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  1. Well, just to update: Bella Barista - brilliant as always, just swapped out the machine for a new one - no more messing around. Many thanks to Jordan / BB for great customer service.
  2. My R58 is a few months old. After about a month i started to notice the pressure gauge showing eratic behaviour, accompanied by some sort of rattling noise when in operation (this machine is really quite quiet when operating normally) - its now making quite a racket by comparison. I took a video and showed it to Jordan at Bella Barista. Rocket apparently thought it was a pump issued, so a new one was ordered. When the machine got back to bella barista, Jordan couldn't replicate the pressure issue, but found a loose nut believed to be the cause of the noise. The issue was put down to maybe some trapped air near the OPV. Machine duly sent back - and was fine for the first day. Now the problem is back!!! See the video: http://youtu.be/VlKxnYh2uYI The sound is quite clear, and the noise seems linked to pressure fluctuations - so have a good listen, anyone with a good ear. I'll be in touch with Jordan at BB to see what to do next, but feel like it might be useful to have some input from the forum in case anyone has any bright ideas??? It is one think to have a problem with my machine, and another to be told nothing is wrong...!!!! Thanks very much, Nick
  3. There is lots of mention of vintage Zassenhauses - but what about a new one? - this looks pretty good for about £125 at whittard and cheaper elsewhere if you hunt:
  4. I noticed that Taylor St baristas had them on as a guest espresso last week - in Mayfair at least. I tried it and it was pretty nice - although my coffee palate isn't really yet able to tell the difference in any meaningful way between that and their house blend..(Union Rogue) So if someone wants to try before you buy, maybe have a look in Taylor St if London based.
  5. Chinery was first in there for the free black steel and walnut knock tamper. He has kindly offered to put something in the forum pot, so everyone's a winner.
  6. mine doesn't have a screw, but i just use a teaspoon to lever it out - needs very little pressure and mine has a small lip which you can catch with the spoon; not sure if yours would be similar.
  7. If you are changing your coffees a lot, you may want a grinder with low retention. Some of the large conical grinders, like mine which is Compak K10 Fresh, are known for having quite a bit of retention. When you change your coffee, you need to "dial in" the right setting for that coffee which can be quite an iterative process. A grinder with a lot of retention potentially needs you to put through a double dose of coffee to get the effect of any grind setting change into your next shot. The implication of that is a lot of wasted coffee every time you switch coffees. anectdotally, if i buy a 250g bag of coffee, it might be nearly all gone before i have the right grind setting!
  8. I have found the same with the black metal knock ones, and did quite quickly switch to a knock polished steel one, which are jolly nice. They say on the web site that the black steel has a higher surface strength, but i actually feel its a step backwards, as far as tamping. So, happy to let someone have mine for the price of the postage. was ordered as 58.35 but actually measures 58.05; I'd be more inclined to think that was sending the wrong one, rather than QC issues..
  9. Bender, I might be lying, but pretty sure I saw some baratza virtuosos, or certainly something very similar, in Prufrock in Leather Lane.
  10. This comes up here and there, but i haven't found any "with and without" comparisons. The K10 Fresh (certainly the one i'm using) has a bit of clumping going on. It's not the end of the world, but just wanted to get some thoughts about that rubber flap inside... what is it actually for and what are people's thoughts on removing it? Apparently, it is missing from some machines from the outset. Thoughts seem to be it is an anti-static device, or perhaps to help regulate dose. I'm not so bothered if the dose occasionally suffers, as i tend to weigh them all anyway. I can't see an issue with static, in London? Also guessing that grind retention goes way down without it. Obviously i could just remove it and find out, but great to have thoughts from others who have tried with and without for comparison before i do that...especially as those hex screws seem to defy all my allen wrenches! Thanks.
  11. Fantastic, sounds very fair price - will PM to confirm details. Many thanks all for comments.
  12. Grind retention is something that has come up, in my thinking. The K10 seems on the acceptably low side, but still a factor. I don't want to sound blaze, but waste isn't going to bother me - the issue would only be stale grinds to worry about. Aside from set-up costs, a proper set-up is going to save me a fortune (not to mention environmental) compared to nespresso.... The Mythos was one i was considering at one point. Size / looks was a bit of a negative (personal taste - and not issues to lose perspective on). The conical vs flat thing, i'm not really sure what to say. As a complete newb when it comes to making decent coffee at home, i have no experience to base a decision, so have tried to get a balanced view for the knowledgeable folk such as on this forum. It could be one of those factors that takes a super refined palate to even detect - so i may just be worrying about nothing. I'd be interested in your thoughts on the built-in tamper. My assumption would be that it wouldn't get used, so it just adds bulk and cost. If i could pick up an EK43 with a short stand and portafliter attachment, then i'd be all out of excuses - i expect they'll be working on that as we speak - with all the interest...too late for me.
  13. Hi All, My name is Nick. I've been enjoying espresso for years - or so I thought. The stuff you get in restaurants and high street coffee shops. Nespresso for home - did me fine. Until recently, when i've started to discover and seek out specialty coffee shops and noticed the complete difference. Federation coffee in Brixton first opened by eyes, followed by Taylor St Baristas and Volcano which is pretty near where I live. Espressos that tasted like they had 9 ingredients, not just bitter. Flat whites that tasted like they had sugar in, but didn't.. So begun a bit of an obsessive fact find on everything to do with decent coffee, grinders, machines, culminating in a trip to the Coffee Expo last week and a 1 day booking at Prufrock for barista training next week (can't wait). So I think i'm ready to take the plunge: a K10 fresh and a Rocket R58 - being sourced as we speak. What a pleasant forum this is - patient and knowledgeable people - who put up with people like me. Still, I learn fast and plan to repay the favour down the line... All the best Nick
  14. Hi - yes, sorry for not putting the budget down. Around the £1200 mark i had in mind, as that's what the last one was on at - which got reduced to £1100. As far as why that one? Good question. I'm no expert, but have been reading a great many reviews and forum posts. I want it for home use and planning to pair up with an R58. From what i've read, the conicals have a slight edge in terms of forgiveness vs the flat burrs (so the K8 in this case) - no doubt up for debate. Looks, size and usability are all factors, but i just want to know that there will be no excuses that my grinder is holding me back - so it will all be down to perfecting my technique and practice. It may well be overkill for a first Grinder, but i know i won't be satisfied unless I buy the best - i would only end up upgrading. No doubt some will have others they consider better at that price, but I certainly haven't read anyone say "do not buy that grinder"! I was lusting after an EK43 at one point, but its just not going to be practical...
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