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  1. Hello, folks. Recently bought an Elektra lever machine and I want that baby to be warm and waiting for me when I wake up. Can anyone suggest a reliable (and very unobtrusive) timer so I can set when it comes on – I guess about half an hour before I'm going to get up. They seem to be pretty cheap. Thanks.
  2. OK, coursened it a bit and that was more successful. Crema could be richer but that was a damn good coffee!
  3. Really appreciate all this input, folks, thanks. Unfortunately can't answer in detail about the origin of the coffee – the supplier sent it as compensation for the lateness of the machine and grinder. I'll try some more combos and grind settings but can anyone here recommend a good blend for crema? I guess I want crema partly because otherwise I'm not sure how much an espresso from this very expensive machine would differ much from what my stovetop produces!
  4. Hm, this morning I tried fresh coffee from Ferrari Espresso, which sold me the machine. Still no crema. And I'd ground the coffee so fine it came out more like a ristretto – but still no crema. What else could be going wrong? What about temperature of the various elements? For me, crema is essential to a good espresso so need to crack this one. I wonder if many people in the UK have an Elektra, including this model.
  5. Thanks, folks. It's a strong espresso blend from the Algerian Coffee Stores, in London. Roasted a few months ago but been sealed. The coffee's damn strong, there's that at least. Don't think I'll sleep until about 2021.
  6. Hi, folks. Been lusting after an Elektra Microcase a Leva for years and finally got one; it arrived yesterday, along with an Elektra MS grinder. Things haven't been entirely successful so far. For a start, the grinder came without the locking pin. However, it still grinds (you have to use the micro-adjustment) and I've been able to make coffee – but no crema, and a beautiful crema is a big the reason why I got this pricey ensemble in the first place. Anyone have any idea where I might be going wrong? A double espresso is taking 20-30 seconds to percolate, from first drop to last, but I'm really getting zero crema. I know you're supposed to experiment, but there are so many variables you could be experimenting forever, so any guidance appreciated. S
  7. Thanks for response. They're a strong blend from the Algerian Coffee Stores, in London. A couple of months old but they've been sealed.
  8. Hi, folks. Been lusting after an Elektra Microcase a Leva for years and finally got one; it arrived yesterday, along with an Elektra MS grinder. Things haven't been entirely successful so far. For a start, the grinder came without the locking pin. However, it still grinds (you have to use the micro-adjustment) and I've been able to make coffee – but no crema, and a beautiful crema is a big the reason why I got this pricey ensemble in the first place. Anyone have any idea where I might be going wrong? A double espresso is taking 20-30 seconds to percolate, from first drop to last, but I'm really getting zero crema. I know you're supposed to experiment, but there are so many variables you could be experimenting forever, so any guidance appreciated. S
  9. Thanks for replies so far. To emphasise: I'm after recommendations for dealers, ie, you'd have had experience of them or know people who have. And for grinders, any explanations in lay terms would be gratefully received.
  10. Hi folks. I'm new here. About to get my first proper espresso machine and pretty keen on the Elektra leva – but I can't seem to find a reputable-looking UK dealer. CoffeeItalia sound dodgy indeed. Any recommendations gratefully received. Also, has anyone found a decent explanation of the various models of Elektra grinders? And would anyone recommend any of them? Simon
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