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  1. From what I've read around the web, Barratza's US service is better than it is here for no good reason. They're good grinders, if they just improved serviceability and longevity, even as a slightly higher cost option I think they'd be better regarded here.
  2. A p-64 lookalike for less money? Count me interested. Would love to see that review when you have it done Dave.
  3. Adding the slim drip tray really does help with getting a scale under there. Even with a spouted portafilter you can fit a decent size cup in there on a scale.
  4. I was very pleased to see Shades of Coffee mentioned. I've never had a bad part from him. I've stuck the sticker on the bump hat for work 😛
  5. Could you point out where I was wrong? 72 hours isn't a long time. So assuming it takes 3 days to ship back, the last ones will be dying off while the postie brings it to the door. If in doubt, leave it in the box for a day or two before opening.
  6. Viruses don't live too long on hard surfaces. If you're at all worried, get some high proof alcohol wipes to wipe it down with, just do try wiping a hidden corner first to ensure the plastic doesn't react badly (it probably won't, but you can't be too careful).
  7. Mignons are pretty good grinders. It's my next grinder.
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    Steam on for a while isn't an issue if the thermostats are fine, it'll only get so hot if they're in good order. The thermal fuse is the last line of defence, it's made to pop at about 30-40c above the hottest steam thermostat I've seen on a Gaggia (which is the 155c one). The problem here is that a heater wire is coiled up inside it's little channel, and because of that, and the fact some coils will be touching the insulation inside, expansion of the wire can be in pretty much any direction. And that includes making it shorter. The only way to confirm this is the case is to repeated
  9. They're basic little grinders, unless it's pretty well brand new for that price, skip it. There's a lot better out there.
  10. allikat


    The problem with putting a meter across a thermostat is that they're always going to read as a dead short unless they've somehow managed to fail open, which is very very rare. They won't measure anything else unless they get above their rated temperature. You may well have a broken element that's just about making contact when cold, but as heater wire is wont to move when heated and allowed to do so, it could get warm enough to move, then break the circuit. I'd re-test the heater, and then the wires and connectors that go to the heater. Maybe a connector has gone bad on you?
  11. Metal tamper and second portafilter for a Delonghi dedica...
  12. Have you tried different shower screens too? I've had more luck with a clone IMS screen than I have with the real thing.
  13. You may have worn ears or brew group too. Have you another portafilter that you can try with? If it's worn ears or group you will have more play in the group with the portafilter inserted. Things you can try: Paper or plastic shim gaskets behind your gasket, replacement portafilter.
  14. They're not made to be taken apart, and you have to attack it with skill and power tools to convert it to one that can be renovated and rebuilt.
  15. Milk is natural product, and it'll vary depending on what the cows in question are eating. But I don't steam, so can't offer any advice on that. If it tastes good, then the milk is fine, just of a consistency that makes steaming tough. Have you considered mixing it with a dash of a different milk to see if that alters your results? Perhaps a little semi-skimmed will change things?
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