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  1. Thanks @CocoLoco, but sold, had the money, buyer has had the kit!
  2. Actually, Rick built our garden shed. (His dad owned the garden centre, we bought a shed, his lads came to build it. Still standing too.) I agree FP vs C is use of the American version, maybe they're more popular there? I use F when BBQ smoking as it's come from the US.
  3. Having recently returned to the DeLonghi B2C fold, I've been very impressed with the milk frothing. My ladywife is adamant the cappuccino is as good as on the espresso machine. But that heating element is going to struggle to produce properly hot steam - I have put my hand in the steam without problem. It's not the same as having a boiler. I find that one can switch from steam to brew pretty quickly, so I only use 100ml of (barista oat) milk to 50ml of espresso at a time. Sometimes I even heat the milk in the cup, switch to Brew, purge the system, swirl the milk and then put espresso
  4. When Cafetieres came to Northern England in the late 80s (someone having seen them used as a prop in Eastenders to signify metropolitan sophistication) it was the beginning of many people's Proper Coffee journey. Then other ways elbowed them aside, but I only recently realised that the French Press is the same thing as the cafetiere (although I believe it was invented in Italy). Watching Hoffman's FP video has sent me to the back of the cupboard to retrieve mine, and I believe the result beats my unloved V60 (although the V60 cone is very handy for infusing cocktails). My only ques
  5. View Advert Lelit Grace PL81T and Eureka Mignon Specialita With a heavy heart, and a slight sense of personal failure, I am putting my new coffee kit up for sale. I have tried, and I just don't like specialty coffee. I thought I would, but I don't. So I want to sell up and go back to the drip coffee. This presents someone with a great opportunity to get a full setup of 3 month old kit at a good price! Lelit Grace PL81T Espresso Machine Eureka Mignon Specialita 55mm flat burrs in Orange. Both from Bella Barista with a 2 year transferable warr
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    With a heavy heart, and a slight sense of personal failure, I am putting my new coffee kit up for sale. I have tried, and I just don't like specialty coffee. I thought I would, but I don't. So I want to sell up and go back to the drip coffee. This presents someone with a great opportunity to get a full setup of 3 month old kit at a good price! Lelit Grace PL81T Espresso Machine Eureka Mignon Specialita 55mm flat burrs in Orange. Both from Bella Barista with a 2 year transferable warranty - cost £909 5 Feb 2021. It's in very good condition. I'll give the steel a clean and polish. I have added rubber feet between drip tray and cover so it no longer makes an annoying rattle. Stainless steel does mark easily, however, so I can't guarantee as good a job as Lelit. Comes with the shelf to raise cups up, and the blanking plate for backflushing. I will run a backflush program with the Puly (which I also include) before sending. I will run a de-scale programme if you like too. The grinder has been run in and I've aligned the grinder (as per videos posted on this forum - I've removed the burrs and shimmed them so that they're level). I'll give the grinder a good clean out, of course. It looks very smart in the orange. My partner insisted on this (I wanted more steel) but it looks great. There are also plenty of accessories necessary for good workflow Eureka Mignon mat - essential! The brush is great for cleaning the basket in between shots (as well as the grinder chute), and the rubber mat keeps your work area clean and organised. Bella Barista, £35 Lelit 57mm Bottomless Portafilter. Essential for seeing how your extractions is going. Using this, I know I've been extracting without channeling. £43 from Amazon. This works really well, and it's very satisfying to see the coffee quickly coalesce into a single stream. I include the original spouted one, of course. And the basket that came with it, although I use ... Ascasso 57mm Precision Competition filter. £12 from Blue Star. I think this suits 18g perfectly for that 18g in, 38g out in 30 seconds. Walnut handle 57mm tamper, £15 eBay Grindelstein Knockbox. £15. I was a bit sceptical about this, but it's really useful. I'll also throw in a pair of Gaggia espresso cups, so all you need is a set of digital scales! I'll also throw in the V60 as I've not got on with it (except the funnel is useful for cocktails which are superb dripped through the bed) Edit: 04/05/21. Will also include a 1kg Airscape, barely used. Comes with boxes and manuals. Has only been using with filtered water. So all in, there's easily £1000 of stuff here. £650 gets it courier'd to your home! I'll entertain offers from anyone arranging the courier.

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  7. This rattling was driving me mad, and six of these little pads for £3 has fixed it. Thanks for who recommended these - apologies for not remembering who it was! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Small-CLEAR-RUBBER-FEET-BLACK-CLEAR-SELF-ADHESIVE-Sticky-Pads-DOMED-BUMPERS/233733431198
  8. Americano - the simplest espresso drink! (Or is it?) (Yes.) I'm sure we're all agreed espresso into hot water, but what are your ratios? Is a Lungo (allongé in France) the way to go - with something like a 50 - 60g shot (from 18g)? Making the grind coarser to get it out in around 35 seconds? And then how much water? 150g? 18g in a 200g drink seems maybe a little high, so maybe add more like 200g liquid? Are there those who think you might as well use a filter machine? We won't mention adding milk here. Those people can have their own thread (of shame).
  9. I use mine all the time. Showed that (Lelit Grace's limited) pre-infusion worthwhile, as is WDT and a bit of tapping. And, to be fair, the Extract Cast Iron Espresso espresso I had earlier was very good. 🤯
  10. And after saying that, Ive just really enjoyed Extract's "Cast Iron" espresso. Strong and coffee-like, but with 'other things' going on to keep it interesting. Great latte art @Tinkstar - I need to look into that next. We don't have many (oat) milky drinks, but when they do, I steam the milk in the cup and add the espresso in on top (single boiler machine and lack of knowledge). @Mrboots2u - (not for a long time) Around halfway through my parents' visit, my dad will sign "Do you have beer that tastes like beer?" @DavecUK - coffee seems to be the hardest product to describe. Ta
  11. @Mrboots2u - re: Bailies, of course. That's my point. We enjoyed a decade of Americano from the B2C. I liked the espresso, but felt the grind wasn't fine enough to really get it. All beans came out similar, and upgrading grinder & machine has definitely made the beans seem different. Just not as "better" as we'd hoped. Rarely drink coffee Out as we're mean. There will always be a place for Mighty White - lots of people enjoy it on a bacon sandwich - but an artisan bread is clearly better. No one buys artisan bread and asks why it's not like Mighty White. But there won't be ma
  12. @Uriel4953- to be honest, for 3x the cost in kit and beans, I kinda was hoping for the world's best espresso. Or something noticeably better. @Tinkstar - I can do a bit of the "I'm getting blueberries, paraffin, tears" in other foodstuffs - that's what I'm after! - but I seem to find them disgusting in coffee. Bailies LSOL range seemed an inexplicable attempt to make something nice (coffee) taste like something disgusting (floral tea)
  13. Thanks John I dropped to 90C as Twilight recommended there - 94 would be normal so will push it up. OPV very difficult to adjust on the Lelit (pressure is set so high so ESE pods work, grr). I did have a time manually reducing each shot's pressure via the wand valve, but was dissuaded. Incorrect pressure can't be helping. Yes, beer and wine are quite simple processes, and made by trained professionals. Nobody tries to make bourbon with instructions off a forum. My grumble isn't that I can't get anything decent out. I'll accept it's sometimes better than Lidl beans in a B2C.
  14. - It's not a particular taste problem, just not getting it. I'm not sure I could tell bitter from acid anyway. If you drink a can of John Smiths, then a craft IPA, you don't know why it's better, you just know it is. - Black - All sorts. Mostly darker. Currently Extract 'Espresso' - I can sort of get the fruityness, but it's not overly pleasant. Before that Bailies Umbra - just not nice. Before that the disappointing batch of Twilight. Before that the decent Coffee Compass dark range although, again, we're not going "Wow, where have you been all my life?" - Lelit Grace / Eure
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