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  1. You can also get it here - https://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/en/Coffee-Sensor-Flow-Restrictor-Conversion-Kit-For-E61-Groupheads/m-5028.aspx Currently out of stock but I contacted them last week and they said they expected to get them back in 2 - 3 weeks. That would have been my preferred option, but I'm impatient
  2. Bicky

    Mara X

    They're a bit small? To be fair I've not thought about them really since I put felt pads on way back, it was a very small quibble!
  3. It's arrived, no additional fees, so about £150 all in. I think it's just your luck with this stuff sometimes. Personally I'd expect the worst, but hope for the best!
  4. https://www.bestcoffee.guide/collections/loveramics I got mine from here. I've used them a couple of times now, they quite often have sales running.
  5. I've got a few loveramics egg espresso cups which are really nice. Can't measure them at the moment but I'd guess they are at least 5mm thick. Above featuring @BlackCatCoffeeChocolate Point blend 👍
  6. Bicky

    Mara X

    @DavecUK Ha don't leave us hanging like that! What about your non-professional, personal opinion?
  7. So my Coffee Sensor flow control device is on the way and I wanted to get clarification on a couple of things - I've measured my standard flow rate at 5.55 ml/s - I assume I should avoid exceeding this with the device installed? (is this even possible?) In that BellaBarista video and on the HB forum, there's some discussion about avoiding closing the valve completely to avoid mechanical damage, is this a valid concern? Should you always leave it open at least a quarter turn? I've seen/read of lots of people closing it entirely (not on the Bianca, but other machines). Thanks!
  8. I was watching a video with John @ Decent and Scott Rao giving a brief explanation of the Allongé style espresso, and at the very end Scott basically says something like this would be his go to style if he had something like a light roasted Kenyan, so I thought I'd try it with this! I don't have a Decent so I'm basically at the mercy of grind size, but I've tried it a couple of times using 17g in to roughly 85g out in about 30 seconds, and the results have been really quite pleasant. I end up with a weaker, thinner espresso obviously, but it's much more balanced with more fruitiness, and that harshness I was getting is gone. I don't think I'll be pulling this style of shot all the time, but as @Mrboots2u suggested, it's interesting to sometimes just throw your usual recipes out the window! Here's the video if you're interested -
  9. Bicky

    Mara X

    I've had my MaraX for well over a year now and I still love it, for the size and the price I think it's a cracking little machine. I was thinking the other day however about what I would change if Lelit released a revised version, and the biggest thing I could come up with was that I wish it had 3 different modes. Steam priority, brew priority with steam boost, and a new third mode - brew priority with no steam boost (in fact, personally, they can scrap steam priority, I've never used it!). There are times when I just want an espresso, or I'm pulling back to back shots and I just don't need the boost. Perhaps I'm dialing in a new bean or experimenting with a different style of extraction, it can be an annoyance as you're then against the clock to get your next shot in before the temperature starts going up (yes I can flush the group, but then we're back to guessing games), not to mention a waste of energy. I can't imagine any technical reason why this couldn't be a thing? I tried turning the machine off for a few seconds after pulling a shot the other day, but it still boosted when it came back on! Anyway, any other long term users have anything they'd like to see in a MaraX Mk2? The OPV redirect mod seems popular, so I guess a solution to that would be on a lot of people's lists. Better feet? I'm struggling to come up with anything else...
  10. I've enjoyed all the beans I've had from Coffee By The Casuals (just placed another order!), and I enjoy this as filter, but have struggled to make a good espresso. To me it seems like it can do with a pretty fine grind, but I end up with pretty bad channeling and a real harshness in the cup. Probably my terrible puck prep to be honest I've order the Coffee Sensor E61 flow control device so going to fit that and experiment with lower flow to see if I can pull something more enjoyable.
  11. That's good to hear. You definitely don't have to sell the virtues of manual grinders to me, I've been solely using them for the last year or so and I love it, I have no desire to go back to an electric grinder. My situation is that I have a 1zpresso JX Pro and a Feld 47, and I'm thinking is there something out there that's even better. I considered the Kinu M47, but while I'm sure the workmanship is top notch, I thought ultimately, with it's similar sized burr set, it wasn't going to be much in the way of an improvement over my existing grinders. So here I am looking at the Helor 106, with it's, frankly massive for a hand grinder, 71mm Mazzer burrs. It's that leap of ~£500 over my existing grinders that I'm trying to get over I guess I'm also slightly concerned about after purchase support. What if something goes wrong, how easy will it be to get support, spare parts etc. from China. I do see that they list replacement bearings, I think I'd be tempted to pick those up on initial purchase as well for the future. Did you order direct from helor.com? How was that experience? They mention 25 - 30 days delivery time, was that about accurate for you?
  12. @Stevebee @Rabh Hey, was wondering if you guys have any more thoughts on the 106 having now had it for a few months. Still using it? Have there been any issues, technical or usability-wise? Also @Stevebee you mentioned in another thread it costing you £600 + £12 handling fees, has the price changed since then, or were you just lucky in not having to pay tax on import or something? To me it looks like it could be £700+ all in. Trying to justify this to myself, but the price is kind of ridiculous 😂
  13. Hurray! I looked into the Bplus and Flair ones, but they seem stupidly overpriced for what they are! Worth a go for ~£15
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