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by baldheadracing, less than a minute ago in Tips and Techniques
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7 gram single shot?? Mission impossible!

The new one is/was called "advanced" and sometimes "stainless steel advanced." The newer-style basket that I received from La Marzocco Home USA had part number F.3.053 on the invoice (a.k.a. F3053 for searching) Other part numbers are: L115/A - I think - think - that this is the LM1. F3029 - stainless steel 7g basket F3029S - stainless steel Strada...
by Rickpatbrown, 6 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Why is Europiccola shot so cool?

Just to be clear, Im talking about coffee temp in the cup. Based on taste, both machines are extracting ok, so I assume temp in the puck is similar ... but maybe not. Maybe the Euro gets higher pressure at lower temp. This is a Millenium Europiccola. It only has one switch. I do usually bleed off some pressure after...
by Jrodanapolis, 14 minutes ago in Coffee Roasting
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What size thermocouples should I buy?

Don, I bought the same TC for BT for my Mill City 1k - 2mm x 72mm. The length is perfect, as I've been able to get down to about 200g batches with accurate temp tracking, but I have noticed the noise is higher than I'd like it to be. I appreciate the sensitivity, but am thinking that I'll probably...
by HB, 24 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Bezzera Unica extracting too quickly

If you can't grind fine enough to stop the extraction and the coffees you tried aren't abjectly stale, it's the grinder. After 5 years, the burrs could be worn out, or they could have been damaged by a stone. I'd start by replacing the burrs or considering an upgrade.
by manraz, 34 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Bezzera Unica extracting too quickly

I been using this grinder last 5 years and never had any sort of problem, the finest coffee I was grinding used to stop the extraction, and I didn't change anything to my setup. Also I tried with different coffee beans but same result.
by mdmitch2, 36 minutes ago in Coffees
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Saka Caffè in the States

For participants in the Group Buy: I sent out payment info this morning via email. If you don't see it, please check your spam folder. Saka is closing for a summer break next week, so please pay asap so they can ship this week. Thanks!
by randytsuch, 37 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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What exactly does a brew pressure gauge measure?

My machine (opv adjusted to 9 bar by me) has a tube out of the opv that goes back into the water tank. So yes, water is diverted, and in my case, ends up back in the tank. I would guess for a plumbed in machine, it would divert to the drain. Side note, in case any finds this interested,...
by bonjing, 39 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Your gripes about coffee equipment

Biggest gripe is the layout. I would have liked to have a longer more linear counter with more electrical outlets to have everything laid out. Right now I have a wide peninsula but the electrical is in one area, so everything is clumped together.
by Jonk, 42 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Commandante vs Fellow Ode

Michael Fabian put the Comandante ahead of the Ode in his showdown. It was the first review by someone a bit skeptical to the product that I've seen.
by VanMak, 57 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Breville Barista Express 870XL Grinder Won't Start

I think I bought my 870XL in 2016 and then late 2018 I started experiencing the same problem described in this thread. At that time I was able to buy a new microswitch from and have it shipped to my sister's house in California since they didn't ship to Canada. Before the switch even arrived at her house it...