Hi guys ive got an ECM Technika with rotary pump, havent plumped it in yet and just upgraded the grinder to the Eureka Atom
I consider my gear to be a "double boiler" setup, although it isn't really ;-)
In the middle is my Quick Mill Alexia Evo which I bought a few months ago and which is currently my main machine for espresso. On the right is my Elektra Micro Casa a Leva, which I now use mainly to steam milk (that's why I consider both to serve a sort of a double boiler machine). Also pictured is my Compak K3 grinder.
Setup in the kitchen with the new kid EK43S Black, ft. Rocket Giotto Evo plumbed in with Everpure water filters and drain to the kitchen sink next to the machine. Retiring Macap MC4 soon, next goal probably a GS3 or Linea Mini
Refurbished BES920XL with Rancilio Rocky(skipped the Breville Smart Grinder) paired with a pesado tamper. Love the daily shots pulled, easy machine to work with.
New Niche Zero, but this just about sums up the equipment. Got a few tamper's and milk jug's, a Behmor roaster too.
the collection of toys or as i like to call them, tools of the trade, keeps growing.
Pesado modular portafilters, 1 x naked 1 x double spout
Pesado depth adjuster tamper
decent espresso baskets
decent portafilter stand
tiamo dosing cup
scott callaghan dosing tools
cheap ebay distribution tool
Have another 3 tampers retired and the 2 original la marzocco portafilters also retired.
All items in the pic are in current use.
Have a couple new side panels for the gs3 also coming shortly, and hopefully that should be it. (yes i know, famous last words )
got a phone call today from the coffee machinist to say my new side panels for my GS3 are back from the anodisers and ready to pick up.
Only 4 of these panels in existence i believe, billet aluminium and hand polished.
They turned out an absolute treat, and thought it was something completely different from the usual timber which i have been use to now for a long time.
The beauty with these also, is when i get sick of the colour, just a quick strip down and anodised again in any other colour i may want
That is amazing. Blue being my favourite colour maybe makes me bias. Strangely I’m not a fan I’ve learnt of wood but that is just what I’m interested in.
New machine arrived today. Have a new Knockbox etc to come through from the USA.
Great future wife I have as we were late to a family dinner last night so I could unpack it when I got home. Few shots late last night and this morning.
Doubt it will be any better than my ecm synchronika I had but I love the style of this machine.
This customising becomes very dangerous and expensive
well got the final custom piece delivered on friday for my gs3. I was never a fat of the flat boring group head of the AV so had Dan at specht design make me a stada look alike to suit the gs3 with the lion log engraved into it.
Think i am just about done with mods to this machine apart from getting some taller s/s feet for it as the little black ones are a little pathetic.
Very impressive John, tell us a little about the coffee it produces.
Took me a little while to get use to this beast from my r58.
Steaming pressure is to die for and just doesnt seem to run out of steam (pun intended) Recovery is also very fast
What i found weird was, were i could overdose with the r58 and my previous giotto premium, i found the gs3 didnt like it as much, so got me started with weighing.
With the previous machines, id overfill the basket, collapse, top up and use the scottie callaghan tool to level before tamping and pulling a shot
In saying all that though, the ocffee it produces isnt too far from the r58, not night and day difference, but it does produce a beautiful well balanced cup. Great balance of flavours.
What i love most about the Av though is setting the volumetric for each button, knowing that it should produce the exact same amount in the same time as long as my technique is constant and the grind is adjusted accordingly. I fid it a good tool to know if something is wrong.
Also not worrying about keeping an eye on the shot whilst stretching the milk is a godsend, especially during parties when you just want to pump out lots of lattes back to back.
Hers my little set up, i have been happy with it for 3 odd years, but after seeing some of the magnificent machines that are here, I am getting itchy feet, though it could be the fact its 3am and i am still drinking coffee...
Rocket R58 v2
Compak K3 touch
Acquiring the latest machine will probably give your ego a temporary boost, but wont offer any more in the cup than the machine you have at the moment, with a machine like the R58 there's no reason why every shot shouldn't be close to ideal, this is certainly the case with my 10 year old Bezzera, I simply don't experience dud shots, except on the rare occasion that something fails on the machine, then its often a problem I can fix myself, (as with my recent pump failure, or a trip to the repair shop if more involved) with a bit of maintenance and TLC these machines are very repairable and have a long life, just a matter of doing a bit of fine tuning early on and getting to know your equipment.
Of course if your in the position of being able to afford endless upgrades go for it, the object of the exercise for me is great coffee in the cup, what I've been using for the past decade provides it.
Step by step... learning the basics, training the palate, saving the money, measuring the bench space, preparing the wife, practising the latte art, getting ready for upgrading the grinder next. Maybe something shiny by Xmas??
(To make yourself a hobby, just take something very simple - like having a cup of coffee - and see how complicated you can make it!)
Looking good guys...
Tatooed Sailor beans - Where do these come from?
It's a small boutique roaster here in Cairns. There's a few up here. I haven't opened the bag yet, it was roasted on the day I bought it 10 days ago, so it will be next one to enter the hopper...
PS. I might wait until my Profitec T64 grinder appears. Ordered from JetBlack TODAY!!
I've got DeLonghi EC850.M espresso maker for a birthday a few years ago. Shortly after that, I realised that I'm enjoying not just espresso, but "american" coffee too, so I decided to buy myself one more appliance for coffee. I was searching for some budget, but nice coffee maker and I found Elite Cuisine EHC-2202 Maxi-Matic Coffee Maker.
The new set-up, since my little Breville brew no longer....
The "Dual Pot Full Infusion Twin Action" system (on the left) is very reliable. Thanks to the innovative design milk frothing can be done at the same time when coffee is brewing by vigrously pumping the attached froth-inducing mechanism in the smaller vessel. Milk is semi-automatically heated by an Electromagnetic Wave Generator. (Not shown) Actual water boiler is also separately located for greater flexibility, with a hand-operated delivery to the infusion chamber.
Large capacity coffee Infusion chamber delivers enough coffee for two in one smooth operation, with a short 6 minute recovery time.
Oh, and my brand new Profitec Pro T64 (right) just arrived!!!
Okay, honestly, dear fellow coffee snobs: You all told me to get a good grinder first. I did. As you can see, there is a screaming space next to it, crying out for a nice Espresso Machine. Stay tuned....
By the way, I just made a quick coffee using the new T64 as it was set up, with the french press. (I don't mind a bit of mouth feel) After letting the fine grounds settle I carefully poured my coffee I am happy to report that the taste is very noticeably better already. Even in a humble French Press! The grinder makes such a difference! And yes, it's much quieter than the Breville, still high pitch but more subdued, smooth and easy to the ear .
Thank you to Ryan and Amber in Jetblack Espresso for your patience and e-mail replies, as well as a quick dispatch.
Glad to update my "what coffee equipment do you all have..."
I have zupgraded (Zero Up) my espresso machine; from none to Classika PID.
I AM HUGELY EXCITED AND I CAN’T CONTAIN MYSELF, SO PLEASE LET ME DRIBBLE A LITTLE HERE. (Just from pure steaming joy)
Long ago I was tempted to post one of those “which machine should I buy” questions but I felt I would have been asking the community to plant more trees in an already dense forest of opinions. Instead I took a long walk through the forest. I immersed myself in the rich history of advise in the forum, as well as soaking up YouTube channels and blogs from around the world. Anything espresso.
Guided by heavyweight CoffeeSnobs and reputable coffee enthusiasts like James Hoffman, Chris Bacca, Scott Rao, “Lab-coat-Matt Perger” and many more, I slowly painted a mental and emotional map of the territory I was going to navigate, all alone, in my kitchen.
Trying to understand every aspect of the hobby, whether technical, practical or even scientific continues to be a big part of the fun. (The hobby shares some mystical qualities of the art of Aquascaping, where endless discussions can be had about the possible benefits of simulated moonlight in your fish tank or the effect of CO2 injection on the breeding habits of your Sulawesi Rabbit Snails!)
The practical reasons for my choice - my first “real” espresso machine, after a short-lived Breville Infuser - were simple: Single Boiler, because I only drink black. My wife has one latte in the morning and we don’t entertain beyond one visitor occasionally. My wife doesn’t like her coffee hot, so there’s not even any pressure in delivering fast. I also had an almost non-existent budget.
Then, why ECM?
I have to admit that I was partially influenced by the ever-so-enthusiastic Marc from WholeLatteLove YouTube channel (I think he drinks too much espresso) and young Charles Kelso from Clive Coffee (I don’t think he drinks enough espresso). Jeez, those Americans know how to put a nice video together.
I had no chance to see any machines live in my hometown, instead relying on internet study. There came a time when the Classika just seemed to choose me, and all the “reasons” for buying it were just afterthoughts, anything to justify the decision already made. Let’s say that the looks were a factor, as well as the perceived quality and simplicity in design under the hood. I also wanted the e61 head / 58mm portafilter, so I could feed the upgrade-demon with standard accessory snacks. (Already added VST baskets and naked PF) There is always emotion involved in purchases, perhaps more than we think.
From a financial point of view, this was not a sensible purchase for me. I did not have the funds. JetBlack Espresso gracefully waited for a month while I was depositing part-payments of the order and adding bits and pieces to it and haggling about the freight cost. (Thanks Amber, Ryan and Deb!) I paid most of it by credit card and may have to sell one of my kidneys to pay it off…;-D
This is my midlife-crisis Ferrari. After all, money is only abstract wealth. Rather than impoverish my life by chasing more cash, I enrich it by spending my money on quality products...and good coffee. Whether I made the best choice for my use remains to be seen. Sometimes you have to stand on the top of the mountain to see the best way up. I look forward to a rewarding hobby and hope to contribute to the SnobCommunity in the future.
I might do a review sometime later down the track, if there is still interest out there. A Big Thank You for all CoffeeSnobs for being there. I am already reading the roasting threds...THIS IS PARTLY YOUR FAULT!Cheers!
Ecstatic LG (Life's Good)
Last edited by LauriG; 25th July 2019 at 08:54 PM. Reason: grammar
And big thanks to you and the regular seniors (you know who you are!). The machine is stunning and dialling in using VST basket didn't take too long at all. I need to work on my distribution but consistently good results are already here, from day one! Using Andy's Espresso WOW to get started.
PS. Is eight shots of espresso considered a good breakfast / brunch .
(Tip for beginners: "Don't forget to eat")
Great setup you have there LauriG, well done.
Sounds like your making the most of your new toy, keep us informed as to your progress.
I have a Quick Mill Andreja Premium machine which I purchased when on holiday in the UK in 2013 and brought it back home to Oz as checked baggage on the airline even though it weighs around 25k. It has worked very well over the last 6 years with the only problem being a need to replace a magnet that is used to shut the machine down should it run out of water in the reservoir. I bought the required part online by a Quick Mill agent in the UK and fitted it myself. I would recommend the brand and I would buy another, no problem.
Just upgraded from a 6 year old Silvia and Compak K3P to this.
Its beautiful. I love just looking at it.
my first E61 group machine, wow! Can taste the difference.
ECM Mechanika V Slim and ECM C54 Grinder.
Excuse the mess, just pulled my first real coffee, a Piccolo topped up with about 50ml of textured milk, after producing about 10 pucs dialing in the grinder.
Only upgrade to the ECM is my much loved VST basket.
After an interesting 6-8 months with my Linea Mini I took delivery of this machine yesterday.
What for me over the last 5 years as a grail machine that I never thought I would own I now do. There is no other machine regardless of $ that I would own (well besides a Strada 2 group ABR, but that’s just silly for home).
The journey is interesting and I started like many people with a Breville Dual Boiler which I still rate as an amazing machine, then to an ECM synchronika which is fantastic and I couldn’t fault but the wife didn’t like the E61 design with the exposed valve being so close to lever which she burnt her hands. The Linea Mini was next and I rate the machine design and everything which I believe is very ergonomic.
However the GS3 in quality I feel is another level. Given the Linea mini is now approx 6k or 5.7k street price and the GS3 street price is only 2.5k more I think i can easily see the value the GS3 offers and would steer people to the GS3 over the Linea mini these days. I couldn’t justify the extra cost when I purchased the Linea mini but now I wish I had.
Sunbeam ristretto - butchered
Rancillio Silvia / Rocky onsold
Azkoyen Bravo 2 group and some comm grinder (I forget which)
Breville BES900 and Smart doser griner
Breville BES920 and smarter grinder
Breville Touch which got relegated to sons work
Now, 920 Smarty and rebuilding a Nouva Simonelli Mac V