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Hey guys 

Decided to start a little thread, documenting my journey and the vertical learning curve i seam to have been on.

Like most, i got furloughed in march and got bored so decided to get more into coffee.

One thing after another with lots of reading on here, YouTube tutorials and i bought a gaggia classic. 

 

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Along with that i decided to get a 1zpresso for my grinding as i have a wilfa svart for all my pour overs etc.

Well after wasting a good 500g of beans on the gaggia, i decided it wasn't for me, and promptly sold it. 

Decided on the sage duo temp pro which i was initially going to buy in the first place 🤦🏻‍♀️ quick look and £249 later john lewis delivered my shiney new machine 

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You'll note the new tamper also. 

As my now obsession continued i bought more coffee parifanalia 

This lead me to my coffee shelf 😁

 

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Hey guys  Decided to start a little thread, documenting my journey and the vertical learning curve i seam to have been on. Like most, i got furloughed in march and got bored so decided to ge

My cups have come from coffeecups.co.uk and are great quality, better than my latte art 😂 My latest editions have been a motta distribution tool And then a new towel and ims bask

Sooooooo I thought id update this as ive not for a bit,  In my quest to constantly waste money, ive done some up and down grading  I bought a niche grinder but really didnt like the way

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My cups have come from coffeecups.co.uk and are great quality, better than my latte art 😂

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My latest editions have been a motta distribution tool

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And then a new towel and ims basket 20200520_161817.thumb.jpg.025e6047965cf818271c59e512be3bdc.jpg

So far so good, ive resisted the urge to go bottomless 

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Always learning, always reading and enjoying a brew 

 

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Thanks guys

You have to mod the lip of the basket to fit the group head. I used a dremel then file to smooth the burrs. 

Ive been able to grind finer, only made 3 drinks since so still in the dialing in process. 

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20 hours ago, Cuprajake said:

My cups have come from coffeecups.co.uk and are great quality, better than my latte art 😂

IMG_20200514_092941_974.thumb.jpg.734f7245fa4fdf18ca5f4e6ad0e410a0.jpg

My latest editions have been a motta distribution tool

IMG_20200514_201153_717.thumb.jpg.ae618ca0a2b6784d1e04588474251d06.jpg

And then a new towel and ims basket 20200520_161817.thumb.jpg.025e6047965cf818271c59e512be3bdc.jpg

So far so good, ive resisted the urge to go bottomless 

IMG_20200430_091454_579.thumb.jpg.a5470d3edd598e388ccd9302cd5816b5.jpg

Always learning, always reading and enjoying a brew 

 

Jake

Hi - 

- what’s an ims basket?

- on your bottom pic, you have the coffee running out like a bottomless one....have you just unscrewed the thing that normally makes the coffee come out to the left & right? 

 

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Ims basket is just a better quality basket allowing for better extraction, however they are harder to work with. 

Id say to start keep to the stock basket, and yes just unscrewed it for a try, tbh i normally make 2 coffee at a time so keep the spouts in place. 

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9 hours ago, Cuprajake said:

Ims basket is just a better quality basket allowing for better extraction, however they are harder to work with. 

Id say to start keep to the stock basket, and yes just unscrewed it for a try, tbh i normally make 2 coffee at a time so keep the spouts in place. 

Great thanks! 

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So i believe an updated is in order. 

I decided as much as i loved the 1zpresso, my shoulder doesnt so, that got sold in favour of an eureka mignon from @Black Cat Coffee

Next up the upgraditus got a hold of me as i wanted a fancy looking machine, and i got a bit of a dark horse off ebay 

A la macatec elba one, e61 grouphead. Bice machine tbf 

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I have a full service kit coming, aswell as ims basket and screen 

I did have a go with the baked portafilter tonight 

Happily impressed, could of probably gone a tad finer on the grind tbf

 

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so i ordered a new service kit for the machine, not much scale inside the group head which is nice

some parts appear different as was the mushroom gasket, so ive had a look in my o ring box at work today20200702_173113.thumb.jpg.f5c1e327725d852eb313bc4305d8628a.jpg20200702_221801.thumb.jpg.6ae35a358755fab47a118528cd5365c9.jpg

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So i managed to redo all bar the cam seals, and found a gasket for the mushroom value too at work 

Machine all back together, up to temp also. No leaks. Result!!!

Another goodie came today 20200703_173345.thumb.jpg.debc36e85141b8ec92107171c04ad581.jpg

Magnetic to, and doesnt protrude into the bed. 

Perfect for a little bit of wdt.

Im tempted to chop the metal grate down an inch to sit it in the drip tray, to allow a larger cup under the spout. 

Actually liking the naked pf, do need to stop switching beans though 😂😂😂

Im actually in love with @BlackCatCoffee pineapple candy atm, works so well for pour over and americano too. 

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So Used the gauge this morning. After the machine being on for 30mins, did a 5 second flush then a 30s pull temp stayed between 93-92 the full pull. 

Quite happy with that. Even temp checked my milk steaming and that was 52oC after using the hand thermometer, then a propper one. 😂

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Wow, that is a journey! 3 machines and lots of interesting accessories. Seems like I might do something similar - I was half thinking about upgrading at Christmas but my girlfriend was not impressed with my budget (coupled with my new gaming PC + monitor + new main TV + sound system budget) as we're going to buy a house, apparently I'm 'spending too much' whatever that means. I thought money was for spending. 

So I'll probably do what you've done, upgrade bits and pieces, get another grinder and see where that takes me. Your final set up looks great.

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Yeah im happy in that it will be more than ill prob ever need. 

Id love a lelit Elizabeth though

Were the same, need to move. Should i have any money left there may be a treat along the line haha

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Sooooooo

I thought id update this as ive not for a bit, 

In my quest to constantly waste money, ive done some up and down grading 

I bought a niche grinder but really didnt like the way it groud, hastely sold it and am bow kicking myself, i then bought a zenith65 from the forum, ended up needing fresh burrs, its a beast. Turns out its not what i like so ive also bow moved this on, and gone back to a mignon from @BlackCatCoffee thats due shortly. 

Machine wise ive gone from wood to ecm levers. Looks so much better, had a few ups and downs but plod along. 

next up i fancy a lever machine, should my house sale ever go through thanks to covid!!!

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