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  1. On the slightly lighter side, I've had some excellent results with Extract's Uncle Funka beans using the MaraX- sweet and fruity; 18g, 36g, 43s, Niche grind setting 18.
  2. Please could I also obtain the code (if still available)?
  3. Hmm, maybe it's just some of the November machines that haven't been collected from Niche yet then. The tracker on for mine now states the package has been picked up and is due on Monday 😕 (not Saturday).
  4. I emailed Niche. Unfortunately, the grinders are being picked up today by the courier from Niche and delivered Saturday/Monday. Still early delivery though .
  5. Thank you very much for your reply! Interesting, I was unaware of this development (UK plug). I have heard great things about the Stagg EKG in terms of balance and pour that echo your experience (and I think it is the best aesthetically). I suppose I should also look into Fellow's support network; perhaps I have dismissed the Stagg EKG too eagerly on outdated information...
  6. Thank you for the considered reply. I think I will probably invest in this kettle. I also do not like the Bonavita's dated bubble buttons (though this is by far the cheapest). The Bonavita Interurban has steel ones (a bit Sage/Breville like) and I would probably have given more consideration if it were for sale in the UK. The Brewista Artisan is nice. The Stagg EKG, while pretty, has the downside of coming with a non-UK plug and there are by now, some reports online of its durability I find worrying for the cost of investment. The Hario is 0.8L (the smallest of the lot).
  7. I am considering this kettle as an upgrade to a stovetop for pour-over vs.: Brewista Artisan Bonavita 1L Stagg EKG Hario Buono V60 (Temperature Control) The Bonavita Interurban and OXO Brew kettles also look interesting, but are not sold in the UK. As there are not many reviews of this kettle for pour-over, I was wondering what your experience with the KitchenAid is now- 18 months on; are you still happy with it and do you still recommend it (as a purchase for someone without an electric pour-over kettle seeking one)?
  8. The monitoring (that you have in the 'mods' section) requires this cable (or equivalent): - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N4X3BJB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The Mara X is also delivered with a small packet of Puly Milk Plus to clean the steam wand, as it is manufacturer suggested, it may be useful to have it under the maintenance section: - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0044UCT42/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  9. http://www.squaremileblog.com/2020/09/23/red-brick-turns-50/
  10. If you suspect temperature inconsistency from the boiler, this is monitor-able on the MaraX from the onboard sensors: You can buy this cable: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N4X3BJB/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_9?smid=A3DDJSRBE2VF8I&psc=1 And use this docker image (take note of the original post the author refers to, as this shows where to plug the cable in): https://github.com/tapayne88/marax-monitoring If you suspect temperature instability due to thermal loss somewhere between the boiler and the group head, the only way to confirm would be to install a E61 group head thermome
  11. These beans really are different; very pleasant.
  12. It's not so much that it's a nirvana machine; just that a PID (and a better wand) in the PL41TEM model may have tipped the balance in the Anna's favour vs the competition. Availability is important, however the PL41TEM has been in stock in a few places (including at least one you could order from right now) for the last few months; I considered this model before buying a MaraX.
  13. I see, that is a shame; the conclusion of the video may have changed were it not out of stock.
  14. The Lelit Anna model with a PID (Lelit PL41TEM) is under the £500 criteria, I don't know why that wasn't tested instead of the entry model Anna (Lelit PL41EM).
  15. I think the more interesting questions are perhaps a level deeper; - how does familiarity with a particular burr set affect predilection for a particular choice in a blind test (e.g. if a taster only makes coffee at home with a conical, are they subconsciously benchmarking their perception of 'good' against it)? - does the consensus burr preference amongst a group change if brew type and method is taken into account (e.g. percolation vs immersion, espresso vs drip etc) - does the consensus burr preference amongst a group change depending on the particular aromatic qualities of t
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