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  1. All received, thanks. I maintain that, ordinarily, it takes just a moment to acknowledge a post, especially one as informative as the one in question - however, I shouldn't be unduly concerned as I've seen the same thing happen enought times elsewhere that I ought not be surprised. And maybe something happened to prevent a reply being made. In fact I would politely ask (and I'm not speaking in connection with this particular thread) if there's a reason why members who receive a ban don't get the word "Banned" attached to their identification box that we all see - several other forums
  2. By way of a belated response to the, helpful, reply by Achrys I'd say what a pity the OP hasn't acknowledged it and, indeed, hasn't been seen since Feb. 8th - 18 days ago. I saw mention of talk that, for some obscure resaon, people were joining the forum and using/abusing the knowledge of established members for their own, pointless purposes. Whether this is an example I don't know but 18 days is long enough to come back here to, at the very least, acknowledge the information given in good faith. The title of the thread caught my eye insofar as I'd wondered if there would come a
  3. All seems quiet on this topic. I'm gonna stick my head out and say I don't think this one has legs. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
  4. Note to Riv1990. You revived a four year old thread with your first contribution to the forum, got a reply to your question within six hours ...... and couldn't find the time to come back. I'll let someone else reply to you next time.
  5. Hello. Welcome. Short answer to your question is, yes, still using the VST 18gram ridgeless basket every day. Am drinking a cappuccino made from it as we speak. Ditto the IMS shower screen (and the Cafelat silicone gasket). I keep everything scrupulously clean by means of a clear water backflush after every use and I spray the underside of the E61 with clear water after every use. Occasional backflush with cleaner, followed by a good flush with clear water. Soft water used as I'm in Devon plus I use a filter jug too.
  6. All the above received with thanks. I did read all the responses and am grateful for the positivity. Thanks very much indeed.
  7. The websites (there are are two) are a tiny bit quirky but you can email or ring him and he'll chat away with undisputed enthusiasm. He's been roasting for more than thirty years and will tell you all you want to know about his beans and the way he roasts them (over a flame). As you say, outside of his local area he charges a bit more and that covers postage. I'm no expert but even I can see the immediate improvement in fresh beans compared to what I was using before (for a long time before as it happens). But the subtle variations between types of bean is something he would be happy to
  8. Mmmm. I admit to starting to wish I hadn't bothered posting anything at one point there, Cooffe, but probably best nothing more is added other than to say I'm pleased to found a local roaster.
  9. Ah, judging by the aforegoing posts it looks as though I might have trangressed. I wasn't sure - and certainly wasn't aware of the hoo hah over the weekend (where was that then?) But if my post shouldn't be where it is then I trust management will do something about it - and, maybe, at the same time tell me if I'm allowed to mention this place that I've recently discovered somewhere else.
  10. Slightly unsure if it's acceptable to post here as I'm not the supplier - just the customer - I'm sure someone will advise me if it's not. I've just taken delivery of my third batch of beans form a one man roaster in Newton Abbot, South Devon. It's from a fella called Pete who has a roasting cabin in Kingskerswell and he posts anywhere in the country (as do pretty much everyone else) - but he delivers free within a 10 mile radius of his place in TQ12 4SP and offers a discount within that area. For years I've been used to beans that, I have to be honest, aren't as fresh as
  11. Have been advised by the engineer who recently serviced my machine (and fitted a new rotary pump) that my Mechanika IV Profi would benefit from plumbing in. A separate post of mine on here has touched on this. The machine offers a choice of tank fed or plumbed in and has a switch and valve to choose one or the other. I've looked further and checked historical posts here and did see (but can't now find) a post mentioning FinerFilter.co.uk. It goes without saying that Bestmax and Brita also received much attention here too. I've looked, in some depth, at FinerFilter (also goes un
  12. Prompted by this thread I just swapped my ECM five hole tip back to the original two hole tip that came with the machine. I've never been much good at latte art and gave up trying years ago, but it doesn't matter as I sprinkle chocolate on my cappuccino anyway. BUT the two hole did give me a better foam than I've produced for ages so I'll probably stick with it. Yes it took a little bit longer but, in the real world, does that really matter? Answer - No. So, for me, lesson of the day is stick with two holes instead of five. What I DID find, though, was the inside surfac
  13. A basic question really, and I looked online but couldn't see the answer. My ECM Mechanika has been run using soft, jug filtered water for four years. The drip tray is already drained to the sink. The machine had a service recently and it was as clean as a whistle - the fella put a camera in the boiler and it was clean ... presumably he'd have descaled it (and charged me to do so) if it had needed doing. If I chose to connect it to the mains cold supply (via a pressure reducer to get it down to 2 bar) and an inline filter (Brita or Bestmax?) - and if, by way of a safety measur
  14. Just wanted a tiny adjustment and tighten on the nuts on the motor mounts. Has made the world of difference. Ta.
  15. Success!!! It's just a bit of vibration from the case of the motor as it starts up ... when you steady it with your finger it stops. That was easy. Much obliged.
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