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lake_m last won the day on October 15 2019

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  1. lake_m

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    Although they are my least hated high street coffee 'big 3', I find them inconsistent. Some days it can be quite acceptable, others days awful. One day when it was quiet I had a chat to the supervisor... They use a 15g dose, 1:3 ratio and aim for 22-ish seconds extraction time. The grinder (Macap MXD - 75mm flat) is adjusted to suit, but never the timer so the dose will vary depending with grind adjustment. I doubt it's adjusted from the start of the day to the end. The machines are Faema E91 Ambassadors with 3 or 4 groups and a fancy water filtration system, OEM portafilter basket. They never clean the portafilter after each shot, just knock it out, grind in fresh, and use a mechanical lever tamper (all done very quickly), lock and load, press the button, go off and do something else.
  2. Or Sage for that matter.....
  3. Thanks @leafybasil Interesting fault, sounds like something has shorted for sure. Let us know if you manage to find the issue, it would be good to build up a knowledge-base on these critters.
  4. Here's one.... https://www.amazon.co.uk/XUNADA-Espresso-Precision-Stainless-Portafilters/dp/B08FZR4QZ1/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=54mm+funnel&qid=1632322481&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFKSVVJTFM1Tk03V1AmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAzMzQ2MDlETExBQkdMQklLUEsmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDQ5NzY2ODFKWlJOU1VMQUFSTUQmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
  5. I agree. Prefer the taste of my flat, but a lot fussier to work with. (I don't single dose either)
  6. It was removed from the factory (no hole).
  7. @longpvo I can answer the question about lack of flap adjuster on the 2017-2019 E37S (I have one). Absolutely zero clumping / spraying. Big improvement from having the clump crusher flap in my opinion. Just a lovely fluffy mound of coffee in the portafilter.
  8. Just checked out the La Pavoni. What a beautiful looking machine!
  9. Love the fully tricked out, polished Gaggia Classic complete with wood accents!
  10. 1. @dfk41 ACS Vesuvius Evo Leva 2. @spasypaddy Lelit Bianca 3 @DavecUK Lelit Bianca Prototype 4. @Rob666 Rocket Giotto Evoluzione 5. @P1FanaticRocket Appartamento Serie Nera 6. @Chriss29 Sage Dual Boiler 7. @lake_m La Marzocco GS3 MP
  11. You may find that your 10g retention reduces with further use as all those nooks, crannies and voids fill up in the grind chamber. The Svart is not designed to be a single doser, but a lot of people use it that way without too much issue. There will always be a small amount of 'exchange' though.
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