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Simon Richardson

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  1. Thanks! I got three baskets with my second hand classic and never knew what the difference in these two single baskets was (not that I ever used them!)
  2. Here goes. For espresso, this is still too light for me - but it does look more like coffee. I’ll try another brew method later. My first two were too fast, thin and sour but I’ve got bored and need my morning coffee so put in some Italian job (first try with that coffee too!) for those that asked - I’ve not had much more other than “bin the old stuff” and a different pack of coffee to try.
  3. The wait is over. I have the second coming and we shall see if it solves everything 😁
  4. Great information on toxins etc. Thanks. To be fair to the roasters their response was bin it, and they’d send me some more to try. So we'll see what we get this time! Your final point is noted.
  5. Thanks all, have emailed roaster to see what they say. Am particularly interested that quite a few folk seem to think the roast is that light it could be unhealthy!? I'll have to look this up. For all those that asked questions about my kit, I have finally found the signature section and updated this to make things easier for all. Appreciated. Moved on to some El Salvador now....
  6. Part of espresso tasting pack : lightly roasted to emphasise the signature Ethiopian fruity flavour notes. The light roast also perfectly balances the acidity to give a smooth, clean taste and texture... https://divinecoffee.co.uk/products/ethiopian-250g Well, unless divine have some ... er, suitable intervention... I’ll just leave this here and find a different chapter to open.
  7. Thanks for honesty, will go back and question wtf the roasters were thinking.
  8. I’m on a Eureka Mignon specialita And gaggia classic with PID. Pictures attached of beans and puck. Very very light colour puck and falls apart easily unlike other ones (maybe less oil in bean?). I too gave up and put it in a french press. Might try the Espresso machine again if anyone has good tips or thinks it will work 😆
  9. Just get sour/thin espresso. Have tried higher temp and finer grind, to the point where the machine stalls, but I can’t get a decent espresso out of this bean. any ideas? Or just the wrong method to extract this bean?
  10. Will do @jaffro and will take you up on the offer should things look a little crusty 🤣
  11. Ok, thanks all. anyone have any idea of what new fasteners are likely? I don’t really want to get part way through and have to wait for another delivery of bits to be able to get going again. Plus with a toddler, leaving parts and machines anywhere except ceiling level is taking a risk 🤣
  12. Gaggia classic 2007. Not sure of last time seals/gasket have been replaced if at all. Am going to add mr shades pid. Should I replace all seals and group head gasket since I’m taking various internals out anyway to fit pid? thanks.
  13. @Agentb no I’ve not got a pid. So probably need some advice on temperature faff on the classic. I’d let it warm up a bit, say 5 minutes, ran through water to warm the pf and cups properly, then waited for the light and made my espresso. I guess I was worried watching the machine struggling to push through for nearly a minute was a really bad thing for it! Ill stress less and just go by taste. Certainly my early ones were really sour and I went much finer and they improved, prob went too far 🤣
  14. Thanks. I’ve ordered scales but everything came except the scales! (On back order). Doh. thanks for help though. Defo makes sense, the first few shots were sour as sour and fast and I went finer (to the point where a shot took 40-50 seconds) and realised you have to make very tiny adjustments on the Mignon. Like one eighth of the marked number?! Seems a bit precise but hope others find the same. @NJD1977 just checking it makes sense to pull two single espressos totalling 40g? I can’t get my double shot glass under the gaggia classic with standard tray. cheers
  15. Ok. So I finally got rid of the Krups machine and have a set up. Gaggia Classic , 9 bar mod. Eureka Mignon grinder. I’ve made some acceptable flat white ish drinks but the espresso don’t seem quite right. I’m using 20g coffee in (what I think is) standard double basket/porta and pulling into two espresso cups. First run comes after about 4-5seconds and I get two 25ml shots in 30 seconds. I have two slightly different single baskets that were supplied with the machine (second hand from here). so do I grind slightly less coarse to get the 30ml shots in 30 seconds and use a bit
  16. Ditto! I am keen but would need it posting as am in sunny Yorkshire
  17. The price of the Sage has just gone mental. Oh, and so has the price of the classics it would seem!! Still trying to find a classic as I've decided not to spend £350+ on a Sage (I Think!).
  18. thanks, will see what comes up I guess. Sounds like either will be a lot better than what I've got at the mo - an old Krups m/c.
  19. Will have to look your shop up next time we head to Alderney 🙂
  20. Have been looking at getting a better machine for ages... Looking at either waiting to find a Gaggia classic (to save money and poss have more options), or just order a Sage duo temp new. Any advice? I don't mind messing with kit but probably only have a few coffees a day and no-one else in the house drinks C. I am hoping to get a Eureka Mignon grinder second hand from a friend...
  21. thinking of a similar set up, but I think I can get a Mignon grinder from a friend. Just trying to work out whether to save cash, wait about and get a 2nd hand Gaggia classic or just get the Sage Duo now. Hmmm.
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