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John Yossarian

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  1. I was surprised to see that the move chocked up the machine. It seems capable of fine ground but not consistent at all.
  2. John Yossarian

    Bread help

    It looks and surely tastes great. Shape is of no essence
  3. I started back in 1993 when in Germany. I bought a small Krups coffee machine, and used only ground coffee for a very long time. In 1996 I bought a bigger Krups a combo with a filter (that I have used twice). In 1998 I bought my first vibratory pump machine Saeco combined with a grinder. We all know what an integrated conical grinder can do so it was not surprising I used it very little. During all that time, irrespective of the inferior equipment by the forums' standards I did enjoy the coffee as I was mainly drinking cappuccinos. Then came the bigger HX machines and finally ended with a V. I dropped the milk drinks six months ago and I only drink doubles nowadays. My wife shares the drinks with me, doubles for her too. Espresso is an interesting beast to like. Its taste depends on so many factors and although I would say I have tamed it somehow, every now and then the surprise comes when not everything is as great as it used to be. I have to admit, I am not clinical to measure every single shot (I have got the scales but rarely use them). I have a measuring cup that gives me give or take 0.5 g difference. Every morning I love going down and finding the machine up and warming for my shot. I love these minutes when the small sips bring me the taste that I have never been able to describe (it somehow is easier with wine) but nevertheless I love. I do not have that many hobbies, I love DIY, movies, books, music. The usual. But the coffee has grown on me and hopefully would stay for the long run.
  4. It has been sold (for now) and the guy uploaded more pictures. Once he did it the machine was sold. He accepts PayPal so it might have been a genuine sale after all.
  5. Welcome Kevin! Australians are known for their affinity to good coffee 😀. When I was refurbishing my Bezzera back in 2009 I got great help from Mal at coffeesnobs.au. People who likes their coffee are usually very decent chaps. And somehow, (my observation) the majority have great sense of humour. Here you will find a bunch of knowledgeable people with the will to share. Enjoy!
  6. It was supposed to be Microsoft team, I hate predictive texting. I believe the pressure on any tool/client for communication is immense at the moment with the bandwidth being fixed and with the hundreds of millions trying to connect at the same time. This is a massive test for all ISP. I am very impressed with how Netflix and Amazon still cope with the streaming. I can only imagine what broadband motorways the must have built to their servers. This is a bit off the OP topic, but being in the Off Topic segment I think it should be OK with Dave 🙂
  7. I can work from home which makes things kind of bearable. But lately Skype is playing and it is Zoom and Microsoft office that save the day. I cannot believe I placed Microsoft and "save the day" in the same sentence though.
  8. Changing UPVC window hinges is my new hobby :). Not the easiest thing to hold the window standing with your left hand and using electrical driver to fix the screw in the upper corner. I think my wife deserves something nice listening to me. Unfortunately in the process I have managed to damage a perfectly working window lock so I am waiting a delivery. @dfk41 besides the initial weight, do you take note of the length of extraction itself? It would be interesting comparing different coffee beans as their oil content should (on paper at least) affect the swelling/sustained water levels. The same should be true for light, medium and dark roasted beans. I think it could be a very interesting read. It could make a nice manuscript.
  9. John Yossarian

    Mara X

    It does have antimicrobial action indeed but I would not expect anything surviving the boiling temperatures in both the steam and the brew boiler. 😀 Interesting observation with the Crem One 2B machine. I reckon you have experienced some metalic taste from other encounters, with other machines sporting copper boilers. Do people use brass for making boilers? I wonder whether the alloy would leave anything? Zinc is also considered antibacterial.
  10. John Yossarian

    Mara X

    Hi Dave, I am too guilty as charged for not running enough water when I got my V. I did run quite a bit but definitely not the amount you have recommended. Great advice indeed. Yesterday, I filled a small coffee cup with water from the brew boiler and when I tasted it it was totally tasteless, which I assume is a good thing. I do remember pulling water from my HX Appia (5 l copper boiler), it always had a metallic taste. Stainless steel is widely used in food industry for a reason. Cheers, John
  11. This one looks more genuine https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/La-Marzocco-Linea-Mini/264648484598?_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140131123730%26meid%3D37baeabfaab447e389641d3e42cbb3a8%26pid%3D100167%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D124138742631%26itm%3D264648484598%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D5411&_trksid=p5411.c100167.m2940
  12. It is impossible to say by just reading it. Whoever might be interested needs to get in touch with them
  13. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/La-Marzocco-Linea-Mini-Silver/124138742631?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 I think it is a cracking deal but I am not looking at the moment. EDIT: Please make sure it is not one of these "too good to be true".
  14. Welcome to the forum. You have done an excellent job bringing it up to speed.
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