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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
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    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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    Garraways

    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
  16. I have been running a non-insight wemo for a couple of years with no problem at all. Do you have average kwh figures for yours, this interests me as I tend to turn mine off occasinally during the day, but may not bother for a tiny saving. eg what hours do you have yours on for, do you know the average kwh for the warmed-up hours, and the higher average for the first hour when warming up?
  17. Luckily for me one tank full is about one knock-box full of pucks, so I work around it that way - empty the pucks usually means fill the water. | Not sure why they have sensors at the bottom of the cherub tank, cos they certainly don't seem to do anything useful.
  18. Remember you can also empty the water tank by simply pulling it out vertically. It has a valve on the bottom which keeps the water in. Handy for getting rid of every last drop of descaler from the very bottom of the tank. Not sure if this has an impact on water level sensor reliability anyway though, because my water sensor virtually never goes off in time.
  19. Is Puly Baby suitable for descaling a cherub? The water went a bit blue last time I used it!
  20. I bung a couple of seconds worth of water into my cup anyway, because it gets rid of any residual old grinds stuck to the screen, and helps the cup warm up a little. Any cooling that occurs is a third benefit.
  21. Hi guys, where did you get your 15g VST from? Why are you selling your cherub FBS?
  22. Actually - from your photo it looks like you don't have an adaptor? It should be a hard plastic circular ridge that you could imagine a water filter slotting into. If you don't have such a receptacle, leave well alone! If you do have one and you're doing both, take the tank out first and THEN pull out the adaptor.
  23. PS. As you;re doing both, take the tank out first and THEN pull out the adaptor.
  24. From the photo you may not have one .... IF it's a raised plastic circle, then the adaptor is the single round thing at the middle bottom of your picture. In conjunction with your next question about flushing out grinds, the whole tank can simply be pulled out. Perhaps need to skip something down a loose side of it, eg long nose pliers (careful! Use some padding if possible) to get a grip, and then tug it out. There'll be some resistance but it is designed to slot in and out. And best of all - as I found after several of these operations tipping the machine on its side to drain each time - it seals itself so you don't need to empty it first! Useful to know for descaling when again I tipped the machine on its side before I found this out...
  25. Water flowing back in is perfectly normal I think - it's when the pressure exceeds the maximum set, a valve opens and pressure is relieved by this flow of water back into the tank. The valves do seem to be the weakest link on the cherubs - I still have occasional hissing on mine after use, and I've had to replace 2 or 3 safety pressure valves. Think my particular cherub was a bit of a dog to be honest, but apart from the occasional hissing I've got it working and fixed within the warranty period. Happy to report that Fracino and in particular Louise who works there have been great, and am now finally happy with my cherub. What does reassure me from my unfortunate machine is that should anything go wrong out of warranty, there'll be good support from Fracino and affordable parts, plus support from this forum, to get it sorted at minimal expense.
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