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  1. 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 s
  2. 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.
  3. 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 so
  4. 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 ma
  5. 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
  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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ro
  10. 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.
  11. 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 diffe
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Hi All, I have recently acquired a Sage Smart Grinder Pro. I dialed it in to give me 14g of ground espresso, to give 28-30 grams of liquid espresso in 25-27 seconds. I am aware that all grinders will not be the same however I saw a video by seattle coffee claiming that the setting should be I think it was around 8 on the machine. I'm currently at setting 3/4 depending on the bean used, with the internal burr set to 5. Is it worth adjusting the internal burr to decrease the grind setting? This is my first proper grinder and don't want to damage it / excessively wea
  15. I'd be grateful for any advice you lovely coffee types can give. I've got a Super Jolly that I've been using with a Gaggia classic and after a good year of use have concluded that espresso just isn't my thing and I love a good pourover. I'm therefore thinking of selling my set up and just having a grinder and v60. I've read in various places online that the Super Jolly is an espresso grinder and as such isn't very good for pourover. Is there a material difference between an SJ and a "pourover grinder"? Should I just hang on to my SJ and use it for pourover or sell up an
  16. Selling Sage Smart Grinder Pro as I have upgraded to another machine. It was bought 19 February 2018 but has a 2 year parts warranty from John Lewis / Sage, so it has roughly another year under warranty. I've used it to pull one double shot a day until I got my new grinder in December, so some use but not strenuous. It comes in the original box & includes all accessories (storage canister, cleaning brush, and portafilter holders). Located outside Leicester but can post (cost will be around £15). Looking for around £110.
  17. Hi all. I have recently purchased a Sage Dual Boiler to pair with my Sage Smart Grinder Pro. I also am using the Acaia Lunar scales. My issue; after hours of reading and many wasted beans I just cannot achieve consistent espresso. I am aiming for the desired 18g ground coffee into 36g extracted espresso in 25-30 seconds. Impossible! Can anyone help? Please??
  18. £320 Free pickup in Shoreditch, East London PayPal or bank transfer This is not listed for sale anywhere else (Photos at the bottom) Owned since 2nd January 2020, this is all in excellent working order. No damage and you're even getting a knock box included. Here is everything included: -- 1 x Sage the Duo Temp Pro Espresso Coffee Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel 1 x 54mm tamper 1 x 54mm Portafilter 1 x Integrated Tamper 1 x Razor Dose Trimming Tool 2 x pressurised baskets 2 x non-pressurised baskets 2 x unopened sage espresso machine cleaning table
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 recycla
  22. Here we go. And a flat white I just made. I hope to learn how to do latte art one day.
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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
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