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  1. Had one for years. In my own very honest opinion, beet to use a grinder as it was originally designed. I had tried all sorts, but at the end of the day, I always went back to filling the hopper and grinding away. If you have a Mignon, try to single dose it and see how you get on. As per the OP question, I think that if you omit the word “electric” you answer your question, in the sense of it’s best to buy a top range grinder rather than an entry level one. I had a Kinu M68 a while ago and it grinds 18g in 28 seconds, 68mm burrs. That’s a top range manual grinder.... but it will cost you. [emoji6] I since sold it and have been using the Niche Zero exclusively. I very much prefer it, as it is single dose grinder from the ground up, and mess free, unlike the HG-1 and the M68, to Kinu’s credit, they addressed some of the static issues in later iterations.
  2. MediumRoastSteam

    Mara X

    The problem with the MC2 is the worm screw adjustment. It’s a pain to dial in. So, if you change beans, to get to the ball park is not easy. Also retention is not greatest. For £150 you might start venturing into used eureka Mignon or used Mazzer territory. I’d wait until the tat least. Keep an eye in the for sale section.
  3. MediumRoastSteam

    Mara X

    Trust me - there are much more experienced people here than me. I just listen to them, and took advice from them in my upgrade path. What’s your budget? Second hand an option? Do you care about how big and commercial looking it is?
  4. MediumRoastSteam

    Mara X

    If you are on a budget, upgrade your grinder rather than the machine. You’ll benefit much, much more. If you have money for both, might as well get a MaraX too. [emoji6]
  5. MediumRoastSteam

    Mara X

    Which burr grinder have you? It’s like comparing a Ford Ka bottom of the range to a VW Passat mid range. Both will take you from A to B. How comfortable and how it performs in your journey, that’s the difference. I suppose you can listen to your mate, or you can read up on this forum about user experiences of machines you want to buy. Also read up about e61 group head, Difference between Heat Exchanger and Dual Boiler Machines. Go to a shop, like Whole Latte Love, 1st Line equipment (US) or Bella Barista in the UK and see their ranges. Watch videos about the machines you like and compare them. Sage Barista Express vs Gaggia Classic... I think I’d stick with the Classic.
  6. Hi and welcome. You are most likely using the dual wall basket. On the inner side, it has 1 tiny hole where the coffee will get squirted though and makes you think you are getting the best coffee in the world with all the lovely “crema”. Well not quite. Try cleaning that hole, make sure is not obstructed in any way. If that’s not the case, check that water is coming out of the machine when you don’t have the portafilter in place. Try reducing the amount of coffee in the basket. Try 16g and see if they makes a difference. When you have a good burr grinder, you can buy the single wall basket and then drink proper espresso. [emoji6] If the suggestions don’t work, I’m afraid it’s back to curry’s. That would be my advice. No point trying to fix something which is not designed to be easily repaired. Good luck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Re: ventilators.... (also on the theme “On the BBC” so not derailing the thread [emoji6]) Coronavirus: Mercedes F1 to make breathing aid https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52087002 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Understand. I used Rave as it’s in the OP. But applies to Royal Mail, Amazon, anything. And I hear you: my grandma is 94. A very fine balance with disastrous consequences one way or another. Our leaders will decide our future. We can all only do our best to protect ourselves whist keeping food on the table. Stay safe. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Although, from a protective point of view, even keeping the essentials open - supermarkets specially - will contribute far more to the spread than Rave roasting its coffee and shipping it.
  10. Suppose one of the reasons why people are still receiving their coffee machines - Italy has been on lockdown for 3 weeks - remember? Yet coffee machines are still arriving. Same reason why we can still do 321 Osmio deals, or order the Niche Zero disk from China for USD 9.99.
  11. Only if they interact with the general public. Online delivery remains operating. That’s my understanding at least.
  12. After you do your video, if the issue still persists, You could lubricate the cam and see if that gets better. You’ll need to chemically backflush it eventually, so it might be a good time to do so and lubricate it afterwards. http://coffeetime.wikidot.com/e61-lubrication
  13. I used to live in Harpenden and then St. Albans (Jersey Farm), but moved away 10 years ago. Lovely place, I do miss it. Welcome!
  14. MediumRoastSteam

    Mara X

    Yep, a DeLonghi Dedica. Nice upgrade! [emoji106] Try that and see what’s like. Which grinder have you? What do you do for basket prep? How are you levelling and tamping?
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