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  1. I wouldn't bother with filter. Especially if you use bottled water, i.e. Volvic. I would take it out completely, use bottled water and stick to a descaling regime 1/2 year. Not sure about batch number. I'd expect it to have a sticker on coffee machine somewhere..
  2. I agree that the issue is grinder dependant. However, we are talking about barista express built in grinder.. not mignon.. not ek..etc
  3. I would suggest not to put all beans in a hopper. Only put 18-20g at a time and grind it all. Minimises waste, improves consistency and makes it easier to dial in the grind size (because everything else is pretty much a constant).
  4. there are companies like T2 in the UK. I would suggest buying green tea from ebay retailers though. Milk Oolong tea tastes great. It is similar to your regular gunpowder green tea, but has nicer taste (imho). Also, green tea is a brew that can be brewed more than once (get yourself a nice teapot with strainer to allow all leaves to expand), i.e. 2-4 times.
  5. 2 Year Repair, Replace or Refund Guarantee (at the sole discretion of Sage Appliances)
  6. I bought my barista express from them over three years ago. Decent Retailer. Don't think they get involved in service side of things.. you get standard warranty... 2 years.. but probs worth checking to confirm.
  7. Thought I'd let people know. https://www.ecookshop.co.uk/ecookshop/product.asp?pid=BES920BSUK
  8. It should not come out the sides of portafilter even if you use the finest grind setting. To me it sounds like a seal on a grouphead is gone and needs replacing. You can see it if you tip coffee machine (make sure you take water tank and drip tray out so you don't spill water) over and look around the shower screen. You will see a rubber seal ( white most likely if new). Now that needs to be taken out and replaced. If that doesn't help, then it looks like somebody has been messing with the grouphead and the portafilter doesn't close tight.
  9. I have used 18g on a single walled dual basket for years now and extract around 40ml of espresso. Sage BE tends to be quite consistent at extracting set amounts if you hit the right pressure obviously. That seems to work really well when making flat white. Obviously some beans have more flavour some less, some are heavier than others too. So if you swap beans often then thats something you need to take into account.
  10. Nice. One thing to keep in mind is that tap water will probably have specific odour and flavour if it stood in tank for a while, so worth swapping water daily. That wont be an issue with bottled water
  11. Nice one. I was tempted with dog and hat sub but then went back to my local roaster. With cleaning, it depends on your routine, if you clean the portafilter and back shower screen with a flush after you are done with coffee machine fo the day (and if you use the same beans) then can run it a bit longer.. 2/3 weeks. if you go for new beans then might as well clean it to get clean taste of different beans. With Descaling, it depends on type of water you use. If you live in hard water area and use tap water then once every 2/3 months. If you use bottled maybes every 6 months.. Look at the base plate of your kettle to get the idea whether you will be getting a lot of limescale build up. In any case, descale sachets aren't expensive and if you want coffee machine to last just stick to a routine regardless.
  12. I have preset my shot. 18g of beans (19g if you are concerned about grinder retaining some amount of grinds) into double single walled basket and approx 38-42g of espresso out of it. I have double dose thing set on my sage, purely to get grinder to work longer. otherwise it doesn't really matter, because all you will get out is ~18g you put in. (this one answers few questions above guys) hope it helps.
  13. Good for you. One of the most important thing is coffee beans. Find a good coffee roaster near you. I suggest you buy puly descaler sachets now for your future mainteance needs (these are on amazon) and cafiza cleaning tablets. Set grind to about 8 and go from there. I measure 18g of beans on digital scales and put them in a hopper and grind it all rather than use timer that is built in. There are plenty of youtube videos giving you tips on how to pull good shots.. and just experiment until you find good balance. Tamping is important so make sure you tamp coffee nice and flat and not apply excessive force.. just a normal tamp. If you need more advice in future just drop a PM.
  14. Used BE for 3 years and counting. Great gear and with good quality beans produces great coffee. If you like it, then go for it!
  15. To me it sounds like your steam outlet has clogged up with limescale? Have you unscrewed the tip, cleaned it and descaled recently? Worth trying before spendng money on new parts..
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