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  1. Thanks Hasi. So not totally straightforward. Must be quite tricky getting the balance right. “a small homemade version of a commercial destoner” sounds like more than an afternoon’s project 😉
  2. How do the commercial ones work? I’ve not seen or witnessed. Blowing the lighter beans away from heavier stones?
  3. Ah yes. I’d looked at a soil sieve, but it wasn’t suitable. (Holes too big, too plasticky) This one looks better. Thank you.
  4. After not having any for years, I’ve had quite a few stones creep through my roasting process in the last few weeks, ending up in the grinder 😞 What’s the best way to eliminate? I’ve now been sorting on a baking sheet before and after roasting. And still a tiny one got through. Grrrr. Maybe a sieve? I do use a colander to cool and work off chaff, but clearly I need to rack it up a notch. Any suggestions for what works for other people, please?
  5. I, too, have a TP-link smart plug. The one with energy monitoring, which I find interesting. Running without issue for 3 years. And currently £19.98 on Bezos’s shopping website.
  6. I can help with this! I'm pretty sure the "best" toaster out there is the Kenwood TTP210. It toasts really well. You can lift the toast up to have a look at it without popping the toast/stopping & restarting the timer. So none of that checking, it's nearly done, but now I have to push it back down again and remember to pop it in 30 seconds. Doesn't require you to set a timer every time you toast. It has really long slots, so you can easily fit ciabattas or pittas in, or just really long slices. Has the electromagnet hold down feature, preventing the **horror** of coming back to your toast with the rest of breakfast made, only to discover that the toaster has been unplugged and you've still got bread. It's relatively inexpensive, normally £29.99 at John Lewis. Downsides: only available in white? And it doesn't look like an expensive toaster. Really, this sits not far from an ECM Synchronika, and I'd happily pay more for a better looking toaster... if the more expensive ones were any good! [h=1][/h]
  7. I've had my Synchronika for nearly two and a half years now, and I have not stumbled across a machine I'd want to "upgrade" to. So many things to like about it. Doesn't miss a beat, tolerant, makes great coffee. And every time I use a machine with twiddly knobs where I think the quick-to-use sprung lever should be to turn the steam on/off, I'm left wondering why anyone would want knobs! I've done the upgrade to get more steam pressure, but if yours has that as standard, I think you should look at other upgrades before you move on from a perfectly brilliant machine. Or go on holiday. :-) I would recommend a trip to Vancouver to get some inspiration ;-)
  8. Have you considered the ECM Synchronika? Precision and shot consistency is excellent, I think. Very reliable. Its well made, quiet, good looking. Lots of nice features. And under £2.5k, but not so much you’ll feel you should have spent more.
  9. So, I've ordered a sensor to try. And I've also found: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Non-contact-Fish-Tank-Container-Liquid-Water-Level-Detect-Sensor-Switch-DC12-24V/262764028989?epid=2116688322&hash=item3d2df4e43d:g:tHEAAOSwXf1aau56 This is non-contact, and 12V. Do you think I would be okay to take a 12V feed from the Gicar power supply to run it?
  10. Ah! Well, that is an interesting angle to approach it from. I would sort of prefer to avoid having something in the reservoir, but why not, I guess? Looking on eBay, I see also these ones: https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Low-Water-Level-Silent-Alarm-With-With-Random-Colour-Flashing-LED-9v/682429350?iid=121153706974&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D50546%26meid%3De794556f43a04e379a53917b44636602%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D9%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D121152597467%26itm%3D121153706974&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 or audible: https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/9-Volt-Low-Water-Level-Aquarium-Alarm/692098610?iid=170923318132&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D50546%26meid%3De794556f43a04e379a53917b44636602%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D9%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D121152597467%26itm%3D170923318132&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 The sensor hanging in the reservoir seems a bit "cleaner". At these prices, I can have a play. And it's less invasive than wiring into the machine somehow. Thanks Dave, I'll get one and give it a go.
  11. Thanks Dave, I've popped the side off and yes it does! Gicar M2004 Gicar Code This photo is upside down, to read the label:
  12. I have a first world problem that I'd like to address. Sometimes I don't notice the fact that the LED on the PID has gone off, indicating that the reservoir is empty. So the machine cools down, and when I return a couple of hours later with high hopes of another coffee, the machine is cold. I'd like to put in some sort of alert to make it more obvious. Either a bright LED that comes on somewhere, or a small noise. Can anyone think of a way to use the existing sensor, which is triggered by a magnet, to trigger some other alert as well? Or should I be thinking of putting in a separate sensor? I've put a few pictures in to jog the memory of anyone who has an idea here! (I've also thought of playing with this project to learn some other stuff, like linking it to a wifi enabled device, maybe something by Sonoff or someone, that would then send a message to my phone, or make Alexa play a song. Overkill, naturally, but it would be a project that would teach me some stuff that may get used elsewhere!) Thanks for any ideas!
  13. Great pointers, thank you. Its a faulty power switch. Neutral failed. Bypass neutral and it’s back in action. I’ll get a replacement switch then. Thanks for the help!
  14. Only a matter of weeks has passed since the Royal had a wig out and needed some love. And now the Mini E has decided it wants to join the band. Just wont turn on, no lights. Was working fine about a week ago when it was last called upon. Now, no lights on timer panel/chute cover, no light on side switch. There is power coming in, but no lights, no activity. Any ideas on where I should go digging? Thanks! (I’m being careful of the capacitor! Sorry photo upside down - posting from iPhone.)
  15. A double edged sword! Pity, but one less time draining project. Thanks Chap.
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