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by mingiunate, 3 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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1957 Urania 2nd gen refurb

Will give it that a try, thanks!
by drH, 6 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Time to buy a new drip coffee maker

This can certainly be a hard choice - especially because there is so much more to a brewer than taste in the cup: aesthetics, quality, fun factor, repairability, etc. I also love the Chemex and considered and Ottomatic. It's beautiful but the online reviews aren't great; that said I haven't seen too many expert reviews. I felt
by wrichad3, 7 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Cheap coffee scales - any to beware of?

For beans I got a jewelers scale off eBay for $7 that has lasted years. Handy for small stuff. My baking scale was an $11 amazon.com/Ozeri-ZK14-S-Digital-Multifunction-Kitchen/ which does well for coffee now <$10 I want one with a timer now I know I may be buying twice, but it lets me know what features I really need
by Jeff, 9 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Distilling Water at Home?

Whole Foods here sells RO/DI bulk at $0.49 a gallon. At $0.30/kWh, distilling doesn't make sense for me. (ZeroWater pitcher is the "oops, forgot to pick some up" back-up plan.)
by mingiunate, 11 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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1957 Urania 2nd gen refurb

The piston shaft was separated from the piston with the help of a vise and c-spanner. A fair amount of rust was shaken out, but it seems to spin much more smoothly now. I wont attempt to disassemble any further, just clean it up.{image}
by Jeff, 22 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Help me understand the nuances- HX vs boilers

The number on the PID isn't the brew temperature, especially on an HX. I'd worry if it varied more than one degree since its sensor is what it is controlling. I may have missed it, but I didn't see any Scace or other thermometry. This is a common "PID fallacy" -- the number on the display doesn't indicate brew temperature
by tompoland, 25 minutes ago in Grinders
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EG-1 Ultra burrs for espresso

Very helpful thanks
by Jeff, 29 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Is PID needed for cappuccinos?

I'd also consider the Lelit Elizabeth for compact machines and the Bianca for full-sized ones. The Bianca's water tank can be mounted on the side, which might make it easier to fill and work with in your space. Bellazza seems to me to be be a lot about low price and marketing ("proggettato in Heidelberg")
by Nunas, Today, 7:29 pm in Buying Advice
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Is PID needed for cappuccinos?

A PID on an HX isn't important because the operator controls the temperature by flushing the group. It takes considerable skill and experience to learn to do this accurately and repeatably. But, if you happen to get an HX with an e61 group, be sure to get a group head thermometer. Such a thermometer cuts the learning curve down to
by GDM528, Today, 7:08 pm in Coffee Roasting
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IKAWA Home - profiles

There's an update to the iOS Ikawa Home app! Who's installed it? I have questions about it: Can it still download 'legacy' recipes from the Android app? Are legacy recipes still editable without the subscription service?