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by erik82, 4 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Looking for new espresso machine to replace Rocket Cellini

Every E61 won't be and upgrade so I think something like the list below: 1. LM Linea Mini 2. Dalla Corte Studio 3. Decent DE1 4. Londinium R24 5. Profitec Pro800 6. Strietman CT2 if you don't need to steam milk
by jpender, 20 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Cafelat Robot Piston Seal Life

I took a look at my original pressure tube and, even though I removed it in April 2020, there are faint, clear droplets of liquid extending about halfway up the tube. {image} You'd think water would have evaporated even from that skinny tube in two and half years. I used a needle to extract one of the
by Milligan, 22 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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La Marzocco GS3 Maintenance, Issues, and Upgrades

Something I learned about going through a used espresso machine... if you crack a seal then good luck sealing it again! I ended up having to replace the copper crush washer on the group head bleed bolt. The crush washer on the vac breaker needed what seemed like excessive torque to seal even after
by baldheadracing, 24 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Torn between completely different espresso machines

At $400, I would check out the PVL. That's a very fair price for a machine with a new-ish boiler. The main thing would be seeing the machine turned on from cold, and then pull a shot. First take the cup-warmer tray off so see if there are any small leaks inside (seen as steam) during warm-up. (If
by Aflick, 44 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Buying Advice - ECM/Decent/Lelit

I have been lurking around the last few months reading up on espresso machines. I am ready to pull the trigger but I thought I would reach out for last minute input as I am struggling with the decision. I have information overload right now and I can't find anybody local (retailers) that have these machines. Background
by stefano65, 46 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Isomac Tea - low brew pressure problems

I would focus on the OPV adjustment nd do so with a blind filter
by Wbj828, 47 minutes ago in Coffee Roasting
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Keypad Control of Artisan

Update: I did the first roast with the keypad and it worked great! I used to have to spend time figuring out where the cursor was on the screen so I could hit the right button....but now I spent that time watching the roast. It always get hectic around first crack when you are watching the graph
by espressotime, 49 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Torn between completely different espresso machines

I'ld go Ponte Vecchio .I love the espresso they make.Soft without harshness.I would go for the Export if I only wanted one group.They are really fast when warming up.They also make beautiful steamed milk. Here ac cappo and machiato I made years back with an Export. {image}
by Jonk, 51 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Cafelat Robot Piston Seal Life

The plastic covering my gauge is also cracked and has been for a long time. Not sure when the crack first appeared, but it's growing. I have on occasion pushed the Robot up to about 12 bars, though rarely above 10
by cafeIKE, 54 minutes ago in Grinders
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Conical burr electric grinder with LESS clarity than Niche Zero?

Niche for espresso, 2006 Macap M4 for drip at home. Baratza Encore for drip on the RV. Anyone who switches back and forth between drip and espresso on a single grinder has two subpar beverages