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  1. I guess originally it was my wife who requested the Dualit Expressivo she was given as a Christmas or birthday present, actually it sato in the box unused for eons until I bothered to unwrap and set it up. Now shortly after that she decided this was to much trouble to use unless I was making it and for her sins bought a Nesspresso and frother, we used these for a while until one day we ran out of pods.... the only thing we had was a packet of coffee!!!!! So the Expressivo was used and since then the Nesspresso has since sat idle. Now for me I have been wanting to upgrade for a w
  2. My Mazzer Mini doser works well, good bearings, lens hood mod so very little retention. But it's messy and I'm getting tired of a doser. I kind of have an upgrade path ready because I bought 2 cheap Mazzer SJs to play around with (haven't been delivered yet) - at least one will become on demand with some kind of mod. I'm just getting a kind of itchy upgraditis..... I'm a bit fascinated by grinders and have been researching plenty of them - have lots of pics and specs on my computer. I like the idea of bigger burrs in a small footprint - stating the bleeding' obvious here. Someone will say Nich
  3. As classic keeps dying on me I am debating an upgrade. Unfortunately I’m not a coffee machine geek and know very little about the options out there. i work from home and drink 4-8 coffees a day with steamed milk, I occasional entertain others who drink coffee but making 3-4 coffees at once is a rarity ideally after something that is reliable, intmend leave my machine on all day so heat up from cold not a problem budget upto £1000 but very happy to spend less and would consider used if I know it’s unlikely to break down a week later
  4. 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
  5. I am considering buying a new espresso machine for the money I could get from selling my compak e8 and rocket giotto V2. They are both extremely good (and beautiful) pieces of equipment but I am tired with not having a PID. My main issue with the rocket is that it is extremely difficult to get reproducible temp profiles (based on Eric's thermometer readings) affecting the consistency (based on my tastebuds readings) of the shots I am pulling. I think that dual boiler machine with PID could solve this issue. I would use a Pharos grinder as my main espresso grinder instead of the compak. I do
  6. Hi all, Just trying to ratify my thinking before splurging large amounts of money. Basically I am looking long term to upgrade both machine and grinder. The only question here is how *long* the term is, this could be measured in years potentially, although you never do know. So basically I probably have enough funds to get a properly decent grinder now.... *or* a properly decent machine. Conventional wisdom round these parts seems to think that the grinder has more effect on the end result than the machine, therefore I am thinking about upgrading grinder first. I *thin
  7. It's interesting to read about how forum members consider what is a genuine upgrade of a machine. it seems that (starting at the lower end of the spectrum) a Gaggia Classic to a Rancilio Silvia is not an upgrade. Notwithstanding the high proportional increase cost.........but probably not an equivalent improvement in specifications and abilities. If budgets are tight, what is next up from the Rancilio Silvia for a low user. A couple of espresso's and a capuccino per day? Or why bother? What necessitates and upgrade if your needs don't change and your happy with what you have?
  8. I have been given permission to upgrade my Gaggia Classic. In reality I am unlikely to fit most prosumer machines onto our bench, with their depth usually around 52cm, so I was interested in a second hand Bezzera Unica, Isomac Zaffiro, or similar. The Fracino Piccino is a possibility, but I dont really like the inability to descale it and i'm moving back to Australia so servicing is limited. My budget is supposed to be £400, but I may be sneakily flexible for the right machine. If there are other suggestions I'm keen to hear opinions.
  9. My next mod / upgrade is to PID my beloved Silvia, but which PID? Research on the Internet shows there are several models with differing features, different suppliers including sellers on eBay and possibly importing them directly from the USA. Being retired (AKA fiscally challenged!) means I have to get it right and buy once only. Would you be prepared to help me through this minefield by teling me your experiences? Your model, features, approximate cost, and perhaps most importantly, would you buy the same model from the same supplier again? (I am technically competent and wil
  10. Hi Guys I have a Gaggia 'Coffee' espresso machine. I've had it about 5 years and it works fine. If I were to buy a 'better' machine (Rancilio Silvia seems a popular one) would it enable me to make a better cup of coffee? I make cappuccinos. In other words, what does a more expensive machine do compared with a cheaper one? Cheers Dave
  11. Hi coffee people, I am new here and got some questions. I currently brew espresso using Rocket Premium Plus v3 (the PID one) and Eureka Mignon. I wanted to get a Mazzer when I bought the Rocket, but I had to get a Mignon for money reason. After few month with Rocket and Mignon, now I have extra cash to spend on Mazzer Mini. BUT I am quite happy with Mignon. It's well built, solid, very easy to make adjustment, nice looking and small. But obviously somehow Mazzer looks good. Probably because I see them in almost every corner of street. My question is, is it worth selling
  12. Thanks to this forum, I am now substantially poorer, though mentally / physically happier. About a week ago I was asking all sorts of questions but ultimately wanted to upgrade my kit. I went from a Delonghi Icona and Dualit Burr grinder to a Gaggia classic, Mazzer SJ (both second hand) and the Hario skerton. The grinder was the one in need of some TLC which required unscrewing and washing parts, and it now looks incredible. The nut for selecting grind size was broken in transit, as was the hopper which is a downside unfortunately. The difference is night and day, but mostly because the g
  13. Hi everyone. What a great source of information! So my current gear is a Gaggia Classic (like a lot of you on here) and I've got an Ascado i-mini grinder. I'm always a sucker for a bargain so generally buy everything 2nd hand and as cheap as possible. Gaggia I bought for £30 with a blocked solenoid valve and took it all apart to find out what the problem was and the i-mini I found on gumtree for £80. Really trying to get my coffee closer to that of the coffee shops I spend too much time in. Coffee is freshly roasted and stored in a vaccum jar and put into the grinder 18g at a time. Pul
  14. As above. I would like to upgrade my trusty Gaggia and wonder what the next step should be without going crazy? I have a mazzer mini grinder also. Thanks
  15. I have the Silvia eu model. As everyone knows it is not very forgiving. I'm contemplating an upgrade but don't want to get to a situation where I end up with another unforgiving machine, albeit more expensive. My usage is rarely more than an espresso or two per day and perhaps the odd cappuccino. For my budget I'm thinking of the Rocket Aparamento but it does not have a paid although I believe temperature stability is good. I would like to keep my Eureka mk.2 and wonder if this is upgrade to an Apartamento, or similar, is going to make life that much easier to get a good result more of
  16. Hi, My current setup/coffee use is: Sage Smart Grinder Pro Felgrind2 Gaggia Classic with Rancilio Wand V60 Pour over French Press I've been looking to upgrade my grinder, I find it's a struggle dialling in espresso. Many missed shots! After researching for the last day I had narrowed it down to: Niche Zero Grinder Baratza Forte Can anyone give advice on which they'd pick or possibly an alternative? Cheers,
  17. Hi I'm new to this forum! I have spent the last few months becoming a home barista- as the title says, I like espresso based drinks (from my gaggi baby classic) and my wife drinks pour over. We currently are battling on which setting the grinder stays on as it's a pain to switch between the two frequently. We have a sage smart grinder that is now struggling to grind anything effectively and therefore we are looking to upgrade. Hopefully we can wangle a return to John Lewis as it's less that 6months old. Are there any grinders that are particularly suited to have their grind settings changed be
  18. Hi guys. I'd like to ask you if you don't have any experience with changing the language of display on any Jura machine. Could you, please, tell me some tips, how to do it, which equipment I'd need and so? Thank you very much!
  19. Hi all, It's been a while since I've posted here. Here is my last thread if anyone is interested, was a refurb on a free mazzer I managed to get. https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?33178-Mazzer-Super-Jolly-I-received-for-free!/page3 Anyway I'm about to upgrade. I've finally decided to purchase a Rocket Appartamento. Can get it from Italy for a nice price with 22% discount through my job as we are VAT registered. Question here is would a Eureka Specialita be considered a downgrade from a Mazzer Super jolly? 58mm burrs on the SJ vs 55mm burrs on the specialita. I wi
  20. Hi everyone, I've been off the forum for a while but wanted to get back in touch. OK so having had a Gaggia Classic and a Eureika Mignon for about 3 or 4 years, I am looking to keep the grinder but change my coffee machine. I am happy to get a decent used machine or go new if not too expensive. The new machine is to go in a kitchen so no monster sized options will work and it should have a water reservoir. I was thinking of one of the cheaper heat exchanger models by expobar but am happy to consider alternatives. Any advice, recommendations or tips would be much appreciated. In term
  21. Hi! We use currently at the cafe 2 Super Jollys, doser with custom timer modification, but the are starting to show that they are slow. 11-14 sec for 18-19 grams. I want to change the one with something faster. I know that the Robur is extra fast, but it is twice the price of a Major E, which is also fast. I know that the Anfims Super Caimano are "barista famous", but I am afraid to try something that it is stepped. And the doser, that is one thing that Anfims are famous, is something I want to leave behind and move to doserless. I do not know much about the Caimano
  22. My Krups grinder recently packed in and after reading posts on here and elsewhere I have just ordered a new Eureka Mignon to replace it. I have owned and used a Gaggia Cubika machine for the last 10 years, but I am now thinking that it may also be a good idea to upgrade my machine to something that will get the best out my fancy new grinder. I usually make myself a macchiato every morning and then flat whites for me an my wife plus occasional guests at the weekends. I don't want to have the delay I currently experience with my Gaggia in between making the coffee and steaming the milk, and
  23. I have a case of upgraditus. I've been recently considering upgrading my first set - Gaggia Classic and MC2 from about year and a half ago. Originally I set my mind on Rocket Appartamento + Eureka MK2 but lately I've started considering expanding that to possibly R58 and maybe Zenith 65e. I guess the reason why I was thinking of getting a Appartamento/58 was mainly that I really like the aesthetics and they seem to have a good opinion around here. But once I started thinking of upgrading the grinder to Zenith the voice in my head woke up and started asking why not go step u
  24. Good evening all! As many I have started enjoying espresso at home with a Gaggia Classic and Eureka Mignon grinder something like four years ago. I have always had trouble with consistency. As I knew I went with a relatively "low budget" option, I could live with that, and it helped me learn how to pull an espresso. Now I have got an upgraditus itch which I am not sure I should scratch or not. My usage would be pulling a couple of espressi per day, maybe a bit more on the weekend, but not much else. I may drink cappucino twice a month, but being able to steam milk while pulling the s
  25. Good afternoon, I am looking to upgrade, currently owning a Gaggia Classic with ascaso grinder. Having owned this setup for about 4 years now it's time for an upgrade. I drink 2 milk based drinks in the morning, with the occasional added espresso for those rough mornings, 5-6 drinks a day during weekends. Basically what I'm looking for in my setup is convenience, consistency and quality, in that particular order. If you would have to choose a setup with these requirements, what would you choose? Requirements grinder - consistent in terms of dose - doserless, on-demand
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