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allikat

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  1. They have a coating which makes it easy to remove stuff from the surface of the basket. I've had stock baskets with blocked holes after repeated flushes and scrubbings, but my VST made baskets remain clear with just a rinse.
  2. If you own a La Marzocco machine, then there is zero difference, their stock baskets are made by VST. Do note the LM stock baskets are the lowest rung of VST's line, they don't get the precision coatings or measurements. I run LM stock baskets in my Gaggia, and I love the coffee that comes out. On the shower screen front, I use a clone IMS screen as I prefer it to the real IMS one I have on a shelf.
  3. I'd say say initially it's guesswork. With some of your regular V60 grind to hand, loosen until you get something similar? Then dial it in. The Crono is a good grinder, I'm really enjoying mine.
  4. Nice. I'm currently enjoying the Ueshima Fuji Mountain... yeah it's a commercial blend made in the EU to a Japanese spec. It's a decent brew for something off the shelves if you like dark roasts. I got it as it was on discount for £3 a bag and I saw it while I was picking up more brew water in Waitrose.
  5. Since the Mignon Facile and Manuale use the same size burrs and are espresso grinders, just pretend you have one of those when ordering burrs.
  6. If the boiler did hit 180c and pop the thermal fuse, then I'd replace any electronics installed anywhere close to the boiler, which could include your PID if it's fitted internally. 180c is well over the safe working levels for pretty well everything.
  7. With soft water, your issues with limescale are going to be limited. If your kettle has been getting daily use for years and it's not showing significant scale, then neither will your espresso machine. An annual treatment will be plenty.
  8. I just like the idea of having both the timer and a manual push. Example: When you've changed beans/grind and the timer has delivered just a little bit under what I want. It's also useful for purges. The problem with turning the dial to get that is that it's near impossible to set it back where it was. Yes, I do appreciate the annoyances with the crono could have been easily solved by buying a different model, but I couldn't afford that option. Maybe there's a way to mod in such a button when the warranty expires.
  9. My cup is not gonna excite too many people here, but heck... Lavazza rosso. I like my Italian blends.
  10. Skip the Rocky grinder, it's not a good option these days. I just got a Eureka Mignon Crono and I love it. Under 200 quid new. Just be sure to buy the 2020 model with espresso burrs, not the 2021 filter only model unless you fancy changing burrs. The Sylvia and Gaggia Classic are very similar machines. Single boiler and in need of a PID to work at their best.
  11. Yeah, a fake SSR is a dodgy thing, you can't be sure of the voltage or current ratings, and who knows what damage it could do when it fails.
  12. Having come to the conclusion my old Compak grinder deserved to be retired just before its' 20th birthday, I scraped together enough for a Mignon Crono. The whole box for the Mignon is smaller than my current grinder. It was a pleasure to put together, I did pop the top off to check burr alignment, which was incredibly easy to do. It was nice to find the burrs were both the right ones and close enough to aligned I didn't bother to fiddle with it, and the newer, larger 310w motor was nice to see too. It took me a few shots to dial it in, but I got there remarkably quickly. Now I'm wondering if the side control for the Silenzio is easy to find, so I could add the manual mode button.
  13. There's quite a few bargain basement machines around, usually delonghi or sage built (or clones thereof). Wouldn't call them good for espresso, but they'd probably do a decent job with milk.
  14. There will be folks who will buy your Gaggia, so you can make some money back there. And the key here is : You love the coffee, that's a win. Looks nice and neat too.
  15. I just got a Crono with espresso burrs, and it is a 310w model. Seems like there may be overlap.
  16. I got a box that was about half the size of my grinder.... and it's a new grinder! I got an espresso model Mignon Crono, with the forks. I already had a look at the burr alignment and it looks pretty good! And it's got the 350w motor too! Nice fluffy grinds, all I got to do is make them taste nice
  17. Just made an error on my order with them, I forgot the portafilter forks on my order of a Crono. I put the extra part in as another order and sent an email. A very nice lady was very happy to deal with it, even refunding the delivery price for the second order. 10/10 will use again.
  18. Depends how much you use it at a rough guess. The older 260w motor is fine for the Mignon Manuale. The bigger motor would be a bit better if you're planning on making coffees for more than 2 or 3 people in one go. But it's not a huge change. I suppose it's a viable option, the 50mm burrs are pretty cheap, and many folks suggest that aligning the burrs is something you want to do when you buy it. So if you're going to do that anyway, you may as well put the new burrs in at the same time. Then again, there's still stocks of the old one with espresso burrs around, which I plan on jumping on soon as I can.
  19. I'm slowly lowering the amount in my coffees. I mean, drink it how you want.
  20. I only went with galvanised because they were easier to find. They'll last another decade or two before they need replacing again. Next time: Stainless.
  21. In short: Yes. I have a 2001 Classic and it can be rough guesstimated into the right ballpark pretty easily without a gauge. I forget the exact amount, but I think it's a half turn on the screw (assuming it's not frozen up with scale). Others will be able to tell you the direction and amount needed to get it roughly right from stock. I've done it on a Classic and a Baby from that era, and the Classic hit 8.5Bar, the Baby got to 9 with the mod just with the right twist. I did later get a gauge, and both machines were close enough I didn't feel a need to adjust them.
  22. I do my preinfusion by pulsing the brew button with the portafilter just below the group. Then I lock it in and brew. It's not quite the full on preinfusion you can do with a more expensive machine, but it seems to work and doesn't need expensive mods.
  23. Yeah, that solenoid is the most likely place to get blocked up. You can try flicking it to steam and back a few times to make it move and maybe break it up.
  24. Thanks folks. I'll stick with the Compak for a while longer and keep swelling the available balance in my credit account until I can get a Facile or whatever it's called that week.
  25. Well, the Baby was the original home espresso machine. Then later came the Classic with the same internals (there's a few variations early on, but those are really old). Eventually, around 2001 or so, the Baby was moved to the plastic pump mounted OPV which was then put on the (cursed) 2015 Classic. The Classic Pro moved back to the older design, but the Baby stuck with the plastic OPV for which springs can be used to change the pressure. You can change out that spring to change the pressure, but you need the full 15 bar for the pressurised filter baskets, so it's only worth doing when you have a grinder that can do a real espresso grind. Edits: Yeah, it'll taste a LOT better than stale coffee in a plastic pod, and it'll cost less too. The tricks to get better coffee generally have very little impact on what you get from a pressurised basket. So just get it reasonably fine, don't overfill it, and you'll be fine. In general, the old machines are better than the newer ones, classics before 2015 and Baby's up to 2001/2 or so. Don't fixate on only Gaggia, if you see something else in good condition for a bargain price buy it. La Pavoni and Rancilio machines are good to look out for too as lower end machines that can be found as bargains.
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