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by harris, 2 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Levering up - machine suggestions

Did not know about the Instagram. Part of the developing story is the new Londinium greaseless piston seals. I purchased a set for the R24 and they work incredibly well. I'm hopeful they come standard on the Vectis or at least offered as an option. Something comforting about not having grease in contact with the water. You can
by CantinaCoffee, 4 minutes ago in Marketplace
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New Batch of Saka Coffee in Stock! August 11th 2022

We just updated the store with a new batch! FYI, Saka will be on vacation for a few weeks, so there may be a longer delay between this batch and the next
by CantinaCoffee, 5 minutes ago in Marketplace
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New Batch of Saka Coffee in Stock! August 11th 2022

JohnB, the roast date for the sale price Ravello is 6/23
by Acorazza, 12 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Profitec Pro 700 Pump Won't Stop

That's what I was afraid of. I can handle mechanical repairs but the non-mechanicals drive me nuts so I will probably bring it in for service. The controllers are on the side of the steam boiler behind a heat shield. The machine is about 6 years old but the steam boiler is not always on. I
by drgary, 12 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Levering up - machine suggestions

MCAL warmup time can be faster if you heat flush. It's temperature stable if you cut a PTFE heat break gasket, which I describe in my review. To add images in H-B, please go to the Read Me area linked below where we ask all new members to start. There's lots of good information there, including topics on adding
by Pressino, 13 minutes ago in Coffees
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What's wrong with Peet's!

The fact that the OP had this problem with two different Peet's blends makes me suspect it is not due to the coffee but the equipment. Given the OP's experience I'm sure the technique is fine. That the problem (at least the extraction rate) doesn't seem to improve with finer grinding points to a problem that recently developed in the
by baldheadracing, 18 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Stuff about espresso that I wished I knew when I started out

I don't know what benefit there would be with sifting, assuming a decent grinder. At espresso-levels of fineness, there is a lot of static attraction between very small coffee particles to larger coffee particles. A Kruve will not be accurate nor precise - well, maybe if you did a lot of fiddling or used an anti-static device like
by homeburrero, 19 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Water, water everywhere

+1 If you overtighten a Pavoni steam valve it's easily damaged, not easily repaired. The silicon tip (Powder Coating Plug) fix is surprisingly easy and works great. See "Dripping steam wand on La Pavoni Pro/Romantica"
by habaden, 19 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Smallest Prosumer Espresso Machine

Retail DE1Pro goes for $3500, If I waited for the right sale I could probably get one second hand for my budget or just increase it a bit. I'm going to be in Portland soon and I'm definitely going to see if I can swing by Clive Coffee and pull some lever shots on the Profitec Pro 800 they have
by habaden, 22 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Smallest Prosumer Espresso Machine

Decided to do some more research on the Decent and I think that might be the way to go. Looking into it deeper the materials all look very well finished, the only thing that has me worried is longevity of the touch sensors on the brewhead and software on the tablet but otherwise you can't beat the size and capability