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  1. Anyone who read my introduction post the other day will have seen that I just recently entered the world of home espresso making by purchasing a Delonghi Scultura ECZ 351. I quickly realised I'd made a bit of a mistake and should have gone with a Gaggia Classic, but by that stage it was too late to return to the shop. So, I persevered and got a bottomless portafilter and modded the steam wand a little. I'm now pulling what, to me, seem like pretty good shots. But then I am an absolute novice. However, I can't help feeling some buyer's remorse, and despite my better judgement I'm alre
  2. My search for my first coffee machine has taken me to this one and I've almost made up my mind. I've read a few reviews and it seems promising on Amazon but I'd like to hear it from "real" people who might have or have used the machine too. Let me know if you have any thoughts on it
  3. Hi I'm Sophie, I've posted a thread on the coffee machine section if anyone can help. Have a Delonghi at the moment but it's starting to go, looking for an improved weekend latte ?
  4. Picked this up for £7.52 on ebay. £10 on a couple of baskets, £10 on rancilio steam wand and a bit of hacksawing and filing later this is the result. Looking to PID in the future. This is a bad example as it stays reasonably consistent but quite often find the extraction speeds up a LOT towards the end, anyone have any idea why this might be? pressure, channelling, basket size? Cheers, Toby
  5. Hi guys, I have an opportunity to purchase one of these machines for £200. However, the cup count is around 3,700. Is the machine likely near the end of its life with that number of cups under its belt, or is it still worth buying? What goes wrong on these? Anything I should look for in particular? Thanks, Ian.
  6. Hi ive had my ecam 23.450.s for a couple of months now. ive used a combination of beans and ground coffee's. ive only inserted the ground coffee at the right time. i notice recently, even when i rinse, there seem to be lots of bits in the rinsed water, as opposed to colored water a few weeks ago. ive cleaned the machine as per the manual, i.e. the diffuser and milk frother. i cant see any evidence of bits inside the machine and am unsure where they keep comming from, i use the machine a lot, 8-10 cups per day. taste is fine, but the bits dont look right.
  7. hi everyone! i've been reading through all the posts and doing heaps of reasearch to find a great coffee machine as a gift for my partner. alas i'm going round in circles and as soon as i find a machine i think i see something else which i think might be better! my budget is £200 tops for a machine, and i'm all over the Iberital MC2 grinder and the fresh beans! For one reason or another (mainly reliability, i don't want to worry about buying second hand and poor steam wand) i want to discount the Gaggia machines from the equation for now and find out other than them what is the best machi
  8. Nespresso are offering £30 Cash Back* for any Nespresso machine purchased between 20 November 2008 and 25 January 2009 *Terms and Conditions apply In case you have purchased a machine and have not yet claimed (or wish to claim and the shop does not prompt you to claim) then PM or email me for a voucher - I have 2 available The Cash Back offer applies to a range of machines across the Krups XN series, Magimix M series, Siemens TK and Porsche series, Delonghi Lattissima and selected Miele models.
  9. Hello all, I hope you don't mind my posting this - I wasn't sure which thread it fell into so thought best to create a new one... I wanted to share a competiton to win a DeLonghi coffee machine - there's also a video of latte artist Søren Stiller Markussen creating celebrity portraits: http://www.t5m.com/DeLonghi Enjoy
  10. [h=1]The coffee maker is just 2 weeks outside of the warranty & has developed the problem of making lukewarm coffee. The coffee has never been boiling hot but usually fine. Then in the evening just started this lukewarm coffee.[/h] Anyone else had this problem or any idea what it may be. Annoyed this has happened just 2 weeks outside warranty. Thanks
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    Hi all, been lurking a while, though I should post though Lots of great posts on here and lots of great info. Had a Delonghi Nespresso machine for a while, but about 8 months ago, bought a Chemex, Hario Skerton Grinder and some HasBean coffee and haven't looked back. In fact thanks to Philips doing 40% off I bought a Gaggia Classic, and the Nespresso is on eBay (not used it for a while (a year maybe) Now I just need to do more research on the Gaggia/tweaks and get an electric grinder, been eyeing up the Eureka Mignon and maybe a bottomless portafilter? any advice
  12. Hi all. I'm new to this forum and I'm very much a newbie when it comes to home coffee, but I've done a lot of research and I'm keen to dig deeper and though you guys may be the best peeps to ask Up until today, my coffee evolution has taken me from Illy pre-ground in a french press, to owning a few Bialetti Venus brewers (still in use), getting a Hario Skerton and decent beans (e.g. SquareMileCoffee)... modifying the Hario to remove burr wobble .... then canning it because it was still a pain in the ass at 6am when I really needed to be in the shower ..... Replacing the Hario with
  13. Hi, I have an ESAM 5500. (I love it) It has a water spout at the side and a milk container for ...well...milk. Everything was working fine and then suddenly there is not enough draw on the milk jug to froth the milk. I have cleaned the jug top and replaced the o rings on the thingamijig that goes into it, but no joy. Now it won't express hot water from the spout that fits onto it, and I can't hear the chug chug of the pump that usually makes that sound to dispense hot water. I have managed without it for a while, but I really would like that facility. Can anyone give me a heads up of what to
  14. Hi there, I've a Delonghi EAM3200 that's a few years old now. I bought it second hand really cheap cause someone had stuck green coffee beans into it and, in the process of cleaning it out, they hadn't put the grinder section back together properly. I fixed it and we got a brand new coffee machine for €50. Anyway, the backstory is to explain that I've taken it apart a few times in my efforts to fix it so I'm not afraid to get inside the machine. Lately at the end of a brew cycle it's started making a really loud grinding sound and we haven't been able to figure out why. We've cl
  15. Hey guys, I'm looking for a fully automatic coffee machine, and i can either get the Delonghi ECAM 44660B or the Delonghi ECAM 45760W. There is a minor price difference between the two machines(50£). Which of them, should i choose, and what are the differences between the two machines? I'm having a hard time figuring it out. Thanks
  16. Morning/Evening All, Looking for some advice on a Delonghi Magnifica ESAM 4500 that my elderly parents have. I noticed today that when I turned it on it went through the normal and expected Heating up process however what didn't seem normal is the amount of water it went through when rinsing. It used just over 250mls of water which seems a little excessive...is this normal? When shutting down it pumps out 100mls. Any ideas? Also, can anyone provide details on how to do a factory reset, ie, reset the unit to factory defaults as if using for the first time. Thanks in advanc
  17. Hi all, Hopefully one of you might know the answer to this... I've recently joined the world of the Gaggia Classic having spent a few years in pressurised Delonghi land, and just want to know if my experiences are to be expected. I have a 2004 Classic with no mods yet [other than steam arm, although a gauge for OPV mod turned up today] and have the standard non-pressurised baskets: - I've managed to find a grind setting on the MDF which, coupled with a full basket [level with the top of the basket before tamping - a set of scales is on the shopping list] and a heavy tamp, gives
  18. I have had a Delonghi coffee machine for a while now (A BCO410) and want to get more seriously into making coffee. I also bought a grinder (Dualit 75015). The Delonghi is here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/DeLonghi-BCO410-Loading-15-Bar-Machine/dp/B003UMHO8G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top I understand that this (and the grinder) are probably subpar as far as espresso is concerned. However I have been playing with it after reading some of the posts on here. If I set the grind to finest or use Illy espresso coffee I can get a shot that takes about 25-30 seconds with a strong tamp on 15g of coff
  19. Hi all, My Treviso leaks through the brewing part while it gets up a head of steam making a mess and more water going into the shot than should do. It never used to. We have ultra soft water. It's a few years old. As pany parts are available I want to try and fix it as it makes great coffee. I've partly disassembled it and found a parts diagram on the web. I can't figure how the device works, as in how it switches where the output from the boiler goes. If the pump is on for espresso - I see it pumps water under pressure into the boiler, and it comes out through the coffee.
  20. What does everyone pull these at? I have been experimenting with them today, but to be honest, I'm not really enjoying them. They are so acidic that they don't push though milk at all when pulled in what I would call a 'normal' espresso range, i.e 16g @ 27s >> 30g. As I experimented with them, I pulled 16g @ 31s >> 31g, there was very muted acidity over a watery taste. Then I pulled them at 16g @ 35s >> 25g, there was a lot more body and the acidity was more of a sweet taste than a sour taste, but I'm still not getting many bitters at all, actually, the shot
  21. Hi folks, I recently descaled my Delonghi using a product made by Oust (said it was all-purpose and could be used with coffee machines). I followed the instructions in the manual and all seemed well. The machine works fine apart from one thing. After a shot has been pulled, the water used to drip out of the filter basket, leaving a solid puck which would come out in one lump. Not so now, doesn't matter how long I leave it I'm left with a soggy cow pat to deal with afterwards. I'm not sure which was right, I'm assuming it should be fairly solid. The coffee is perfectly okay, no c
  22. I was given a Nespresso machine a few years ago and it did what it said on the tin, but I wasn’t upset when it went bang a couple of weeks back and I happily binned it. Wanting to enter the world of proper espresso I naively replaced it with a Delonghi bean to cup machine, which didn’t really deliver. This in hindsight is hardly suprising. Fortunately it developed a fault and it was returned. What it was useful for was to help me figure out what I wanted, which was a more hands on, learning new skills, kind of approach. Starting from scratch and doing what I should have done before,
  23. Hi, So, my first week with my new gaggia evolution has gone ok. I've been using some gaggia ground coffee that the shop gave me and is ok, just a little bitter. Problem is, when making an espresso 9 times out of 10 i cant get the shot to run out into the cup. It normally just drips out. I use the single scoop that came with the machine and tried tamping it under different pressures and if i dont use much pressure it seems to run out like it should. All the videos i've seen, the people tamp real hard! I've just got some Nero beans which i've always liked and ground them nice and fine
  24. Great bean to cup machine, really good espresso maker. Selling as my other half insists it's too big for kitchen. And I might go back to a Gaggia. Makes perfect espresso with a multitude of customisable options from length of shot to amount of coffee dispensed, strength of shot and fineness of grind. Steam wand makes great cappuccino/flat whites/lattes. Milk dispenser stopped working (common problem I'm told) so sold without, but makes no difference to functionality and I preferred using the machine without the dispenser anyway as I've always preferred manually steaming my milk
  25. For those who are interested in Delonghi accessoires, we provide summer sale 40% off for Coffee Machine Filter for Delonghi ECAM, Esam, ETAM, BCO, EC. This is a compatible water filter special designed to fit DeLonghi Bean-to-Cup coffee machines. Code: RECOKIT40 You can check it out at recokit.com.
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