grasp it while taking off the nut. I am leaving it for now but I will try to figure something out later. The cup warming valve is super simple, just a
    2 points
  12. Just completed the review/testing on this new Crem machine, it's taken 4 months. I've had it on the bench since early October 2019. It's been interesting and tough sometimes especially the battles with a large corporate from where it was and where it is now but it's getting easier. Enjoy, even if you are not considering one, I think you will find it interesting, even educational. Warning, it's a very long review and lots of videos. https://coffeeequipmentreviews.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/crem-one-2b/
    1 point
  13. Absolutely delighted with my DIY shot mirror. Rotates 360 degrees, completely stable,perfect size and looks good. Small enough that it fits on drip tray at same time as scales. The mirror was £1.75 from Hema. The rotating bit is a car phone holder for £11. Seriously impressed with the quality of the phone holder thing, very smooth action and a surprising heft to it. The bottom has a rubber ring which gives added grip. Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
    1 point
  14. It is time for another restoration as my Gaggia is languishing for its replacement heating element and I want to keep my hands busy. With the recent purchase of the Faema Zodiaco I originally thought I would use it as parts for the President, but now I am going to use it a practice machine before doing the same thing to the President. The reason I am able to do this is because the two machines are very similar in layout and design with the body panels off. The biggest difference is the design of the boiler. The President has two large gaskets holding the boiler ends with 12 bolts each, while t
    1 point
  15. Hi folks, I know there are quite a few topics already on water hardness and alkalinity, but this might be of interest to people like me who like to perform their own testing. I purchased a GH & KH test kit (API, for aquariums, using liquid drops), and in the last couple of days I tested the water I have in the house. Before we get into the results, note that the resolution (accuracy) is about 17.9ppm per 1 drop, so not great, and also that admittedly I could have done a much better job at sterilizing the test tubes between tests rather than just washing them off. Most of the
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  16. At home I treat my water to soften it, but when at work, or visiting relatives I use what comes out of the tap (usually about 300mg/L total hardness, 230mg/L alkalinity). The treated water definitely helps clarity of flavour & makes for a cleaner tasting cup/mouthfeel. The harder water flattens off brightness, but also tends towards a chewier cup, that feels siltier. I can't say that there is something that you can do to your brews to make them taste the same, whatever the water, but some coffees do seem to stand up better to the hard water. Kenyans, Rwandans, Colombians, more berry f
    1 point
  17. The question is... will you ever taste the difference anyway, unless you can have them side by side. Personally, I’d go with the Niche based on what you say in the post above. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  18. Thank you for this by the way. I was just looking into a new grinder and will check these out, in order, naturally... Thanks!
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  19. Thanks for organising this. Mine arrived yesterday and I just had it on the aeropress, very nice coffee. Can't put a finger on any tasting notes just yet but I think there will be some fancy fermentation process involved, I'll guess lactic fermentation
    1 point
  20. Grind setting 3 18g of coffee 35 seconds (manual) Stop at 36g in the cup Was better!
    1 point
  21. Received this morning and very happy. Many thanks again for the sale Marcus Andy
    1 point
  22. I mostly used the single on my BE, same basket. Only problem for me was drinking 300ml / 10oz americano. It needed a strong bean as I like rather "tasty coffee". I more or less settled on one bean and used the hopper on the BE for that and bought another grinder for other beans. All sorts of reasons for that the main one being setting up the grinder on the BE to use this way and the time it takes to settle down. Also use the BE in auto / volume mode. Dose with this bean was 9.4g part due to tuning and also finding a way of checking the dose without weighing it every time. The timer needed stup
    1 point
  23. I mostly drink singles brewed on the Sage DTP (same basket as Barista Express). Use 10-11g of coffee (one or the other). The Sage single basket is as easy to use as the double. Grind into a cup/jug & check you have the dose to 0.1g, transfer carefully to PF (a funnel is useful here) tap to level, then tamp flat to depth of steel band on the Sage tamper. Don't use the pre programmed settings, pull the shot manually using scales on the drip tray to hit your preferred brew ratio. My maximum dose for any Arabica coffee is about 14g, more than that I start feeling a bit wire
    1 point
  24. It got relisted for 1k BIN.
    1 point
  25. Nope had to travel for work stuff. Been rather busy oh and my Bluetooth stooped working on my lunar mmm
    1 point
  26. I didn't even notice! ? to be fair though I never look at that, just the bars. It's a terrible app.
    1 point
  27. He canceled the bid? Guess someone told him how things are done in the old country, forget about it!
    1 point
  28. Those updates address a couple of things which have been bothering me - just this morning I was wishing that standby mode could be switched on in the way described. Annoying that the LLC needs replacing, wonder what BB will be offering. Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
    1 point
  29. I always drink doubles, about 4 or 5 a day. singles are hard to do, but can be done it just takes a bit of effort. when you put the ground coffee in the basket mound it up in the middle, that will help getting a firmer puck in the centre of the basket where you need it. the other option is get yourself a pre millenium La Pavoni as the doubles are much smaller as it has they have a 49mm diameter basket.
    1 point
  30. When you don't think you have a problem, then you find out not everyone has 2 doubles for breakfast.
    1 point
  31. haha, cheers gal! the best part was working with it. Just gotta love lever machines for their Funny enough, I had to explain being the roaster a couple times. So, taking this coffee bar to the next level, I need a T-Shirt saying something along the lines of Hello, my name is Matt. I roast coffee. ?
    1 point
  32. Mine too, thanks to @Hairy_Hogg and @Daren for organising
    1 point
  33. Incredible spelling on your scale app! [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]
    1 point
  34. Thank you everybody for your wishes! They actually worked and helped and it all came down to a really nice and smooth start. I could tell the greens to browns story to some interested folk, supported by printouts of one supplier's photo database and two jars ??? Also some additional communication including homemade business cards (cut and stamped only today in the morning ??) and our little folder for people to take away... Only distraction was a stalling grinder on three or so occasions, that of course needed adjustment. Seems like a
    1 point
  35. That’s the grinder I’m looking at too, glad your enjoying your set up, must be fun[emoji108] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  36. Mine arrived safely too, thanks all for organising and @ShortShots for roasting John
    1 point
  37. Mine's arrived (thanks). Should probably leave them a few days to rest but it’s so tempting to open them.
    1 point
  38. Thank you Guys for all the help. I can now again enjoy even tastier coffee after changing the boiler which was the issue. I got it off eBay (cheap - £48) which came quickly but with bent two pins on top. Poorly packed. I hope it's not going to affect it's lifespan because I decided not to straighten them and not risk breaking and waiting for my coffee even longer ? Maciek
    1 point
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  40. Also reported today in the Torygraph. I’m thinking that the main interest for the commercial coffee makers is the cash saving generated by using less coffee. Personally I’ll continue to perform my own experimental work on providing the best shot for my own taste. It appears to be a lifetime project.
    1 point
  41. How about a let’s stop posting political shite on a coffee forum blend. You could have a blend of the key protagonists A two bean blend one a little tired and old but still gives a kick (12 year old robusta) and the other something a little arrogant that loves itself and a little pretentious, maybe a blue mountain. just make sure it’s dark dark dark like the future
    1 point
  42. Given those criteria I think I'd spend the £400.00 on a divorce and then I could get whatever coffee machine I want.
    1 point
  43. See if this helps https://clivecoffee.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115010740468-ECM-Synchronika-Hot-Water-Valve-Seal-Inspection-Replacement- I replaced the steam valve and spring on mine and it was a simple enough job.
    1 point
  44. You need a test meter set to resistance (ohms). Remove connections to boiler terminals. Check between the two terminals on each side of the boiler . Note the reading= then test between one terminal and boier case= note reading (should be zero) Repeat test on other element= noting results. If either shows a positive reading between terminal and case the element is faulty. Report readings/ findings for more info
    1 point
  45. Hey all, Would anyone here be interested in a perfect condition Faema E61 Legend machine with digital group head thermometers (from Eric Svendson of Home Barista forums)? I bought the machine second hand, but almost unused and freshly serviced a few years ago, planning I'd open a coffee shop one day. This idea never came to fruition, so the machine was parked in my roastery ever since. I am setting up a pop-up/mobile coffee stand, so I'm looking into a single group Profitec 700 (less weight and less wattage than Faema), hence the need to sell. I am asking for £2000 or nearest o
    1 point
  46. Minor Figures oat. Then Bonsoy. All else is inferior imo.
    1 point
  47. Minor Figures Oat milk is very good - it's the one alternative to dairy that I offer with my pop-ups. You can get it online, if you decide you like it from tchibo or minor figures direct.
    1 point
  48. Heres how it works with some Vendors, I'm not going to say this one, or any specific vendor....Some box shift, there is no value add, no service, if it goes wrong you normally have expense, hassle or a problem. The more expensive the item is, the more difficult it is to get support. You have no recourse to the manufacturers, who are not interested, because invariably this stuff is all bought out warranties and they will refer you back to the dealer. If the dealer is not an authorised dealer, then they are especially not interested. Machines themselves are not even tested, just reshipped.
    1 point
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