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  1. After owning a well trusted, Rancillio Rocky for a number of years, I'm thinking of replacing and upgrading it with a Eureka Mignon XL65! Can anyone advise if this would be a considerable improvement for the substantial extra expense. Any contributions much appreciated. Richard
  2. I am currently using a Rancillio Rocky (non-doser) which I've had over twelve years now. Excellent machine, faithful and reliable, over the years, but I'm now prepared that it won't last forever. Can anyone vouch for the 'Specialita' as a possible replacement / upgrade? Thanks folks.
  3. Currently I have a PID modded gagia classic and a baratza preciso. After spending a lot of time and effort sorting out a doge 63 grinder (see this thread for details) I just cant get it past the kitchen police long enough to even give it a proper try out. Not sure if i should be looking to upgrade my grinder for a better but more aesthetically pleasing model i.e. mignon, or upgrade the espresso machine to a small second hand e61 head based machine if i could find one. I know a few people will suggest going for the niche grinder but to me £500 seems a lot to spend on a grinder and I have always been a buy second hand and fix it type of person. Trouble is whatever i go for cant be to huge or ugly to be refused entry into the kitchen. Any suggestions welcome.
  4. Hi all, Hoping you can help - I have recently purchased a Atom 60E off a forum member (thanks Stuart!), and now need to get to grips with dialling it in - not using it as a single doser as flat burrs aren’t the most forgiving for retention. So I find myself now having had it a day struggling to dose by time (and weight and then relate that back to the time), so my shots are all over the place to say the least. It is a learning curve for me - being a previous single doser with the trusty Feld2, but light beans were not very forgiving on my arms! So my question is - can you recommend any reasonably priced beans (not Starbucks/costa etc.) that I can dial in to get used to the new grinder, or if anyone has any tips? Ideally looking to buy a KG - not looking to spend more than £25 shipped, and have already tried the Rave signature blend/ have a Pact subscription monthly, so looking for something different to those really. If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated! Cheers all!
  5. Hi all, I am a beginner and have my eyes set on a GC. What do you think of this edition by James Adams sold by gaggia direct UK? Do you think the 'unusual' colour will affect the resale value if I want an upgrade? See link below https://www.gaggiadirect.com/refurbished-machines.html#!/%60Refurbished-Gaggia-Classic-Red-Pre-2015/p/131478280/category=9805018 Also, I have been struggling to decide on a grinder for espressos. Can anyone help? My budget is around 120. Thanks!
  6. Hey all, I joined this forum a few weeks ago after purchasing a De'Longhi Eletta ECAM 44.660.B Bean to Cup. After a few weeks I've decided it isn't for me due to average taste in coffee and actually not very hot coffee. Also with reading a lot on this forum I'm going for the more manual option so..... I have a budget of around £500 for a coffee machine and grinder. I've read around the classic and i'm not a big fan of the looks (I know it's not all about the looks) and I think you need to like the look of the machine you are wanting to use. Basically I'm a huge fan of flat whites and want to really focus on getting a lovely flat white therefore this is the priority in coffee. I would just like (like many newbies) recommendations for machines and grinders. I've read the 'what can i get for my budget' which has been really helpful but I would love to hear more from members experiences and recommendations - especially from fellow newbies who maybe made a mistake in their first purchase and therefore have a few 'what not to dos'. Thanks all
  7. Hi Guys, do I buy new Sage smart, Baratza virtuosa for example or go for something second hand like mazzer mini E, super jolly etc. I'm quite happy to buy second hand, but obviously that would be more risky as I know nothing about grinders. Also what kind of price would I be looking at for a second hand mazzer for example. I'd be grateful for any advice or suggestions.
  8. Hi I am looking to upgrade my Sage machine that has just died (only 3 years old). The Lelit Mara 62 Delux has been highly recommended on bellabarista, looks a great machine in a small footprint. Anyone else have one and recommend it or an alternative for a similar price? £1000 is my limit. Can anyone recommend a good quality grinder that doesn't cost the earth? The Eureka Mignon has caught my eye for ~£200. Many thanks
  9. Hello, As I’m looking at buying an espresso machine for Home in the next couple of months I wondered what opinions were prevalent re grinders currently available. I currently own two MBK handgrinders... a Feldgrind for home (used for V60 and Aeropress) and an Aergrind for work (used for Aeropress). Should I just use my Feldgrind at home and put all my money into an espresso machine or should I buy something like a Eureka Mignon or try and hobble on with the feldgrind until I can source a second hand Mazzer Mini? Any opinions on this are appreciated.
  10. Hi All Newbie here - have been Gaggia Classicing for years with a Krups Grinder (ignorance is bliss...!) and only recently discovered this fab forum. Temp surfing is great when it works, but now that I've tasted better coffee I decided I need to upgrade or replace. So I'm thinking a MrShades PID upgrade (£90) and a preinfuser upgrade ( pump+ £?) or a new Sage Duo-Temp ? The Krups needs to go at some stage too - and Niche Zero looks lovely and no stale grind retention, but is a little pricey. How's does the Sage Pro Grinder compare? So, thoughts on the best upgrade path would be greatly appreciated. Recommendations on other combinations would also be welcome. Many thanks.
  11. I have a KitchenAid Artisan grinder which I bought from a friend a couple of years ago. The burrs look and feel worn so I’m considering replacing them with Mazzer burrs, but without the conversion kit being available anymore this looks to be more trouble than it’s worth to modify the grinder and it’s a good excuse to upgrade :-) Therefore I'd be grateful for some suggestions for grinders. I've read through many posts and the Eureka Mignon and Mazzer grinders are two that stand out, though I think the latter is ugly. I can’t stretch to a Niche. We currently brew Moka, Aeropress and Chemex but am looking to get an espresso machine in the future so it’s important it’s suitable for coarse and fine/espresso grinds. Current use is about 2-3 grinds a day with double/triple that at weekends. Thanks in advance
  12. Hello, What is the best deal on this site, because they can ship it to my country more easily and they have some good deals on package machines. https://qavashop.com/en/3-espresso-machines/s-3/price-2205:5175 I limited the price to be like $1200 max.
  13. Hello, Having done much research, I'm planning to purchase the Londinium r in the near future. My budget for the grinder to pair with it is approaching £1000. I'm happy to purchase second hand or brand new but I am struggling to get to grips with the grinder research as there just seems so much variety - a good thing but makes the research so difficult. So far I have looked into the HG-1, the compak range (although the range is bewildering so far, too many letter and number combinations!), the niche (not sure it's for sale yet), Mazzers. Would like to know people's opinions on what else might be worth looking at and general recommendations at this price point. If it affects grinder choice, I make 2-4 drinks per day. Thanks in advance
  14. I have just bought an Aeropress to try, looking forward to that! I will be using it mainly in the office. I would like also to get a burr grinder that will be optimal for Aeropress and also the Cafetiere. Would the grind size for both Aeropress & the Cafetiere be roughtly the same? Keen to learn.
  15. Hi All, Hoping for some advice with a new grinder for the home setup. Currently have Compak K6 for espresso with my Gaggia Classic, but she's a little on the larger size* and I'm keen to reclaim some space in the kitchen. I'm looking for a grinder with a smaller footprint and can fit under my counter top, so around 400mm in max height. I don't use it heavily, perhaps 5-8 doubles a week and single dose preferable. Price range ideally around the £150-£300 bracket, but I've some flex in there. Definitely more interested in the quality of what it produces over the looks. From what I can see, Eureka Mignon and Mazzer SJ seem to fit that criteria, but really open to any advice. What would you pick if you were in my shoes? Cheers! *the grinder, not my better half.
  16. Just purchased a 2nd hand Gaggia classic and now looking for a grinder. I only want to grind enough coffee for 1 to 4 cups at a time, any ideas what the best options are please. Would prefer electric if possible.
  17. Hi everyone, I'm a newbie so please bear with me . We bought a gaggia classic on eBay last week, and long story short, it's pulling shots way too fast and the seller thinks the solenoid valve for damaged in transit. We're now in a situation where he'll get it fixed or give us a refund. We're weekend latte drinkers mostly and want to move up a level. Our previous machine was Delonghi,uk version of the 155 I think. I found the temperature swings and process of the gaggia more long-winded, and likely it's too much for our needs in the end given rare usage. But I do want to use ground beans. Should I get a Delonghi dedica for example for ease of use ,plus a grinder? I've seen some burr grinders for £40ish which wouldn't break the bank when we get the £150 refund if that's what we choose. Or should we brew with a cafetiere or aeropress , and buy a frother for example ? I loved Costa lattes but now have been drinking Small Batch coffee in Brighton for a few years, so want to get closer to that from home. Any recommendations much appreciated.
  18. I'm fine tuning my grinding skills with a baratza encore for espresso. Do anyone out there have an opinion on the better method i am trying which i cant find anywhere on the web hence joining this forum. For the record i keep the hopper empty and weigh my doses individually method 1 start empty grinder running and immediately pour weighed dose of beans into the grinder method 2 pour weighed dose of beans into grinder and then switch on grinder although i cant be absolutely sure? I think method 1 is best as i seem to yield a more even grind and the grinder requires cleaning less. Many thanks
  19. Looking to upgrade from my old (less than trusted) gaggia mdf grinder. Now, from reading the forums for .a while I know the Mazzar SJ is a firm favourite with a lot of people, Now while i know there are plenty of mods that can be done to improve it for someone making a handful of espressos a day, i've come across 2 other doserless ones: Fiorenzato F5 E Cunill tranquilo on demand Anyone got experience of either and how they'd compare with the SJ ?
  20. Hi guys, I've spent most of the morning lurking through different threads from people looking to up there coffee again and I'm sure you guys are sick of it at this point but just want some help on first steps. Living in Nottingham means in recent years with all the new cafes popping up that serve some pretty superb coffee has mad my old tassimo and cafetiere dull to me now, so want to upgrade, budget I basically just want to start out and slowly upgrade over time. I don't drink a massive amount so have been looking at hand burr grinders mainly a Hario Mini, any other recommendations for this price range. Now when it comes to machine Im a bit stumped, I'll go second hand as to get more bang for buck but Was looking at a Delonghi Dedica as Gaggia Classic is a little bit out of range too how much I want to spend to start out. My main question is at the price am i better off with a machine or just getting and aeropress and something else like a v60 or chemex?
  21. So I have an integrated whirlpool machine (ACE010) that came with my flat and I figured it would be a good opportunity to get into making decent coffee. I knew I needed a decent grinder to get anywhere but I've ended up in a google wormhole which has led me here at 1am. I don't want to spend much more than £150, less ideally and I'm not obsessive about coffee so something that will get passable results will suffice. What i cant figure out is what is too little money to be worth even bothering with but also what is too good/expensive to be worth using with my (I think quite limited) machine.
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    I am in London on Saturday. Is there anywhere to view a range of grinders in the flesh? I am not planning to upgrade next year so am willing to invest straight off - budget is flexible for something special, but definitely sub £1000. Bella Barista is a bit far from Brighton (and no-one seems to recommend anywhere down this way!).
  23. Very new to this forum and got my first ever coffee grinder yesterday. I am looking to use it for espresso so will not be adjusting it once I am satisfied with the grind. I have a few questions and would appreciate suggestions: 1) I am noticing that the 'chute' (see 2nd picture) which the grinded coffee exits still has a small amount left which I cannot reach (perhaps not visible in this photo). Is this a design flaw or am I doing something wrong? It is slightly annoying since there is a plastic fitting preventing reaching this. 2) Am I right in thinking I need 7 grams of beans to grind for one shot of espresso? 3) Do people tend to just put in a whole bag of beans into the machine or do they do it one drink at a time (see 1st picture)? I am doing one drink at a time. 4) Is putting the whole beans in the fridge prior to grinding in any way beneficial? Or is it just a myth I heard a few years back...? 5) I have to press the button 3-4 times to complete a grind of 7 grams-is this normal? The instructions say something about being able to adjust the length that it grinds for though I have followed these instructions and cannot find the part they are talking about to adjust this....not sure if it is for another model or something. Thanks in advance and apologies for the newbie questions though hopefull, in time, I can help other people answer similar questions.
  24. After some help if possible? i bought a Feldgrind secondhand 2 months ago, perfect grinder for me for where I am on my cofffee journey but I’ve used it today and the cover over the grind mechanism started to slip, end result cove4 has come off. Has this happened to anyone else? if it has what adhesive did you use to fix it? thanks Neil
  25. Getting ready for my next work trip ( 4 weeks away) and the handle for my Feldgrind is missing .... Anyone had this problem before and can suggest a solution ? I have emailed MBK to ask if they can supply a replacement but as we know comms are not their thing. There is a slight possibility that I have left it at work but cant risk getting there and having nothing to grind with for 4 weeks and really dont want to take ready ground with me for that length of time so may have to purchase a temporary grinder ( open to suggestions on that too please) I'm hoping someone has got a mate with a machine who could make a handle for me but any suggestions would be welcomed. TIA Steve
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