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  1. Thanks, I've waited rather long to join...glad I did it now.
  2. Hi, thanks, that's my large knock box, stainless steel, deep drawer, perfect fit, an ebay find just in time when I bought the Mitica. Only drawback is it takes lots of pucks and I'm getting lazy emptying it. Though eventually it's all ending up in the garden, and I noticed an increase in earthworms - still trying to figure out though if they prefer dark to light roast 🤔
  3. No room in the inn... I managed to squeeze it all in the narrow space available. Bezzera Mitica HX tanked, 3 years old, 2cd. hand La Pavoni Europiccola for those urgently needed quick shots, old San Remo flat grinder, solid old knockbox and lots of other bits and bobs. It works for me 🙂
  4. Thanks Mikado, I agree, I loved the relative ease to access parts on the Gaggia, and to tinker with it. The small boiler is the main drawback. I don't miss it now from the pure functionalty of it, having learned to use my HX machine, but as we know, once you get it right the Gaggia can make a very tasty shot. The fast heat up time is great, so using a larger boiler machine you need a bit more preparation. I use a timer in the morning for my Bezzera, 40 minutes is about needed for the group head to be fully heated and stable. Other E61 machines might be different, and I can speed mine
  5. Hi Mikado, greeting to La Rochelle, a beautiful city and harbour, stayed 2 days there on the way to Spain some years ago. I had a Gaggia classic (without PID) for many years and loved it. A better burr grinder did improve my shots a lot. I improved the heat stability of the Gaggia with a brass shower plate, rancilio steam wand, a blue silicone gasket also helped in cleaning and maintenance. Initially I burnt shots when not doing a brief cooling flush. I'm sure you know all this already, it's certainly a machine to 'keep one on ones toes', but quite rewarding as well. The main down
  6. Hi all, long time lurker here, but even longer coffee (and tea) drinker. Also home baker (sourdough, whole grain, crunchy, seeded), and now hobby coffee roaster. And no - I didn't need a new hobby - but the temptation was, well - just far too strong for me. From a well loved Gaggia Classic I made the step-up to my Bezzera Mitica several years ago. Why an E61 HX model? I always joke to friends it's the steam machine I never had as a boy. But undeniably there is a 'play' factor in 'hands on' machines like this, and that just appeals to me. Tweaking my grind, temp, watching the coffee
  7. Hi, a good place to try is : https://www.bookfinder.com/ It will come up up with listings from several used (and new) books sites. For more common books eliminate print on demand, and tweak the search parameters. On sites like Abebooks you can also set up a wanted list (as in Ebay) and get notified when a listing comes up. Good luck! Steve
  8. Hi, long time lurker here, but even longer coffee (and tea) drinker. Also home baker (sourdough, whole grain, crunchy, seeded), and now hobby coffee roaster. And no - I didn't need a new hobby - but the temptation was, well - just far too strong for me. From a well loved Gaggia Classic I made the step-up to my Bezzera Mitica several years ago. Why an E61 HX model? I always joke to friends it's the steam machine I never had as a boy. But undeniably there is a 'play' factor in 'hands on' machines like this, and that just appeals to me. Tweaking my grind, temp, watching the coffee flow, tas
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