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  1. Thanks all - I’ve gone for the joe Frex copy ones linked by Jony from blu star. Shipping from EU and apparently if they don’t fit the letterbox they will hold at the post office but don’t leave a note telling you (odd!?) but hopefully they will arrive. Anyone ordered from blu star before?
  2. Anyone have any recommendations of a good set of budget scales to use with the dtp? I'm looking for ones that will fit underneath the PF so I can weigh as it pours. These ones seem like they might fit the bill: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DGLFVS0/ref=psdc_3538314031_t2_B074TB9L2D would be nice to have a set with a built in timer too, like these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074TB9L2D/ref=psdc_3538314031_t2_B0759J83GT but they seem quite big, and I'd take them fitting under the PF over the timer feature.
  3. I did end up going for the dtp with eureka mignon. I had a similar budget in mind (£400 ish) but was glad I decided to push the boat out a little bit more in the end on the mignon. It’s a really great grinder and looks great too. Has a quality, heavy feel to it that gives me the impression it will last for many years. Really quiet too, which is great for us. Really glad I decided on the dtp in the end. I looked at the barista express initially, but it’s essentially just a dtp with a built in grinder. Saying that, I would really like a pressure gauge as I’m new to all of this too and there’s a hell of a lot more variables than I’d thought possible!
  4. Yeah - thanks. I haven’t tried the double wall baskets yet (feels a bit like cheating!), but maybe that would have been the way to go with the cheaper grinder. Picking the mignon up on the way home so hopefully this weekend will have better results!
  5. It looks like sage changed their water filter model from the older, more reasonably priced ones. Might just go for changing the filter once every 6 months or so and use bottled water. Yeah - looking forward to getting the grinder now, had a couple of shots with just my old Cuisinart grinder this morning but they weren't great - lots to learn I think. Had the grind on the finest setting but the shot still seemed a bit weak and pulled in about 15 seconds, so I don't think it's grinding fine enough. Hopefully the mignon will improve the game a bit. Finding that the milk steaming is quite tricky to get right too. I've got a thermometer that I got online but when I used it it seemed to take a long time to get to the 60degree mark, and then it seemed very hot (too hot to sip), so I'm thinking it might not be accurate. Thanks for the advice!
  6. Hi all, Just bought the Sage DTP last night and got it set up. Just thinking down the line and wondering what advice people have on cleaning products and filters? I don't think mine came with a descaler, although apparently they usually do so might double check the box when I get home. Do people recommend using the sage descaler only, or are there cheaper/better alternatives? I've heard a lot of people mention Puly, and I know some people just use citric acid? second thing I'm wondering about is the water filter - it recommends changing every 3 months. the filter type on the machine we got is this Claris type: https://www.sageappliances.com/uk/en/parts-accessories/accessories/ses008wht0neu1.html £13.95! seems expensive for a 3 month replacement cycle - does anyone know if you can get away with less frequent changes? We are going to use bottled water only (ashbeck from Tesco being the general recommendation). I've looked around online and that seems to be the cheapest you can get these for. similar questions about the brands/frequency of the cleaning tablets (got two with the machine). Lastly - just wondering if it's normal for the portafilter to be a pretty tight fit at first and just needs loosening up? Finding I really have to give it a push to get it in place, and is very tight. although once there seems to work fine. Waiting on delivery of a eureka mignon specialita tomorrow now, and then going to have a proper play at the weekend!
  7. Thanks for the advice! I had read similar things about the Sette. I actually prefer the retro look of the mignon - so think I'm still sticking with that.
  8. just wondering how you got along with the specialita? I’m in a similar position as you were, have more or less decided on a sage dtp and Mignon specialita...but haven’t fully committed yet. One thing I did think was is the stepless adjustment too much for a total beginner. I noticed you’d mentioned this - have you found it intuitive? Also, is there a lot of retention? Similar to you i don’t really want to get into weighing individual shots...maybe I’m just being lazy! Was looking at the sette 270 as well. Far too much choice once you get into this!
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