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  1. Over the years I’ve played with all sorts of coffee related equipment. From terrible supermarket “Espresso” machines, to bean to cup machines and Nespresso pod machines, never quite satisfied. I started drinking fresh coffee again in my Aeropress in the summer, I love real coffee and as I already had a Nespresso Creatista in the kitchen, I knew I couldn’t get away with another machine right away. I settled for V60 pour overs, which were good occasionally and not so good some of the time. I bought a Eureka Mignion Crono in a bid to improve my grinds, great little grinder. I still read pra
    7 points
  2. I'm a girl, will I do? I'd say 4 cups at a time is pushing it with the la pav. You can but it's a slow work flow. If it's occasionally 4 at once it'll cope, but it's more suited to 1-2 at a time, not so much volume of the tank, which will easily do 4 drinks, but the way it heats the group head is the issue. (At it's most basic level think burnt coffee by the end!) Steaming isn't an issue, the la pav is great for steam. Other considerations are if there are small (or elderly) people around, it's basically a very very very hot chunk of metal sat out on the side with no insulation, my kids are ol
    7 points
  3. Set up this morning, definitely a step up from the Classic that sat there previously. Very happy with the setup at present, should keep upgradeitus away for a while anyway..... Looking to get an Osmio to add to it on payday too.
    6 points
  4. Completely naughty, but in my favour.. has really come up good so far and the satisfaction was immense. This forum and the members have pushed my coffee on from a good place to a much better one.. including bean recommendations. Awesome bunch [emoji3590]
    5 points
  5. ...into letting me get a new coffee machine. It's been a long journey of lies, emotional outbursts, gaslighting and blackmail, but i think i've laid the foundations for getting one behind her back and then being forgiven afterwards. So I'm hoping for your best advice on which machine to get to make the months of silent treatment and divorce threats worthwhile. I drink almost exclusively lattes and flat whites (depending how much milk we have left), and i have a finer taste in coffee than i truly deserve (i'm currently hooked on Hawaiian Kona and its bankrupting me). The
    4 points
  6. Thanks for both replies. I have absolutely no interest in a Niche Zero; it looks ugly to me and has received far too much hype (in my mind I see it as the Ford Focus/Fiesta car; probably as much as one needs but incredibly dull, dull, dull and I could never be persuaded to own any Ford). I roast my own beans (1kg at a time) so tend to use the same bean for a few espressos, we anyway get through 250gm in a day, so chopping and changing between beans is not an issue. Moving from the eureka Mignon to the Olympus was a revelation. A friend has just bought a Weber, so perhaps my best appr
    4 points
  7. Hey, glad to join the forum! This little setup requires me, my girlfriend, teamwork and about 10mins to make a couple coffees! We already have eyes on the Lelit MaraX and a Niche Zero
    3 points
  8. As a bit of a purist, when I have an espresso, it has to be just espresso, don’t get me wrong I like a flat white but when dialling in and enjoying that little drink the only way for me is as just espresso. I have heard of some really odd things like double cream in espresso which I just can’t understand. so whats the concensus, pure or something added?
    3 points
  9. Be careful. This group will talk you into purchases which could lead to uncontrolled spending on all sorts oF caffination doodads.
    3 points
  10. All I'd say is look second hand. I got a good spaziale Vivaldi and an old but good Eureka Mythos for about £800. Have never had any wish to upgrade this setup for many years. I make coffee better than anything I can buy from a local specialty coffee shop. Oh and the best results in the cup are found by buying the best grinder you can. Concentrate on finding the best grinder you can afford - it literally accounts for 90% of the results. Get some cheapo scales and weigh the coffee used and extractions and adjust. (You will think this is just plain silly - but once to make great coffee you wi
    3 points
  11. Silver is the pre - production colour. Can't say much else...mine has standard burs, set of TiN coated arriving soon....not expecting Redspeed. I have been using it for quite a while now....I think I have some video of me using it for a V-Vostok lever shot somewhere. I was just doing an "is it any good test"
    3 points
  12. I am usually a good advocate for buying second hand (less waste), but to be frank I would never purchase that one. The machine can be had BRAND NEW for around 90 quid more (with the forum discount) from @BlackCatCoffee which will offer a REAL warranty (unlike Coffee Italia) and support. Had the user listed it at 900 quid, then the arguments for buying it become more compelling..
    3 points
  13. Hey there, great machine. For prospective buyers, you may want to add a few more info, such as: - have you ever descaled the machine? - how is/was your cleaning routine? How often did you backflush, cleaned shower screen, etc. - what water did you feed the machine with? - any scratches or other marks? - what accessories are you supplying with the machine? - where did you buy the machine from? Is there any warranty left? Is it transferable?
    3 points
  14. Looking forward to try something new next week! Thanks @Coffee by the Casuals for quick delivery👍
    3 points
  15. Got this machine in August last year from Coffee Italia after reading glowing recommendations on this forum. I'm selling since I'm back working in a coffee shop daily and having an espresso machine for the 1 or 2 days off a week I have feels like too much of a luxury. Includes a single and double portafilter, and if anyone wants the milk jug and tamper pictured, & some cafiza happy to throw them in. Really wonderful machine, with no noticeable damage or signs or ware that I can see. Must have only pulled around 100 shots with it. Haven't descaled the machine, and have only ever used b
    2 points
  16. Hey guys, I need a final engineering degree project and I'm wondering if a coffee grinder might be a fun one. Has anyone ever made a diy grinder which uses the replacement conical burrs from a more expensive machine? Ideally I would use an evolutionary algorithm to evolve the shape of the burrs like my lecturer did for wind turbine shapes ( https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261447517_Towards_the_evolution_of_novel_vertical-axis_wind_turbines ) but I don't have the budget for that. Plus, 3D printed burrs, can't see that being very helpful. Would be looking at some sort of zero
    2 points
  17. Hi Derrick, welcome to the forum......plenty of good but often wallet busting information here.
    2 points
  18. i am still at a loss as to why the Niche is sold through IGG so long after initial launch - that and the breaks in availability suggest they have not been able to scale their logistics.
    2 points
  19. Cheers for the info as for a bunch of who are wanting for Niche to come on sale need an alternative. The race is on....
    2 points
  20. I fired off a pm, usually I don't like to get involved in stuff like this. The owner of Time Leisure (part of the group of companies of which BB is one), has confirmed to me that they will definitely be stocking it. I don't know when, but I imagine it won't be long...I think the first batch is going to be air shipped....I'd recommend you keep your eyes peeled for any pre-order on the site. I will probably do a Mini Review, regardless, even though I have not been asked to. It's pretty good though...video is as video does. Watch it and look. Here are a few photos. The coffee can't actually
    2 points
  21. I spoke to someone at BB a few weeks ago and they mentioned they were impressed with it so far. Said they were going to offer it to people at the forums here to buy and said price would probably between £359->£499.
    2 points
  22. And probably they are. We have one email from an employee confirming they're impressed with it and that it's coming, and yet one phone conversation which cast some doubt on it. I'd say chances are still that I spoke with the wrong person on the phone..
    2 points
  23. I can now imagine quite a few people will be doing this now.....what's not to like.
    2 points
  24. The kony is another mazzer that uses conic burrs,
    2 points
  25. I try to limit posting here much, but you guys seem like you may need a bit of help with the Sage milk steaming - something that I also struggled with for ages. I always struggled to texture the milk until I started listening to the milk like some phantom milk whisperer. Of course, I can now steam milk like I belong in the world barista championships, and produce the latte art to match. Anyway, I digress, here's an imgur link to a video or two that I made when I was steaming on the Barista Express (same internals as DTP just with an added grinder I believe). Please excuse the godawful la
    2 points
  26. an unlisted treat for you.....
    2 points
  27. Just opened my first north star, its the rwandan. 5 days off roast. Pulled tiny bit fast. Not much
    2 points
  28. Just out of the oven, my regular weekly sourdough bake. Tin form is 5 seed plus pumkin seeds 50/50 wholemeal, 75% white +25% wholemeal for the large shaped loaf with mixed nuts, sesame (whatever I have in the cupboard really plus a glug of walnut oil), and same 75/25 for the baguettes.
    2 points
  29. Have to confess when I changed from the old Evolution, it was 50/50 between the Europiccola and the Classic, the tinkerer in me liked the mechanical simplicity and as @Cuprajakesaid “Romance” of it, half my family roots were Valleys Welsh Methodist, with that anti alcohol thing going on, the Italian coffee shops - some with lever machines prospered as social centres in lieu of pubs, hence my intro to coffee as my Dads family were coffee only. There’s a resonance with lever machines for me that pumped machines don’t reach, this time round the convenience of a pump and ability to mod sent me to
    2 points
  30. Had a lovely V60 of Coffee by Casuals Kenyan offering today. Got it as part of their deal to forum members and not disappointed at all for trying them out. Would attach an image, but not entirely sure how to without having to use a URL (is that possible?)
    2 points
  31. My wife asked me to make bagels today, my first attempt but they turned out well. NY Style Bagels
    2 points
  32. Very nice! We tried pretzels last weekend, which I think are a similar method in a different shape... Haven't tried bagels!
    2 points
  33. Out of the choice of those three, the mignon fares best. The sage wont be good enough for consistent espresso. The sette is plastic gearing, and is known to be quite troublesom however when working is ment to be a cracking grinder. Whats your grinder budget
    2 points
  34. Sounds like a kettle haha I love the romance of the la pav, with that budget it wouldn't be my machine of choice. But the op only needs to have a nose around, theres usually one thread a week asking about machine recommendation. Peoples opinions will vary, id say do like i did and speak to members who have actually used the machines your looking at, be it on the open forum or by private pm People are quick to give advice which may sway you, when they have no hands on experience.
    2 points
  35. Really enjoying this one...I'm going to stick my finger in the air and say Rwanda, maybe the West of the country. A touch over 2,100 metres above sea level, but not too much more. Red bourbon varietal, natural of course. Just a quick guess.
    2 points
  36. Yes there is, but the issue isn't boiler capacity, it's the heating up of the group! It slowly gets hotter and hotter but then eventually overheats because the superheated water is pulled into the group head (which should raise the temp of the group head and cool the water, but there's a point at which it becomes too hot to cool it.)
    2 points
  37. Your interest is noted @Missy I'll let this run for another day or so to see who else might be interested, then we take it a step further. Noted @MediumRoastSteam I would definitely recommend a Behmor, it's how I started (the second generation model, not the first). Super easy to use, but also gives room for some experimentation. Gives great results! Although to be fair, it behaves quite differently to a commercial-style drum roaster (to begin with, the temperature probes are nowhere near the bean mass!), so if you catch upgraditus there will be another learning curv
    2 points
  38. Happy to do my final reveal (for here) whenever people want, let me know
    2 points
  39. I started doing these to understand how they work so won’t be doing many more And I love yours and others work to keep these products alive and kicking I for one will recommend all of our refurbishers on this forum Thanks @ratty
    2 points
  40. It's @DogandHat day today 😊 Also got a stirrer thing in the post, just a cheap one from ebay... But I paid a little more to get walnut and brushed metal to match the MaraX
    2 points
  41. Trick is to have the connector pins uppermost so the water can escape as vapour. It’ll take a little while to clear it, it all depends on how much is in it, I didn’t think it could happen and regarded the white insulation as a bit like spark plug ceramic - waterproof, and so happily submerged it to wash the descaler out, sadly it all went Pete Tong when I reassembled it, thought sod it and put the poor old Evo in a dark corner of the utility room and forgot about it. I only dragged it out again because my Brother wants to try a 58mm machine so I thought I’d have a look at seeing what was wrong
    2 points
  42. Ha, it's very divisive that way isn't it. Some love it and fair play to them. I think they couldn't have come up with much else uglier. Although that wouldn't stop me getting one and it's currently in my tentative plans when I move into my new house (hopefully later in year). That's why I'm so interested in this new SD grinder you mentioned.
    1 point
  43. @Baffo Excellent news....multi branding = multi-retailers = more competition on final price (usually). So chance are you will be able to buy it from a cheaper source than BB. Which gives people more of a choice....like those Black Mirror Scales....different retailers having different price, which is good...stops any Monopoly (IMO)
    1 point
  44. Thanks Doram. I think you're probably right that if you were going to buy from new, there are better ways to spend £235! I've definitely read a fair few that don't like the rocky, I think most of the issues are surrounding the stepped adjustment (but also awkward cleaning and loss of grind setting) and retention but there's a cheap (few quid) mod for making it stepless and these 0.6l click clack lids fit to 'pump' any retention out; https://www.amazon.co.uk/ClickClack-0-6L-Pantry-Round-Red/dp/B008BR21EM Also, the chutes are hard to brush but again, there's easy mods for that. I don't
    1 point
  45. Hi Doram, thanks for the info, much appreciated! I should clarify that my budget is for a used rocky, so the Eureka Mignon MKII you linked to is up at twice my budget really. If I was going to go to that price I'd consider the Mazzer SJ but I can't convince myself to buy a grinder that costs more than my coffee machine yet! Ha!
    1 point
  46. If that’s the case then I think we’re veritable geniuses [emoji1787]
    1 point
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