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  1. Look at the profitec Pro300, or keep an eye out for a second hand DB or HX on here. HX have an extra step to purge the Heat Exchanger before you can brew so you don't burn your coffee, but both are good. Both have pros and cons and both can brew and steam milk at the same time. HX are generally cheaper than the equivalent DB. When I tested DB and HX side by side it was hard to tell the difference in the cup. HX is possibly a bit brighter. If possible personally I would shy away from a Sage/Breville DB. Cheaply made and plasticky!
  2. Put 33m Super Jolly burrs in your mazzer mini. HUGE improvement for minimal cost.
  3. This is exactly my experience with the DTP.
  4. I think whats happened is that the Rave beans were too light for the DTP, and the Illy ones too old, both resulting in unpalatable coffee from this machine. I can verify, from experience, that the DTP isn't really up to lighter roasts, and nothing really works with old beans. The starbucks ones however, being dark roasted, are more suitable for this machine, therefore give the best results. I used to use the Blending Room 'Docker', which is a dark (but not charcoal) roast, and this was the only one I could get working well with the DTP. Im sure if Kroyne was using an LR and a Mythos 1, he would think very differently about the Rave and Starbucks beans.
  5. It sounds obvious, but maybe you have a faulty power switch?
  6. Not a bad idea, however... 1. I like espresso! 2. I haven't found a coffee shop yet that can tailor my espresso depending on what I feel like that day. 3. I think employing a personal barista would cost me a lot of money rather than represent a saving . Although I had contemplated 1 & 2! haha.
  7. Talk to me. My requirements are: 1. I CBA with hassle. 2. The less messing about the better. 3. Any other recommendations. Thank you all in advance!!
  8. pedg

    Mazzer Mini E - Type A

    Why a Mini E Type A in particular ?
  9. Good Afternoon @Kroyne As an ex DTP owner/operator, I feel your pain for sure. I've glossed through this thread, and understand you have tried Illy and Starbucks beans and been advised not to -GOOD Advise. I also understand you are trying a 1:3 brew ratio (ish) and a struggling to get consistently acceptable results. I experimented for a very long time, eventually settling on a formula that was getting me good enough results, consistently. However, I was quite limited in the beans I could use to get these results, all else being as equal as possible. Firstly Here you are finding the limits of the DTP. You will be able to produce 1:3 or even 1:2, but you will need a darker roast to do it and get good results. Darker beans are roasted for longer (obviously), therefore are more soluble (usually) as the cellular structure has been broken down more. This means that they extract easier, requiring less consistency (both temperature and pressure) from the machine to produce an acceptable cup. I found that one particular dark-roast been worked very well in the DTP down to about 1:2.5 ish, any less than that it would choke, as you mentioned. http://www.theblendingroom.co.uk/shop/docker/ The DTP is not a particularly temperature or pressure stable machine (compared to say, a mid-range dual boiler or commercial machine). This makes it particularly challenging to get consistent results. If you go to lighter, more challenging roasts, almost impossible. I spent a LONG time experimenting with this machine and just couldn't make light roasts work, but did manage to get consistently acceptable results from the dark roast I have copied you above. Also I found that FRESHLY roasted beans worked much better on this machine. I'd use them as fresh as I could get them. This explains why your Illy, which have likely been sitting on a supermarket shelf for weeks, didn't work very well. If you order from the blending room, put in the notes you want a fresh bag and he will send some roasted the same day or previous day. If he hasn't got any that fresh and you request it, he will roast some to order. I was using a Mazzer Mini grinder with the DTP (still am).
  10. pedg

    Londinium r

    1 bar is correct.
  11. @Norvin can I take a 58.5mm one please. PM me your details and I'll sort you out. Thank you muchly in advance. GP
  12. If I was at home (or work -wherever the machine was located) all day I would have done exactly this, and would have kept the machine no doubt! However, when I'm in and out, I generally don't like leaving high power, high heat electrical devices turned on and unattended. I don't agree. I had the pleasure of being introduced to an L1 by a very kind member on here, and the actual amplitude from the two machines I didn't think is any different, just the volumetric pump produces a DIFFERENT noise to the vibe pump, but I didn't think it was any quieter. I don't ever remember relating a particularly good or bad shot to the bite point of the lever. The only exception being when I got a gusher, but I didn't need lever feedback to tell me it was an awful shot!
  13. Yesterday I said goodbye to my Londinium R. Sad day? Possibly, possibly not, but if you're thinking of buying one or already have one, it may (may!) be a semi-interesting read. Here I intend to give an honest, non-biased review from MY perspective as a high-end home user. Short Version If you stumbled upon this thread and either haven't got the time, can't be bothered or aren't really interested, the short version is this: The Londinium R is an EXCELLENT lever machine, undoubtedly the best you can get, however, I didn't find it to be the easiest machine to use or live with, it has its quirks and although will certainly produce excellent espresso, relies on a great deal of care, consistency and patience from the user (and a good grinder!) to get the excellent shots the Londinium is famed for! Why did I buy a Londinium R? For a bit of background, and why I chose the Londinium (Lever) please see this thread. I want to try and avoid repeating what I've already posted! https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?37447-The-Facts-from-the-Fiction-(Types-of-Espresso-Machine)&p=488193#post488193 Initial Impressions When I first opened the box back in May last year and built the thing, I was very impressed at what is a beautifully elegant machine. I fired it up, and spent the evening pulling some TERRIBLE shots. What could go wrong probably did! Anyway, it took a bit of experimentation, and some huge technique changes (for the better of course) to realise that on the LR, especially with VST baskets, the grind, distribution and tamp weight is crucial to getting a good shot. Once I'd spent a few days experimenting, and once I'd 'got it', the shots then got better, until they were very nice indeed. At this point (having owned the LR a week or so) I was hugely impressed with the output and very much enjoyed using it. This was not the time to write an impartial review! I Stuck with it, gave it a few more months, used it, drank coffee, thought about it and enjoyed it. Once the 'new gadget [rose tinted] owners goggles' had gone I decided to put 'pen to paper' with my thoughts on it! Here goes... What did I like about it? Taste of the espresso (10/10) -When the shots came out well, the flavour and taste of the espresso was stunning. Much better than anything you will get from most commercial coffee shops (especially the ghastly chains). However, getting these super shots required regular use and perfect grind and distribution. Simplicity (8.5/10) -No settings (apart from the pre-infusion pressure) to worry about. I like a coffee machine to make good coffee without lots of settings and constant messing about, and the LR was pretty much there. A pressure profiling machine (like the Vesuvius) would NOT be for me! Build Quality/Reliability (10/10) -In the 9 months I owned it, it didn't give me a single reliability issue at all. Not one! Also it looks and feels like an exceptionally well built piece of equipment, and the insides are a work of art! Looks -As previously stated the LR is an elegant machine. It's fairly big (for the home) but the polished finish looks great (although mine usually had a towel over it for protection). No problems here. Not going to give this a score out of 10 as it is entirely subjective and doesn't really warrant one! What didn't I like about it? Warm up time -It takes a GOOD hour to warm up fully before good shots can be pulled. I used to test if it was fully warmed up by checking the end of the lever nearest the handle. If this was warm, generally I was good to go. Joysticks -For the steam and water, personally I prefer valves with knobs that turn rather than the joysticks. I find I have more control over the steam and hot water pressure as it leaves the machine. The ones fitted to the LR are not bad, just not MY preference. I PERSONALLY much prefer valves. Pressurestat -A PID would have been better IMHO, simply because the constant (loud) clicking of the pressurestat annoyed me. It annoyed me from the first day to the last. Further Discussion on the things I didn't like. Right, I'm very well aware there are some HUGE LR fans on here, and some have probably vented some steam from their nose and ears when reading the dislikes. However, let me explain. I'm trying to make this review as impartial as possible, and give a BALANCED view of MY EXPERIENCE of the LR and how it was FOR ME. What works or doesn't work for ME personally, might be completely different for you or the next person, but please bear in mind it is purely my thoughts and feelings about it, not anyone elses. Warm up Time As stated, and is fairly common knowledge, the LR takes a good hour or so to warm up fully, dependent on ambient conditions. I was not prepared to turn it on every morning on the 'off chance' that I may feel like a coffee at some point, and certainly wasn't prepared to leave it on overnight on the 'off chance' I got called to work. I also wasn't keen on leaving it on when I wasn't in the house, although on the occasions I did it was absolutely fine. This said, once it had been turned on it stayed on until the end of the day, as there is no sense in turning it on and off. This meant for me quite often I didn't have time to wait for it to warm up (as I work on call, and get 1 hour to get to work from getting said call) and secondly a lot of times when I wanted to use it (mainly for friends who turn up unannounced or at very short notice), it would be turned off and waiting 1 hour for it to warm up simply wasn't convenient. In both of these situations I resorted to a V60 pour over and the LR didn't get used. As time went on, especially after the novelty had worn off, turning the LR on and warming it up to then make 1 or 2 espressos, seemed a bit pointless. Again, unless I had a reason to make more than 1 or 2 drinks, I'd resort to using the V60. I am someone who REALLY enjoys a good espresso, but certainly don't chain drink coffee all day like some. I like to go for quality over quantity! So the last month, the machine was turned on maybe 3 or 4 times, and MAYBE in that time was used to make 12 espressos (around 250g of coffee or 1 bag, allowing for dialling it in). I'd thought a lot about it, and although I loved the machine, with this amount of use it wasn't getting it was just wasted with me, so after much deliberation I came to the conclusion that it would be much better going to a home where it got the use it deserved. Joysticks Personal preference. When I was looking at getting a high end espresso machine, people raved about the joysticks (as opposed to turn-valves). Personally they're not for me. I would choose turn valves over joysticks every time as I feel I get more control over what I'm doing, and can more easily have them half open rather than all-or-nothing. This, however, was not the primary reason for selling the LR, as they can be changed, and if this was the ONLY dislike, I would have installed turn valves for sure. Regular and Frequent Use In the 'pros' section, I mentioned that to get the best out of this machine, you need to use it regularly and frequently. I found, in the last 9 months if I used the machine every day, all that would be required as the beans and ambient conditions (temperature, humidity etc) changed would be a very small tweak to either the grind or tamp weight, which usually entailed tightening up the grind slightly as the beans aged, depending on the beans, and tamping slightly harder. This meant that most shots were very good and even the first one of the day was perfectly drinkable if it wasn't always perfect. However, if the machine was not used every day, I would find that there would be a much bigger change in the beans and conditions, which would essentially necessitate dialling in the shot again from scratch before getting quality coffee. Using the 'last known good settings' after a week of the machine and beans being stood, didn't usually work! This meant a bit much messing about and a lot of wasted coffee. This infrequent use, as mentioned above, ultimately came down to the warm up time from cold. Conclusion If you're reading this conclusion, you've either skipped straight to it, or managed to stay awake long enough to read the whole review (if you didn't, you need more coffee!!). So to sum up, the Londinium R is a SUPERB machine, and Reiss has done an excellent job developing something quite unique to the market, that works well, is well built and produces stunning coffee. However, at the moment it is not the machine that works best for me, and I would much prefer a machine with a quicker warm up time, that would get more use than the LR got. If anyone has any questions I'll answer as best I can!!
  14. pedg

    Londinium r

    Did you get a Londinium R Niall? I've got one thats hardly been used that I may be selling. As new condition, comes with some loxeal grease, Bottomless & 2-Spout portafilter, I could include a tamper if required. Im only thinking of selling as I drink mainly brewed coffee, and literally don't use it enough to justify keeping it. If you're interested let me know. Im based in Yorkshire but can deliver if necessary, based on the deal of course. Thanks Gregg P
  15. I disagree. If the box is damaged, and the machine has been bashed about in transit, you don't know what internal damage has been done which may affect the lifespan of the machine. With an item like this I personally would be very careful how I played it, and would ensure it is fully recorded and documented that the packaging was damaged on arrival. You don't want to accept a £1000 espresso machine that has been bashed about.
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