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  1. Nearly all the roasters that provide recipes for their products seem to end up with a similar brew ratio and extraction time for all their beans, which leads one to wonder if they are actually roasting the beans to hit those numbers (I am not a roaster so I could be way off course here). When I'm looking for the next beans to try out I really want as much information as possible, and having a starting point to work from for the recipe is very helpful.
  2. I do keep going back to Pharmacie, although that may be influenced by them being within walking distance from me.
  3. Depending on where you want to access the grinder you may be able to fit a 220v outlet for it in your new home. As I understand it larger appliances such as cookers tend to run at 220v and I doubt an E37S would notice the difference between this and 240v.
  4. One diagnosis strategy you can try is to line up some shot-glasses (or some other conveniently sized receptacle) on the drip-tray and then divide your shot into fixed time segments and pull each time segment into a glass. e.g. for a 40 second shot pull 4 x 10 second segments into 4 shot glasses, shifting a new glass under the group-head at 10 second intervals. Then you can taste each segment individually to see where the bits you do and don't like occur in the full shot.
  5. Be interesting to see what interest there is in this - the listing looks genuine enough although the starting bid is very low: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ceado-E5SD-New/143938294581?hash=item2183641335:g:AXQAAOSwvZNgG~S9
  6. There were other reasons to move on to a better grinder, but the ability to grind fine enough for espresso was not one of them.
  7. I understand the use of shims to adjust the burr alignment and clearance on a commercial grade grinder. A quick search suggests there was a kit available for older Sage grinders that allowed for a shim (essentially a washer) to be placed under the lower burr to make a finer grind range available. However I think this kit is no longer relevant because later models have an adjustable upper burr carrier. My 2020 vintage SGP not only goes fine enough to choke a Gaggia Classic but you can also hear the burrs touching well before you get to the finest setting. This is out of the box, before changing
  8. I spent a bit of time using a Sage SGP as my first grinder (I still have it - need to put it on ebay) and it cheerfully crunched through whatever beans I threw at it. Not sure what 'shimming' @Mrboots2u is proposing; my one can grind fine enough to choke a Gaggia Classic out of the box, without re-calibrating the upper burr, and that's feeding it with high-altitude light roast beans - I don't do the darker roasts. It has a number of whizzy features which, as I realised that single-dosing was the way to go for me, just got in the way and I fairly quickly moved onto something better. It's
  9. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1pc-Espresso-Coffee-Dosing-Ring-Funnel-Portafilters-Cafe-Ground-Ring-Funnel/173852937737
  10. I think lot of this is about personal preference. I've been adding comments to this thread (linked below), where the OP is asking for some help using similar equipment, recipe, and exactly the same beans from the same roaster that I have used recently. They haven't been able to produce a cup of something that they like, whilst I got something I liked even on one or two shots where things didn't work quite as intended. I have suggested that maybe it's just that the OP's expectations and taste differ from mine, and those of this particular roaster. On the specific subject of 'dark', has an
  11. Many years ago there was an espresso cart that ran from the forecourt at Brighton station. They used a gas-fired spring lever machine and it's possible there was no electricity involved at all. They didn't last for very long which was a bit sad because I liked their coffee a lot and the staff were a good laugh. I don't know why they disappeared.
  12. I didn't go through the videos in detail but it doesn't read like you're doing anything spectacularly wrong: it could just be that you don't agree with the way Pharmacie select and roast their coffee. I didn't start doing my own espresso at home until a bit after the first lockdown started. Early on I bought a bag or two online from Small Batch Coffee, a well known local chain. Their roasting operation is more geared to supplying their cafes but they usually have a couple of single origins on sale and I had used these, pre-ground, for Aeropress with some success in past. At the time all t
  13. Classic Pro with 9bar OPV spring, some temperature monitoring (NOT a PID - I've described this elsewhere), and a bottomless portafilter with LM 18g basket. Ancient Ceado E37 modded for single dosing. So not hugely different to the OP's kit. I'm pretty sure I was working with the same beans. Even when I screwed something up (e.g. forgot to start the timer or found the scales had timed-out when I pulled the shot) I still got something I liked in the cup.
  14. Sorry - didn't check the first video. Pharmacie are my local roaster (walking distance) and I've never had anything I didn't like from there. I finished a couple of bags of their Peru El Palto espresso roast last week and am absolutely loving a Colombia Franklin MUÑOZ (sadly no longer available) at the moment, but these were all purchased/roasted before Christmas - they've been in the supplied bags until I started using them earlier this week. All using a fairly typical 17-18g in/35+g out in around 30 secs recipe, but I reckon I could go longer on the brew ratio.
  15. In terms of features there seem to be two basic types of scale out there that I would consider suitable. I assume this is because the internals are from common sources and, after that, what you pay for is build quality and finish of the bits you can actually see. The two basic types are: 1. 0.01g resolution, <= 500g capacity. No timer. e.g. https://www.amazon.co.uk/High-precision-Back-Lit-Features-Stainless-Batteries/dp/B01JKX4QAC 2. 0.1g resolution, 3Kg capacity with timer. e.g. https://www.amazon.co.uk/ERAVSOW-Digital-Stainless-Precision-Sensors/dp/B07HB39X29 Note resolutio
  16. You haven't said what beans you're using, what you're expecting from them and why. I run a similar setup to yours and, over 6 months, I have tried around 24 different single origin beans from 8 roasters; mainly local to me in Sussex. Generally I have found that I can get something I like out of any of the beans. The only exception was 2 beans in 4 bags from one particular roaster. The descriptions on their website ticked all the boxes but when I opened the bags the beans looked a lot darker than I expected and, no matter what I did, I couldn't get anything I liked out of them. Since
  17. A quick search suggests £3.50-£4.00 for a 200g bag of beans, so £17.50/KG. This site 'normalises' prices to 250g bags, so you're looking for anything less than £4.37: http://coffeediff.co.uk/coffee-beans
  18. I've got a SGP that I used for a month or two before I found something far better suited to my habits in the For Sale section of this forum - I need to post it onto ebay at some point. It did the job, and my one was able to grind high-altitude light roasts fine enough to choke a Gaggia Classic without needing to change the default calibration. It has lots of features and bells/whistles that I really didn't use, it's not very easy to clean, using the supplied grinds bin is a static nightmare, and I suspect something would wear out or break shortly after the warranty period expired. Yo
  19. Yes. As he says the difference between just right and overdone is about a half a second. It may be that using a pre-heated porcelain or glass container might actually be easier than a steaming jug because of the additional thermal mass. You need to clean the steam wand PDQ when you're done, and don't use the same cloth that you would use when steaming milk.
  20. They've also removed all the (rather obviously fictitious) five star customer reviews, which makes the whole site look more honest.
  21. There are a number of ITOP machines around. The IT-MT813 that was the original subject of this thread is more interesting because its specification appears to include a lot of the desirable features discussed elsewhere in the forum.
  22. That is pretty much what I have done to single dose with a rather old E37. I couldn't get the shot timer to work properly so I removed the circuit board altogether (easy) and the machine works in straight on-off mode using the portafilter button.
  23. I was intrigued by this question: a 17.5g dose of the current beans I am brewing (a Peruvian El Palto from Pharmacie) works out at exactly 100 beans.
  24. Hi Dan, Thanks for responding. Whilst I wouldn't want to put a spoiler on someone's business there really are some issues with the content on your website. In particular, the fact that all the equipment reviews give a 5 star rating, and when you scroll through the espresso machine ratings you find that 'customers who purchased this machine also purchased these other products' - then showing the other two espresso machines that you sell. I am struggling to believe that these are all genuine customers, and that there are people out there who would purchase all three machines ranging in pric
  25. If you want a Gaggia the best place to order is almost certainly Gaggia Direct. Last time I looked their prices were pretty competitive and, should you need it, their servicing and warranty turnaround is excellent.
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