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  1. Hi folks, Some have probably noticed that i was warking on some old clone of Mazzer SJ (astoria). I dont want to bother you showing all the process but wanted to share some before and after photos. Here they are: And new "hopper" with "inspection glass" Everyone knows that the hopper is the collapsible 3in1 lens cover. The lid is a jar lid from IKEA I happen to have for a long time. Upcomming works on this: 3D printed fork rest for the portafilter backplate motor cover timer relay - if I'll find something that wo
  2. I am deciding on upgrading my Sage DTP. There's nothing wrong with it per say, but I promised myself to stay with it at least for a year and I succeeded! I feel like I have outgrown it, want better steam capabilities and the workflow is somewhat painful. Heating up the portafilter, purging steam, limited accessories, small tank/drip tray - it's just a lot of hassle. However, the machine is only used for 2-4 cups a day, but I don't think that stopped forum members to get something that suits commercial needs . I am thinking of: Saturated 58mm brew head. Dual boiler/HX with temperat
  3. Hi everyone, I've been off the forum for a while but wanted to get back in touch. OK so having had a Gaggia Classic and a Eureika Mignon for about 3 or 4 years, I am looking to keep the grinder but change my coffee machine. I am happy to get a decent used machine or go new if not too expensive. The new machine is to go in a kitchen so no monster sized options will work and it should have a water reservoir. I was thinking of one of the cheaper heat exchanger models by expobar but am happy to consider alternatives. Any advice, recommendations or tips would be much appreciated. In term
  4. Hi everybody, So looking for some advice please, I currently have a Gaggia Classic with loads of mods (pressure gauge, Silvia steam wand and PID courtesy of Mr shades to name but a few) running alongside a Sage Smart Grinder Pro; heat up time is 15 mins, I’m thinking of upgrading to a Sage Dual Boiler but wondered what the effective heat up time woulid be? Obviously running 2 boilers will cost more to run but if the heat up time is quicker it could cancel out the extra cost. No way I could justify a brand new one so will be looking at a pre-owned one. So any advice?
  5. Hi all, I'm new to the forum and would like some honest advice from those who have struggled with upgraditis and who have any tips to cure it in this particular case. I've had a Sage Barista Express now for two years and although I've loved it, I feel I could be getting more out of my coffee. What's funny is, that the Barista Express is currently out of action at the moment as I'm waiting on a new group head gasket... So it seems as though £3.65 could turn into £2k... I have 2, maybe 3 coffees a day, mostly flat whites, occasional double espresso. I'm really inter
  6. Hi guys. I'd like to ask you if you don't have any experience with changing the language of display on any Jura machine. Could you, please, tell me some tips, how to do it, which equipment I'd need and so? Thank you very much!
  7. Hi all, I'm in the market for a new machine. After tonnes of reading forums etc I've changed my mind about 50 times. First I wanted a HX appartamento etc now I have my eyes set on a double boiler. Is it a case where most people who buy a HX machine upgrade to a double boiler in the future or are people happy with there HX machines 10 years on? I want to buy a machine that will last me 10 years so I don't mind going straight for a double boiler so I won't need to upgrade in the future. Or do people recommend to start with a HX to learn and then upgrade. Any advice a
  8. Hi all, It's been a while since I've posted here. Here is my last thread if anyone is interested, was a refurb on a free mazzer I managed to get. https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?33178-Mazzer-Super-Jolly-I-received-for-free!/page3 Anyway I'm about to upgrade. I've finally decided to purchase a Rocket Appartamento. Can get it from Italy for a nice price with 22% discount through my job as we are VAT registered. Question here is would a Eureka Specialita be considered a downgrade from a Mazzer Super jolly? 58mm burrs on the SJ vs 55mm burrs on the specialita. I wi
  9. My Mazzer Mini doser works well, good bearings, lens hood mod so very little retention. But it's messy and I'm getting tired of a doser. I kind of have an upgrade path ready because I bought 2 cheap Mazzer SJs to play around with (haven't been delivered yet) - at least one will become on demand with some kind of mod. I'm just getting a kind of itchy upgraditis..... I'm a bit fascinated by grinders and have been researching plenty of them - have lots of pics and specs on my computer. I like the idea of bigger burrs in a small footprint - stating the bleeding' obvious here. Someone will say Nich
  10. Hi All Wonder if i could get some feedback on below: I currently have a Sage BE that i am now finding limiting, issues i see are below: small basket size pain and hard to get larger size dose into basket inconstant grind, really hard to dial in and stay consistent pressure gauge no use for real feedback as doesn't show pressure generally struggle to get constancy over any period Pain not being able to steam at same time when making few drinks so i am going to look at purchasing new grinder and machine. i did a Barista course and using the commercial machines
  11. On another road trip planned for Friday, this time grinder 'Upgradeitis' has struck.. Hopefully this will be the last time I'll be changing grinders.. Some may know what it is, but not saying owt until it lands... So, is it a conical, is it a flat? Will have to wait and see...
  12. As classic keeps dying on me I am debating an upgrade. Unfortunately I’m not a coffee machine geek and know very little about the options out there. i work from home and drink 4-8 coffees a day with steamed milk, I occasional entertain others who drink coffee but making 3-4 coffees at once is a rarity ideally after something that is reliable, intmend leave my machine on all day so heat up from cold not a problem budget upto £1000 but very happy to spend less and would consider used if I know it’s unlikely to break down a week later
  13. I have the Silvia eu model. As everyone knows it is not very forgiving. I'm contemplating an upgrade but don't want to get to a situation where I end up with another unforgiving machine, albeit more expensive. My usage is rarely more than an espresso or two per day and perhaps the odd cappuccino. For my budget I'm thinking of the Rocket Aparamento but it does not have a paid although I believe temperature stability is good. I would like to keep my Eureka mk.2 and wonder if this is upgrade to an Apartamento, or similar, is going to make life that much easier to get a good result more of
  14. Hi everyone, Just wanted to say how pleased I am with my DTP which I use with the Smart grinder pro but . . .I would love to upgrade to the dual boiler. I love the idea of having more control and of course the ease of being able to do two things at once. So glad to see so many positive comments about the dual boiler in this forum. Just have to convince myself . . . . Teresa x
  15. I've been watching eBay for a suitable Baby as a project, and the model I wanted was the one with 4 square buttons across the front, which should date from around 2004. So bought one and waiting for it to arrive. I wanted a Baby since the top comes right off and it's easier to work on than a Classic, and this model should also have the larger solenoid. I'm planning to swap in a Classic type OPV to get the pressure to 10 bar, though when it comes I'll put my pressure gauge on it and see what it has at present. Any other ideas for what to upgrade on this model Baby? Hopefully it all works
  16. I'm having a few problems with my Gaggia, so I'm using it as an excuse to convince myself I need an upgrade. Would the Rancilio Silva be the next natural progression, or should I be looking elsewhere?
  17. Having finally bought a second hand classic (its a 39/2014 1200w, so not sure where that fits in with hierarchy of classic models) for £70. I have brewed my first latte and I'm not satisfied with the milk frothier due to the wand as we all know. What are the options for upgrading, is there anything that will just fit on the end of the original one replacing the plastic part? That would seem to make thing so much easier.
  18. I guess originally it was my wife who requested the Dualit Expressivo she was given as a Christmas or birthday present, actually it sato in the box unused for eons until I bothered to unwrap and set it up. Now shortly after that she decided this was to much trouble to use unless I was making it and for her sins bought a Nesspresso and frother, we used these for a while until one day we ran out of pods.... the only thing we had was a packet of coffee!!!!! So the Expressivo was used and since then the Nesspresso has since sat idle. Now for me I have been wanting to upgrade for a w
  19. Hey guys, I do hope this is the correct place to post this, if it's not, I do apologise. Background I've owned a Gaggia Classic for a year now. It's fully modded, with the OPV mod, Silvia wand, and a PID fitted. Regularly descaled, it pulls nice espresso shots, regularly getting good taste, good crema and all. I also own a Gaggia MDF grinder. I personally did the stepless mod and I've just taken it apart again to clean and re-zero the burrs. The Upgrade I've recently been considering upgrading my machine. The Gaggia Classic is brilliant with the PID, but I'm
  20. Hi all - just joined the forum after lurking for a couple of years as upgraditis as finally struck and I'm hoping to pick your collective brains here! For the past 2 years or so I've been very happy getting to grips with a Classic (with Sylvia wand mod) paired with a Sage SmartGrinder. I'm still very much in the learning stage but I got to the point on the Classic where I could pull a pretty consistent shot and get something resembling latte art maybe 6 times out of 10. I've seen the SG get a lukewarm reception on here but for my needs so far it's been more than capable, and I like the
  21. Well my Breville Dual Boiler BES900 (from the Australian market) died suddenly after a routine clean and backflush. After much reading around, discussion, playing and talking I arrived at the following logic: Starting point: "When my BDB dies I'll get a Linea Mini, or an old GS/3" (mostly because I love using the full-fat Linea when I get to play at my local coffee shop after hours the steam power is something else, but overall they are just lovely.) Outcome: The Linea mini is good, but is it really £3k good? Probably, but I'm not going to spend that much on a machine having just
  22. Hello, I own a Gaggia Classic and Iberital MC2 grinder. They have served me well over the years, but I feel like it's time to upgrade. Especially after coming back to this forum. I've lusted after a Rocket, ECM, Expobar or Isomac or Lever type machine for years and now have the money to splash out. A machine like those would look great on my counter top! So my consumption is as follows: At home one or two coffees on weekdays, with 3 or 4 on the weekends. Plus drinks for visitors. Mainly double shot with a bit of steamed milk. I'm planning to drink more espresso and sample different f
  23. It's interesting to read about how forum members consider what is a genuine upgrade of a machine. it seems that (starting at the lower end of the spectrum) a Gaggia Classic to a Rancilio Silvia is not an upgrade. Notwithstanding the high proportional increase cost.........but probably not an equivalent improvement in specifications and abilities. If budgets are tight, what is next up from the Rancilio Silvia for a low user. A couple of espresso's and a capuccino per day? Or why bother? What necessitates and upgrade if your needs don't change and your happy with what you have?
  24. Good afternoon, I am looking to upgrade, currently owning a Gaggia Classic with ascaso grinder. Having owned this setup for about 4 years now it's time for an upgrade. I drink 2 milk based drinks in the morning, with the occasional added espresso for those rough mornings, 5-6 drinks a day during weekends. Basically what I'm looking for in my setup is convenience, consistency and quality, in that particular order. If you would have to choose a setup with these requirements, what would you choose? Requirements grinder - consistent in terms of dose - doserless, on-demand
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