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  1. My Londinium R has an issue with the anti-vac valve not sealing. Reiss has advised to remove it to see what the issue is. He has said to loosen by hitting the 17mm spanner with a hammer. I have given it a go as hard as I dare with no joy. Reiss has said to hit it harder. I don’t suppose their are any experienced forum folk in the Oxford area who would be able to give me a hand? I just got this lovely machine and I don’t want to break it!
  2. Just thought I’d share some info here. We can add the bumph about the piston here too @Snakehips I am about to get my piston out and will take some pics on the way
  3. I feel like I should start off by saying this is not a review. Rather just my thoughts on the machine and what I think the pros and cons are. And a little bit about my journey to this point. **I realised after writing this that I do go on quite a bit, apologies in advance A little background. I started off with a Morphy Richards machine which I found on sale for £50 brand new. It served me really well for a couple of years and when the group head gasket needed replacing I figured it would probably be best to replace the machine. From there I moved on to a gaggia classic and a bodum bistro grinder. I know the bodum grinder isnt great, but for another 2 years I was quite happy and getting some tasty cups of coffee. Results were however quite inconsistent. I stumbled across this forum a few months ago looking for some tips on how to service the gaggia and from there things escalated, quickly! It took me all of a week or two after joining that I had to upgrade my set up. I needed to. I was losing sleep over the lack of excellent coffe - see what I did there? I ordered the Niche as it seemed to fit me best all round, especially considering the price point. Next it was time to find a suitable machine. Thoughts flowed and changed daily. Budgets increased over night. What seemed ridiculous one day, was reasonable the next. Regardless after many many hours trawling through this forum and the rest of the internet I convinced myself I wouldn't be happy unless I had a Londinium. @The Systemic Kid was extremely generous and offered me the opportunity to come to his house with my grinder and some beans to try out his LR then to try his sons L1. This was something I couldn't pass up and it really helped me make my mind up. And so it arrived. My first thoughts were damn this thing is heavy. After several hours of removing all the protective film on the panels and getting it set up, I got my first taste of Londiniums excellent customer service. The pump sounded like it was continuously pulling air after several hours of turning it on for a few seconds then off for 30 minutes(as per instructions), nothing seemed to be happening. So I emailed Reiss asking when would be a good time to call. Within a couple of minutes we were on a WhatsApp video call with him talking me through how to go about diagnose and fix the issue. Which turned out to be just some air trapped in one of the pipes and it was sorted in a few minutes with Reiss giving me instructions. Being 10pm at this point, caffeine was not a great idea but I just couldn't resist. Ground up some beans pulled the lever and the coffee came gushing out. This happened on the next shot too. Third shot came out near enough perfect! A beautiful pour from the bottomless portafilter and steaming milk was far far easier than on the gaggia. I shared the flat white with my wife and she enjoyed it too. Always a bonus when the boss approves It's been a month since that first shot. Since then about two flat whites a day have been made on it. It's been and still is and absolute pleasure to use every day. That feeling of specialness hasn't gone away and I don't think it ever will. The panels so beautifully made and the wooden accents just ooze luxury. To me there is nothing quite like the sound of the coffee dripping into the cup during a pull with no noisy pump. The pump does come on during pre-infusion, but it's quick and quiet. A great improvement over the pump used in the L1. I am far from capable of describing how the coffee tastes. It's not my strong point. What I will say though is that I've had 5 different types of beans in the last month and with the niche and Londinium 4 of them were really easy to dial in and get excellent tasting coffee after 2-3 shots. Even the first few shots from each batch of beans were far from sink shots with the grind being quite off on some of them. The 5th one I did get right eventually, but I blame my lack of experience rather than the equipment. Build quality is what you'd expect - sturdy and strong. Nothing feels cheap or like corners have been cut. The inside of the machine is put together well, even for someone who is not very technical, I don't forsee any problems that people will face if they have to replace parts during the machines life. Along with having Reiss ever ready to help, repairs should be dead easy. Two points I'll make here is the welds on the inside of the drip tray are visible - not a big deal at all as you only see this when cleaning the drip tray. And secondly the water tank lid comprises of two parts, a metal plate on top and a black plastic cover underneath. These are held together by glue strips, mine has come apart I suspect due to heat. I haven't bothered contacting Reiss as I don't see this as an issue, a smal strip of double sided will fix the problem. Ease of use - with a lever once you know the do's and don'ts ie when pulling the lever down don't let go till it's locked into place, it's dead easy to use. Leave it to warm up for an hour before using(smart plug is highly recommend) and off you go. No need for cooling flushes between shots, temps are rock solid. This results in consistency which is what we all strive for. Something that was close to impossible on my gaggia. The LR is surprisingly forgiving too, so the grind does not always need to be absolutely perfect to get a great shot. Channelling has also been minimal and I don't consider myself to be a great barista. The only downside to a lever like the LR is you can't stop the shot at your desired weight and there is a max that you can get out of it.I knew this going in though and it's a bit of a faff for me due to my sink being quite far away from the machine, I've since become quite good at pulling my cup away and sliding another cup in its place with minimal mess. If you've read through all of this to hear my thoughts on the digital pre-infusion, I'm sorry to disappoint but I haven't played around with it yet. I wanted to get a feel for the machine and the grinder(which was only a couple weeks old when I got the LR) before adding in another variable. Currently I'm working my way through a KG of Rocko mountain from foundry, which as of yesterday I nailed the recipe so I may start tweaking the pre-infusion pressure this week now that I have more than 250grams to play with. I'll update this thread in the future. Hope my thoughts help someone out there, if not and I've told you everything you already know at least I killed some time on a quite day in the office. The bottom line is that if you're considering the LR but are unsure just do it. I had doubts. I questioned whether it would be worth it. I sat trawling through pages and pages of forums and watching tons of reviews on most of the machines upto that price point. And if I could do it all again would I change anything? Yes I would. I would've ordered the LR months earlier and saved a lot of time debating with myself!
  4. If anyone is in the market for an L1, I am the second owner of one that was built 12/15 and that I have run on Volvic. Seals were replaced about 6 months ago. It runs off its water tank (not plumbed in). I'm looking for £1400 which will include 2 bottomless portafilters and a Londinium tamper. I have the original box and manual and I would prefer collection but will courier at your risk and your expense if you are unable to collect. I am located near Reading (jct 10 M4)
  5. I've been watching the development of the Decent espresso machine with interest. Looking at the graphs of flow and pressure it occured to me that on an LR if you require a shot of about 34g the lever will only be about half way through its travel, meaning that the pressure at the end of the shot is still about 9 bar, instead of trailing off as can be arranged on the Decent or the Vesuvius or indeed and old L1.
  6. Hi all. I've been after a Londinium now since they first appeared but I've never really been able to justify the expense, so it's always been on the back burner. It's got to the point now however, where I need to either start to save or forget about it and stick with what I have long term. My question is, are owners out there happy with the reliability and general fit and finish of these machines? I ask because I own a Fracino Classico and after three years of very light use it's broken down three times. It's been a real Birmingham Friday afternoon lemon so far and whilst I'm hoping I've just been unlucky and I'll have trouble free ownership going forward, the patchy customer service I've received from Fracino in that time has me even more worried. I've had the wrong machine sent, a complete lack of interest from customer service, emails not replied to and been fobbed off with service engineer details of people who aren't willing to come out to me as I live too far away. On other occasions I've been put straight through to the designer of the Cherub/Heavenly/Classico when I've had a small query resulting in a really lengthy and interesting discussion of the ins and outs of the machine and just yesterday had two service engineers ring me at a time of my convenience to talk me through a list of things to try with my latest breakdown that resulted in me being able to get the machine running myself. I've never in my life dealt with a company quite like it, with half the staff seemingly more than happy to help out and the other half blatantly not interested at all, but either way I've had far too much contact with them over that three short years. I know many will say that the Londinium is a completely different beast, but it's made in the same factory, with a lot of the same parts, by the same people and those same people will have the same good or bd attitude to QC as they would with their own products. Often when you design a product and then hand it over to somebody else to build, the "somebody else" becomes at least as important to making sure it goes out at a standard that was originally intended, especially when you live on the other side of the world. I guess part of the problem is I've never seen one in the flesh. I think my mind would be put at ease if I saw one and decided it looked as good as it does in the photos I've seen.
  7. Fez

    Londinium 1 vs R

    Hi everyone So as some of you may have seen I've been on the lookout for a londinium R. Unfortunately none have come up yet so I've been psyching myself up to buy a new one. Now there have been a few L1 machines for sale on here for around £1400-1500 and I was wondering am I going to spending over £1000 more for a marginally better taste? Or this difference going to be night and day? I've read multiple threads on the differences, hardware wise, between the old L1 and the new LR but I was hoping some owners who have owned both could chime in with their experience in the cup Obviously the money is relative so to you the £1000 may not be such a big consideration. But if we consider the percentage difference is the LR worth the money over a used L1? Will I even be able to difference coming from a standard gaggia classic? I'll be using a Niche grinder and I'd say I generally prefer medium roasts. Your opinions and comments are welcome. Also sorry if this has been covered before but I couldn't find it when searching.
  8. I recently bought an original L1 on the forum. Unfortunately moving it from place to place resulted in the OPV valve giving up and restricting water getting to the boiler. Reiss supplied a new trombone pipe which solved the issue although not before I had removed the boiler, heat exchange pipe and carried out a full descale, bending two pipes in the process. Considering I'm not the original owner, Reiss's help in supplying replacement pipes and getting running again was absolutely amazing. Decided to do some temperature testing to see what pstat setting I want and what effect it has. Had one thermocouple on the group at 9 o'clock half way up the group. The other was in the portafilter, a few mm below the surface when filled with 16g of coffee. The way the lever works meant that filling with coffee was the only practical way for me to restrict the flow of water during a normal shot. Did 5 shots back to back. The red line is group temp, the blue the portafilter probe. All had 16g in, 32g to 34g out in 30s Shot 1 : Cold portafilter, 8s preinfusion Shot 2 : 8s preinfusion, flush just before shot Shot 3 : 18s preinfusion Shot 4 : 8s preinfusion Shot 5 : 18s preinfusion Once finished the group stabilised at 86.4c ongoing. Findings (on a very small sample) 1. To reduced brew temp by a couple of degrees use a cold portafilter. 2. A flush before the shot raises the group temp which in turn increases brew temp by 1c - 2 c 3. Didn't see much impact on temp between 8s and 18s preinfusion - I thought the longer PI would lower brew temp. 4. When I reduced pstat to 1.2bar, the group temp lowered by about 1c which should impact brew temp. The shots look longer than 32s but I left the portafilter in a wee bit to avoid the sneeze before removing. Happy that consectutive shots were temp stable although I wouldn't flush post shot if you are doing one after the other as group temp may creep up. With more time between shots I would as the group has time to regain its equilibrium. Both the group and shot temp look to be stable and repeatable and the shots are tasting very good as long as I dose lower. A basket that I can fill 18g on a Vesuvius was nearer to 16g on the L1. Otherwise the coffee would hit the screen. Will do a similar exercise on the Vesuvius as I know the group on that is stable from the group thermometer and as I have been using it longer know it produces some great shots with a lever type profile time and time again. So far, despite the initial technical issues, am more than happy with the coffee the L1 is producing. Just resisting the lure of 3 bar preinfusion on the LR!
  9. Just bought a plumbed original L1 on this forum to add to my Vesuvius and Ponte Vecchio Lusso and am in the process of getting to the best basket / dose combination. On my Vesuvius, I dose 18g in an 18g VST basket. When I do the nickel test (or 5p) the dose leaves the correct impression at between 17.5g and 18g with the beans I am using -perfect. However, when I do the same test on the L1, in the 18g VST I only get 15.5g before it leaves an impression whilst in the 20g VST I get 17g. This is with both the Londinium IMS 35 screen and the KVW screen I have on the Vesuvius when used on both. I am trying to get the same headspace when dosing on both machines. I know VST recommend +/- 1g with their baskets but dosing based on the nickel test I do get nice pours and it empties dry like a hockey puck. Just feels wrong to dose outside VST guidelines. Also, not sure why the difference between the machines - i’m using new Londinium groups seals. Does the L1 make the screen sit lower - not sure. Are other experienced Londinium users dosing with VST and having similar results? My pre-infusion at 1.3bar is 7 seconds
  10. I’ve studied this machine for some time before pulling the trigger recently and watched many videos. Things got off to a great start but this morning I struggled to get enough water through the group. The pump seems to be operating normally and the preinfusion seems normal. After releasing the lever, the flow slows very quickly and I can barely get a 30g shot. I’m not choking it, the grind is good. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  11. I bought a Rocket R58 with the intention of plumbing it in to enable line pressure preinfusion but getting water to the location is looking very difficult. With normal E61 preinfusion it is creating good shots but the tiny drip tray annoys me and I have read lots of good stuff on here about the quality of the espresso from Londinium machines so I am starting to wonder whether I took the right option. I really want to get a machine that will cure my upgrade itch for good. I just have have a few questions about the machine. I use an 18g VST basket and go for 36g out in around 30-35 seconds. How long does it take for the lever to finish before you can remove the portafilter? Then how long does a cleaning flush take? I normally make coffee for myself and my wife so would not want to wait too long between shots. As the Londinium R is a HX machine how come you do not need to do a cooling flush? Given the focus in the industry on temperature stability it is interesting that a machine that has a designed in temperature decline can produce such reported quality. Is there any work required when pulling back to back shots to keep it considering? i like that there is no backflush needed but I am a little concerned about replacing seals. Is this an annual thing and how tricky is it? Finally, is lever groan a common issue or is that just a few random punters on internet forums?
  12. What is the consensus on the best basket to use if you wanted to dose 8-10g in a Londinium (or is it heresy to deviate from the suggested 16g?)
  13. Tewdric

    Sold: Londinium One

    I need to raise some funds for my other expensive hobby (technical diving if anyone is interested! And I am also increasingly drinking brewed coffee, so my Londinium setup is on the way and I am going to get a Behmor instead. Londinium 1 - the original and best version. This one is plumbed and so operates completely silently. I will supply all fittings including flexible drinking water tubing, inline shutoffs, nearly new inline water filter and fitting to feed it from a standard washing machine feed, couldn't be easier. The machine has been well looked after and had new seals and a group service 4 months ago. We are in a ludicrously soft water area nd nothing ever scales up here. I am also offering the superb Ceado E37s 83mm flat burr grinder - a raffle win on here a while ago. Super condition, shot count 7300 so about 100Kg compared to burr life of 600kg (and it's been easy to grind med/dark roast too) it will come with its original hopper. Listed on Bella Batista at £1295. This is a very quiet grinder and, with short hopper fitted, fits under standard kitchen units and is very kitchen friendly. I also have everything needed to get started including a Torr tamper and Motta milk jug and some scales which will be extra and I will list separately. I would ideally like to sell as a complete setup as it is so well balanced and works together brilliantly. Happiest to demo it all working at my place in the lower Wye Valley but will meet somewhere reasonable if required. I am not at all keen on shipping for obvious reasons. To buy this system new would cost over £3800 with the updated L1R. I am offering this complete for £1895, I am going to leave it up as a complete setup to begin with and will only consider splitting once people have had an opportunity to buy it complete.
  14. For sale is my Bezzera Strega lever espresso machine. Excellent condition with the odd very faint scuff mark to the chrome if you look hard, perfect working order. Bought new from Bella Barista in August 2015. I have only ever used Everpure filtration system treated water with the machine. Supplied with Bezzera naked and double portafilters, and associated baskets (not pictured). I think I also have all the paperwork (somewhere) that came with the machine. This is the reservoir version For those who might not realise, the Strega isn’t like any other lever machine. The grouphead is heated, so comes up to temperature very much quicker than a traditional design. The group is filled by the pump directly once the lever is fully down, so it is possible to do a pure lever shot, a lever shot with the pre-infusion of the duration and pressure of your choice (judged by feel), or if you keep the lever in the down position throughout, a totally pump-based shot. In short, it’s a lot of fun, and I found it possible to get consistently very good results from it by playing with pre-infusion techniques. If you like a rich chocolately shot, I can show you how to get one every time with this machine, the right beans and a decent grinder So why am I selling it? Basically, I got offered a brand new LM Linea Mini at a daft price and couldn’t resist. The LM is a great machine, but I'm already missing the feel and satisfaction of pulling a lever shot... Location - London NW2. Collection preferred but delivery might be possible subject to prior agreement, though only over a fairly small radius. Any questions, feel free to ask. I will put it on ebay if it hangs around on here as with the new machine already installed, the Strega needs to be moved on to a new home soon. [ATTACH=CONFIG]34792[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34789[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34791[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34793[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34790[/ATTACH]
  15. Londinium started to offer new shower screen, based on classic IMS E6135 but with additional holes, making the center dead spot much smaller. https://londiniumespresso.com/store/accessories/ims-35um-shower-screen This is similar design to Cafelat, however Cafelat is using the E61 200 IM version, also with additional holes in the center. https://www.cafelatstore.com/collections/frontpage/products/ims-screen I just ordered one from Londinium to give it a try.
  16. cambosheff

    Londinium R

    After having to replace my car I'm looking to replenish the coffers, so the LR is for sale. In excellent order (only marks are drip tray normal ones) and has some warranty remaining (end of May if I recall). New seals just fitted (silicone, not rubber). Boxed with 1 Bottomless Portafilter, 1 tube of Loxeal and an 18g (I think) basket. £1,995 (also listed elsewhere).
  17. Time for another little raffle, this time we have a compak e5 on demand grinder with a beautiful glass hopper. Etched Londinium hopper The grinder and hopper have been supplied by Reiss at Londinium and is the Matt black version. Usual stuff applies just cut and paste the list and add your name, payment details will be sent out once all entries have been filled and @Glenn will explain the draw method and timescales fir payment. Winner is responsible for postage costs. This is a great chance to get a super compact grinder for the cast of an entry, 60 entries available at £14 per ticket Good luck everyone.
  18. Niall

    Londinium r

    OK, so I managed to get my hands on a Londinium R! Received it today and managed to get it set up. Few small niggles, keep getting a low water alarm even though the tank is full. The pressure on the machine is getting up to 1 bar. The manual says it is set in the factory to 1.3 bar. Should I change this or leave as is? Not sure if it makes a big difference? Thanks for any advice.
  19. d'Ancap branded on the bottom. Don't think they make these any more - vintage collector's edition £12 posted
  20. Yesterday I said goodbye to my Londinium R. Sad day? Possibly, possibly not, but if you're thinking of buying one or already have one, it may (may!) be a semi-interesting read. Here I intend to give an honest, non-biased review from MY perspective as a high-end home user. Short Version If you stumbled upon this thread and either haven't got the time, can't be bothered or aren't really interested, the short version is this: The Londinium R is an EXCELLENT lever machine, undoubtedly the best you can get, however, I didn't find it to be the easiest machine to use or live with, it has its quirks and although will certainly produce excellent espresso, relies on a great deal of care, consistency and patience from the user (and a good grinder!) to get the excellent shots the Londinium is famed for! Why did I buy a Londinium R? For a bit of background, and why I chose the Londinium (Lever) please see this thread. I want to try and avoid repeating what I've already posted! https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?37447-The-Facts-from-the-Fiction-(Types-of-Espresso-Machine)&p=488193#post488193 Initial Impressions When I first opened the box back in May last year and built the thing, I was very impressed at what is a beautifully elegant machine. I fired it up, and spent the evening pulling some TERRIBLE shots. What could go wrong probably did! Anyway, it took a bit of experimentation, and some huge technique changes (for the better of course) to realise that on the LR, especially with VST baskets, the grind, distribution and tamp weight is crucial to getting a good shot. Once I'd spent a few days experimenting, and once I'd 'got it', the shots then got better, until they were very nice indeed. At this point (having owned the LR a week or so) I was hugely impressed with the output and very much enjoyed using it. This was not the time to write an impartial review! I Stuck with it, gave it a few more months, used it, drank coffee, thought about it and enjoyed it. Once the 'new gadget [rose tinted] owners goggles' had gone I decided to put 'pen to paper' with my thoughts on it! Here goes... What did I like about it? Taste of the espresso (10/10) -When the shots came out well, the flavour and taste of the espresso was stunning. Much better than anything you will get from most commercial coffee shops (especially the ghastly chains). However, getting these super shots required regular use and perfect grind and distribution. Simplicity (8.5/10) -No settings (apart from the pre-infusion pressure) to worry about. I like a coffee machine to make good coffee without lots of settings and constant messing about, and the LR was pretty much there. A pressure profiling machine (like the Vesuvius) would NOT be for me! Build Quality/Reliability (10/10) -In the 9 months I owned it, it didn't give me a single reliability issue at all. Not one! Also it looks and feels like an exceptionally well built piece of equipment, and the insides are a work of art! Looks -As previously stated the LR is an elegant machine. It's fairly big (for the home) but the polished finish looks great (although mine usually had a towel over it for protection). No problems here. Not going to give this a score out of 10 as it is entirely subjective and doesn't really warrant one! What didn't I like about it? Warm up time -It takes a GOOD hour to warm up fully before good shots can be pulled. I used to test if it was fully warmed up by checking the end of the lever nearest the handle. If this was warm, generally I was good to go. Joysticks -For the steam and water, personally I prefer valves with knobs that turn rather than the joysticks. I find I have more control over the steam and hot water pressure as it leaves the machine. The ones fitted to the LR are not bad, just not MY preference. I PERSONALLY much prefer valves. Pressurestat -A PID would have been better IMHO, simply because the constant (loud) clicking of the pressurestat annoyed me. It annoyed me from the first day to the last. Further Discussion on the things I didn't like. Right, I'm very well aware there are some HUGE LR fans on here, and some have probably vented some steam from their nose and ears when reading the dislikes. However, let me explain. I'm trying to make this review as impartial as possible, and give a BALANCED view of MY EXPERIENCE of the LR and how it was FOR ME. What works or doesn't work for ME personally, might be completely different for you or the next person, but please bear in mind it is purely my thoughts and feelings about it, not anyone elses. Warm up Time As stated, and is fairly common knowledge, the LR takes a good hour or so to warm up fully, dependent on ambient conditions. I was not prepared to turn it on every morning on the 'off chance' that I may feel like a coffee at some point, and certainly wasn't prepared to leave it on overnight on the 'off chance' I got called to work. I also wasn't keen on leaving it on when I wasn't in the house, although on the occasions I did it was absolutely fine. This said, once it had been turned on it stayed on until the end of the day, as there is no sense in turning it on and off. This meant for me quite often I didn't have time to wait for it to warm up (as I work on call, and get 1 hour to get to work from getting said call) and secondly a lot of times when I wanted to use it (mainly for friends who turn up unannounced or at very short notice), it would be turned off and waiting 1 hour for it to warm up simply wasn't convenient. In both of these situations I resorted to a V60 pour over and the LR didn't get used. As time went on, especially after the novelty had worn off, turning the LR on and warming it up to then make 1 or 2 espressos, seemed a bit pointless. Again, unless I had a reason to make more than 1 or 2 drinks, I'd resort to using the V60. I am someone who REALLY enjoys a good espresso, but certainly don't chain drink coffee all day like some. I like to go for quality over quantity! So the last month, the machine was turned on maybe 3 or 4 times, and MAYBE in that time was used to make 12 espressos (around 250g of coffee or 1 bag, allowing for dialling it in). I'd thought a lot about it, and although I loved the machine, with this amount of use it wasn't getting it was just wasted with me, so after much deliberation I came to the conclusion that it would be much better going to a home where it got the use it deserved. Joysticks Personal preference. When I was looking at getting a high end espresso machine, people raved about the joysticks (as opposed to turn-valves). Personally they're not for me. I would choose turn valves over joysticks every time as I feel I get more control over what I'm doing, and can more easily have them half open rather than all-or-nothing. This, however, was not the primary reason for selling the LR, as they can be changed, and if this was the ONLY dislike, I would have installed turn valves for sure. Regular and Frequent Use In the 'pros' section, I mentioned that to get the best out of this machine, you need to use it regularly and frequently. I found, in the last 9 months if I used the machine every day, all that would be required as the beans and ambient conditions (temperature, humidity etc) changed would be a very small tweak to either the grind or tamp weight, which usually entailed tightening up the grind slightly as the beans aged, depending on the beans, and tamping slightly harder. This meant that most shots were very good and even the first one of the day was perfectly drinkable if it wasn't always perfect. However, if the machine was not used every day, I would find that there would be a much bigger change in the beans and conditions, which would essentially necessitate dialling in the shot again from scratch before getting quality coffee. Using the 'last known good settings' after a week of the machine and beans being stood, didn't usually work! This meant a bit much messing about and a lot of wasted coffee. This infrequent use, as mentioned above, ultimately came down to the warm up time from cold. Conclusion If you're reading this conclusion, you've either skipped straight to it, or managed to stay awake long enough to read the whole review (if you didn't, you need more coffee!!). So to sum up, the Londinium R is a SUPERB machine, and Reiss has done an excellent job developing something quite unique to the market, that works well, is well built and produces stunning coffee. However, at the moment it is not the machine that works best for me, and I would much prefer a machine with a quicker warm up time, that would get more use than the LR got. If anyone has any questions I'll answer as best I can!!
  21. Selling my Londinium L1 in excellent condition. This is the tanked version and has been run on Volvic. Light use and regularly serviced. Cafelat silicone seals fitted a few months back which make a noticeable difference on where the lever bites. Comes with naked and single spout portafilters. Please note, the VST basket shown in the picture below is not included. This Londinium was purchased in April 2014 by another forum member and by me three months after that. This is collection only - not willing to trust a courier with the Londinium.
  22. Finally getting around to it - here is my new (well comparably) setup of my L1 and you can just see my mythos on the side. A perfect match I would have to say and, following the mythos mod to stop clumping, able to consistently produce excellent shots - limited only by my ability. I have also recently upgraded to a VST 18g ridgeless basket and have not looked back since (possibly a slight improvement in the cup - a significant improvement in the buildup of coffee grounds around the screen).
  23. Motta 58mm convex tamper. £19 posted. Suitable for E61 machines.
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