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  1. yawn. so it doesnt suit you, thats nice.
  2. no, my machine is mega basic (rancilio silvia) no low water warning. When its low it just keeps going making a dreadful noise which im sure isnt healthy! so i try to avoid that by filling regularly, now i know when i need to fill. To refill automatically wouldnt be too hard if you had a device that could be controlled by a smart device, so if the pump just switched on and off at the mains then you could easily get this to trigger a command to start the pump and have a secondary version that controlled the top of the fill and when that reacted and went wet you would get it to turn the pump
  3. Connectivity - its something i am worried about because of some of the reliability of these sensors isnt great however 2 days in its rock solid so my fear over that is going down. This device doesnt rely on internet thankfully, its all connected locally but again i hear you. and ive just replaced my router so that should cover that fear. There is no delay, thats been tested quite a fair bit, in fact i was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it reacted. i should also add, im incredibly trusting of tech and my smart home hasn't let me down yet. so i am adding more and more bits bu
  4. over complicated?? its two items to purchase and 30seconds to put together. you should see the set up i've installed to control my non-smart dyson fan. and yes if i had it plumbed in or a pump that could refill it i would have had it set up to refill automatically. instead i know to just not pull a shot and to refill which is important. @ZiggyMarley so you could use this to do max fill. I'd have one cabled sensor at the bottom of the water tank and one taped to the side at the max fill line, then when you get to the max fill line you'd get an alert on your phone/amazon alexa/g
  5. the sensor is currently £20 and the cables £6.50 i bought the sensor with a 20% off code and the cables for £5 so all in it was about £20. i already have an extensive smart home so it just connected into the zigbee hub i already have. Im sure there will be a wifi version of the sensor somewhere which would allow the same functionality and would connect straight into your router if that was necessary.
  6. i love the openness of your discussions. i wish i could afford and justify one of your machines
  7. something i had considered and will be keeping an eye on, and would make sense
  8. 1. MinesAbeer 2. Jason11 3. nicd 4. Akp 5. ArkellvsPressdram 6. Jackabb 7. Lionheart 8.Mark70 9. Earthflattener 10. higbert 11. Stu Beck 12. steffanjtaylor 13. jazzersi 14. salty 15. MWJB 16. Marcros 17. ratty 18. E404 19. Agentb 20. tsouthwell 21. spasypaddy 22. 23. 24. 25.
  9. So i saw @ZiggyMarley asking about a home built low water sensor for their machine (lelit owners/potential owners thread) the only options out there were mega expensive so i went and built my own version based off a video i found on youtube and some smart home smarts I bought one of these - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07TWGP4JP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and some of these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Three-Probe-Stainless-Steel-Probe-Sensor-for-Water-Liquid-Level-Controller/164377069727 using the guidance based off the video below i connected th
  10. run your finger over it and see how it feels. i wouldnt worry too much what number it relates to on the top just remember what it is.
  11. when you're taking it to your zero point you want to be looking underneath not at the burrs, you essentially want the opening to close completely and be flat. try that when you try to zero it.
  12. thanks guys, i basically want to buy once and not again (for 10 years or so...) and this seems to have literally everything i can imagine i want from a home machine so its good to see some nice feedback
  13. Is this the most complete machine at this price point? Before buying did you consider anything else? I'm almost convinced that if I get either the marax or the Elizabeth I'll regret not getting the bianca. Any buyers regret? Any advice on the prospective purchase?
  14. now youve made me wonder if it can be done via a smart home device... and someone has a video that might be of use
  15. could use something like this? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wi-Fi-monitor-Sensor-buzzer-Alerts/dp/B01AQ1ADYA
  16. buy one of these pour coffee over ??? ??? Profit sorry, couldnt resist
  17. kind of talked myself into the Lelit Bianca, i can see that being an end goal machine and the substantial step up from the silvia i currently use. will have to wait until i can justify the cost though
  18. it was lovely if i remember rightly... was a while back now! coffee, no idea on that anymore i bounce around to different coffees all the time likely to be something from Dark Arts though. Using a specialita. gasket was changed not that long ago, i dont get any drips with my official silvia portafilter. so i just ignore these ones... i didnt, but not i use a dosing cup to shake everything up well.
  19. this is delicious! thanks for a cracking bean
  20. on a saturday/sunday pick the cycling routes and rock up. if its good you will get a queue around the block
  21. i'll give it a go and i'll even post to my 20 insta followers!
  22. someone may have said this already so sorry if im repeating someone else... on the timer thing, start the timer the moment you press start on the machine and press stop when you reach desired weight.
  23. having been impressed with my first foray into this from blackcat im going again! thanks 1. MinesAbeer 2. hhgclark 3. ratty 4. Marcros 5. Rapid 6. Jollybean 7. tsouthwell 8. Zeak 9. higbert 10. ArkellvsPressdram 11. catpuccino 12.ronan08 13.earthflattener 14. Xabi17 15. EricC 16. Jackabb 17. Sdm 18. salty 19. fatboyslim 20. spasypaddy 21. 22. 23. 24.
  24. im going to throw it out there that its the beans, im not that experienced in comparison to most people on here but i would park these beans for a while and get a darker more common espresso roast with the usual notes of chocolate, caramel etc etc get your marax and niche dialled in with that, get a good shot out and then start working from there down to using a lighter roast. get your taste buds and equipment working at home on an 'easy' bean and then get experimenting with different lighter roasts.
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