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  1. Hi there, I’ve just joined the forum and I’m a first time poster. I've just started really getting into coffee although I’ve had a De’Longhi EC820B for a few years. The machine above has pressurised baskets and although I can get a half decent coffee from it, it’s far from great and nothing like you’d get from a good coffee shop. The espresso I produce has a crema but not a great crema. The espresso from a coffee shop is sort of thicker and has more depth to it compared to what I produce, which is more watery in comparison. It’s hard to explain but the espresso is not as creamy. This also doesn’t produce a good canvas to pour into for latte art. when I pour my frothed milk in it just mixes immediately and nothing like you see in videos etc. I’m also using a basic spin grinder (Krups F203). I know this is not ideal for coffee but it’s all I have at the moment. I want to produce a decent proper espresso from my machine. I’m not sure if this is possible with my current EC820B with a pressurised basket or not but I’ve tried lots of variables and it’s still nothing like a coffee shop coffee. I have purchased fresh roasted beans from Pact etc but I feel they are being wasted with my current equipment. I have also read that auto-frother’s like the one that is on my machine are no good for creating the micro foam required for latte art (something else I really want to achieve). So in short, am I trying to achieve something that is just not possible with my current equipment or is there other options I should be looking at? Thanks for any advice and go easy on the noob please :-)
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. Looking to get a coffee machine, previous one I had was the Gaggia TS, great machine! But a tad pricey at the moment considering I'd need a grinder also. Any recommendations / reviews for one?
  6. Hi All, I have a well-used old Delonghi espresso machine which is onits last legs. With Christmas coming I’mhoping that Santa might replace it with something new and shiny! I found my Delonghi to be OK, but not great… I wondered if anyone had any recommendation fora machine for under £200 or so (Santa’s preferred budget!)? Thanks!
  7. Has anyone had any of this recently? I've ordered this a few times and always enjoyed it however the lastest kg (roast date 15.10) has been awful. I would describe the taste as rancid, sour, metallic. I've never had any issues with rave and they are one of my favourite roasters. As such I was convinced it was my machine (gaggia classic) to the extent that I bought a new boiler thermostat but no improvement. I now think its the beans again as I dug a my V60 this morning and it tasted equally bad in a pour over. Has anyone had any issues with this bean recently? Im now going to order some other tried and tested beans to eliminate the machine as the cause.
  8. I have decided to sell my GS3 MP. It is a 2018 model purchased brand new in May 2018 through origin coffee roasters. The machine has been well looked after and is in the sort of condition you would expect from a 8 month old machine and has warranty until may 2019. The machine has only had light home use and has probably averaged around 2 shots per day. I also live in a soft water area and have always used it plumbed in with a good filter. feel free to view the machine before purchasing. Many thanks.
  9. I've been hovering the forums for a while, getting information on where to start to get into making coffee at home and have decided to go for the Sage DTP (and eventually separate grinder). However looking at the current prices it seems the cheapest it can be bought for is around £314 (Go Electrical) with most of the well known places like John Lewis being £328 and Lakeland being much more expensive at £380. However I spotted this thread on HUKD where Lakeland were price matching other retailers at £229 from only a couple of months ago: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sage-duo-temp-pro-price-match-lakeland-3year-guarantee-229-3122204 Has the price of these suddenly gone up by 30%, am I looking in the wrong place or should I hold off for the price to come back down? Seems strange that Lakeland would do it for £229 when their normal price is £380, quite a difference.
  10. Due to a change in travel plans, it seems I'll be out of the country longer than expected. It would be a shame to keep this beauty in storage.. so she is up for grabs to one of you lovely lot! As the machine is literally around 3 weeks old, I will be looking for £280. It comes fully boxed with all included accessories such as razor tool (never used), all filter baskets, milk jug, original tamper etc. As well as the warranty. I will also throw in a weighty Motta tamper, with tamping mat and an extra smaller milk jug as shown in the picture. Collection is preferred, from SE London area - or I could delivery locally, if required. Cheers guys,enjoy the weekend!
  11. I'm looking to buy a secondhand 1 group commercial espresso machine for the Office (plumbed in) that I can also use for the odd event (with flojet) ive been using a Conti CC100 which has been on loan and it's been amazing but it's time to give it back. Have used a La Spaziale S1 Mini Vivaldi in the past which was great but looking for any other recommendations? thanks Scott
  12. An interesting coffee article from the guardian , I try to hate tom hanks ,but then he does something else and then I find I can not . https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/mar/02/tom-hanks-sends-espresso-machine-to-help-white-house-press-fight-for-truth
  13. 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]
  14. I have a bean to cup De-Longhi and for the past couple of years have been searching for the holy grail. I have tried various Costco beans, beans from Costa, varios supermarket beans but none have come close. I have tried all the coffee maker strengths but haven't changed the grinder setting. Mrs PDES and I have milk with our coffees. I am looking for the sort of medium to strong roast with a thick crema - the sort you get in good coffee shops. So far I haven't come close and to be honest, the quest is getting expensive. So, I am looking for suggestions. Anyone? Thanks
  15. Hi all, I purchased a Sage DTP a few months ago and I’m now considering an upgrade but I’m not sure what I should be looking at for my needs so I need some advice from the experts on here please. My current setup is the DTP with Eureka Mignon Mk2, I’ve got a Niche on the way so that’s the Grinder covered but I feel as good as the DTP is, it’s quite restrictive or linear might be a better term to describe it. I often make coffee for myelf and the mrs. I drink proper coffee (lol) and she has decaf. Sometimes I only make a cup for myself only. Most days I’ll only have 1 cup per day as I work long hours but when home I’ll often have 3 or 4 maybe. I’ve been looking at HX machines but not sure if they’re suitable for me because as I understand it (or don’t for that matter) they need heating up and it can take a while?! I was looking at a Sage Duo Boiler, but wouldn’t I be in the same boat as I am with the DTP and be restricted etc? What advantage does the DB have over my DTP apart from having a 58mm basket (which is something I want) and being able to steam milk and pull shots simultaneously? Any my advice would be greatly appreciated!! Tony
  16. 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 classic or sage dtp?
  17. 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
  18. Getting ready for my next work trip ( 4 weeks away) and the handle for my Feldgrind is missing .... Anyone had this problem before and can suggest a solution ? I have emailed MBK to ask if they can supply a replacement but as we know comms are not their thing. There is a slight possibility that I have left it at work but cant risk getting there and having nothing to grind with for 4 weeks and really dont want to take ready ground with me for that length of time so may have to purchase a temporary grinder ( open to suggestions on that too please) I'm hoping someone has got a mate with a machine who could make a handle for me but any suggestions would be welcomed. TIA Steve
  19. a while back i got an astounding deal on a fiamma latina i and its served me well but its now due both a serious servicing and a new water filter at minimum. being that its both old and rather rare i think the cost of a service and parts will far outweigh the cost of an equivalent or better machine so i think its time i retire it. Ive set my max budget at £500 and am open to refurbs and second hand machines. Im kind of used to having the machine always on like i do with my current one and having it plumbed is a big bonus (im lazy what can i say?) so it would be ideal if it were something a little more commercial while remaining a single group. ive seen a fair few fracinos on ebay at what looks like a reasonable price but im not entirely sure if theyre that good? im pretty open to suggestions really ideally along those guidelines but im flexible on them for a decent machine however it must steam well too, i make milk drinks so a good steamer is important. I hear a lot of raving about the Sage but is it really all that?
  20. Hello everyone! I am moving from UK, and I won’t have any space to use all of my coffee equipment in my next apartment, therefore I am selling my beloved and well maintained items. (Sadly…) Please have a look, and let me know if you like to see in person, or buy anything. Pick up is available from Shoreditch, London. Everything can be posted at buyer’s responsibility. For espresso machine and grinder, I would like someone who can see the machine/grinder, agree and pickup in person, but can be posted. Please note, these items are all sold separately and not bundled. I can advise postage when you request. (I will post together if you are buying multiple items.) Also multi buy discount considered too. All items listed are bought new, and have only been used by me in a domestic environment. Picture to come. Looking froward to hear from you. Thank you! ITEMS FOR SALE Pics will be uploaded in the link below. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/frbmvsxlsut89l4/AAC5nV3fe2CNmOICEgZD4BwEa?dl=0 1. Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus v3 PID - £950 - SOLD (£1,150 for Rocket + Mazzer) Comes with all items included in the box + Puly Cuff (half used) + Competition E61 Shower Screen by IMS (fitted) + Tyler Thermomiter on Group Head (fitted) High Res Pictures https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1l61rfi36omtabd/AAAjaFZXaEOngZ2lBjxrhq8la?dl=0 Bought in April 2014 from Bella Barista. Has been used everyday in the mornings, and little more on weekends. Has been using Brita filter (changed every 2 weeks). All in good working order. Has a customised drip tray and it drains via hose, so you don’t have to empty the tray after every 5 shots. 2. Rocket Espresso Bottomless Portafilter + original basket - £20 - SOLD 3. Rocket Espresso Cellini Stainless Steel Cup Rail - £20 - SOLD 4. Motta Knock Box - £15 - SOLD 5. VST 18g Ridgeless Precision Porta Filter Basket E61 - £10 - SOLD 6. Motta 58mm Flat Base Tamper (Black) - £10 - SOLD 7. Mazzer Super Jolly Timer with Doser (Matt Black) - £350 - SOLD (£1,150 for Rocket + Mazzer) Doser has been customised for single dose use, but can be easily put back to original. Not in pictures, but comes with metal grind tray (to go under the doser) and a original hopper (unused). This was bought NEW and never been used in retail environment, so in very good condition. You can see dust on back body on pictures and they are not scratches. Body is in a very nice matt black, and in good condition. High Res Pictures https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kc5q6962zmgv4bb/AAAoQ40ldMyEO0G8RN6s1yZQa?dl=0 8. Motta Milk Jug Stainless Steel (Polished Silver) 0.25ml - £7 - SOLD No visible dents or big scratches. In good but used condition. 9. Motta Milk Jug (Matt Black) 0.35ml - £7 - SOLD No visible dents or big scratches. In good but used condition. 10. Motta Milk Jug Stainless Steel (Polished Silver) 0.5ml - £10 - SOLD No visible dents or big scratches. In good but used condition. 11. ACME Espresso Cup & Saucer Set (Grey) (I have 3 sets and price is for each) - £10 each set (1 cup and 1 saucer) - SOLD 12. Gorilla Tamper (Tall) for E61 (Very precise, tight fit for E61 baskets) - £65 - AVAILABLE! Very good, precision tamper. Fits tight to VST baskets. Bought from Square Mile Coffee Roasters. 13. Tiamo Tamper Matt - £5 - SOLD 14. ACME Cappuccino Cup and matching saucer set (Black). - £10 - SOLD 15. Inker cappuccino cup with matching saucer set. (Green) - £10 - AVAILABLE!
  21. 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!
  22. NEW PRICE: £100 if picked up by the end of this weekend! I am moving to the 120V USA, so I'm selling my beloved Gaggia Paros. The Gaggia Paros is effectively a Gaggia Classic internally with a built in grinder, in a compact unit. It was a perfect starter kit for me in terms of price and counterspace. The grinder has worked well for me, and Mark (gaggiamanualservice.com) said they are 'quite good'. The Paros is easily modifiable, just like the classic, although the internal layout is different. I installed the Rancilio steam wand and adjusted the over-pressure valve to 9 bar. I also installed a PID with a sensor from MrShades; the controller sits beside the machine, so I didn't have to alter the case at all. Included: portafilter, double-shot non-pressurised basket. If you need a tamper, I can throw in my 58mm aluminium one, but it is not in the best condition. In the interest of selling this before I leave for the US, I'm asking £100 collected from London (near King's Cross), but I can pack it securely and deliver it at buyer's cost and risk. History: Bought on ebay in 2015 in good condition 10 doubles per week Fed 95% bottled water (Saka) Gasket replaced in January Decal with citric acid in January (and every 2-3 months prior)
  23. This new thread is for a major price drop on the Gaggia Paros I am selling (original thread). I'm asking £50 collected from London (near King's Cross) this weekend. This is a ridiculously low price for this machine, but I am leaving for North America Monday morning, and I didn't get any takers on the other thread. The Gaggia Paros is effectively a Gaggia Classic internally with a built in grinder, in a compact unit. It was a perfect starter kit for me in terms of price and counterspace. The Paros is easily modifiable, just like the classic, although the internal layout is different. I installed the Rancilio steam wand and adjusted the over-pressure valve to 9 bar. I also installed a PID with a sensor from MrShades; the controller sits beside the machine, so I didn't have to alter the case at all. Included: portafilter, double-shot non-pressurised basket History: Bought on ebay in 2015 in good condition 10 doubles per week Fed 95% bottled water (Saka) Gasket replaced in January Decal with citric acid in January (and every 2-3 months prior) [ATTACH=CONFIG]33098[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]33099[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]33100[/ATTACH]
  24. Hey folks thanks for taking time to read my thread. Having had my bean to cup Delonghi' Authentica since last year i've been looking at upgrading to entry level espresso/grinder setup and came to the conclusion that the Sage Barista Express would be a wise place to start, John Lewis has this in black at £479 my current Delonghi' was purchased at same store for £399? This will only need to last a couple years as i'll be looking at roughly £1500-2000 setup by then and simply use the Sage at work. Any opinions on if the Sage is a good place to start? It's mainly espresso and milk based espresso drinks I consume and probably around 6-10 coffees a day in the house hold. Thanks again folks.
  25. Hi there, New to the forums and I am looking for some advice on machines? I started my journey with a Tassimo, quickly outgrowing it looking for a better flavour, then spent the last 3 years with a Delongi ECAM Bean to Cup. It's got about 10K shots on the meter and still going strong, although it creeks somewhat, a bit like me LOL. It does produce some good consistent coffee and is very easy to clean. I'm hoping I can get an even better coffee experience going to the next level. I have a budget of about £750 ish for a Grinder and Coffee machine I tend to buy my coffee from Amazon for convience, settled on these blends which tend to be pretty consistent. All coffee after opening is vacumn sealed. I am a black coffee drinker but my wife & son likes the frothy stuff. I have settled on the following coffee beans after trying many 1 KG Taylors Rich Italian 1 KG Taylors Java Jember Percol Black & Beyond Expresso 1KG Lavazza Quality Rossa Reading on the forums the Grinder seems to be one of the most important bits and the Eureka Mignon seems to be recommended lots? What is a good machine in my price range? Open to buying used to get value for money. I'm hoping to keep this the kit for a while so I don't mind paying a bit more. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Andrew
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