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  1. FWIW, I froze bean 'bricks' under vacuum and haven't noticed any problem. Hopefully yours will fine too. 🙂
  2. I went from MC2 to Niche, so can't comment on the Eureka, but I can share my experience in case it is useful to you. MC2 produces a good grind for espresso, certainly for its modest price. I too didn't change beans/grind much, so dialling in was ok - a little back and forth as needed and that was that. So if this is the money you want to spend, and know about noise and retention, then MC2 is an okay choice. I had mine for ~6 years, got used to its quirks (I would grind to a cup, tilt the grinder forward, knock it on the desktop to try and get some more coffee out, then go to the chute with a v
  3. Doram

    Bean Storage

    Vacuvin has containers that use the same wine pump - so the same as your idea, but more convenient than getting beans in and out of a bottle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vacuum-Coffee-Saver-incl-Pump/dp/B000XTFQZM/ref=asc_df_B000XTFQZM/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=255964520112&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2032376170249862571&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006598&hvtargid=pla-350719010623&psc=1&th=1&psc=1 I have an older version of this, where the lid uses the exact same cork used for bottles (se
  4. Thanks Dave, this was very helpful. I was wondering how to get to the needle without the smaller nut on top of the original mushroom. So I just removed it and followed your instructions so now it's all lubed, taped and ready to play. Cheers. 🙂
  5. Happy birthday to me. 🎂 Coffee Sensor flow control, a present from someone who knows what I like. 🙂
  6. The elegant option is to replace the 4-way connector with a 6mm 3-way connector. They are a quid online delivered (e.g. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/292759784276?hash=item4429d7cb54:g:iDwAAOSw1iVbuMSG) or you can get then at Halfords: https://www.halfords.com/tools/fuses-electricals-and-fixings/fixings/halfords-hose-connector-y-piece-6mm-hfx373-869180.html or you can be fancy and get the same in brass (but that will set you back a massive £2.29 :-))
  7. My understanding is that stand by mode is an electronic off mode (the machine is off, but without changing the On/Off switch to the Off position, and instead using the lever switch to turn it back on). The reason for having this stand-by mode is EU regulations for power saving. If this is what you want - I see no harm in leaving the machine like that all the time, but as @MediumRoastSteamand @DavecUKpointed out, there is no advantage to this vs. turning the machine off. If you want better management of power to the machine and want to go with a smart plug/socket, I really enjoy the smart
  8. Exactly! I have a cut in the plastic water tank, but not in the metal panel. I think they have a problem: Because the tank is now (in the X) flush with the panel, the notch for the OPV tube in the tank and the case need to align. If you look at the photo from @pandabear, you clearly see that the current cut in the tank doesn't align with the cut in the metal panel. To make it clear, there are two metal panels: a vertical one separates the water tank compartment from the rest of the machine, and a top horizontal panel which covers the top of the machine (the cup warmer). The cur
  9. You could direct the OPV discharge tube to a small container inside the machine (if you can find a place for it), then put a second tube from the bottom of that container to the pump inlet (connected as a junction to the tube from the water tank to the pump inlet). Any air in the OPV discharge would then float to the top of your container and not get to the pump. Essentially, this would be adding a mini water tank inside the case, and it would perform the same as directing the discharge to the tank. Is this worth the trouble? IMO it doesn't. If I want to go the internal route I would do i
  10. I think you may be wrong on this. The old Mara top panel is different from the top panel on Mara X (see photo of the X below) - it isn't the same panel. The pre-cut is a new thing they didn't do for the X until recently. Add to that what @DavecUKsaid about Lelit considering to direct the OPV to the tank and I think it may well be that this is exactly what they are doing. Or maybe not? 🙂 In ant case, all we need is some patience and we will know where the wind blows. 🌬️
  11. In the old Mara there is a gap between the tank and the metal panel, so the tubes can bend to go through the hole. On the X the tank is flush with the panel, so if the cuts aren't aligned it will be difficult to pass the tube. I don't know if this is the reason for not redirecting to the tank, now or in the past. Surely, if they want to do it they will find a way - it's not rocker science. I am curious regarding the process, but don't really care - my machine is already sorted, so every day is a party. 😉🤣
  12. Ouch! Looks like they need to make the cut in the top panel for it to align (yuck), or make the cut in the tank much deeper. This might explain why they are not re-routing to the tank yet. Go on then, brave it, do the internal version and join the club. 😉 P.S. I can't believe I didn't see it before, but contrary to what I said my tank does have the cut! I never noticed it, must be the brain going. I guess this was left over from the original intention to route the OPV to the tank. They changed their mind, routed the discharge to the tray and left the cut in the tank...
  13. Even if the tube doesn't completely clear the slot and is a little pinched, I doubt that this will restrict the flow from the OPV enough to create any problem for the discharge. It would be very stupid to make a slot that is too small for its purpose, and I trust Lelit they have checked it.
  14. Doram

    Mara X

    Which heat setting are you on (the switch under the drip tray on the left side)? Mine is usually on 0 or 1, so perhaps if you are on 2 then it idles a little hotter? If not, then I have no explanation for this difference.
  15. So let's see if I understand correctly: for normal people, who don't test machines for manufacturers and just want to use at home - Internal mod Pros Neat installation, not visible externally been done before in the past (Dallacorte and others) 100% reversible Easier/Harder - no need to cut anything; but you do need to pop tubes off connectors and connect them in a different way Cons Might (or might not) hear some air noise in the system (an audible effect that will not cause any damage). No option to check outflow from expansion valve (diag
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