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  1. hi looking at improving my milk game now i have a machine that is amazing at steaming milk. so need to upgrade my milk pitcher to help with this. anyone used a barista & co pitcher? trying to decide if the dial in pitcher as linked here: https://baristaandco.com/collections/coffee-milk-frothing-jugs-and-pitchers/products/dial-in-milk-pitcher-black-pearl-420ml is worth the extra few quid over the more basic model? Also sizing down to a 35cl pitcher will make it easier for me as i wont need to load up so much milk to steam.
  2. mine arrived today! got a hopper load at the moment of something else so this can rest in the cupboard for a few more weeks thanks for sorting as always guys!
  3. thanks everyone, lots of useful info there! keep it coming
  4. bianca 😃 (just seen your update, thanks!) oh ok, so i'll use the paddle. any advice on that?
  5. so i want to start playing with preinfusion. but have some questions: 1. 5 seconds on 2 seconds off is what i set it up to originally. do i then expect my shot to take an extra 7 seconds? 2. how do i decide on the preinfusion times? 3. should i be grinding even finer?
  6. its on a tp-link wifi plug to come on in the morning and to go off at night (if i forget) but i'll leave it on all day and make coffee as and when as i work from home now. so knowing it comes back up to temp in 5-10mins is great!
  7. when lockdown lifts we'll need to go for a flat essex ride followed by geeking out over my coffee machine
  8. had my first milk drink from it just now, and wow. even with a severe lack of milk skills it was a substantial step up from what my old silvia could produce. the sweetness in the milk blew me away! i promised my gf cafe standard drinks from this machine and i cant see it letting me down im going to use standby mode to save electric (and the steam boiler off), how long does it take to come back to temp from standby?
  9. owner checking in
  10. they are as good as everyone says, use them. everyone. use them.
  11. So beginning of lockdown 1 i had a rancilio silvia and a gaggia mdf.... end of lockdown 1 i had a rancilio silvia and a eureka specialita beginning of lockdown 2 and bella barista have just delivered a lelit bianca. its gorgeous. cant wait to brew.
  12. Had a dispatch notice only an hour after purchase. I'm excited.
  13. How quickly are they despatching? If I'm buying a new machine I'd be disappointed if it was a 10 day turn around... Anyone bought a new espresso machine recently? How quickly was delivery?
  14. I sent my payment early but never heard back, I hope you counted it...
  15. i had a similar discussion with myself during the first lockdown, the immediacy of availability of the specialita and the fact that i am happy to hand grind for the odd filter that i drink won it for me. the price of specialita + aergrind was probably around the same as the niche, but i can now take the aergrind with me when i go away.
  16. i havent done a test, im in london so it will be hard. my kettle doesnt limescale up though which sort of shows this device is working
  17. The never ending question, but with a twist! I have a caltronic installed in my flat: https://www.calmagltd.com/our-domestic-products/scale-inhibitors/caltronic-electronic-scale-inhibitor/ So i would guess my machines are safe to be just used with tap water?
  18. spasypaddy

    Black Friday

    Do we think there will be any black friday deals out for machines?
  19. i originally wanted a marax, then a minima and now the bianca. i know i will want to add the pressure profile paddle that the bianca comes with so im kind of of the mindset to just get it all in one go. if only the marax came with the LCC and it would be a much simpler choice for me. £1800 is a lot of money...
  20. ive pretty much decided on a lelit bianca but will watch this thread with great curiosity to see if anyone has any other ideas at this price
  21. Thanks! Very helpful
  22. now realising how big these are... does anyone have their machine with side mounted tank? if you do can you measure how far from the back it sits? (ie the gap between it and the back of the machine)
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