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  1. Well, first time ever buying fresh roasted beans from a small roaster rather than my Lavazza and I must say wow. I know it may be boring and a poor use of adjectives but honestly that's all I kept saying for the first 5 minutes as I drank my first flat white with the beans. After getting my new machine I was determined to try some new beans and after a wee look around I found these via the coffee roasters website. For anyone interested they are from Guatica with a 1700-1900 meters above sea level and are washed. They were described as full bodied and rich, hazelnut, berries and caramel. I certainly got the nutty caramel from them. Took about 4 go's to get a decent shot. Still not quite perfect. Really need to get the tamping down. Anyways I really enjoyed the coffee and found no bitter aftertaste that I normally associated with home made coffee. I think James Hoffman said something about being so used to poor coffee that you begin to believe that is what it should taste like. This has been a great start for my new coffee journey. I don't drink, I don't smoke, coffee has become my drug of choice and man am I hooked.
  2. Hello, Upgraded to sage Barista Express. I still have my Delonghi here and it does still work. I have kept it as clean as one can given the nature of its design. I have recently refurbished the brew unit (taken apart, cleaned and replaced the o ring and food grade grease) Was flushed through with Waldo cleaning tablets (great tabs off Amazon) once a week. The machine is 5 years old and the steam wand does drip slightly when in use, apart from that it does the job and produces a acceptable coffee. If anyone is in the Inverness area then this is free to pick up. Regards Barney
  3. Hi all, Just registered my machine on the sage website and after they sent me the following; Dear Barney Stinson, Good for you on choosing the new Sage The Barista Express (With Temp Control Milk Jug)! I hope you’ve been showing off your barista skills! Limescale is a common issue in the UK for most appliances but don’t be concerned, the water filter in your machine’s water tank will keep scale out so you can continue making great quality coffee at home! Like any high quality investment, it requires maintenance so we will be sending you a water filter every 3 months for a year’s worth of protection so you don’t forget. Simple! Contact Us If you have any questions about the delivery or need some help once it arrives, our product specialists are here to help. You can give us a call at 0808 178 1650 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4:30pm) So looks like maybe 3 free possible filters? To be honest I live in the Highland's were our water reservoir is basically a big loch. The tap water here is better than most bottled water and I have never had limescale affect a kettle or previous coffee machine. I just thought I'd mention it for those that do get affected as it might save a few pennies for that next bag of single origin. Will update if this actually arrives in 3 months time.
  4. Hello, just went to the sage website and registered my product with them for the warranty. Once I put in my details and confirmed I received a email back from them telling me the following. Dear Barney Stinson, Good for you on choosing the new Sage The Barista Express (With Temp Control Milk Jug)! I hope you’ve been showing off your barista skills! Limescale is a common issue in the UK for most appliances but don’t be concerned, the water filter in your machine’s water tank will keep scale out so you can continue making great quality coffee at home! Like any high quality investment, it requires maintenance so we will be sending you a water filter every 3 months for a year’s worth of protection so you don’t forget. Simple! Contact Us If you have any questions about the delivery or need some help once it arrives, our product specialists are here to help. You can give us a call at 0808 178 1650 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4:30pm)
  5. Hello all, Barney here and new to the forum. Been reading things on here for sometime and thought with my new machine I would join up and get involved. I had had my Delonghi Magnifica ESAM 4000.b for sometime. I had taken the thing apart and refurbished the brewing unit a couple of times. I had always felt put off by the access for cleaning of the tamper and grinder. I had seen the sage machines and had been wanting the B.E. for along time. Honestly if I could afford it I'd love the rocket but one must live within there means. I had been using the Lavazza Super crema with the Delonghi but now that I have the new machine I have decided to get some artisan beans and dive into the culture a bit more. I have now had the sage for 2 days and I am super impressed with the steam wand compared to the rubbish that's on the Delonghi. I can actually get textured milk from this. Also it is much nicer to have more control with a portafilter and group head rather than the fully auto brew units on other machines. I really need to work on my tamping as it seems to be the only thing making my pulls slightly inconsistent. The shots have been fine but have varied in time from 3-6 seconds from infusion begining to pouring starting and overall time at 22-30 seconds. This is keeping the grind settings and grind weight the same (18g for 60ml). I have scales on route so I can measure my output in grams. Once I start with that I may experiment with programming the preset buttons. Anyways it's great to be on hear and there is a vast amount of tips and knowledge to soak up. Thank you for having me Barney I would add picsbut doing this on phone and can't drag and drop selected attachment, pics should be on my profile.
  6. Sounds like a good idea. I was originally planning to just detach the hopper and put it in the fridge until I saw the pool of beans it leaves on the top of the grinder. Doesn't look like many but every time I would do that would soon add up to a bag of beans. May just measure out, I hate waste.
  7. Thanks for that, will check them out.
  8. BarneyStinson

    Machine arrives.

    Barista Express arrived today. Set up
  9. Hey thanks, arrived today and only had a bag of Costa in cupboard. Took about 8 attempts to get a 60ml 23sec extraction from 18g. Tasted like a shop bought Costa. After struggling with my Delonghi to texture milk I got a near perfect heart on first go with the BE it's a really good wand. I found with the length of the wand and the size of the included thermo pitcher that when resting the wand on the spout it naturally sat at the right depth in the milk to incorporate a bit of air and then a small dip down to finish heating and texturing. Overall very happy. The razors a bit naff and the tamper is not that great. I just bought CATURRA DE ALTURA, COLOMBIA. Washed Caturra, from cast iron roasted coffee in West Sussex. It mentioned notes of black forest and I was sold. Will need to research a bit more for local roasters. Also have a set of scales on the way. Do you have any tips regarding the grinder?? Find it very messy indeed.
  10. Hi, names Barney. Love my coffee, never much cared for it as a young adult as all I ever saw or tasted had been granulated sludge. I started with Costa and instantly enjoyed the flat white they served. For last 5 years I kept my Delonghi Magnifica ESAM 4000.b in good care. I found it made a reasonable shot but that not being able to tamp or get proper access to a group head a little to hands off and took a bit of the fun out of making the coffee. I also detest the steam wand with its panarello style wand that you can't angle. I had so much trouble trying to do micro foam. In the end I took the outer plastic off and just used it without. This helped but I could never get a decent angle to get the milk in my pitcher to make a swirl around and incorporated the bubbles etc. Apart from that it served me well and after replacing the o ring and re-greasing the brewer unit after 3 years it work like a charm for the last 2. Alas the steam wand has started to constantly drip when on and I saw a deal on the Sage Barista Express that I have been wanting for awhile so I took the plunge and it is arriving tomorrow. I have sometimes when typing questions about coffee into Google seen the forum come up and have read some stuff as a guest. I thought with my new journey beginning with my new machine I would join and attempt to get more involved and/or blog about my experiences. I am looking at trying more fresh artisan roasts and would love to hear from anyone who knows of any good choices or even if there are any small home roasters selling or willing to on here. I also need to try and find the awesome bloke who does the bottomless (naked) 54mm portafilters for the sage. Anyway once I'm all set up I will update with some pictures on my profile. Regards Barney
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