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  1. I've never warmed my Niche up for that long? Have I been doing something wrong? 😉
  2. Have been considering a Mara X and this thread has been both fascinating and terrifying at the same time! Currently running a Europiccola (which I love) but need something more consistent and we're planning a new kitchen extension so hoping to upgrade. Had settled my mind on the Mara X (my heart is really on a Londinium but that's not an actual option!) but I'm enjoying following the developments here. Also wondering about the Crem One 2b H/X because I'm tempted to plumb everything in to water mains. Hoping you guys get these steam issues resolved quickly.
  3. This is good to know - I was thinking of buying a Moccamaster from these guys but might rethink that!
  4. Enjoying the Brazilian from Pharmacie. Still getting to grips with the La Pavoni after nearly a year! Sent from my IN2023 using Tapatalk
  5. Happy Easter! Still lots of work to do but it finally feels like I'm getting some kind of consistent pours. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  6. This evening my dad scammed me with some beans from Lidl! Thought the grind must have been a bit off but the flat white wasn't totally horrible. ? I thought I was developing my palette slightly but now I'm not so sure! ?‍♂️
  7. Thanks, I grabbed a couple of bags with this code the other day too. Sav Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  8. Summer holidays for a teacher can be pretty productive! I'm pleased with my progress. Especially with my DIY steam tip. Lots of work still to do to have any kind of consistency though! I'm going to miss my leisurely mornings pulling shots. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  9. After many months of coveting the lovely lever machines around this forum I finally joined the gang! A little pre-mill beauty from Max arrived this morning and it only took me three sink shots before I could drink one! Looking forward to the learning curve though! Also looking forward to a proper tamper arriving this week. Really enjoying reading through so many threads of others who have been on this journey before me! Cheers! Sav Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  10. What a great thread! Thanks for all the detail! I can't decide if reading through this is scaring the life out of me or exciting me enough to start my own project! There are a couple of machines on ebay at the moment that look similar to original turd in this thread and I'm really tempted to have a go at fixing one up. I'm slightly put off by my complete lack of experience in restoration though and I wonder if I'd be better off just buying one that someone else had already restored? I assume the coffee is automatically better if you've resurrected the machine yourself?! Also, just out of i
  11. The only pressure is coming from my own impatience! - but I appreciate the sentiment! Cheers. I'll get there soon - in the meantime I'm really enjoying the move from a Wilfa Svart to the Niche for my aeropress/V60.
  12. As I said, I don't doubt the valuation at all! It's just not great timing having very recently bought a Niche grinder. I'm still tempted by this but not sure if I can make it happen. This forum is great but I didn't realise how much peer pressure there would be [emoji6] Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  13. You're not helping! [emoji6][emoji24] Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  14. I'm loving this thread! I couldn't quite afford @coffeechap 's La Pav but I can't wait to get one later in the summer and get it paired with my Niche. This just makes me even more impatient! Enjoy!!
  15. @coffeechap As I said, I'm not doubting the valuation at all! Happy to leave my offer open if you don't have any further interest (which you should!) but unfortunately I can't offer any more at the minute! Cheers for the quick replies. Sav
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