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  1. You can’t move round here for people raving about the Londinium. But I’m interested in what people don’t like about it. I think I might need one, in as much as I’d like to try a lever, and I’d appreciate being able to get users opinions, as I don’t think there are many options.
  2. Original genuine Londinium double spout portafilter that I bough together with my LR, November 2017. I no longer split shots into singles, so only NPF is in use. DS PF is in perfect shape. Supplied with standard 16g LR basket. 50 GBP + shipping cost.
  3. Note to mods. Im not sure where to post this or if it is even allowed, would you please move it/delete it as appropriate. Fitting Londinium's own rubber piston seals can be a right pain. It is possible to fit them without a special tool with a bit of improvisation, but the seals are expensive and can be damaged by sharp edges on the piston grooves and a certain amount of dexterity is required. As people may not want to buy a tool to use only once in a while I am offering this tool for hire to established forum members for £6 a time. The tool will fit the Londinium L1 and LR. It will fit 49mm diameter pistons from other manufacturers but will not be deep enough to fit the fourth seal on a modern Bosco piston. How the scheme works; If you are a board member in the UK and have 20+ likes, post a reply to this thread requesting a loan. If there is a waiting list, put yourself on the list by pasting the current list into a reply, add your board name to the bottom of the list. Once you have the cone, send me £6 via Paypal, address will be with the cone. Hang on to it and send it via an insured method to the next eligible person that requests it. If there is a list, send it to the next person on the list. Sender pays the postage. Once received, the recipient reposts the list with the previous person's name deleted, so the person at the top of the list is always the one that currently has it. I'll send it to the first eligible person that asks for it, once sent I shouldn't need to have any further active part in the process. If you want your own cone or can't satisfy eligibility rules I can make one for you, please look for a separate post in the For Sale section or send me a private message. I can make deeper cones to fit the four seal Bosco piston. I don't think that these tools are available anywhere else, I have offered it in the spirit of helping our community of active board members, as some have helped me, therefore I ask that only UK based members with 20+ likes are sent the cone - I don't want it going to people that join and post multiple meaningless posts in order to avail themselves or it going round the world!
  4. The R120 bought on this forum is now up and running. A new Mythos One CP made its debut as well. Initially had an EK43 single dosing with preweighed tins, which was replaced with the R120. The E10 works with the Vesuvius, the R120 the L1. For better workflow, got the Mythos with the R120 now just bag grinding and Decaf. Also used to cup my roasts as it better represents the flavours. The EK produces some crazy good tasting shots but you'd need another EK to replicate it. Impressed with the fluffiness of the Mythos grind plus the accuracy of the dosing - I use it with a full hopper. Not having to spent an hour at weekends weighing out tins is another benefit plus the workflow is significantly smoother.
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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?)
  17. 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.
  18. 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]
  19. 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.
  20. 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).
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. d'Ancap branded on the bottom. Don't think they make these any more - vintage collector's edition £12 posted
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