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  1. Here we go these guys have a discount with the forum and beat everyone on a price for the thermometer http://www.shadesofcoffee.co.uk Voucher Code (CFUK-E61THERM) ๐Ÿ‘€ ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ
  2. Well Iโ€™m not sure what is massive fluctuations with this as Iโ€™m a week or so into E61 and this machine. I can confirm that 30 mins in its hitting 90/91deg or thereabouts. Almost at the bottom of ready to go.. a little purge on the steam valve will set off the boiler again and then Iโ€™m close to extraction time. I havenโ€™t dabbled with steaming at same time... the pure joy of being able to do that as soon as Iโ€™ve enjoyed tamping and pulling the shot instead of waiting for steam and the espresso dissipating with the Silvia is still amazing! Where the temp gauge comes into its own is gauging beyond
  3. Yes photos not in order! Pt the gauge on on day 3 and itโ€™s been a boon. Especially on pulling second, third... Strange that the group doesnโ€™t have temp gauge already given its brilliant design and tested pedigree. We all like a bit more info donโ€™t we!
  4. Yep good idea. Thx. Seen them. May well do that.. seems to be on the mark at 30mins without rinsing portafilter with hot water from kettle while making tea first thing.
  5. Yep. The black stainless steel sides are powder coated in a very cleanable almost black rubber paint. In our kitchen itโ€™s a big beast but at least itโ€™s helped by the sides. In the flesh itโ€™s really nice. I see thereโ€™s a move away from conventional stainless steel everywhere towards something more sympathetic and individual. The Rocket R Nine One, Slayer , etc.are very nice. on the coffee front , right off the bat the espresso was good. More depth and crema than could be achieved with the Silvia so v happy. Love the pre infusion too. Plenty to enjoy and work at .. which for me is half
  6. The black edition has a bit of a slimming effect on the way the machine looks. No ones kitchen is really big enough for a decent coffee machine so I kinda think itโ€™s the Spanx effect on the acres of chrome and stainless steel most machines have had. I really like it. After all you do have to see this every single morning๐ŸŒ
  7. ๐Ÿ‘ Hereโ€™s the new arrival.. or Dragon on accounts of the puff of steam its boiler emits on warming up. The Silvia made coffee but this has a bit of soul too ๐Ÿฒ
  8. Moving on from 7 years with Miss Silvia. ๐Ÿ˜‰ exciting stuff making good coffee โ˜•๏ธ
  9. Bigbrownbear

    Mara X

    And Illy has it by a whisker! Got to hand it to them they understand the one thing we all strive for. Consistency in the making of espresso! Now do I dump the Silvia after 7 years and buy this HX box Mara X?? Iโ€™m just getting tired of temp surfing... too many variables with different beans... ground by the specialita
  10. New steam wand from Bella. Saves time and trouble and knuckles. We actually took the wand to a machine shop. Industrial vice could not get it undone. So no cheap o ring fix !! Pull milk clean every week now!! And descale etc etc etc etc ๐Ÿ˜†
  11. Plenty of info on the net. Think itโ€™s been done and advices on in here. Using 8mm silicone foam cut to shape. ( itโ€™s about the most youโ€™ll get around the boiler in the room it has. )Take off the connectors to switches inside. Use a phone to take pictures every step so you can refer back when reconnecting them. Cable tie the foam around. A couple large heavy duty types will suffice. Really sharp pairing knife to chop out gaps for connectors and done. I did the group head plastic replacement before hand as the foam will cover over the screw heads for that when in place. Quite a differe
  12. Fitted the black cover last night. ยฃ22.50 to replace a chromed one. Granted the machine used every day almost for 5 years and needed a new one. Unbelievable how itโ€™s fixed with two screws into plastic but itโ€™s Italian!! Too expensive when They could have fitted a decent stainless one first. guess you could always paint the original but overall worth doing as you have to look at that every single morning. also insulated the boiler while inside. A job been meaning to do for years.
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