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  1. Cool, that'a a deal Dave... As always... A pleasure DBWY!
  2. The new price for the Londinium is £850 or as a bundle with the Elektra Nino for £1350. Everything else remains the same as the initial post.
  3. Here are some new pictures: I am reducing the price of the grinder to £550. This includes the Londinium tamper and the HG1 portafilter cradle. If anyone is interested, the L1 and the grinder can be had as a bundle for £1350. Collect from Souf London. Or I will deliver within reason.
  4. I have cleaned it up a bit and I will post some new pictures. Not having had much response, I am thinking of the bay now.
  5. @Wuyang and MrBoots2u... Thanks very much for your ideas, as ever changing things around never comes easy. The Sage looks interesting, it seems to be all things at the same time, I wonder... Does it take the SwissGold type of insert, or is one restricted to paper? Presumably in the vids, the grinder is a Sage model too? BTW: Martin, I have been looking at your blog, we seem to be almost of a kind, the main reason that I have been absent from this forum for a few years has been due to my photography obsession. Mainly film and my own developing learning curve, but I am also experimenting with digital, especially with vintage lenses.
  6. Now that I am selling my Londinium 1, I no longer have need for the large grinder. I bought this from CoffeeChap of this manor, and it is working well. I will sell this for around £750. As with the L1, it will need to be collected from South east London, or I will deliver within reason.
  7. That sounds like a deal Henk... not! Hmmm. but that was a dumb question of mine. Let me rephrase that? See "For sale" forum...
  8. I am selling my Londinium L1. For those who don't remember, this is a plumbed in, quieter running version of the very first production run of ten machines. It has always been run with reverse osmosis water that has been remineralised to around 50ppm, so although I have not looked inside the various pipes and the boiler etc., I am confident that it is not badly scaled, if at all. It has a full complement of tools, including the original three portafilters, two naked, one single spout and one double spout. There are a number of different baskets from VST and IMS and there is an IMS shower screen fitted. Finally, there is an original Londinium tamper, complete with an HG1 tamper cradle, you can see this in the attached picture. Reiss gave me the tamper in lieu of the promised wooden handles, that I did not think suited this machine. I reckon that the current products are less industrial looking and are well suited though. In view of the nature of this machine, in that it is original spec, before the boiler was supported with a bottom bracket, any successful buyer will need to collect it from here, or I will deliver within reason. The machine runs as well today as it did when Reiss installed it and fixed a tiny transport leak in one of the compression joints, which is part of what led to the installation of the above mentioned bracket. There are some spares that I will include, since I am not replacing the machine. There is a pstat, which has been replaced once, whether that means it will need replacing again, is a moot point, I suppose. There is a set of “new type” piston seals, I order a new set as soon as I install my stock set. These seem to last me for well over a year before they begin to feel a bit slack. There is the remaining lubricant, over half the tube, which I only use at the time the piston seals are changed. There is one long handled Allen key, for that job too. My reason for selling is that I am about to market my house and downsize, so I am running around looking to see what I really need and what is not so important to me these days. I have not been seriously drinking espresso for a couple of years now, and frequently just use the SwissGold filter for my morning brew. Also, neither do I make milkshakes anymore, which is what Reiss calls coffee with steamed milk. I have just noticed that the front, looks a bit grungy, it shines up very well, however the top is not so shiny, since I keep my cups warming there. The L1 has been on average, making no more than two cups a day for me and the wife, and really does seem like overkill. I am looking to sell for something close to £950. The grinder is also for sale, (see separate topic).
  9. Not sure yet, but not looking at espresso equipment, probably looking at small filter machine like a MoccaMaster Cup-One. As I said in my opening topic, I frequently use a SwissGold filter, which I like a lot, the drawback being that the coffee is not that hot, so if I could find a machine that uses a permanent SwissGold type filter but keeps the cup/pot hot would be the best. I like to make one cup at a time, since the wife and I rise at significantly different times. I am up at around 5:00 am and she rolls out at around 9:00 am. Any ideas? As for grinders, I am impressed by the Niche machine, but I haven't looked at the site for a while, I am not sure what the leadtime is.
  10. My apologies, it is a long time since I have been here so I am not up to date with stuff. Anyway, I am giving serious thought to selling my Londinium L1. For those who don't remember, this is a plumbed in (silent running) version from the very first production run of ten machines, it was originally personally installed and fettled by Reiss when he still lived in London. It has always been run with reverse osmosis water that has been remineralised to around 50ppm, so although I have not looked inside the various pipes and the boiler etc., but I am confident that it is not badly scaled, if at all. It has a full complement of tools, including the original three portafilters, one naked, one single spout and one double spout, there is also another naked wooden handled portafilter that I bought from Eric via this forum. There are a number of different baskets from VST and IMS and there is an IMS shower screen fitted. Finally, there is an original Londinium tamper. In view of the nature of this machine, in that it is original spec, before the boiler was supported with a bottom bracket, any successful buyer will need to collect it from here, or I will deliver within reason. My reason for selling is that I am about to market my house and downsize, so I am running around looking to see what I really need and what is not so important to me anymore. I have not been seriously drinking espresso for a couple of years now, and frequently just use the SwissGold filter for my morning brew. The L1 has been on average, making no more than two cups a day for me and the wife, and really does seem like overkill. At the moment, I am just seeking advice from the good people on this site as to what it might be worth. If the consensus is that it isn't in my view worth selling, I will pass this on to my son, who has finally decided to set up home in Wales. The next contender for a sale will be my Elektra Nino, purchased from CoffeeChap of this manor, still running well. Anyway folks... That's all for now!
  11. I have to say that when I first purchased my L1 (one of the first batch), we early adopters tried many of these types of ruses. I had an HG1 and I used a mini whisk to stir the coffee in the nicely rounded collection bucket, before tipping into the PF via the plughole. In the end I purchased an Elektra Nino grinder, which came from this very forum via several past and present members (Hi David), which turns out to be, to my mind the finest accompaniment for the L1 (well for mine anyway). Everything about the grind from this machine seems right, it has one fault which is a tendency to get hopelessly blocked if one foolishly gets in the way when it is outputting. To sum up, this is espresso that we are making! I put a kilo of beans into the hopper, I press the grind button and I tamp the output with the built-in Elektra tamper. I pull the shot, which invariably comes from the centre. I am no expert but I reckon that the really important bit is to get a lot of air between the grounds before tamping, and that the tamp should be controlled for height, as in the Nino... It doesn't matter how fast, or uncontrolled I operate the tamper, the tamp is still exactly the same (consistent)... with the aforementioned air remaining in the grains of coffee immediately beneath the skin of hard coffee that is presented to the water as it comes through the shower screen. Nothing is precise except what is in the above paragraph, ie the weight might be a bit iffy, it is done on a time basis... The size of the grain can be a bit inconsistent too, when the weight of the coffee in the hopper decreases with a decrease in volume. I think that what Reiss's tool does here is to reliably get maximum amounts of air into the soon to be born puck, but one still needs a really consistent height based, not weight based tamp, to complete the preparation. The skin forces the water to enter across the whole (or as near as dammit) surface of the puck, but then will not form channels because there is plenty of open (due to the air) routes through the puck. Happy L1/Nino bod...
  12. I have one of the earliest examples of the Londinium lever paired with the Elektra Nino, and I can confirm, as I am sure others will concur, that you will only get rid of your Londinium in order to get another. I am happy with mine though, it still performs like a new machine after nearly five years of daily use, and only the very occasional DIY service.
  13. I have just seen the thread concerning Mr. Simba, I did not quite understand what Dave CC was saying at the top of this thread, even though I entered anyway... My condolences to his family... 1. Coffeechap 2. Grumpydaddy 3. RvB 4. PPapa 5. NickdeBug 6. Alexferdi 7. Thecatlinux 8. drude 9. MrShades 10. jtldurnall 11. Doozerless 12. working dog 13. Eyedee 14. PeterL 15. Johnealey 16. risky 17. dfk41 18. Jeebsy 19. anton78 20. TomBurtonArt 21. Snakehips 22. Bean About 23. Xpenno 24. Grahamg 25. Blackstone 26. h1udd 27. mrboots2u 28. Dunx90 29. Aaroncornish 30. GCGlasgow 31. Jp19810 32. bongo 33. Brewer in training 34. Drewster 35. mmmatron 36. YesRow 37. Knightsfield 38. ronsil 39. Soll 40. jlarkin 41. AndyH83 42. JGF 43. urbanbumkin 44. jonbutler88 45. Funinacup 46. Hotmetal 47. Flibster 48. MSM 49. Elonii 50. bronc 51. Dylan 52. Drusy 53. Jasper Velders 54. malling 55. DavidBondy 56. Daren 57. Milanski 58. Nobeans 59. Colio07 60. Rhys 61. oursus 62. fluffles 63. NeilR 64. Djhep 65. batfink 66. Phil104 67. cambosheff 68. DarenF 69. plevis 70. Nod 71. D_lash 72. whiteyj 73. michaelg 74. Jollybean 75. The resurrection 76. mazi 77. MWJB 78. Lefteye 79. Deejay suave 80. Tamper 81. Doolallysquiff 82. Bz99 83. Iroko 84. MarkyP 85. Bigben 86. sjenner
  14. Yes maybe... But does Sonos support 24bit files yet? I sent my Sonos system packing as soon as I discovered that it wouldn't play a substantial part of my collection. And before anybody re-posts the bit about 24bit sounding worse than 16bit... Please don't, I have already read it.
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