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  1. With the EK I'm in the 18 to 41 to 43 range and 29 to 31s. Finding straight espresso and flat whites gorgeous. I can't really comment on the Niche as I've not taken any into work but usually when I'm at 1.5 on the EK I'm around 21 on the Niche.
  2. Unfortunately the earlier machines didn't come with one. You can get matching ones. Maybe @Paolo_Cortese will sort you out directly or otherwise Bella Barista should be able to get you one. You could ask for an extra foot at the same time if you decide you want one.
  3. These smell fabulously fruity. I've only had one flat white so far but I tasted it before adding milk. Sweet , fruity floral and smooth. 18 to 43 in 33s I think. I'm guessing a natural. Could be Ethiopia again.
  4. dan1502

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    Liam collected this today so please mark it sold (a pleasure to meet you Liam and thanks for a straightforward deal).
  5. Just realised it's not crank house I've been buying at my local coffee shop but cartwheel so no danger of it being one I've had before. Ooops.
  6. Yes, I knew about the ability to control pump power before buying and also that you could open the tap mid shot but only heard about the above relatively easy mod after. I'm getting excellent results without the mod and am not sure whether I want to try it during the warranty period but as it's fully reversible I may well do. The bit I probably wasn't clear about that I don't yet fully understand is how the pump power settings work and their impact of pressure/flow (I've been meaning to watch the gauge with a blind filter). @Mrboots2u Did you try this mod before buying the Bianca?
  7. Gone a bit off topic but this explains the mod. http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/656891?Page=139
  8. I guess after reading 47 pages I'll properly understand it. Just not had time yet.
  9. Sorry, I'm aware of the mod but haven't yet looked into the effect of the reduced pump power (as opposed to lower OPV limit) in terms of flow and pressure other than observing the gauge during a shot.
  10. You don't have to mod them to achieve this as far as I know but disconnecting the hot water microswitch so that pump doesn't run makes sense if that's what you want to do. The other thing is being able to set the preinfusion to say 60s then adjust the pump power (or flow I believe) over a wide range. I currently run mine at a constant 65% but am experimenting. I'm also told that it's possible to get seal kits for them and you can get replacement pumps, upgrade the OPV etc so I don't think they're as bad as some make out in terms of longevity despite getting parts from the official supplier potentially being problematic.
  11. No but I did own one and changed it for reasons other than not liking it. I found it an excellent machine. Looking inside it, it is very well built, the group is heated so it heats up quickly and is temperature stable and the solenoid actuation was such that I could generally stop shots within 0.1g of each other easily. The Sage is good in that respect also but to be honest I'm not really a fan of the E61 lever action. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it doesn't have a shot timer. You'll see they are highly regarded in the US but for some reason don't seem to get the recognition they deserve, hence why I have given an opinion on it. Also I recently sold mine and on the basis of what I got for that (which I thought was a fair price) and this being newer and with the option of loads of accessories, I believe it's a bargain for someone and a better machine than some that people pay more for. I certainly preferred it to the Rocket R58 and Expobar Dual Boiler I've owned and there are aspects of it I prefer to the V.
  12. In case you're not aware, you can get a Sage Dual Boiler for £699 from ecookshop if you're ok with Black Sesame. You'd need a grinder to pair it with but if you get into this coffee lark you'd soon be dissatisfied with the build in sage one anyway. You'll get those who aren't keen on Sage machines but the dual boiler is excellent. Alternatively, the La Spaziale Vivaldi Mini II for sale is a bargain for what is a cracking machine, especially with all the extras being included.
  13. No , I am too. I've not opened July's yet though as I'm just working my way through the last 250g of the LSOL beans.
  14. This is a bargain in my opinion.
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