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by dsc106, 54 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Dual grinder combo: Niche Zero (espresso) & Baratza Vario+ Steel Burr (filter) - thoughts?

Thanks for the good input Randy! Yeah, any Vario use for espresso would just be "bonus" category for me - basically I want an awesome dedicated brew grinder, and thought that the fact I purpotedly might m be able to do espresso with it too (after hyper alignment) was a nice feature to let me dip my toes into unimodal...
by Jmalpica, Today, 8:44 pm in Lever Espresso Machines
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Got this mexican-made lever machine, any thoughts?

Yeah, I tried to find out what does it say but it is really impossible to tell. It looks like when shipping, they put some heavy stuff on it and the case was badly bent, also the front part, where the group is "sitting" is slightly bent to the front, so it is not perfectly square to the frame. Apparently...
by Giampiero, Today, 8:23 pm in Espresso Machines
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Can a short post-shot flush cause thermosyphon stall on non-HX E61 machines?

I don't see any logical reason why a flush should cause thermosyphon stall, if everything is in good shape. Flush time depend by the thermosyphon design, if the machine has or not restrictor, how is the temperature controlled ( PID or P-stat) etc etc, so the best way to realize the proper flush time is probably to install a group...
by bwren, Today, 8:20 pm in Coffee Roasting
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Electricity vs gas roaster - Batch size 500g

Are we talking drum or fluid bed here? Having used both electric and gas drum roasters, I will never go back to electric. You can get similar results on both, and electric is easier to automate inputs for repeatability. But there is no comparison with the lag time after temp control inputs. Plus liquid propane has a lot more power...
by randytsuch, Today, 8:19 pm in Buying Advice
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Dual grinder combo: Niche Zero (espresso) & Baratza Vario+ Steel Burr (filter) - thoughts?

I have a vario with steel burrs I use for drip, and I think it works well. I use a Kinu hand grinder for espresso, it does a better job than my vario (with ceramic burrs) for espresso. I can't use my vario with steel burrs at all for espresso. I only made gushers when I tried. I have not...
by Giampiero, Today, 8:18 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Quickmill Vetrano fittings

At this point, since you already cut the original pipe, maybe replace the boiler fittings to fit with the new pipe should be an option.
by IamOiman, Today, 8:02 pm in Lever Espresso Machines
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Got this mexican-made lever machine, any thoughts?

Ah nuts that is unfortunate. Make a list of the damages and hopefully each part can be fixed without too much hassle. What specifically was found to be damage? The group is not like the normal Carimali group. The linked kaffee-netz thread has the Carimali group undeneath the group cover if you want to see the difference. I think a...
by TallDan, Today, 7:54 pm in Buying Advice
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Wife loves Keurig for ease of use, bought her a new one and gives off plastic smell and taste. Need alternative.

I'm going to go against the grain here and suggest this: {link} Like a keurig, you make a mug at a time and it's dead simple to operate. I haven't used mine for years (I think it's still buried in the closet) but I remember it making reasonably decent coffee. I have a technivorm, and used it for many years...
by Jmalpica, Today, 7:54 pm in Lever Espresso Machines
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Got this mexican-made lever machine, any thoughts?

It just arrived (in pretty bad shape due to the shipping guys, can't swear here) and I can't really tell anything about this group head, shower, gasket, etc. {image} {image} {image} {image} {image}
by dsc106, Today, 7:49 pm in Buying Advice
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Dual grinder combo: Niche Zero (espresso) & Baratza Vario+ Steel Burr (filter) - thoughts?

I know there are a lot of ways to go here - one grinder to rule them all (a Monolith or Weber, or Lagom, etc.). There's the DF64, the Ode with SSP, etc. Right now, I have a Niche Zero that I have really liked. Not that I have compared it to much else for espresso, but it's been good...