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  1. Might give 'em a swerve so 😀
  2. Looking to try some Origin beans in the next week or so, are they any others you've tried/would recommend? Cheers
  3. I've often read some very positive comments for their customers service, which was reassuring, but unfortunately my experience has not been good. Nevertheless, the idea of upgrading in a year or so was on my mind, so now that decision has just been brought forward. Lots of research still to do but Lelit was topping my list, it certainly won't be Sage! Must have a look at your reviews again.
  4. Just bought some on amazon so will give it a shot when it arrives. After another call with Sage their position has changed, now stating that the Sage DTP is unrepairable and as it's out of warranty all they can do is offer a discount for a new machine. Why would anyone be interested in buying another one! Frustrating to say the least.
  5. Water hardness is 256 and yes I've been filtering it. Didn't realise that about Puly, thought I saw it mentioned on here before that it was ok to use. Good to know. I suspect it's too late to use Kilrock at this stage if the water is not flowing. Edit - I've tried the Sage support team this morning and they gave me the details of Coffee Classics. When I spoke with them they said they don't can't help with Sage DTP any loner as they can't source any parts, and would be unable to send an engineer. At a loss at this stage as to what to do next.
  6. Thanks Tom, that was my initial thought as well, but I can here the pump go once the steamer starts but there's no water coming from the wand, nor the brew head. It seems like it's not able to pull the water through, from some further reading online someone mentioned that priming it might work, not sure how that works though. Live in hard water area and descale every 4-6 weeks with puly descaler powder.
  7. Afternoon folks, I've had a Sage DTP for 3 1/2 years and its worked perfectly up until today. But earlier this morning I noticed the steam power had decreased significantly to the point where there was just a dribble of water coming out. Did all the usual trouble shooting and then ran some descaler through. When I had finished, and switched off the machine, it was still making some noises which was quite concerning. Just turned it back on an hour or so later and there is nothing happening. It starts up within 30 seconds but there's no light flashing whilst the machine warms up as normal, and once I switch to espresso or steam no water comes out. Anyone any ideas or faced something similar? Would it be a pump issue? Cheers
  8. There was another thread about freezing recently, if you don't have anything to vacuum then that should be sufficient. Could also wrap in clingfilm if available. Perhaps have a look at that thread.
  9. Disappointing to hear that, could you reference said post? Hoping a lot of the smaller operations will be able to continue, but it really is impossible to say the way events move so rapidly each day.
  10. Probably just me but the constant use of the word "purveyor" on their website is quite irritating, smack's of pretentiousness, but I assume that's exactly the type of clientele they are aiming for!
  11. Morning Phil - just wondering by any chance would you have any screws left?. I've just destroyed one of mine whilst cleaning. Many thanks, Colin
  12. Yes weigh my shots each time, haven't been doing anything different that I can think of. Will see how I go over next couple of water tank refills, maybe it was an anomaly.
  13. Evening All, in the last two weeks I've noticed that my DTP isn't using as much water as it used to. Having to refill the tank less frequently. Must actually measure how many i get from full tank when I refill again. Haven't noticed any difference in my coffee's. Anyone else have this happen at any stage?. Cheers
  14. colb16

    SCAE London

    Currently considering doing the SCAE qualification, Barista Skills, and wondering if anyone had any good experiences of any of the London establishments offering the courses, seems to be quite a few. Prufrock is one that I have seen recommended. Total novice here so any comments appreciated. Thanks
  15. Yes i think I my have read something similar, stating the optimal time to have coffee is not first thing in the morning, but at 11am and again at 2-3pm. I can only last about 1-2 hours after getting up before having one, otherwise I'll have a horrendous headache.
  16. Think I read somewhere before that coffee takes 5-6 hours to get out of your system. So you should adjust accordingly for your bed time!
  17. Just wondering how long people rest their beans and whats longest period you have left from roast date? Trying to get my order timing perfected. I reckon I would use a bag a week and would order 3 at a time, rest time 5-7 days would mean the last bag would be used in the fourth week after roasting, is that too long?. Maybe I should just get two bags! Seems to be a lot of opinions on this. Most seem to think if beans are used within a month then you are ok.
  18. May I ask where you got the mat and how have you found it? Debating getting one but not sure if it is entirely needed, any excuse to get something extra for my set up! Thanks Above is directed at Kyle T and his tamping mat- forgot to include post.
  19. Not sure if my skills have deserted me, but I'm finding it difficult to get the same silky smooth milk that I was getting earlier in the year. Anyone else? Can remember reading something previously that it's to do with the difference in the way cows produce milk this time of year.
  20. Could I ask anyone for the code please. Read a lot of good things on here about CC, looking forward to trying them. Many thanks
  21. Did you mention what is there now? Are you going to return?
  22. While we are asking questions, my mother-in-law decided she wanted to make a coffee one morning while recently staying with us. Somehow she thought after watching us a couple of times she could manage it on her own. Needless to say it did not go well. She forgot to put basket in the portafilter and coffee exploded everywhere. For some reason I'm unable to clean the stains located at the top near the group head. Tried boiling water, washing up liquid etc but nothing is shifting the stains. Don't want to use anything too harsh the may damage the stainless steel. Anyone have any ideas?. Thanks
  23. Thats very disappointing and worrying from a user that has mine only 6 months. Must take a look to see if it has started
  24. Thanks Kenny, it's a valid point, although I usually clean up 5-10 mins after and this has only begun to happen recently. Will see how it goes over next few weeks. May contact Sage for their opinion/advice
  25. Me again. Just wondering if anyone had an issue with baskets getting stuck in the group head when you go to remove portafilter? This seems to be happening to me quite a lot recently and I'm not sure if its machine issue or something I'm doing wrong. Only thing I can think of is that I remove the basket each day from portafilter when cleaning but shouldn't think that should be an issue, as I'm sure people could be changing baskets on a daily basis.
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