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  1. Mine landed this morning. I have around 2 weeks worth of beans in the queue in front of it. Looking forward to trying it - there was a very promising whiff as I opened the parcel.
  2. Google is your friend - I reckon this is the part: https://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/en/gb/Gaggia-Classic-20min-Eco-Switch-CPU-230V---421941312261/m-5171.aspx Not as much as I expected, but (from memory) it's quite buried in the machine so it could easily be 2-3 hours labour to replace assuming you know exactly what you're doing. I seem to recall it failed on a Saturday, so I had to wait until Monday to call Gaggia Direct. They arranged for a courier to collect on Tuesday, and the machine got back to me on the Friday afternoon so I was without espresso for nearly a whole week *a
  3. I think the motherboard risk is fairly low - mine was one of a batch from May-June 2020 that had this problem. The other option for fixing that is to replace the power switch with one that is like the brew/steam switches and bypass the motherboard entirely, so it works more like the older Classics without the electronics.
  4. I took a quick sniff around Ebay and I think I found the two items you're looking at. If so, the vendor has provided lots of detail, and it certainly looks like he is doing all the right things. The things I would look out for: Pro: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255051691968 You're getting a new(er) machine, but it's also more complex in terms of the electronics - there's a timer that switches it off after 20+ minutes that doesn't bother me but I know it's a major annoyance for others. My brand new Pro needed a replacement motherboard after about a month of use, which was done un
  5. To be a bit clearer, Sage Appliances is a trading name used by the Australian owned Breville Group in Europe. This is because Breville Australia sold its ownership of their brand in Europe in 1982. Also of note is that Breville Australia recently acquired Baratza, but I don't think there is any evidence of the brands merging yet.
  6. I have a rather old E37 (not S) where the electronics expired. The cost of replacement parts is prohibitive, so I bypassed the circuit board and display, added a bellows and use it as a single-dosing grinder with the portafilter button only. If you can work out what wire is doing what it's actually very easy to do, and no additional parts are required: you just re-route the wiring using the existing spade connectors.
  7. Although these grinders have a timer on them what matters is how much ground coffee (by weight) you put in the filter basket. So you need to weigh the output and adjust the timer so that you end up with the required dose in the basket. I had a Smart Grinder Pro and ended up grinding into a dosing cup set on a small digital scale, and stopping the grinder when I hit the required dose. I would run the grinder with no beans starting around 15 and then see/hear if the burrs touch if you set it finer. With mine I think I heard the burrs touch at around 3 or 4. You don't want to run the grinder
  8. I have a Whirlpool dishwasher that dates from 1994. Still works like it did when it was new.
  9. I've recently started a bag of this - still tuning the grind but it definitely fits the bill: (note these are all espresso roasts, but others are available) https://castironroasters.com/products/bale-mountain-ethiopia from the same roaster: https://castironroasters.com/collections/espresso-coffee/products/gonzalez-fiallos-honduras Note that Cast Iron pack in 340g bags, so although they look expensive you are getting more coffee for the extra money. A couple of recent single origins from Craft House: https://www.crafthousecoffee.co.uk/collections/coffee/produc
  10. 1. Prezes 2. dfk41 3. dutchy101 4. MediumRoastSteam 5. Systemic Kid 6. Bicky 7. Vash 8. AdmDaveW 9. Winterlight 10. Tripleshot 11. RobDGio 12. BenH 13. ohms 14. Like Medium Strong Coffee 15. Morningfuel 16. Alpesh 17. Mit_hirani 18. Systemic Kid (2nd order) 19. Siliconslave 20. shaun**** 21. spasypaddy 22. danielpugh 23. CafeColando 24. Stox 25. 26. 27. 28. 29.
  11. They definitely do 'plain' and Teflon versions in the Metallurgica range, e,g : https://cafazzini.co.uk/collections/espresso-accessories/products/italian-made-milk-jug-350ml https://cafazzini.co.uk/collections/espresso-accessories/products/metallurgica-motta-stainless-steel-teflon-red-milk-jug-350ml
  12. +1 for the Motta 350ml jugs. I went for a Teflon lined one which is excellent for steaming around 120-130ml of milk. https://cafazzini.co.uk/collections/espresso-accessories/products/metallurgica-motta-stainless-steel-teflon-red-milk-jug-350ml
  13. I see you're in East Sussex. I live in Hove and, although there may be exceptions elsewhere in the county, I would expect your water to be hard to very hard. I'm still using a combination of a jug filter, in-tank filter, and regular descaling. A search for a more permanent solution got me to the East Midlands Water site that offers a number of interesting looking systems e.g. https://www.eastmidlandswater.com/easy-change-reverse-osmosis-system/3828 They also offer a counter-top RO system but I really don't know how this would compare to the Osmio system.
  14. The business is located around 30 miles from me. For UK customers the website prices are ex. VAT and shipping tends to be quite expensive because next day delivery seems to be the only option available. I would be pretty confident that what they advertise is genuine, but YMMV etc. I only have an indirect experience from when I ordered some filter baskets from the UK La Marzocco website that were priced far cheaper than the same items sold on the Espresso Solutions website. However, it turned out that the order was fulfilled by Espresso Solutions!
  15. A search on Ebay for Steering Rack Boot will get you hundreds of potential options that could be modified. I think I have a Peugeot 306 boot on my modified Ceado E37.
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