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  1. @mathof It was always a bit of a secret in Italy. I doubt Fiorenzato make the groups but that is what the are referred to as. They do different versions of it. Bit of interesting info over on H-B https://www.home-barista.com/levers/advice-re-lever-groups-la-san-marco-or-grimac-fiorenzato-t57011.html
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  2. More likely less boulders, if it is a flat with a tighter distribution than normal/conical. You need a certain amount of fines to moderate the flow.
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  3. I spoke to Paolo yesterday and they definitely intend to make a US version available.
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  4. Eureka Helios 80 - Six Month Review In early June 2020 Eureka managed to ship its first consignment of Helios grinders to the UK. As far as I can tell, that shipment was the first and last of the summer, as Eureka then suffered raw material shortages which impacted on the production of their newest grinder. I had been looking for a new grinder, something much better than my Mazzer SJ, so I was particularly keen to find something faster and easier to adjust and maintain. Thanks to Bella Barista I was fortunate enough to receive one of the first Helios grinders, specifically
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  5. Dunno...Just what the two main types are called over in Italy....there was some stuff here about the business name. I've just always heard the two main groups called that in Italy. https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/fiorenzato-grinders https://www.cafeparts.com/Espresso-Machine-Parts/Fiorenzato/Lever-Brew-Group?itemid=9612 http://www.caffevinci.com/machines-equipment-c1/espresso-machines-c20/fiorenzato-piazza-san-marco-2-group-lever-espresso-machine-p120 Las San Marco Group below ACS Use both group types...this is the Ventus
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  6. Also check the slope angle, if it is too steep it will only lock on a small area rather than all along the slope / taper.
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  7. If the OP comes back (again) in 6 months with a budget of 4000-6000 than definitely it's a prank 😁.
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  8. The probes tarnish rather than collect scale and it seems that can interfere with how well the function. There are 3 so that it can detect max and min water levels. One of them is used as a reference against the other 2, conductivity. It means that they don't as some machines have to pump cold water into the steam boiler when steam is being produced. Using 1 one of the probes rather than the actual boiler casing seems to be unusual. They'll have their reasons. The brew water temperature is maintained with the heater in the boiler and the one in the group head and the preheating in the ste
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  9. I've had my Sage Double Boiler for about 18 months and apart from the initial White Glove visit have had to call on Sage service twice. Sadly on the second visit there was a mix up with communications so the service guy did not have the spare steam valve that was required and Sage were out of stock. I reminded Sage about this a couple of days ago and they said they would replace the machine but get in touch with the place I bought it from first (Dawsons eCookshop). So I did. What a result. 2 days later I have a brand new Black Truffle machine. I was so impressed with Dawsons and Sage. No quibb
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  10. Group pressure gauge is your friend.
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  11. Well, @DavecUK convinced me! I can retard the lever! That’s what the gauge is for! Dave Smart 😩
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  12. Absolutely not - being able to change and tweak is a plus point. I'm just curious about what's going on there. In my head larger flat burr+ more uniform = requires tighter grind as less fines perhaps..
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  13. It's a problem when anecdotal accounts are unquestioned and repeated as fact. As a user of a large flat burr grinder, I will be interested in your findings and might just test it out myself down the line once I have got to know what the Evo does with lighter roasts with the double spring set up. It's nice to have the option of a double or single spring set up in the Evo.
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  14. Just retard the lever and get whatever pressure you want.
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  15. We did have a period where people were intentionally disrupting the forum with fake accounts, and they had an agenda. Fortunately most have gone and I think it's easy for us to become paranoid or unwelcoming as a result of past very poor behaviour by a small minority. I prefer to take every new user at face value (which is what I did before) and give them a warm welcome. I think it's essential to do this, or we get dragged down to the same level as those who created those fake accounts some months ago, and I won't do that 😉 So I'm glad to see @Danny g back, and I hope we can h
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  16. I have no idea 😱 I just trust my friend’s findings. Bit lazy tbh 🤷🏻‍♂️ Nothing else. Actually, I asked 2 who have Alex Leva and they both agreed about this. Conicals/small flats provide more range than larger flats where you grind close to burr touch. I could always put the 2nd spring back in if I feel the results aren’t that great. Also, if I do this we will have a chance to compare results and communicate tasting notes ...etc. No harm in trying 🙅🏻‍♂️
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  17. @DavecUK This revived thread very much reminds of a prank. The OP never came back after the first post, to, at least, acknowledge the contributions of forum members. Six months later they come again with everything doubled and more or less the same opening. I cannot help but think that this might not be a genuine request. I will stand corrected should I be wrong.
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  18. Have you actually seen the pressure profiles when similar commercial spring lever groups only use one spring in domestic machines...... You can use 2 springs and you don't have to change your grinder...don't believe all the mumbo jumbo. Try 2 springs first, it might surprise you.
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  19. @MW11 Why don't you just accept the machine as the factory designed it matey? As you can say, you can always have the spring removed (or for that matter added) but in my view, the first USP for the Evo is the fact that it is a dual spring where nearly every other lever machine in the domestic market is a single spring. The amount of effort that has gone into finding a case that did not tip when paired with a dual spring might surprise you! Last analogy, why buy a machine gun capable of firing 60 shots a second then ask the factory to disable that feature and make it so it fires one bullet at a
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  20. @cewukI a happy your are happy with the grinder. Enjoy it and have a great week
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  21. I descale regularly every 2 months even though I use Tesco Ashbeck. The first engineer removed the level probes from the steam boiler and cleaned them but they were pretty clean anyway.
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  22. Hi guys!! Check out our new video talking about our advanced profiles We will upload a video steaming milk!! But our latte art is not good enough 😆😅
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  23. Hi PingPong Read @DavecUKreview; In it he says the stock burrs are good enough for home use.
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  24. I think the regulators are nominal 28-30 for butane and propane low pressure regulators are usually 37 mbar. If using butane 30 will probably be fine, but not for propane you will need 37 mb. If you're running dual fuel and expect low temps, especially if storing the cylinder outside or caged...Cylinders are sold by weight of gas and propane has more energy per Kg than Butane (so can be cheaper, although they may have fixed that now)..., Butane doesn't work very well once the ambient gets to 3C or so. P.S. many, many, years ago I had a caravan....
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  25. Bengle v2 - potential new design moves one step forward Decent Engineer Ben Champion has been working on turning his Bengle design for Decent, into a buildable prototype that we can test and use. Here are the latest drawings. We're currently trying two color schemes: a black-metal/dark-wood and a white-metal/light-wood. We're starting with the black chassis, and have started to order parts to make two prototypes (one for Ben, one for me). The tablet will slide into a slot under the main cover, so that your machine can have the tablet above the group head, like it is on the DE1
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  26. The 18g VST and IMS baskets are just an estimate of their ideal fill height. Coffee varies in density so usually and 18g VST will be fine with 18g but sometimes you'll be better off with a little more or less, sometimes you'll need less because the puck gets disturbed by the shower screen at 18g hence the 5p test (most common with dark roasts). Also most distribution tools don't actually do anything for distribution unless they're the needle style or maybe the edo twister one.
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  27. Residual water can just be a byproduct of what the 3 way solenoid leaves behind. If the coffee is tasty, what can really be that wrong? You could try slightly higher doses/fill levels if it really irks you, just make sure you have some headroom over the puck. Or, leave the puck to drain before knocking it out.
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  28. @dfk41 I thought we agreed no wife, mother or sister jabs!! ROFLMAO
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  29. I hate to think of an L1 left on for long periods. No insulation, just think what all that heat is doing to all the plastic inside the machine. The insulation of the wires, the plastic around the connectors, the Gicar box etc etc. I preheat mine for 45 mins, pull the my shot. Clean the machine, switch it off and drink my coffee. Its coming up for 8 years old and still looks immaculate inside.
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  30. Not certain but with the way it's done I think all in about 2.5K gbp including delivery and taxes....but you need to check, especially with people who have already pre-ordered. I also don't know if ACS are doing this as a special to launch the product and will move to a Retail Supported route in the future? If they do it will obviously cost more....The reason for this is it has a significantly higher build cost than other popular levers. The group alone is 40% more expensive for the factory to buy, than the Fiorenzato 58mm group (commonly and incorrectly refered to as Bosco). I know becau
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  31. https://www.kopiconcepts.com/deva Anyone seen this yet? Wonder why yet another developer is going down the small burr, very low retention route. Variable spin speed between 200 (ridiculous in a flat) to a maximum of 1000 (not high enough for a flat!) and its coup de grace is it is battery operated, which is odd but does mean all you happy campers can have one!
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  32. @Izzoalex Oh my, i liked Philip's black version, but after just picking my jaw up from the floor i'm in awe of your shiny-chrome version...kinda caught me off guard, still gobsmacked
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  33. No, I don’t struggle with mine, I tare the scales with the dosing cup, dose the approx amount of coffee into the cup (e.g. 20.2g), weigh, adjust and then put it into the portafilter using a cheap Edesia portafilter funnel. The problem is the Specialita’s dose changes slightly as the hopper level goes down, think about it as the turbo boost drops pushing beans into the burrs, unless you’re doing the old style finger levelling in a dosed portafilter or you’re single dosing I can’t see how anyone can get an accurate dose every single time out of a Specialita. Of course I could be way too OCD abou
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  34. And finally a clip showing me purging about 5g of grounds first thing this morning, using the first programme (set to run for 0.65s), then dosing 18g into my dosing cup using the second programme set to run for 2.2s 20210104_114655.mp4
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