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  1. Hi all, I've been lucky enough to get my hands on a new Londinium R in the last week to pair with my Mythos I bought second hand a few months ago. I did have an Elektra Semiautomatica and decided the time was right to upgrade. Due to the machine upgrade, my old 'Coffee Corner' was tight for space so I had to get myself a cart from IKEA and did a bit of an 'Ikea hack', a term I recently became aware of. I'm not known to be very creative, I usually steal other people's good ideas so link below to where I got the inspiration for the IKEA trolley. http://www.oliverandrust.com/2014/02/ikea-hacking-in-kitchen-for-more.html?m=1 Anyway, I've been slowly getting to grips with the Londinium, it's definitely very different to my old machine. But have been getting some good results so far. Anyway enough of my ramblings. Picture below.
  2. My Londinium R has an issue with the anti-vac valve not sealing. Reiss has advised to remove it to see what the issue is. He has said to loosen by hitting the 17mm spanner with a hammer. I have given it a go as hard as I dare with no joy. Reiss has said to hit it harder. I don’t suppose their are any experienced forum folk in the Oxford area who would be able to give me a hand? I just got this lovely machine and I don’t want to break it!
  3. Niall

    Londinium r

    I know, I know, a long shot. But if anyone is thinking of getting rid of one let me know.
  4. Morning! Have had the LR for about a month and have to say it's fantastic. I fitted the ims 35 shower screen and to start with it was fine and held well. It recently has started popping off if I flush without the pf holder. I have cleaned the screen and the group but still it feels loose. It seats fine but isn't secure. Any ideas what's going on? @dfk41 this is still happening after what we had discussed.
  5. Yesterday I said goodbye to my Londinium R. Sad day? Possibly, possibly not, but if you're thinking of buying one or already have one, it may (may!) be a semi-interesting read. Here I intend to give an honest, non-biased review from MY perspective as a high-end home user. Short Version If you stumbled upon this thread and either haven't got the time, can't be bothered or aren't really interested, the short version is this: The Londinium R is an EXCELLENT lever machine, undoubtedly the best you can get, however, I didn't find it to be the easiest machine to use or live with, it has its quirks and although will certainly produce excellent espresso, relies on a great deal of care, consistency and patience from the user (and a good grinder!) to get the excellent shots the Londinium is famed for! Why did I buy a Londinium R? For a bit of background, and why I chose the Londinium (Lever) please see this thread. I want to try and avoid repeating what I've already posted! https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?37447-The-Facts-from-the-Fiction-(Types-of-Espresso-Machine)&p=488193#post488193 Initial Impressions When I first opened the box back in May last year and built the thing, I was very impressed at what is a beautifully elegant machine. I fired it up, and spent the evening pulling some TERRIBLE shots. What could go wrong probably did! Anyway, it took a bit of experimentation, and some huge technique changes (for the better of course) to realise that on the LR, especially with VST baskets, the grind, distribution and tamp weight is crucial to getting a good shot. Once I'd spent a few days experimenting, and once I'd 'got it', the shots then got better, until they were very nice indeed. At this point (having owned the LR a week or so) I was hugely impressed with the output and very much enjoyed using it. This was not the time to write an impartial review! I Stuck with it, gave it a few more months, used it, drank coffee, thought about it and enjoyed it. Once the 'new gadget [rose tinted] owners goggles' had gone I decided to put 'pen to paper' with my thoughts on it! Here goes... What did I like about it? Taste of the espresso (10/10) -When the shots came out well, the flavour and taste of the espresso was stunning. Much better than anything you will get from most commercial coffee shops (especially the ghastly chains). However, getting these super shots required regular use and perfect grind and distribution. Simplicity (8.5/10) -No settings (apart from the pre-infusion pressure) to worry about. I like a coffee machine to make good coffee without lots of settings and constant messing about, and the LR was pretty much there. A pressure profiling machine (like the Vesuvius) would NOT be for me! Build Quality/Reliability (10/10) -In the 9 months I owned it, it didn't give me a single reliability issue at all. Not one! Also it looks and feels like an exceptionally well built piece of equipment, and the insides are a work of art! Looks -As previously stated the LR is an elegant machine. It's fairly big (for the home) but the polished finish looks great (although mine usually had a towel over it for protection). No problems here. Not going to give this a score out of 10 as it is entirely subjective and doesn't really warrant one! What didn't I like about it? Warm up time -It takes a GOOD hour to warm up fully before good shots can be pulled. I used to test if it was fully warmed up by checking the end of the lever nearest the handle. If this was warm, generally I was good to go. Joysticks -For the steam and water, personally I prefer valves with knobs that turn rather than the joysticks. I find I have more control over the steam and hot water pressure as it leaves the machine. The ones fitted to the LR are not bad, just not MY preference. I PERSONALLY much prefer valves. Pressurestat -A PID would have been better IMHO, simply because the constant (loud) clicking of the pressurestat annoyed me. It annoyed me from the first day to the last. Further Discussion on the things I didn't like. Right, I'm very well aware there are some HUGE LR fans on here, and some have probably vented some steam from their nose and ears when reading the dislikes. However, let me explain. I'm trying to make this review as impartial as possible, and give a BALANCED view of MY EXPERIENCE of the LR and how it was FOR ME. What works or doesn't work for ME personally, might be completely different for you or the next person, but please bear in mind it is purely my thoughts and feelings about it, not anyone elses. Warm up Time As stated, and is fairly common knowledge, the LR takes a good hour or so to warm up fully, dependent on ambient conditions. I was not prepared to turn it on every morning on the 'off chance' that I may feel like a coffee at some point, and certainly wasn't prepared to leave it on overnight on the 'off chance' I got called to work. I also wasn't keen on leaving it on when I wasn't in the house, although on the occasions I did it was absolutely fine. This said, once it had been turned on it stayed on until the end of the day, as there is no sense in turning it on and off. This meant for me quite often I didn't have time to wait for it to warm up (as I work on call, and get 1 hour to get to work from getting said call) and secondly a lot of times when I wanted to use it (mainly for friends who turn up unannounced or at very short notice), it would be turned off and waiting 1 hour for it to warm up simply wasn't convenient. In both of these situations I resorted to a V60 pour over and the LR didn't get used. As time went on, especially after the novelty had worn off, turning the LR on and warming it up to then make 1 or 2 espressos, seemed a bit pointless. Again, unless I had a reason to make more than 1 or 2 drinks, I'd resort to using the V60. I am someone who REALLY enjoys a good espresso, but certainly don't chain drink coffee all day like some. I like to go for quality over quantity! So the last month, the machine was turned on maybe 3 or 4 times, and MAYBE in that time was used to make 12 espressos (around 250g of coffee or 1 bag, allowing for dialling it in). I'd thought a lot about it, and although I loved the machine, with this amount of use it wasn't getting it was just wasted with me, so after much deliberation I came to the conclusion that it would be much better going to a home where it got the use it deserved. Joysticks Personal preference. When I was looking at getting a high end espresso machine, people raved about the joysticks (as opposed to turn-valves). Personally they're not for me. I would choose turn valves over joysticks every time as I feel I get more control over what I'm doing, and can more easily have them half open rather than all-or-nothing. This, however, was not the primary reason for selling the LR, as they can be changed, and if this was the ONLY dislike, I would have installed turn valves for sure. Regular and Frequent Use In the 'pros' section, I mentioned that to get the best out of this machine, you need to use it regularly and frequently. I found, in the last 9 months if I used the machine every day, all that would be required as the beans and ambient conditions (temperature, humidity etc) changed would be a very small tweak to either the grind or tamp weight, which usually entailed tightening up the grind slightly as the beans aged, depending on the beans, and tamping slightly harder. This meant that most shots were very good and even the first one of the day was perfectly drinkable if it wasn't always perfect. However, if the machine was not used every day, I would find that there would be a much bigger change in the beans and conditions, which would essentially necessitate dialling in the shot again from scratch before getting quality coffee. Using the 'last known good settings' after a week of the machine and beans being stood, didn't usually work! This meant a bit much messing about and a lot of wasted coffee. This infrequent use, as mentioned above, ultimately came down to the warm up time from cold. Conclusion If you're reading this conclusion, you've either skipped straight to it, or managed to stay awake long enough to read the whole review (if you didn't, you need more coffee!!). So to sum up, the Londinium R is a SUPERB machine, and Reiss has done an excellent job developing something quite unique to the market, that works well, is well built and produces stunning coffee. However, at the moment it is not the machine that works best for me, and I would much prefer a machine with a quicker warm up time, that would get more use than the LR got. If anyone has any questions I'll answer as best I can!!
  6. Snakehips

    Londinium R

    Having been fortunate enough to upgrade to a factory built L-R with digital pre-infusion, my early model L-R is now up for sale. It will be 2 years old in March 2019. In common with a lot of the early machines, the problematic Ceme secondary pressure switch was replaced with a Mater switch at 6 Months. The mater has been faultless. The machine is in first class condition. There is not even a scratch on the drip tray grill. The only blemish is on the top panel from where the edges of the water tank lid sit and, this is not normally visible. The machine has only ever been used with Waitrose Lockhills bottled water or it's equivalent. The piston and group seals have been replaced today. To Include: Bottomless portafilter Stock basket Stock shower-screen Londinium distribution tool Spare Mater secondary pressure switch. Price £1,750 - collection from Coventry or an acceptable rendezvous. No offers thank you. I do have the original packaging. Any questions then, please ask.
  7. 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 container etc. Dispense from HW tap to warm 2 cups Weigh dose of beans - Single dose grind Monolith Conical - Stir whilst grinding using Londinium distribution tool Tap level - Tamp (Puqpress) - Load PF - Pre-Infuse - Release lever Fill milk jug whilst shot pulls - Remove cups from flow on reaching target weight - Steam milk - Clean steam wand - Pour two x 5oz drinks Wash 2 x jugs and scales drip tray - Use Espazzola group head cleaning tool - wipe drip tray - Things back in cupboards. Everything tidy and clean. I timed all four of one days sessions. I tried to be efficient but not rush. Three of the four were sub seven minutes. The last was 7min 5 seconds as at the last moment, I decided to take a photo. Does that timing surprise anybody, one way or the other? There are certainly some classic YouTube videos that show folk taking forever to grind, dose, let alone pull a shot and steam milk. Lots of folk dismiss owning certain machines or maybe the notion single dosing on the basis of 'I don't have time to mess with that!' I look forward to maybe hearing some of your thoughts.
  8. It is hard to discribe how the feeling is when I have to look at the " BABY"every day without touching it it was delivered this Monday morning. However, due to the fact that our business is very busy this time of year. I still have no time to set up. Tomorrow is Sat. It is still busy it seams I have to spend the whole Sunday to play with it. If someone knows the link to show step by step installation, please help. It will cut and save me a lot of time Thanks in advance
  9. First of all, many thanks to all who replied to my last thread on here (https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?37373-ECM-Synchronika-Profitec-700-or-Profitec-800-Lever-Machine-Your-thoughts-please!), this was much appreciated, and particular thanks to @dfk41 and @Snakehips. I've narrowed it down to the ECM Synchronika and the Londinium R, and am likely to take the plunge on one or the other in the near future. Both the best available at that price range but 2 very different machines. Can anyone point me in the direction of any good E61/DB vs Londinium threads and even better, has anyone had a lot of experience using both. Which one did you prefer and why? I have heard that the Londinium is a 'game changer', and the quality of the coffee produced is over and above that of a pump-fed machine, but on the other hand, ECM/QM/Rocket/La Marzocco/San Remo etc seem to sell plenty of pump fed machines, and there aren't very many options for good quality lever machines, as they seem much less popular. There must be a reason for this, but I really don't know what it is, and from what i've been reading, it should be the other way round if some of the reviews of the Londinium are anything to go by, but it isn't. This is what is making me think twice about jumping in with 2 feet for a lever machine. Is anyone able to shed any light on this? I'd be really interested to heard from someone who has owned both and used both in anger, and any specific reasons for choosing one over the other. I've also heard that the Londinium can produce 'commercial quality espresso' at home. This for me is neither here nor there as I can produce better espresso than 90% of coffee shops can using my Sage Duo Temp Pro! It isn't too often I go into a coffee shop and am wowed by the quality of the coffee...One of the reasons I like to make it at home. The most recent exception was at a coffee house called https://espressonisten.de/ in Berlin. They use a Slayer, which was super but well out of my price range! Many thanks again in advance for any replies. Whichever I choose I'll be sure to post a review on here after I have used it for a while and gotten used to how it works. Either way, both will produce an espresso of a much higher quality than im used to with the Sage. Cheers. GP
  10. I have for sale my Londinium R with factory fitted digital pre-infusion unit. I am asking £2,200 collected or, possibly, a hand-over within an agreeable distance of Coventry. It is a very well cared for specimen and I am not wishing to consider offers. The machine is in good mechanical order and, as evidenced by the attached photos, is cosmetically very good. Purchased in January of 2019 it has been used for 3 to 4 shots per day. Using only Osmio Zero water. Group rinsed after virtually every shot, using Espazzola tool. Piston seals were replaced back in March this year and still in good nick so have not been replaced. The group has been re-greased and new group seal fitted. Comes with an unused, Wenge handled, bottomless portafilter, OEM, basket and showerscreen. Fitted with a used 35µ screen. The machine connects with the Londinium App which, facilitates, instant, remote adjustment of pre-infusion pressure within the range of 0 - 6bar. The LR is, IMO, a joy to use. It is so easy to keep clean and maintain and, makes some superb coffee. Any questions, then, feel free to fire away.
  11. cambosheff

    Londinium R

    After having to replace my car I'm looking to replenish the coffers, so the LR is for sale. In excellent order (only marks are drip tray normal ones) and has some warranty remaining (end of May if I recall). New seals just fitted (silicone, not rubber). Boxed with 1 Bottomless Portafilter, 1 tube of Loxeal and an 18g (I think) basket. £1,995 (also listed elsewhere).
  12. Due to some nubber jumping a junction and wrecking my car, I’ve now got to replace it. Raiding my savings doesn’t appeal in the slightest so I’ve opted for the last in, first out approach and that means my L-R & grinder. LR is in excellent order (only marks are drip tray normal ones) and has some warranty remaining (end of May if I recall). Boxed, 1 bottomless PF, Loxeal and an 18g (I think) basket. Price £2,025 The Mythos 1 CP has had under 15 minutes total run time and I purchased it brand spanking new (manufacturing date end of Jan 2018). Warranty until March 2019. Both have original box and packaging. Price £1,525 Collection only (Sheffield) Both items now also listed elsewhere.
  13. MildredM

    Londinium R

    Londinium R bought new mid June 2017 from Foundry Coffee Roasters, Sheffield, a Londinium official dealer. Comes complete with everything shown in the photos - a brand new bottomless p/f, a shiny new funnel, a Londinium stirrer tool, a water filter (obviously unused, the machine has only ever known Volvic/Lockhills), an L-R towel, the original basket and screen. Having carefully examined the machine I am unable to see any defects. The drip tray grate is new and the top has always been protected with a custom made glass panel. It is hard to tell apart from my new L-R. I cleaned the piston yesterday and noted the seals are just like new. It is fitted with the reliable Mater switch. I have the original packaging. £1850 Collection preferred from North Lincolnshire. I could offer insured delivery at cost but be prepared for to be appalled at the price. I am happy to drive to meet up with the buyer up to a maximum of 100 miles at 20p per mile for the round trip.
  14. I'm sorting out what I need to go with the londinium R. Going to get the ims shower screen, a vst 18g basket and a pack of seals. Now I have no tamper and am not sure really which to get. Does anyone use the new button tamper from londinium and are there any benefits over a normal tamper. Give me suggestions of which one to get!!
  15. I'm looking for a grinder, that I will never hopefully need to upgrade to go alongside a Londinium R. After many months of reading far too many reviews the contenders are the Compak R120 or waiting for the Compak PKR or putting myself on the waiting list for a Monolith. I should add I haven't even ordered the Londinium yet. But my overall objective is to make a future proof, one off purchase on both machines. Any advice most welcome!
  16. With the release of a new thoroughbred out of the Londinium stable almost upon us , how many people on the forum are interested in getting there hands on one ? Has any one placed an order ? And how many L1 owners are feeling a bit twitchy and contemplating the plunge ? It will also be nice to see what people think if they done an upgrade or are buying a Londinium for the first time. i might be wrong but I think they are shipping tomorrow .
  17. Hello, I’ve been using espresso machines at home since 2005, starting with a dodgy bodum one that they soon withdrew from the market, then the Gaggia Classic with a Gaggia grinder, then the Quickmill Andreja Premium, next I upgraded my grinders: Mahlkonning Vario to Mazzer Mini Electronic to Lynn Weber HG-1 handgrinder. And in 2018 The upgrade to my hopefully endgame Londinium R
  18. Niall

    Londinium r

    OK, so I managed to get my hands on a Londinium R! Received it today and managed to get it set up. Few small niggles, keep getting a low water alarm even though the tank is full. The pressure on the machine is getting up to 1 bar. The manual says it is set in the factory to 1.3 bar. Should I change this or leave as is? Not sure if it makes a big difference? Thanks for any advice.
  19. Not posted for a while but thought I would share my news. I've just taken the plunge and ordered a Londinium R as an upgrade to my Elektra Microcasa. I've had a lot of fun with the Elektra and have hopefully improved my skills a little this year through using it. I briefly looked at a few other machines as possible upgrades but kept coming back to the Londinium R so I just went for it. Very excited to be hopefully pulling my first shots on it in a few days. I can't afford a grinder upgrade just yet so will be making do with my Eureka Mignon... not ideal i know but it's a start! Nick
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