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  1. Hi, Not considering £1300 at this stage, sorry. FYI, I've duplicated the posting in the new system:
  2. View Advert Lelit Bianca I've bought it in December 2018 from Bella Barista, and used it almost daily for 1-2 shots up until recently, as I've switched to a Decent Espresso machine. The only modifications I've made are on the outside of the machine itself: put in a Cafelat silicon gasket, switched the reservoir from the back to the left of the machine, and reduced max pressure to 9 bar. All of that can be modified in a matter of minutes by anyone who knows how to use a screwdriver. It comes with original accessories (portafilter handles, bottomless, dual spouted, blind filter, plumbing kit, nice tamper...), manual, and Dave's in-depth guide. I do not have the original box anymore however. I've only ever used Volvic, Lockhills or Osmio water in it, and haven't had it descaled. I've done fairly regular backflushes. It is in perfect working condition, and actually just made myself a falt white earlier to day to make sure everything was in order. £1400. Collection in London, Advertiser olivier Date 10/04/21 Price £1,400 Category Machines  
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    I've bought it in December 2018 from Bella Barista, and used it almost daily for 1-2 shots up until recently, as I've switched to a Decent Espresso machine. The only modifications I've made are on the outside of the machine itself: put in a Cafelat silicon gasket, switched the reservoir from the back to the left of the machine, and reduced max pressure to 9 bar. All of that can be modified in a matter of minutes by anyone who knows how to use a screwdriver. It comes with original accessories (portafilter handles, bottomless, dual spouted, blind filter, plumbing kit, nice tamper...), manual, and Dave's in-depth guide. I do not have the original box anymore however. I've only ever used Volvic, Lockhills or Osmio water in it, and haven't had it descaled. I've done fairly regular backflushes. It is in perfect working condition, and actually just made myself a falt white earlier to day to make sure everything was in order. £1400. Collection in London,

    £1,400

    London - GB

  4. Congratulations on the tidy little setup! If you notice channeling in your extractions, I would advise you to focus more on your distribution BEFORE tamping rather than on tamping itself. I don't t hink you need fancy/expensive stuff. I've said it too many times already, but in my experience, a wine cork and a few (4 to 8 max) 0.4mm needles will do the trick. Basically a cheap version of the Levercraft distribution tool. This allows you to de-clump your grind if need be, and to distribute it evenly in the basket. Then of course your tamp needs to be level, but most of the issues usually lie before that. Also, some coffees have bad looking extractions, but will taste nice nevertheless, so for everything you do, adjust based on taste rather than any other arbitrary variable. In terms of variables, I'd probably start by keeping most constant (weight of beans, ratio, temperature, flow...) and adjust grind size. Once you'll feel confident enough, you can start adding another variable and so forth, but trying to play with everything at once is going to make you more confused (been there, done that!) and potentially frustrated.
  5. Bumping this up. Still available!
  6. Very sorry to hear about your issues, and hopefully that gets sorted one way or the other. I can't help unfortunately. All I have to say is that while I haven't had serious issues with my Monolith, I don't like his approach to customer service. Great product, but a little bit of humility from Denis would go a long way. I've seen how Decent (granted, they're bigger) work, and it's night and day to me. I don't mean the above as Monolith-bashing, I'm very happy with mine and all, got helpful answers from Denis when I needed to, although I could see how some would be put off by his tone. However I've seen other interactions, so it's a warning for people who are considering buying one. So far I've never seen or heard of anyone having really serious issues with theirs (until your experience with burr swaps...), but I know I wouldn't expect fantastic customer service.
  7. The Decent can do many things, and hence should allow you to get the best of any grinder... but also the worst! By that I mean it's not very forgiving. Conicals such as the Niche will tend to be easier to "get right" than big fat burr grinders such as the EG-1. Very generally speaking, the latter will tend to do better in terms of mouthfeel/body, blending of flavours, while the latter will give you more flavour clarity and separation. Both can produce excellent espresso. I've never tried the EG-1 myself, but used to have a Niche and now have a Monolith Flat. The difference and step up in quality from one to the other was definitetly noticeable, but I'd very happily go back to the Niche if I had to Haven't tried one either but from what I've read, Lagom would be a sidegrade rather than an upgrade from the Niche. Also consider size of EG-1 vs Niche... Not the same at all!
  8. Indeed, even if I didn't have the Flat already, Bentwood would be too big for me as well... I understand the concern about upgradeitis. I'm not too bothered with it really. Improvements become so incremental (if not side steps in a way) past a certain level that I just stopped caring. If you don't mind the additional cost/size of the Max, I don't think you would be going wrong with it really.
  9. Bought a Flat with SSP burrs a year ago. Cost/size were definitely big factors for me. Also read some comments from a taste test on another forum where the consensus seemed to be that there was limited difference between Flat w/ SSP burrs vs Max. Let me confuse you a little bit more: reviews for the Bentwood grinder are coming out and it seems like it's a really really great grinder. Pricing is about the same as Monolith/EG-1, and it's available more or less immediately.
  10. I've got both Bianca and Decent in my kitchen at the moment, so here are two videos that might help you get an idea about how they sound. Decent's vibe pump noise was one of my main fears, as I really hated the sound of the Gaggia Classic. It is peculiar indeed, but I got used to it very quickly, and really don't mind it at all. Much quieter than traditional vibe pumps that run 100% all the time. Of course, I fully understand why one would prefer the nice hum of a rotary pump like on the Bianca. https://imgur.com/a/xfN2DHq
  11. With the tank on the side, that's about WxDxH: 37.5x40x40cm. The tank adds about 9cm, so if placed at the back, dimensions would become WxDxH: 28.5x49x40cm.
  12. PS: probably not going to be a dealbreaker for anyone but just wanted to mention that I will accept Paypal or bank transfers for payment.
  13. Thanks for your interest! I am in zone 2, NW London. It is the first version. V2 of the LCC has been released only about a year ago, this machine is from late 2018. I'm not in a big hurry to sell it, so I'll stick to my original price for now.
  14. Probably doesn't need any introcution, been discussed at length here and elsewhere. Probably one of the top dual boiler machines, and to my knowledge the first one to implement flow profiling on an E61 group. I've bought it in December 2018 from Bella Barista, and used it almost daily for 1-2 shots up until recently, as I've switched to a Decent Espresso machine. The only modifications I've made are on the outside of the machine itself: put in a Cafelat silicon gasket, switched the reservoir from the back to the left of the machine, and reduced max pressure to 9 bar. All of that can be modified in a matter of minutes by anyone who knows how to use a screwdriver. It comes with original accessories (portafilter handles, bottomless, dual spouted, blind filter, plumbing kit, nice tamper...), manual, and Dave's in-depth guide. I do not have the original box anymore however. I've only ever used Volvic, Lockhills or Osmio water in it, and haven't had it descaled. I've done fairly regular backflushes. It is in perfect working condition, and actually just made myself a falt white earlier to day to make sure everything was in order. £1400. Collection in London only, sorry!
  15. In my case the biggest improvement I've had to puck preparation was to introduce a grinds stirrer in the form of a wine cork with some very thin needles (0.4mm). So it's grind in portafilter, stir, tap once or twice, tamp. Some people have gone down the rabbit hole of puck preparation and will add several steps (levelers, hogs, filters at the bottom and/or top of the puck...), I haven't tried any of this, and can't say I feel compelled to make things longer/more complex at this stage.
  16. A set of 0.4mm needles, used to create a DIY distribution tool (I'm not counting the wine cork toward the cost of that tool as I already had it). Biggest improvement in terms of my puck preparation, and very satisfying to use!
  17. I go from 330 out of the tap to 55 after going through Osmio, with the remineralisation cartrdige.
  18. I concur. Before receiving my machine I was looking into ways of remotely turning it on/off by software. Turns out it's unnecessary given the quick heat up time. It really is a great machine in many respects. Not sure what espresso machine I could fancy more than this one at the moment (maybe a DE 2 or whatever could be the next iteration in 5 years time? not even sure as a lot of potential improvements might come from the software side anyway).
  19. Haven't had their beans in a while, but I think Assembly roast fairly light. Sometimes, Colonna do as well, but lately I've had more medium type roasts from them. It seems like some of the big Nordic names tend to roast a bit darker on average these days. Not always a bad thing, actually. Currently have a washed Rwandan coffee from Gardelli that's roasted quite light as well, but on different beans, his roast is definitely more medium. Roasting light for the sake of it seems like it's becoming less common. Whether it's because roasters have acquired experience/data that tell them that for some beans roasting too light is not the way to go, or if it's to appeal to a broader customer base. Maybe a bit of both?
  20. Stop at volume will work OK within certain limits. I use it on one profile I use for certain drinks (gentle & sweet used with an espresso roast), but I usually stop manually for other recipes. Stop at weight is of course more precise and reliable. Whether that extra convenience is worth the cost of purchasing a Bluetooth scale is up to you.
  21. I'd go a bit further than the argument about protecting espresso machines from scale. Water composition affects taste as well, and for me, low ppm water tastes better than high ppm water for coffee (and I know that the breakdown of minerals in the water has an influence too, but I can't be bothered faffing around with pure RO and concentrates...).
  22. My bad indeed (and a good surprise for me). Guess I'm more used to importing alcohol from EU rather than coffee! Gardelli ships with DHL Express. EUR 4.90 for 6 bags, it's not too bad! Then again, he's not cheap to begin with...
  23. Same for me! Was expecting to pay VAT on top and hence having a couple of days delay but no, straight to my doorstep.
  24. I think the 30% inc shipping on top of retail price is about right, from memory.
  25. I haven't tried one myself, but so far feedback I've read has been positive. Seems to match if not beat Mazzer ZM or (well-aligned) EK43. It has some nice touches like the micron scale rather than arbitrary numbers, possibility to run it as a single-dose grinder or on demand with the hopper, and a bean feeding system that ensures that the flow of beans going through the burrs is always the same no matter how you put them in the grinder (not sure how that works, once again I've not seen it in action). The only complaint I've seen is about vibration which can lead the grinding cup or portafilter to move while grinding., although it seems this might have been improved on latest batches. 2500 is about par for the course for a well-built, small batch, large flat grinder. That segment of the market might start to feel a bit crowded though, with only the Lagom offering something comparable at a much lower price point than the usual Monolith, EK43, EG1 etc.
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