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  1. Thanks DavecUK - I will order a new O ring soon. 👍
  2. Hi, quick update - last week i took all the panels off and unscrewed the whole steam wand. Cleaned up all the parts and applied a couple of layers of ptfe tape. But it still drips! much less than it did. Should i try adding another two layers of tape or change the black rubber washer?
  3. https://vimeo.com/417590869 Hope this short video link works and you can see the water dripping down the front of the machine.
  4. Hi, the drops of water are coming out the front of the machine - rear is dry which I don't fully understand at this point. If the chrome nut is part of the body valve then i guess i would have to unscew the whole steam wand off the front while holding the brass nut inside still. If the brass nut is not kept still i could twist the soft copper pipes which connects back to the tank.
  5. Some weeks ago, the steam valve became a little loose after nearly four years of daily use. The steam ball joints do get cleaned and lubricated with Molykote 111. I managed to tighten the smaller of the two nuts which secured the valve body flush with the front SS chassis but I have tried a couple of times to carefully tighten the large brass nut at rear of the steam wand but it still drips every 30 seconds on to the PID screen. Looking inside the steam valve joints are dry and clean, so how do I tighten the chrome thread part that seems to be about 30-40mm long and screwed into the external valve?
  6. I could not see from where I was standing by the till. No brand of beans being promoted.
  7. Hi I visited this coffee shop for the first time on 18 Nov. Staff where friendly and helpful. The person who served me explained that they had been open for just six weeks. I spotted a La Marzocco being used. I ordered a flat white (made with full-fat milk and Avo on toast with a poached egg. All tasted great and I recommend you visit. The only thing I would suggest could be changed might be to hang some long curtains in the corners by the glass windows and install a few acoustic absorbing pads on the ceiling to reduce the background noise. You can park right outside the door for less than one pound per hour. (Purple Parking Zone) Address, 280 Witan Gate West. MK9 1EJ
  8. Hi sisturix, It might be worth me calling M at BB to highlight that I am not the only Customer experiencing this. I also noticed that the temp can drop to as low as 118 during steaming. It starts to howl a little when it does this. Busy with work at the moment but still plan on buying a 5 hole ECM tip.
  9. Thanks for sharing your first impressions of your ECM machines Quick technical question, before I order a brass Y fitting. The plan is to screw this on to the outlet of the filter the other ends will be split between my filtered water tap and my new ECM. Is the supplied (ECM) flexible pipe fitted with a ½ or ¾ inch fitting, please?
  10. Your welcome...the pump is very quiet. I will order the 5 hole tip next week from BB
  11. Hi Took delivery of my machine on 13th July. Hope you don’t mind too much however I am going to make some comparison to my Vivi (My Way HX, PID) that I had for nearly seven years. First impressions, positive points 1. Love the look of this machine, the lights and dials. All very symmetrical. It’s a little wider than my Vivi was and deeper. 2. The shot timer is useful 3. The water tank is easier to fill 4. The valves are very high quality and nice to use compared to ones that need turning to open 5. Comes with a high quality porta filter and tamper 6. Machine and accessories very well wrapped 7. Heats up quickly enough. 8. The hot water from the brew head does not smell of brass. 9. Makes nice tasting coffee. Once the grinder burrs are worn in a bit I’m hoping for ‘great’ tasting coffee ;-) Not so good points 1. Small mark on the brew lever screw where the person who built the machine let their flat screwdriver slip a little. 2. Drip tray has less capacity than my Vivi did. 3. If the drip tray is nearly full and you slide it up and out towards you, the water can spill on to the electrical switches. Already decided that machine needs the drain plumbing in. 4. The valves need some additional silicone lubrication right out of the box. See photo 5. The brew lever was stiff to use before I applied silicone grease. This evening I carefully removed the cam, cleaned it up and applied Molykote 111 to all friction areas. Certainly feels smoother now, no more metal on metal friction. Will update the post if it now stops weeping when in the mid position. (45 degrees). A little steam still does seep out of the shower head. 6. It takes longer to steam the same amount of milk, temp set to 124. BB suggested I try it at 126. If this does not work then I will buy the ECM 5 hole tip. Update, it takes 1min 15 sec to steam 250ml of milk to 65 degrees
  12. Hi mania I have had mine for about week now, made a dozen latte's I guess. Happy to comment and going to post some photos with some suggestions for any new owners. There are I think only about 10 in the UK at this point
  13. Hi jimbojohn Could you share a few more details on the file used and a photo if you have time, please? Here is a photo of my 3 day old steel blades. Look ok but don’t feel sharp when running my finger over the blades. I decided to grease up and reassemble. Caught out in the act by Mrs H ”what are you doing with your new grinder” etc… BB has kindly offered to buy in some 83mm ‘red speed lucidate’ coated burrs. I can share a photo of those when they arrive in about a months time.
  14. Hi All I want to be able to steam my milk quicker for latte's. Plan is to swap the two hole tip that comes with the machine for a 4 or even 5 hole tip. They only cost about £8 from BB but just wanted to see if anyone on the forum had a spare one they would be prepared to sell for a reasonable price? Regards
  15. Hi Mrb2020 Thanks for buying the Vivi today, all went smoothly. A pleasure doing business with you.
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