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  1. I suppose I define the need as "recommended to avoid damage". I do mine about every 3 months and was just wondering if that was too infrequent.
  2. Hi all. For those that use bottled water (specifically volvic), how often do you descale? Thanks. Alan
  3. I think most have the BE as it is older than the pro and you can still get it cheaper on discounts. I don't have either (got the dual boiler) but I can't see a reason to go with the BE and not the Pro. The pro has better grinding settings and faster extracting/steaming swapping times. The pressure gauge does look nice but I've stopped using mine all together. Just go by weight and you will slowly learn to identify by the flow whether it's too fast or slow.
  4. I contacted the supplier and they are replacing it, which is good, but worrying that they have older stock. Now I sit for a few days with no grinder 😭
  5. Hi all I'm gutted. I've just got my new Baratza Sette 270wi and the macro step adjuster is moving while grinding. There is a easy fix to the micro ring moving but I can't see one for the macro ring. I've contacted the supplier but I'm going to be very upset if I have to send it back. Anyone had something similar and knows a fix? Thanks Alan
  6. Thanks. I use bottled water (Volvic) but all water with minerals in will cause some scale. I guess I just don't know how quickly that will build up and when I should descale. Why don't you trust the auto descale function, or is that the long read I need to get in to?
  7. Hi there Descaling the machine is such a tedious task. One step that could make it go a little faster is to empty both boilers at the same time. Instruction manual says first do right screw then left. I don't see why they can't be done at the same time but I'm a bit worried that I damage an expensive machine due to my impatience. Anyone know? Thanks. Alan
  8. Bear in mind that it will change the flavour profile the longer you pull (more bitter). If you don't want strong, maybe pull a standard one and just add a bit of water so it's not over bitter
  9. Mine taste a lot better if I overextract the shot. I now run to about a ratio of 1:2.7 over about 35s to 40s. It just seemed to work a lot better with the oat milk, at least for me. Since then I actually enjoy them and don't just think "I should have just used milk".
  10. Thanks for the replies. Good to know static shouldn't be a problem.
  11. Hi all. I've decided to get a sette 270wi to make my life a little easier with its weight based grinding. But I've read quite a few posts about people being unhappy with the mess (often associated with static). Firstly, I don't even know if that will be a problem in the UK since the humidity is higher, so can anyone with a sette 270 please let me know if that is an issue here? Then, I read about the RDT method to reduce static. But since this is around single dosing, and the whole point of me getting the 270wi is not to have to go to the trouble of single dosing, I was wondering if
  12. Basically this! I was really battling to get used to it and was about to give up. But then, by accident, I overextracted a shot and my oatly latte tasted much better. The more bitter shot combated the overpowered oat. My favourite is a recipe of about 1:2.5...... Or maybe I'm just getting used to it ?
  13. I bought through them at the end. Arrived all good
  14. So, interestingly I left some Minor Figures and some Oatly Barista milks in a couple glasses. I was doing it to get them to the same temperature so I could try sip each and determine the taste difference. I didn't expect the separation to be quite so different when sitting. The oatly one is the one that separated a lot. They were both fine when mixed. Just found it interesting.
  15. Thanks for the tips. I must admit that some are probably a bit rich for my blood. I can't seem to bring myself to spend £30 for a bag, even though it'll last most the month. My pallet just isn't mature enough. Some day worth a try though.
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