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by Jeff, 1 minute ago in Grinders
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Tiny motors on new grinders?

Power (Watts) is an instantaneous thing. Work (Watt-seconds) is what it takes to grind an amount coffee. A hand-crank generator is reported to be somewhere around 10 W, so maybe 20 W input. So, a "20 W motor" is sufficient to grind coffee as evidenced by all the successful hand grinders. It will take a lot longer to do the...
by cannonfodder, 6 minutes ago in Marketplace
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Custom Wood for your Espresso Machine

Teak for a Rocket espresso machine. {image}
by dbdnt, 21 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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What semi-auto machine to pair with Niche Zero?

Hello, I've been primarily using a Cafelat Robot for the past year with either a Vario or NZ and I've been considering buying a semi-auto machine. I have some experience with the Gaggia Classic Pro and didn't really care for it, mostly due to the temp surfing and supposed 'need' for mods. I do favor light roasts for pourover and...
by Smo, 23 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Breville Dual Boiler - Internal moisture and now won't turn on

The coffee machine needs to be repaired when the first problems appear. You are describing a slow agony. When the machine is running, it is easier to detect water leaks. And when the electronics are out of order, everything becomes much more complicated.
by Jeff, 25 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Utterly lost - I am simply unable to produce a cup of espresso

Small baskets are notoriously hard to work with, even for those with well-developed puck-prep skills and high-end grinders. The only "single" that has been consistent for me is the LM1 (or Strada, VST equivalent), which really needs a dedicated tamper and funnel to use reliably. It's a significant investment. The tapered ones, including the new LM basket, and challenging for...
by warrenlain, 35 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Trouble with Feld2 Grinder by Knock

There are unfulfilled Kickstarter orders? Are you talking about the same one from 2017?
by TexasBill, 50 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Pasquini Livia 90 - Not keeping pressure

Thanks for the reply. I'm about to replace the group gasket, as it likely needs it. One other question, though. When I brew espresso, or even when the machine is just holding pressure between brews, the "blow off valve" (I don't know what else to call it - it's the spout in the lower left that emits water when you...
by BaristaBoy E61, 54 minutes ago in Grinders
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Repository of electrical measurements from grinders

No beans 100ms peak. Seems rather high I thought... But it is in-rush.
by Roasty, 59 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Breville Dual Boiler - Internal moisture and now won't turn on

Hi All- Over the course of the last few months, my Breville Dual Boiler has had some issues and now it just won't turn on. Here is the order of symptoms: 1. Started leaking water from the back, originally thought it was an overfilled water tank. 2. Steam started coming from the top part of the machine when heated up....
by n3gkiwi, 59 minutes ago in Grinders
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G-IOTA / DF64 espresso grinder

I have read most of the posts on this thread and have done a few mods. However I am wondering what the general consensus is about the declumper and bellowing? I have played around with simply adding more beans (say 19 grams for 18 gram shot) and not bellowing and the results have been better. I just discard the retained...