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  1. I had to forego my morning cuppa today, as a good friend of mine, @scots_flyer made the time and effort to come down on the train from the remotest village of Tranent south of Edinburgh ro see myself and my wife.I wanted him to start by seeing the machine warm up from cold. I first met AL when trying to sort out the problems he was having with his Quickmill and we have been good friends ever since! Al has one of the last LR's and has the dongle kit. It had to be replaced a couple of times and now, when it works it certainly lets you change PI via the ap seamlessly! The point of todays visit was to see if Al's tastebuds could tell the difference between my coffee, then trying to improve it through temp control. We decided to use some Coffee Compass Rocko which I know to be great but I have only had once before. I left my machine and grinder exactly as they had been set for my Mystery beans which were definitekly darker. Shot pulled then I started making small changes to group temp and brew boiler. Through inexperience I might not have left a long enough time for the changes to fully take place but the point of the exercise was not to produce the stellar shot, but to see if by playing around with temp, it affected the shots taste. It did! Anyway, after a very pleasant couple of hours it was soon time to take Al back to the station to begin the journey home, and I hope he spends the train journey pondering his next move!
    6 points
  2. I'm planning to spray one with copper paint, I think it will look cool. You can take the case off by taking off 8 screws and then totally customise the look of it, you can even vinyl wrap it. We might do photo competition for the coolest customised zero, winner gets a years worth of filters! 😜
    4 points
  3. Got new coffees (2kg) from Machhoerndl Germany, of course all filter roasts (a bit lighter than my latest purchases but familiar already with this type of roasts as I consumed only this for 2 years. This is my second shot, as the first one was a tiny bit too coarse. I also had to raise the temp a bit (87 group/95 brew) i'm keeping the 8C off-set as I like it. After pulling my shots, I note the microns from the bentwood on the bag, then it's easy. Shot: https://streamable.com/nunndk Data: 18g in 32mm ims basket tamped with bravo on top of Bplus (why? because the bravo has a limited traveling point, so you want to make sure you compress the puck while tamping, and it wont make it with low dose into 32mm basket). The bravo tampers are thought for 58mm baskets and most of them are in the 20-26mm height range. 40.5g out in less than 24sec. Taste? really good, mandarine and orange, white chocolate.
    3 points
  4. I cannot pinpoint a single thing that changed my coffee journey, but a number of signiclifiant upgrades that still continues. Like @dfk41I drank anything, but mostly instant (Still i was fussy with heating the milk first). I'd dabbled a bit in the past with a cheap (very cheap) expresso machine in the office, the espresso was to my taste then ok; then I went contracting and was introduced to the bean to cup machine. Following this i brought a nespresso machine and used this for years. In about 2015 I found myself working in an office in Warrington where I was introduced to the aeropress. Instant hit, I soon had my own with a Feldgrind. (But still used the Nespresso at home). Then I stopped working away and discovered this forum and discovered the power of freshly roasted coffee beans vs supermarket. Brought my Gaggia Classic from @AndyDClements and paired it with the feld. The aeropress was used for travel (for which I brought an Aergrind). Roll on a good few months and I finally got the Niche (Thanks @DavecUK), which I love. takes all the effort out of hand grinding). Unfortunately cant afford to upgrade to a Dual Boiler yet (as I drink only large milk based drinks Dual Boiler would suit), but have brought a couple of very cheap Gaggia TS's which are a longer term project. Alas the Gaggia is broken at the moment (overhaul in progress slowly as I get time ) so Its back to the aeropress but using the niche to fill that so thats ok.
    3 points
  5. Sorry if this breaks forum rules but it directly addresses most of the questions that have been raised here. I have no affiliation with Ross or Odyssey other than having ordered an Argus. Odyssey Espresso Argos Weekly Update: September 7, 2021 One week after launch we hit our 200 order minimum required to begin manufacturing. Thank you to all the early adopters who made this happen! Hardware Design changes. As the first pre-production machine has been tested over the past few months, a few small design changes are being made to perfect the final design. 1. Wood Panel screws on the sides are being replaced with hidden magnets to clean up the look as seen in the renders. 2. Electronics board updates; including replacing the mechanical heating element relay with a solid state relay for faster response and prolonged life and hardware filters to clean up the thermocouple readings used in the PID control. 3. Lever linkage redesign. The original design required two separate length linkages that would be included and required for swapping from direct to spring lever configurations. This design has been updated to make the swap possible with a single linkage to work with both configurations. New parts, boards, and panels are expected to arrive by the end of the week or early next week and will allow us to build up the other 4 units for reviews, continued testing, and color/wood configuration display. With these new parts I will be able to include video on the swap from spring to direct as well as finish dialing in machine controls with the reduced error in sensor readings. Portafilters and steam wands are the long lead item parts but also the ones that do not require design changes. This order is being placed this week to get the ball rolling on those and some other major components that are not going to change. Once linkages, circuit boards, and covers/ panels are all tested and validated, those orders will be placed likely in 3 weeks. Software We're continuing to make great progress with the Odyssey Espresso App. We recently got connected to the Bluetooth transducer and started plotting data as well as to the native Argos sensors. We're currently working on scale integrations with the first two being Decent and Acaia. Tasks for next week Test new linkage design Begin building other 4 pre-production machines Test new circuit boards Continue working on Decent/Acaia scale integration with app Investigate auto start/stop brew plotting based on pressure threshold Thanks, Ross Ainsworth www.odysseyespresso.com 1942 Broadway St. STE 314C, Boulder, CO, 80302, United States Powered by Squarespace Unsubscribe
    3 points
  6. If someone, or a few people want to get together and pull the information together from the thread for me, into a 1 or 2 pager...I'll add it to the manual under a hints and tips section.
    2 points
  7. The company has a prototype, they have been testing, it works. It's probably not all perfect, but that's just details...the concept seems OK from what I've seen. Another small lever due to hit the market "on the 12th of never", is just a cad drawing from what I've been told. The Argos could be another 6 to 9 months away, which is not long in total, when developing a completely new machine, from scratch..
    2 points
  8. I use this company. https://polevolt.co.uk/acatalog/6.3mm_Terminals.html You want the 6.3 x 0.8 for 0.5 to 1.0mm wire. Looks like the first two in the list are out of stock at the moment. The Blade terminal covers are listed too, and are used with uninsulated terminals. I think there's a minimum spending amount of around £15 or it could be less? You can get them on ebay too but some are not very good quality.
    2 points
  9. Don't underestimate the importance of a quality grinder, and take into account that a 'one for all' grinder is hard to come by. By based on your coffee preference, pour-over or espresso machine. I started with the Eureka mignon and found it to be very good, although tending to clump at the finer settings, requiring a good work through with a whisk. Although you can get some great second hand deals, watch out for someone selling a good grinder with worn out burrs. I would also add that for me, one of the things that is relevant is how much coffee I drink. I used to hoover the stuff down but now I only have a cup, maybe two a day. My ideal grinder would really be one that is best or better suited to single dosing and minimal retention, so that I am always using fresh grinds. If you're drinking through the day, you can get away with a bit of retention. If you are having one or two in the morning and none until tomorrrow, try to find a grinder that has low retention and you can use or pimp to not hold a months worth of beans going stale in the hopper. Anyway key point, don't think of the grinder as an afterthought to your desired coffee machine. Consider your max budget, add a hundred quid (ie the money you later would regret having not spent 😉 ) and then look at what are the best grinder AND machine you can afford at that price. On the back of that, things to consider would be do you see yourself happy with that system for ever or hankering to upgrade. If so, perhaps consider what your upgrade path might be and buy into that. Even with the best systems, you will have noticed from lurking that there are many additional items that are bordeline 'must haves' if you are completely new and are looking for a great start. Scales, Bottomless Portafilter, Good Tamper, Blind basket, Detergent, Descaler. Frothing Jug? Distributor? Pro basket? All of these eat into that budget and not having them will at best compromise your end product. Also, accept that the sky's the limit with this passtime and you will always be compromising. get the best you can afford that fulfils your ambitions and expectations and be happy with the improvement. Maybe you want to be the next world barista champion. Maybe you just want that one nice cup of coffee in the morning. Look at what works best for you and accept that you are buying with that in mind.
    2 points
  10. Like some, we also feed the zero with salt-block softened water. We have been using it for about 6 months. We change the water at around 1.5L 2-3 times a day. On a side note, the quick-guide sticker on top of the unit and the other one on the side have never bothered us. We have left them as they are. 😊
    2 points
  11. Hi everyone, Big day for me today as I upgraded from a Sage Barista Pro to a Lelit Elizabeth V3, got it all setup and it really does heat up quick. The first time I haven’t had to manually heat up a portafilter. One thing that is going to be a game changer for me is consistency with this machine as the sage was always a pain to keep warm due to the nature of how it works. I am used to pre-infusion as I always pulled manual shots with the Sage with a 5 second pre-infusion and then would aim for a total brew time of around 30 seconds usually at a 1:2.5 ratio. I had a few attempts with the Lelit using preset 2, which from factory is steam pressure for around 7 or so seconds before full power I believe. Should I be counting the steam pressure as well as the full shot time, or the start of the timer? I noticed when the shots I was doing went longer they had the typical tiger striping that wasn’t there at the 28s mark shot I had as an Americano. The good news is it’s the best shot I’ve ever made, I put 17.5 in the basket and pulled 35g out, the upgrade in quality of shot was night and day. The best part is I managed a decent shot with the plastic fantastic tamper as I haven’t got one yet. I normally place the portafilter on the counter top but the portafilter on the Elizabeth doesn’t have a gap big enough so I was just tamping with the portafilter sat on the tamping mat. Lastly should I be buying the Lelit tamper? I think I need the 58.5mm one? I also need to get a distribution tool as I’ve been making a mess once the grinds go in from the niche, I can’t so far get them to go in flat. There is normally a slope of grounds that I then need to distribute.
    1 point
  12. I have been pulling a few and storing as notes on my ipad. I will share them with you @DavecUK. Dave, do you need this as formatted in word or plain text please? Others may chip in, if I have missed out anything, after reviewing the updated manual. Thx
    1 point
  13. Has anyone received request or payment today? I am buying a second one for a pal of mine who has never owned a machine and does not have the internet!
    1 point
  14. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151230075329?hash=item233603d1c1:g:FiYAAOxydlFS-h6G And the ratchet crimping tool he has as well of course.
    1 point
  15. I don't have your machine. But a void in the brew boiler can be filled by drawing some water through the group, on any machine.
    1 point
  16. @Caffeinated_fiend - The distribution tool is the least of your worries. In my opinion, a self-levelling tamper is a more worthwhile investment. Like this one: There are others of lesser quality and cheaper value. I have a Bravo Tamper myself. The distribution tool is now in the drawer. 🙂
    1 point
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  18. I can confirm that that the pressure ramp-up noise can be avoided (to a large extend) by using 10 or even 15 seconds GSP, or by using a profile that slowly builds up pressure:
    1 point
  19. @Caffeinated_fiend - Join the club! Do read Dave's review of the Elizabeth, twice over, and same for the videos. The best thing you can do is to use the settings on that review, rather than the factory settings. The machine has a timer. That's how you count it: from the moment you press the button. Pre-infusion is part of the total time.
    1 point
  20. @Caffeinated_fiend you have to do the macarana with the portafilter and inverted grind cup an with practice you will get it level all the time https://youtu.be/6LIkX0U6f5k
    1 point
  21. Of course I will follow Dave's recommendation. But it's good to know what's the root of the issue.
    1 point
  22. 🤣 Shhhh I was keeping that quiet! 🤣
    1 point
  23. Sage Dual Boiler puts you in the wrong 🙂😉
    1 point
  24. Things seem to me moving along with the Argos....soon they will be out in the field, interesting times ahead.
    1 point
  25. I think these two arms are the same. As far as I know there are basically three designs: the "squarish" Vostok one (as in the pictures), the "rounded" Minima one (see pictures of the ACS minima) and the Vesuvius E61 ones.
    1 point
  26. Much more of a historic thing but I did a charity road trip thing through Italy in the early 2000s - drinking exceptional espresso and coffee at service stations changed my view on coffee hugely and convinced me to start attempting to make proper espresso at home.
    1 point
  27. Also, like someone said, you could always buy from them directly. I don’t think they sold direct when I bought mine. My contact with their London office has always been great. They’ve invited me down a couple of times and I actually went to their office to try it out before I purchased from North Star.
    1 point
  28. I bought my LMLM from North Star Coffee. Great experience. Not sure if they routinely do this, but I asked if they could deliver, install and show me the ropes, which they did. This was about 2.5 years ago. I have had warranty issues and these have been dealt with by LMLM Uk directly. Their London office. They were excellent, sending an engineer to my hope to sort the issue. My machine is now out of warranty and I had it serviced, which cost me £150 for a trained LM engineer to come home. As far as the comments about flushing 2l of water if not used, I did read the manual before I bought and asked the same question. I was told to ignore this and that it was leftover from their commercial machines. Although my machine has had some minor niggles, it’s actually a very simple to operate machine, and using it has always been a very pleasurable, zen like experience. I have used it every single day since I bought it. I would recommend.
    1 point
  29. My wife had a bag of old coffee beans from Costco and I practiced with it. This is the quick guide that came with my Barista Touch. It tells you what to do when your outcome is certain way. Breville quick guide The problem with judging with the amount of crema was that I was using old beans which had lost most of its CO2. So it was not a good way to tell whether I had the settings correctly or not. I could create fake crema with double wall basket but I started out with the single wall basket. I used the double wall basket once and went back to single wall basket. Then a Youtube video that I watched said to try to get 35g of coffee out with 18g of beans. And most people online say the tamping pressure is not what makes or ruins a coffee. And Breville tamper is clearly marked how low it should be pressed into the basket. If the puck is wet, either I put too much coffee and/or it is too fine. If the puck is dry and the extraction started to come out before 7 seconds, it should be ground finer and/or I should use more coffee. Re: brewing time, I vary it between 25 sec and 35 sec. Grind size: I use 12 the most. 11 or 13 occasionally with different beans. Some roasters provide the exact numbers they recommend. For example, 20g of beans, 20 ml of coffee, 35 second brewing time. The only unknown is then the grind size. I enjoy making attempts at making good coffee and it is not frustrating. I am new to making and drinking coffee and espresso shots are too bitter for me. I like latte or Americano. So less than perfect extraction still tastes good to me. LOL. I bought this scale from Amazon and it works well enough for me. $17 Scale from Amazon
    1 point
  30. Just a word of warning to anyone else wanting to remove the huge label from the top of the black case - DON'T USE ALCOHOL as suggested previously - it ends up dissolving the matte effect off leaving a sort of swirl pattern in a now partly shiny black paint - totally destroyed the look of my new unit! I need a new case now!
    1 point
  31. Nope,they claimed ,that it costed only 20$,so I was happy and lucky
    1 point
  32. A few years ago I used think I knew a bit about coffee and thought Costa had better coffee. Then I discovered the aero press from a new cafe run by a pair of brothers passionate about coffee. You could walk in to their unassuming place, order any of about 5 or 6 different beans brewed in any of 5 or 6 ways (from aero press to chemex to V60 to espresso machine). As I got to know the guys, purchased an aero press, one of the brothers had been a plumber who used to service machines for Costa, the penny started to drop! And now I’m in this forum with an espresso machine at home. I haven’t been to one of those multinationals since, well, before then sometime!! But they are cool places to meet people I guess and surely not a bad place to earn pocket money in these times👍
    1 point
  33. Fully agree. The GU10 can be removed and fitted with fingers. I found the circlip, especially the SS version harder to fit even with the tool. Am pleased, thanks to Dave’s brilliant suggestion, the shower screen management is a pitta now! 😊
    1 point
  34. Ask around and see how many folks have the LMLM......bet you not as many as you think. Are you buying exclusivity?......There are better machines around, but not better badges
    1 point
  35. I think you’re right about the commercial machine comment, but if you don’t do that and have a warranty claim could they pull you up on it I wonder 😀
    1 point
  36. Might be worth having a look on their (La Marzocco UK) Facebook page, as they do have 'promos' occasionally, the last two being some 'free' barista kit (fathers day) and the latter being a Tour du France, performance chef promo. I bought direct, no drama. You could visit them as its not too far from you https://uk.lamarzoccohome.com/book-a-demo/
    1 point
  37. @ewancrallan We have forum advertisers which specialise in top end machines and are authorised dealers for LM. https://proespresso.co.uk/ and https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/the-coffee-forums
    1 point
  38. It's easy forget that by posting on this forum you are probably one of the 1% geekiest coffee consumers in the country. Obviously part of the fun is improving skills etc but getting hung up on making the most incredible shot ever all the time is mainly only of interest to you and possibly other nerds (I'm including myself in this). I tend to take all hobbies too seriously and get obsessed with making everything amazing but I'm learning to chill out a bit and enjoy the process
    1 point
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