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  1. I bought mine in March. I’ve taken the top off (remove badge at back to access screw) and hoovered (Dysoned) the insides after a gentle brushing with a paint brush. Im an awful fiddler with machinery but in this case, if it ain’t broke......................
  2. Blaven

    Hi from NZ

    Hi Craig, enjoyed a few coffees in Pomeroys in Nelson. Some great coffee culture there in Nelson and in NZ generally. It’s very difficult to get a poor coffee there! I have family in Nelson. Son and daughter in law both medics. I’m sure someone on here will advise you?
  3. I’ve had a cursory search here and turned up nothing. Anything known about this machine? The online manufacturers’ blurb gives very little away. I presume it’s an HX? There’s one on eBay.
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    eBay Gaggia

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173957959255
  5. I recently gave my son an almost new Silvia which I had modified with an even newer Auberins PID. he reports that the 3M double sided tape holding the one to the other has somehow become denatured such that the ‘sponge’ sandwich element has parted company with the two adhesive strips on either side. In other words the PID box is hanging loose with the adhesive strips still stuck on the Silvia, and on the upper aspect of the Auberins box. i installed the PID myself with an almost obsessive regard to detail and care. The wee box was rock firm when I gave it to him Anyone heard of this happening before? Any ideas? I think he’s doing something wrong put can’t put my finger on it. We are Not near neighbours so I can’t pop round.
  6. Blaven

    Mazzer Mini E model A

    How near to Sheffield please?
  7. SOLD. Admin please mark as sold
  8. Those little M&S ones with the cream on top and strawberries in the jelly beneath are my favourites. No Sherry in them though!
  9. Can I ask how you’re getting on with the Mara? I’m in the process of copying you.
  10. I bought a naked portafilter and initially had the same problems with spraying. I now grind into a small pot and stir to break up any clumps before putting about 14.5g. into a 21g basket and carefully tamping. Still get the occasional spurt and misting, but almost totally eradicated it now. Helps to put a dishcloth on the drainage grill thingy. Stick with it! If Silvia owners are thinking of getting a naked portafilter, make sure you get a genuine Rancilio one. They are made for the machine. After market one are poor and fail to seal properly under pressure leading to coffee being sprayed everywhere but the cup. I had to send one back before I got the genuine thing from BellaB.
  11. I bought a naked portafilter and initially had the same problems with spraying. I now grind into a small pot and stir to break up any clumps before putting about 14.5g. into a 21g basket and carefully tamping. Still get the occasional spurt and misting, but almost totally eradicated it now. Helps to put a dishcloth on the drainage grill thingy. Stick with it! i initially bought an aftermarket portafilter for the Silvia, hoping to save a few quid. It was marketed for Rancilio, but it was a disaster with the kitchen walls ending up with more coffee than in the cup. I sent it back and got a proper Rancilio one from BellaB. Apparently there are small dimensional differences in the lug size and structure which ensure success with the genuine one. But you knew that!
  12. Hi and welcome. I’m on Skye.
  13. Having come into some funds, I’m upgrading, and selling my 4 month old Silvia. Very carefully used with no dents or dings and only very fine abrasions on the cup warming platform where unglazed earthenware rattle a little. Upgraded with Auberins PID controlling temperature only, carefully fitted by myself. All original kit included, manuals, Auberin downloaded manual, original portafilter plus Rancilio bottomless filter. Two coffees a day, and rigorously cleaned and backflushed after each session. Original box and packaging. Practically indistinguishable from new and works well with the PID. I’m in the Scottish Highlands but coming down to Manchester /Sheffield/North Wales in early June, and obvs. coming down via Glasgow M74 and M6 £600’s worth for £395. Great wee machine. I’ll take photos if there’s an interest,....but you all know what they look like.
  14. My son has one in New Zealand. They are extremely well made, but my understanding is that the make extremely small shots of coffee and are time consuming. He doesn’t use it very often. We have always used an Atomic all our married lives (1974). My father in law had one post-war and continued to use it, bodging the original decaying Bakelite bits with Araldite. We got one as a wedding present and they were still obtainable till Robbiatti went bustin the late ‘70s early ‘80s. We upgraded to an Australian Atomic which is a nice bit of kit and makes a jug full of coffee which with the steamed milk gives us a mug each. A bit rough and ready, but it’s already packed in the van for our 3 week jaunt to Holland. I can recommend them. Robust and versatile with reasonable results using Lavazza Rossa for example. Cheaper, or should I say, less expensive than the little guy. Aluminium casting for Atomic, as opposed to SS for the little guy. Happy to answer any other questions.
  15. Advice please? i shall probably opt for one or other of these in the not too distant future. It will be an upgrade from a 4 month old Rancilio Silvia to which I’ve fitted a (very successful) Auberins PID controlling temperature only. This transformed the basic machine and gave me much more confidence in what, as a beginner, I was doing. However, I wish to move on to what will probably be my final machine. The Mara ticks the boxes of having a small footprint (space is limited, as is my wife’s tolerance of kitchen surface area invasion) and not being overly complicated. I make 2-3 flat whites every morning and have no pretensions to become anything other than competent in churning these out with consistent results. It’s what I and my wife like. I use an Eureka Specialita. So, is it worth the extra for the PID version, having read on a test report that the benefits on a HX machine are marginal? I’m mindful of the extra confidence that this has given me on the Silvia. Also, it would have to be pushed up tight against a back wall, so can this be done, or is the cabling sticking out and preventing this? I look forward to any advice or comments.
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