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  1. Many thanks. I notice that the machine comes with an an adapter. The instructions list the connection into the machine as 1/4 gas. I'll double check before I buy any fittings. Fall for drainage should just about be OK, as it's right by the draining board, but the sink is raised a little above the worksurface. It looks OK, just eyeballing, but I could lift the machine by 1/2 inch if I need to.
  2. That's great to know @Zorkin, thanks. Oh, for a basement!!
  3. Can I beg the benefit of any relevant experience? I'm going to be plumbing in my Lelit Bianca with a BWT BestMax filter. I have two main logistical challenges. The first is that I'm very constrained for space under or near the machine and secondly, we have granite worktops and I'm banned from drilling any holes in them. However, I have a convenient space in a corner cabinet that has a carousel (and thus, has a handy full-height corner, where the carousel doesn't go. But it's about 3m away from the machine. Regarding the pipework, whilst I can't drill the worktop, I do have the o
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    Lelit Bianca

    Oh, my. I've had my Bianca for 24 hours and the last shot I pulled was the best I've ever produced. Quite possibly, one of the best I've ever had. What's more, I know what I did, so I should be able to do it again. That may say more about the kind of stuff I've been drinking in the past, but I am VERY excited about this machine. Got to say thanks for Claudette at BB and @DavecUK for the excellent buying advice.
  5. That's great, Dave. The Bianca is very tempting at the moment. I'll read up on the ECM. Done. The Bianca, it is.
  6. Well, that's a bugger! I spoke to BB earlier and they've reached the tipping point with Crem, removing them from sale (I presume, rather, not ordering any more) until they've resolved their issues. They were not happy with Crem, at all. They advised to look elsewhere, such as the Lelit Bianca Dual Boiler - Paddle, VBM Domobar Super Digital Dual Boiler, Profitec 700 Dual Boiler or ECM Synchronika Dual Boiler. I know this is a Crem thread, but I wonder if I could get your advice on the best alternative? I'm coming from a pimped Gaggia Classic and looking to make that 'once in
  7. Starting at the end of this thread and working backwards, I'm intending to pull the trigger on one of these machines in the next few weeks and was concerned about WLL's comments about plumbing it in. I see that the WaterBlock is readily available in the UK and is cheap enough that it's a no-brainer. I've ordered one before I forget. Of course, I'll have misplaced it by the time I have the machine and will probably end up buying another. Link: https://www.bes.co.uk/water-block-shut-off-valve-13756/
  8. Also received my Star Wars: The Force Awakens pre-order today, but more importantly, a Pergtamp.
  9. Mat usually has some decent ales on draught, as well as a fair selection in those two fridges. He's an accredited beer sommelier (the 99th in the world) and certainly knows his beer. Of course, we've also got Joules Brewery in Market Drayton and Stonehouse in Oswestrey, Three Tuns in Bishops Castle, etc., etc.
  10. I've seen the same thing happen with a bunch of Japanese tourists in a bar in Ghent. In a bucket, suspended from the ceiling. It's a thing, apparently.
  11. Ah, we're pretty spoiled here in Shropshire. Whereabouts are you? If you like Belgian beers (I certainly do), we're very lucky to have Chez Sophie in Shrewsbury and a number of others close by. Despite being consistently awarded best beer in the world, Westvleteren 12 doesn't really hit the spot for me. In fact, I prefer the 6 to the 12. My bulk supply of bottled beers is usually courtesy of http://www.beerhawk.co.uk/, unless I can find a justification for a trip to Belgium.
  12. I think it must be down to @garydyke1! I switched to a VST basket and bottomless portafilter a couple of days ago and have had no troubles at all, so far. But coincidentally, Gary sorted out my distribution and tamping technique on Monday.
  13. Busy days for deliveries, here. A couple of bags of El Salvador Finca Santa Petrona Washed Pacamara and an 18g VST basket from Has Bean. A bottomless portafilter, brass show screen holder and sundries from The Espresso Shop. Unfortunately, something went wrong with the IMS shower screen that should have been there, too. And an Internet-connected video door viewer thing so that I need never miss another coffee-related delivery again. Expensive week.
  14. I noticed there was one late last night, too (after midnight).
  15. Or so we thought. Some background, for everyone else's benefit. Today, I had the very great pleasure of collecting on my birthday present from Mrs Smorgo; a day's home barista training from Gary. I pitched up this morning with a boot full of gear and after fixing my water, distribution and tamping techniques, we set about working on the coffee. The only full bag of beans I had with me was Bolivia Teodocio Mamani, courtesy of my Has Bean IMM subscription, but as Gary's mentioned, it's a very nice bean. Except we couldn't make it work. Going through a methodical process, we checked tec
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