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  1. Hi there! I'm using professional espresso machines at work (usually 2-3 groups) and have been using Nespresso at home - time to upgrade ;-). At home am drinking 2-3 espressos on weekend and 1-2 lattes, never make more than 1 coffee at a time. While looking at various machines I've passed on Breville and Rancillo Silvia and am looking to choose between: 1) Bezzera Unica PID - due to it's PID and extraction pressure valve, well understanding that I need to wait for hot steam to froth 2) Rocket Appartamento - like HX but worried about less temperature stability and no pressure gauge. Am I missing any good machines in comparable price range? I've also heard complains about espresso taste due to water being reheated multiple times in boiler machines and better taste from HX machines where water is 'fresher' - is that something that I would strongly feel and does it strongly favour Appartamento in that case? Would love to hear your views!!!
  2. Hi, Friend of my brothers who owns a cafe is looking to get a new coffee machine, his existing coffee supplier who also services the machine showed him a 2 group CIME machine. I had not heard of them before and there is not a lot of info on this forum or online. Just wondered if any of this parish had any knowledge or experience with these machines. Thanks
  3. Hi All, Have recently agreed a couple sales for machines off the forum, one of which is to replace the machine currently at work. This is that machine. Its a Sage DTP, in good condition, currently fed bottled Ashbeck, previously Volvic. Cleaned regularly after use, and backflushed regularly (using the disc and occasionally tablets). It has no warranty, but has caused me no issues and has never had a fault. Its had an easy life, making no more than 5 doubles a week for the last 18 months while at work, previous to that it would've made approximately 10 a week. Its got some general marks from day to day use, mostly on the drip tray as expected. But nothing out of the ordinary. There are no dents or damage. The only other mark I can pick up is on the face of the machine, ive tried to photo this, but is not obvious, however, I've used a torch and flash on camera to try and bring this out as much as possible (it therefore looks worse in the pictures IMO). Comes with the standard 4 Sage baskets (2 single and 2 doubles - pressurised and non). Sage cleaning tablets, backflush blanking plate, Milk Wand Cleaning Tool and the Sage Razor. Ive never used two of the baskets or Razor. Ideally collection is preferred, however, I will box up and post if someone wants to arrange a courier. This will be at buyers risk and cost. I'm asking **£150**. Any questions, please ask.
  4. Hey all, I joined this forum a few weeks ago after purchasing a De'Longhi Eletta ECAM 44.660.B Bean to Cup. After a few weeks I've decided it isn't for me due to average taste in coffee and actually not very hot coffee. Also with reading a lot on this forum I'm going for the more manual option so..... I have a budget of around £500 for a coffee machine and grinder. I've read around the classic and i'm not a big fan of the looks (I know it's not all about the looks) and I think you need to like the look of the machine you are wanting to use. Basically I'm a huge fan of flat whites and want to really focus on getting a lovely flat white therefore this is the priority in coffee. I would just like (like many newbies) recommendations for machines and grinders. I've read the 'what can i get for my budget' which has been really helpful but I would love to hear more from members experiences and recommendations - especially from fellow newbies who maybe made a mistake in their first purchase and therefore have a few 'what not to dos'. Thanks all
  5. So I am looking to upgrade in the next couple of months, probably post Christmas but no harm in doing the research. Had a Cubika(with a siliva steam arm)for the past 4 years but have been well aware of its limitations, especially since getting a Mignon MK2. I think the clear way for me to go is to a Classic or a Silvia, both of which I have used since two of my brothers have them and I think the general consensus among us is that we prefer the Silivia and after using them I wold probably aim to get one myself. My question is, after seeing how many modded classics there are around for sale(PID, OPV etc.) but having no experience of using one, how does this change things? Would a modded classic be better than a silvia? Or is the dream scenario to get a Silvia with a PID? I can't see that theres anything else viable at this end of the market? Not keen on the Sage DTP and can't see that theres anything else other than hoping for an exceptional second hand deal on something better coming along? Any advice would be appreciated! I am a student so although this might seem like an insignificant purchase to some, it's an investment for my next 4 years of coffee!
  6. Was browsing Gumtree for coffee paraphernalia and found this on there: https://www.gumtree.com/p/other-kitchen-appliances/gaggia-classic-espresso-machine-and-accessories/1269669248 Been on for 20days so might be able to get it a bit cheaper, no mods done but thought it seems like a good deal! Would snatch this up if I wasn't over in West Yorkshire.
  7. Hello everyone, After buying an ex army Land Rover last year, I have finally finished converting it into a Gourmet Coffee Bar, but I'm really not so great on the power front, so needing some advice! I have a Fracino CON2ELPG, which in the future I will be running on LPG, but for this summer I shall be powering the Machine with a generator. The Element rating is 2.85kw, and pump is roughly 150 watts. The rest of my equipment, grinders etc, will be battery and inverted operated so that's not a problem. So what maximum & continuous wattage would I need from the gene? Would I get away with a Gene with a maximum 3.1kw, or would I need 3.5kw. Also would anyone know if I need an inverter gene or if AVR would be enough? Getting very stressed about this so any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!!! Harry
  8. Hi, Ive just bought a brand new Gaggia Carezza Deluxe and I'm new to it. I bought it from coffeeitalia and when I maybe a bit of a newb to it but when I go to throth it, I first empty the water before it throths but then it stops and it makes a loud thudding banging noise and wont throth anymore, what am I doing wrong? I must admit the throther is confusing me a bit. I had a delonghi before and I had no problems with that but this gaggia is a more expensive machine so I dont know really.
  9. Rancilio Classe 10, was working prior to being left on with low water level. Overheated and cut out. Have been going through a trouble-shooting process. Purchased a brand new element but it is still not kicking in. Purchased a new boiler temperature probe and a new Overheat Safety Cut-off. Still not working, please help!
  10. I am currently looking to buy a coffee/espresso machine for my home (I work from home too) and would really appreciate any advice on what I should be considering. I've run some web searches looking for machine reviews but aside from those I found on Which, and the results seem to be contentious according to certain reviews, I have not been able to find anything else particularly helpful. Initially I was looking for a semi automatic machine with an integral grinder but I am also okay with buying a grinder separately if that is the right way forward. I am a novice to coffee making, certainly not drinking it though, but I would like to be able to consistently make good quality espresso, cappuccinos, lattes etc... at home. Reading some of the horror stories I was hoping to find something that won’t either break down every few months, have dodgy electrics, poor build quality (I see that seals/gaskets often seem to go), or not having enough pressure to steam the milk properly.... Other than the odd day or two it’ll never be making more than around 10-15 cups a day. I am fairly flexible on budget and don’t mind making the investment in a machine (within reason of course). I would not class myself as a connoisseur but I do like good coffee. Also, if you also have any recommendations on which shops I should be considering then that advice is also gratefully received. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope to hear from some of you soon. Best Garry
  11. Last night I attended a CoffeeHit open day where Paul generously laid on coffee, milk and beer, and allowed all who turned up to spend as much time as we wanted on the La Marzocco Strada coffee machine they have recently installed (and are retailing). The coffee was supplied by Square Mile and was their Autumn Espresso blend. We had a choice of grinders (Mazzer Robur E, Anfim and Mazzer Luigi (Super Jolly Electronic?) as well as pretty much every cafe accessory known to man. The only limitations were our skills (or lack of as we discovered) as we tried numerous extraction techniques in the quest to pull a decent shot. The pressure profiling challenged our beliefs and we tasted shot after shot as they were pulled in order to assess how the pressure affected the espresso. The side and top panels of the machine had been removed so we could peer right inside for a look and watch the solenoids kick in, switches move and even the water exit into the drainpipe. There were also a number of different steam tips we could use, including one that shoots steam out like a knife (or the end of a screwdriver , flat and thin) as well as a range of shower screens we could use (a glimpse into the 2011 offerings from CoffeeHit). I was surprised by how quick the milk steamed but got decent microfoam first go. I'm already looking forward to my next visit Make sure you follow @coffeehit for notification of future open days I'll leave you with a selection of images from last nights session Click here to view
  12. Just saw this. First thing that popped into my head was 'snowman'.... maybe due to time of the year.... My second thought was how the hell do you use it... Further info on ebay if you search "La Sorrentina"
  13. Hi all, just in in the process of obtaing a lease for my coffee machine. They have requested vechile details for hpi check as its for a mobile van so they can register an interest on it. Is this normal? many thanks ?
  14. Hi guys, A quick question about free on loan coffee equipment here in the UK. I'm Australian and have come from an establishment in Melbourne where we got through 60-70kg+ of coffee a week, and our wholesaler supplied my employers with everything: Barista training, tamp, grinder, cups, custom painted La Marzocca FB/80 (everything!) Now I'm doing my own thing, targeting a small space in Hackney, London and I'm trying to establish which boutique suppliers might offer a free on loan machine/grinder and how many kg's I might need to get through to interest them. If not, whether anyone has had experience with rent to buy, loaning machines or something similar? I'm still a little while off starting this project and don't want to waste time of suppliers I might deal with in the future, so I though I'd try and ask here first! I've loved what I've tried from Monmouth, Has Bean and Volcano coffee in various places if anyone has experience with any of these guys. Cheers
  15. Check out the fantastic video shot with GoPro Camera inside a roaster
  16. We now have engineers based in the following regions for repair, diagnosis, installation services for commercial and domestic coffee machines and grinders. Region Covered: London, Greater London, Brighton, Surry, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Canterbury, Midlands (North) All engineers carry huge range of spare parts with them for all types of machines and grinders. PM or email us: [email protected]
  17. Hi to all you wonderful coffee lovers! We here at Sanremo UK have created a video which was released yesterday on Youtube, and has just gone past the 1000 view mark! We are hoping to make it go viral and would love your help as coffee professionals to spread the word If you have a Twitter account, are on Facebook or have a blog, we would be very grateful if you could share it with your followers and friends! We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it [video=youtube_share;F9AOg6caaz8]
  18. I could do with some advice. I'm looking to upgrade this year from my Piccino. I was wondering what the main differences are between the Expobar Office Leva Dual Boiler Coffee Machine & PID and the Rocket R58, which costs around £600 more. Another option was the cherub, Its just a shame theres no PID on these yet
  19. I am enquiring on behalf of a fellow coffee lover He has an Elektra Microcasa a Leva machine which was produced in 1981 and requires a new spring, which is not produced anymore. Do you know of any machines being broken down or suitable replacement parts?
  20. I'm looking to buy an espresso machine such as the Gaggia Classic and I was wondering whether anyone could recommend a good website to purchase from? Most of the websites I come across are US based and the ones I find in the UK only sell appliance style machines.
  21. Hi, What’s the general consensus on connecting a coffee machine to an extension lead with other accessories? I made my better half a coffee this morning on my new ECM Synchronika. When I went back my make my own coffee the lights had gone out (green & orange) and the PID was blank. Pressed a button on the PID and nothing... So I assumed that it had ran out/low of water as I’m using it via the reservoir atm. Opened the flap and the reservoir was low so I topped it up. Then I couldn’t get the machine to turn on. Switched it off and back on again and nothing. Switched the mains off and on and nothing. I then switched the switch for tank feed and still nothing, so switched it back. Checked reservoir and all okay, float at the top, in correct place and reservoir tank properly in place etc. The only thing I noticed was the green light was dim when switched on instead of bright like it had been/should be. The last thing I thought to try was to remove the plug from the extension lead and plug it directly into the mains socket, and it worked! So I’m wondering if it was unable to draw the power it needed? There is only 3 items connected to the extension lead, the coffee machine, my Niche grinder and a Philips Hue light. Surely that’s not using up too much power? The extension lead is rated to 3000W. This is was it says on the product description: “You can have a maximum 10 sockets with up to a load of 3000W combined from all 10 plugs.” Its this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Duronic-ST10B-Extension-Engineered-protected-Black/dp/B000OV0CEY I was planning on plugging the extension lead with the 3 items mentioned above into a Meross WiFi plug, which I received today so I could turn everything on remotely, but I’m not sure now? Any my ideas why this happened and have I done anything wrong? Thanks, Tony
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    AnZa Coffee?

    Hello everybody, just stumbled upon this here project: https://www.anzacoffee.com/ While it focuses on styling and artistic integration into living space, they might have forgotten about contacting @DavecUK for technical questions. Way down on this page there's some specs: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anza-redefining-espresso-in-concrete-and-corian-coffee#/ Nevertheless, an interesting approach! Now, I'd like to see more different looks on serious equipment... Stainless alone can't be the end of the line
  23. I've been enjoying coffee from my "rescued" Moccamaster which I got for the equivalent of £10 but over the last few weeks the coffee from it has developed a strange/nasty flavour and there also seems to be a grounding issue, it zaps me lightly in certain parts. I already replaced some parts and really don't want to spend any more money it. Not sure what's causing the strange flavour, but it could be just that the plastic filter holder and the plastic lid for the server is not possible to clean thoroughly and always has some stale coffee smell or there is something else wrong, possibly inside the boiler? I've decided to go for a new filter machine, and been looking at Behmor Brazen Plus as well. It's ugly but I've had really good coffee served from it in a shop, and due to flat basket and shower head it might make a cleaner cup than Moccamaster possibly? The other option seems to be getting a new Moccamaster, which is very readily available in Scandinavia with spare parts. Another similar brewer / Moccamaster clone is the Wilfa Precision which seems to have a nicer filter basket with variable opening (the new Moccamasters don't have this feature anymore). Does anyone have any recommendations?
  24. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B078YPZRDK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=adpt054-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B078YPZRDK&linkId=6d3c82521855019fa6d4a101c6429b4d Having a huge domestic with hubby on this, seems we always manage to argue on a bank holiday weekend, it starts so well, we agree to treat ourselves then he just gets unreasonable. At Xmas it was over holidays but that is a whole different story and not on topic with this forum. Anyway what does everyone think? Buy or Not to Buy? before i tell you who says what. :-)
  25. Hi, I am selling our san remo opera 2 coffee machine. We have had it for 2 years. In excellent condition, 3 group head. From our shop we closed last year in bath (hunter & sons). Please get in touch if interested. Open to resonable offers. Will organise shipping to anywhere in the uk. Thanks
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