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  1. The special edition models have arrived and they look even better than I was expecting. I am really taken with the white ones, they are an old English style white rather than brilliant white and they just look fabulous! They will come standard with a bottomless portafilter and both a stainless and matching drip tray. Excuse my slightly naff photography.
    11 points
  2. Just acquired this beauty to restore. Hopefully shouldn't be too much to do. Asbestos removal, new bolts, electrics and some polishing 😁
    5 points
  3. Hi folks. I thought I would put together a little offer to hopefully brighten some people's day during lockdown. In order for us to offer this coffee at a really great price we are making things as simple as possible so it is 1KG bags only and it will all be roasted and dispatched together on the same day. P&P is included in the price. If there is any left over it will be on the offer list afterwards at usual retail price. This is a super lot from Peru that has an unusual hybrid processing method with an extended anaerobic fermentation. Cup Score is 86+ LOCKDOWN SPECIAL
    5 points
  4. Happy Christmas to me. it just goes to show that its always worth entering a CFUK competition. blown away by these from Coffee Compass.
    4 points
  5. It’s obviously scared you’ll poke it too hard! [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji106][emoji106][emoji106][emoji106]
    3 points
  6. @itguy Looks quite normal about 40S to steam the milk. Just a tip, start steaming a few seconds before the heating elements shut off...
    3 points
  7. Finally some @BlackCatCoffee. I’ve taken too long to try some.
    3 points
  8. Nice sharp frost this morning edging plants in the garden with a nice thin white line.
    3 points
  9. Thanks for that. That confirms mine probably has a different issue to yours or an additional issue. Your steam pressure is way more powerful. Also constant. Can't wait to try mine once it's been replaced/repaired.
    3 points
  10. Finally managed to get the videos off my GoPro. Here you go Steaming pressure (free air / Pyrex jug) and then steaming 150ml of milk from above with thermometer.
    3 points
  11. Older L1 is fine for light roasted coffee , Loads of us had them at the start and used lighter roasted coffee. It’s like saying you cant use an e61 machine for lighter roasted coffee. Yes there is more flexibility in newer machines but dont discount the older ones either. good grinder, good coffee, decent understanding of extractions means you can use these machines.
    3 points
  12. Shout out to our forum sponsor @Crownandcanvas helping me out to get me some coffee as soon as possible after New Year as I was out of beans. I told him I like my coffee well rested (10-14 days), so he was so kind to go out of his way and provide 2 bags of +- 10-14 days while the other 2 are freshly roasted. This gives me ample time to finish those 2 bags straight away while the others get some well deserved rest. Just outstanding customer service, cannot ask for more.
    3 points
  13. Thank you again! the sound from that video is exactly the same as mine - I suppose same problem. I will do some more backflush tomorrow and hopefully the issue fixes itself. in the meantime I have written Lelit and the seller, maybe they have other recommendations as well
    2 points
  14. Yes. I have sent them everything, machine, grinder and coffee, even tamper 🙂 They tried first with my setup and found that salty taste in espresso. Then they adjusted it by lowering the pressure and increasing temp to 2 and said that coffee is great, like a juice. 8 people in service tried and said that it is great. Servicer filled 18grams stock filter basket to full, slightly tapped by hand, grinded more into it and did not meassured extraction, but stoped on colour. It was finished around 28seconds after the first drop, so it is 40 and more with preinf. But he told me that i will h
    2 points
  15. I'm a little gooseneck. Short and stout. 😁
    2 points
  16. Clean the feet it sits on.
    2 points
  17. Great news...had my credit card statement today, and the bank have credited me for the Grinder I'd bought on a dodgy website🙂
    2 points
  18. Osmio Zero.....it also means we don't need to use a kettle or water boiler any more.
    2 points
  19. Just add a touch of Bicarb to bring the TDS up to 70-90. It's an expensive machine, I wouldn't trust anything else http://coffeetimex.wikidot.com/ro-water-copper-corrosion I can't remember if the service (steam) boiler can be switched off on the LM yet...if it can't then yes the heat can make the seals harden. If you have the new memory metal type, they will be better. The other problem can be water. I would expect (and get) many years from my vacuum breakers. In fact I have not had to replace one for a long time. I use RO water and with all the machines I have (except one), the stea
    2 points
  20. I assume you are single dosing, by grinding out each dose, when you put new beans in the burrs are empty, and you get the sudden torque of them instantly going to full speed causing an opposite reaction in the grinder. If you filled the hopper and used it as a doserless grinder...then it wouldn't do that. Just stand it on a piece of grip mat. The speciality 75e does the same thing when used as a single doser, or pulsed with no beans in.
    2 points
  21. @Doram Dunno, I only review what I get, they could have made a change, only someone with a machine of the same or later production date can say.
    2 points
  22. Ok - I'll do a video of mine and you can compare. I'll also try to video my milk steaming too from above, so you can see that too.
    2 points
  23. Have just looked at the overhead video - that is never 1.5bar of steaming pressure going in to that pitcher.. I'd say that is more like 0.6 or 0.7bar at the steam tip... Mine almost fires the milk out of the pitcher if I am not careful...
    2 points
  24. An update... I think I have a pattern now. So today I tried something different in my workflow. I used a smaller milk pitcher and didn't force a boiler autofill etc. So, from the start of today (all done with heat setting I and coffee/brew priority mode on): MaraX on at 05:00 from cold, autofilled the boiler on startup (as expected, now @DavecUK explained the water contracting) 07:00 pulled first 18g shot, steamed 130ml milk - milk fine, 1.5bar starting, 1.4bar finish. 34 seconds to get to 64c. 07:30 pulled second 18g shot, steamed 150ml milk - milk fine, 1.6bar s
    2 points
  25. The best thing you will ever do, specially to such an expensive machine, is to prevent scaling in the first place. Scale formation and the process of descaling will most likely make things worse in the long run. Osmio Zero? 🙂
    2 points
  26. ahh, just going off what ive been told whilst looking, as im making the same choices atm, for me its a minima or a l1
    2 points
  27. We sell one type of jug only and that is because people consistently give great feedback on them. Easy to stream great milk and easy to pour with. Motta Jugs
    2 points
  28. A second hand L1 would be within your budget if you are prepared to wait. They are very simple to use and maintain and just make consistently good coffee.
    2 points
  29. Yes, the 'dispersion block' is part of the casting. You can help a bit by countersinking the exit hole to slow down the water. I made a baffle plate to slow down and disperse the water, This was made from a face plate from a Miller ammeter (probably worth a bit now and I hate to think of the lead content of the brass) and a shim to create a little head space. Other people have cut up drinks cans etc. to make a similar. This seems to work well enough although I think that the shower holder from a Bezzera or Fracino (and others) with a deeper basket would be something worth lookin
    2 points
  30. I was interested to see how many shots I had pulled on the Elizabeth since receiving at at the end of July. The LLC shot count is 1146 partial, 1148 total (not sure how these are calculated, and took me a while to find out where the shot counter was! It is the last item in the LLC settings menu). Additionally I added up all the coffee I had bought, and divided by dose to get a number of shots that way, which was 930 This equates to 5.5 shots per day which feels about right. Anyway more to say that I havent had any problems and am really happy with the machine given my usage.
    2 points
  31. my latte art is that good it looks like i use a bucket!! clumsygoat sell some cheap jugs
    2 points
  32. I finished up disassembly with the doser. I decided to keep the doser handle assembly attached to the lower doser. I did take off the counter though so when I cleaned the parts water would not get inside the counter. Once again I cannot understate how useful an ultrasonic cleaner is for taking off coffee oils from even the most recessed crevices. Even though the coffee oils were removed on the parts, there were still scratches on the exterior panels, the grinder base having the worst of them. I sanded the grinder base over 2+ hours, ran
    2 points
  33. Few upgrades for my pour over, existing setup & kettle will be my work gear whenever I go back. Really looking forward to my afternoon brew 🤪
    2 points
  34. Not only that: according to Garfield, the manometer was showing a lesser value than when measured at the group. (9 bar and 10.5 bar respectively). In a way, the opposite from what you said above. Moreover, with a blind PF (as it’s the case with the manometer at the group), as opposed to one where it simulates a bed of coffee, you’d expect the pressure in the MaraX gauge and the gauge at the group to have a similar reading. It’s almost as if the MaraX pressure gauge is not calibrated properly (I.e.: reads 1.5 bar lower).
    1 point
  35. Not sure my thirst for an upgrade permanently slaked, but it’s definitely been quenched for now! 😉 There’s a peculiar satisfaction in looking at the boiler temp being accurately shown and not varying more than 0.1°C just waiting for you to come and make a coffee and not having to guess what the temp might be at any point in the process, tbh that knowledge alone is worth the entry price to someone like me with an unhealthy allocation of OCD. I’ve got to play with the temperature a bit to find the sweet spot on my current beans, but after good results today, I’m experimenting with Rist
    1 point
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  37. @spasypaddy https://cliftoncoffee.co.uk/shop/coffee-brewing/chemex/chemex-6-cup-filter-papers/ Better hurry - only one in stock
    1 point
  38. Sizing screws, wood and S/T, . First figure is shank diameter, head diameter is aprox 2 X shank diameter Ie. 3 mm shank 6 mm head = No 6
    1 point
  39. I think on mine this tube was the same diameter. If it's snug it's probably ok, but if you are worried, you can secure it with a cable tie. So your back panel isn't secured to the boiler at all? That would explain why it was easy to take off, lol. Maybe Lelit decided this isn't needed, or maybe they forgot to put it on yours (would find that quite strange). Maybe @DavecUK would know. I have no idea.
    1 point
  40. Thank you very much for making this, I received mine yesterday. And sadly, as stated above, while I can squeeze it to fit in the portafilter, it doesn’t fit into the grinder outlet. Tried to capture in photos attached so you can see. The final shot is from underneath looking up so you can see clearance : gap.
    1 point
  41. I think you are referring to the portafilter to group head seal? If so the correct dimension for the Gaggia Classic is 8.5mm, the link below is the one I fitted to my machine. https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/cafelat-silicone-e61-group-head-gasket-8-5mm-blue.html
    1 point
  42. Here's a couple from back in the summer: SystemSix and Topstone Carbon. Two of about ten frames kicking around. Must have a clear out one day . . .
    1 point
  43. Hi, long time lurker here, but even longer coffee (and tea) drinker. Also home baker (sourdough, whole grain, crunchy, seeded), and now hobby coffee roaster. And no - I didn't need a new hobby - but the temptation was, well - just far too strong for me. From a well loved Gaggia Classic I made the step-up to my Bezzera Mitica several years ago. Why an E61 HX model? I always joke to friends it's the steam machine I never had as a boy. But undeniably there is a 'play' factor in 'hands on' machines like this, and that just appeals to me. Tweaking my grind, temp, watching the coffee flow, tas
    1 point
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  45. Got this today in the post Another great seller 🤦🏻‍♀️ listed as new, bloody thing had coffee still in it, quite disgusting really. I know it will wash but its not the point!! I really am getting sick of dishonest sellers
    1 point
  46. The stainless plate sold by the espresso shop looks to have the same spec as the brass version (hole number/size). If so, the results are likely to be the same. The alloy version looks more like the original part unless it has changed with the latest iterations.
    1 point
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  48. Funny you should say that I made this last weekend do document.
    1 point
  49. Was it you that bid over me recently, topped my massive bid of £15? If so, you massively overpaid, mine cost me about £8. Must be the Covid price hike that I keep reading about 😄
    1 point
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