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  1. If it is one of the valves on the top of the boiler, before replacing, it's worth just tapping them first to see if reseating / moving them helps solve the issue.
  2. To resurrect an old thread ... what was the verdict on this coffee? Three's Wuntu rewards app is offering 400g for £8 delivered (a "60% saving") - is the coffee really worth the full price, or even the reduced price? I've seen no other chat in these forums about it.
  3. If I disconnect the flexible braided piping and let the pump push water through that, I get a flow of about 450ml per minute. Through the group head, I get about 200ml per minute. The coil vertically above the pump seems to have no magnetic field outside when the machine is attempting to fill. It has a resistance of 1.2k across the blue/purple terminals. I connected the pump to a pressure gauge and it's only 6 bar! So mystery solved ... is it an ULKA EX5 I need? Fracino themselves said model E, EP40, but I've heard recommendations here for the EX5.
  4. EDITED again: There is no water flowing out down the front nozzle or back into the water tank when attempting to draw water through the grouphead.
  5. I just started descaling my cherub as I thought my problem was likely to be caused by loose scale. But I noticed that when I filled the water tank with descaler and switched on to fill the boiler, it aborted with the low water alarm. Now, this is not unusual - in the past it has always timed out once, with me needing to flick the switch off/on to initiate a second fill cycle. But this time, it took a third cycle. I think this indicates that I need a new pump rather than descaling? Where's the best source for pumps, Fracino themselves?
  6. I have similar issues with my cherub. It does not sound like the noise when you are backflushing - there is some flow, but it is quite weak, and the pump noise fluctuates. I descaled 6 weeks ago, so could well be a bit of dislodged scale which has stuck somewhere? How should I best investigate? Is it ever worth descaling again to try to get rid of a partial blockage? I know a full blockage does not let descaler get into the places it needs to get, but with partial there may be a chance?
  7. Hello, I've just realised that the code I used last time has changed! Would anybody be able to send me the new code please? Thanks
  8. gwapenut

    Black Friday

    I said earlier I got an sms/email ... Mine has just been delivered
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    Black Friday

    I got a Royal Mail email and SMS this morning
  10. Where did the discount code come from, are there any terms attached such as new customers only?
  11. My own tamper is a terrible fit. Are there any good value recommend tampers for VSTs?
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    Black Friday

    What would the normal price be for the CC offering?
  13. If you don't ask, you don't get. If it were me selling and I wasn't in a hurry then I'd probably "try my luck" first before thinking about realistically how low I'd go. Go for it.
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    Hi all, Any views on beans from Garraways? I've been very impressed by their Caffe Prima range of pods, but haven't seen much recent feedback on their beans - and reports here have been generally positive over the years but with a few complaints mixed in about beans that are too oily.
  15. I'm about to do my annual descaling of the cherub, have run out of my old gaggia-induced stock of puly baby and am looking at moving towards citric acid. Is this a decent choice? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Citric-Quality-ecological-descaler-NortemBio/dp/B019Y3KHW4/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1482767659&sr=1-1&keywords=citric+acid+food+grade
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