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5 minutes ago, Fez said:

Is that all a kidney is worth these days??? 

 

Can't even get a monolith with that £1500 change 😕

I mean you could see it from the flip side, you could trade in your Londinium and only have to find £1,500 for a new kidney if you ever needed to...

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17 hours ago, Marocchino said:

Hope not to sound pedantic, I've been researching some machines including the LR for a while now; I wish it was £2.5K, it's currently showing at £2228.17 + VAT =  £2673.80. It appears they don't come around as second hand in the UK that often either. 

Keep your eyes peeled for a second hand L1 , they come up from time to time and have been going for £1500 ish. 

All the machine you could want. 

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27 minutes ago, Cooffe said:

I mean you could see it from the flip side, you could trade in your Londinium and only have to find £1,500 for a new kidney if you ever needed to...

Aye that's a fantastic way of looking at it!

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6 minutes ago, Fez said:

Aye that's a fantastic way of looking at it!

I'd prefer the Londinium over a new kidney any day of the week though...

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That's gotta be the main reason so few come up 2nd hand.

Kidneys or Londiniums?

I'd prefer the Londinium over a new kidney any day of the week though...
depends on how many you've got working or failing.
Kidneys and Londiniums alike.
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15 minutes ago, Hasi said:


Kidneys or Londiniums?

depends on how many you've got working or failing.
Kidneys and Londiniums alike.

I prefer two of each ..

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Ahem....

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2019 L-R with hand turned Thuya burr handles and toggles / Monolith Titan Flat & Conical, MAX Flat on order  / HG-1 / Kalita wave / Stag kettle / OCD / Joey Skateboard Handle Pullman Big Step & matching stirrer / Wenge Handle Lev Tamp / Push Tamper / Puqpress / 15g & 18g vst / IMS 35μM / LDT / Barista Gear Titanium 12oz pitchers / LW Bean Cellars & Caddy / Decent thermometer / Acme Evo 150ml cups / Espazzola / Hottop / embroidered by me bar towels / in the cellars: Steampunk, North Star, Foundry, The Barn, HasBean, Coffee Compass / part-time LSOL participant / 6 gorgeous guineas / a dog / a very lovely husband 

 

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Ahem....
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the old mirror trick... yawn
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says Hasi.

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4 minutes ago, Hasi said:
8 minutes ago, MildredM said:
Ahem....
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the old mirror trick... yawn

The real question is - 3 Kidneys and 1 Londinium or 2 kidneys and 2 Londinums?

OR: 3 Londiniums + £1.5k and 1 kidney?

I know which I'd choose...

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8 minutes ago, Hasi said:
13 minutes ago, MildredM said:
Ahem....
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the old mirror trick... yawn

Yes and she photoshopped the towel out .. she is so clever 😂😂 .. Someone else is good at the old photoshop 

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Posted (edited)

I wish I’d p/s my Thuya on now hahaha

And wing mirrors 😂 

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2019 L-R with hand turned Thuya burr handles and toggles / Monolith Titan Flat & Conical, MAX Flat on order  / HG-1 / Kalita wave / Stag kettle / OCD / Joey Skateboard Handle Pullman Big Step & matching stirrer / Wenge Handle Lev Tamp / Push Tamper / Puqpress / 15g & 18g vst / IMS 35μM / LDT / Barista Gear Titanium 12oz pitchers / LW Bean Cellars & Caddy / Decent thermometer / Acme Evo 150ml cups / Espazzola / Hottop / embroidered by me bar towels / in the cellars: Steampunk, North Star, Foundry, The Barn, HasBean, Coffee Compass / part-time LSOL participant / 6 gorgeous guineas / a dog / a very lovely husband 

 

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1 minute ago, MildredM said:

I wish I’d p/s my Thuya on now hahaha

And wing mirrors 😂 

Oh dear Wenge , so yesterday ..😂

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31 minutes ago, MildredM said:

Ahem....

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I’ll take your two and raise you

 

 

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2 minutes ago, coffeechap said:

I’ll take your two and raise you

 

 

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Dafuq.. are they all yours? That's also a lot of Rave beans...

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Dafuq.. are they all yours? That's also a lot of Rave beans...

it's at Rave

which was the place to be not too long ago!

chap has a few more machines though...

only the very left one wasn't his! (by the time)

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Hasi said:

it's at Rave

which was the place to be not too long ago!

chap has a few more machines though...

only the very left one wasn't his! (by the time)

 

 

Well that makes sense. Why was it the place to be, and no longer is the place to be?

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6 minutes ago, Hasi said:

it's at Rave

which was the place to be not too long ago!

chap has a few more machines though...

only the very left one wasn't his! (by the time)

 

 

No it was supposed to be yours ... or mine 😂

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Well that makes sense. Why was it the place to be, and no longer is the place to be?
maybe it will be again!

chap organised 2019 CFUK Lever Day there...
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Thanks everyone for the comments, help and laughs.... kidney is now on ebay...

So basically it comes down to: if I want better consistancy with all my servings, not just 1-2 pulls, I have to upgrade from the Elektra and LaPav to a small commercial style machine, like the L-R or QM Achille, and change my drinking routine to work with the machine being left on and warm for a prolonged period, rather than: switch-on, wait a few mins,  pull, switch-off. 

So it really comes down to how much I am drinking (at home) to justify having a machine running for a prolong period of time? If it is just one cup in a morning, 5 days a week, then IMO not really worth upgrading, if it is more, then potentially it is. 

The longer ready/heat-up time of the bigger machines, is not really an issue as I already use Wifi plugs for various appliances and my mother's pace-maker (keeps her quiet) - it is just how long I am going to keep a machine warm and ready (and not using it). We are trying to be good eco citizens in the house, so there is an uncomfortable aspect here.

Mmmm... need to think... coffee vs planet.... mmmmm

For ayone reading this, in a similar position and searching, the 'upgrade' lever machines found/suggested (and easily available to me) are:

  • Lonndinium R
  • Quick Mill Achille
  • Quick Mill 0987
  • Francino FCL1
  • Profitec 800
  • Izzo Alex Lever

let me know if I have missed one?

(Excuse any bad jokes, spelling and incorrect terminology).

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With the use of a smart plug my machine doesn't really stay on for prolonged periods. Switches on an hour before I wake up. So on a weekday morning it's on for about 2 hours max. Then switches on again an hour before I come home from work. 

Weekends I tend to leave it on from the morning to mid afternoon as I'm usually home and dont know when I'll want a cup.

Also in a rush you can get the Londinium up to temp with a few spaced flushes of water you can get it hot in under 20 mins :)

I don't have any first hand experience with the other machines listed but you've gotta ask yourself, there must be a reason everyone keeps banging on about the Londinium ;)

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8 hours ago, Fez said:

With the use of a smart plug my machine doesn't really stay on for prolonged periods. Switches on an hour before I wake up. So on a weekday morning it's on for about 2 hours max. Then switches on again an hour before I come home from work. 

Weekends I tend to leave it on from the morning to mid afternoon as I'm usually home and dont know when I'll want a cup.

Also in a rush you can get the Londinium up to temp with a few spaced flushes of water you can get it hot in under 20 mins :)

I don't have any first hand experience with the other machines listed but you've gotta ask yourself, there must be a reason everyone keeps banging on about the Londinium ;)

Ahem... *clears throat*... it’s expensive and better than a La Pav. What more else reason do you need to own one?

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You could go for an older L1 it gets up to temperature within about 15 minutes. They have the added advantage of only being available secondhand for about 1500 pounds.


Londinium 1, Pharos, Ceado e37s, Gene Cafe, Aerobie

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