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by mkane, 5 minutes ago in Coffee Roasting
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Coffee roaster exhaust / vents

Heck, I don't even use a vent. I just open the door and let the smoke out when I'm done. Not good for my health I'm old and it doesn't matter
by ShotPull, 5 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Most reliable brand of espresso machines?

I went with the ECM Synchronika based mostly on WLL's recommendation. The thing that pushed me off the fence was that it's easy to work on. I remember always letting out a stream of expletvies whenever I had to work on my Expobar Brewtus
by harris, 6 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Levering up - machine suggestions

I'm looking forward to the Londinium Vectis. It's been in the planning stage for awhile but has gained fast track with the reopening of the world. Copied from the Londinium Forum " we are firmly focused on improving on the olympia cremina, firstly with an all new compact 58mm group to capture more flavour complexity in the cup and secondly
by Sideshow, 16 minutes ago in Knockbox
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Roast dates on bags

I agree. I would even go further and say that it is potentially a deceptive trade practice. I'm an attorney, and if I were giving advice to some hypothetical company that wanted to do that, I'd frame it as a potential violation of the deceptive business practices and consumer fraud statute (every state has one). Basically, if a roaster does
by JRising, 53 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Profitec Pro 800 Needs Some Diagnosis and Repairs

I agree with Will completely. Additionally, once the probe has the boiler filling to the proper level and the vacuum breaker is functioning properly, watch the Safety Valve closely for the first couple of times the boiler comes up to temperature. They can catch a piece of crud and be held open if they're ever allowed to blow, If
by JRising, Today, 8:25 am in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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ECM Rocket 2006 - Not heating

I don't like suggesting people work on a live machine when I don't know their comfort level... If you are comfortable working with a multimeter and are certain you know what you're doing, check voltage at the element, and trace all the way back along the black wire to whichever component is the 240VAC drop, could be the pressostat
by bgnome, Today, 8:25 am in Lever Espresso Machines
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Levering up - machine suggestions

The Odyssey Argos is due out this fall. It is a 58mm direct / spring lever with a microcontroller that uses PID to control both boiler and group temp. It can handle at least 6 shots back-to-back without refill
by luvmy40, Today, 8:23 am in Grinders
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Niche Zero grinder calibration problem?? Help please!

Ignore the numbers. Grind finer till you get the shot you want, then adjust the indicator to where ever you want it to be for that grind setting
by JRising, Today, 8:15 am in Espresso Machines
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Problem with ECM Giotto pressurestat?

Replace the Safety valve. I do recommend taking apart and trying to clean and fix components that don't have the word "Safety" in their name. Things that do have that word should be replaced with new. If you rebuild it to not leak at 1.5 Bar, you can't be sure it will relieve at 1.8 or wherever it your
by zix, Today, 8:13 am in Buying Advice
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Most reliable brand of espresso machines?

If you want to you can break down the machine into two: one for coffee only, one for milk only. The Dualit Cino steamer (available under some other brand name in the US for 110V outlets) has worked well for me the past four years. It has a thermobloc heater, can steam a big pitcher for two cappas