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  1. Denis....I have been involved in coffee as a hobby for almost 20 years.....I'm still learning today. My shots have improved and improved, at some point you get the espresso and you think you added sugar by mistake...or that latte that you never forget. Gradually these events become more and more consistent as you get to know your machine. I am involved in the design of espresso machines, roasters (I roast myself as well as teach) and grinders....even with all that knowledge, when I am reviewing a machine, I like to use it for a month before I start writing a review, the reason, I don't know it
    7 points
  2. ..and a few more. Not bad for a 1950's camera
    4 points
  3. Why give up? I can tell you with certainty, that there is nothing wrong with your equipments. That leaves technique and beans. You cannot learn a craft by reading a forum! Also, it may well be that the beans you have bought are not to your taste. Start off by telling us what coffee you enjoy, where it is from, what size is the drink etc etc. Once we have sorted that, technique can be addreeesed
    4 points
  4. Oh, many replies! I have no problem with this, I see the issue and the need to be clear when expressing intent, but irrespective of my own reply I think it would be uncharitable to say @stassinari wasn't looking to signal they wanted to accept the seller's terms. To be clear - I believed the item to be sold when I replied. Happy DE1ing everyone.
    3 points
  5. Clearly didn’t tell her the price and made sure to show her the pictures from google images (sans price) 😁 What was worse was trying to explain to the friends we’d taken to a national park in the middle of nowhere why I had to be near the visitor centre (with signal) at exactly 2pm 🤷‍♂️
    3 points
  6. I'm getting some unexpected hilarity from this thread with the other halves swooping in to change the colour on you guys! 😂 Although to be fair, at least you've run it past them. Mine doesn't know I'm about to spend hundreds on a coffee grinder. 😟
    3 points
  7. You're welcome Yeah, this part in particular needs frequent and regular cleaning. It gets slimy really fast. I clean my whole tank once a week or more often (when filling it up). Give it a proper soapy brush/clean and perhaps use some Milton tablets afterwards to remove this gunk!
    2 points
  8. Is storm in a demitasse a saying?
    2 points
  9. Check this area in the tank. You need the white part inside, and the black cap on the top. More on Lelit Insider at 4:07:
    2 points
  10. Pro 700 is a solid choice, I have one after having a similar issue to you. The 700 is really well laid out internally, and has been rock solid for me since day 1. I bought it to last a long time. That said, if you want to save £250 and get the paddle, then the Bianca is a good choice also. What I'm saying is you can't really go wrong with either, so pick whichever one you fancy more.
    2 points
  11. I really think the most important is the practice, not so much the theory. Pulling shot after shot, trying to change one parameter at a time, trying to get a ratio etc. Use high quality whole beans, look for the zero point in your grinder, where you choke the machine and then start opening it a bit until seeing the first drops and then opening a bit more until you get a mouse tail. Then when you are satisfied keep practicing but don't change for a while the coffee nor touch the grinder. You can of course read books, you'll find good information there, but I think some videos en Youtube and thi
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  12. @Denis McKeown yup, it would be like The Systemic Kid making a Pizza and asking me to cook it in my oven .....when his fusion powered furnace does a much better job in 3 minutes!
    2 points
  13. oops - looking into changing order.
    2 points
  14. Pre ground will be more hindrance than help. If you could cancel the order I would.
    2 points
  15. Just seen this lagom-p100, I have sent an email to ask more information.
    2 points
  16. Many thanks all, Eureka Mignon Specialita is ordered from Bella Barista! I initially missed this as some YouTube videos showed it without the screen and I wanted timed doses - these must have been older versions. I wasn't particularly after a conical, this looks great. Hopefully I'll be sipping on a rather nice espresso from my new kit tomorrow. Thanks again, I was beginning to get very frustrated.
    2 points
  17. Well when I said "I'm interested" I thought it was clear I meant I would take it, the question before was just a question. The post after mine literally has an "if" clause, so I guess it's conditional to the sale ("my" sale) falling through?
    2 points
  18. I finished these washed El Salvador beans from HasBean last week and found them to be a decent set of beans. Lightly roasted as per the picture below. Through the V60 they were okay, but a little too mellow in terms of flavour. However, the sweet orange flavours really shone in the Aeropress. I even experimented with some 14 - 20 minute long Aeropress brews and found that this enhanced the flavours even further. I still maintain, though, that HasBean's El Salvador Pacamara beans are amazing. Currently on my third bag.
    2 points
  19. Haha always a good idea to use photos as you know they will scroll down to look for a price. When mine asks how much a Mignon is my answer will be “around £200” which is true and luckily they all look pretty similar at a quick glance 🤭
    2 points
  20. White 1 @adamk 2 @OldFruity 3 @Ando 4 @mtjones55 5 @iJim 6 @Lawn 7 @The Systemic Kid 8 @Eiffel 9 10 @whay 11. @Nightrider_1uk Black 1. @Alpesh 2. @morlo1 3. @CafeColando 4. @sean2earth 5. @Adam Greenwood 6. 7. @Scwheeler 8. @Robert Fox 9. @Mrco1 10. Mrs Systemic has decided 'we' would prefer white so have moved my choice accordingly. Peace restored.
    2 points
  21. Not told mine either 😱
    2 points
  22. Long time lurker second time lurking. Enjoy reading and watching all things coffee related and have dabbled in low end coffee filter machines for years while buying beans from the likes of Rave and Exchange. I then brought a Mccamaster and a K79 grinder which we use on a daily basis but for some reason I stopped buying good beans and started to buy cheap beans in bulk durning the last year. I decided to up my filter game a little in December and swapped out the grinder for a Sage Grinder Pro. Last month I brought an Aeropress which was a bit of a game changer in terms of taste coupled w
    1 point
  23. I’m selling my Gaggia Classic 2007 model with a fair few mods to it. Its in good working order and I have descaled it recently ready for sale. The mods this machine has are: - Mr Shades PID (steam and brew) - Rancilio steam wand - Brass dispersion plate - IMS shower screen - OPV set to 9 bars Ive included a bottomless and spouted portafilter, blanking plate and both a double and single basket. I’ve also included a slim tray I bought and a longer pipe for the solenoid back pressure. The tray has split but is still functional. It just collects water
    1 point
  24. The title says it all ☺️
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  25. Thanks for the video !! It was there but seems like I put it upside down so now the indicator works , on another note , this is how the parts looked like 😬 (covered in yellow/greenish thing ) i live in the edge of my city and get water from the best source in the area (mountains etc..) I wonder if I just need to check and clean it more often or use a filter (is it possible anything “internal” might be damaged from that ? Or big influence on flavor ?)
    1 point
  26. Sanity on a forum full of people who spend thousands of pounds to brew a £3 cup of coffee? Ship done sailed on that.
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  27. Some pics taken on my Leica iiig and Elmar lenses (9cm f4 & 5cm f2.8) Shot on Kodak 400TX (Tri-X)
    1 point
  28. They have a few choices and you may check it here. They had an offer for the forum members recently. You may check with them, if they still have any deals. If Osmio, most of us will be using Osmio zero to put the last 1 L to 1.5 L to good use. Some prefer distilled, other filtered and bottled. We have Osmio zero and will not hesitate to buy another one,’if the current unit were to stop working.
    1 point
  29. @Rob1 considering someone can get one on here in black, just by taking out sponsorship, putting their name down on the last remaining one and wait until June...I suspect £850 is a big big ask. Many comments on the forum about the high prices on ebay and members disliking it greatly...so you may not have much luck when you list it properly. As you don't actually have a grinder to sell yet...I'm locking this thread. Also moving it from the for sale area.
    1 point
  30. Hello! I had the first iteration of the Pro-700 back in the day. Great machine. That was in 2014/15. If I were in the same position today... I’d go for the Lelit Bianca. I have the Elizabeth at the moment.
    1 point
  31. £499 price for new. I'm sorry you got desperate enough to resort to ebay. I'm fairly certain most forum members are willing to be patient to save a few hundred quid. I got mine last month and it's great. I wouldn't pay what you did though. You might have better luck listing it on ebay for that price.
    1 point
  32. Hey Kris There’s so much I don’t know for instance your ability to work on the machine or your budget, will you keep it or sell it on etc etc If it’s had nothing done with regard to steam wand, dispersion plate, new seals but in decent nick and for you to keep I’d like to pay £150 but I’m not you It really depends how much you want it Neil
    1 point
  33. @GrahamSPhillips - you may want to scrub your name/address and invoice number from that invoice. This is, after all, the internet.
    1 point
  34. @DavecUKCould I get the remaining white one please? Just signed up for Bronze. Thanks!
    1 point
  35. Don't think it will no... I'm using a 54mm Vostock portafilter...I simply grind into the cup and use a pf ring
    1 point
  36. Now I don't know how many people read the announcements...well I know it's had 67 views, and I think that's 67 people 🤣 To keep you updated: Smartphone integration issues (solved), forum has a good smartphone interface and it's working well now Tapatalk Integration, unsure...don't use it and Tapatalk takes control of so many basic forum functions (if bits don't work well there's probably nothing we can do) Historic sold items search and records (resolved, without cluttering application)...all members will have access to those, as they did before Launch is very soon
    1 point
  37. Hi, yes we were almost stunned by how bad our first coffee days were, and barely beating that except with pre ground supermarket coffee.
    1 point
  38. Mammoth of an effort, that should be good for a long time of hassle-free coffee. Kudos!
    1 point
  39. Some lovely James Gourmet beans just dropped through the letter box. Yes that's decaf, I know... but I am ridiculously caffeine sensitive 🤤
    1 point
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  41. Hi, good morning, thank you for reply. Well, we have not finished it, but we have Rao's 'The professional barista's handbook'. We like occasional real espresso (short) but equally long coffees - basically a flavoursome mug of coffee. We have tried blends, but also a few of the offerings from Black Cat, and in past two weeks their Signature Blend. Why give up? - it is a big investment for coffee that is not better than our old Dualit which just requires a new pump (he says eyeing a garden where 1500 would put in some nice trees!).
    1 point
  42. The grinder is the most important part. Yes, the Kate will be fine, and you might be able to sell it later on. After all, it’s all relative as you say, and taste is subjective. Personally... it’s one of those things. You start off thinking “that will do, it will sort me out for X numbers of years”. And then you find out you come over here, see what other people have and how amazing their coffee is... and here you go... next thing you have is a machine you never thought in owning in a million years. Just see members upgrade path here (including myself). If you are decided snd want a stop gap, b
    1 point
  43. Thanks - can you interrogate your PID to get the individual P, I and D settings? Thanks @Kjk, I'm not so sure that there is a 'standard' hence my asking. Googling PID settings is also quite a minefield and had to filter out those results applicable to the GC, especially as they generally won't have the info I'm looking to try and gather. I'm also aware of the other variables in making coffee but thanks anyway. I'll probably start a new thread in the Gaggia forum to try and collate as many users PID settings (and boiler size, shower screen holder type and any other linked variable I
    1 point
  44. Thanks @tompoland I actually went ahead and bought one (DE1PRO) and I love it! I have also kept my Londinium, for now, but I’m only using the Decent these days. Here’s a photo of my setup.
    1 point
  45. @DavecUK No idea if it is too late but could I possibly switch mine to a black one? Been told to from a higher authority 😂
    1 point
  46. Awesome! They've made such a great place, you can be proud 🙌
    1 point
  47. I mentioned some in my post. Buy from forum sponsors, it's cheaper for you (use the forum discount code found in the forum section), it's great coffee and they help this forum exist for us to help each other. Crown and Canvas - First Light Altitude - Captain's Roast LittleFin Roastery - El Fumo BlackCat Coffee - Chocolate Point Blend I haven't tried CoffeeByTheCasuals yet but if you ask them I'm sure they will guide you as to which of their coffees is 'easiest to get right'. I've had all the others, I'm a relative newbie with beginner equipment (Sage BE) and I fou
    1 point
  48. Well upgraditus struck again ! Upon a lot of reading I am now another proud MaraX owner.
    1 point
  49. Sourdough Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns - my first ever attempt. Don’t flame me for the arithmetic when dividing the dough 🤦🏼‍♂️ By the time I realised, I didn’t fancy trying to correct it.
    1 point
  50. When trying an unknown bean I start with DaveC's (Thankyou Dave) basic roast profile. 180 from 0-4 mins(drying phase). 220 from 4-8mins(start of actual roast), 236 from 8- end of roast. Aim to get a good expansion of the bean and distinct 1st crack at about 12 - 13min. End roast about 30sec after 1st crack normally about 13'30". Roast should look even and chaff removed. The first roast of the day goes significantly slower than subsequent roasts.
    1 point
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