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A quick vid this morning  

There’s been a takeover!  

My turn today ?  

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only the sound effects... as if there were busy little men inside with their busy little circular saws cutting down whole beans into correct particle size on the go.

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Not sure where the recent thread was for advice for removing the shower screen so I thought I’d just add this here. I didn’t show how to wash it, just removal and refit.  It is easy to see which way up my Cafelat seal goes as there’s a slight groove from the portafilter ;)


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1 hour ago, MildredM said:

Errrrr... I got a full seal set. Um I have totally forgotten now but @cambosheff will remind me!

I’m looking at that full seal set package right now, and I see it includes a new shower screen... which led me to read on the same site that the “dead” spot in many shower screens is not so good for levers (but good for e61machines)... so that is yet another interesting fact I did not know!

What determines the number stamped on the IMS screen (35, 200, etc)?

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40 minutes ago, cambosheff said:

It’s the mesh size over the screen. 200 being the larger of the two.

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Is mesh size choice determined by a specific machine, or is it to achieve a certain brew outcome?

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The only difference I noticed was the 35um seemed to defuse the water a bit more so it was a little gentler on the puck (I’ve no idea if that’s 100% accurate, but it appeared to be the case). It also stops more coffee getting behind the screen, though I didn’t really notice a vast with either. I stuck with the cafelat one due to the hole pattern not having the dead spot in the middle and if I recall Londinium now also offer a similar one.

I can’t speak from extensive knowledge of the two but I don’t think you’d go wrong with either and it’d boil down to personal preference. I think@MildredM or falsehips, sorry@Snakehips [emoji23] will have a more insight.

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