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  1. Londinium L1. Used by us as a demo machine over the last year or so but recently replaced by the new Londinium R. The machine is in excellent condition although there are the usual little scuffs and scrapes that you'd expect. We've tried to show these in the photos. As you would expect, the machine has been well maintained and we only recently serviced the lever, replaced seals etc. The machine is fitted with an IMS screen. This particular example is the tanked version - of course the plumb kit can be purchased if needed but we wanted to maintain the ability to move the machine around ea
  2. Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone could share their experiences on getting a new coffee machine? Is is better to lease, buy one outright, or rent one? Is it heard of that a coffee beans supplier would give one to a coffee shop free of charge if they buy enough of their coffee? Interested to hear the pros and cons of each avenue from peoples experiences. I've been running a small coffee shop for 4 years now. I bought the machine outright when we first opened. This was fine, but obviously incurred a big initial cost, but then I've not had to worry about it since. I'm now considering op
  3. Hi all Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm in a bit of a pickle as I can't decide on an espresso machine for home use and have been umming and ahhing for the past 2 years. I have been a barista (3 years) but had to leave the coffee industry for maternity leave and now being a full time mum. My thought process has been to consider a Hx as I will be making probably 3 coffees a day. My husband drinks flat whites and I do too with the occasional espresso with the odd hot chocolates here and there. Thinking that a double boiler may not be necessary as I won't be making a lot of coffe
  4. For Sale: Verona DB - £1400 A superb double boiler espresso machine, 6 months old, in immaculate condition and with 18 months remaining on it's transferable BellaBarista warranty. Used on average 3 times daily using only Waitrose bottled water. A super quiet rotary pump machine with option to use either plumbed or tank fed. Dual boilers with independent power switch for each so can selectively use (or not) the steam boiler which can get up to temp in less than 5 minutes Independent PID temperature control of each boiler. ** Automatic display of shot
  5. We are in the process of setting up a new coffee shop and cookie bar. Have been looking at the La Spaziale machines - can anyone let us know if they are as good as they say in the product leaflets?
  6. Hi Coffee lovers! My first Thread/post on this site. I have recently been looking at the VFA Torino 1 Group espresso machine and have found it for £699 inc VAT on a site called MyEspresso. I was thinking of buying it in a few weeks time until i came across a thread on here about how bad the customer service is with this site. I was shocked at what i was reading about how he doesnt help and always talks down to customers, blaming them for faults. as you can imagine i dont want to even think about buying off this site now! But, they are the only dealer i found that stocks this machine
  7. Hi guys, I recently bought the Iberital MC2 to use with my flatmate's delonghi treviso espresso machine. I've been playing for a couple of weeks now with some nice beans from Drury in Covent Garden and the espresso is tasting pretty good, generally quite smooth but perhaps not as strong as it could be? I'm still fairly new to drinking espresso so in a way I'm not sure what to aim for but I'm learning all the time. I've made a short video of how I make my espresso. I'd appreciate if any of you can have a look and tell me where I'm going wrong! I know the tamper is crap and plastic, I'
  8. 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, certai
  9. Hi Guys I have a Gaggia 'Coffee' espresso machine. I've had it about 5 years and it works fine. If I were to buy a 'better' machine (Rancilio Silvia seems a popular one) would it enable me to make a better cup of coffee? I make cappuccinos. In other words, what does a more expensive machine do compared with a cheaper one? Cheers Dave
  10. My favourite espresso machine is the Ascaso Dream it is a great design that graces my kitchen worktops with elegance, I love it. It makes fantastic espressos for me and the misses’ morning, noon and night. I have had it for a year now and wouldn’t be without it. I have really only got into espresso after going on holiday to Rome now that’s how to enjoy a coffee in the morning at the bottom of The Spanish Steps watching the crowds go by. Which is your favourite espresso machine?
  11. Does anybody know of a timer switch that can be used on a 32Amp point (commando socket) or some kind of relay switch that can be used for an espresso machine? I want to have my machine switch on 15 mins before I arrive at my shop- leaving it on all night seems a waste of power.
  12. Hi Folks....just joined and wanted to say Hi! I'm a Brit living near Houston, Texas and wanted to join this forum for some more balanced views! I've just started my coffee / espresso journey and have a Quamar M80E grinder and Quick Milll Vetrano 2B espresso machine on the way......hope to have by early December. I didn't realise it would be so difficult to decide on a grinder and espresso machine......it took me weeks of research and thanks in part to some of the threads I found on here, I finally made my choice. In the US it seems to be trickier to get hold of certain mach
  13. Hello, For a sale Expobar Brewtus IV (tank/vibra)verison. Bought in August 2015 in original packing and with everything that came with it: - portafilter - filter basket (single and double) - blind filter. It is 230V/240V version with schuko plug (germany, italy, austria, swiss etc). For UK it is just need a 3pin uk adapter. Machine was regularly maintained and always used with water softener. If you have any additional questions let me know and i am able to send any additional pictures. Joystick are sold. I did apply the original. I'm ready to sell it fo
  14. For sale is my Sage Barista express. less than a year old, complete with all accessories including portafilter, single and double baskets, cleaning tools, Sage Razor, tamper, milk jug and original box. Excellent condition as shown in pics. Collection from Middlesbrough area. £350
  15. 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 gener
  16. For sale is my Quick Mill Anita. Comes with double shot portafilter (no single unfortunately). Used with bottled water only, in great condition apart from the front right leg is a little bent due to transportation. Really only drink filter these days and I'm moving house so I guess we could use the funds for something a little more appropriate... Like a new bed... or a chair... Sigh. Has been a great machine - really good at bouncing back after multiple drinks, lots of headroom with the steam and can pull shots whilst steaming without issue. Looking at collection only fr
  17. £320 Free pickup in Shoreditch, East London PayPal or bank transfer This is not listed for sale anywhere else (Photos at the bottom) Owned since 2nd January 2020, this is all in excellent working order. No damage and you're even getting a knock box included. Here is everything included: -- 1 x Sage the Duo Temp Pro Espresso Coffee Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel 1 x 54mm tamper 1 x 54mm Portafilter 1 x Integrated Tamper 1 x Razor Dose Trimming Tool 2 x pressurised baskets 2 x non-pressurised baskets 2 x unopened sage espresso machine cleaning table
  18. Sage Duo Temp Pro for sale. Bought it in January from John Lewis. With every single stock accessories (apart of the water filter and cleaning tablets), with John Lewis warranty (1.5 year yet) Fully working order, excellent condition. Used with Brita filtered water for couple of weeks and only Volvic water since that. Had a proper back flush in April and in May (that's the reason cleaning tablets are missing), haven't been used since that. Steam wand used twice only. Asking price is £170 Cash at collection only please. London (Finchley Central)
  19. 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
  20. Hi Was wondering if anyone has any experience or noteworthy opinion? From a feature / price point perspective this sound quite interesting... http://www.itopltd.com/single-group-coffee-espresso-equipment-commercial.html Apparently the manufacturer is Guangzhou Itop Kitchen Equipment Co., Ltd. and the product is CM3200B… They are offered shipped to UK from Alibaba for about £600. Understand aftercare is limited ... Henning
  21. I've decided to upgrade my grinder and espresso machine. I've got the grinder sorted thanks to help from this forum (the Niche Zero). I'm now considering saving up for a new espresso machine. I currently have a 90s gaggia classic with upgraded steam wand which i've really liked. I've found the reading for a new machine a bit of a minefield and some of the machines quite out of date. I'd seen the Isomac Zaffiro but that seems quite old now and maybe the Casa V? I guess i'd be up for spending anywhere up to £800. I am really keen to get espresso tasting as good as I can! Any help / advi
  22. Hi All, New here and looking into purchasing a first "real" espresso machine (i already have a grinder), Mostly drinking Americano's, occasional Espresso generally around 2 - 3 drinks a day so not a huge demand (currently using a Wacaco Nanopresso). I started off looking at the Gaggia Classic and Rancilio Silvia E models (either can be picked up for ~£400), though the further I researched more and more features became apparent of what I might prefer / find useful in a machine to ensure I wouldnt be looking to upgrade in the foreseeable future such as PID, 58mm Portafilter, E61 Group
  23. I am addicted to a latte from a cafe in my city. I am using their beans (buying beans directly from them) to make lattes at home with my Gaggia Classic + Compaq K3 setup and although it tastes wonderful, it is still so different than what they produce. Significantly different and no matter what I do, I cannot replicate their tasty coffee! The cafe uses a VA388 Black Eagle and a Nuova Simonelli Mythos One. My goal is to create a coffee/latte which tastes exactly the same (or gets as close as possible) and I was hoping if you could point me to the right direction. What equipment do I need t
  24. SOLD PENDING PAYMENT I'm selling my R60v espresso machine as I'm finally getting round to opening my own coffee shop, so have no use for a home machine anymore. It is finished in the black option, serial number 15/57. I believe they retail for just under £3000 new. I am the second owner of this machine and it was supplied by Bella Barista In January 2016. The warranty expired on the 05/01/2018 - so still a little bit of time left. It includes the bits from new you would expect including PID, spare Portafilter, Rocket tamper and plumb in kit. No box. The machine has onl
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