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  1. Yes, I see what you mean but is it possible that there is no suction because the tank is already full (but the sensor is not registering it) ? Just a thought.
  2. Sorry but Dave's technical expertise is way beyond mine so I can't add anything there. However, my Verona does exactly the same as yours (in your first video clip) when I switch it on after it has been off for some time. The PID display remains dark, after a couple of seconds the pump comes on and the pressure indicates about 9 bar. The difference is that after a few seconds the the pump stops again and the PID lights up. I've always assumed that the pause is the machine checking the boiler level and then running the pump to top it up if neccessary. Could it be that the water level sensor
  3. and of course, it's not really a huge outlay if it turns out that it's not really for you...
  4. Yes, it does look rather large on that photo. Small hands I think. Below are a couple of photos that might give a better idea of the scale. This one is a spare that I got a year or so ago as I liked the original so much and was worried they might stop selling it. Strangely, it's the first time I've noticed (I just put it straight away when it arrived) but it is rather shallower in height than the original. However, as the diameters are all identical, I can't see why it would not perform exactly the same. I normally run my grinder so the chute doses directly in to
  5. I've been using this one for a few years now and also bought one for my brother. Relatively cheap and I find it works well although you certainly can't tamp through it. https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/1991414519?iid=172380169236&chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=172380169236&targetid=908661474856&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9045936&poi=&campaignid=10204071591&mkgroupid=104953044434&rlsatarget=aud-381667280803:pla-908661474856&abcId=1145987&merchantid=115623488&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIt6rInbSH6gIVhsYYCh
  6. I can second the recommendation for Espresso Embassy, certainly the best I have found so far in Budapest but I haven't stopped looking yet. They do great coffee, some nice cakes and the place has a great 'vibe' and friendly staff. The only problem is it can be difficult to find somewhere to sit. They suffer from the common issue of up to half the tables taken up by folks who finished their drinks several hours earlier but continue to hog the space while using the WiFi. I'm off to Budapest for a night at the end of this month, so please do post what you find.
  7. Cycle Right in Northwood Hills is first and formost a Bike shop but they do make really good coffee and have nice homemade cakes. Our forum owner Glenn used to run the coffee bar on Saturdays but not sure if he's still doing that ?
  8. Hi, That's an interesting question but you might be better off putting it on one of the more general (less machine specific) sub-forums as it's relevant to all E61 group machines and you would be likely to get many more views. I think that opinions on this subject vary widely. There are factors which will effect the rate at which the coffee oils and other contaminants build up. For example, the type of coffee you are using, the frequency of use, hardness of water etc. I have a Verona (so also an E61 lever machine) and pull about 3 to 6 double shots on it on an average day. I gue
  9. Now that it's become super easy to insert those photos !
  10. My first time staying in Marseille and I just had the morning free to do a bit of exploring. I found the coffee shop 'Deep' on the Rue Glandeves near the South Eastern corner of the Old Port. It's a relatively new looking place with some comfortable seating by the window. They are running a two group La Marzocco together with a Mythos and also have some other brewing methods available. The back half of the shop was filled by a large commercial roaster and lots of sacks of beans. Everything was crisp and clean. To go with the coffee, they had a small selection of home made ca
  11. Thank you Glenn and great to meet you the other day. Won't be able to do that this weekend but hopefully the following one, if you'll be pulling shots then ?
  12. Welcome to the UK ! Chester should be a great place to live. I agree that the Mignon should work well for your needs. I have had one for quite a few years now and love it. Although it is no longer my espresso grinder (that job has been taken over by a bigger grinder) it still sits on my counter, dialled in for filter coffee use. With regard to roasting, I think you might be surprised by the vast number and quality of independent coffee suppliers in the UK. Just take a look at the 'UK Based Roasters' thread on the 'Beans' forum to see what I mean. Many of these roasters are mail order
  13. Good find, thanks for the review. My first proper job was just a little way up the road from here and I used to know the area quite well, but that was many years ago, possibly even BCE (before coffee era). Let us know what the place on the opposite corner is like (Bites ?) if you get a chance ?
  14. An absolute bargain and a great machine ! Unfortunately I don't think I can justify having a second one (but if I could....). We used to live just by the Malt Shovel on the Grand Union years ago. Is that where you are ?
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