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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryM View Post
    It looks like a voltage regulator. Unlikely to be fixable without the manufacturer engaging.
    Thanks GaryM,

    I've pretty much given up on the manufacturer ever engaging, after two unanswered emails sent quite a while ago... Perhaps someone has a better way to get in touch with them, other than the "contact" form on their website.
    In the meanwhile, would you happen to have a fresh board from which I could read the fine print on that chip, so I can know for certain if I can fix it?

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    Hi, no I don't have a MeCoffee. I was interested at one time, but the lack of reliability and support put me off. Good luck.

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    After Jan has recently disclosed on this blog post his struggle to keep the meCoffee project alive, he uploaded new meBarista versions, stating on v7.beta36:
    meBarista whats new.jpg
    Jan talked since long time about releasing the meBarista code as open source, the great moment might be close, finally.
    Gaggia Classic with meCoffee firmware V4, meBarista v4.beta22, Honne Home, Kinu M47, Bezzera BZ09, ito controller

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    the last paragraph of his latest blog is promising - fortunately
    "I have been working on meCoffee full time again for some weeks now and will restore operations like shipping, support and warranties on September 11th, 2018."
    The peculiarity of espresso beverage is the simultaneous presence of three dispersed phases coexisting within a matrix, namely a concentrated solution of salts, acids, sugars, caffeine and many other hydrophilic substances. These phases are: an emulsion of oil droplets, a suspension of solid particles and an effervescence of gas bubbles, which evolves into a foam.
    MildredM's towels, joey24dirt's tamper, Portaspresso Rossa PG Air and HC-P, Kinu M68, Feldgrind, Aergrind, Bellman steamer, IMS baskets, Hario Syphon TC3, Java Maestro dripper, Chemex, French press, Gnali & Zani moka pot, Bonavita kettle & scales, BWT Bestmax Premium

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    I bought one of the new batch and we shall see how it goes...

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    Just bought a Silvia V1 with the mecoffee ble version installed. It looks like it's working ok but what could be my starting point for reading and/or basic settings?
    I chose the default settings and have no experience with espresso, only slow brew coffee so I probably won't want to experiment with pre-infusion in my early steps. Without coffee in the filter when I press the brew button and let it run for 25 seconds I see the temperature drop below 85C. Is this normal? It takes a bit of time to reach 101C again.
    And BTW, Jan is answering mails, in my case pretty fast.

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    After about a week of use I have to say that I am incredibly impressed. The temperature control is of course a game changer (who knew just how annoying temp surfing really was). The unexpected hero though is the dimming function of the pump.

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    Stay away if your considering buying one. The concept is great but unfortunately the execution needs work and the support from the creator is non existant. My experience below.

    Was tossing up between the Auber and mecoffee. Took punt on the mecoffee because of features and price. Placed order and emailed Jan to make sure it was it was the model with the new fuse... No reply. Received the mecoffee and wiring after a week or two. When I tried to install I was having and issue as some of the connectors didn't seem to go where they should. E-mailed Jan with a question about whether a cable he had sent was incorrect and should of had a different connector on it... No response. After many hours of searching the Internet I found that he had made the cables wrong. Managed to get it working and it seemed to work well. After a short time I found that the me coffee would reset it's configuration occasionally. E-mailed Jan to enquire why... No response. After less than 6 months it has died. I think it might be the temperature sensor but I can't be sure. I have e-mailed Jan about it... You guessed it no response. $200 down the drain. Steer clear.

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    Your experience is quite normal for what mecoffee stood for a year ago.

    In the meantime it seems Jan had an epiphany of sorts and he's back.

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    I actually saw he was back at a few days ago so emailed him again... no response. I know it's a one man show but not even bothering to reply to emails I find pretty pathetic. It's not like this is a small amount of money people are spending on his product.

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