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  1. Do roasters ever use artistic licence when it comes to tasting notes?? I was just thinking that it is very much open to abuse as taste is subjective and recreating a drink exactly the same as someone else is also nigh on impossible.
  2. I'm assuming this should make texturing milk a bit easier? I always feel like the standard two holes going in opposite directions can't be the best when trying to roll the milk, I've definitely had more trouble getting used to it than machines with a single steam hole.
  3. An impact driver would be your best bet assuming they can take a bit of force
  4. Using fresh beans will make a huge difference, you will likely be using a far finer grind setting with the Lavazza beans than you would with decent fresh ones.
  5. How fast would you have to grind manually to do it in 30 seconds? I've used an admittedly cheap hand grinder but to get near an espresso grind it was minutes not seconds.
  6. I think there will be a slight reduction in people making "fancy" coffee at home, either due to them losing interest or having less time when going back into the office. I hope that people who go back to buying from a coffee shop will turn to independent shops which will hurt Costa/Starbucks etc but support more small businesses (the cafés and hopefully roasters supplying them).
  7. So far I can't really complain except if you're grinding for espresso then it comes out a bit clumpy. I find it easier to grind into a dosing cup and then fluff up a bit with a WDT and transfer to the portafilter. It's got a lot of features but I single dose into it so don't use most of them. It has a bit of retention/exchange if you change beans. I'm very happy with it, it doesn't get a lot of love on this forum but I'm yet to see any suitable alternatives for the price that isn't manual. It grinds finely enough for espresso at roughly 1g per second and is quite quiet. I paid £150 for mi
  8. I have a Sage SGP, it can definitely go fine enough on fresh beans. I'm currently on setting 15 for some Extract Ruby beans. I have got closer to 1 on supermarket beans but it's always been able to go fine enough. Worth noting it's not a stepped grinder adjustment, it tells you a number that equates to grind size but there are no steps on the adjustment knob. I assume it's a worm gear. You can adjust slightly within a given setting, I can go slightly coarser or finer within my current setting of 15 but you can't easily keep track of the precise setting within each number.
  9. If there's no channelling then it suggests you need to go finer with your grind
  10. If you want a quick milk based drink then the Gaggia can do a good job, it's taken me a little while but the bike process is pretty quick for me now. There's loads of videos on YouTube with tips on how to get the best out of a Classic Pro. I think as ajohn suggests, espresso can become as involved as you want it to be.
  11. There are other variables too, the Sage DTP I think is fixed at 12bar whereas the Gaggia can be set to 9/6 bar for a few £. So you might not have to temperature surf but instead have a less desirable pressure. I had a hand grinder before I got my SGP, I wouldn't go back as hand grinding always felt like a chore.
  12. I had a similar budget and also wanted something that would last. After lots of back and forth I ended up with a Gaggia Classic Pro and Sage smart grinder pro. The Gaggia works well and should last for years if I take care of it. The SGP feels like less of a workhorse but still well made and plenty of people have been running them for years, I couldn't find any grinders that work for espresso for the £150 I paid. For your budget you could get a new Gaggia and a few choice mods and have a very capable machine.
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    You also have to think about what price Gaggia are selling it to distributors, they are both adding a markup. There is usually quite scope for shops to offer a discount on a product which is something customers will often expect (it's rare to pay full RRP for a lot of products). The pandemic has changed demand (as well as increasing distribution costs along with brexit) so there is no need to offer discounts at the moment. His has also increased demand in used models and pushed those prices up.
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    I've just ordered some of the decaf from Extract. I am currently using their half speed (50% decaf) beans and really enjoying them so thought I'd give the full decaf a go as well as a few of their others.
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    There aren't many machines in the price point between a Classic (around £400 new at the moment) and the £1k mark that would offer any more than a Classic with a few upgrades. You can buy a classic for a reasonable price knowing whatever breaks can be easily fixed and if you decide you like espresso then you can mod it for not much more money sometime in the future and still be better off.
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