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  1. So I have tentative upgrade permission from the boss.... she started it (honest) with a 'would a bigger machine be faster?' after the usual 20+ mins to make 4 single and 1 double latte with my Sage DTP. 'Yes' says I 'a dual boiler would be much faster..... but a better grinder would taste better' (we both like the workmanlike styling of our Santos 4) Hence our dilemma - the Sage Dual Boiler would be an obvious upgrade from the DTP, but longevity seems a bit suspect. The new ACS Minima looks brilliant. Or do we stick with the DTP and buy a Niche? Or will we need to upgrade both (will t
  2. Hello all, I have been researching quite a lot recently about getting anew coffee machine after having enough of spending a fortune on an inconsistentmorning coffee from a coffee shop for the past year! I mainly like a strong flat white in the morning. My wifelikes milky coffees like latte’s and cappuccinos. I am also a fan of anespresso or double espresso (Is that the same as a doppio?) on the odd occasion. My budget is up to £500 and I am thinking ease of use willbe a big factor in my long term compliance to make the most out of the machine! I popped into John Lewis and had a loo
  3. New to the forum. I’m looking to upgrade my old La Pavoni Eurobar as it only does pressurised shots. Have been looking at the Rancilio Silvia. But would prefer a machine with PID built in. And have heard about the rust issue with these. Any recommendations within this price range £5-600? It’s got to look nice, and I like heritage machines. Don’t want a Sage! Thanks.
  4. Took my boys to a kids party at a little soft play cafe not far from me yesterday and was surprised to see this there... Anyone know what it is?
  5. Hi all, I am looking into buying my first low-range espresso machine, but a big factor for me is the steam wand as I love a good milky coffee. Any recommendations?
  6. We are opening a tea room and been quoted £139 per month for a casadio group 2 machine which works out at £5000 for the three year term. Is this about right or are we being had? Thanks
  7. Hi All, Just looking for advice, I'm wanting to get a filter coffee machine (to compliment my aeropress). Just wondering if anyone has used the Merlitta Look (glass or flask without the hot plate)? Or whether I should spend the extra and on a Moccamaster or a Wilfa Svart Classic any advice greatly appreciated, Thanks!
  8. I'm thinking of starting something at work as the queue of people asking me to make them one of my 'special' aeropress coffees is getting too long. Some really cheap machine (not necessarily espresso) and a cheap grinder - might even use my mignon when niche arrives. Something that will enable good extraction, repeatedly and cope well with perhaps 10 drinks per day - 5 consecutive in the morning, 5 in the afternoon. We're all drinking mugs of coffee at the moment so I can't see a demand for espresso or milk based drinks. Something easy to use. Was thinking perhaps 2nd hand
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    Hi Im thinking about buying my first machine and was looking at the gaggia classic as well as the sage duo temp. The gaggia isnt so easy to find unless second hand and Im not too sure about the quality of the newer versions. Is there a big different between the old and new gaggia or is it not worth buying? Is there something else under the 500 pound mark that I could consider? I looked at the Rancilio but there are no reputable retailers in the UK that I can find.
  10. Big life changes and I'm emigrating to Australia. I think I'll struggle to get the L1-P into my suitcase it has to go to a new loving owner. Great opportunity for someone looking to inherit arguably the best coffee set up you can get! Londinium L1-P: £2150 EK43: £1350 Londinium Button tamper V2: £75 The L1-P really is the ultimate lever machine. The mouth feel and crema are out of this world. I got it as an ex-demo version and it's roughly 18 months old. This incredible machine is £3,120 new plus delivery so this is a great chance to own one for basically the price of
  11. A rare lever, with matching grinder! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Luxury-ZACCONI-lever-expresso-coffee-machine-/322139686438?hash=item4b01058626:g:52YAAOSwMNxXVbIs I hope someone on here buys it and looks after it!
  12. I've recently returned to the forums after a bit of time away for about a year. When I left I had a frankly pathetic Krups XP5200 coffee machine and a Krups GVX2 burr grinder... Oh dear. Then I moved onto a Gaggia Cubika with the Krups grinder before upgrading to the Iberital MC5 you see below. Finally and very recently I've upgraded to a Gaggia Classic machine and wow what a difference! As you can see it's the Gaggia Classic Gold. I've got the basic bits to go alongside it, scales, tamper and milk jug as well as my custom patented grinds catcher (a glass ashtray!) and my
  13. Not sure how good this is, but just something I've noticed today: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Synesso-Cyncra-Coffee-machine-2-group-model-/191878879476 Bid carefully, although I do have to say it looks legit. EDIT: From further investigation (by others) this appears to be a scam, DO NOT BID, read the rest of the thread for info. T.
  14. Hello, I need to buy a coffee machine for a (very) small office. It is important that it can serve cappuccinos. What matter is: reliability, easy of operation, quick (i.e. not requiring an employee to waste much time). Thus, an espresso machine + grinder is not an option. I have read through dozens of topics on this forum, but none of them has really addressed my questions. What options do I have and what are their pros and cons? The following are my thoughts. Do you agree? (1) All-in automated bean-to-cup machine The easiest solution, but also the most expensive and most faul
  15. Im looking a good site to buy used espresso machines, any ideas?
  16. For sale is my 2006 Izzo Alex Espresso Machine. I originally bought it from HizerKite in May 2015 on these forums who had totally descaled the machine (boiler out), serviced the E61 head including all seals and replaced the group head gasket. He had also fitted a new brew control switch. Since then I have only used bottled water (Volvic or Ashbeck) to fill the reservoir, so there will be very very little/no scale build up inside. I have used the machine to make on average one coffee per day and back flushed it every few days. Included with the machine: 1 Portafilter w
  17. The wife has spoken and said I can have a "small machine" in the kitchen. I am thinking potentially the gaga classic plus a grinder. baring in mind that she doesn't like coffee and it would only be for me and guests. So should I also consider going back to la pav? Any advice input greatly appreciated as I have tried in the past to go for £500 setup but she was having none of it. Therefore I have no idea about entry level machines and grinders anymore considering prior to things going belly up last year I was considering a L1 back to reality for a year or two now until things get stable.
  18. Nespresso are offering £30 Cash Back* for any Nespresso machine purchased between 20 November 2008 and 25 January 2009 *Terms and Conditions apply In case you have purchased a machine and have not yet claimed (or wish to claim and the shop does not prompt you to claim) then PM or email me for a voucher - I have 2 available The Cash Back offer applies to a range of machines across the Krups XN series, Magimix M series, Siemens TK and Porsche series, Delonghi Lattissima and selected Miele models.
  19. Hi there, I'm new to the forums so I'll start by saying hello to all:) I'm wanting to get my first espresso machine but i need a little help, i hope you guys can help me. The more i look at these machines the more confused i get as to witch one would be best for me. I know what grinder i am going to get, Ive chosen to go for the Iberital MC2. My budget is about £200 (I'm prepared to go a little over) Any advice or recommendations would be gratefully received. Many thanks, Murran
  20. Hi all, I'm reluctantly selling my Ponte Vecchio Lusso 1 lever espresso machine. It's the black version. I'm only selling it since I want to try my hand at film making and need to buy a new camera. I've owned it for around 3 or 4 years, and haven't used it for at least 2 since I bought my Gaggia Classic (takes up less space in my small kitchen). It's in very good condition and it's a wonderful machine. Here are some photos I took the other day (seems I can only add 5 photos so I will upload some more in the next post): These machines are well made and the group head is f
  21. Thought a 'poll' would be an interesting way of seeing who owns what machine here I'll DELETE if nobody thinks it's a good idea. A follow up of this post http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?17117-Who-owns-a-lever-machine/page11 Coffeechap - Londinium 1, Londonium L2, conti one group, lapavonis, Elektra microcasa, la cimbali Systemic Kid - LI Mk 1 - LI Mk II - Arrarex Caravel drude - Londinium I* dfk - QuickMill Veloce aaronb - Londinium I Jollybean - Arrarex Caravel Heligan - Londinium I TonyW - Londinium I Coastal coffee - gaggia factory 106 dogday38 - gaggia
  22. Hey guys, I'm in the market for a coffee machine, however I want to learn the skills involved to make it myself and not just use a bean to cup. I don't know much about what I need, but so far I know I need a machine and a grinder I also want a way to make excellent frothy milk for cappuccinos. My budget is £450 - 500 and I'm more looking to buy something second hand so that I can get a good bargain. However, I'm totally unsure on what I need and what brand to get. My favourite coffee is cappuccino so I'd like to have equipment that could create that to a high standard. Any help
  23. Hi all! I am currently working as a Product Design student at Staffordshire University, and undertaking a small research project on the popularity and uses of Home Coffee Machines in the UK market If anybody wouldn't mind helping me out in this endeavor, by filling out this short survey, it would be much appreciated!
  24. hopefully this won't offend anyone. The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred. Enjoy! [video=youtube_share;eDxJLe5gpak]
  25. Hi all, Whilst browsing the forum and interacting with other users I often wonder what setup people have at home. I’m looking to upgrade my Sage DTP in the very near future so I’m always curious as to what coffee machine others have. So, what machine do you currently have and if applicable, what machine do you aspire to owning next? I currently own a Sage Duo Temp Pro with a Niche grinder and currently looking at all options as to what to upgrade to next. Cheers, Tony
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