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  1. It sounds like the beans are past their best and you’ll never get a decent extraction. Different beans will require adjustment, I suggest not being stuck on 60ml, adjust the volume and grind to your taste buds, use a set of scales to weigh in and out to, if the roaster gives notes they will be a good starting point. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. A great price for the barista pro, enjoy your new machine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. The Barista Pro is a great introductory machine which has one main negative which is the integral grinder as it, theoretically,makes upgrading less straightforward and the grinder is not great if you get seriously in to drinking straight espresso and want to extract the most from the beans. However, the grinder is good enough and the machine is an improvement on the earlier barista express. For convenience the barista pro cannot be beaten in my view. It heats up in seconds which makes the decision to make a coffee an easy one, the milk steamer works really well too (much better than the barista express) and the grinder is easily good enough if you’re adding milk. It’s a great value machine, I’d wait for the sales and get Lakeland to price match whoever has the best deal, Lakeland’s customer service and guarantee are unbeatable. Remember that the machine is only going to produce great coffee if you buy freshly roasted beans from a specialist roaster and not beans from the supermarket shelf that may have been roasted weeks or months before purchase. Good luck with the purchase and enjoy the coffee. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’ve reduced the mess significantly by grinding in to a small milk jug, I can then stir out any clumps, using my trusty unwound paper clip, before pouring in to the portafilter (which I do over a plastic takeaway tray to catch any overspill). It’s simple to manually press the grinder switch before putting the container below the chute to catch the grinds as there is a delay from pressing the switch to grinds appearing. My experience is the 54mm portafilter makes dosing at 18g very messy, even impossible, if you’re grinding straight in it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. GerryM

    HG-1 Grinder 83mm

    @Rtansley Where are you in North Yorkshire please? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. The Oracle (non touch) doses 21g of beans as far as I recall and I would imagine the touch won’t be too different l, I don’t believe it can be adjusted. The strength of the taste will be affected by various factors including the beans you are using, the grind particle size, volume of water and quantity of milk in your flat white. It would probably help to give a bit more information about those elements and, if you’re newish to making espresso at home, to spend time reading the basics in the forum as there will be more than enough information to enable you to make a good coffee to your taste in the touch. Good luck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. 96 degrees is hotter than I’d go with most of the beans I use, I think I had the Oracle set most of the time at 92 or 94 when I owned one. It may help to heat your cup before pouring the espresso, I used the hot water tap for this as the cup warmer was pretty poor as I recall. I’ve not used the touch, my sense is that you will only get the best from the machine if you customise the settings to suit your tastebuds and ensure you are using freshly roasted beans rather than anything from the supermarket. Good luck, there is plenty of useful information in this site in the sage section of the forum and from forum members if you get involved . Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. @planter just saw your message and see your question has been answered already. It save a good bit in fees if you have something expensive to sell, I think it can be used with a ‘good until sold listing’ as well as shorter durations. Just have to be careful with the T&Cs around categories and making amendments to the listing or multiple items in same listing, as far as I recall, which are excluded from the offer. It worked well last night with both items going to forum members at a cost to e of £1 fee and the PayPal fee and the buyers got to use PayPal and save a good bit with the 10% discount offer. A good result all around. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. All sorted @Mudlark, thanks very much it's a win win. Not sure how this works, the Grinder and Strega have sold now on Ebay so no longer available. Thanks for all of the interest.
  10. Ebay Discount - Just a heads up to say i've listed my Niche Zero and Strega on Ebay, they appear to be offering a 10% discount if you buy through paypal.... I've said in the Ebay listing i won't take paypal, however, if you would like to buy either and get in touch with me via the forum while the paypal deal is still running I will adjust the price on Ebay for you to reflect what i'm asking here and will accept paypal so you'll benefit from the discount. This route will mean you will get the Niche less than £350 and the Strega will be under £750 so an absolute bargain.
  11. No worries Steve, good luck whatever you decide. For sale then is my Niche Zero Grinder in white which is around a year old although barely used with less than 5kg of beans through it. The Niche comes with the original accessories and original box included for a very reasonable £380 cash on collection please or £380 plus postage at cost at buyers risk. For transparency, there is a £1 sellers fee deal on EBay that ends today so I’m also going to list this on eBay later this evening along with my Bezzera Strega lever machine. Thanks for your interest. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. @hummel89 I can throw in a few cans of baked beans and soup if that helps! If you’d like the kit I’m happy to hold on until January/Feb for collection if you leave a holding deposit. It’s a genuine bargain at £1200. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. @Mancblue Hi Steve, I’ve been advised that the going rate for a used Niche is somewhere around £400 plus postage, If you can see your way to increasing your offer to £380 plus postage we have a deal. I have the original box and the accessories which were supplied with the Niche. If Mancblue declines or doesn’t respond shortly then the offer stands for anyone else that would like an excellent Niche zero for £380. Payment by cash on collection or Paypal friends and family if postage required please. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I’ve owned a Sage Oracle and it did a good job given the automated aspects such as the auto tamp and the auto milk. The machine is limited by the built in grinder which won’t get the best from the machine ever, however, it should easily be able to achieve what you are trying for. Are you using the freshly roasted beans straight away or allowing them to sit for a few days or more from the roasting date? If you don’t let them sit for a suitable amount of time you are fighting a loosing battle in my experience in regards consistency of pour. The tamper pressure can be adjusted, it may be worth playing with that if you’ve not done so already. Where are you based, there may be someone close by that will be happy to help you with the set up, if you bought it new have you used the white glove service, they would show you how to set it up? Persevere, it’s a great machine when you’ve mastered it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. @junglebert Hi, Im happy to meet half way to avoid the risk that posting the kit presents? I may even be able to drop it over for the cost of diesel depending upon where you are in Yorkshire. The Strega weighs around 30kg (ish) and a ball park figure for postage is £35 plus the cost of insurance, as they are in original boxes i would post the Niche separately which will be around £20 insured. I’m happy for you to arrange the postage and I can attach labels here if it’s more cost effective. Although I have both original boxes I’d much prefer to meet up or for you to collect to mitigate the risk of damage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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