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  1. For sale is my grinder that I've used at home for the last 3 years. It is a rebadged macap. Only doing a few coffees per day. I've removed the plastic tamper on the front and also removed an switch in the hopper that would start grinding if it detected grounds in the doser getting low. Now it is a simple on/off at the switch on the side. I never used the hopper and I just single dosed into it. Hopper has no lid a a few marks on it. Body of the grinder has some marks on the back which I have pictured. Grind retention is next to nothing with the help of a Giottos Rocket air blower. Features: 75mm flat burrs 900 rpm Stepless adjustment You can read more about it here. Currently selling new in the UK for £870 over at coffee italia. I'm based in N16 London. Collection only or I can deliver locally for a small fee.
  2. Hi Folks Can anyone explain to me how the wiring in this diagram actually works. I understand the connections at the element part can be wired with different options for 3 phase or single,but there are 5 wires out the for the connection to the main supply. Black , Brown and grey for the phases,blue for the neutral and an earth. If it was to be wired single phase,what would be the arrangement to a 30amp switch? ( i Have no intention of doing this, I'm just trying to understand the diagram )
  3. Roaster Experience Days are worthwhile events to visit. Yesterday Steve Leighton (HasBean) opened up his roastery to 30+ people for a day of coffee drinking, socialising and coffee education. This included the first live recording of In My Mug, his informative and passionate Video Podcast. The 30+ people that attended came from all walks of life and it was refreshing to get a completely different viewpoint about peoples expectations of what a coffee should be and what it represents to them. Colin Harmon (2009 Irish Barista Champion) was a surprise guest and had been flown in from Dublin to work the La Spaziale machine, pulling shots of HasBeans finest roasts for the guests. The £5 cover charge for the day is being donated to a coffee charity. Guests were able to try coffee's brewed via a number of methods including espresso, filter and Clover, and were walked through the entire roasting process, from green to cup (including a cupping) Thanks for being a great host Steve. There is no word in the dictionary to describe your passion and enthusiasm for coffee. Last but not least, embracing social media, there was a live video feed on UStream and many tweets sent. Thanks everyone for making it a memorable day and to all of those who pitched in to help out at some point, giving the host a bit of time to breathe.
  4. After missing the delivery man last Friday, and enduring what seemed an interminable wait over the weekend, 'The Spaz' finally arrived on Monday morning. It even arrived on it's own mini-pallet! Got it all unpacked and set up, but as it had been in a cold, damp, Warehouse all weekend, I left it for 24 hours for all the newly-formed condensation to disappear and dry out. At this point I still didn't have the Grinder, so no real hardship there. The grinder still hadn't turned up on Tuesday, so I couldn't make any Coffee, but spent some time getting to know the machine, and programming in temperature offsets and approximate shot volumes. On Wednesday the Grinder (the *Next-Day* delivery Grinder ordered on Thursday...) still hadn't turned up, so yet another phone call to York Coffee Systems, who told me that delivery had been attempted and a card left. Nope said I, I've been here all day and no sign of a delivery man or a card through the door. Delivery was then promised for Thursday..... Thursday morning and still no sign of a van, so I phoned back and got a tracking number and asked a few questions, turns out they had been trying to deliver to the wrong address! Still, now we knew what the problem was a quick call to Fedex fixed it, and FINALLY the Grinder arrived, was unpacked and set up. Spent quite a while playing around with settings and I think I've got somewhere close (perhaps) to the sort of grind I need, so I was ready to pull a shot. There are a couple of things to bear in mind here. To try and get some sort of baseline, I'm using exactly the same Beans that I have used for around 18 years for my Cafetiere. I know the process will produce a completely different Coffee, but the idea is that I'm very familiar with the flavour, so I 'might' recognise if it's in the ball park. Although I should mention that the Roaster has told me these beans may be too strong for espresso - it's a very high roast blend of around 85% Brazilian Santos Arabica with Around 15% Robusta. The other thing to bear in mind is that I'm a home-espresso virgin, so have no previous experience to compare it with. So things can only get better Having said all that, here is the 3rd shot that I pulled through 'the Spaz'. I think I need a proper 53mm Tamper, as all I have is the plastic one that came with the machine. The crema is a little darker than the flash has made it look, but still a bit too light I think. The shot was a little bit too thin coming out, and is slightly bitter.Whether this is due to the grind, or the beans, or the tamping, or anything else. only time and experimentation will tell. Peter
  5. Hi everyone. What a great source of information! So my current gear is a Gaggia Classic (like a lot of you on here) and I've got an Ascado i-mini grinder. I'm always a sucker for a bargain so generally buy everything 2nd hand and as cheap as possible. Gaggia I bought for £30 with a blocked solenoid valve and took it all apart to find out what the problem was and the i-mini I found on gumtree for £80. Really trying to get my coffee closer to that of the coffee shops I spend too much time in. Coffee is freshly roasted and stored in a vaccum jar and put into the grinder 18g at a time. Pull a shot with a 2:1 brew ratio in around 30 seconds but my setup lacks consistency despite me weighing every step of the way and temp surfing. Gaggia runs out of steam with the silvia wand before it can get a good swirl going so latte art is generally terrible. Really looking to upgrade for around £1000 spending. The best gear for the money. Found the Fracino gear through this site and am in love with the Ariete with the wooden handles but can't find it 2nd hand anywhere. Looking for a HX machine manual fill with good looks and stable temperatures. Cherub perhaps? Looking for a grinder again with good looks and small size. Anyone know much about a La spaziale astro 8A? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  6. I would like to post what I consider useful information, on a very informative website, and have found I cannot respond to a thread as I need to have posted 5 previous messages. Well, I will submit this, here and see what happens, as I would like it posted on the corresponding thread. Hi Everyone, I have taken the plunge and ordered La Spaz Mini Vivaldi from GioEspresso, after a trial of the La Spaz machines elsewhere. It took a while to arrive at the final decision as it is difficult to get information on retailers, hence the post, to inform other 'potential' purchasers. I will keep you updated on the progress. I ordered the machine on Monday (8th April) and got an order confirmation, promptly, along with an email confirming the status ('Awaiting Shipment'). On Thursday (11th April), I sent an email requesting the possible delivery date. I checked my email Friday (Today) and haven't yet got a response (I do not expect an immediate response, as part of the service- I have ordered an OE Pharos and am currently tracking its progress, it has taken a while- will update re that in another post). Hope this is useful.
  7. Anyone had experience of the 1 group La Spaziale machines such as the Mini Vivaldi 2 or Dream T? I did a barista course some time ago using their larger 3/4 group models. Just wondered if anyone has used the smaller double boiler machines?
  8. https://www.gumtree.com/p/other-kitchen-appliances/la-spaziale-s1-coffee-machine-automatic-grinder-accessories/1228676531
  9. Hi, Not sure if this is one for this forum, but I was wondering if anyone knew if the Rocket steam wand tips for the la spaziale mini vivaldi, and was hoping someone might know as they seem quite similar? Cheers.
  10. Will only put a brief review now and come back later and upload some footage etc. Got sick of my Sage Barista Express as had nothing but issues with it and returned after 18 months and bought the La Spaz Vivaldi II. It was a lot more money but god can you tell the difference, this machine is glorious. There is nothing about it I do not like. Look at the difference in size between the machines.
  11. I have the above for sale. It is made by La Spaziale so the crome plating covers the whole PF. Not like the retro-cut versions with exposed bronze. It is new and has never seen coffee or water. Purchased for a machine I didn't end up buying. Due to a re-stocking fee for returns I'm offering it up here before I return it. I payed £54 inc vat, so I'm after £40 + postage. Collection welcome.
  12. Evening All, I eventually purchased my new equipment a couple of weeks ago which comprises of the following: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II This was sent direct from the company and I was only expecting the mark I version, but to receive the mark II was a really nice surprise (I didn't even think the mark II was available in this country). It has really good quality construction and parts and I really couldn't be happier with this so far. The 4 hole tip Milk Steamer really is something else (I'm worried the machine will take off). Mazzer Mini Timer I can certainly see why the doser/doserless debate rages on; whilst the doser has its advantages, it is very messy. The build quality of the Grinder is incredible and performance has been faultless. Reg Barber Tamper (53mm) Exactly as expected; really nice looking and nice to use. New Jug and Cups next - the fun never ends! Regards, Harry Worthington.
  13. As title, this is a custom tamper to suit the Sage duo temp pro/Barista express and also will fit the La Spaziale machines in this size range. Tamper has been sized specifically to fit the IMS baskets B652Th27.5M & 30M which is slightly smaller than the Sage stock baskets. There's a very small dent in the base which is just cosmetic. The handle has just been refinished in danish oil from a clear coat finish. The danish oil is much better in my opinion. This was my daily tamper and has served me well. I'm only selling due to the fact the DTP is now heading to work with me so I'm making use of the mag tamper it comes with. A lot of hard work went in to making this and I usually ask for more, however with the slight damage I will ask for less. £55 including insured/tracked delivery. Thanks
  14. Which machine would yous say is the best commercial machine Astoria Sanremo La Spaziale La Marzocco Nuova Simonelli
  15. Would seem I jumped the gun on a previous thread (apologies) im in the hunt for a La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi ii S1. Does anyone know a decent place in the UK to grab one or is anyone thinking of moving one along soon? Thanks in advance James
  16. I'm relatively tempted by this for myself, just to have a play on then move on in a few months What do people think? I think it has 75mm flat burrs. @Rhys interim grinder? https://www.gumtree.com/p/coffee-machines/coffee-grinder-la-spaziale-12-astro-grind-on-demand/1274211369
  17. see a few for sale second hand. can someone give me some tips on what to look out for on these machines, common faults easy to service ect as there doesn't seem to be much info on them. thank you
  18. Hi all, I have been on the look out for a second hand Vivaldi S1 II (not mini) for 4 months now. They are not common in our country so I'm forced to shop via Ebay and other internet sites. Closest that I came was a bid from Ebay UK but that was halted by seller due to shipping complications. Yesteday I have found a second hand S5 EK for 1.175GBP and seller is prepared to ship. Don't mind the machine being larger, plenty of space available in the kitchen, can also plumb it. My two questions are: How does a Vivaldi compare to an S5? Does this look like an ok deal? Link Thanks for your input in advance gentlemen, appreciate it.
  19. Does anyone know anything about these machines? Particularly a ball park value for one - used ex-restaurant kit. It is 2 group and fairly big..... but quite "retro-chic"..... I might be able to get my hands on one (subject to the ball park figure above*) * ie It might be a steal.....
  20. Now sold, thank you! Hi all I have a La Spaziale 'Vivaldi' machine for sale. It is from 2006 and in used, but very good condition. The Vivaldi is one of the best machines in terms of temperature stability due to it's dual boiler and PID features. Other features include a rotary pump (the machine can be plumbed in, but can also be run from an external tank), dosage possibility for one/two cups and the steam boiler can be turned on/off seperately, making the machine really economical if you don't need the steam boiler all the time. The machine has just been descaled and serviced, so it's ready to go for the next years. The following parts have been replaced: - Steamboiler thermostat - Pressure gauge - Group seal - Left side panel - Water inlet pipe (Costs: approx £100) The machine comes with 1 single-portafilter and a blind filter. I am looking for £695, but welcome offers as well. RRP for that model was approx. £1,500. Ideally the machine should be collected (from North London) as it weighs 32kg. I am happy to demonstrate the full working order of the machine. Alternatively a courier delivery could be arranged for additional costs. Thanks, Jurgen
  21. Arrggghhhhh!! Just got back to find a card in the door from TNT, saying "sorry we missed you" and that my delivery from La Spaziale UK would now be re-delivered on Monday
  22. Ok I want one for my machine and have seen that LA SPAZIALE do a 53mm one, and the basket in my Briel is 53mm will it fit or is there an alternative??
  23. Gaggia baby seems to be picky and very sensitive to evenness of the puck. I have been pouring grounds on the same spot until the basket is full and there are no problems on other machines. However, it causes channelling and deadspots on my gaggia baby. So, if you're using Gaggia baby ,perhaps other models too, and get persistent channelling and uneven extraction, it's time to examine your distribution method. The effect of poor tamping is not fatal if the error is not so bad.
  24. I found one of these grinders near me 2nd hand for about £350 barely used and I can't find much information online about it. Seems to have 75mm burrs and a low RPM which seems great. The lack of information worries me though! Anyone know about them? Better recommendations?
  25. Hello All, I'm in the market for a new machine and grinder with a £1500/£300 maximum budget respectively. Following a few weeks research, the following machines have caught the eye. La Spaziale Vivaldi Mini Mk 1 Giotto Premium Plus The machine will be used for approximately 4-6 coffees per day (home use), mainly for Cappuccino and Espresso, so a top quality Milk Steamer is of great importance. Could I please ask for your expert opinion on whether these machines are a good choice, and also are there any others I really should be considering within my budget? On the subject of the grinder, which models are considered the best within my £200-£300 budget? Your thoughts and advice would genuinely be graciously received. Best Wishes, Harry.
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