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  1. Hi everyone I’m after an old, battered, unloved portafilter handle - either a single or double spout, don’t mind. I have a pressure gauge here I want to use with one to setup my OPV. I thought I had an old one here but I don’t so.... what have you got for me?! Thanks
  2. So important to have a milk thermometer to start with so you can learn your hand feel temperature 👍
  3. Yes, and if the temp probe is quicker to react and report accurate temps, the heating element has a chance to catch the auto fill induced temp drop quicker than if the temp probe is laggy.
  4. Brilliant! I think you are right. We are all testing the limits of what the MaraX is capable of, and I (probably foolishly) started from a point that assumed it had no limits to the amount of steam it could create and hold at a decent 1.5bar pressure. Clearly this is me just being a bit silly, as this is not a commercial machine with a 5l boiler and three phase electrics! I have noticed since mine came back that it doesn't seem to auto-fill during steaming any more. I have seen it a few times auto fill straight after I stop steaming a jug full, but I don't think it has done it
  5. Hearts are SO much easier than ferns to start with It is fair to say that the standard Sage jug isn’t the most helpful with doing latte art either. Not the steaming bit, but the pouring part. I tend to use a Motta small jug and it has a nice spout on it that helps, plus the steaming swirl in the bottom section is slightly easier because of the shape. Like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Motta-03-Europe-stainless-Pitcher/dp/B001RZUMUA/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=motta%2Bjug%2B35&qid=1611732819&sr=8-2&th=1
  6. Excellent, that’s good news then. I use a Wi-Fi plug with mine and haven’t had any issues. Mine is a Meross one.
  7. Items made by decent espresso...
  8. I agree - I’ve had my Niche less than a week but I started off hating the cup and tried using the decent PF stand and decent funnel, but the mess it creates is a pain. I now much prefer the cup and have developed the technique to get the grinds pretty much level when emptying in. It’s very handy and doubles up as a decent weighing cup for the beans to go in too. It’s a very easy workflow.
  9. That's brilliant news, let us all know how you get on with it... It's a machine I have in my sights for the future, that's for sure..
  10. I suspect this is referring to my posts re the style of steam boiler temperature probe - going from being a combined level probe and temp sensor to them being separate.
  11. I have a MaraX and I wouldn’t let any of the (mostly minor) issues put you off at all. I bought mine from Bella Barista and I am one of the people who has had a temperature sensor fault. That said, BB dealt with it quickly, easily and have been great. When it is warranty like this they pay for return shipping and turn it round nice and quickly. I have opened my MaraX myself and it certainly feels and looks like a high quality machine inside and nothing you’d see in there would lead you to believe they are cutting corners in design, components or assembly. My machine is back n
  12. You’ll already be too good for them... don’t lower yourself!!
  13. Ok, well it’s probably just technique then.. 🤣😩 I actually found the sage jug quite good for steaming too (ie shape/weight/size) - practice makes perfect !!
  14. Obvious question - are you purging your steam wand before you use it to steam the milk? By this, I mean are you running the steam wand into the drip tray to get any build up of condensation / water out of it first? If you’re not, it might be that you are adding water into your milk and that’s why your first steaming isn’t as good as your second. Another consideration is what type of milk you are trying to steam. If you’re not already, try and use whole milk. It is much easier to learn with and creates decent textured milk easier than semi skimmed or skimmed.
  15. Bought! That’s crazy cheap, thanks for spotting it.
  16. Anyone out there looking to move one on? Cheers
  17. Hmmm, I wonder if you have a problem with the HX temperate probe. There are others on here who have had issues with it too. My MaraX can sit at around 0.75 bar for hours at a time without changing temp - just like it has settled in to exactly what temp it needs to be at to keep the group at what it expects. If your HX temp probe is faulty or misreading then it might be thinking that the HX/group temp isn’t right (ie too low) thus boosting. I presume there is no evidence of any leaks? I only ask because obviously if there is HX water going through the group or leaking, thus introducing co
  18. Personally, I don’t think he is right on the max pressure during warm up - there are videos online from Lelit Insider on YouTube showing a timelapse warm up of a MaraX in brew priority mode, going all the way up to 3 bar and then back down.
  19. You could always have an open conversation with Bella Barista about it and ask them to test the machine more thoroughly than they usually would pre-delivery or even to pre-empt a problem with the sensor and change it prior to shipping? With the amount they have done now they must be starting to think the same too... Martin in the technical team is the man who knows all about the issues.
  20. Hi everyone I have got to the stage now at home where I can pretty reliably make drinkable coffee all of the time for my wife and myself. We are both exclusively milk based coffee drinkers, although I certainly aspire to be an espresso drinker in the future. I am wondering what tips/videos/known ways there are to help me improve my coffee tasting palette so I can proceed to dial in the absolute best from the coffee I buy. I have read all the theory, watched a lot of videos etc etc all about the inter relationships between grind, dose, yield, temperature etc, all of which ha
  21. Welcome to the MaraX club! If your resting temperature is around or just under 1bar in brew mode, that seems about right depending on what temperature setting you have it on behind the drip tray. I use mine mostly on ‘0’ setting for temperature and my testing temp is usually about 0.75-0.8bar. It is normal for the machine to get right up to 3bar when heating up but then it should fall gradually down to the resting normal temp. Re the Specialita, yes, great choice. I bought one from BB when I got my MaraX and found it very good indeed. I have now moved on to a Niche as I didn’t reall
  22. Yes I agree, however it is clear that Lelit have changed the design (/style) of the temperature probe for the steam/boiler temperature in the MaraX since it was in prototype and early production models. The model that @DavecUK tested and also was shipped in the first batches to 1st Line Equipment in the US all have a combined level sensor and temperature probe. Fast forward to the batches of machines that we’re using today (mine was built Sept 20) and these components are now separate. Clearly I don’t know why they changed it - cost, supply chain issues, reliability, serviceability etc I
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