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  1. damo

    Mara X

    I am getting some massive improvements taste-wise. I am obviously getting used to new grinder and new machine + I have been changing beans a lot as BellaBarista has kindly provided 2 bags of coffee to try I am still really struggling with milk foaming as it is either too flat / not enough air or too much air and I have large bubbles / foam cap at the top of the pitcher - any tips Also a question for @DavecUK maybe: I am now grinding fine enough to get 18g in/36g out in about 32/33 seconds however what I noticed in your videos is that you're stopping the shot at about 38 secs as far as I can see and probably around 14s until the first drop comes out of the portafilter My coffee is much better than last week but still a bit think. Grind finer and longer shot time will do ? This morning I nearly choked the machine (nothing out after 20sec - I stopped it) so I had to readjust grind and now I am probably not grinding fine enough. I find it the Specialita to be very "sensitive" to little changes on the screw - am I right ?
  2. damo

    Mara X

    I will try to make a video at some point but I am short of time right now and I only have my phone to film. Trying to describe my routine as accurately as possible. Grinder is Mignon specialita (new but I've seasoned with 2kg old coffee) Grinding directly in the portafilter (using double basket but not the largest 20g). shaking it a bit to try and distribute grinds evenly. weighing 18g in. I use a toothpick to clear large clumps and give it a quick stir Levelling using stockfleth technique. I do not have a distribution tool for now but will get one later Trying to temp as flat as I can and trying to apply the same pressure every time (to the point of resistance but wrist not shaking) portafilter in, start the shot with timer and scale 18g in / 37 out this morning in 35sec
  3. damo

    Mara X

    in 2018 I had a thermoblock machine and was struggling a lot After loads of trial and error I managed to get some decent coffee with the thermoblock by griding very fine and using a higher temp setting and only drinking v. dark roast (moka d'or from coffee compass) Now I'm using the same coffee and I find the result in the cup more acidic and thinner which is why I am really confused 1st shot this morning was after 25mn. maybe I should give it 40mn and see
  4. damo

    Mara X

    18g in / 37 out in 35 sec this morning but shot thin and sour .. Am I missing something here ? I'm using a dark roast from coffee compass (Moka d'or) which I know really well and I know it's not supposed to be the taste in the cup. Temp Setting on I grinding finer and slowing down the shot had not helped taste-wise. Any idea ?
  5. damo

    Mara X

    Sorry to divert from the profiling subject but I wanted to know what your cleaning routine was ? (it is my first prosumer machine) I'm using bottled Volvic (aiming to get away from it because the plastic consumption freaks me out) so far I've been doing group head brushing after each shot but no backflushing. Aiming at doing weekly backflushing with detergent like indicated in the user manual provided with the machine Anyone advocating daily backflushing with water ? What else do I need to know for general cleaning / maintenance ? thx
  6. damo

    Mara X

    Interesting ! I will try that. thanks
  7. damo

    Mara X

    Out of this thread for a few days because work is crazy I was also surprised at the time it takes between pulling the lever and seeing the first drop of coffee (9 secs for me) then I get to 36/37g out in 30 secs (total) Taste is good but not amazing so far. a bit sour but very acceptable. I realise I can probably go a bit finer then as my "30 sec" would be much short on another machine. Is this a fair assumption ?
  8. damo

    Mara X

    This is as beautiful as it gets. First coffee this morning was horrendous 🤣 The grinder is also new so I need to season burrs and dial in. Also I am moving from a very basic set-up (modified delonghi + Smart Grinder pro) to a prosumer setup so will take time to adjust but I'm excited about the learning curve.
  9. damo

    Mara X

    @DavecUK Why would you recommend the O setting ? isn't 92-91C on the low-end of extraction temps ? I was thinking of starting in the "middle" and adjust from there ? let me know your thought Am I also right in thinking that BB provided me with your user manual ?
  10. damo

    Mara X

    That's my Monday evening sorted !
  11. damo

    Mara X

    Landed in my kitchen this morning but Haven't had time to even open it yet !!! I have rarely been that excited Thanks for the review Dave, I read that over the week-end and it got me very restless
  12. damo

    Mara X

    Does that mean they have started to ship production machines to the UK (and potentially BB) ? I know I sound a little impatient...
  13. damo

    Mara X

    I have ordered one this week as my mind wasd pretty much made up on the Mara Delux after reading reviews, lookwise and spacewise it does what I wanted it to do Having spoken to David at BellaBarista, I decided to wait for the new one and placed an order when it became available I can't wait for it to arrive now !
  14. @anaport I will be selling my Delonghi Dedica next Month as I have a new machine coming in. As others have said here it is nowhere near a proper espresso machine but I have really enjoyed it for the past 2 years. I have modified it with unpressurized baskets and changed the steam wand for the same wand as the Rancilio Silvia. Have also upgraded the pump to an ULka EX4 I think the coffee coming out of it is pretty decent. Again, nowhere near what you would get with a proper machine but way better than nespresso I can pair it with my Breville Smart Grinder Pro for 150 if that would be of interest ? If you can find a Gaggia classic for 50£ on Gumtree, I guess that's a better deal though
  15. 19g in and 40 g out in about 27 sec. Not as thick and creamy as I would ideally like but the taste is good. It tastes sour if I extract less so I am tempted to keep my setting as is
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