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  1. OK it's not where most people buy there beans but I like Italian coffee and bought a 1kg bag of CaffeSi (60% Arabica 40% Robusta) from TK Max (£9.99) - great chocolate like taste and it produces a lovely crema. HIGHLY recommended.
  2. I've been told the double spout is a bitch to unscrew as they use thread sealer when assembling them ..... anyone had any experience of this?
  3. OK this is a straightforward question. I use a double portafilter on a Rancillio Silvia and always run a double shot into one espresso cup (or glass). Now due to the diameter of the cups (I use 3 different ones) I always have to be really precise to make sure coffee doesn't miss the side of the cup/glass. Is it worth investing in a single portafilter and what effect (if any) will this have on extraction times?
  4. These espresso cups are really nice however if you are using a double spout portafilter (mine is a Rancillio) the diameter of the top is not wide enough to do a single double shot straight into the mug. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XT37P27/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0 This model is ideal for a flat white https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cafeti%C3%A8re-Small-Textured-Teacup-Cream/dp/B06XRKGHZF/ref=pd_sbs_201_28?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=8SF4ESQSR3864P1QJJTD And no I don't work for them.
  5. OK I'll be brief. I have an Ascaso Grinder on which you adjust the grind by turning a dial - there are no scale markers and so it takes a little time to set up and once you move it it's not easy to turn back to the original setting exactly. I bought some nice Spanish beans and set up the Ascaso, the extraction time was just as I wanted and the coffee tasted great with a good crema. I have since chucked some Aldi beans (Kenyan) into the hopper and whilst I suspected they would not be the same quality I was surprised that the extraction time is quite a lot longer when the grind setting has not been changed. Why is this??
  6. OK I think I've made a little progress but I'm not sure why. My kitchen has been pretty cold the last few days and I'll admit to only giving the machine 5mins to warm up. Today i gave it a full 10mins with the portafilter in situ and ran some pre-ground thru which if anything came out too fast. I then ran some that I had ground myself but I have clearly dialed back the fines too much as this came thru quite fast also. So from today I'll be doing the following: 1. Warming the machine properly 2. Timing my shot (Ground Coffee Weight (Double Shot) = 18g Shot Volume 2.25oz/60ml = 45g) aiming for Pull Time 25-35 Secs (From the 1st Drip) And see how I go ....
  7. Thanks for the reply. I just checked the weight of my ground coffee which is around 16g using the timer on my Ascaso. I do probably pull too much through it though.
  8. OK I'm getting on reasonably well with the Silvia and have now bought some cups which are ideal for my favourite drink the flat white. My ascaso grinder is also working OK though I'd sooner have one with a grind size scale. Getting consistency is what I'm finding most difficult. Most of my shots are fine but every now and again I get a very slow shot and I'm curious as to know why? Could it be too fine a grind or too much coffee in the portafilter or maybe I'm tamping to hard on occasion. Any ideas???
  9. I've only had my machine since Christmas. Occasionally the puck sticks to the grouphead after I've pulled a (double) shot - seems to mainly happen just after backflushing. Too much coffee in portafilter ???
  10. OK - just a quick question about the V5 when milk foaming. I usually run two double shots into pre-heated double walled glass espresso cups and leave them on top of the machine whilst it heats up to steam temp. I have a milk temp gauge and smallish metal jug for the milk. When I'm steaming the ready light comes on before the milk has reached the required temp (not by a long way) and I pause till it goes out again and then complete the operation. Q. Would it harm the machine to carry to carry on steaming even though the light is on (indicating not up to temp). The milk based drinks I usually make area latte for my partner and a flat white for myself - I could do the milk in two operations but try and save time, the milk is straight from the fridge and quite cold.
  11. I have an Ascaso grinder which I picked up for £70 brand new - looks pretty much like: https://goo.gl/images/R7vLVk The grinder works OK but I'm finding it difficult to get the timer to produce a consistent volume of dose due to clumping - I only use the machine a couple of times a day and I often get clumps from the previous grind. Of course I can set the timer to min or grind into a separate container before loading the portafilter - or maybe its the coffee or grind setting. Any ideas - its not a major problem
  12. New user looking for a product to backflush a Silvia with. Is this cleaner suitable? and any advise on the frequency: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Puly-Caff-Machine-Cleaner-900/dp/B0033FYR0I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1514627012&sr=8-2&keywords=coffee+machine+cleaning
  13. Received my Silvia this AM and have just primed it and made my first 2 shots with foamed milk. Taste was spot on but the drink could have been a little hotter - can confirm that theer was no smell coming from the unit and no strange taste from the coffee (Aldi Colombian beans which I took a chance on but which are surprisingly decent for only £1.79 200g)
  14. FYI http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/436362
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