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  1. Yes, that's the plan. My original budget for all this was originally much lower, so I had to draw the line somewhere. Plus it feels like I should enjoy the upgrade to the SGP, then appreciate an even better grinder in a few years.
  2. Yep, got the report as below. Only the last part made any sense to me! 173 mg/l CaCO₃ 12.12 English degrees or degrees clark 17.31 French degrees 9.69 German degrees 1.73 mmol/l 9.69 Grains per US gallon 12.12 Grains per British Gallon This means your water is classified as moderately hard Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks for the replies. Clearly I've got a lot to learn about water. Might just start with tap water and descale regularly. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  4. Expecting my new DTP to arrive today. According to my water supplier, I live in a 'moderately hard water' area. Judging by the state of my kettle, I'd class it as high, and probably why my old Gaggia Classic needed almost constant descaling in its latter years. It seems the general consensus is that using bottled water is better than tap, which makes sense. However, the DTP manual explicitly states that you should only use tap water, saying that it "may affect the taste of the coffee and how the espresso machine is designed to function". Am I worrying too much? Feels like bottled makes sense, but I hate to ignore advice in the manual (especially if it might invalidate he warranty!). Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks. Researching it has taken up all my spare time over the past few weeks. I definitely need a decent coffee after that! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  6. Having spent a (very) long time researching, not least in these forums, I've decided to get a Sage Duo Temp Pro. Should be with me tomorrow. Not entirely sure why I'm telling you all about it - maybe just part of me trying to justify the outlay (pursuading my wife that we need to spend £550 on a new coffee set up wasn't easy!). Previously had a Gaggia Classic. Bought used in 2009 and loved tinkering with it, but it recently seized up completely and decided to treat myself to a new machine. Planning on getting a Sage Smart Grinder Pro to go with the DTP (an upgrade on my Dualit 75002!). A bit concerned the flashy screen is swaying my opinion, but it sounds like a decent enough grinder and I don't have room for anything like a Super Jolly. Nearly got the Sage Barista Express. Lovely looking machine, but felt safer to go for separate units. Plus the grinder is available at Lakeland, so I get the 3yr warranty on that (Lakeland apparently no longer sells the DTP). Slightly disappointed that prices of both are unsually high (£379 for the DTP and £199 for the grinder), but don't want to wait weeks/months in the hope prices will fall. Should have both by the weekend, so will probably be bothering you all with endless questions! (Oh, and if I've made a horrible mistake, please let me know asap so I can cancel the order!!)
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