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Hi all,

I'm James. I thought it was time I made a proper introduction post! I have been reading the forums on and off for a few years but only recently decided to properly upgrade my coffee setup.

I started off with a Delonghi bean to cup machine in 2012, and while it was very easy, it was a pain to clean, the grinder was difficult to adjust and taste was lacking. I upgraded to a Sage Barista express at the end of 2014 which was a massive step up, but over the last year or so I found it was a bit limiting. I bought a Niche Zero grinder last month which was a huge step up over the inbuilt Sage grinder, but around the same time my Dad bought a Profitec 500 HX machine and from playing around with it when I went to visit, I just knew I had to upgrade the Sage to a proper prosumer machine!

I had narrowed down my choice to a couple of machines: the Lelit Mara, which looks fantastic for the price, or the Profitec 300, which seems like a nice compact machine, but small boilers and not as attractive as E61 machines. I was about to go for the Profitec when I came across the ACS Minima, which looked fantastic from @DavecUK's review, and good timing as Bella Barista were just about to get them back in stock!

I received the Minima this week and so far I am really happy with it. I had some issues with it initially (see my other thread), but this is resolved now. I have it linked up to a WiFi plug so it is warmed up and ready to go each morning and in combination with the Niche is making fantastic tasting espresso. Steam power is crazy, so I really need some more practice to get nice some nice microfoam! 

 

Cheers

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ACS Minima / Niche Zero

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