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  1. So after a lot of research, I've decided to start small and buy a basic machine to develop my skills for atleast one year before I even look at a Londinium R(machine I love). I believe I must master the basics first. Here's what I've come up with: Machine: Gaggia Classic (currently looking at @Rakesh 's thread). Grinder: Sage smart grinder Pro (already have one at home) Tamping station: Need advice Any other accessories? Coffee bean supply: Monmouth Anything else I need? All suggestions welcome.
  2. I have a black barista express for sale, around 5 months old however the warranty is not transferable.Its in like new condition except for a few scratches on drip tray. I have only ever used Ashbeck water in the machine. It have descaled twice in the 5 months I have owned it, I backflush daily with water and backflush every 2 weeks with sage tablets. The machine is cleaned daily and the water tank washed everyday. The machine is exceptionally clean and well looked after. The grinder is brushed and cleaned every week and the hopper washed daily. I have not used the machine for around 5 or 6 weeks, But have been putting water through it daily to keep the internals of the machine clean. I have all original packaging and accessories. I looking around £250 for it. I also have a sage smart grinder pro, brand new in box never used, along with the grinder I will include a brand new in box, electric pour over kettle. I am looking £110 for the grinder and kettle. I am sorry I wont post, its cash on collection only. collection from Belfast area. UPDATE- WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLWING ITEMS WITH THE BARISTA EXPRESS, INLUDED IN THE PRICE FOR £250. SAGE KNOCK OUT BOX DISTRIBUTION TOOL 6 GOOD QUALITY CAPPUCINO CUPS AND SAUCERS 6 GOOD QAULITY ESPRESSO CUPS AND SAUCERS. ALSO PRICE REDUCTION ON THE SAGE SMART GRINDER PRO AND BREWISTA ELECTRIC POUR OVER KETTLE, £100 FOR BOTH, BOTH ITEMS BRAND NEW IN BOX NEVER USED. EVERYTHING NOW SOLD
  3. I recently got the Aergrind because I regularly switch between espresso at home to aeropress at work. I was not happy with the shots I was pulling when I was switching settings on the SGP from espresso grinds to courser aeropress grinds, so I bought the Aergrind as my espresso grinder only. My question is. Am I using these grinders the wrong way round. Should I be using the Aergrind for my aeropress grinds and the SGP for my espresso grinds? So far I am really enjoying the Aergrind for my espressos.
  4. Hi all, I just bought a Sage Grinder Pro thanks to these forums as I was struggling to get anywhere with pre-ground beans on my Gaggia Classic (2006). I am however really struggling to pull a decent espresso shot, I think because of grind size. Ive descaled/cleaned the Gaggia thoroughly, replaced the group head gasket, turned OPV down to 9 bar, and yet I still can’t pull a decent shot. I have a pretty decent scale to weigh grinds in/espresso out, a calibrated tamp so I know I am using 30lbs to tamp every time, and a 14g standard double basket. The beans I was using today were roasted yesterday. I know this will impact flavor, however would using beans roasted recently impact grind/extraction time? I’m really just trying to dial in to the right grind size. These are my notes during grinding, using a Sage Smart Grinder Pro which is new to me and only a few months old. Grind size - grams of coffee in portafilter - espresso output in seconds Size 13 - 17.7 g - 49g in 20s Size 8 - 17g - 39g in 17s Size 5 - 17.3g - 37.7g in 18s Size 1 - 17g - 35g in 20s I then re-calibrated the burr to grind more fine by moving down by 1 Size 5 - 17.4g - 36g in 18s Size 1 - 17.7g - 29g in 22s I’ve seen videos where Breville tell you that you really shouldn’t need to change the calibration on the grinder right out of the box. I am wondering whether anything else can account for the too fast pulls? I still have yet to choke the machine in the slightest. The grinder also make a bit of a clunking sound & the hopper shakes a bit when grinding. I’m not sure if something about the machine is defective or whether I do need to keep adjusting the burrs. I don’t want to push it too hard as I’m unfamiliar with the machine. Here’s a pic of the last shot, I think I stopped it shorter than the others because I could see it was already blonding fairly early on but I wanted something to drink after all my troubles! Thanks for your help!
  5. What does it worth? It has very little use. I has been kept like spear one as I've got another exactly the same. Now having Mazzer Royal I decided it's time to sell this . Thanks
  6. Hello, After having my Gaggia classic for almost a year now, I am looking to upgrade my awful blade grinder to an electric burr grinder. I'm looking to get my hands on something that will last me a while, but not be overkill for my modified Classic, as I have no intention to upgrade anytime soon. My price range is set around £200. Based on what I have read here, the Sage Smart Grinder Pro seems like a good option, however, I have seen the Ascaso i-1 Steel and wonder if anyone has any experience with this? The Ascaso has 54mm flat stainless steel burrs; the Sage has conical stainless burrs, but I cannot find the size. My question is this: can anyone suggest another doserless grinder for around £200, that is better than the Sage Smart Grinder Pro? I am aware that ex-commercial grinders, such as a superjolly, would be the best grind quality, however, I cannot find any in this price range, and all use a doser, which would retain too much grinds for my home use. Thanks for your help
  7. Hello fellow coffee lovers, I keep having trouble finding the best grind size for both filter and espressos. At first I thought maybe I'm just getting what I paid for (cheap grinder) but I thought I'd ask your opinions about whether it may be faulty. First of all- checking with people who have the same grinder- do my settings sound reasonable: to get a 25s espresso extraction from the first drop I set it to 3/60; to get a 3min V60 300ml my setting is 52/60. Other questions: Is the grinder meant to make different noise when being spun with no coffee beans in at different settings? Mine seems to make a higher pitched noise when in my espresso setting compared to my V60 setting. Link to photos of the grounds for V60, does it look about right? https://photos.app.goo.gl/iTpkm8Aawtadd6xh6 Dovy
  8. Hi all so I have bought an old Gaggia Classic (2002 model) and a new Sage Smart Grinder Pro to try and learn how to make good coffee. I've had some time today to pull some shots using info learned here and on youtube and wanted to post some results to see where things are going wrong; because they are somewhere lol First 7 shots were using cheap Lavazza beans to give myself a starting point before using nice beans Shot 1 -15g coffee in on grind number 10 38.75g espresso out in 25 seconds -tasted bad in a bitter way Shot 2 - 15g coffee in on grind 12 (touch coarser just to see what happened) - 47.5g espresso out in 25 seconds -also bad but sour Shot 3 - changed to 18g coffee in and went to grind setting 5 - choked machine - fair enough, gives me an idea of where to be Shot 4 - 18g coffee in grind setting 8 -choked Shot 5 - 18g coffee in on grind 10 again - 25.7g out in 30 seconds - thinking im getting close here - tasted it - not good Shot 6 - 18 g coffee in grind setting 11 (so one coarser than shot 5) - 35.8g out in 30 seconds - have I cracked it? No it was nasty (probably the beans I'm thinking as they smell disgusting so time to try with good coffee) Shot 7 - try to replicate shot 6 with Foundry Finca San Fran beans - 18g coffee in, grind setting 11, 44.7g out in 30 seconds. Very fruity but sour/bitter? Hard to tell difference sometimes but wasn't nice Shot 8 -tighten grind to 10, 18g in 45.2g out in 30 seconds?! Shot 9 - 18g in on grind setting 8 to make it finer again - 22.5g out - took it too far Shot 10 - 18g in on grind setting 9 - 39g out in 30 seconds and a sour shot Bit lost as to where to go from here to be honest. I do wonder if my tamp is very inconsistent as this is the first time I've done this and I'd be surprised if one step on the grinder would make a 15g difference on it's own so I need to work on this but either way none of these shots were close to being drinkable IMO. Any thoughts on what to try next? Reason I'm timing my shots rather than weighing out is my scales don't fit under the PF so by keeping the shot time consistent I thought that would at least allow me to see if I was too coarse or too fine and go from there until I got something drinkable.
  9. Sage Barista Express and Sage Smart Grinder Pro SOLD - Sage Barista Express - 2 years old, bought from John Lewis ins Sept 2016 with a extended warranty till September 9th 2019. This would appear to be transferable form reading the policy. There are a few cosmetic scratches on the drip tray. The rest of the machine is in excellent order. All accessories are included inc; 2 pressurised and 2 unpressurised filters, original cleaning tools and backflush insert (Ill include a few Cafiza tablets). Also 2 Sage carbon filters and a medium milk just also included. Original user manual. £300 collected - Delivery will be additional at cost. Sold - Sage Smart Grinder Pro- 4 month old and used for only one month. In As New Condition. Bought from John Lewis with a 2 year guarantee, so covered until May 2020. All accessories included. £115 collected - Delivery will be additional at cost. £400 for both collected - Delivery will be additional at cost. Items are located in Warwickshire (nr Stratford Upon Avon). Original boxes / packaging with both. Invoices and guarantee paperwork will be included as well. This will need to be transferred.
  10. Hi all newbie coffee drinker/maker here with first attempt at a home espresso station lodged in a corner of the kitchen, nothing particularly new and exciting for all you experts who know what you're doing with posh Italian-named machines and stuff but we love it and it's way more sophisticated than anything we've ever had before and gives us loads of things to play with as we learn It's all about a week old and I have some ideas for organising it a bit better especially coffee storage, glassware and the barista cloths (not really cool hanging on the cupboards knobs really) as well as making room for the inevitable upgrade to Niche grinder and who-knows-what shiny classic espresso machine in future I can tell I'm now addicted because I've got a real hankering for a shiny ECM Tamper Station to sit on our tamping mat, which has got to be the most expensive lump of metal adornment I've ever come across but for some reason I'm irrationally attracted to it...
  11. 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 - frantic week of immersion in coffee, coffee brewing, coffee theory, espresso machines, grinders, barista skills, coffee roasting, latte art (wtf is latte art?), on and on, even went into coffee shops to drink it to try and educate oneself Age 58 years 1 month 2 weeks and 4 days - found some lovely coffees yum!, find entry level espresso machine within £500 budget (Sage Barista Express), head off out looking for best deal, no word to Wifey Age 58 years 1 month 2 weeks and 5 days - wander into John Lewis, see Sage Barista Express, cute, but what's this... on a shelf, forgotten, an ex-display Sage Dual Boiler down from £1150 to £550, nearly wets oneself rummaging for credit card... Age 58 years 1 months 2 weeks and 6 days - coffee-obsessed wife has Sage DB espresso machine + Sage Smart Grinder Pro but can't get anywhere near it because Hubby has now become a total coffee-nerd inside a fortnight, wife wonders what's going on Age 58 years 1 month 3 weeks and 6 days - whole bunch of new barista-toys has arrived including first samples of roasted beans, green beans, glass coffee cup sets, tamping mats, barista cloths, various milks, a growing pile of a couple of dozen coffee pucks in various shades of brown and.. wait! what's this?... youtube videos about roasting your own coffee Age 58 years 1 month and 4 weeks - had to be done: first home roasting of Columbian green beans from Bella Barista, in a wok using a stainless steel whisk, with Wifey patiently extracting samples at key stages for photographing, now stored awaiting first grind... next weekend, so so long to wait... So hello, I'm a tea drinker, new to the forum (1 day), new to espresso machines (1 week) and new to coffee drinking (3 weeks) but apart from that I'm sure I have a lot to offer the world of coffee making. BTW thank you to Reiss of Londinium for directing me to this fine coffee forum and encouraging me to sign-up up, after he found me lurking on his website late last night gazing longingly at all the shiny things I found on there. Cheers Greydad (Neil)
  12. This new set up is providing me with a near-constant supply of quality coffee and saving me a great deal of money on visits to the cafe. The Cherub (and milk jug) were kindly supplied by @coffeebean for very competitive prices.
  13. Evening all, The was not going to be for sale so soon as i planned on keeping it for home use, however i have had my Mythos for a few weeks and was not going to use it in the house as it was a bit big to go on the worktop its, however i thought i would just stick it on the worktop and get cracking (or rather grinding) with the Mythos. So the Sage is up for sale. I purchased this from John Lewis on the 21st November 2017 from Ashford, Kent branch. This was a display model (Note this store does not demo items so it was display only and not used in store for demos as they do in some stores) The purchase price was £120, now i could have not said anything and listed it for more than i paid and probably got that...... but that is dishonest and not what i am about. Reading the terms and conditions on the John Lewis website it appears that the guarantee is transferable https://www.johnlewis.com/customer-services/information-about-our-terms-and-conditions Info found under Guarantees and accidental damage insurance, under the heading What does the guarantee cover? Our guarantees provide full cover against mechanical breakdown through normal use. This means that if your item develops a fault during the guarantee period, we'll arrange for it to be repaired free of charge, including all parts and labour. Your guarantee is transferable with ownership, so if you give or sell the item to someone during the guarantee period, it's still covered. Grinder comes boxed with all original items and packaging, also the receipt. Has seen approx 8kg of work at espresso grind (between 7 and 18 on the display), i cannot comment on its grind for anything else as i simply have not used it for any courser grinds. Condition is good as per the pictures, its been cleaned every week and has been faultless in its time so far, as you would expect it to be having done so little. I would like this collected ideally so i will not offer postage just yet but if it fails to get interest then i will look at postage as an option (at buyers expense) I am on the Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 postcode area. I personally think this is a bargain at £90 as they currently retail at £150+ and would go perfect with the Barista Express i am about to list.
  14. Has anybody found the micro adjustments on the SGP have a lot of overlap with the macro settings? eg Macro 17 Micro 3 is much finer than Macro 13 Micro 6 I assumed that the micro adjustments would have only made the slightest of adjustments to the grind size but this is not the case for me. Does anybody else find this the case with the SGP? Thanks
  15. Brand new in box Smart Grinder Pro for sale. As I've already got a Mazzer, I don't need this grinder which came with my spiffy new Sage DB. There are quite a few videos online which show this grinder in operation, and it is an excellent first grinder for a domestic setup. The Sage Guarantee has not been registered so you'll get the full term. The cheapest I've seen it online is £139.99 from Lakeland, but I'm offering mine for a very reasonable £100 collected from TN20, or £110 sent via Hermes. If you want to pay by Paypal I'd like an extra £3.50 on top for their fees. No Offers please, as I think this is a very fair price. Mike
  16. Hi All, I received this item as a gift in December 2015, I have used it only a handful of times no more than 500g of coffee has gone through it. I have the original box and packaging & instructions. Selling for £130 - Collection well come from Bromley, London or happy to arrange delivery at your cost. Thanks for your time.
  17. Hi everyone, My end game is to purchase an espresso machine for home use. I've been looking for a few years & nearly took the plunge on the Gaggia Classic but then discovered the whole Philips issue / redesign decided everything was getting too complicated & so bought a Bosch Tassimo pod machine instead. So after a few years of using that, which was much much better than instant coffee, i'm starting again. I was bought a stovetop pot for Xmas & i have ditched the Bosch in favour of this. It's taste is much better & i'm no longer embarrassed about ditching non recyclable plastic pods each time i make coffee. My ultimate goal is to purchase an espresso machine but in the meantime I want to start with a grinder so i can get to grips with one & the whole bean buying experience. The grinder will firstly be used with my stovetop & french press. The 2 machines i have my eye on to eventually buy are the Rancillo Silvia V5 or a 2nd hand Gaggia classic (unless the Classic II 2015 is ok?). Although i don't see that many classics for sale in Ireland & i'm hesitant to use eBay. Any advice about my plan? Is there a gaping hole? Is this madness? Thanks for looking & any advice is most welcome.
  18. Hi, I have my Sage Smart Grinder Pro for sale. Its a great little entry level grinder. Easy to use and looks good too. I have had it for around 8 months putting a maximum of 36g of beans through it each day. It great condition and comes with the original box and all of its accessories. £115 delivered, payment via Paypal.
  19. Sage Smart Grinder Pro absolutely brand new and in packaging as you can see. Got as part of a package with my Sage Dual Boiler but already have a Mythos purchased from Coffeechap here last year and Feldgrind for brewed. Comes unused with 2 year warranty which the purchaser can register. £135 plus delivery or collection from SS6. Payment via bank transfer or PayPal gift. Let me know if you have any questions.
  20. Here we go. And a flat white I just made. I hope to learn how to do latte art one day.
  21. Recently switched to a Sage Smart Grinder Pro. When I first got it I was using 200 degree Brazilian love affair and I would grind 18g in around 17 secs. However I have since changed blend to one from the HasBean starter pack and I currently seem to be getting 18g in 13 secs. I have had to grind this blend slightly coarser so not to choke my machine but does 13 seconds seem normal for 18g of ground coffee from this grinder?
  22. So i picked up a brand new Smart Grinder on here a while back, its fine, works well, looks good and produces espresso grinds. However I did jump into this purchase and whilst it works well I find myself looking at the for sale section at Mignon's and I keep considering swapping out my Smart Grinder. I know most people who have tried both seem to prefer the Mignon but is there much difference? Will I see/taste much of a difference, if any? If its not much of an upgrade I might just keep the Smart Grinder throughout its warranty and then look to upgrade to something much better.
  23. Not for me (colour is wrong!) but might be of interest to some: http://www.hartsofstur.com/acatalog/Sage-By-Heston-Blumenthal-Smart-Grinder-Pro-Cranberry-BCG820CRNUK.html#SID=2507
  24. I'm selling my Black Sage Smart Grinder Pro. This is the newer model that doesn't need a shim kit for the espresso settings. This isn't getting used, as I have other options. I don't think it has any marks or anything maybe a light scratch somewhere. I still have the original box, both portafilter holders and I think even have the sage branded brush. I bought it on 24 April 2015 from Amazon, at time of writing it's so popular that they're out of stock. I'm looking for £130 collected from Bramley in Hampshire, or I'll post at your expense and you can choose your shipping method. As long as it's still available, I'd bundle it with the Gaggia Classic I'm selling here and you could have the pair for £310. Shown here with custom UV Protection mod (it's just a little tape don't worry not a permanent mod). Any questions feel free to ask.
  25. So I've been making do with a rhino hand grinder alongside my gaggia classic until I could afford something above entry level (like the Iberital MC2) that won't need upgrading in a few months...and hopefully I'll be making that purchase in the next fortnight once all the Christmas shopping is done... Ideal budget is about £200 for something new, which is right on the money for a sage smart grinder pro. However, despite all my reading up, I'm struggling to understand whether it is worth the £75 premium over the Iberital MC2? Or indeed is the Eureka Mignon that much better that I should spend the extra £80 now and be done with it? I should mention that space is at a premium, so an ex-commercial monster is not an option. I'd make 2 coffees a day at home mon-fri, and maybe 4-6 at home fri-sun, so not excessive amounts...
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