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  1. Thanks for the advice - have started the booking process for White Glove Service. We really like the ease of use we get with this machine though, the mrs absolutely loves it
  2. So I unleashed this machine today and had some very mixed results. I kept all the default settings and adjusted the grinder to try and get around 45g extracted. I used Alchemy Opus beans, roasted on 30th August (bought from my local coffee shop). Started on grind size 30 and only got 30g. Moved up to 35 and got 52g. Moved down to 32 and got 45g. Tried 32 again and got 50g Moved down to 30 and got 44g Tried again at 30 and got 51g Moved down to 28 and got 32g Tried 28 again and got 40g Gave up after that, the extraction seemed to be very inconsistent and I really don't understand why. Also, at 30 and above the extraction generally started after 7 seconds but at 28 it started at around 10 seconds. I'm going to book the white glove service but if anyone can help in the meantime, that would be greatly appreciated. P.S. I wasn't tasting the coffee as it was 11pm!
  3. Thanks, would you tweak the standard 30 second time or aim for 45g in 30 seconds?
  4. After some consideration I have pulled the trigger and ordered a Sage Oracle (non touch). It arrives tomorrow, il be booking the white glove service as soon as I can to run me through how to make the most of the machine. In our excitement for this new dawn of home coffee in our lives, we have ordered some nice Inker Luna cups and a few different beans to try out: Foundary - Rocko Mountain Rave - Signature Cartwheel Coffee - Mispent Youth, Yellowbrick Road, Jesus Lemus Leon Organic Exciting times, although I'm worried about being able to 'dial in' properly! If anyone has any tips on this or general machine usage, it would be greatly appreciated... Also, I know the standard dose is 22g, do you guys recommend reducing this slightly to sub 20g?
  5. Hi, planning on ordering from CC, can someone please send me the code?
  6. Hi all, I have a Gaggia Classic and Sage Smart Grinder Pro for sale, the Gaggia has a number of nice mods. It was bought from here in 2015 and used regularly for two years. The last couple of years it has pretty much been unused, when my wife decided she wanted she was unable to make consistently good coffee using the machine and was unwilling yo bother to learn so reverted to daily visit to our local coffee shop instead. We will be investing in a Sage Oracle, for consistency and convenience! I have descaled it and fired it up but the coffee came out way too fast (full cappuccino cup in around 30 seconds), I was using (very) old beans though, probably over a year old. I imagine someone who knows what they're doing can figure out why this is happening and fix pretty quickly? I am looking for £200 for the whole package, and would be very keen on collection from Merstham, Surrey. I would consider splitting the items if I couldn't find someone to take it as a package. Cash/Bank transfer are both acceptable methods of payment. Here are the details: Gaggia Classic made in 2005 with nice 'Mods': 1) Auberins PID kit (classic and NOT with steam/pre-infusion facility) - note, I cannot get this to stay stuck on the side of the machine but it works well. 2) Brass Group Head and IMS precision shower screen (I still have the original aluminium group head if for some strange reason you want it/need it) 3) Naked Portafilter with double basket Please note: original Gaggia portafilter has a crack in plastic handle and moves a little but it can still be used normally if you 'take care' when slotting it into group head, it comes with its original double basket and single basket 4) Portafilter Pressure Gauge (this was tweaked by previous owner - Gaggia pump to 10lbs pressure meaning it is 9lbs of pressure going through coffee puck) 5) Rubber-stop/filter for backflushing 6) Gaggia plastic tamper (which originally comes with machine) 7) Motta tamper with matt Sage Smart Grinder Pro (purchased in 2015) Thanks Justin
  7. Thanks guys - a couple of really useful responses
  8. Hi all, Looks for some advice on the best bean to cup option. We currently have a Gaggia Classic and Sage Smart Grinder Pro, but this setup was purchased when I was the only coffee lover in the house. My wife has since taking a great liking for coffee and wants good quality coffee at home but has zero desire to use or learn how to use a manual machine (well she gave it an initial try but after some inconsistent results decided it wasn't for her). So we are looking for a bean to cup machine that can consistently give us good quality coffee, that is as simple to use as possible. The Mrs tends to have Cappucino's/Flat Whites. The Sage Oracle looks to tick all of the boxes for us but just wondering if there are any better options out there. Other options that have been flagged upto us are: -De’Longhi ECAM650 PrimaDonna Elite -Jura S8 Any opinions on the above machines vs Sage Oracle? Also is the touch version worth the extra money (I might be wrong but just likes slightly more convenience rather than any component upgrades?) Thanks Justin
  9. A Sage DB and a better grinder would definitely fit into category 1 of my options. My machine choices are by no means limited to the ones I named, I am very open to further suggestions. My partner does use the current setup, but doesn't like the wait between espresso and steam wand being usable. She also doesn't weigh, time or measure anything at all. Thats why the Oracle is one of the options, as it would allow her to make a solid cup without having to put too much thought into it.
  10. Hi all, I currently have a Gaggia Classic and Sage Smart Grinder Pro (bought off the forum), I have had this setup for about 18 months and feel now is the time to upgrade. Myself and my girlfriend have 1-2 coffees per day, each. I prefer an espresso whilst she only drinks milky drinks (mainly a latte). She is not as into getting the perfect coffee as myself and her drinks are pretty inconsistent, but slowly improving. Shes not overly bothered about having the 'perfect' coffee, just something that is consistently nice. On the other hand, I would very much like to have the 'perfect' coffee. Whilst we do adequate kitchen space, I don't really want a setup with a giant footprint and do not have the option of plumbing it in. In summary, I think we want something easy for us to both use with consistent results, but also capable of producing a great espresso. My budget is in the region of £1200. I am happy to stretch it a little or spend a little less, its not a rigid budget. I have done a bit of research and have narrowed it down to three options... 1) Buy a new machine and pair it with a better grinder - was thinking something like a Fracino Classico or Rocket Appartamento 2) Buy a 2nd hand machine and pair it with a better grinder - (based on recent sales) something like a QuickMill Anita, Rocket Espresso Cellini Evolizione V2 or Alex Izzo 3) Buy a Sage Oracle and be done with it - seems like an easy option that would be good for my girlfriend to use easily and give me a consistently good coffee too Any opinions or advice about what you guys would do is greatly appreciated
  11. I think the issue was that I was not steaming the milk hot enough. I am now steaming the milk to a higher temperature and that seems to have done the trick
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