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  1. Hi all, I've been brewing coffee almost exclusively using french press, behmor + aeropress for the last 18 months or so. Previously had a Classic (which I didn't much like) and a La Pavoni (which I liked but required a bit too much input if I wasn't in the mood). The classic was matched with an MC2 and I upgraded to a Super jolly when I bought the La Pav. I still own the SJ and am now looking to dip my toe back in the Espresso pond. Is there a certain level of machine that matches well with the SJ? I don't want to bottleneck my set up, but also don't want to blow the bank and have n
  2. Up for sale is my beloved Oscar, which was an absolutely perfect espresso machine for getting a bit more serious with home espresso making. I bought this from coffee chap about 4 years ago, and its been an absolute pleasure. The outer casing is starting to show some signs of age, with a few scratches and marks, however the internals are going strong and the steaming power is as crazy as ever. I am selling with the following additional items as a package.. 1 x blanking plate for backflushing 1 x regular portafilter 1 x naked portafilter (modded by a coffeeforums member
  3. Don't be shy....... maybe tell us how long it takes to complete your espresso making routine. I have a friend who delights in telling people that "Snake makes a great coffee but the trouble is you have to wait half an hour while he does it! " Not unnaturally, that hisses me off slightly and so the other day I decided to time my routine, from start to finish. Two 5oz flat whites - Single Dose grinding - Using a double spouted portafilter. NO pre-preparation whatsoever other than a fully warmed up Londinium-R Milk in bottle in fridge, beans in cupboard in Airscape contai
  4. Hi Guys, For sale, E61 Digital Brewhead Thermometer Vidastech (very similar to 'EricS' thermometer). With included spanner, allen key and o rings. All that is needed for assembly. Price: £55 postage included
  5. Moving from the valuation thread onto here as the prices seemed correct and a few people were interested already. List: 2x Inker blue latte cups - OPTION £10? 2x Inker grey espresso cups - OPTION £10? 1x Motta wood 58.4 tamper - GONE £10 1x cheap jug - £2.5 1x Rhinowares waste bean - GONE £12.5 1x naked portafilter 58.4 exc baskets - £10? 1x chinese distribution tool - GONE £5 1x cafelat tamping mat - GONE £5 @joey24dirt I'll do that plus postage if that's ok? @rob177palmer Yes it's a 58, was used for a Gaggia previously @Diggy87 I thin
  6. Nothing much to see here...just the whole boring process, end to end. I just realised I had never actually produced a video of the whole process before....and you rarely see them on the net. [video=youtube_share;MhM9YzdqNZg]
  7. Recently purchased an Astoria plus 4 you coffee machine and I I like it a lot it makes wonderful coffee. However, the water temperature is not hot enough only 45 degrees Celsius not hot enough to serve tea and I have to use the kettle to make the teas which is wasting me time and my business. If anyone has any idea on how to change the water temp on that model please let me know. Thanks.
  8. Hello! I have a question. I have a Compak E8 grinder and a Fracino Cherub. The set up is great but I've had my Cherub for about 6 years now and want to try a lever machine. I'd love a londinium but my budget is about £1500 so it's unrealistic. I've heard of the new mini londinium but I need milk steaming. So... I've found a Bezerra Strega for around my budget. Does anyone have any experience with this or have any other sugestions. I've also looked into Fracino machines which are almost in budget and fracino make the londiniums I think? Does anyone have any sugestions.
  9. Mazzer Mini (£100). I believe this is a 2011 model (based on serial number as photographed). It's been modded as photographed (I did not perform them so not sure what they are. I think there is a sweeper mod + whatever has been done to the middle.). Gaggia Classic (£100). This is one of the 'newer' ones. Pressurised basket. KNOWN FAULT: Brew thermostat is not working, so the boiler will not heat unless you switch it to steam power. I used to temp serf with it so it was not a problem and now I do not have access to the tools to deal with it. All collection only from NOTTINGHAM (near t
  10. So I just got in a kilo of Colombia Suarez today, I'm based in Germany these days so it was roasted on the 15th and so has been degassing for 6 days already. I'm trying to pull it as an espresso today on my La Pavoni and it's proving imposible to dial in. I have found the grind setting that gives me 12g -> 24g in 30 seconds, but it comes out both sour and bitter. I've tried adjusting a little either way with no luck. Everything is in order with my grinder (Lido E) and machine (aforementioned La Pavoni Professional, pre-mil) - other beans are still fine (both lighter and darker than this bea
  11. when timing an espresso extraction on a machine with pre-infusion, should I be starting the timer as soon as I hit the button on the machine or from when the first drip of coffee leaves the portafilter spout?
  12. Hello, What is the best deal on this site, because they can ship it to my country more easily and they have some good deals on package machines. https://qavashop.com/en/3-espresso-machines/s-3/price-2205:5175 I limited the price to be like $1200 max.
  13. Lots of bits I’ve accumulated and don’t use. BB Tamping station - good condition £16 posted Motta knockbox. - good condition £22 posted Concept Art Calibrated Tamper 58mm (£87 on BB) - perfect £70 posted Barista & co milk pitcher 300ml - well used £12 posted Collection of 6 espresso mugs with matching saucers - excellent £20 posted 2 sets of Atkinson’s INKER Espresso cups and Saucers £22 posted Any questions just ask. Pics to follow.
  14. Hi guys new to the forum and loving looking around so far although i may end up spending a fortune on all the bean recommendations! Seems like a great community of knowledgeable folk with that in mind i am going to bore you all with another grinder question. I have a gaggia classic and recently got a bottomless portafilter for it, i was expecting to pull lovely looking shots like my local coffee shop - shout out little bird coffee house, Inverness, Scotland! - however as you can imagine i ended up with a disaster of multiple sprays everywhere! I presumed it was my poor tamping techni
  15. I've recently found myself only really drinking Aeropress coffee. I like espresso drinks but I'm not a huge milk drinker so find the process lengthy for essentially the same drink I could have in a minute or two. Are there anyways to spice up my espresso routine or to make it a little simpler? I'm currently using a Gaggia Classic and a Saeco Pro grinder. P.s I haven't mentioned this near my partner as I have my allocated space. Don't want to relinquish that if I don't need to!
  16. I watch a lot of YouTube videos to try and gain some knowledge, a lot of it is espresso related. I see a lot of different extraction weights, and timings. I've seen people say longer extraction, more time - though that's a minority. What's much more confusing for me is the ratio/terminology. 1:2 ratio extraction I've seen classed as a double espresso, but then others say a double espresso is 60ml/60g. Now both need to be done in the 'magical time' of between 20-30 seconds. Surely a 1:2 extraction will taste a fair bit different from a 60g extraction if both are done in 30 secon
  17. Hi:p Over the years I've had a bunch of electric machines (such as Krupp's Nova 2000 and other point and shoot automatics) but always carried a S/S stove top throughout those years. Grinding was always by hand as I never got round to researching it. Then a friend got the bug seriously and attempted to open a transportable coffee shop with no frills. Looking up answers to his questions is how I found this place and now a year or so of lurking I finally joined up. So i still have a couple of stove top pots, a french press and a turkish copper ibrik and I'm looking for a decent e
  18. Hi guys. So the Vesuvius I ordered will finally arrive tomorrow. Can't wait! As there are quite a few owners here, I was wondering if you had any starters advice? What profiles to start with and grind settings? I've downloaded @ronsil's excel file and will have a play around. It's paired with a Niche grinder. I've got some sumatran dark roast beans from Wogan's in Bristol. Coming from a Gaggia classic, I'm expecting things to be quite different. Upgrades wise, I read about the knife foam tip and IMS Screen change. Worth doing straight away or wait? I hope it's alright to pester you guys with q
  19. Hey all, I'm planning on giving bottled water a try in my sage espresso machine for a couple of months. My question is, should I leave the built in water filter in place or is it redundant when using bottled water. I plan on using either ashbeck or volvic. Cheers.
  20. Hey guys, So as of tomorrow i'll have my own pre 2015 gaggia classic (2nd hand). My question to you all is: Should I completely tear down the machone and clean it all the way and replace all rubbers or should i clean the group en replace that rubber only? I'm not a machanic at all but i'm comfortably taking it apart. But i'm afraid i'll do something wrong or can't get it back together as it was before. Hope you guys can share your thoughts and experience with a 2nd hand gaggia classic and also hear tips and tricks. With kind regards, Romario Lodewijks
  21. Hi all, I've never bnothered with decaf before, but my wife is laying off caffeine for a while so I have got a bag in for her. Do I aim for typical espresso recipes, or do they extract differently? My first impression is that it needs a really fine grind, but even at a modest ratio of 18g>37g the extraction measured by refractometer was crazy high. Tasted "ok" but not at its best I dont think
  22. Hello, I made a quick decision and bought the OSCAR II from nuova simonelli, I got the box today, I opened it but stopped before doing any espresso, because I have the feeling that the breville barista express could produce the same espresso shot and of course the advantage of the built-in grinder. So, actually the built-in grinder is a huge++ to me because it would save me of buying a grinder for the OSCAR II, and yeah that's my only concern now! I talked with the company and they told me that I can return the machine and get the breville instead and also they are taking the sh
  23. Hello, I am new to the forum. As I mentioned in my intro post I am looking at buying an Espresso machine for at home. I currently just brew using an Aeropress (home and at work) and a V60, but I’d like the variety of home espresso and espresso based milk drinks. I like the look of the Rocket machines and aesthitics are important if its going to occupy a permanent space on my kitchen worktop, but I’m intrigued as to the opinion of how reliable/serviceable they are versus ECM etc. The Apartmento looks nice and I see that the ECM have also recently launched a smaller machine too.
  24. The time is drawing near, my wife has asked for the third time in as many days what are we going to do about the coffee machine. This morning she asked what machine would they recommend on the forum,praise indeed to you all. So here I am, at present I have a sorry Francino Cherub with a Macap M5 stepped grinder with doser. My budget is around £1300 ish, we were looking at the Oracle but it has been dismissed as an option. We drink mainly flat whites and lattes, this may revert to more espresso when the nespresso is back in the cupboard. We'll drink about 6 cups a day between us, m
  25. crabman

    Sainsbury Coffee

    Hi Would any one know what bean this is? Would like to know if possible.
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