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by PIXIllate, 5 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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New to espresso advice - buy cheap, learn and upgrade or buy expensive and learn

I had a Gaggia Classic Pro for about 3 months. One of the most frustratingly inconsistent experiences of my life. Literally I could do 3 shots back to back at 18g in 36g out and get timings from 22 seconds to 40 seconds. I worked my a** off on puck prep with every trick in the book. One day I...
by Rytopa, 44 minutes ago in Grinders
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[PROMO] LeverCraft Ultra Grinder

Because this grinder is new, there are not too many people who are using it, so naturally, there is a lot of skepticism. Here is a video on the moving burr carrier which is generally the hardest to align well. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAC5bD4hZAp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
by ojt, Today, 5:15 am in Lever Espresso Machines
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Hot grouphead La Pavoni Pre-millenium Professional

The second generation Pavoni groupheads are like that. Some have learnt how to use them. I would do the water heating mod if I were you. It would make your machine work more like the first and third generations, much more temperature stable.
by RobAnybody, Today, 5:06 am in Lever Espresso Machines
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Hot grouphead La Pavoni Pre-millenium Professional

At 110°C your grouphead should be radiating heat, you should be able to feel it if you have your hand close to the grouphead. On my LPP I'm still able to touch the grouphead after 6 minutes of heating (in my experience with hot surfaces, this means it is still below 70°C). I don't think resetting the thermostat will do...
by DamianWarS, Today, 4:23 am in Tips and Techniques
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Major Bellman stovetop steamer breakthrough!

mine is about 1 year old and it doesn't leak any steam. when it's closed nothing comes out. I'm considering buying a different product because the lack of manometer is disappointing and it has had incidences of mini-explosions where there is a quick depressurization out of the cap that I assume had a slight pressure leak through the seal as...
by y.tald, Today, 4:13 am in Grinders
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[PROMO] LeverCraft Ultra Grinder

I think people should make such statements after having got informed about the main thing they're talking about. Do you know how the guy works? I think you don't. Have you ever seen videos of how he makes grinders? I think you have not. Do you know if the guy behind Ultra is obsessed by alignment, precision, tight tolerances? No,...
by ojt, Today, 4:04 am in Buying Advice
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New to espresso advice - buy cheap, learn and upgrade or buy expensive and learn

I approached this in the way that I'd get the cheapest possible machine that I know can make exceptional espresso and otherwise meets my requirements. Ended up being the Pavoni in my case and am happy with the choice. Silvia and the like will get frustrating quite quickly in my opinion. Dialing in a light roast for example I can...
by TomC, Today, 3:58 am in Espresso Machines
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La Marzocco Linea Mini Flow Control Mod

This is really cool! Well done! Am I correct that this in its current configuration is still fully manual? When I installed a needle valve in my Linea Classic, it paired perfectly with a ShureShot controller, since the controller could activate a solenoid and bypass the needle valve after a pre-set preinfusion time. Is there enough space inside to add...
by Essprezu, Today, 3:56 am in Lever Espresso Machines
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Hot grouphead La Pavoni Pre-millenium Professional

The temp strips might be reading high, that's why Im going to get a second digital thermometer. As for the coffeetaste: bitter, I do have to add that the coffeebeans are not fresh. But I'm going to get some fresh beans.