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  1. njlhyde

    Mara X

    Technically the steam flush was when I was thinking about a dual boiler - Minima. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. njlhyde

    Mara X

    I have upgraded my Silvia yet but this is my cleaning plan when I do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I have some counter sunk screws but don’t have the modified shower screen fittings so I’m using the original protruding but and the other screws are gathering dust. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thanks - job for the weekend with a replacement group cover (black one to replace the flakey chrome one).
  5. I ordered the gasket from Amazon. It is black rubber and looked similar to the previous one (notches on the sides and writing in the top) but didn’t check the depth. I have ordered a new silicone (green) gasket from My Espresso with a new shower screen which I will fit at the weekend. Should the screw in the shower screen be very tight or just tight? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I just replaced the gasket and shower screen on my V3 Silvia and now it is difficult to rotate the portafilter into the normal position. It start to “stick” around the 7-8 o’clock position. It takes a lot of force to get into normal 6 o’clock position to engage and prevent leaks during pulling a shot. The only thing I can’t think of is that I over tightened the shower screen screw. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. njlhyde

    Mara X

    While you’re waiting for the Mara X to arrive, can you give me the pro’s and cons between a HX and dual boiler for my use? Two lattes every morning from the same double shot and four at weekends. Up to four or six if friends or family come round. Occasional espresso or Americano. I’ve had a Silvia for last ten years and researching the upgrade. I started with the double boiler but now think that HX machine may be better choice for my profile. I see that HX should give similar results but pull fresh water through and are easier to descale. I’m thinking g that a double boiler would be overkill for my needs and lead to more stale water etc. Am I missing anything? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. njlhyde

    Mara X

    No pre-order here Dave. Patiently waiting for your review and hopefully some advice on this or the Minima. [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. njlhyde

    Mara X

    Still undecided between this, the ACS Minima and the Profitech Pro 600. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. So I’ve been researching HX verses dual boilers - am I right thinking that for 2 to 4 lattes per day I’m better off with the HX because it pulls fresh water from the tank rather than older heated water from the brew boiler? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks What do you think about my grinder? Baratza Forte - it’s meant to be good commercial grade. If you had around £1800 budget, would you spend it on a better espresso machine or cheaper espresso machine + new grinder. In either case, what would you buy. My wife needs to be able to use it - I taught her how to use the Silvia and she’s ok but her patience doesn’t stretch too far. I’ve still got plenty of time for research and not buying anything until later in the year. Nick
  12. Interesting. What advantages would this have over the ACS Minima, if any?
  13. Thanks @Stanic. Didn’t really want to surf temps with a single boiler and can’t see the Mara X has a pid.
  14. I have been very pleased over the last 10 years with my Silvia, fed by a Baratza Vario. Recently I traded my Vario in for a nearly new (ex demo for a show) refurbished Baratza Forte. I make a latte for the wife and me every morning and another one for lunch at weekends. Anytime after which I’m using decaf ground to avoid waking up at 4am. Friends and guests expect and demand my lattes. I’m 50 later in the year so I am looking for the forever upgrade. I started with a budget of £1000-1500 and the ACS Minima was the top of my list. I was recommended the Profitech 600 as an alternative (looks and build) but this got me looking at a Lelit Bianca, which is a small stretch more. As I’ve trawled this forum I’ve come across the Niche Zero so now I’m thinking that I’m better spending my budget on the Niche and Minima. My latest thinking is that I can use the Forte for my regular go to beans and use the Niche for single shot beans and decaf in the afternoon. So the question is - do I spend my money a better/ pretty espresso machine alone or the functionality of a great work horse (Minima) and the Niche. I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks Nick
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