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by chanty 77, 24 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Slow to first drip, but blonding before 25 seconds

The struggle is real....sigh. I can go ONE step down on the micro coarser have a gusher.
by Nunas, 30 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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La Pavoni 2.3a diode

I don't know anything about how this diode is used, but diodes are easy to test. Use your multimeter in ohms function. Put the probes on one way then reverse them. You are looking for the readings to be higher in one direction than the other. If you get the same reading both ways (usually low ohms) then the diode...
by Eyesrme2002, 38 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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La Pavoni 2.3a diode

I just purchased my first lever espresso machine. It's a La Pavoni Europiccola 2.3a off eBay. How do I tell if the diode is bad? Is there a replacement diode or other work around if it's bad? Thanks!
by coffeeOnTheBrain, 54 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Slow to first drip, but blonding before 25 seconds

Grind much coarser! Your first drip is late due to too fine grinds and you get early blonding due to channeling again because if the too fine grinds. Change the „but" in the title to an „and" this phenomenon is pretty typical, even though irritating if you never came across it.
by jgordon311, 56 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Breville Dual Boiler Mods and Maintenance

I've had the BES920XL for about 4 years now. This morning I found what I believe to be the plastic grouphead collar insert broken, or at least I think it's broken. I did a normal short flush and water started coming out very oddly from the grouphead and kind of splashed out. I found an old thread with some folks...
by Jeff, 57 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Cafelat Robot User Experience

Thanks for the visual as well as what seems like "works as well as other options". I happened to pick up some silicone muffin cups on the close-out rack of a local store and use a similar functional, though inelegant approach. As the cups are flexible, I pour water from the kettle into it with the piston in place. Removing...
by grufromtheloo, 59 minutes ago in Grinders
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Baratza Vario - Post Flapper Mod Retention

I have tried measuring my retention without wasting beans and it's quite small 0.25g. Interesting to hear everyone's experiences with the vario. I have pre-ground some of my my press coffee so I can run a few shots without touching grind settings to see how it goes. If anyone has a theory why the arm-cam-burr holder setup of the vario...
by deklol, Today, 7:15 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Weird noise from EK43s - Should I worry?

It really could be this felt ring... my noise has almost completely disappeared after using it and having the felt ring touching the front bearings. How is it going for you?
by jpender, Today, 7:14 pm in Lever Espresso Machines
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Cafelat Robot User Experience

No, it's an old plastic measuring cup. It holds about 260g of water when filled to 1cm of the rim. I prop it up with a little storage jar so it sits as high as possible. Since it's heated in the microwave the cup itself doesn't steal any heat. In fact, sometimes the water is slightly superheated and boils when...