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  1. https://www.madebyknock.com/store/p52/Aergrind.html They’ve got a sale on the aergrind and airspeed, on models with slight cosmetic defects. They’ve been out of stock for a while if I’m not mistaken so a good opportunity if - like me - you’d been thinking about getting one for a while. Couldn’t put it in the deals section for some reason?
  2. WE CAN HEAR YOU JUST FINE, NO NEED TO SHOUT. P.S THEY LOOK VERY NICE
  3. Anything by Contigo But particularly if you want a durable one, one of the stainless steel ones. Mines been fucked up and down the country attached to the side of various bags (I attach it loose with a carabiner - such is my confidence it won’t leak).. A mate of mine ran one over with a cherry picker, destroyed a piece of aluminium rigging truss (the stuff they hang lights over your head with a concerts) but the contigo survived...
  4. 2nd hand pre-2015 classic, get one with a PID if you can, you can fit one later if not. Why? Because they’re great little machines, bulletproof, ubiquitous and you’ll not lose any money if/when you sell it. Paired with the best grinder you can afford. Grinder more important than machine at this point.
  5. Don’t want to be ‘that guy’ but with current restrictions surely you’re basically limited to selling locally or postage. (Apologies if this has been covered at a forum level, I’ve not been very active recently). Certainly a 3-4 hour non-essential round trip would be unlawful currently, if I’m not mistaken. (I did actually come here to check out the grinder fwiw). GLWS.
  6. Can’t comment on the rancillio although I think the general consensus is it’s a bit more ‘pro’, but in all honestly they’re both small single boiler machines. You want a classic from before 2015 (easiest was to identify is the badge, which reads “classic gaggia”). Phillips bought gaggia in 2015 and made a bunch of changes that made it worse. The newer 2019 onwards model which seems to have a few different names is also good, arguably bette in some ways. But of the ‘older’ bunch, it’s the pre-2015 ones you want.
  7. eBay ‘dosing cup’, they’re £8 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Take it to bits and descale EVERYTHING, and replace all the seals as mentioned above. DO NOT submerge the boiler, it’ll likely short the elements, everything else can be submerged. 1. It ensures you’re starting with a nice clean machine. 2. You’ll learn a lot about the machine, both how it works and how well looked after your example is. Once you’ve done that (or at the same time), then do whatever mods you want to do. It’s a good time to do the PID mod if you’re thinking of doing it as you’ll have the machine to bits anyway. MrShades has got his PID kits on offer currently so an ideal
  9. They are good, but they’re definitely one of the things that can wait. A ‘clipit’ on the bag will suffice. Getting started in espresso is expensive enough, I’d buy the bare minimum you need to get going, see how you get on and go from there. You’ll very quickly work out what you need and where your money is best spent. The 3 things you need are a tamper, scales and something to pour the espresso into that will fit under the portafilter. You will likely want to get some bottled water too (tesco ashbeck or Waitrose), unless you’re one of the lucky ones who lives somewhere with beautifully sof
  10. Tamper & Scales are obviously a must, small shot glasses help so you can fit it under the portafilter, a naked portafilter also helps with this, or you can just remove the spout from the portafilter. eBay cheap 0.1g scales, they’re less than £10 and do the job fine. A tamping mat is also handy, again, eBay is your friend. I rate these glasses: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172472824324 They’re small, toughened glass and have a wide mouth. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Yeh, just do the PID mod. It transforms the machine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Just be aware, he only mentions the PID is wired for brew temp (so presumably not for steam). What you really want is a PID wired for brew and steam temp, like the MrShades PID (search the forum, there’s an exhaustive thread on it, which I’d recommend!) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Also, re: getting a classic, make sure you get a pre-2015 one (or the new 2019 model, but more likely the older pre-2015). They’re better in a number of key ways. The pre-2015s are easiest to spot because the logo reads ‘classic gaggia’ and has switched, the inferior 2015-2019 models read ‘gaggia classic’ and have push buttons instead on switches. Google some photos you’ll see what I mean. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. It’s certainly very sub-optimal. You’d probably be better off with a mid range hand grinder to tide you over until you can get a good electric one, if getting the electric isn’t an option for a while. One thing my you’ll learn quickly about coffee in general is it’s a rabbit hole. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. If you want to do a lot of milk steaming it’s worth getting a classic with a PID, it makes a HUGE difference. You haven’t mention anything about a grinder, do you own one? You’ll need to factor one in, you aren’t making much espresso without one! You’ll find a lot of people will say the grinder is actually more important than the machine, particularly at this level. There’s not a huge amount to choose from between the pro-sumer beginner level machines, but the grinder can and will make a big difference. FWIW, I spent £60 on a used classic from Gumtree, spent another £100-150 on mods/upgrade
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