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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. 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
  3. Motta 58mm convex tamper. £19 posted. Suitable for E61 machines.
  4. According to Reiss, Londinium Compact (LC) is available in 12 months time it seems Londinium LC is a small version of Londinium R. I think it is will suit my kitchen and in my budget frame I hope it has no compromise to Londinium R Some one with more infotrmation and rumour about Londinium LC , please share
  5. 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 an
  6. 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?)
  7. 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 q
  8. PART 1 As my search for a new espresso machine draws to a conclusion, the purpose of this thread is to report some of my findings, dispel a few myths and provide a some advice for other members to choose a new machine. I apologies in advance that it is a bit long-winded. I started making 'real' coffee a good few years ago with a pod coffee machine from Bosch. I enjoyed real coffee, and can't stand instant 'coffee'! I progressed from that to an Aeropress, and used this sucessfully for 18 months or more until I purchased my first real espresso machine in October last year, a Sage Du
  9. Londinium L1. Used by us as a demo machine over the last year or so but recently replaced by the new Londinium R. The machine is in excellent condition although there are the usual little scuffs and scrapes that you'd expect. We've tried to show these in the photos. As you would expect, the machine has been well maintained and we only recently serviced the lever, replaced seals etc. The machine is fitted with an IMS screen. This particular example is the tanked version - of course the plumb kit can be purchased if needed but we wanted to maintain the ability to move the machine around ea
  10. I have obtained a pf pressure gauge which needs screwing into the normal male 3/8" BSP portafilter spout connector. I already own an OEM double-spout pf, but as it now gives equal service to each spout when I pull a shot, I'm hesitant to mess with it. Any old pf handle that fits a Londinium and the specification would do – I don't need the actual spouts. Matt
  11. Just completed my new Coffee Corner so that my new Londinium & K30 can be on display in our Dining Room, rather than hidden away in the utility room like my last set-up was. So glad I made the move to a Londinium and it has far exceeded my expectations so far! Looking forward to a long lasting relationship! The K30 is also new to me and I have upgraded burr carrier - have been very impressed so far. I also changed the hopper to a lens-hood and custom hardwood top to match the R, rather than the enormous hopper it came with, and I also made a matching hardwood tray to catch the g
  12. Hi Everyone I'd just like to start by saying how much I have enjoyed the learning experience since I joined the forum last year! My current set-up is a Brasilia RR55 grinder & a Quick Mill Anita Espresso machine and I have been gradually improving in what I am able to get out of the set-up thanks to lots of the advice gleaned from this forum. One of the things that I have learnt since being here is that you should look at getting the best grinder possible because this has the greatest improvement 'in the cup' and this was what I was intending to do - having recently placed a 'w
  13. I'd purchased these with the intention of putting them on the L1-P, but as things have panned out its been powered down for a few months so if anyone wants a set here you go. £24 inc 1st class signed.
  14. I have just taken delivery of a set of 6 Londinium cups and saucers - Ancap 150ml (5 oz) Competition hand painted as per HERE Londinium only sell in sets of 6 which quite frankly is overkill for me so I am prepared sell a pair on if anyone is interested. £24 + postage.
  15. Big life changes and I'm emigrating to Australia. I think I'll struggle to get the L1-P into my suitcase it has to go to a new loving owner. Great opportunity for someone looking to inherit arguably the best coffee set up you can get! Londinium L1-P: £2150 EK43: £1350 Londinium Button tamper V2: £75 The L1-P really is the ultimate lever machine. The mouth feel and crema are out of this world. I got it as an ex-demo version and it's roughly 18 months old. This incredible machine is £3,120 new plus delivery so this is a great chance to own one for basically the price of
  16. FranD

    L1 Routine

    So after 7.5 years of faithful service from my Classic, I've realised my lever dream this week. Cheers to Lee @foundrycoffeeroasters.com for sorting us. Where has this been all my life? Totally enamoured. First four or five shots were really promising, although now it's started slipping and catching high, drawing only about 20g. I'm guessing the seals just need regreasing; there seemed to be plenty on there from the factory, but I've some loxeal on order now so I can put a fresh coat on. Question is, have I broadly got this right in terms of a routine? Must have read just about
  17. 4 x Londinium Espresso Latte Cups (inc saucers) - Made by Ancap / d'Ancap, Italy. One cup feels like (as I couldn't see anything) there's the slightest imperfection in the casting not a chip. I found this when taking them out to photograph. Come boxed (though its a bit old). I purchased theses when I'd hoped to get an L1 machine. I ended up getting a SDB and these are a constant reminder of my stupidity so they're going £25 + PP (if required or can be collected from sheffield)
  18. I've ended up with a spare 2 hole tip by way of a series of events. if anyone would like it, tell me a funny joke. Funniest joke by midnight tonight gets it may the funniest man win
  19. As the coffe journey continues I near the time when I can purchase the lever machine. Still think the L1 is for me but i noticed that there recently has been mention of the L1s -anyone know anything???
  20. Can anyone advise what type of connector I'll need at the machine end to plumb in an LI? I'll be using 1/4" (6.35mm) John Guest tubing.
  21. What baskets are you using for your Londinium and what doses do you use? I've been using the ridgeless EspressoParts 14G HQ baskets with a dose of 16.5 grams. This seems to be the maximum dose with that basket as I see a fairly prominent imprint of the dispersion screen when I am done with the shot. By the way, I leave the basket in the group head while I prepare my next basket to let the pressure out so I don't get any sneeze.
  22. Hi, I'm looking to buy an L1. What would swing it for me would be to see one in the flesh. It's ok to look at photos of perfectly lit shiny steel etc, but I'm a hands on sort of bloke. So, is there an owner of an L1 in the Leicestershire area who could spare me a few minutes sometime to take a look at their pride and joy? I can promise not to steal anything if that helps!! I've got a Silvia at the min, and i think I've moved on a bit. It was a trip to Naples that did it. They all seem to run lever machines around there. Best coffee I've ever tasted.
  23. So, I’ve had a frustrating few days with disappointing extractions. I’m using a Gaggia Classic (OPV mod) always left to warm up for at least 30 minutes, Mignon grinder, 18g VST basket, 58mm Cafelat tamper. The problems began a few days ago when I switched to Londinium beans, the first time I’ve used them. I don’t mean to suggest that there’s anything wrong with the beans, by the way, I’m just finding them very tricky compared with what I've been using (mainly blends, but some SO). I haven’t changed technique and while I’m sure there’s plenty of room for improvement I’ve been quite plea
  24. 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 availab
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