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  1. Turn the machine off and unplug. OK ~ take the plastic tube out of the tank and then wiggle and jiggle the plastic tank gently but firmly upwards. As people have said clean the contacts and the metal buttons on the bottom of the tank. Replace tank firmly so the valve at the bottom is firmly engaged so the water flows properly. I find that the little Piccino can make excellent coffee. Boogie on
  2. The Mignon is a great proper, albeit "baby", grinder. Yes, it takes time to learn how to use it, the art of coffee making is not instant! Patience, practice and pulling lots of espressos will pay off in the end. Once you master a Mignon you will be good to use any grinder (once you learn the control system). I might be tempted to upgrade provided it fitted into my kitchen and was significantly better than my Mignon. I was very pleased to find my Mignon coped brilliantly with my Christmas present La Pavoni Professional ~ I usually get a wonderful espresso from it, occasionally it goes all wrong ~ just like life.
  3. I use the timer if there are lots of coffees needed, it does save a bit of time and touch wood it has stayed at the correct weight all the time. Like most machines, some play up some of the time.
  4. Thanks for this very useful and informative article! I feel that my Piccino is a great domestic machine but after three years it might benefit from a descale, always thought that you had to send it back to Fracino. I'll have to have a chat about the baby Fracino and servicing. Thanks again
  5. Hi All The Fracino is having a little rest and the Christmas present La Pavoni Pro is doing all the hard work for a few weeks. The Piccino likes RAVE Signature and I like the result. The La Pav is not a Signature fan. Finer grind, regular grind ~ its OK but not great. The La Pav came with a tin of Illy Dark Roast ground coffee and that breaks the rules and tastes better than fresh ground RAVE. What keeps La Pav owners happy in the coffee stakes? What do I like to drink? Double Espresso, no sugar, thick and creamy with a lovely Crema. A bit like how I like red wine ~ "this is delightfully floral sir!" ~ "do you have a solid red that looks like Venos cough syrup?" ~ "sir might enjoy this Chilean Merlot/Argentinian Malbec!" My last buds are not good, so don't tell me about vanilla, lime, lemon, blackcurrants, etc. I like a thick taste on the palette, no watery delicate touches. I'm enjoying the La Pav but any/all help gratefully received, along with possibly suitable beans. I look forward to Lever Bean suggestions.
  6. OOOHHHH ~ its going to be a beast of a machine ! ! ! ! !
  7. My Piccino and Mignon and the new addition the La Pavoni Professional. Starting to get to grips. SaveSave
  8. YEP ~ always need the extra shot at a Costa, but I still find them 100% better than Crapbucks!
  9. These are a fabulous little grinder ~ treat yourself for Christmas.
  10. I’ve got a lovely classical guitar for sale [emoji41]- a solid wood top.
  11. Excellent - it’s the kitchen cupboard gap [emoji4]
  12. EXCELLENT RESPONSE ~ thanks very much.
  13. Will it be possible to keep it going? Can you still gets consumables like seals? Does it make a single or a double 16g shot? I presume it has no steam pipe. Know nothing about them but it does look smashing.
  14. Kettles are very good for hot water, little coffee machines have little water boilers. Hope you get sorted.
  15. Welcome aboard Matt I started three years ago and haven't changed much! I bought a little Fracino Piccino with a simple Fracino grinder (burrs not blades!). My upgrade was to a Elektra Mignon grinder from a fellow member ~ great little machine. They fit neatly in the kitchen, under the top cupboards and are not plumbed in. My advice would be to keep it simple to start. Have a look on here as many great machines change hands and there's no 20% VAT on this site! A good grinder is essential, the Mignon is about the bottom of the grinder heap, yet most members seem to have owned one at some time! I'm looking around for a La Pavoni to add variety to my coffee making. Not essential but I think I probably have enough knowledge to try to use one have cut my teeth on more standard stuff. I use RAVE coffee in Cirencester, always worth a visit (see Sunday Nov 26th CFUK) depends which part f Oxfordshire you're in. Happy buying
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