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  1. I have heard rumblings from within the bowels of Bella Barista that they will shortly have a new lever machine for sale. It will be unique to them and just waiting for the final specifications to be made available. Might have some photos and info tomorrow.
  2. Very good condition Andreja Premium that I bought off another member of this forum a couple years ago. The limit stat was replaced last year and vacuum valve 2 years ago. There is a couple of spare parts which go with it such as a shower screen, spare pump and some gaskets for the group. Also comes with the Quickmill manual as well as the Bella Barista version. I've used the machine daily for the last couple years of owning. I would make 1-2 flat whites most days. I had it hooked up to a wemo switch which would turn it on for me to preheat for minimum 30 minutes and would then be switched off till the following morning once used. I've always used filtered water through it and regularly back washed and descaled. I've had no issues other than having to replace the fuse and limit stat since owning. I am mostly making black coffees with an aeropress now due to developing a lactose intolerance so figured this should go to a better home! I have lovingly taken care of it! Andreja Premium Machine Made by Knock Heft 585 Tamper - Made to fit the VST basket La Marzocco strada (VST) basket 17/18g 2x original portafilters. 1 has been converted to bottomless. Have both single shot and double shot funnels for the portafilters 1x blind basket Larger container of 750g (approx) urnex cafiza 2 a few sachets of puly descaler Grindenstein knock out box I will post pictures of the internals once the sun comes up again. All in great condition though! Looking for £600 and collection from N16 London. Can demonstrate it is all functioning of course. Can't think of anything else to mention right now but do ask any questions you might have. EDIT: Picture of internals now added to imgur gallery
  3. Hello everyone, I thought it best to introduce myself before asking any lunk-headed questions that have been worn into the ground already. I've been quite fortunate to ride the third-wave coffee phenomenon that has swept through London, and have developed a great admiration for the coffee shops and roasters that have cropped up as a result. Up until fairly recently, I was quite content to keep my home brewing to pourovers, aeropress and an occasional shot of espresso from my super-automatic machine. It wasn't until I discovered Home Barista, this forum and a couple of other blogs, as well as a recent day spent learning how to make espresso at Prufrock, that I picked up the bug for a decent home espresso setup. After much trawling websites and forums, as well as much hand-wringing, I finally decided on an HX machine and a decent grinder. I was a bit concerned that my choice represented too much of an upgrade for a novice such as myself, but I figured I'd jump in. I took delivery of my Andreja Premium (thanks to Bella Barista - lovely chaps!) and a Mahlkonig Vario grinder last week, and thought now would be a good time to join this forum, with an eye to improving my (very rudimentary) technique. I haven't had a huge amount of time to try it out, but have been working on dialling in the grinder using the beans kindly supplied by Bella Barista, and getting used to the cooling flush process. So far figuring out when the machine has gotten up to temperature has been the biggest challenge for me; the boiler gets to 1.2 bar fairly quickly, but knowing when the group head is to temperature (and knowing how long to flush the machine to get it to the desired temperature - about 92 degrees) is still pretty tricky.
  4. Hi We have a quickmill machine and the missus really wants a naked portafilter for xmas. Do I need a special washer to put it on this machine? Also where can I order one online in the Uk/Ireland?in time for christmas. Thanks so much!
  5. Hi there, just for the fun of it - here‘s my office unit. Lately did a little service, it‘s such a neat and fun piece to work on. Very accessible despite its compact footprint. If anyone has questions about the 0835 (or other Quickmill-specific groups) just let me know...!
  6. I had been interested in an alexia evo but on checking the manual the company do not encourage or give instructions for descaling and I suspect it would invalidate the warranty They suggest using softened water and you shouldn’t need to descale. what do others do? do you use volvic or alternative or use water filters or just descale regardless? Am thinking of moving from a bean to cup to a fairly future proof machine and thought the alexia looked a good option Thanks for any advice on this
  7. Summary - I'm not getting as large a shot volume as I expect and wonder if I need new seals for my Quickmill Veloce, maybe the modified Londinium seals as the machines share the same group? I'm actually getting nice tasty shots at the moment, if a little sharp (not sour) using barely rested med/dark roast 75% Costa Rican/ 25% Sumatran which is admittedly a bit on the bright side. I'm running 18g nicely distributed grounds in an 18g VST basket ground fairly close to choking the machine and well distributed. As a test trying to get the highest shot volume I can I give it a 20 second pre-infusion to saturate the puck (this actually takes it to the first drop of extract only so is probably not 100% saturated but as long as I want to go). Pour is lovely and even through the bottomless portafilter running for 35 seconds before the pour finishes naturally giving me just 30g of extract after all the water is pushed through. Puck is left wet with just a tiny bit of water still on top - even after waiting 30 seconds before removing the portafilter. Now I appreciate that normally we would pull the shot rather than leaving it to full extraction but even at the end of the pour it hasn't really blonded out and even the remaining drips taste sweet, in fact sweeter than the full shot instead of bitter, which make me think the extraction is not complete. I can't really grind much finer without choking although I guess I could drop down to 16g if I had to, but I'm wondering if the base problem is leaking seals which I should replace before experimenting much further. The machine is a couple of years old and I'm told hasn't had a seal change yet (except for the portafilter gasket). The lever does grab at about 45 degrees though so I don't seem to be suffering the same sort of slippage as described on the Londinium forums. As a bonus question for anyone who might know the machine well (otherwise I'll give BB a call): the rather skimpy instruction manual states boiler pressure should be 1.2 bar yet mine's at 1.5 when up to pressure. Is that too high and worth adjusting? Edit: I just ran a 16g shot with the same ground. Pre-infusion just six seconds as it started to drip through substantially at that point, pour was considerably faster and I got 40g at end of pour after 25 secs. Still tasting nice at the end though and I think still not fully extracted, It seems difficult to believe that just 2g of coffee could soak up that 10g difference of water though so maybe the seals are leaking while it is held in the longer pre-infusion for the 18g shot?
  8. Check out the new profiling toy from QuickMill - http://www.quickmill.it/eng/domestic-coffee-machines-group-e61-quick-mill-model-andreja-profiles-1.aspx On sale at Bella Barista for £2895 inc VAT - https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/quickmill-andreja-profile.html Looks great apart from the use of Comic Sans for the model name on the front of the drip tray!
  9. More expensive than the R58 and same price as Duetto when not on offer http://www.bellabarista.co.uk/brands/quick-mill/quick-mill-verona-dual-boiler-espresso-machine.html
  10. Just purchased a couple of 18g VST baskets and they don't sit flush in my PF. Got the 2 supplied with my machine purchased a few years ago. Anyone else had this problem? Will be putting a PF wanted advert up now
  11. I've decided to sell my Vetrano 2B (double boiler). This is essentially the same machine as the Verona, and produces fantastic coffee. It's just over a year old, and I have all the original packaging and accessories. I'll include a naked PF in addition to the single and double spouted ones it came with. For those who don't know the machine, it's a rotary pump, tank or plumbed, and the pump is the quietest I've ever come across. I've only filled it with filtered, or remineralised RO, water. I'll put up some more photos tomorrow, but basically it's in excellent condition and does what it says on the tin. £1150 collected from Cambridge please, although happy to deliver locally.
  12. I'm eyeing a Quickmill Andreja, which seems to be the non-Premium model, and I'm wondering if it even makes sense to invest in a machine that seems to be completely usurped by the Andreja Premium/Verona models from a new technology perspective. Are the non-Premium Andreja models even worth it these days?
  13. Quickmill Andreja Premium 2008, supplied via Bella Barrista. My own machine, light personal use (average 3 shots a day) and regularly maintained. Recent de-scale of vacuum valve, boiler de-scaled last year. We live in a moderate hard water area, all water used has been filtered. Complete with both single and double portafilters, naked portafilter, blind basket, original and extra instructions and metal tamper. The group head has been regularly cleaned but group is due for a full service. When taken out of the kitchen last week was fully working and pulling great shots. Reason for sale new kitchen, different space and drinking less coffee, gone La Pavoni! The only issue I am aware of is repeated limit stat failure, a well known problem with these machines when water splashes from the vacuum valve during warming up onto the stat. Mine went three times so it is now bypassed, the stat has never popped due to overheating. There are various mods for this but have not tried any. The machine is available for pick-up in the Lancashire/Merseyside border area. I have limited mobility and can not pack well enough plus I would rather buyer test machine first. Will email photos to interested parties. Open to sensible offers, might also part with my hottop roaster too Email: davidwest AT locomobile.plus.com Please replace AT with @
  14. Been Espresso addict for over ten years Home roasting for the last 8 years Currently using: La Pavoni Pro (new acquisition) Just leaving a Quickmill Andreja Premium (now selling) Anfin Best grinder Hottop , Behnor and Cafe Genie roasters yes I know too many Other things you can do with steam check my website: http://www.locomobile.plus.com/ Hope you enjoy looking David
  15. Was just looking at cheap ideas for silencing a vibe pump, and came across this article.. http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/quieting-vibe-pump-t33607-20.html http://koffiepraat.nl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6355 It's some kind of vibe silencer fitted to a few quickmill models. Wondering if anyone has come across these before? Update - Chris Coffee stock them for $23.95 (so about £15 + delivery/import to the UK)
  16. Hello all! This must be a reasonably common question, but after searching the forums I couldn't see a thread that directly tackles this question. I am in the market for my first "proper" espresso machine, and I have boiled it down to effectively two options as the thread title suggests: QuickMill 820 and Rancilio Silvia V4. These are both in the £300 - £400 range which is as high as I am prepared to go at this stage, now presently I am leaning toward the QuickMill 820 on the advice of a few retailers, however the QuickMill a (as no doubt you know) is a thermoblock which puts me off slightly - Although I have read that the QuickMill thermoblock is much more temperature stable than other manufacturers, do to it being manufactured as a once piece unit rather than in two halves. In terms of beverage I am largely only concerned with espresso and maybe the odd latte for guests, length of preparation time isn't really an issue for me either (it's all part of the fun right?!) I just want to get the best possible espresso for my budget. Any advice on this would be much appreciated as it is pretty much a tie as it stands, or if any of you can suggest an alternative machine I would love to hear your suggestions. Thanks in advance! QP
  17. QM67 or Andreja? Both lovely machines. I presently use a Gaggia TS for 1 to 2 cups a day for both my lady & I. Approximately once a month, the crew will descend & I’ll be pumping out lattes, frappes & Americanos. The TS is really superb for this. I like the Idea of a PID, though I know that the Adnreja is a track-proven darling. I’m also used to brewing with an HX beast. The QM67 is still lacking the track record. I do enjoy the occasional espresso & have a Behmor roaster. Its hardly like you can’t pull a good shot from an HX is it? But the PID control may take my espresso to another level (with practise). Argghh!
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