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by espressojoe, 2 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Which side is the top on this heating element?

Okay, Thanks! I'll leave the vinegar in for a couple of days and see what happens
by Jeff, 32 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Profitec Pro 300 vs Rancilio Silvia Pro/Pro X

Though I tend toward the Pro X over the Profitec Pro 300 myself, my quick read of the "Soft Infusion" feature is that is really isn't what many would consider variable preinfusion. I maybe mistaken, but I'd hate for someone to buy a machine over another with the expectation that it "did X" and find out that it was more
by rajbangsa, 33 minutes ago in Knockbox
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You've Plunged Down The Rabbit Hole When:

When you got an EK but it's not a grinder {image}
by Howard Alan Treesong, 34 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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La Marzocco Linea Mini User Experience

Hi, I was interested in your comment about using the LMLM for tea. As an avid tea drinker myself I was hoping to use the LMLM for this, but other threads have indicated that using the hot water tap, which presumably comes from the steam boiler, would result in rather not very good tasting tea, given how long the water
by gobucks, 43 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Profitec Pro 300 vs Rancilio Silvia Pro/Pro X

I personally think the Profitec, Silvia, and Elizabeth all look pretty similar. Between the Profitec and the Silvia, I'd go with the Silvia Pro X - I'd much prefer to have at least one of preinfusion or flow control, without either you're really limited in what you can do with lighter roasts or denser beans. The boiler differences
by makspyat, 47 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Profitec Pro 300 vs Rancilio Silvia Pro/Pro X

Pro 300 is excellent, reliable little machine. I absolutely love mine. But if I had to choose between those 2, I would probably get Silvia because of adjustable pre-infusion. If you get Pro 300, you may be left with desire to upgrade your machine in a year or two
by another_jim, Today, 12:05 am in Coffee Roasting
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FresshRoast SR540 or 800 on 230-volt Converters

Before getting a converter, you might check the possibility that the FreshRoasts are built for both voltages with series/parallel heaters and dual tap fan motors. In that case, shifting a few wires will do the trick
by dfuller, Yesterday, 11:20 pm in Buying Advice
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Profitec Pro 300 vs Rancilio Silvia Pro/Pro X

Hi all, I'm getting pretty tired of the long heatup times and the linked brew and steam temperature of my MaraX, so I'm looking to move to a similarly sized dual boiler. I'm pretty limited on width, so that rules out the Breville Dual Boiler (aesthetics aside) and the Lucca A53/La Spaz Mini Vivaldi, and the Elizabeth is quite
by ojaw, Yesterday, 9:38 pm in Lever Espresso Machines
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Cafelat Robot User Experience

Hard to say when it happened, though the arms stopped descending at one point, and they've never done that before. I pushed down lightly, felt some resistance so I backed off, raised the arms and removed the portafilter as usual, which was when I noticed the damage
by GDM528, Yesterday, 9:28 pm in Coffee Roasting
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Some lessons after using a fluid bed roaster for two weeks

I've read scattered musings about the caramelization phase of the roast, that assert that any water that's still in the bean will enhance the chemistry during that phase: more water = more flavor. My own experiments have been a mixed bag of pleasure and pain, but do seem to imply there is an effect. 20lbs can