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  1. I'm planning to do the coin test, but almost sure It wont get a pass
  2. Thanks to all for the feedback... Now on the dose of 10+ grams in single basket. I started with 8,5g, which is what was left after applying the Razor tool provided. Let remind that PF and the baskets are from Barista Express. With this dose I had to go too much fine on the grind and the coffee taste was bitter and the flow initially was OK and then just drips. The pucks were always wet. Then with lots of experiments I came to dose 10g, and even 10,5g (this is when you level to the top of the basket and then tamp) with grind that was more looking right. At that dose/grind the taste was no acid and not bitter, but nice and rich of aroma (not much of crema) and the flow was good. Still achieving consistency was difficult. The beans are roasted locally (medium) and 3 weeks old. The pucks in that case was good and not wet but in most cases you can see the print of the grouphead shower screen. And yes Sage say the single basket is good to be used from 7 to 10g. Today I'm back on Maromas Orphea and below is my first shot without dial in, just remembering the grinder position. I can make a difference now between the two coffees - Orphea much easier to pull a good shot and better looking flow and crema, the local roasted Brazil Yellow Bourbon Fazenda Rainha is much more difficult to pull a good shot, but better taste and aroma. BTW I was not expecting that it will be that difficult, but I've learned a lot since and was encouraged and supported here, which is really nice! Still long way to go, but I'm in now
  3. More shots... Sage Bambino Plus Single cup single wall basket Eureka Mignon MCI 10g Brazil Yellow Bourbon Fazenda Rainha coffee
  4. In the shot description you have the answers... Yes its too much coffee in the single basket - 10g, instead of 8.5 (that's when you use the Razor tool). The grinder is Eureka Mignon MCI, and the baskets and PF are from Barista Express and not the original pressurized
  5. I know it's strange and was expecting comments in this direction or even no comments ... The reason is the target output - I had to reach between 40-50ml - that's what my wife want to see in the cup, apart from coffee being balanced. So first I dial in the coffee grind with the double cup single wall basket with 17g and 60ml output (1:3.5) until the taste is balanced with nice crema. Then with the same grind size and the single cup basket with above ratio I'm able to get to the 40-50ml output. The taste is still good and balanced - no bitterness nor acidity.
  6. Sage Bambino Plus Single cup single wall basket Eureka Mignon 10g Orphea Maromas coffee
  7. I'm still working on consistency of getting good shots without using the scale (dosing and tamping), but the real challenge is how to teach my wife making coffee on her on. One thing is for sure I will never ever use the double wall baskets with this machine. With regards to coffee beans type (I'm not experienced at all), so far I have managed to dial in Maromas Orphea, which maybe is medium roast? and Davidoff Espresso 57 Intense, which is dark roasted. And yes the late and cappuccino are outstanding.
  8. This is my simple and budget (under 700 GBP) setup: Sage Bambino Plus + Model: SP0001515 54mm portafilter + single wall baskets Eureka Mignon MCI Chinese scale Finally able to pull good shots out of Bambino Plus
  9. Update. I got my Eureka Mignon MCI Chrome and its a solid build, small size, nice looking grinder that goes enough fine for good espresso. I would recommend that particular model to any beginner on a budget.
  10. OK, I have ordered from the original post for 319 EUR the Chrom version with 5 years warranty (that was impressive). The one on the eBay was 195 GBP, but whiteout the logo and the box didn't look good - I guess the warranty would be void as well. That's a bit more than what I've paid for the Bambino (300 EUR), but its an investment for the next 5 years I hope. Thanks to all that contributed to the post! I will share update on how I'm doing when both the order of the portafilter with unpressurized baskets from Sage and Mignon are with me.
  11. I'm not able to find it on ebay.co.uk, would appreciate if you can send me the link.
  12. Thanks lake_m, I saw that post, but I rather prefer the old classic model. I'm thinking to buy it from the link above if nothing better comes until Monday...
  13. Hi All, I'm new to the coffee and recently bought Sage Bambino Plus as replacement of an old and worn Saeco used mainly by my wife with supermarket preround. Now I need to recover back the coffee quality as just using the Bambino with preground and pressurized baskets is not getting me there - shots are coming too quick and bitter. After some research and advices from the forum, now I have to buy an entry level expresso grinder. I am considering Eureka Mignon and need advice where to look for a good price in UK (or DE) for a new? My best price for the moment online is 300 EUR in Germany: https://www.mobacoffee.de/Eureka-Mignon-Istantaneo-MCI-Timer-Schwarz Can anyone tell me if the price is good and where in UK I can find a better price? Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance!
  14. idekov

    idekov

    Sage machine - that's the right point Bambino is appliance ;). Still I have no answer how the old Saeco was able to get a reasonably good coffee with non pressurized basket and supermarket preground Lavazza. The new machine was supposed to be simple to operate and small footprint as my wife is the main coffee consumer at home. Me - I simply want to understand what I do and improve the coffee experience at home. Having watched dozens of videos on YouTube I do agree that if I want to have control over the process I will need to spend another 250 pounds for a reasonable grinder, however If with the new portafilter, unpressurized basket and maybe a little bit more coffee dose I will be able to achieve reasonable results experimenting with preround coffee, then I would stick to this setup. Or alternatively as you suggested will start buying grinded coffee from specialized shops until I find the right blend and grind size.
  15. idekov

    idekov

    Thanks Tonino! I was already 100% honest and told them that I can accept my warranty being void, but rather make the machine useful. With the pressurized baskets and pre ground coffee (which I used before with my 15+y old very simple and popular Saeco) the coffee goes out too quickly - 5-8sec. pre-infusion and 15-20sec. brewing. The amount of tampering pressure makes no difference. The coffee afterwards is wet and not packed. I hope the non-pressurized basket and the new portafilter will allow me to improve the performance and will get at least to the level of my old machine. I do not have enough space and therefore did not planned to buy grinder.
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