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  1. Hi, After some advice for my parents. They have a gaggia classic which is failing (it's been repaired before so a replacement is needed) and a eureka mignon silenzo grinder. They're looking for a new machine to replace the classic. They exclusively drink milk drinks (4-6 lattes per day) and the gaggia has always struggled to get really great milk. The key things they'd be looking for: 1. Something that is easy to use. Turn on in the morning, warm up and just use. Weighing in/out isn't for them, they don't single does etc. 2. Improved milk steaming. Whilst the classic can do mil
  2. Ok. This is what I meant as I recall reading softened water was a good input for it and we have a big water softener for the house but no soft cold water taps in the kitchen as far as I know.
  3. Mine arrived late afternoon yesterday. I’ve set it up this morning and currently running the water through before using. Very neat and easy to setup. Looking forward to trying the outputs. I just need to work out how to get soft water into it as I think our kitchen taps are hard water @adamkovacs1126 @DavecUK thanks for sorting out such a great deal.
  4. Given the current WFH situation for me I may end up just buying with the regular offer for the forum as our bottled water supply is depleting faster than expected - I reckon I’ve got a weeks worth at current consumption levels.
  5. 1. Alex_L I’m going to take the plunge. Thanks to you both for organising this and the discount given neither of you are buying this time!
  6. I backed it on a whim. I’ve ended up backing quite a few kickstarters over the years. Most have delivered and only 1 has completely failed. None have delivered on time is the consistent theme. I do now stay away from anything involving internet connectivity or a web service as those always seem particularly risky.
  7. That’s great and I really appreciate the help!
  8. To be fair, I suspect we’ll go through a period of showing them how to use it and then they’ll give up and revert to the kettle. They’re not the best at change.
  9. I was thinking that but I know when it turns up I won’t be able to resist opening it ?‍♂️ Has anyone seen any actual reviews of it yet?
  10. I’m backer 806 so looks like I have quite a while to wait. Given I’m probably about to buy an osmio zero, it might be a bit redundant when it does arrive.
  11. Thanks for the reply. Really helpful. I’ve never met anyone that drinks tea quite like them so being able to make two mugs is critical if it is to replace the kettle. Sounds like the osmio is up to the job. Now to order. Hahaha. Honestly I would but they’re useful for the free childcare two days a week.
  12. Long time lurker. I’m thinking of getting the zero for my Rancilo Silva (but in reality in prep for an upgrade to a double boiler machine this year) as the plastic associated with bottled water depresses me. It ticks all the boxes for me but I have an edge case regarding the in-laws and tea making if the kettle is to go. The in-laws drink tea in enormous mugs that take probably 4-500ml, so 1000ml at a time when they make two mugs. From reading around here I can see boiling water flow is about 4-500ml a minute. My questions are: 1. What is the maximum boiling water volume you can dr
  13. Thanks for the kind offer luckily Paul at coffeehit has kindly agreed to mill a bit more out of it for free, outstanding service I have to say given it was my mistake in the first place, so I'd highly recommend them for coffee supplies. For reference, the problem is the VST basket doesn't really taper in at the bottom compared to other larger baskets i've seen. The rancilio filter has a very slight ridge near the bottom which just got in the way, probably only a milimeter or so causing the problem, but just doesn't quite fit. In the meantime I've been playing around with a synesso d
  14. hi all first post on here over the last few months i've been getting into my coffee and have acquired a silvia, vario grinder and a matching bottomless portafilter (http://www.coffeehit.co.uk/rancilio-custom-naked-portafilter/p254 ) anyway, I was browsing square mile coffee and happened across the VST filter baskets, a few hours reading later and I ordered a 22g one. It arrived today but doesn't fit my bottomless portafilter - my fault I should have thought about the measurements and the straight sides the basket has. As a result of this I'm now looking for a portafilter that
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