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John Yossarian

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  1. We all have sinned 😀
  2. An interesting question. I have got graduated coffee glasses made in Italy and the volume for double ristretto is 44 mls. I do not know where the truth is. I usually stop at around 38-40 mls for 18 g shots in 45 seconds and I have been telling myself that this should be ristretto. Is that right?
  3. @Baffo For the last ten years I have tried on a few occasions to explain the main steps in pulling a shot starting with grinding. We ended up my preparing all the shots. My better half (I like significant other better 😀) takes a double ristretto in the morning and this is enough for her. Should she decide to have a go for the driving seat in pulling a shot, all discussed so far becomes important and I would most likely end up with the necessary tool (box?) 😀.
  4. I, similar to @Spazbarista, grind, tap lightly on the silicone mat and tamp. No channeling and the consistency is there. I have been tempted to buy a levelling tool or even WDT, but have cooled down myself before pushing the Buy button. As long as the beans are fresh, the grinder is properly dialled in the coffee is fine.
  5. It seems as if the solenoid is not doing proper job but wait for Mara X users to advise, I personally do not have one.
  6. This comes closest to what you ask for: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Home-Brew-Thermometer-Sticker-Adhesive-Measuring-Temperature-Reusable-Wine-Beer/183890509890?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20201210111314%26meid%3D085682dc9447413b8f52dfd82d0e72bb%26pid%3D101195%26rk%3D8%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D373454616579%26itm%3D183890509890%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv9PairwiseUnbiasedWeb%26brand%3DUnbranded&_trksid=p2047675.c101195.m1851 EDIT:No, it will not do as the large digits are not in centigrades but fahrenheit.
  7. The lever fever got you it seems 😀 Good luck with the machine, "she" (despite the name) is such a lucky one to end up on your worktop 😀
  8. Quite surreal scenery and I am very pleasantly surprised to hear one of my favourite songs (arguably the best David (not to be mistaken with DavecUK nor DFK41) has ever created) played on a piano.
  9. I have bought quite a few things from them. Excellent service.
  10. @DavecUK Hi Dave, is it true that Izzo were one of the first to bring dual boiler concept to the Market whence Duetto? After seeing you reply the question should be: Is it true that you introduced the dual boiler concept? 😀
  11. I have heard only good things about them although I do not own one. Best option for you would be to read the forum and also look for reviews over the internet. If I am not mistaken they were pioneers in the dual boiler configuration that says a lot. You can find parts easily and they are not too pricey either. Good luck to you finding your dream machine.
  12. Machines? Which machines? EDIT: I did not notice that you wrote in the Alex Duetto Forum. Apologies
  13. I assume the brewing pressure is around 9 bars (not that this is of highest importance) and the beans are fresh. Things point out to the grinder as the primary suspect. The burs might not be well aligned (this is why you hear the chirping noise too early whilst the gap is still big-ish) or it is just not up to the task. Lelit Mara is calling for a decent quality grinder. Someone with this grinder would eventually chip in with better advice.
  14. I was there too, with the youngest still in the pram (you have seen the cobblestones in Pompei) way back in 2001.
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