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  1. Hello all, I have a Londinium L1 and Eureka Mythos with the anti-clump mod, I've had this combo for something like 4-5 years. It's served me well but I want to replace the grinder and think I might also benefit from replacing the L1 as well. I'm currently thinking a Vesuvius (or perhaps the R 60V) and something like a Compak E10, ideally a grinder that works well with single doses as I don't make a lot of coffees, I've fancied a conical grinder for a while now hence why I'm considering the E10. I have the L1 plumbed in so I do enjoy the silence and ease of operation/maintenance but the lever has been a little awkward for others using the machine and I do quite like the operation I see with the Vesuvius (different profiles, having a shot timer, being able to easily pull a shot and stop it while doing the milk etc). I've enjoyed what the L1 produces immensely but I've had this nagging doubt for quite some time that I slightly prefer what a pump driven machine produces, could just be my imagination of course but I'd like to consider my options at least. So any thoughts or advice?
  2. 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.
  3. 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 from Newcastle as my experience with posting coffee machines has never been positive. Can deliver within a suitable radius for a fee i.e. 50 miles being the max, or meet at a halfway point if the price is right. On eBay for £650, but happy to take £550 cash to people on here. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask and I'll do my best. Jonny --phone number removed--
  4. 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 to create the same taste? I drink two coffee per day and not more than that. Want to keep it simple, just interested in this amazing taste. Hope you can help! Oh I forgot to mention: I use the same recipe they do: 1:2 which in terms of weight is 18g of coffee, 36g of water and in 30 seconds. It changes sometimes (down to a few seconds) but even when I get That ratio perfect, does not seem to be exactly the same. Only thing is they brew in 93 degrees Celsius but I Don’t have a pid installed, not sure what temp I brew my shots. Could it be this? The taste is not always the same although I repeat the same process, too. Do you think I should upgrade from the Gaggia to a device which is more forgiving? Have it for a few years now.
  5. For sale a Vesuvius espresso machine I bought here two years ago. Manufacture date: 07.2014. Machine has served me well and was used daily (2-4 shots a day). I decided to sell, because I need some cash, and me and my wife are happy with switching to filter only. The machine is soon going to be sent for a full service to BellaBarista. The machine will be packed and delivered (insured) to Bella by a professional company (https://www.mbe.co.uk/newcastle) in their own van. I never had a single problem with the machine, however when I examined it while taking pictures for a sales thread, it turned out that the brew boiler and the steam boiler were leaking. Details about the brew boiler leak here: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?46404-Vesuvius-water-leak There are no details about the steam boiler in the above thread because I spotted the second leak later, after I was able to turn the machine on its side and remove the bottom isolation from the boiler. Based on the stains the leaks must have been there since I got the machine, I never noticed them before because there was no water dripping out of the machine. I would have repaired it myself, but I understand that the future owner would trust the professional servicing more, hence I decided to send it to Bella and drop the price. As for the maintenance: -I used the machine every morning for 2h with only the brew boiler on. I switched on the steam boiler every weekend. -I changed all the seals and washers in the group after I got the machine -a descale every 6 months (I use only tesco ashbeck water), with disassembly and lubrication of the cam -detergent backflush once a month -dropping the shower screen for cleaning every week Price: I would like 1400£ + the servicing costs. Shipping to Bella has already costed me over 100£. Servicing should not cost more than 300£, this of course will depend on how much needs to be done. So, I am setting the price to 1800£, and I am willing to cover any additional costs of the servicing (i.e. the price will not rise when the servicing bill turns out to be more than 300£). The machine is fully functional as it is and will be professionally serviced. Also included: All the goodies the machine has come with, including tubing for plumbing in the machine (I used it only with the water reservoir); and portafilters. I added 3 VST baskets (15g, 18g, 20g). I also added a larger milk steaming jug and thermometer (both not used much as I never liked spoiling my espresso with milk), portafilter pressure gauge (for verification of the brewing pressures), cafetto detergent, espazzola grouphead cleaning tool, JoeFrex handle technic aubergine with the adjustable pressure release mechanism and two tamping bases (convex and flat) for consistent tamping. I can also add my ‘collection’ of the espresso cups if needed. Shipping: The machine will be packed and posted by Bella Barista, if the machine finds a new home within the next few weeks. I am still waiting for a reply from the BB regarding shipping costs, and I will add it here as soon as they provide me with the price. Otherwise you can pick it up in Newcastle upon Tyne, or I can post it in the same package I receive it from Bella Barista, however this will cost much more (approx. 150£, for an insured parcel).
  6. Other than the hilarity of searching for “Vesuvius Exploded View” if you forget to put espresso in the search. I have not had much luck finding something like this. If anyone happens to know where to find one I am curious about some of the details and I’m crazy enough to want to mess with the electronics inside. Thus, also a circuit diagram would be cool, granted if I got one I could just trace it out. I really like the Fluid-o-Tech's integrated controller with a 0-5V control link, as a simple way to get involved with a normally very complicated system for electronics. I’ve also noticed at least in NA the prices seem to be dropping or they are getting listed as clearance. Does anyone happen to know a reason for this? Suggestions welcomed, on if that makes it a great time to get one or a bad time. Thanks all
  7. We at Horsham Coffee Roaster are selling our 3 year old Linea Mini. Mainly been used for training once every one to two weeks but now isn't needed as we've replaced it with a 2 group Strada. It's in good mechanical condition with just a few paint chips that would be less noticeable with some black touch up paint. Selling for £2595 inc VAT which is just over £1000 less than the RRP price. Collection from our roastery in West Sussex and I'll include some free coffee too. Here are some pictures:
  8. 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 only pulled a few shots a week (I work in a coffee shop, and I'm opening a coffee shop so have less time than you'd think to make coffee). It has always been run on Ashbeck water, and goes through a cleaning process. Machine is in top condition. No dings, just a few subtle wisps on the drip tray and such - as you would expect. No cups or other bits not included with this machine when new (or in photos) are included in this sale. To be honest I have no idea what to ask for it. So currently putting it out there at £1800, with invitations for serious offers. Collection in Brighton, and i'm not willing to arrange courier based on the weight and nature of the item. Not going to run through the features and power of the machine - but if you have any questions then fire them at me! I also have a great condition black Mazzer Mini with timer if you'd like to buy it, or bolt it onto this sale.
  9. Recently purchased a Krups Calvi Espresso machine during the Black Friday promotion (120 pounds), it has some interesting features for a budget machine like auto-purge and 3s low-pressure preinfusion. Although it can make some really decent shots, I found the steam wand to be a bit too underpowered my liking (it's even weaker than my previous 3-year-old Delonghi Eco310 without the Panarello attachment). It struggles to even froth (not to mention heat up) a small volume of milk (120-150ml) before the 75s auto shut off feature kicks in. Unfortunately, the steam wand issue is a deal breaker for me but I have been thinking about returning the machine and upgrading to the Sage Duo Temp Pro. Will that machine be a worthwhile upgrade (for a 200 pound premium) especially in terms of milk frothing (steam wand pressure) and espresso extraction? Or should I just save the money and buy a better grinder instead (currently using the Hario Mini Mill)? Thanks.
  10. 2008 Gaggia Classic with: Rancillo Silvia steam wand - gives much better steaming capability than original. Double portafilter with new basket Good quality tamper Coffee scoop Machine has been well looked after - descaled regularly with Puly descaling powder. It has a new shower screen, new shower screen holder (upgraded to brass version) and new group seal / gasket. They were all fitted a couple of weeks ago. It's in very good condition - as you can see from photo - the markings on the switches have worn slightly. Iberital Mc2 - ideal grinder to partner the Classic. Grind can be delivered directly into portafilter or as I did, stand a ramekin dish on a small beaker if you don't wish to hold the portafiter! Again grinder has been looked after and has never given any problem - grinds very well. Price: £200 Collection near Street, Somerset or happy to post. Postage will be about £16.00
  11. Hi, I have a brand new ECM Synchronika espresso machine for sale, ready for collection (or can be personally delivered) in the Edinburgh area. I also frequently travel to Yorkshire so a drop off en-route can be arranged! My preference would be to not deliver due to potential damage during transit, but I still have the original packaging, including protection which is double boxed, so this is possible. It has been used to pull approximately 30 shots of espresso, is in an as new condition, and an all round fantastic machine! Only bought one week ago and comes with a 2 year warranty. All relevant parts and spares that come as standard will be supplied unused. Selling due to a change in circumstances. More than happy for people to view before they purchase. £1,950. I am also selling a Eureka Specialita grinder which was bought approx 6 months ago and is also in fantastic condition. Combined price of £2,225. Many thanks! Lee
  12. Hi, I have a brand new ECM Synchronika espresso machine for sale, ready for collection (or can be personally delivered) in the Edinburgh area. I also frequently travel to Yorkshire so a drop off en-route can be arranged! My preference would be to not deliver due to potential damage during transit, but I still have the original packaging including protection which is double boxed, so this is possible if necessary. The machine is in as new condition and has been used for one day having pulled approx. 30 shots of espresso. Bought on 5th November (boxed since) and comes with a 2 year transferable warranty from Bella Barista. All relevant parts, spares and packaging that come as new will be supplied unused. Selling due to a change in circumstances. More than happy for people to view before they purchase, the picture doesn't do it justice. £1,900. Many thanks.[ATTACH=CONFIG]38373[/ATTACH]
  13. Hi all, im selling my beloved Gaggia classic espresso machinee with a few extras. I have owned this for about a year, and I bought it second hand from a guy who had owned it for 2 years - it is definitely still the model that was made in Italy. This machine has seen a moderate to low usage, and it has always been descaled and backflushed regularly. I have really loved using this machine and have always looked after it well, I'm absolutely gutted to be getting rid of it, but I think it's time for an upgrade. I have also done the Silvia steam wand upgrade as can be seen. I've also only ever used bottled water or filtered water. This machine Ines is in fantastic condition and I have not once had any problems with it. With this machine im including a knockbox, a Mott tamper, a milk jug, Puly cleaner (for descaling) and a cleaning brush. I am am looking for £115 for this, and would really prefer pickup in Bristol, around the BS6 area. I'm not totally against posting it but it may take a little while as I'm quite busy at the moment. Please dont hesitate to ask any questions you have. Thanks! Rory
  14. Hello guys, I am struggling to choose a present for my close friend and was hoping you can give me a hand. Some inputs: - doesn't need steamer (only drinks black coffee) - uses machine rather infrequently (maybe once a week) - ease of use is rather important (this includes cleaning) - size is important (the smaller the better) - looks is kind of important, lots of cheap plastic slightly turns me off (mostly the fact that it is fidly and doesn't feel like it can last for a few years) - looking to spend up to 400 GBP I was initially thinking about bean to cup machines but i figured it might not be best if you use it extremely infrequently as you dont want to clean it every time you use it. The best bean to cup i could find in the budget was Melitta Perfect Milk. The other non bean to cup option seems to be Gaggia Classic, however that one doesn't have amazing reviews so i was wondering if this really is the best choice. Is there anything better in my price range that meets the needs? Cheers
  15. 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
  16. Posted previously without any traction. I need these to go to a new home as I'm moving house at the end of the month. New thread due to splitting sale and reducing prices slightly. Mods feel free to delete the old thread. - - - Both machines are forum purchases and have served me very well. Collection from Portishead, Bristol ONLY but I will consider travelling within reason. ------------------ Photo Album: https://imgur.com/a/UISZoWa ------------------ 1) Gaggia Classic [Dec 2012] - £125 NEW upper boiler NEW steam valve (original supplied - very minor drip) NEW steam knob (original supplied - scratched & slightly loose) NEW complete seal kit & fresh bolts Upgrades: Silvia Wand OPV adjusted (not measured) Brass block (original supplied) IMS shower screen (original supplied) Comes with: Bottomless portafilter Standard portafilter Double & Single pressured baskets Double standard basket Blind basket Original tamper Dualit milk pitcher 1x sachet of PulyCaf Grouphead brush Old spares (aluminium block & shower screen, original steam wand, steam valve & knob, spare bolts for upper/lower boiler attachment) Original purchase thread https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthrea...kage-%A3130-00 I have totally refreshed the internals with a brand new upper-boiler, steam valve and seal kit (refurbishment completed April 2018). Scale had built up in the boiler so I've given it a new lease of life while also descaling and cleaning all other internal parts. Since this refurb it's been used with Ashbeck or Brita filtered water. 2) Nuova Simonelli MDX stepless grinder (64mm) - £110 Original purchase thread: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthrea...sale-%A3150-00 Nothing much to add from the original thread. Burrs are still feeling fresh and biting nicely (see pics) Comes with lens-hood for single-dosing and standard hopper. It's the lower burr that adjusts, so you can remove the top and clean everything out without losing your grind setting - unusual and very helpful. I have once had an issue with it jamming when using the hopper. I put this down to a particularly hard bean and fairly tight espresso grind, however I have never had this issue when single-dosing. Thank you.
  17. Hi all, I have a couple of questions regarding commercial machines and there lack of boiler insulation. Would it be feasible to put insulation on the boiler of a commercial machine in order to try and make it a bit more energy efficient and possibly help them be a bit more cost effective ? Has anybody actually successfully done this for the following reasons at all and if so what insulation did you use or would you recommend using ? Sincere apologies if this has been asked before. Many thanks in advance. Ian
  18. 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 for £750 + postage (I pay half the price of postage). 30.7 update: New price £750 postage included (without joystick, but with original) 5.8.update: price reduced £725 (without joystick, but with original) SOLD!
  19. I know this is going to be fairly subjective but I have up to a maximum of £300 for a new machine to replace my old but until now reliable delonghi bar 14. I'm thinking Sage Duo Temp Pro but wanted to fish for some ideas before I committed to it. Thanks
  20. 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 time. Includes all original accessories such as single and double spout portafilters, two steam wands (Standard & non-burn), plumb kit (unused) and original packaging. A detailed review of the Verona by forum member DaveCUK can be found HERE Plenty of other info is only a Google away but feel free to ask if there is anything else you need to know. Prefer purchaser to collect or agree a mutually acceptable location to meet for handover. Purchaser to be wholly responsible if it is absolutely necessary to ship via carrier.
  21. So I was all set to buy a bean to cup Krups EA8108 from Amazon.de which was a lightening deal at £170, but I chickened out. Now I am thinking of getting an espresso machine + grinder. It will be used mostly at the weekend, for making espressos and americanos. We don't drink coffee weekday mornings with kids etc. So it will be a weekend treat. This is my first puchase of a coffee machine, and I can't afford the earth, and also - it needs to be from amazon (UK) since I have a voucher for there! I was looking at this one (anyone have it): http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EZBTRDQ?keywords=espresso&qid=1449740376&ref_=sr_1_17&s=kitchen&sr=1-17 And this grinder: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002OHDBQC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE Could someone make suggestions perhaps there are cheaper models which would be as good? I know a lot of folk say to spend more on the grinder, but I'm afraid I don't have the budget for it. I'd rather have an eletric one however. I'd be making americanos mostly, so one that has hot water (needs to be hot, missus likes hers hot!) Amazon also have a 4 for 3 offer on home stuff, so if I bought 4 items I could get the cheapest free which is nice. Thanks for the help in advance.
  22. Hello I'm not a fan of Nespressos and I wonder if Keurigs are any better. My budget can afford some of these Keurigs, this K40 is especially interesting but.... how crappy actually it is compared to something better especially when it comes to the pods?
  23. Anyone heard of La Macatec German made espresso machines? Stumbled upon them the other day, but can find very little information about them. Jim
  24. Good evening all! As many I have started enjoying espresso at home with a Gaggia Classic and Eureka Mignon grinder something like four years ago. I have always had trouble with consistency. As I knew I went with a relatively "low budget" option, I could live with that, and it helped me learn how to pull an espresso. Now I have got an upgraditus itch which I am not sure I should scratch or not. My usage would be pulling a couple of espressi per day, maybe a bit more on the weekend, but not much else. I may drink cappucino twice a month, but being able to steam milk while pulling the shot, or making several milk drinks back to back is really not a concern for me. What I would like to have is the ability to pull better shots more consistently. I don't really have a precise budget in mind, but given the low usage I'd like to stay around the 800£ range, unless going the extra mile will allow me to get something much much better. I don't care so much about HX/DB (or even SBDU!), although the flushing technique required by HX machines seems to make things a bit more "complicated" that I'd like. And I also know that a better machine may lead to buying a better grinder as well... On paper the Expobar Leva DB seems like something I could keep for the rest of my life (and probably overkill for my needs), but I may have a hard time justifying the expense. The HX version is cheaper but lacks a PID, which may not help consistency? Fracino Cherub seems to have a good reputation a round here as well. Are there other viable options (perhaps even cheaper) that I have not considered? So given those indications, would you say I should keep the Gaggia, maybe PID it and get better at it, or find a worthy upgrade?
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