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  1. Hi, I’m heading down to London this week and wondered if there’s any independent coffee shops that I can stop at on route. I’m looking for somewhere ideally between Bicester and the Chiltern Hills, I’ll be on the M40. I don’t want to deviate massively but happy to take a bit of a detour. Any recommendations would be great. Thank you.
  2. Right I gotcha, I didn’t know if it was the depth that was issue but if it’s the rim that needs adjusting I’m stuck. I’m quite handy but lack the tools to make the necessary adjustments.
  3. I’d be interested to find out about alternative baskets too if anyone can shed any light?
  4. This is the one I have however I paid £24, it didn’t however come with an additional basket. I can certainly recommend it, it’s smooth to insert into the machine and my sage basket fits perfectly. The quality is surprising quite good and I can’t see that I would need anything more than this. For £24 I’d definitely recommend it. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Changzhou-Filter-54mm-Bottomless-Portafilter-Replacement/dp/B089K9K1QB/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=changzhou&qid=1609592211&sr=8-1
  5. It was .... https://www.nunido.co.uk/index.php?cl=details&anid=2e2439def3948661d53d871ac06e1627&gclid=CjwKCAiA-f78BRBbEiwATKRRBFcOQ_lFC6IIuACibhn166wePiFD8JV3eN-jb6QP_StJL2x2XZKxhBoC-7MQAvD_BwE and https://www.nunido.co.uk/loveramics-egg-15-5-cm-shared-saucer-6-pieces.html hopefully that works. I’d be happy to share a pack.
  6. puffin1

    Eggnog

    @RobbieTheTruth yes it pains me to say it but I have a soft spot for Starbucks eggnog latte. That’s exactly the type of stuff I was after and the right size too. Hopefully they’ll have it in stock in the coming months, I’ll keep an eye out. Thank you
  7. puffin1

    Eggnog

    Thanks for the info @Rob1. I hadn’t really thought of the ratio of eggnog to milk, in that case I’ll need less than anticipated. And yes, I suspect the cartons won’t have much of a shelf life once opened either. I think they’re around £10 a litre on Amazon which is just crazy. Thanks again.
  8. puffin1

    Eggnog

    Particularly early I know, I almost hate myself for thinking about Christmas but I’d like to perfect my eggnog latte and wonder if anyone can offer some help. I know cartons of eggnog are difficult to get or expensive (I may try Aldi or Lidl as they often have random stuff) can anyone suggest a syrup or an easy recipe to follow please? I know the shelf life on the homemade stuff is short and as quite often it’s just me drinking the stuff I’m tempted to try the syrup. Any suggestions (other than stop ruining good coffee) are greatly welcome. Thanks
  9. Yes I had a moment when I went to tamp it and wondered why it wasn’t sitting flat then realised I needed to tamp it at the edge of the counter. I was also expecting to have to redecorate the kitchen from a explosion of coffee from a poor extraction but it was a surprisingly good pour. Yes, definitely a worthwhile purchase even just to use periodically when dialling in a new coffee. Saying that, it’s easier to clean than the original so may become a permanent fixture if the extractions remain consistent 🤞
  10. Just a quick update, I also bought a bottomless PF from Amazon as per @Hairy_Hogg recommendation and despite the expected delivery date being another month it arrived today. I’ve only used it once and as mentioned it’s not such a snug fit as the original sage PF but for the money it’s great, no issues at all. I obviously can’t comment on longevity but at least buying through amazon gives you some peace of mind.
  11. Thanks for the info, just ordered one and expected 8th-17th October.
  12. @dutchy101 would you recommend this one you bought from amazon? I know you said it’s not such a snug fit but given the price I was expecting some kind of compromise. For the money I’d be happy to give it a go if you’re pleased with it. Thanks
  13. My apologies, I didn’t realise it didn’t have a cleaning cycle like the others. Excuse my ignorance but does the manual not suggest an alternative method of cleaning? If it doesn’t suggest backflushing, like @TomHughes points out, then surely it doesn’t need it and could do more harm than good.
  14. I use a specific milk cleaner for the wand by Puly, again from amazon. I always purge the wand after I’ve frothed my milk so it’s never too bad but I put the cleaner in a jug and froth it up like you would the milk. The cleaner gets drawn back into the wand when you turn it off and I leave it submerged in the cleaner as this gets any stubborn residue off the outside of the wand. It gets left for half hour or so before I flush the wand with clean water for a while to get rid of any cleaning fluid. You can unscrew the end of the wand if it’s really crusted up, there’s a tool to do this supplied with the machine. I’m not sure if the cleaner used to run through the machine is designed to clean the wand specifically. I’m not saying it’s not or that it can’t be just that I personally use an alternative. I’d be interested to hear if anyone does as it’d save me buying another bottle of purly when it runs out. I think the key to keeping your machine running smoothly is flushing the group head after removing the PF every shot and flushing the wand after removing it from the milk. Who wants to use a crusty wand anyway? If you do this each time you use it you’ll find that your machine needs very little maintenance other than the routine cleaning cycle. This is my experience anyway and so far it seems to be working well.
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