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  1. I'm not sure I'm adding to the debate much by saying this but I believe that Aqua Pura, Ashbeck, Gill Beck and presumably some other bottled waters with beck in the title all come from the same source here: http://www.princesgroup.com/about-princes/sourcing-and-production/eden-valley/ The location of the source on the labels of Ashbeck and Gill Beck would certainly suggest so. The upshot being that whatever affects the composition of one (presumably rainfall, among other things) affects all. Check your bottles - be interesting to see what other supermarkets and brands use this water.
  2. Yes I didn't spot that when I was using my mobile to reply originally. Ah well - still looks like a neat solution.
  3. I'm in London so the water is somewhere between 'quite' and 'very' hard so I'm planning (and have bought) a BWT Bestmax ion exchange filter in my new kitchen to supply both the coffee machine and my Quooker tap. I've been using Ashbeck in my Classic for years and am feeling guilty about my carbon footprint, so want a more permanent solution. Guess I could fill the tank manually with water drawn from the Bestmax and will do so with the Classic until I find a new (to me) machine, but I really like the idea of having a fully plumbed in machine. Once I get an idea in my head, I'll never be happy until it becomes a reality.
  4. Hi @supersoup - do you have the grinds tray to go with the grinder?
  5. @JohnBovi - sorry to resurrect an old thread but I'm considering a Sage DB and one of my reservations is lack of ability to plumb it in so this solution looks very interesting. Have you had any issues with the float valve now it's been in place for a good while? Any leaks?
  6. OK thanks Rom. That's a wee bit too much for me. I'll leave my offer on the table.
  7. Hi Rom - are you open to offers on this? If so I'll offer £600.
  8. I currently have a Classic and will keep it for a short while but plan to upgrade to a dual boiler machine, which I will plumb in. That and the hot water tap in the kitchen will consume the water from the system. Don't know which DB machine yet, as I'll be looking for a second hand bargain
  9. I'm looking for advice on water treatment - I know the subject has been done to death, but I also know that there must be several forum members who have very similar circumstances and I'm interested in what has worked well for you. I'm about to have a kitchen extension done and would like to stop using bottled water to feed my machine. I have a Classic now, but of course with a bigger kitchen comes space for a bigger machine, so I will upgrade and am thinking of going with something plumbed in. London water being what is is, that will of course involve some sort of treatment to reduce the hardness - 278ppm according to Thames Water. I have a cheap TDS meter which read quite a bit higher (360ppm) but I reckon their results are more reliable. Taste is clearly just as important so I'll want to reduce the chlorine level in the water too. I will also have an instant boiling water tap, which again needs protection from scale, so it would make sense to have one system to feed both that and the coffee machine. I'm considering: A small Reverse Osmosis unit with reminerlization filter, maybe from Osmio BWT Bestmax Premium Or even this, which I know little about, but seems an expensive option https://www.uk-water-filters.co.uk/Whole_of_House_with_Scale_Reduction.html I like the simplicity of the Bestmax, but not sure that's a reason to choose it. So do any of my fellow London coffee drinkers have any recommendations? What has worked for you?
  10. I've been on the lookout for one of these for ages as the aluminium dispersion plate on my Classic has seen better days. They have previously been offered for a very good price by forum members, but this is the best offer I've seen from an online shop: http://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/en/Gaggia-Brass-Shower-Plate-Holder-57x14mm---WGA16G1002/m-1976.aspx Good prices on other bits too from what I've seen.
  11. I'll take the naked PF at asking please
  12. Ha! Krax got tired of waiting and has already bought one of these, so we're on to Rdl81 now. Rdl81: PM me your address and I'll get it in the post. We're really motoring through this list.
  13. This isn't going so well. No reply from Benbean since I PM'd him on 27 Jan, so I'm taking an executive decision and moving on to the next person on the list. Krax: PM me your address and I will post the tamping mat to you.
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