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by bjlange, 48 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Dialing in a La Spaziale at work - how to adjust pressure?

For posterity's sake, in case someone else encounters a similar issue. (you never know when your thread ends up in someone's Google results!) I ended up calling in a pro to help after struggling with this for a while. The clicking sound was in fact not the pressurestat, it was one of the solenoids clicking open and closed. It
by objective1, Today, 11:26 am in Cafes and Get-togethers
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Philadelphia Area Meetups

Awesome re-up on our local thread. Glad to see another enthusiast. Not Philly but local enough it feels like you are supporting local is 'Little Amps' in Harrisburg. I actually found their coffee at 'One Day' in Miami. A shop run by an x- blue bottle roaster from Brooklyn that sources beans
by mathgeek, Today, 11:25 am in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Steam boiler replacement parts for ECM Synchronika

Hi everyone - looks like I need to replace the steam boiler, heating element, and gasket for my Synchronika. Frankly I'm a little surprised as it's only 5 years old. Parts availability is a problem. Whole Latte Love, Clive Coffee, etc, don't have the parts in stock. Do you have any ideas on where else I
by Sshelton323, Today, 11:25 am in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Nuova Simonelli Oscar 1 brewing shuts off after 20 seconds

I pickup a very poorly maintained Oscar 1. I've done a full tear down, descaling and replacing all seals and gaskets. All seems fine except one issue. After pressing the brew button to pull a shot, the brewing stops after 20 seconds. The brew button de-activates and brew light goes off. This is repeatable every time. It's as if it
by boren, Today, 11:20 am in Espresso Machines
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OPV vs optimal grind level & puck prep

Fair enough. Let me give you some background (I also updated the OP with it). Some machines are frequently recommended against because their OPV is set too high and is not adjustable. The Nuova Simonelli Oscar and Oscar 2 are such examples, and there are other entry level machines that even come with a pressure gauge and a PID, but
by LBIespresso, Today, 11:04 am in Water
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Lotus Water experiences

I did a side by side PO comparing Light & Bright with Pavlis using some of Aida Batlle Burundi process that I did a fine job of roasting (if I don't say so myself ) Light & Bright Vs R. Pavlis First sips of hot coffee:
by Pflunz, Today, 11:04 am in Espresso Machines
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OPV vs optimal grind level & puck prep

Maybe you should explain more what you want to know or prove. All I can say is, that the statement from your first post: implies that you think this is possible without the OPV (or bypass valve) but it isn't due to the large amount of water your pump delivers. Whenever somebody tries to explain this to you, it
by cafeIKE, Today, 11:00 am in Espresso Machines
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ON switch

Buy a quality part that is rated for more than the actual current. Higher temperature rating is better for an espresso machine interior. Ensure that the crimp fittings are not browned. Bad crimp fittings generate heat and destroy cheap switches. See "Rocket Giotto V - power switch stuck in off position"
by Jonk, Today, 10:47 am in Coffee Brewing
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XBloom all-in-one coffee brewer (Kickstarter)

I have never had coffee brewed in a Technivorm that I enjoyed. I sure hope this is a step up in quality
by larscoffee, Today, 10:41 am in Coffees
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Thoughts on Atomic Coffee Roasters [La Marzocco subscription]

I've really enjoyed both the blend and especially the Ethiopian. What are everyone else's thoughts? {image}