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  1. ^^ "if it falls, it's mine, moo hah hah!" 😁 John
  2. @Zorkin BWT Bestmax will be fine, just go on their website and download / view the PDF that shows how many litres of life vs hardness of water and if acceptable to you, go ahead. There are a few threads on here that go into detail about how to plumb in if you use the search function, some have pictures. Hope of help John
  3. Mine arrived safely too. Thanks @Hairy_Hogg, @Daren and North Star for organising, roasting etc. Smell interesting John
  4. @DanielinLondon Either, as is a personal preference relating to how often you change the basket out for a different size, ridgeless makes it a little easier when in a spouted portafilter. If using a bottomless portafilter then easy to pop out either by pushing them out from the bottom. Buy whichever suits based on the above, they extract the same from the bottom through the same pattern of holes. Pop on over to the introduction section and tell us a bit about yourself John
  5. A brown glass container may reduce the effects of light upon the contents but may be subject to increased heat within the container which could be equally as damaging. Could you not find some space to put small single dosing containers in a drawer or cupboard to overcome this? John
  6. Quality Gent who managed in his own way to support people on the frontline. Rest in peace
  7. @antinwales Hi Might want to carefully read through the description of flavours of any future coffee avoiding things like citrus and sticking more with chocolate, nuts, biscuit etc in the short term then dial it back from there Rave have a selection that may suit (Italian Job down) or even try something like Milk buster from BellaBarista (they may throw you a bag in with your machine) Hope of help (if it helps, my wife still pulls a fierce face with anything Ethiopian let alone the wilder sub set like Guji etc) John
  8. Hi @Tommy triple shot and welcome Someone who has a mignon specialita would be best placed to answer that question, as to the classic with a PID, the for sale on here would be the best place to purchase from as members tend to take more care of their kit (and are more knowledgeable about it) than your average ebay seller. There are a couple of members on here ( @espressotechno & @FairRecycler to name two of a few) that refurb classics and put them in the for sale section so might be worth a wait for one with a PID or, if you feeling up to opening up a machine for a tinker a @MrShades PID kit comes with good instructions for a DIY upgrade. Hope of help and best of luck on your journey John
  9. Swap out the enormous standard hopper for a smaller one or search on here for the thread about fitting a short tube / weight in place of that hopper. If handy with a dremmel or similar cut down the hopper height yourself. There are a few threads on here ref modding an SJ that will help with the doser at the front as well. If all done should end up smaller than your gaggia and if fit felt feet slide in and out from underneath the cabinets. You would struggle to find as good a grinder for the price you paid without spending significantly more (assuming you happy to adopt any routines required for getting best out of it) Best of luck John
  10. Mine arrived also today, thanks @Hairy_Hogg & @Daren for organising and @Django Coffee Co. for supplying John
  11. @Coffee by the Casuals Hi Gareth @RDC8 comment above made me think back to an issue that I had that is documented in the look what's coming on test Amazon dalian thread where the fan / impeller on top of the cyclone stopped working (and had been slowing down a little for a while looking back on roasting logs, with increasingly roasty flavour notes) prior to me replacing the film film resister (rectangular black thing) near the fan / impeller itself. Was bought from RS and may need to check which one best with @DavecUK if the original spec one no longer available as to suitable replacement. Why i think this worth looking at is, once changed, air flow was at least the same if not better (this may be wishful thinking) but did notice having to change the CA / SD setting quite markedly after change implying things had not been good for a time or was not fully functioning from the start. Hope you get things sorted soon and if you do order the above might be worth having a spare as well if that makes sense. John
  12. Happy new year one and all, may this one be better than the last. John
  13. The one thing you don't want to do is either wake it up, shhh or sit on it (it eats people and cars) 🤣 an older shot (65 now with someone else, replaced with a K10 pro barista modified for single dosing / OE short stack) like a progression of man but for grinders (L>R OE Lido3, e65, Mythos, R120)
  14. @Dave double bean Show her this and explain it could get worse.....
  15. @Sean There is an alternative in Cafelat silicon seals and group gasket which, unless someone can provide details of where to get in the UK, are ordered direct (modern lever group is the set you need and can buy multiples to reduce shipping hit) go to Cafelatstore.com but be aware shipping is fedex only at approx. $40 (hence advice to add a few items more). There are complete kits inc new screen but on the modern lever gaskets option you can specify differing numbers of group gaskets / piston sets if that makes sense As to grease, Loxeal is universally expensive but as you use so little you are most likely to be handing the remaining amount down to your offspring as a treasured family heirloom! You will use so little on fitting (especially if going down the silicon route) and periodically a smidgen (technical term, honest) around the piston sleeve / seals as putting to much on just drops a mess onto your screen, both messy and wasteful. Loxeal is what most owners seem to use although Cafelat store above also offers small quantity of Molykote which will last a few re-greasings as well as fitment Have been running cafelat seals on my right piston for about 2-3 years now and Londinium advance seals on the left piston, currently still on the original cafelat set and on the 3rd Londinium set, both feeling very similar in use when regularly greased. Group gaskets are both cafelat silicon which you can get from UK if needed. Hope of help John
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