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  1. Could I also get the code please! Thanks
  2. Don't know if you would class a 30kg dog as small! He's far away!
  3. So finally got to purchase the machine. I went with an ECM Synchronika since there was a dealer local and I went to view it first. Took it home then noticed scratches on the side casing, called the dealer and they arranged for a new machine to be posted out direct from ECM. The box for the new machine wasn't opened until I got there. I guess these are the little things when you buy direct from an authorized dealer. If there are problems you will be looked after. Only have it 1 day and set up with a Niche. My first machine so I've a lot to learn!
  4. Understood! I guess I was just so use to purging on my old grinder and using a brush etc that I thought it would benefit the NZ. I guess not! Will not purge from now on and just let it be.
  5. Thanks for the replies. I guess I was mainly wondering if I should be using my silicone muffin cup to purge out the remaining coffee or should I leave it and just continue to grind until all the voids are filled etc. I guess I will try the no purge method after looking at Dave's videos on YouTube. I understand .2g or even .3g is minimal so I'm still happy either way.
  6. At the moment I am only using the NZ with an aeropress. I weigh 34g of beans in the metal cup on my Hario .1 scales and I get 33.6g out. I am still on my 2nd KG of coffee through the NZ. That's why I was wondering down the line after more coffee has gone through it should I be getting 33.9g out after dosing 34g in. I was purging out the remaining grinds left in the chute etc and getting .3g out. I should probably invest in a .01g scales now! Very happy with the Niche after switching from a Mazzer SJ.
  7. Hi all, Quick question on the Niche. I am a week into using my new NZ and getting about .4g retention. Will the retention be less after using for a longer period of time? Thanks.
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    Custom Linea

    I'm guessing it was you that bought the yellow one?
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    Custom Linea

    Cloud Cafe, Dublin 3.
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    Custom Linea

    Found the refurb details here. Seems like a place here in Ireland. https://instagram.com/espressos.coffee.services?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1d4g2yjtef3qn
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    Custom Linea

    Hi all, Just saw this custom Linea in a cafe here in Dublin. Quite cool, seems to be a full refurb. Just wondering if anyone else has seen custom versions of similar or anyone customised there own?
  12. I called coffee Italia before, asked about warranty. They said they had a warranty center in Dublin. I asked for the address and they would not give it, just an area it was in. I then tried to find a registered company in Ireland with the same name and couldn't find any. This was a giveaway that no such warranty would exist. If you literally type into Google coffee Italia reviews, some of the stories are shocking. Let's hope it doesn't happen to you. I would definetly pay the extra bit for piece of mind. If u ask for a refund through your bank etc money could be on hold for a number of months before things are sorted.
  13. Your very good at sticking to budget! I wanted an appartamento at the start now my budget has about doubled! The way I see it is over 10 to 15 years the extra isn't too much. Your going to be looking and using the machine everyday so go for the one u want, not the one within your initial budget.
  14. Yes I think your right. Both the Lelit and Vesuvius would have functions I wouldn't even consider using since I'm only beginning my espresso journey. What is swaying me towards the ECM is I have an authorised dealer around 40 minutes drive from me so easy for service and assistance etc. Also if in the future I want to add flow profiling I will be able to add on the ECM. The Internal of the ECM also looks easier to work on compared to Vesuvius. The Vesuvius is built like a tank but not sure if really need a tank at the moment!
  15. I understand where your coming from! I just wanted ease of use, set the temp and brew! I think over a good number of years the price difference between a HX and double boiler is minimal so I think I should just got for a double boiler! Also I could get the HX and want to upgrade in the future then will need to sell and buy again so money and time will be wasted there!
  16. That's what I'm thinking. The only machine I can view in person is the Synchronika, I've called the dealer and am going to look at it next week. If I can get a good deal I'll be buying locally so that works out for me! I think the Vesuvius will be too much of a machine for a beginner.
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    Lelit Bianca

    I would say alot of users of the Bianca are a good few months into owning there machines. Are you guys still enjoying it the same as when you first got it? Seriously considering purchasing one. Just looking for some user feedback! Thanks
  18. I understand that with the Vesuvius I'm getting alot for my money but am I getting too much? It's my first prosumer machine. First of all I wanted a HX machine but then changed my mind to a double boiler now I want to add some sort of flow or pressure profiling. Is all this too much to take in? Is a Bianca in it's price positio not a really good option? Single boiler HX rotary 1400 (rocket giotto R for example) Bianca 1700 Synchronika 2100 Vesuvious 2500 Am I not falling into the trap by increasing my budget so drastically? I presume the Bianca would produce close enough shots to the vesuvious for a beginner?
  19. Ah I see the add now for the used Vesuvius which is pick up only. Never liked a black machine anyway. It does look very neat indeed in silver. Great features and a good following it seems to have.
  20. Just wondering about the water quality. Here is a report for Dublin water. I did start a thread on it before but only the alkalinity was mentioned that is was a bit low at 28 and I could add some bicarb to raise it. Water profile: Colour (Hazen)........................................... ..... Turbidity (NTU)............................................. . pH................................................ ................... 7.5 - 8.5 Conductivity (µS/cm)....................................... 140 - 150 Chloride (mg/l)................................................ Sulphate (mg/l)................................................ Total Dissolved Solids (mg/l)........................... 95 Total Residual Chlorine (mg/l)......................... 0.05 - 0.10 Nitrate (mg N/l)............................................... Nitrite (mg N/l)................................................ Ammonia (mg N/l)........................................... Phosphate (mg P/l)........................................... Aluminium (mg/l)............................................. Iron (mg/l)................................................ ....... Fluoride (mg/l)................................................ . 0.6 - 0.8 Total Coliforms (MPN/100ml).......................... E.coli (MPN/100ml)........................ Enterococci (CFU/100ml)…………….. 0 Heterotrophic Plate Count 22°C (CFU/ml)....... Heterotrophic Plate Count 37°C (CFU/ml)....... Odour............................................. ................. None Taste............................................. ................... None Magnesium (mg/L)........................................ 1.5 Calcium (mg/L)............................................. 18 - 20 Total Alkalinity (mg CaCO3/l)......................... 28 Calcium Hardness (mg CaCO3/l)..................... 45 - 50 Total Hardness (mg CaCO3/l).......................... 55
  21. Earlier £1850 was mentioned but all I could find was the Vesuvius for £2150.
  22. Am I right in saying it's the Vesuvius for £2150?
  23. Never thought about the plastic waste! Very good point on the plumbing in issue, if I can then I definitely should.
  24. I guess this topic could be talked about alot and from different sides etc. I just wanted to be able to plumb in, set the temp and make coffee. Space is not a problem so size doesn't matter! I was going with the Synchronika because I can get it for a good price considering the rrp. Also the internal layout looks quite good if I want to service myself etc. Profiling is not something I would look into straight away but down the road who knows. I just want to buy smart and not want to upgrade down the line. Would be very hard for me to move on a prosumer espresso machine here in Ireland. The Bianca did tick lots of boxes, just preferred the look of the ECM and if I'm splitting cost of the machine for a number of years it's not a huge difference. Also as mentioned previously the flow profiling should be coming to ECM so I could add that option in down the line. Any other recommendations on machines?
  25. Plumbing in is not a must but thought it would save alot of hassle etc. From an article I read on the Dublin Brewers championship in 2016, it talks about water quality and what was needed for the SCAA. I'll list it below so I gathered I could plumb in direct. "There was a new specification for the water for the competition this year. TDS we were aiming for was 85, the main source of water here in Dublin is 91, or 92, so we only needed to make small adjustments. The water still needed to go through a carbon filter, and the PH was also a little bit high.” It is not always like this, Gary remembered WBrC in Rimini, two years before: “Water was probably 600 TDS, so there was a lot more work to be done to get it down to the required standard, and to keep it there, as well. Here in Dublin the balance of Calcium and Magnesium was almost what was required for the competition, so we did not have a tremendous amount of work to do.” I have a carbon filter which I use to filter water for my aquarium so I was going to run off that too direct into the espresso machine.
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