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  1. We finally got this done thanks to the amazing effort of @The Systemic Kid ; , what a gent. Will be nice to talk coffee for longer once we are out of the current mess. So many coffee machines out there to enjoy happy to tick another one off the list.
    13 points
  2. Decided to share my current coffee corner in the end. I started my espresso journey with Delonghi Dedica paired with hand grinder which got replaced with smart grinder pro. After about 18 months I decided it’s time to move on and purchased duo temp pro which I was quite pleased with for over two years. In the beginning of first lockdown the SGP got replaced with mazzer mini E which felt like a large step up. Few months later the Nuova Simonelli Oscar 2 came together with Eureka Olympus. Upgraded soon after with Elektro’s Opv kit. The grinder doesn’t fit under the cupboards so had to cut a hole so the hopper sits inside! Currently using IMS single and double baskets and a standard triple that came with naked portafilter. 58.4mm flat tamper & 58mm convex tamper.
    5 points
  3. So it's cleaning show off day today, is it? 🙂
    4 points
  4. Last update... The seller contacted me and gave me the option of a slightly better offer than the previous one, or return the machine. I decided to keep it and see what I'll do with it. I guess I'll keep it for at least a couple of weeks, see what I can or can't do, and then decide if I will invest any more money & time on it in order to restore it, or sell it as a project just to get my money back. I already bought one of the refurbished 2007 classics sold by @ratty, so my main issue has been resolved, I will soon be able to drink a nice espresso! Thank you all for the help and the support; as I said twice before, this forum is gold!
    4 points
  5. Gamma irradiation as well....just get yourself a Nice cobalt 60 source from ebay..
    3 points
  6. Your setup looks great, hope you enjoy your lever experience as much as I have with mine. I was lucky enough to snag my very first lever last July from @Dunkon this forum.... an LR. I’ve really liked the pairing of the LR with a Niche particularly the simplicity of the coffee making workflow.
    3 points
  7. 20% Kamut Khorasan My best looking and tasting loaf so far
    3 points
  8. Thought I'd try the bigger V60 02 so grabbed one of these lovely decanters from Craft House - £25 delivered 👌
    3 points
  9. My pleasure, Kevin. L1 looks great in its new home. And thanks for the beans too.
    3 points
  10. Technically didn't come today, but today was the day I got it set up. A recent purchase from the forums very own @CuprajakeLa Macatec Elba is now at home in 'coffee corner'
    3 points
  11. I’m going to remember this post [emoji23]
    3 points
  12. @Chris_on_caffeine - The ECM frames are mild steel, so the powder coating helps but can’t stop the rust if gets wet all the time. Same thing happens to Silvia frame chassis by the drip tray. I am guessing there is a minor leak on one of the fittings in the photo based on the scale. First step is to find the leak to prevent it happening again. Second is to brush/sand off the worst bits of corrosion, use a rust killer and paint that area with a decent primer. It might be easier to paint etc before you reassemble it.
    3 points
  13. So a few months in to my not set up and I’m still not fully set up as I want in my head but there have been many many lessons in grinder/basket/burr compatibility, much testing and changing of grinders and thrashing about at the alter of taste and preference which has resulted in the current configuration. Grinder finally arrived this week. Lockdown prevents some desired embellishments but hey, that’s a first world problem compared to many. Anyway here we are
    3 points
  14. It's probably anthrax. Did you happen to purchase the beans from a bloke called Ivan, round the back of Salisbury Cathedral?
    3 points
  15. Hi all, I've yet to buy my first machine, and as usual, my budget seems to grow daily. However, I am growing a bit frustrated at a few things. I'll explain, and hopefully you can give me some advice. Enter "Me", a newbie who has the privilege to throw some money away, YET, he knows himself. Just like in cycling (his other hobby), (1) he suffers from upgradeitus, and (2) he thoroughly dislikes wasting money. Can you already see the huge contradiction? - UK MSRP / street prices on new machines seem fairly higher than EU prices, and this seem to apply to many brands who adopted a GBP=EUR pricing (and sometimes, GBP > EUR, which is a bit weird). "Me" finds buying from UK acceptable only if the MSRP is "honest" and aligned with the equivalent in Mainland Europe - it's a matter of principle, he doesn't like paying more just for the sake of it. - UK second-hand prices (eg eBay or here) are out of hand due to pandemic and all that. "Me" is seeing 15yo Gaggias with no PID going for £200-£250 (which is pretty much EU street price for new units, albeit it can be argued that the new ones aren't as good etc). "Me" has the utmost respect for people who refurbish and sell these units, but he finds it hard to justify buying a very old machine for a pandemic-inflated price, considering that these machines were selling for far less some time ago - he feels like he's buying into a bubble. And he doesn't want to be stung if and when he resells the machine, in case prices deflate again. - currently, buying from EU sites is fraught with risk (and sometimes, certainty) of being dry-fecked (pardon my French) with duties, commissions, additional VAT, etc. And we don't know when this will change. "Me" knows that in this rabbit hole, he wants to be able to make good financial choices. He wants to buy something, and in case he doesn't like it, decides the hobby is not for him, or gets upgradeitis, he won't be too much worse off; a little loss is understandable due to the nature of reselling used equipment. "Me" also respects those who change a machine and grinder every few months and pay little attention to how much money was lost in the process, but that's not how he likes it. He's happy to "buy once, cry once". But he's a Scrooge - he doesn't want to cry for the second time when he sells the equipment for a tiny fraction of the price he paid. In this situation, is there a brand that has still decent and not inflated MSRP's compared to 1-2 years ago, or that is selling at normal (ie not pandemic-inflated) prices in the second hand market.. Is there a machine type (eg single boiler, dual boiler, HX..) that will hold its value better? Is it possible to buy something today, either used or new, and being able to sell it later (be it 6 months, 1 year, or 5 years) once all of this pandemic craze is more or less behind us, without a huge financial loss due to the fact that he purchased at the worst time possible with prices up the roof? Apologies for this very weird thread. It's just a tad frustrating. And it's a first world problem to have, I'm fully aware.
    2 points
  16. Black or white minima but there about 1200. Sadly most machines are metal The Elisabeth is more a brushed finish
    2 points
  17. Awesome job @guzzit3have just ordered two for the ones i have
    2 points
  18. They last decades 👍
    2 points
  19. I'm afraid I can't comment on the Magimix, but I've had a Kenwood Chef for over 10 years and it looks and works as well as the day it arrived. The build quality is absolutely bomber. I also like that they've been around for forever, so parts and attachments are super easy to get.
    2 points
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  21. @EmmaC https://www.steampunkcoffee.co.uk/collections/all/coffee-favour-wheel
    2 points
  22. Actually, I don't think anybody has said it's not good, as it looks to have had most of the modifications done (if going PID then really, just fit the second SSR...). We may all be wrong, and perhaps it's not over-priced because as we all know it's worth what people are prepared to pay for it, so for somebody who would call in an electrician for a blown fuse in a plug, this could be the right buy. Lets just hope it's not like the one on here recently that was woefully mis-described.
    2 points
  23. Its perspective the spuds are really small Made those the other day, problem is bread lasts 2 minutes with me, thar and pasta my weaknesses
    2 points
  24. 2 points
  25. Black Cat (great roaster and forum sponsor) sells those, )as well as the Timemore Black Mirrors when in stock). I've got black Mirrors, but I've read of several people on here who are very happy with the Yagua scales.
    2 points
  26. Trouble is, many modern HX machines are also made to look very pretty vs 10 years or so ago. Those aesthetics cost money which closes the gap to a DB machine. The Minima is by no means an unattractive machine, far from it, but it’s not styled to appeal to the masses in the same way a Rocket Appartamento is yet it’s not much more money. Has a PID, shot timer, dual boilers, some interesting unique e61 features and is not significantly bigger in footprint. I ended up going for a DB after researching for months. I now by chance have a HX machine as well. It’s a very nice machine and makes nice coffee but I am glad I didn’t bother with a HX.
    2 points
  27. They’re what I use for espresso and I’m very happy with them!
    2 points
  28. @TheWinterLotus as others have said that machine is going to need a lot of work and probably some expensive components to get working. I’d echo others and push for a refund and look for a better machine. I’d be wary of doing anything with in now whilst you try and sort a refund, any work you do may be used as an excuse not to refund you or claim that you broke it tinkering. I would not touch it until you have sorted out the way forward with the seller/ eBay dispute. This old thread from a few years back might give you an idea what you are taking on, that machine looked to be in much better condition at the start compared to the one you have. There are spare parts diagrams around on the web for the machine and some parts but it won’t be cheap to get it up to a good standard even as a training machine. And as to age there should be a four digit number in the bottom right of the rating plate, with Rancilio that is normally the month and year of manufacture.
    2 points
  29. Ordered, couldn’t resist!
    2 points
  30. Just to concur fully with what Dave has said. That machine has been completely neglected for many years and has only been " BODGED" when needing repairs. If the boiler is heavily scaled+ the element, de-scaling could find pin holes in both necessitating new boiler and element NOT CHEAP. As a commercial project you would need to have the boiler pressure tested BEFORE use= more expense. The seller either new about the problems or was aware of them. Do you have the facilities/ tools abilities to remove broken / seized bolts. You can easily cook / fry electronic components using a test meter. I can appreciate your wish to go into this venture with your father but it could turn out badly if you continue with this machine Do as Dave said , Get a refund.
    2 points
  31. Well... don’t be too hopeful. Let’s make sure it gets there first and that it fits your machine! 😊🤞
    2 points
  32. Three aeropresses into mine and it's bloody lovely. I'll make a big clever dripper batch soon to share with my dad. Very active bloom so I'm thinking they'll get better with a little rest, but I was out of coffee and couldn't wait. Thank you to Black Cat for putting this offer on. You've brightened up my week.
    2 points
  33. I think they’re very subjective, the results I mean. I still strive for some of the espresso (in my head anyway) I had from the LR and Ceado in early Summer, stunning, but weather etc can all play a part. What I do have is a dangerous mix of huge flexibility and. I excused in terms of quality and consistency, to tune flavour and accentuate traits I like but that comes with the ability to make a total balls up of it in search of some kind of perfect outcome for me. The LR is a great example of a sweet spot in my opinion. I’ll be putting another lever on the bench for sure at some point.
    2 points
  34. @[email protected]@Mrboots2u thank you all. God I love this forum.
    2 points
  35. This is worthwhile advice. The Minima is the Ultegra Di2 of the home espresso world I guess you could say. After that, you get diminishing returns in your increased investment. You could win the TDF on Ultegra. The same can be said for grinders I think. I’ve just made an upgrade that’s illogical on paper but the reality of spending an extra 66% or so for the next model up was too hard to justify for me so I went with another, more up to date, Mignon Specialita. That’s a £1550 or so pairing, new, with warranty. But you still have scope in the accessories to satisfy your upgraditus. Fancy tampers, mats, leveller, WDT tool and the like. You could easily drop £500 outside of the grinder and espresso machine if you really wanted to.
    2 points
  36. How many times have I told myself that? (Check my signature). 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂
    2 points
  37. Other angle as some one whos always had to scrimp and save, if you just look at my posts you will see how ive spent then spent again. Now in a position that i could buy new. So from me. If you can afford new machine money then do so, you will save down the line. Im now on a brand new minima. Dual boiler less than £1200. This is my long term machine and does everything i will ever need now
    2 points
  38. Got mine as well today....gonna be cutting it fine; i guestimate i've just enough to get me by until these new ones have rested.⌛
    2 points
  39. Had the Ibanda Ugandan natural from Django this morning: v60 brew, 14g - 230ml, 33g bloom for 40s them 33g pours every 20s. Total time 3.20. Sweet strawberries and plum with a little funk 😋 Then aeropress brews with the washed El Salvador beans from Django and a Guatamalen decaf from Crafthouse. Both made short with milk - 16g - 80ml and about the same volume of warm milk. Kilo of Peruvian beans from Black Cat turned up in the afternoon so i couldnt resist a taste - same v60 recipe as above, done in just under 3mins so might tighten the grind tomorrow and see how that tastes. Still very enjoyable cup: clean light with juicy berries and a very pleasant red wine quality.
    2 points
  40. I appreciate your concern. I can report I am sat on the sofa with a beer now though 😁
    2 points
  41. How come seemingly every post in the last few days (including mine) is "look what Black Cat sent me"?! He's had a busy week!!
    2 points
  42. Two beauties arrived earlier from Django
    2 points
  43. I see that Aluminium isn't flavour (pardon the pun) of the month any more in various things from pots/pans to cups to cutlery....i think i'll use this as an excuse (to the missus) to replace my Trangia kit to the anodised version
    1 point
  44. You'll get there mate 😉 Black Cat sell machines but not lots of options right now... https://www.blackcatcoffee.co.uk/collections/domestic-coffee-machines Ps - David from @BlackCatCoffee is super helpful and I'm sure would help advise...
    1 point
  45. Excellent thanks very much for that and I will use them till they eventually break lol
    1 point
  46. Thanks John, I appreciate the honest reply. I'm certainly taking everything on board and listening to everything being said by Dave. I understand his position and your own, please understand mine. Id rather attempt to repair what I can initially see is wrong, so far its a lot of leaks, then find out if anything else is necessary with this machine than scrap it now. I've only just paid and brought it back and I don't want to write it off at the start of the journey. However, if I can strip it down, give it a clean, replace the valve if it is faulty and seal all the screw threads and i still run into trouble elsewhere and it looks to be too much then I will consider retiring it to the nearest tip. I'm here seeking a way to not kill my dads dream before it gets started and I feel bad that I've picked this machine and its useless in its current state. I want to make it right if I can.
    1 point
  47. Thanks to @MediumRoastSteamthis is also sorted.
    1 point
  48. Timing from when the pump starts is an imperfect solution because of the way different machines have different flow rates and pump ramps, more so than they ever used to. That said, it's the best way we have, any other point to time the shot from becomes a variable point (as @Cuprajakeindicated), and thus meaningless. Imagine the following scenario Shot timed from when drips first seen from spout = 30s - Took 30 seconds for drips to come from spout, then puck fractured slightly and the rest came out in another 30 seconds for a total shot time of 60s So timing from pump on for any machine gives you a standard point to work for each time for that particular coffee or profile etc.. It also allows a little general rule of thumb context to help people who are new. e.g. 18g to 36g out, within 25-35s is a ballpark for a machine not doing any fancy profiling. 18g in to 36g out in 60s is likely to be outside the norm. For people with advanced machines, they are unlikely to be beginners....
    1 point
  49. My custom Trek Emonda ALR from Sigma Sports - took advantage of the change to cycle to work rules to allow frame sets - shame I haven’t had the chance to ride it all that much. Next step is a new turbo trainer as the old TacX Blu doesn’t readily accept thru-axle. I’m liking the look of the Neo 2T because you don’t need to plug it in. Any recommendations?
    1 point
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