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  1. I went to Bellabarista yesterday and stood for hours looking at the various machines. With lots of help (huge thanks to BB!), my search was narrowed down to 3 final contenders and we established that I probably wouldn't be able to taste any difference in shots poured so it's pretty much down to the appeal of the aesthetics and brand image since they would all make excellent coffee and my appreciation of their distinguishing benefits/drawbacks would be limited (stainless steel boiler, detachable PID, etc) However I don't have any sense of brand image and targeting for any of these machi
  2. Hi I seem the have a problem. 1. When I used the hot water arm to warm the cup, Machine went off and came back on? I did this twice so first time wasn't just me. 2. Then purged the steam, put my hand under it no burn!! 3. Steam boiler temp went in the red and hovered in an around the red til I purged again then went back up and again. 4. Pid temps was the same, but the steam gauge was in the red but not deep in the Red Not plumbed in. DB and no noises either of hissing it just went off and came back on. @DavecUK thanks Thanks for any pointers
  3. Well, for the next 17 hours anyway... I decided to upgrade and reluctantly parted with my Alex Duetto - a really lovely machine that has delivered hundreds of enjoyable coffees over the past 4 years. After careful consideration and some hands-on time recently I have opted for the R60V - from Bella Barista. The machines were out of stock for a wee while but landed this week. It has been bench tested and is now somewhere between Wellingborough and London. The purchase via the new Bella Barista website was also smooth. I can't wait to get it set up and start dialing in
  4. Bought the 3 pack of steam tips from bella barista this week. These fit a wide variety of machines and have an 8m thread. I'm keeping the 3 hole tip. I am selling both the 4 hole tips - one with central hole and the one without. Price is £10 each tip including registered post.
  5. Hello, up for a sale Izzo Alex Duetto MK IV July 2015 bought from Italy in original packing and with everything that came with new: It is 220V with option to power up both boilers at once (not like 110v which they heat up exchangeably) but it has a schuko plug (germany, italy, austria, swiss etc) so for UK you you just throw on a 3pin uk plug. 2 portafilter 4 steamtips Tamper + brush Cover Before I bought i was literally scouring the web probably for an year what is the best kit of equipment to get and the Duetto was the end decision, it really served me extremely good
  6. Hi All, I bought a Rancillio silvia last year along with a rocky grinder. Have been using it regularly and enjoying the coffee, but I want to step up now, but without spending a fortune on a new machine. will also look out for a used Mazzer Mini Doserless. Would you all recommend getting a used Alex Duetto? Maybe version II or III? These machines have consistently good reviews and I figured they should be relatively easy to service and maintain. Would you agree? I figure Pipes, valves and simple switches are easier to maintain in the long term. Any other machines you would recom
  7. Coming from a Gaggia Classic and Iberital MC2. Can't wait to tame these bad boys
  8. Exciting times! Coming from a Gaggia Classic, I think it's going to be a pretty huge step up (and learning curve!) for me. Looking forward to a lot more consistent shots... and no more waiting for the steam boiler to come up to temp - huzzah! Will post some pics of my new setup once the beast arrives
  9. As a first time poster but long term lurker on this forum I would like to say hello to everyone and a big thanks to all for the excellent information posted here. I am currently on the verge of an upgrade and am hoping for some help and direction with this. I currently have a Gaggia classic which I have owned for almost two years and have this coupled with a Pharos hand grinder and have gone from making shots that were only good for cleaning drains to ones that although not perfect are very drinkable. Over the last two years I have come to understand the shortfalls of the classic and the
  10. I've got a small problem with my Alex Duetto, in that occasionally the brew pressure seems to drop (or not rise) and fluctuate. I'll try to explain: - Normally (and especially when the water tank is full/almost full) the machine preinfuses with the manometer at 8-9 bar happily and then it increases to hold at 10bar brew pressure and works faultlessly throughout a pour, staying on 10bar solidly. - Occasionally (and I've noticed that it does tend to happen when the tank is less full) the machine starts at 8-9 bar and then whilst in the pour the pressure raises slightly (perhaps half a
  11. The review below is a summary of my thoughts and not intended to be a full in-depth analysis of each machine Today I had the pleasure of spending a delightful 4 hours at Bella Barista, hosted by Claudette and her team. The aim was to evaluate the R58 vs Alex Duetto Mk IV (aka new Alex Duetto III in the US) side-by-side and walk away with the winner. I had previously narrowed my search to replace my home machine to either of these dual boiler espresso machines. click to enlarge Also on the bench was the ECM Heidelberg espresso machine (HX), which I used to dial in
  12. I have had 4-5 years of real coffee experience so I thought I would share my experience and hopefully gain additional knowledge in the art of coffee making. I have always enjoyed good coffee after living in the Middle East many years ago so I decided to jump in and my current set up is as follows, Alex Duetto 11 purchased, and never regretted, from Bella Barista about 4 years ago, Ditting KE 640 purchased of EBay secondhand, I am currently using Waitrose own espresso beans I start with cappuccinos in the morning and then a few shots during the day. Like most members, I assume, how do I im
  13. More expensive than the R58 and same price as Duetto when not on offer http://www.bellabarista.co.uk/brands/quick-mill/quick-mill-verona-dual-boiler-espresso-machine.html
  14. ...on a new Alex Duetto from the lovely Claudette at Bella Barista, I thought I should stop lurking on here and put my head above the parapet... So from several years surviving in sunny (ahem) Bromley with a Nespresso, to a couple of months with this (first photo), my coffee corner now looks like this (next one, duh!) Now just waiting for a new grinder so that I can take Silvia and the MV to my girlfriend's Cheers, Chris
  15. Silvia and Vario in situ, now transported to my girlfriend's Chris (on the iPad with Tapatalk) ________ Axex Duetto, Mahlkonig K30 Vario, some tampers and other stuff.
  16. For Sale Izzo Alex Duetto MK II Mazzer Mini E Aluminum I am selling this fantastic combo because I am relocating for work in a country with different power. I’ll be duplicating the set up when I get there because it worked so well. Both machines were provided by Bella Barista in September 2010 and have been well-maintained ever since. They come with original boxes, manuals and other paperwork. The additional hardware for the Duetto for plumbing it in is original and has not been used. Asking £1000 for the Duetto and £300 for the Mazzer, or £1200 for the pair. OBO.
  17. Cherub great machine - but a DB on its way soon - so will be up for sale. Hope these pics aren't too many bytes
  18. Hello coffee lovers. I need a new espresso machine. I've read many posts on this fine forum, and would love your opinion... My first (& only) espresso machine is a Gaggia Titanium bean-to-cup machine purchased new 4 years ago. It's bought me much pleasure and produced coffee better than most coffee I've bought in the UK since. However it also caused much vexation & gnashing of teeth when the stupid thing broke down - again & again (internal leaks from both the brew side and steam side, stuck in rinse cycle, steam tap wouldn't close properly and more). This situation
  19. Grinder = £200 ono. Alex Duetto + Accessories = £1,200 ono. Grinder, Alex Duetto and Accessories = £1,300 ono. Collection only (near Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire). Cash or Bank to Bank Transfer. 1. Macap MC4 C18 Black Stepless Grinder Descaled every quarter. I have ground about 21g of coffee (3 cups) on average every day. In excellent condition / working order. Bought new in December 2008. 2. Gruppo Izzo (MyWay) Alex Duetto MK II Descaled every quarter. Grouphead cleaned once a month. I have made about three coffees (cappuccinos) on average every day. In exc
  20. Hello All, I'm in the market for a new machine and grinder with a £1500/£300 maximum budget respectively. Following a few weeks research, the following machines have caught the eye. La Spaziale Vivaldi Mini Mk 1 Giotto Premium Plus The machine will be used for approximately 4-6 coffees per day (home use), mainly for Cappuccino and Espresso, so a top quality Milk Steamer is of great importance. Could I please ask for your expert opinion on whether these machines are a good choice, and also are there any others I really should be considering within my budget? On t
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