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  1. Long time no post. Hope you all are well. I am still an avid coffee lover just not online as much as i used to be! I have been looking for temp controlled kettle for a while but both the Brewista and Bonavita are still selling at nearly a £100. I remember they had a brief time where they were sold a little cheaper but it seems they have not come down in price since release. Aesthetically I also found them a bit bland, not much different than a normal kettle. Whereas things like the Hario Buono are quite striking and iconic. So in steps Diguo! Yes that famous brand you've never heard of So it's a Chinese company that is unknown really over here but the price is a more reasonable £65 and seems to have all of the same features. I was a bit dubious buying from an unknown brand but a few good reviews on Amazon and i decided to take the plunge. Here is my review: Name: Diguo Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle Price: £60-£65 Available From: Amazon Looks: Totally subjective i know but this thing really looks great in my opinion: -It has a plug adaptor to convert from Chinese to UK plug but it is not a big plug so no issues there -My unit had all English printed on the buttons (pic shows chinese) which is a real plus -Instruction manual is also in English and very easy to use -Kettle lid just sits on top and has no notch or anything so need to be careful when pouring and use a hand to hold lid on -Comes with what looks like plastic packaging but is actually a waterproof cover for the base that you leave on, all the buttons work by pressing through the plastic. This is a simple but nice touch to keep unit clean and free from water -Surprised how small it is, takes up very little footprint. Makes up to 700ml Usage: This really is a doddle to use. There are 4 custom presets or you can choose your own and it remembers this for the next time you use it. There is a Temperature Hold button which will keep your water at the desired temp for up to an hour if you wish which is great if you are multitasking in the morning! Once you take the kettle from the base there is a Timer button so you can start a timer for your pourer. This simply stops when you place the kettle back on the base. 500w so not the fastest to boil but i usually make less than 400ml at a time which takes a few minutes, but if you wanted to use this as a normal kettle for other kitchen uses this might be a little slow, just worth noting. Reliability/Durability Kettle is nicely made out of metal with a plastic trim at the bottom. The base unit seems to be very sturdy and and the plastic cover serves to keep grinds and water away from the unit. No complaints from me at all, in fact this seems very well made and not some cheap Chinese knock off. Final Comments Absolutely love this thing. I played with brew temps a lot and have found that 85C is my fave which by all accounts is a tad cooler than most experts recommend. However since purchasing this kettle my brews have been absolutely amazing with no bitterness at all and i can actually taste the flavours that the roasters describe their coffee with. Peach/hazelnut with a brown sugar sweetness? yes i can actually kind of taste that now
  2. Hi Guys and Gals, This is my first post here, but here goes. I have had my new Gaggia Classic for a couple of months now and working at pulling a decent shot. I first discarded the pressurised portafilter and bought an Iberital MC2. I am getting some good espresso but now looking at the water temperature. I have not measured the temperature coming out yet as waiting for the measuring wand. it does seem to me that the machine is running quite hot and I am burning the coffee. The steam setting button is not on, but I would say that that is the temperature we are looking at. The machine seems to get very hot if I leave it on after pulling a shot. So my main question is how can I regulate the temperature of the Gaggia Classic? Do I need to take the machine apart? Are there any manuals about that I can look at? Thanks for your help in advance. Jan
  3. I have just had a thermocouple delivered LINK and have been experimenting with temperature surfing with my Gaggia baby class D. Using the bottom of a beer can (as a substitute for a polystyrene cup method) positioned against the group gasket with the end of the thermocouple inside, hanging just off the bottom to record the temperature of the brew water. I have found it takes about 30 seconds of steam switch engagement from the time the brew thermostat switches off for the temperature of the water to reach 93 degrees which I believe is a good ball park figure for brew temperature. I am pleased to report the espresso produced seems to have lost some of its sourness and I am using the espresso roast from the Urban Coffee Co. Has anyone else had similar experience or any temperature surfing tips to share? Tom
  4. I've only just found out these existed.A kettle that allows you to dial in the temperature from 60º to 95º (and of course 100º). And it will keep it at that temperature. Seems perfect for cafétière, Aeropress and other filter methods. £55 from Amazon. Mine arrived this morning. A bit plasticky but it seems to work fine. I haven't had a chance to check its accuracy yet.
  5. I know that setting the heat level fixes the maximum temperature of the hot air in the Gene, as read at the exhaust point. But what I don't know is whether it also sets the temperature of the heating element, which would affect how quickly the maximum temperature is reached. For example, will the beans be exposed to higher temperatures in, say, the first five minutes if the maximum level is set to 245C rather than 235C? Matt
  6. Hello all, Recently received my Pro V3 roaster. Completely new to this unit. Hence, have some initial questions after reading and watching some intro videos online. Why are some roasting showing a “tick” mark for their exhaust probe (red line)? As if the the temperature started higher, then it dips, then it slowly picks up again? Is this simply a manipulation from the users themselves? Before releasing the green beans, one has to heat up the roaster. Does the roaster heat up to a default temperature before each roast? Or will waiting longer before releasing beans make it hotter in the chamber? Can anyone suggest a good start to roast arabica beans? Temperature, fan speed etc. I came across some profiles from other users and it seems that all have only the red and white line, exhaust and fan speed, respectively. What about the inlet probe? How will this be shown on the profile, if any? Tried to search for the profile library on Ikawa’s site but fail to find anything - can anyone please guide me through which part of the forum or site to go for this info? Thank you in advance for your responses! Peter
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