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  1. Hi. I'm the proud new owner a lovingly cared for and heavily modified pre-millennium la pavoni. I know nothing, but hopefully I'll have a slightly easier time learning w/ the feedback instruments. so... Where do I even begin? Do you have any tutorials or threads you recommend as a starting point? Maybe the advice is succinct? The machine has a pressure gauge. What am I going for? Does the style of roast matter? What about if I'm going for a 1:1 vs 1:2? There are also temperature gauges. One is a sticker on the group head. My understanding is that I'd want slightly
  2. Hello everyone, As a complete beginner looking to buy a machine I wondered if anyone could put up there espresso/flat white making process, Such as how long you warm your machine up for, Do you grind your beans just before you pull a shot. I'm trying to work out how much time I'll be devoting to the obsession of decent coffee! I wasn't too sure what forum section to put it in.
  3. Hi folks, New to the forum and looking for some advice. Basically spent months researching and frankly dreaming about a new machine set up for the home. I'm interested in coffee and passionate about it - but dont have infinite budget (say roughly £1500). I am not massively interested in dialling in each shot each time to perfection - mainly just producing quality espresso consistently at home for double espresso, machiatto etc. With this in mind I have originally been looking at the Rocket Appartemento which looks great but the guys at bella barista have put me onto the E
  4. Finally went with the ECM Mechanika Profi IV and the Rocket Fausto. Love it. What a nice upgrade from the super automatic I had before. The shots are coming out great but struggling mightily to get the right foam for latte art. Thanks to all on the forum for advice and personal experiences. And as many others have experienced, Bella Barista was terrific to work with.
  5. After some online research and having played, but not extensively, with a couple of mates' machines, then signing up to this forum yesterday and receiving some informative feedback and suggestions I found the opportunity to go to Bella Barista today. It was certainly an enlightening hour or so and I couldn't have been looked after better. I guess they're very used to dealing with idiots like me. It led me to think that the right answer for me is a Rocket Appartamento and a Eureka Mignon. I could start with a Rancilio Silvia but the compromise seems great. Taking the step up to
  6. Ummm, OK, yes, well, it went something like this... Age 0-18 years - drinks water, milk and occasional soft drinks and fruit juices Age 18-58 years - drinks all sorts of stuff that's bad for you, but always tea and never ever coffee can't stand the stuff yuk (interrupted by, age 23, marry foreign oriental lady who drinks only coffee in vast quantities) Age 58 years 1 month and 1 week - oriental lady wife drops hint that after 34 years of marriage might finally be time for decent coffee machine in time for birthday in 3 weeks time hint hint Age 58 years 1 month and 2 weeks - franti
  7. Hello all! Been lurking for a bit and looking forward to learning more...Currently have a Gaggia Classic (pre-2015). Looking to find out a bit more about grinders - the Eureka Mignon currently on 'the list' but happy to hear other suggestions and indeed go the second hand route.
  8. After much humming and harring I've just ordered a Silvia which will luck will be with me before Christmas. I would welcome any advice that existing owners can give me. Should I simply follow this to begin with ??
  9. Hi All, So there's just two more days until I pick up my Gaggia Classic! I'll be buying the Classic from a member on this forum who ironically also purchased it themselves from a well established member "GerryM" who appears to have done an amazing job on the Classic already installing Mr Shades PID, 10 Bar OPV adjustment, Silvia Wand and more. The original For Sale can be found here: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?38599-Gaggia-Classic-with-Mr-Shades-PID-OPV-and-Silvia-wand-Mod-%A3210-collection-Coventry After having a good read on the CoffeeForum and watching videos
  10. I am a complete novice when it comes to coffee having only used a pod machine in the past. I decided that the pod method was no longer an option for me as I don't think it is as environmentally friendly as the traditional method. After looking for advice and watching many videos on the subject I opted for an Aeropress and ended up buying a Wilfa grinder. I have to say that I was amazed at the quality of the coffee the Aeropress made. I am now on the lookout for recommendations on where the best places are to buy coffee or which subscription service represents the best value verses qualit
  11. Hiya, i had a delonghi ec680 for the past few years until it die a quick death. I got a gaggia classic 2012 secondhand this week and am enjoying playing although I feel like I know nothing! I have to admit I was surprised at the difference between the delonghi and the gaggia, the delonghi was definitely easier to use although I can see in the long run the gaggia will make a better coffee. have a good weekend.
  12. Hi everybody just thought i would introduce myself very quickly. although new to the forum i have been a long time lurker and must have read every thread by now. I reside on the isle of man and as a lover of good espresso its supprisingly difficult to get a decent cup commercially thats not stone cold, cremaless or sour. sometimes all three at once. its this that really drives me to make the best possible drink at home within my budget and information on this forum has been invaluable at times. so thank you guys. my current set up is a 2013 gaggia classic and an ascaso I-1 pr
  13. Bladevamp


    Hi all, I Just joined the site today and am looking to purchase a pre 2009 model classic. apologies as I am sure this has been asked many times before but what are the best places to source these machines and what sort of money should I be spending? thanks in advance
  14. I have to laugh - I realised in the middle of the night I have been using the wrong basket (pressurised) in my new Gaggia Classic for 2 weeks - no wonder it wasn't quite what I thought All that tamping and weighing... I should have realised immediately, I took the spout off the portafilter and the coffee was coming out in a tiny stream - not a chance of a tiger stripe!! Anyway I mention it for the illumination of any others in my position and a little weekend humour for the veterans All the best J
  15. Jomider


    Hi All, After many years dodging coffee for whatever reason - I have enjoyed the odd macchiato and flat white over the years, I have now come across to the other side and am loving coffee - hence joining the forum. slightly obsessional now about the perfect crema and how to froth milk well enough to create sworls and vortices.. great to join J
  16. A couple of weeks ago my Krups Novo 2300 died on me. I know its not the machine of choice, but when I got it 18 years ago I was very happy with it as a huge step up from just having a cafetiere and who fanatasied about being able to have a tasty espresso at home! After a very short period of research, a 2nd hand Gaggic Classic seemed a decent bet, and when one turned up on Ebay in my locality and including a MM grinder too I was keen to buy and now have it sitting in my kitchen. I've been using it for a week or so and (for me) am perfectly happy with what I'm getting out of it at the mo
  17. Been lurking for a few years now reading and learning - there is so much knowledge to consume! But having been opened to the world of coffee by a roasters in Brighton, I'm starting to get a better taste for a good and bad coffee. I first bought a Rocky grinder whilst playing around with an aero press, but I've had a Gaggia classic for a year or so now, and I've really enjoyed playing around with making espressos. Some days an amazing espresso comes out of nowhere. But overall they seem, to me at least, to be better that an espresso from a non-specialist cafe. I'm at a point now though where
  18. Hey, I've come to explore the world of good home prepared coffee. I used to have a Delonghi Bean to Cup (Please don't judge me too much). However I've seen sense and got rid so I could purchase a Barista Touch. First impressions are good, however it looks like I've got a lot to learn before I'll get a really decent coffee from the machine. The milk however is in a different league to the Delonghi and given that most of my drinks are milk based means this will get a lot of use. So little effort to get fantastic milk! Anyway, look forward to learning about what is rapidly bec
  19. So I'm a newbie to the world of good coffee. I used to have a Delonghi bean to cup, but have taken the plunge and purchased a BT! I've read a lot and taken the advice on buying decent beans (Just signed up try Pact) and the process of brewing a decent espresso. In the mean time I am using some Union beans that were roasted 2 weeks ago so should be reasonable for my first batch of coffee? I've started with a Grind Setting of 10, 15 second grind which seems to tamp into the portafilter nicely at a weight of 19g. I am however getting very bitter coffee which starts to pour at aroun
  20. Hi I've noticed a number of members have their setup at the bottom of their posts - could someone direct me where I can find out how to do this. Thanks
  21. Hello everyone I'm new here i've started to enjoy coffee over the last few years, had a couple of the delonghi espresso machines then my partner moved in and brought a Tassimo pod machine. I hate it, so much waste. I've now bought my first bean to cup machine, a Beko, https://www.beko.co.uk/bean-to-cup-coffee-machine-ceg7425 It's all I can afford at the moment and got it off someone who had been bought it as a present but doesn't drink coffee. It does seem to have good reviews online and I have seen some good YouTube reviews for it too. Has lots of features and I like the built
  22. first post! xmas bonus at work so took the plunge and upgraded from a delonghi dedica and cheap grinder to the Sage products in the title! I'm a little confused as to where to start! Managed to get some fairly solid tasting drinks out of the Dedica just by trail and error really. Now I've got a good quality grinder with actual settings and a machine that can handle a finer grind, I want to make sure I've got everything dialed in properly to maximize the investment. I'm currently buying beans from Origin, via the online store, I can link it here if that helps with my quest
  23. Geezercdg


    Hello After having 2 Delonghi Bean to cup machines (and thinking that was a good thing) I decided to upgrade. The reason was because no matter what coffee I bought it always seemed to taste the same. So..I purchased a sage Barista touch - all was well for a day or 2 until I noticed that the temp of the espresso was coming out at Max 55 degree C - which I realised was nowhere near the correct temp. I returned the machine to John Lewis and got another - the temp was exactly the same. So - I contacted Sage who sent an engineer and the engineer agreed that the coffee was not brewing at the
  24. homer


    hi from london been running a gaggia classic and mc2 grinder for about 10 years now and recently modded the gaggia with pid, brass head, cnc shower screen, manometer, sylvia steam arm now looking to upgrade the grinder simon
  25. Hi all I've just purchased my first automatic coffee machine, Barista Touch .. I've been doing plenty of research however I'm having a few 'teething' problems. I'm a little unsure of starting figures for an espresso, dose for a single or double basket and grind size. If anyone could advise of a rough starting point I'd be grateful Thanks Greg
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