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  1. QuickMill personally delivered and soon to be on route via multiple friends to me in Newcaslte. Am looking forward to using my new machine. Thank you, Nathan.
  2. Hi Edwin, If you are prepared to wait 1-2 weeks (still in August) for me to have it collected, I'll buy at asking price. Nathan.
  3. What accessories come with it please? ... and while I'm asking, what's the procedure for steaming milk? I cannot find much information online for this (no manual, no videos). There was mention on another forum of 90s wait for steaming, so I guess there's a switch (and then a wait...) to enable steam mode; is that correct? Could collect via friend living near Welshpool (sort of close). Nathan
  4. natmat

    Rocket Giotto Evo 2

    Interested... have you any plans to travel to Newcastle? I had an Evoluzione before and have recently been considering renewing that friendship.
  5. After living in Christchurch, NZ, for many years and having the best flat whites from the local coffee shops (before the name, but neither art nor technique, was shamelessly hijacked by all and sundry in the UK) I had never come across any barista weighing beans. Yet in the UK they're all weighing now. It seemed a wholly unnecessary attention to detail at the expense of improving their technique in other areas. So, if I'm '@Mrboots2u probably...' the only one *not* weighing, I'm happy to carry on in my own world. As you say, 'it works for me'. When I had a doser grinder I did the same, scoop/spoon of beans in the hopper, grind until all ground, then dose out. The Niche is a more pleasing experience to see the grounds showering out at the same time (but I do miss the click, click, click, ... of the doser). I don't weight out either. I use a Duralex glass that has bands around it (so I can observer/measure what's come out). With my lever the output is very consistent per pull.
  6. Am I the only one who just puts a heaped spoon of beans into the Niche and doesn't fret over the +/- bean count for that 0.1g accuracy? I filled the portafilter with beans, found a spoon that can hold them all and have just gone with that; to me coffee tastes good each time.
  7. I can't quite see from the photos, so could you please tell me whether this has the older feet with parallel sides (cut off cylinders) or the newer style conical sloping-sides ones?
  8. Has your original opinion changed not that you know the failure to measure conductivity (hence presence of water in the tank) deteriorated due to a natural electro-chemical deposition process? Maybe an 'elegant mechanical ballcock' is he next retro step-forward in water reservoir design?
  9. Lifting the lid engages the recessed RED safety switch (I don't know if it switches the same current path as the main switch), so one switch is still being toggled. Are you worried about 'over-using' the main on/off switch?
  10. I unscrew the lever arm (up when idle) from my Ponte Vecchio in a couple of seconds when not using it. Then it fits better under the cabinets.
  11. ** Price drop: £200 now £150 ** The reality that I do not need multiple grinders has materialised (taking up too much worktop space), so my Anfim doser is for sale: £150. It says Milano on the back, but Best on the base. I bought in NZ 4 years ago before I returned to the UK, so maybe it's a branding thing? Bought in NZ (NZ$850 http://www.laffare.co.nz/product/anfim-best/) 5 years ago. Used daily (for 4 of those years), which equates with my lever/cafetier (5*2*10g + 2*20g)/week == 30kg beans ground. It's a doser, but I just put a 10g scoop of bean in the hopper each time I needed it and click-click-click- spun-out a single dose each time. All functional, never had any issues. Cleaned ready for next owner. There are a few tiny marks (or imperfections?) on the casing and gloss-sheen brushed off the tray that sits under the portafilter holder, but generally very clean (just cleaned burrs and workings of all grinds) and shiny. Collect from Sherborne, Dorset preferred; willing to post if required. Nathan.
  12. Hello all, The need to have 2 grinder (caff + decaf) has come to an end (my wife is drinking caff again), so I've decided that my decaff Anfim is no longer required. It says Milano on the back, but Best on the base. I bought in NZ 4 years ago before I returned to the UK, so maybe it's a branding thing? All functional, a few tiny marks on the casing and gloss brushed off the tray that sits under the portafilter holder, but generally very clean (just cleaned burrs and workings of all grinds) and shiny. I haven't seen anyone offering the exact same model, but there have been similar style grinders. New NZ price http://www.laffare.co.nz/product/anfim-best/ is $900 == £450. Any sensible valuations welcome please? Oh, I'd be willing to post, not sure if that influence price. Nat.
  13. … according to their website, the wait should have ended by now for some early backers.
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