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  1. i have a mazzer super jolly that ive used for years, its always done me proud but yesterday i got a new machine and with it came a grinder, so i did a litttle research and it appears to be a rebadged compak k10 which im reading are very good, does anyone have any experience, is it worth considering keeping in place of the mazzer?
  2. The fracino appears to be plumbed but its a commercial one not a domestic, i think its the old version of the bambino but im not sure, its just generic fracino 1 group no one seems to name them its kind of odd but as this one is out ofrange of me getting it really ill use it as an example: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fracino-Single-Group-Tank-Espresso-Machine-240v/122934697993?_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D49919%26meid%3D6884a1427b834a64a27720676540a813%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D152862525306%26itm%3D122934697993&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982 of course that may be a bad example as that one is a tank but anyway there are plumbed ones but its not a big worry to me really,i just want a good reliable machine. also size isnt a big issue as long as its still a 1 group. the fiamma is HUGE
  3. sadly the expobar is an auction one, its just a hope it doesnt go over my budget. im strongly leaning towards a fracino i think,im not sure of the model exactly but its one of the lower end commercial units, simple 1 group type thing. there doesnt really seem to be much out there to match the value offered by fracinos it seems.
  4. i did look at the temp duo but it seems like quite a step down from what im used to. right now im looking at an expobar and a few fracinos and even a bezzera i just cant decide which way to go
  5. a while back i got an astounding deal on a fiamma latina i and its served me well but its now due both a serious servicing and a new water filter at minimum. being that its both old and rather rare i think the cost of a service and parts will far outweigh the cost of an equivalent or better machine so i think its time i retire it. Ive set my max budget at £500 and am open to refurbs and second hand machines. Im kind of used to having the machine always on like i do with my current one and having it plumbed is a big bonus (im lazy what can i say?) so it would be ideal if it were something a little more commercial while remaining a single group. ive seen a fair few fracinos on ebay at what looks like a reasonable price but im not entirely sure if theyre that good? im pretty open to suggestions really ideally along those guidelines but im flexible on them for a decent machine however it must steam well too, i make milk drinks so a good steamer is important. I hear a lot of raving about the Sage but is it really all that?
  6. well my luck only ever lasts so long it seems! after making a brew yesterday i pushed the steam wand back and "Clang!" the wand falls of, whipping the top off the machine i see whats happened, the adjustment screw/bolt that holds the arm onto the valve assembly had sheared of inside, somewhat disappointed i began searching the web for fiamma spares to little avail for such an old machine, there are plenty of parts for the post 2013 fiamma machines but almost nothing from before then. of course im hardly going to give up there so i went back to have another look and see what else i may be able to do, several ideas run through my head before i realise the outlet for the water seems to use the same assembly, as i rarely use the hot water bit i thought that maybe it would be easy enough to just swap them over, but before i dived in a bit more research mainly to see if i could find out if there were differences between the two assemblies, not only did i find out that they were the same i also found out that another company used the same parts, Brasilia and thankfully they are much more easily available than Fiamma (or rather easier to find as theyre the same part) so i can get the parts, awesome! but theres another problem, im an impatient git! so rather than just bail back to the gaggia i decided id swap the assembles over anyway, if noting else it gives me practice maintaining the machine, after the usual slight battle with the bolts i got it all swapped over and it works, mostly, sadly theres a slight leak from the joint between the steam feed pope and the valve assembly, its only small but still annoying, ive tried to refit it a few times but i just cant get it to seal quite right. ill likely have a few more cracks at it before the replacement parts actually arrive, it should only be a tiny adjustment really. so all in all not a total disaster, but it certainly made my day interesting yesterday
  7. i hooked it into the mains, well i spurred off the mains into a 30A cooker switch which i mounted on the wall and connected it to that anyway. sadly im a dirt poor bum who only has his equipment through lucking out over the years so i cant afford a sparky sadly, much like the reason im stuck in a house with electrics like this, the rent is cheap, although it does seem a bit odd that such a huge letting agency allow such a place to be let out, but i shouldnt be surprised the fire alarm was broken when i moved in too, but dont worry, they take care of the important stuff, last inspection they repainted the window sills outside! But yeah to give you an idea of how old/bad the electronics in this house are the mains wires are red black and green rather than the standard blue brown green/yellow we usually see. as for not being insured, im not worried, i dont have insurance (never really seemed much point as i rent) in any case while not electricians i do know a plumber who knows a little about electrics so ill possibly get him to check it over, id guess fitting a coffee machine is not that different from fitting a boiler really
  8. thanks guys looks like itll be a sack of raves italian job then, it just really stings to throw away a nice espresso because ive already drank so much im shaking like im having a personal earthquake, ill have to get a ton of people round to drink all the spare shots. whats causing me issues at the moment is that i can still pull great shots with a ton of crema off the gaggia but i cant seem to get the same results out of the fiamma, it certainly seems to need a finer grind but thats another topic for another day, right now i have to get on my bike in this awful weather and get to trentham in the hopes they have some has bean in so im not stuck with supermarket crap as ive just used the very last of my beans. Other than being no doubt somewhat overpriced has anyone tried the Modern Standard coffee from sainsburys? from what im told it actually has a roasted on date on it, is it passable as an emergency backup brew, i ask as my usual emergency backup M&S columbian seems to have vanished of late. im not expecting it to be amazing just "itll do" while im waiting for the postie to bring the proper stuff (im crap at keeping myself stocked up)
  9. thanks. i wish there were separate breakers but no, there is a single (possibly bacolite) fusebox containing one 5A one 15A and one 30A fuse. one switch on the fusebox and one on the single breaker, whole house on or whole house off, no inbetweens. at a guess id say this house was redone by a DIYer in the late 60s/early 70s and has never been touched since, but the rent is cheap so here i am.
  10. does anyone have any recommendations for somewhere to get really cheap beans to use for learning and tweaking my machine? ill admit it im an impatient git, ive got a new toy and i keep wanting to make more shots to get it right. however theres only so much i can drink and it seems both a waste and is very expensive throwing away shots of good brew. My normal goto for a cheap but decent bean is rave but i was wondering if there is anywhere cheaper where the beans are still good enough to learn on but cheap enough to ditch the shots without shedding a little tear each time? does anywhere sell sort of "B grade" beans?
  11. I currently have my machine hooked up to a 30A cooker switch, as its a commercial HX machine it takes a good half hour to warm up at least, so i thought it would be nice if i had it turn on in the morning and get hot before i drag myself out of bed, sure i could use a boring old timer for this but first i get up at varying times and im too lazy to set a timer every day, second im a nerd so if theres a techy option ill always take it. its 2017, things are supposed to be all space age! so with that in mind i thought id set up a simple arduino with a bluetooth module and 30A relay and set it up on my phone so the machine automatically switches on half an hour or so before my alarm, setting up the tech part of that is no problem but im not used to working with stuff thats wired directly into a 30A box before, ive always used this sort of stuff on equipment thats plugged into a standard 13A plug socket or even lower voltages so i have a few questions. should i put the relay switch in line before the cooker switch box or after it, or is it safe to just replace the switch altogether with the relay? and arguably more important is it safe to do? the electrics in my house are ANCIENT there are no separate RCDs for the plug sockets or lighting etc its just a single circuit with a single breaker, are there any extra safety measures i should take? should i put an extra 30A fuse in line? (there is no fuse in the current switch box) i cant update the electrics of the house too much as its rented so rewiring the place isnt an option i may consider something other than bluetooth down the line so i can control it remotely if im out and coming home or something but at the moment my lights and switches are all bluetooth, maybe when i get around to switching them to a wifi setup i may switch it to a wifi module but for now ill start with the basics
  12. thanks, i must have just lucked out when i reassembled that bit then as it hit exactly 9 bar (on the gauge on the front anyway) not bad for a "looks bout rightish" kinda job! ill try to disassemble and clean up it at some point soon to stop the leak but it is just a drip so its not something i need to rush to do
  13. profspudhed

    Rave Coffee

    i find if you dont rest it you have to grind fairly coarse compared to most beans but i actually quite like them in the early days, at that point you definitely get the most of that heavy funky leather/aniseed taste which i personally love but as you rest it that dies off a little and the brew becomes a lot more rounded, nutty and smooth. as for grind they seem to be much coarser than other beans, using my mazzer as an example on most beans ill be in the upper half of the 8 to 9 range to get the best but those tend to need to be dialled down to closer to 8 when really fresh, they tend to be at their best after about 4 days resting i find and at that point the grind is usually around or just over 8.5, still lower than most stuff but it seems to get the best from them. i have actually just had my first somewhat disappointing bag off rave, although it was a clearance one i grabbed so it was cheap but the papua new guinea kunjin is pretty poor, it actually reminds me a little of those dark days when you run out and are forced to get taylors from the supermarket or something, but i guess not every one can be a winner
  14. Im finally in the middle and i dont think ill need to go much higher, im now pretty much using commercial equipment which all told cost under £200, ive been awfully lucky with my finds and theyve landed me with a dream setup that i think will stay with me for a long time Early Years: Hand Mills and French Press Beginnings (late 2000s) Cheapo Cookworks espresso machine, Krups burr grinder 2010: upgraded to a gaggia classic modded with a rancilio arm late 2011: managed to get a mazzer super jolly at 80 quid, the gaggia died at one point and was replaced with another late 2015: started working for myself so could have an office setup, found a near as damnit new gaggia classic on a car boot for 15 quid and a cuisinart burr grinder off gumtree for 20 quid 2016: picked up a fiamma latina HX 1 group machine on ebay for 62 quid, a bit of messing about saw it working again unless i decide to start roasting then i think im actually done!
  15. wow, thanks for all the help guys i wasnt expecting so many responses for such an obscure machine, i ended up having a bit of a busy day yesterday so i didnt get chance to snap any pics but im going to have a crack at a few of the fixes suggested here, granted i can get the nuts and bolts to all unscrew that is, which i usually dont but thankfully i have a friend whos a plumber and is a bit more handy and getting fittings unstuck. i dragged it across onto the draining board earlier this morning so i dont flood the kitchen again and connected and decided to reconnect it and try and fire it up again, this time the pressure hit the full 9 bar and the water coming from the head was like liquid chalk so i think its well scaled up in there. Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions, ill be back with updates soon @espressotechno normally the lack of electronics is a good thing for most, sadly its the other way around for me, im a bit of an electronics nerd, give me precision screwdrivers and a soldering iron and im a ninja, give me a set of spanners and im king hamfist but ill always have a go! EDIT OK im back with pics, im beginning to suspect a suggestion from above is correct and the inlet solenoid hs gone, ive yet to dig out the multimeter to test it but so far there seems to be flow everywhere, when disconnected from the sensor that detects when the boiler is full the pump kicks in, so im guessing the water keeps flowing regardless pushing it out of the pressure valves on the top of the tank (this is just my basic guesses i have zero plumbing knowledge) heres the first valve at the entry point where it leaks from straight away and heres the pressure valve at top where the water leaks out, it comes from both of the valves circled in red: and this is the solenoid that i think is culprit: with a bit of luck just replacing this and a good descale and it may well live again! EDIT2 : looks like weve found the culprit, took the rest o the solenoid off and the in and outlet valves dont quite match as the pic shows, looks like the gasket is gone there for a start, replacing the whole thing should hopefully do the job and it looks like it should only be 30 quid or so seems surprisingly scale free really EDIT 3 maybe not, after disassembling the solenoid and giving it a good old fashioned whack it seems to be working, there is still a drip from that one nut but i can only assume that will be a fairly simple fix, when i fixed the solenoid back on and flicked to 1 it filed up and stopped as it should, then switched to 2 and it still hasnt started flowing out of the boiler yet so fingers crossed EDIT 4: IT WORKS!!! the brew head needs cleaning and it could probably do with a new group gasket but its working! its going to take some getting used to, i managed to blast milk everywhere when steaming but i must say im rather pleased. Now to let it cool down, clean it up and reassemble it, ill find out how to stop the leak at some point but its not bad enough to cause me a serious worry
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