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  1. The special edition models have arrived and they look even better than I was expecting. I am really taken with the white ones, they are an old English style white rather than brilliant white and they just look fabulous! They will come standard with a bottomless portafilter and both a stainless and matching drip tray. Excuse my slightly naff photography.
    18 points
  2. Just swapping WhatsApp messages with Stephen from Django, our 87.5 score exclusive coffee is being roasted ready for dispatch tomorrow...
    15 points
  3. Hi all, In case anyone is interested, I created a 3D-printable (and editable) coffee distribution tool. It works *amazingly* well. It is based on various previous tools found on thingiverse. It uses planetary gears to rotate a bunch of needles on top of the basket. It creates an even and fluffy bed, even with my sage grinder. Feel free to download, edit and print your own versions: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4720148 Some pics below. edite: anyone knows how to make the images smaller here ? 2021011
    13 points
  4. Hi folks. I thought I would put together a little offer to hopefully brighten some people's day during lockdown. In order for us to offer this coffee at a really great price we are making things as simple as possible so it is 1KG bags only and it will all be roasted and dispatched together on the same day. P&P is included in the price. If there is any left over it will be on the offer list afterwards at usual retail price. This is a super lot from Peru that has an unusual hybrid processing method with an extended anaerobic fermentation. Cup Score is 86+ LOCKDOWN SPECIAL
    11 points
  5. No room in the inn... I managed to squeeze it all in the narrow space available. Bezzera Mitica HX tanked, 3 years old, 2cd. hand La Pavoni Europiccola for those urgently needed quick shots, old San Remo flat grinder, solid old knockbox and lots of other bits and bobs. It works for me 🙂
    9 points
  6. Synchronika with my wee painting of some beans to mark my corner of the kitchen!
    8 points
  7. Just acquired this beauty to restore. Hopefully shouldn't be too much to do. Asbestos removal, new bolts, electrics and some polishing 😁
    7 points
  8. Big thanks to Frank for sorting me out with my Lelit portafilter handle. After struggling with heat guns etc I gave up; to the rescue comes big Frank with his powerhouse of enormous ring spanner’s, Vices and elbow grease. Damsel in distress no more!!!!
    6 points
  9. as per title, would like to try one again cheers jake
    6 points
  10. Boiler after citric acid bath
    6 points
  11. Happy Christmas to me. it just goes to show that its always worth entering a CFUK competition. blown away by these from Coffee Compass.
    6 points
  12. Pretty sure this isn’t for a Lawnmower
    5 points
  13. Return, they have major reliability issues with the plastic gears. If it was my only grinder and cost over half a grand, I wouldn’t want to have one. I would say a Niche or bump the budget if possible for an Atom 75e instead? The bigger atom is meant to handle single dosing a bit better than other hopper grinders, plus the coarse and fine adjusts are handy for brew.
    5 points
  14. Sooooooo I thought id update this as ive not for a bit, In my quest to constantly waste money, ive done some up and down grading I bought a niche grinder but really didnt like the way it groud, hastely sold it and am bow kicking myself, i then bought a zenith65 from the forum, ended up needing fresh burrs, its a beast. Turns out its not what i like so ive also bow moved this on, and gone back to a mignon from @BlackCatCoffee thats due shortly. Machine wise ive gone from wood to ecm levers. Looks so much better, had a few ups and downs but plod along. next up i fanc
    5 points
  15. I'm actually investigating myself. I have the current program logic from Lelit. My MaraX is back in service. At the moment I have installed prototype software onto it with completely different functionality on it to the standard. Even so, apparently the BTP should work the same way as on current machines. So I will make more tests tomorrow and compare it with the BTP on the original Gicar which I need to reinstall. I have a bastardised LCCV which allows me to see a bit more about what's going on and I am hoping will work with the original test machine Gicar box. I have a few objectives in
    5 points
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  17. Got a huge buzz when i finally got something that's meant to look like i wanted it to! So proud of this ha
    5 points
  18. I enjoyed the forum days. I do like meeting people, seeing coffee equipment, and always made the effort to meet up with local forum members. All this crazy times we live in, whenever we are allowed to go back to some sort of normality again, I am definitely looking forward to the next one!
    5 points
  19. That’s simply not true, Glenn supported events that were held for the forum from donation funds, plus back in the day a lot of gave freely without having to be recognised for the fact. I was more than happy to support the forum in different ways like running events, or raffles, or organising the DSOL. LSOL. My joy came from others enjoyment of those things .
    5 points
  20. Just checking in to say that after 5 years the little Lelit Mara is still going strong. It really is a fantastic machine, makes superb coffee and cured my upgradeitis!
    5 points
  21. After a week of ‘testing’, we promoted the V10 up to counter-top status today. So shiny...😎
    5 points
  22. You'll find your answer here: A word of caution, make sure you buy new and not second hand like I did. It still works perfectly, but the coffee tastes like shit.
    5 points
  23. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M6-A2-STAINLESS-STEEL-SERRATED-FLANGED-HEX-HEAD-BOLTS-FLANGE-SCREWS-DIN-6921/222782739875?hash=item33dee2d5a3:g:LroAAOSwkV5aTqK2 @Davebo There you go! M6 x 16mm under head length I've had a few shear off, as during refurbishing the odd Classic I always remove the portafilter handle and replace with a new bolt. When it shears and cannot be removed normally I have to drill out and fit a stainless steel thread insert. You need to be careful to drill straight and centre punch dead centre of broken bolt. Don't forget to use thread anti seize/
    4 points
  24. Hi Tony, Sorry hear you've had the same experience as me. Here's my update on events this week. In short, I sent dozens of emails to Caffè Italia cancelling my order and requesting a refund. No response. I have spoken to Barbara multiple times, who would apologise and say she is forwarding my emails to the accounts team. Still no respsnse. Then, I was contacted by Matteo (on Tuesday), who informed me my Lelit Victoria was being dispatched today (Friday). Despite them being out of stock (but not when I placed the order) and recommending I look at another machine. I replied, again, saying can
    4 points
  25. Burrs are dull ( unlikely ) Burrs are out of whack ( more likely ) https://www.home-barista.com/grinders/hg1-burr-alignment-from-source-themselves-t56852.html
    4 points
  26. From my own experience in getting "certified", Dave is absolutely correct here. Unless there are a large number of small roasteries in your area, your EHO guy has probably made a quick google search, picked up on a lot of US-originated red-tape, and assumed that is the way it ought to be done! Hand-washing was a little more tricky for me as I have no running water in the roasting shed; so my EHO guy was happy for me to use a basin with warm soapy water! All the previous advice on this thread is spot on. The only two other things I would suggest; 1:paint/seal the floor so it can
    4 points
  27. You could spend a year preparing and they would still find something wrong. Set up your roasted area, separate greens from roasted and the utensils, have hand washing and white coats etc.. paint the walls white. Have fire extinguishers and a First aid kit and a few safety signs. Put some mousetraps down. Have a procedures book with a few procedures and HSA information in. Have decent retail scales, bag sealer and keep batch information batch number/date is enough Then start roasting. When they inspect you, if they do they will identify some things for you to do...just do them. Y
    4 points
  28. THE SAGA CONTINUES. This is not a job for the faint hearted. I received this P/F from Gilly to try and remove the handle. Although it had been heated before I presumed the threadlok had reset. After applying heat, fixed it in vice and applied 14 mm hex key,eventually it began to rotate BUT it was the plastic handle NOT the fixing, it was still locked to the P/F. Changed to a long knuckle bar and HD strap wrench, this squeezed the handle and rotated it but the handle split open exposing a 19 mm headed bolt. Tried this with a 19 mm ring spanner, no chance. Immersed PF
    4 points
  29. Just a quick note to say that thanks to MediumRoastSteam, other members, and mainly DaveC I have ordered an Elizabeth to replace my old Brasilia Lady. While the Lady could pull some really nice shots thanks to its Rossi group, steam was sub par and I want to see what pre-infusion is like. I looked at the MaraX and a few others but am definitely not a fan of the E61 group even though I've never tried one (long heat time, maintenance, ..) and did not want to spend too much (although the Elizabeth is pretty damn expensive here in Canada). So Dave, your review was really appreciated
    4 points
  30. On the other end of the spectrum... I've poked 3 "inoculating loops" off Amazon through a conker that was laying around 😂
    4 points
  31. David my friend, there's always been a lot of love for C&C around here since they became sponsors. Jake's service is second to none, the coffee is excellent and very competitively priced. Value wise it doesn't really get any better. I'd recommend anyone that hasn't already given them a try to have them right towards the top of their list.
    4 points
  32. All the Mods and Admin work very hard behind the scenes to try and keep it professional and pleasant. Much of it goes unseen, but it's great when we see comments like yours. Thanks from Mods and Admin Team
    4 points
  33. Had Aeropress delivered today from Wave. It was delivered by the Postie, he knocked, left it on the door step.., he didn't know we were in...😆 I'd noticed on a previous part of this thread, that the postie hadn't left the parcel only a card... So, we had our first coffee's, from the aero, and and they were the best coffee's, we've had in a long time...Think it must be the fresh coffee. I had Rave grind it...as I'm sure my aero technique is not good at the moment...think theres loads of room for improvement...need to go over to the aero thread to learn more.... MY COFFEE JOURNEY HAS
    4 points
  34. I would hope you would do it for reasons other than a signature, after all (I shouldn't say this) you can probably get round it, but at least that's searchable. Spam and link abuse (it takes many subtle forms) simply take from everyone on the forum. Other forms of abuse are things like Big text I've fortunately been involved in IT in one way or another since 1979 so I'm well aware of many of the tricks and things that can be very irritating if a forum isn't policed and restricted carefully. I'm sure no one wants a forum full of crap like in this message.
    4 points
  35. BB appear to be back up now. I am sure the outage was down to their web host rather than them. If you are set on the Elizabeth I would say buy it from BB in total confidence 👍 Oh and I know it is a bit late now but the milk problem is easy to solve. Simply save an old milk bottle that has gone a week or so past date, wash it out, pour in fresh milk. Take it to work and tell everyone you like the taste of off milk with some nice textured lumps in it and they are all more than welcome to give it a go too. Nobody will ever touch your lovely fresh milk again 😁
    4 points
  36. Says it all really....as for upgradeitus; if it ain't broke, no need to fix/replace it....very pleased for yer. 😊
    4 points
  37. Bought a couple of bulk bags of Semola Rimacinata - fantastic quality - has the harvest date on it. Tartine below made with 40% Rimacinata at 82% hydration.
    4 points
  38. Really enjoying things. Steep learning curve as never owned an espresso machine before but getting there. Having said that I feel I’m getting better shots at home with Elizabeth than your typical high street cafe. So very pleased so far. thought I’d got the hang of dialling in but still getting different flow rates for shots so wondering if this is more puck prep variations (trying to be consistent) guessing it will all come with practice - also assuming will need to tweak grind with different preinfusion slightly too pleasantly pleased with ease of steaming milk too. Having ne
    4 points
  39. After a recent fall from my bike and managing to break my hip my wee pooch has been keeping me company when doing my rehab in the back room. She is my wee baby
    4 points
  40. Cleaning and descaling are two different things. If you use non-scaling water you shouldn't need to de-scale, so it depends on which bottled water you used (they are not all the same, and some are very hard and will scale badly). As for cleaning, it's a personal thing that only you can answer. You said you cleaned the shower screen 5 times in a year, so less than once in two months. When you took the shower screen off, I assume you saw what it looks like. Personally I clean mine almost every day - it takes seconds to do, and I don't want the dirt left there in my next cup (I think this i
    4 points
  41. All Sold and buyer is happy, you pays ya money you get a coffee machine. @DavecUK all sold pmease close
    4 points
  42. I'm a little gooseneck. Short and stout. 😁
    4 points
  43. Coffee grinds are really good for making stuff skid, amount of times ive nearly gone on my arse when i have my slippers on in the kitched 🤣 Just the torque of the motor
    4 points
  44. Nice sharp frost this morning edging plants in the garden with a nice thin white line.
    4 points
  45. A new proud owner 😊 already in love, many thanks to @Paolo_Cortese for efficiently organising the assembling and shipping despite the crazy circumstances of the past few months!
    4 points
  46. Hey everybody, and happy new year! Just wanted to give a quick update. I've had a couple of enquiries now from forum members, and having put my newborn down for a few minutes I can write to you all. This week was meant to mark our return to roasting after a well-deserved break. Unfortunately, it seems that our roaster needs some essential work doing on it in order to improve the airflow. I'll be taking it apart this week to make sure the dampers haven't moved out of place, and if that's all correct then we'll be installing an in-line fan in the ducting to improve airflow and ventilation.
    3 points
  47. Ordered a Eureka Mignon Specialita for just over £300. Ordered before the new year so expected a delay. Delivery was due on the 05/01/2021, when checking DPD tracking it showed the item in California. I messaged through the website to explain but no reply. I emailed customer support and eventually got the excuse of they opened the box and it was white not black, I was told I would get a 10% refund on my card I paid with for the trouble. New delivery date of the 07/01/2021 and the item arrived. My partner took delivery as I was at work, I was called by my partner to say the parc
    3 points
  48. Shout out to our forum sponsor @Crownandcanvas helping me out to get me some coffee as soon as possible after New Year as I was out of beans. I told him I like my coffee well rested (10-14 days), so he was so kind to go out of his way and provide 2 bags of +- 10-14 days while the other 2 are freshly roasted. This gives me ample time to finish those 2 bags straight away while the others get some well deserved rest. Just outstanding customer service, cannot ask for more.
    3 points
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