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by bonjing, 5 minutes ago in Cafes and Get-togethers
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SF Coffee Festival

I know I'm a few months early but we're excited to go. This will be our first coffee event, but what can we expect? Covid aside, are the crowds crazy, will we be waiting in long lines just to try various coffees, will there be deals to be had? We have the all day pass so hopefully it will all...
by Gionnibello, 6 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Nuova Simonelli Oscar 2 descale issues

Hi there, I own an Oscar 1, which is pretty much the same machine, just much uglier!! So, you disconnect one of the wire from the solenoid to prevent the solution to go into the boiler. What you want to clean is the circuit of the HX down to the group head, not the boiler. Few residues in the boiler...
by chanty 77, 39 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Lelit Victoria question/possible problem

I noticed you have a lelit bianca dual boiler---thing is, I can't afford an almost $3,000 espresso machine. I thought $1,000 for the Victoria was a lot. The Elizabeth is about $1800. The only reason I would want to upgrade is for that separate boiler for my ONE drink a day. Sad, right?
by elkayem, 44 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Lelit Victoria question/possible problem

This is the nature of single boiler machines. A compromise for sure. My experience with my old Silvia was not too different. I enjoyed it for 8 years but eventually needed to graduate to a double boiler.
by algata, 47 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Help moving on from Blue Bottle dripper

Hey everyone - long time lurker here and just decided to make an account to post for some purchasing help. During the height of the pandemic, a family member graciously bought me the blue bottle pour over kit, which included the dripper, filters, and server. I have tried multiple recipes with this dripper and can sometimes achieve desirable results, but...
by BaristaBoy E61, 48 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Rancilio Silvia Steam Knob Removal

Welcome to HB Bob! If the knob is held on by a 'C' or 'E' type clip it needs to be pried off with a fine screwdriver by placing a corner of the screwdriver between the space between the top or bottom of the clip and the centre element of the 'E' and pry the clip off gently. These clips...
by chanty 77, 53 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Lelit Victoria question/possible problem

Yes, I tried that. The other day--I hit the steam button after it was going back to "brew" temp. It immediately started to go to steam temp again (275°) The bar has to complete under the 275 before it is ready to steam which doesn't take very long. That does seem to be a workaround. Thing is if this happens...
by Gionnibello, 58 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Nuova Simonelli Oscar on/off switch replacement

Hey friend, any update on removing the round knob? I'm interested 'cause I own the same Oscar and I wonder if one day... Also, any idea on where to find an OPV for that Oscar without recurring to It kills me having to pay more for shipping than the actual OPV. Thanks for the insight.
by TomC, Today, 12:16 am in Coffee Brewing
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GrowlerWerks Ukeg Nitro

Welcome to HB Richard! I didn't want your post to sit unanswered, even though I don't have one of these. I was mildly interested when they came out, but almost never have nitro brew that I figured I didn't need another coffee device unitasker. I do have one of those nitro siphon things for whipped cream if the urge hits....
by nameisjoey, Today, 12:10 am in Coffees
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How best to drink Gesha Natural Anaerobic Fermentation?

Holy s**t I thought I was crazy, thank you for saying that. A couple years ago I got a coffee that was stored in bourbon barrels while green from a company out of Memphis called Vice & Virtue. It was surprisingly wonderful, rich, and delicious when brewed French press. I really enjoyed it. Then about a month ago I got...