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  1. armedcor

    Mara X

    Pop in the blank basket and see what the pressure gets up to. Mine hits 10 bar before the expansion valve starts going and stays at 10.
  2. armedcor

    Mara X

    I think the longer preinfusion really takes away any desire for myself to purchase the flow control paddle. Using predominantly light roasts right now and they're really spot on from the X so far
  3. armedcor

    Mara X

    For me it was between the Mara and the pro300. In the end the Mara just really took my fancy, size was also important. The maras build quality is incredible and really solid I would have zero worries there. There's also the ability to retrofit the pressure profiling tap and the very quiet pump which were the key points for myself. I honestly think you'd be happy either way, one thing to keep in mind is who knows when the next batch of MaraX's will be available.
  4. armedcor

    Mara X

    I really don't think it's bad honestly. If I had to flush like other HX machines I'd be using a hell of a lot more water when all is said and done. With the X I can literally walk up and pull a shot and the temp is Rock solid.
  5. armedcor

    Mara X

    Yea I made sure to recalibrate it yesterday so I had a good reference point! But you're right it's very easy to change on Niche by accident 😊
  6. armedcor

    Mara X

    Alright so I pulled two shots this morning and decided to measure water just for the craic. All measurements were from a pre wetted drip tray and where everything from the shot, opv water plus water that dumps after you finish a shot My first shot I ground around 20 on the niche and it was too fine?! Ended up with my shot weight of 38g after 48 seconds. In the drip tray I had bang on 100ml of water. My second shot was better grind wise but still a bit too fine. 38g out in 41 seconds. Water left in the drip dray - just under 80ml I’m not bothered by the water in the least I mineralise my own so I'm not buying bottles. It was more a curiosity than anything as the X is my first pump machine. I've read of people grinding for espresso around 11 on the niche so I am surprised how easily I'm choking it. Overall though this machine is a dream and I'm delighted with it. I placed my pre order before I saw any reviews but seeing @DavecUK Review only cemented how sure I was this was the machine for me.
  7. armedcor

    Mara X

    Yea I read that review like a bible lol. I thought that 40-50ml was when warming up not every shot which it seems I’m at right now.
  8. armedcor

    Mara X

    So would this expansion valve dump into the drip tray anything over 9bars let’s say. like when I’m using the blank basket it’s just constantly pouring into the tray non stop. If that’s the norm with the X I’m happy out just want to make sure. it does make me wonder if the flow control would make any sense with the MaraX if that’s the case
  9. armedcor

    Mara X

    With a light roast I’m right around the 20 mark with my Niche
  10. armedcor

    Mara X

    Hey guys and @DavecUK especially. I got my MaraX delivered to Ireland yesterday it’s my first pump machine my last being a pavoni so maybe this is standard but I better ask anyway. I’m still dialing in my grind so I’ve hit it with a slightly too fine a coffee once or twice and I’ve notice that it’s pouring a lot of water into the drip tray as the shot is brewing. I tried the blank basket out as well just to check and it reaches pressure No problem but at the same time there’s a good amount of water just pouring into the tray at the same time. Is this normal with the x? I seem to be going through a fair bit of water.
  11. armedcor

    Mara X

    Woo! I was honestly expecting the Mara to be delayed for a few months! Should have it in a week or so
  12. armedcor

    Mara X

    For sure, health in number 1 for everyone right now...but damn do I want this machine yesterday. 😛
  13. armedcor

    Mara X

    Just got my pre-order in. Very excited now
  14. armedcor

    Mara X

    I'm getting ready to pre-order one of these. Coming from a La Pavoni and I'm really looking forward to some form of temp control 😛 Looking forward to hearing your thoughts Dave!
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