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    Deal on Amazon

    I recommend everyone download the chrome extension Keepa, which tells you the previous price of products. It makes it seem like it's been reduced from £35. But the previous price of this mokapot has been hovering round £30, so it's still a really good deal.
  2. I would take this with a pinch of salt. I don't think the research has been published yet, as I can't find it. But it's probably a small self-reporting study which has a few flaws. One being that it's entirely possible that the people saying they drink more than 25 cups a day are lying about how much they drink, made a typo, or are not being accurate about their health problems. It's also completely against another recent, much bigger study, which shows almost the complete opposite: https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article-abstract/109/3/509/5369955?redirectedFrom=fulltext&fbclid=IwAR0khx_GCptRucHiA0mdly37V4Zl4QGnc-ufmTR07OT9eKZhZ2X3KlpVPSE
  3. No, I went: delonghi + bodum burr grinder -> barista express -> gave away the first two and sold the BE due to stomach issues, that was 3 years ago, and I started drinking coffee again recently. Digestive system has gone through significant changes since then so I'm going slowly... Yup, but I mean you don't have to weigh it every time, but just a method to work out how much time to set initially.
  4. Very jealous, although I hope to get exactly the same machine in a couple months. I already have the grinder though (unfortunately coffee has recently been upsetting my stomach again so I'm treading carefully....) I have a tip for the grinder: If you have a small set of kitchen scales (you can buy some 500g/0.01g resolution scales on amazon for about £10, or use any scales which can fit near enough the grinder) you can put a small bowl (I use a metal bowl) on top of the scales, and grind coffee directly in to the bowl. You can then easily time exactly how long it takes for you to get the required amount you wish to have in the portafilter (by pressing both 1 cup and 2 cup button to switch to demand, pressing the button, then pressing it again just before your scales reach the required weight, the grinder will show the elapsed time), then you just plug that time in. I hope that makes sense... (In short, scales easily fit under the grinder, so it's easy to calculate how many seconds you need to grind for!)
  5. Not just yet, I was about to get a Mara but I'm moving house so want to get that out of the way before dumping a (heavy) machine in then having to move it.
  6. I looked at a lot of Lelit machines recently. They all seemed to be very good. BB has the Mara for an extremely good price. There is one other (or at least one other that is affiliated with Lelit) which has all the others, https://www.lelit-uk.co.uk/. I checked with Lelit to make sure it's a legitimate website and it is. The Mara is more expensive on this website compared to BB (so you can see how cheap BB sell the Mara for!).
  7. Both options you said are fine, I'd agree that the second option is probably better, but it is more work, and you do go with the chance that the second hand stuff you get might be pants, or need some maintenance or new burrs, and if you are new to the hobby you might not even know what's even good yet. I think my point was that I don't think it's helpful to say to someone new to the hobby that any grinder with burrs less than 83mm will result in sub-par coffee.
  8. You only noticed the improvement because surely you started out on something small as well. I personally think that if you start a hobby, especially while young and on a tight budget, you shouldn't straight away heavily invest in high end gear. The OP has a budget of £200. Maybe if one sees a 83mm grinder with new-ish burrs going second hand for £150 one should pick it up, assuming it even fits in the kitchen.
  9. I think the sage grinder is good, and it goes fine enough for the better machines, and it's fun and easy to use, however, I bought a brand new one recently and it has an issue where the LCD display makes a high pitched whining noise. I went through three replacements to see if I could get one without the problem, but they all had it, so it's a batch problem. Could always buy one off Amazon and return it if it has the issue. You could search ebay for a second hand or refurbished one and hopefully it wont have this issue. Also bear in mind, it's cheap-ish for a reason. It has a good 2 year warranty, but after that, there are no spare parts available. But a 2 year warranty is pretty good anyway. Doesn't matter if you are 16. If you want to make an investment in something, and you have the money, always best to make sure it's something which will last. Other 16 year olds will be throwing their money at clothes/phones/alcohol etc.
  10. The problem is that if you get a cheap espresso machine, you will be bottlenecked (severely) by the lack of a grinder, and even if you get the KG79, you will still be bottlenecked. This comes from experience. I got a Delonghi and used pre-ground coffee, and I was satisfied for a day or two, but it doesn't last long once it's opened, as finely ground coffee very quickly goes stale (and you can even smell it). Adding the grinder improved things, until it broke on me twice. Although you won't get espresso (although some purists will call the "pressurised" baskets in the Delonghi not true espresso anyway...) from Aeropress or so, if you get a good grinder instead and Aeropress, I think you will be able to make a much better cup of coffee, and in the long run you will be able to get a very good machine to go with it (it's also possible to make a latte using an aeropress and a french press, which you can look up on youtube0 I can't see the Gaggia classic new for less than £400, but you might have more luck on the forums or ebay. Another option would be to get a cheap Delonghi, and the bodum burr grinder, which would be in your budget. I think the bodum grinder can almost push the Delonghi to its limit and get the best out of it. As can a hand grinder, but that's a bit more effort.
  11. I had both the ECOM311 (or something extremely similar) and the KG79. I don't recommend the KG79. It's very poor quality. I had two of them which each lasted about a month or two. I kept the machine and upgraded to the bodum burr grinder, which is currently decently priced on Amazon, and was a huge upgrade in terms of the quality of the machine and the quality of the coffee (although the KG79 was a huge upgrade from pre-ground coffee, the bodum was still a step above). But unless you are die-hard set on espresso, it might be worth going a step above the bodum and looking for one of the cheaper baratzas, possibly second hand, from Amazon or the forums. You could then get the cheapest bare-bones delonghi (like the EC146 or something) which I'm pretty sure would make better coffee than the ECOM311 paired with the KG79. Or you could get a decent grinder and pair it with an aeropress (or something) until you can afford a decent espresso machine to pair with the grinder (like the guide the user above linked recommends). (But if you want to peruse the ECOM311 route, I'd probably get the 685M instead, it looks higher quality and takes up less space, but I would think about going grinder first and then seeing whats-what)
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