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  1. Had my DB serviced and repaired today by Coffee Classics as it was leaking steam. Glad I did as it needed a good going over by the sounds of it from the Engineer. Leaking steam was fairly obvious but the main buttons on the front had a slight electrical buzzing noise when pressing at times. Basically the machine had a new solenoid valve, hot water tap needle valve, complete set of o-rings and boiler probes cleaned. Also carried out a de-scale whilst the engineer was here, which I'm so glad he did due to this being problematic with these machines. Mine had the problem of displaying 'valves' at the end of the cycle, which apparently is caused by the boiler probes still being wet. I would of been stuck at this point but Nick the engineer had seen this previously so knew what to do. Had a good look inside whist it was apart and it looked nice a clean, much better than I thought given it had a couple of leaks. Machine is now as good as new and ready for the next few years service.
  2. The ACS Minima is in Alpha and I will be getting one to test and review in a about a week. It is a very small footprint dual boiler machine (but large boilers), brew boiler 800ml, the service boiler which does steam and hot water is a huge 2.3 litres which for this class of machine is VERY large. Boilers are as usual stainless like the Vesuvius, Vibration pump, internal tank, stainless steel, full E61 groupsolenoid (less maintenance), steam and water wands, PID with countdown timer etc.. I've suggested to them that prior to launching to dealerships a softer launch to real people as beta testers might be a good idea, because retailers are not great at this unless they send it to me. The process will use the following stages: I will get an Alpha machine - effectively pre production, so mine won't have as good a finish as the production machines I identify any issues, potential improvements (desirable) Check operation, temperature, PID tuning Soak test it and pull lots of shots, take photos Write report Production quality machines are made (with any alpha test changes) and offered to beta testers who expressed an interest Beta testing ensures that in a wide range of users situations Beta testers would be expected to fit minor modifications if it proves necessary (it would be in your own interest anyway) The machines will not be free, but they will be significantly cheaper than retail, because they will be factory gate pricing. It is envisaged there will be approximately 8 machines available for beta testing, so please put your name down on the thread if you are interested. Timescales will depend upon the performance of the minima in the Alpha test. Note, it's not envisaged that new people looking for their 1st ever machine would be suitable, but ACS may want one "greenhorn" to see how it performs in the hands of the very inexperienced. Below is a photo of the part finished Alpha Machine. please bear in mind it is an Alpha machine and is not looking it's best at the moment. Things like labels, covered in bits of laser film, chrome caps etc.. etc.. none of it is done...but it gives you a general idea of the shape. So let's hope it gets here intact and undamaged!
  3. Hi all, I’m selling my Sage Dual Boiler that I purchased on these very forums a few months ago. Only selling due to an upgrade. The machine has served me very well indeed and is a delight to use. Very fast heat up time. Brew boiler is ready within a few minutes and the steam boiler takes less than 10 minutes. I’ve learned so much from this machine being my first dual boiler, having come from a DTP. It’s a joy to use and very user friendly. Everything works perfectly with many advanced features including pre-infusion pressure and timing controls and brew and steam pressure controls. Comes with lots of accessories: Brand new Sage milk jug Double spout portafilter 1 x double basket 1 x single basket 1 x double pressurised basket 1 x single pressurised basket Rubber blanking tool for backflushing Steam wand needle Razor dosing tool 58mm Tamper Added extras: Bottomless portafilter Extra double basket Extra Double pressurised basket Extra Single pressurised basket Box of 5 brand new filters for the tank that I purchased from Sage. Extra razor dosing tool Extra 58mm Tamper Extra water filter cartridge holder This is the newer version that has the drainage plug for easy descaling and cleaning of the tanks. Person I purchased it from said it was purchased is 2016. I have only used Waitrose Lockhills spring water through it and the previous owner said they only used Ashbeck. There’s a few marks on the machine mainly around the drip tray area that was on the machine when I received it. When I purchased it, the previous owner said they was a faint hissing coming from the steam boiler on startup and supplied the required o-rings for me to fit, which I still have and will also come with the machine should you wish to open it up, but to be honest I can’t hardly hear it and you can only hear a very slight hissing when the steam boiler is getting up to temperature, once it’s up to temperature it’s silent. It has never bothered me and the machine works perfectly so I’ve left it alone. Given the above and for a quick sale I’m putting this up for £400 which is dirt cheap for a dual boiler. I don’t think I’ve missed anything. Any questions please ask. Edit: Forgot to add that it also comes in its original box. Collection preferred from Thatcham, Berkshire. Tony Edited to include all the extras I have discovered that will come with the machine
  4. Hi, Looking at getting a sage dual boiler and have seen a couple of used ones around for a good chunk less than the new price. My concern is the lack of warranty or knowledge of how the machine has been previously treated. Is the extra cost for a new one with a warranty worth it, or do they stand up to general usage without suffering issues? Any views on the reliability of these machines would be greatly appreciated. Cheers
  5. Hi all, Considering calling Sage up to potentially sort this under warranty - anybody have any experience of this? Issues I'm experiencing: If it's not a warm day, then when the machine is getting up to temperature, it will cut the power 2-3 times. I switch it back on at the circuit breaker and eventually it gets to temperature and works When I press the button to bring water through the group head, it makes an horrendous sound (see video) but does not seem to affect functioning of machine. Does this once then no horrible noise in subsequent shots There is water leaking through the bottom of the machine onto the counter Occasionally (maybe 1 in 4 times) the machine will overheat the water (and the temperature display will flash on 199 F) - turn off and on and it's sometimes at 220 F. Steam coming through water tap to bring back down to temperature As I say, I can always get it to work, but all this is becoming a joke. Is there an obvious fix here?
  6. After using my Bean to Cup machine, I want something more advanced, better, essentially a proper espresso machine. I would like a controllable PID for the brew temps, and the Expobar caught my eye (mainly because it seems a very reasonable price). Am I picking a good machine? Should I go more expensive for any reason? Sorry I might be a little vague here, I'll let my thoughts out aloud; - I want a dual boiler (I suppose is directly related to my third point here) - I much prefer the "Rocket Appartamento" style of design rather than the "Profitec 300" style of design, hence picking the Expobar - Although I might not use the controllable PID to start with, I know will want it once I am more experienced, hence picking a machine with it That's as much as my knowledge takes me to. More than happy for people to question me to help guide me, if someone thinks I may have not thought it through correctly/thoroughly enough. This will not be an imminent purchase, much more likely to be towards mid next year at the very earliest. But I like to plan ahead, and hopefully if I start this thread now, I can collate all the necessary information to help me once the time comes. I would love to rush out and buy one yesterday, however it's simply not possible for a few reasons
  7. Any ideas of firms in Newcastle Upon Tyne that could supply a refurbished 1-group (ideally DB but possibly HX) or small 2-group commercial espresso machine, preferably including future servicing? Putting the feelers out ahead of an office move towards the end of this year or early next year.
  8. Hi there. I lost all my accessories in a house move rectory. Anyone know where I can get a new backflush disc and the tablets?
  9. I find my PID sits 1 degree below the set temperature probably just under half of the time. Do we know how the Gicar PID actually rounds (i.e. to the nearest degree or does an actual temp of 91.99 still display 91 until it reaches 92)? Also if anyone has discovered any proportional integral and derivative variables that work particularly well (steam boiler on), that they'd like to share I'd be eternally grateful. I currently get about a 1 degree swing at worst, so not bad by any stretch but couldn't hurt to have it even better.
  10. Hi there, I'm selling my SAge Dual Boiler due to upgrade. The machine just been serviced, de-scaled etc. All the accessory in the picture are included,as well. Have the machine from new. Very well maintained, used in a household with one coffee fan. Prefer collection as recently I have more grey hair caused by delivery companies. Unfortunately the machine obtained a dent on the right foot /please see the pic/ during its journey to the service. Hence the price is £480.00
  11. Might catch someone's interest. I set up a price alert a couple of months ago. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00G6FVTTE/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used
  12. Hello all, hope this is ok to start another thread as I'm totally stuck. Apologies in advance if this is sound similar to the other thread i started. I did ask on the other thread about first machine for the house and i thought i decided on the machine and the grinder but after more and more reading i probably think that dual boiler might a waste for my need at home but we might need dual boiler when take the machine out for a private events or showcase. At home during the week either me or my wife probably only have 2 or 3 cups and at the weekend between 4-6 cups in total. We drink an espresso, a flat white and cortado. A few questions i have going around in my head; 1. Is dual boiler machine would be overkill for the amount of drinks we have at home? 2. Are there HX machine with PID shot timer? 3. Can HX machine do back to back drinks i.e 10 drinks Originally i was ready to purchase either Minima when it releases or Profitec Pro 600 but read that the steam boiler in Pro 600 only 1l that might be a problem for back to back drinks? My choice at the moment, either ECM Synchronica or Profitec 700 or ECM Elektronika because of the volumetric programmable buttons that might make it easier when we take it out. If HX machine capable of back to back drinks, i probably would get the Elektronika. And the machine would be paired with either ECM S Automatic 64 or Eureka Zenith 65 or Eureka Atom, still not sure which one as they all roughly the same price range. If there are any other suggestions, that would be great. Budget max £2200 exc VAT but obviously if can get it cheaper that would be better. Many thanks
  13. The ACS Minima Beta is over, the thread has been read by ACS and various changes made to the final production machine. The factory were going to take this one back and repurpose it for trade shows, but I pointed out the expense of doing so and breaking something up that works perfectly well seems daft to me and I hope to others. It's not great for the environment as many of it's parts will be wasted. I suggested that it might be better selling this to the "right" person on the forum. It's been my "go to" machine for a while now. So, an opportunity to buy the beta test machine. It works really well. It's a beta so there are a few small issues The brew pressure needle started flickering after 3 weeks, I think because capillary tube is short and all the air finally bled out but I don't know that's life. It's been used on totally machine safe water as all my test machines are. The front panel is slightly imperfect (I don't always get perfect machines, such is the life of a tester). You will get a user guide for it...when I find the file 1. Blemished front panel to right side and upper area of brew switch 2. Brew Needle vibrates around setting (but I wouldn't worry about it) 3. Still has software bug for steam (service boiler), temperature display, which shows a temperature 3C lower than that actually in the boiler...but no worries, you can see the correct pressure on the pressure gauge and it's capable of reaching the max design temperature of 130C no problem (or about 1.7 bar). It can be reprogrammed, but I can't be arsed to remove the Gicar box and do it as it has no effect except cosmetic (if the purchaser wants to remove the Gicar box and have it reflashed, I can do that for them in the future...well I should be able to, no guarantees ). You usually see carefully used for 4 shots per week, well this has been extensively used as I always do when testing and produces great shots. try to see it as being extensively PDied (pre delivery tested). It's about 3 months old. For people who know me, they know that functionally it's going to be perfect, clean and well looked after. The price, it's a very reasonable £450 with 1 year parts only warranty from the ACS factory....it's exceptional value for a 3 month old dual boiler machine. The machine is pick up only (no shipping, you have to come and get it/see it) but I do have the original packaging...ACS will invoice for the money prior to pickup. This money is not going to me (I make nothing from this), but direct to ACS. Availability is after I get the final Minima Retail machine for review (about 10 days time). The actual machine and accessories here (in fact in the front photo you can just see the blemish near the top left hand brew switch. This is a review of the beta and will be superseded by a review of the retail machine. The extra steam tip won't be included (it's mine), you get just the standard one. https://coffeeequipmentreviews.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/acs-minima/ This is the machine in the Videos here. P.S. If you want to come and see it, that's fine pm me and you can come and try it. However, only offers made by the thread will be valid and it will be first come first served. So if you opt to come and try it, someone else can still buy it whilst you are looking at it!
  14. As the title says, I think I've decided on a Profitec Pro 700. Nowhere seems to have them in stock at the moment as they've just released an updated model, but I'll be buying from Bella Barista when they have them (should be this week or next). Just wondered if anyone here had seen the new model at a store or at an expo or anything; is there anything I should know before I order? Or anything I need to know about the old model, even. It's a big chunk of money to drop and I'd like to hear people's thoughts before I hand it over. Also it's inevitable that people will tell me to spend my money on a grinder, but I'm on it. Currently rocking a Mignon MkII but holding back on the upgrade as my work might be getting rid of a K30 soon and I can probably talk them round to selling me that.. if not I'll upgrade my grinder within the year. Thanks folks
  15. Hi, My Dual Boiler has started leaking from the bottom left of the machine. After it's been on for about 40 minutes, a small pool forms by the front left foot, which looks like it is running from under the drip tray area. Anyone else had this? It's still under warranty, so I contacted Sage and they said to de-scale as that could be a cause. But I live in a very soft water area and have never had to de-scale any other appliances, so I'd rather not buy the chemicals and go through all the faff if there is another solution. Cheers, Jim
  16. So I looking to upgrade my crappy Delonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 and I've decided to go the Sage route. I don't have a budget, but I do like good value for money and hate diminishing returns. My options are... For value Barista Express Duo Temp Pro+Smart Grinder Pro Higher end Dual Boiler+Smart Grinder Pro The Oracle The dual boiler and the oracle have lots of parameters to play with compared to the cheaper options, but will they make a big difference to the end result, the fixed dosing of the oracle puts me off it a little.
  17. I bought this from eBay a year ago thinking that all the mk ii Vivaldis had programmable pre-infusion. Not so; this is a 2007 model and therefore about six months too old. I'm considering selling it and looking for a newer one. I don't think it had been well looked after by its previous owner as the steam boiler had a leak which had been ignored for so long there was a scale stalactite formed around the outlet. Anyway that's all sorted now and it works fine but I wanted to play with the pre infusion.
  18. I'm looking to upgrade sometime soon & thought this looked like an interesting machine but on another thread someone implied it's very overpriced as it's a vibe pump machine. I know you can't plumb vibe pumps but are there other issues with them? And what are peoples thoughts generally on the machine & it's pricing? Link below, thanks in advance https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/profitec-600-espresso-machine.html
  19. NOW SOLD - thanks! My first foray into espresso making. I bought this Piccino used in March of this year. It was an office machine that had been rarely used & in fact had sat in a girl's flat unused for the past year or so after the office closed. I collected it by car from London, so no packaging available I'm afraid. It has green metal sides, which I think costs about £50 extra than the regular black version. It's in excellent condition as, hopefully, my photos will show. It came with only a double portafilter & basket. I have since purchased a Faema naked portafilter & 21gm basket, plus a blind filter. Has been used at home for a couple of cups a day since March. Regularly backflushed with Cafiza & the steam wand cleaned with Rinza. Used with Waitrose Essentials water. I like to look after my stuff! Will also supply a new (blue) Cafelat Silicone 8.5mm group gasket seal. I've just upgraded to a new machine as the Coffee Forum bug bit deep, so this one may do nicely for someone starting out or looking for a second machine. The Piccino is a neat little dual boiler machine, with a small footprint, able to steam milk & brew coffee at the same time (of course I do each task separately as I'm not that smart!). Looking for £350 for the package. Collection preferred from Leamington Spa (Warwick/Coventry area) or will meet within a reasonable distance.
  20. I am using an 18g VST basket and am grinding with a Baratza Forte AP, I am grinding 21g in setting the menu for 2 shots, pre-infusion to 8 secs and temp to 94 degrees, so I press the 2 shot button and I stop it at 42g which takes around 34 secs, the shot tastes excellent. So next time I grind the same weight 21g and instead of programming the 2 shot, I just press the 2 shot button and blow me 50g of coffee comes out and that's stopping it at 31 secs. I cannot work out why I am getting such differing weights out when everything is the same going in, I am using Workshop beans only 2 weeks old, tamping the same, the same weight in and yet such a difference out, has anyone else experienced this and can anyone come up with reasons as to why I am getting such differing weights out, it is baffling me to the point of distraction, so can anyone please help.
  21. Bought a brand new Sage DB from a single trader on Ebay, nothing wrong with the machine, registered it ok and got the White Glove service from Sage/Coffee Hit after sending proof of purchase, things going great until the De-scale are on, so I de-scaled it as per book, came out of the Descale menu and the De-scale warning comes on every time I turn the machine on until it reaches temperature then it goes off, repeated the process, same results, so decided to contact Sage Support. This is when things started going wrong, I told them my problem, they gave me a few suggestions, all of which did not work, so they told me they would send an engineer out to have a look at it, I was to email them my proof of purchase, I told them that I had already done this when I applied for the Whit Glove Service, anyway they wanted me to resend it so I did, I then called them and was told that my Warranty was not valid as I had not bought the Dual Boiler from an approved supplier, I had bought it from a single trader from Ebay so that invalidated my warranty. I was fuming with this, I checked their 2 year warranty on the Dual Boiler and no where does it say that it has to be purchased from an Approved seller. Does anyone have any views or advice for me or has anyone else come across this problem before, I have contacted Citizens Advice, just waiting for a reply from them so thought I would post it on here, just one last thing the machine was Brand New, was sold as New so as it has now become faulty does anyone know if I have any come back on the Seller on Ebay? Any thoughts or help would be much appreciated.
  22. So the Oracle experience didn't last long/go well as it seems it was faulty, so for a few reasons I have chosen to take a refund and begin searching for a manual machine. I have backed the Niche Zero so my plan is to research and source a good second hand machine to pair with that when it is released. I have plenty of time but want to make sure I do my research and don't buy the wrong thing. So far I've only looked at Rocket machines (online not in person) and really like the R58. A dual boiler would be my preference and they are within budget for a well looked after second hand one. My question is what other manufacturers and models should I be looking at that fit the dual boiler and budget requirements? It's a bit of a minefield for somebody not massively experienced so any guidance would as always be much appreciated. TIA
  23. Teejay

    How fast ?

    Hi I wonder how fast the Sage dual boiler takes to get from switch off (edit: I meant from switch on to coffee not switch off!m doh) to be able to pull the first shot? I want to be able to grab a cup in the am before I go to work. regards
  24. Is the 58mm tamper supplied as standard with the Sage Dual Boiler considered any good? It's all I have at the moment and I like the neat magnetic storage but it's not a particularly close fit in the basket - how critical is that? Should I be considering an update to a newer, posher tamper? What is important in a tamper? Weight? Self-levelling? Nice wooden handle? Calibrated spring-loading for even tamp pressure every time? Shininess? What sizes fit a Sage basket? 58mm exactly or 58.2 or 58.4 or 58.203568? Any specific recommendations? TIA
  25. For sale my beloved Izzo Alex Duetto MkII. This dual boiler machine is a beauty and in fact a beast. Bought second hand and in immaculate condition in 2016 and had previously been bought new from Bella Barista (2010 production model). Selling as I'm not allowed more machines than kids, and I have broken that rule already. I've used it daily set to turn on the morning for 1 espresso and 1 flat white, so looking at a total heat up time of 2hr per day. The machine has operated flawlessly. Strictly only bottle water fed (Volvic and Stretton Hills) and have descaled once every 6 months and backflushed with cafiza once weekly. I took the machine last year to a professional Izzo mechanic at Traders coffee outside London just to be told it's running perfectly and in no need of anything! The only issue I ever had was the safety valve on the steam boiler started hissing. I replaced it with the upgrade version from BB and it's been back to perfect ever since. Also the steam wand that came with the machine was impossibly short, making it tricky to steam milk. Replaced with a longer Rocket steam arm that's given me excellent results ever since. Also upgraded the steam tips which I'll include. Now the machine is incredible. It's equipped with the tried and tested thermostable e61 group fitted with the upgraded IMS 200um competition shower screen. The brew boiler is 0.8L and adjustable to 1°C through the PID. The steam boiler is a 1.8L insulated copper boiler controlled by a separate PID and separate solid-state relay and gives you bucket loads of steam and hot water. You can choose to turn it off entirely if you purely want espresso. The results have been phenomenal especially since you can easily tweak a number of variables including pump pressure. Oh forgot to mention, it has a commercial rotary veined pump mounted carefully to provide silent operation. This has been inspected and lubricated once every 12 months as per DaveC's instructions. Can be tank (2.4L) or mains fed with a flick of a switch. Never tried mains but should be straight forward. Read DaveC's review although the one in the review is for a slightly earlier version (https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/pdf/IzzoAlexDuettoIIcloserlookv4.pdf) What you'll get: Izzo Alex Duetto MKII rotary with upgraded safety valve and steam wand (can be made no burn with included tubing) x1 58mm single spouted portafilter + basket x1 58mm double spouted portafilter + basket x1 58mm bottomless portafilter x1 IMS competition 16-21g basket x1 blind basket for backflushing x1 IMS 200um competition shower screen x1 OEM shower screen x4 Izzo Alex high grade steam tips with (2, 3, 4, 4 alternative positioning) holes High pressure mains tubing x1 unused e61 group service kit x1 detailed instruction and maintenance manual 900g cafiza/puly CAF I am asking for £890 for the lot (extras worth >£100 and not willing to split at the moment) The machine is very heavy (32kg H420xW360xD430 mm) and seeing the delivery horror stories I am not willing to ship. Collection from London, or I can potentially drive within a reasonable distance to meet someone. If you are nearby pop by to try it out. You will not be disappointed.
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