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    Quote Originally Posted by TroubleBrewing View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Finally found the right place to introduce myself!

    My Name is Alex, I hail from Adelaide and have enjoyed coffee for ever and figured it's time to try and learn more about it and even get my hands dirty...

    ...about to take the step from pod brews at home to 'the real deal' and looking for some advice (currently on grinders, more threads to follow no doubt!)

    FWIW my wife only drinks long blacks (and various teas) and my preference varies with my mood but generally in one of the following: Ristretto, Espresso, Macchiato or a piccolo. At home it is to date mostly eiter a single 'shot' pod Espresso or A long black made with two - i make no pretences that this is high class or quality although i am adamant that the Lavazza pods are at least a step up from Nespresso and others. Unfortunately they are neither economically nor environmentally friendly (esp when using 2 pods per coffee) and I am envious of the shots i see pulled at my favourite cafe's.

    It's high time to step up my home game

    I look forward to meeting and interacting with you all.
    Ha, looks like Trouble!

    Welcome to the club Alex, looking forward to hearing more from you.

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    Good Day,

    First time poster but long time watcher. Living in Brisbane now but grew up in Bavaria.

    I joined because good coffee is definitely in the top 10 of things most important to me. So is good beer but that's a different story...

    Struggling to make great coffee at home and I tend to blame my equipment - Breville dual boiler + Breville grinder - rather than my lack of skills. Thinking about upgrading to something more fancy soon - an Izzo Alex Duetto would tick all the boxes.

    Cheers,
    Tobias
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionaird View Post
    Good Day,

    First time poster but long time watcher. Living in Brisbane now but grew up in Bavaria.

    I joined because good coffee is definitely in the top 10 of things most important to me. So is good beer but that's a different story...

    Struggling to make great coffee at home and I tend to blame my equipment - Breville dual boiler + Breville grinder - rather than my lack of skills. Thinking about upgrading to something more fancy soon - an Izzo Alex Duetto would tick all the boxes.

    Cheers,
    Tobias
    Hi Tobias & welcome.
    As a previous owner of the Breville "dynamic duo", I can assure you that your current setup is very capable of producing good coffee, so I wouldn't be too quick to blame the equipment just yet.
    Without knowing your level of experience, may I suggest that you need to be using freshly roasted coffee from a good supplier and have a good grind/dose/tamp routine to ensure you are getting the most out of your equipment.
    I see from another thread that you are looking for a good barista course in your area. I think that is a good idea before splashing out a better, more expensive machine, hoping that an upgrade will address your coffee expectations.
    Don't for get the importance of the grinder if you do upgrade.
    As you are probably aware, there is plenty of good info on this site if you do a little digging.

    Good luck

    Mal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewster View Post
    Hi Tobias & welcome.
    As a previous owner of the Breville "dynamic duo", I can assure you that your current setup is very capable of producing good coffee, so I wouldn't be too quick to blame the equipment just yet.
    Without knowing your level of experience, may I suggest that you need to be using freshly roasted coffee from a good supplier and have a good grind/dose/tamp routine to ensure you are getting the most out of your equipment.
    I see from another thread that you are looking for a good barista course in your area. I think that is a good idea before splashing out a better, more expensive machine, hoping that an upgrade will address your coffee expectations.
    Don't for get the importance of the grinder if you do upgrade.
    As you are probably aware, there is plenty of good info on this site if you do a little digging.

    Good luck

    Mal

    Hi Mal,

    Thanks for the advice. And I'm sure that 90% of the issues is not the machine but my lack of skills

    Haven't used the Breville for a while because a Moccamaster drip over machine + freshly ground beans from various coffee bean subscriptions seem to give me more consistent results. But you obviously can't use the Moccamaster for espressos, lattes etc...

    I'm sure there is lots of information on the net on how to hone your coffee making skills, just haven't found the time to look into it yet. Might resurrect the Breville to get back into it. Getting something more fancy might help finding the motivation though...

    Cheers,
    Tobias
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    Hi my name is Martin,
    I have a Faema Family (the aluminum boiler version...yes I know , not the best one to have). Had it for 15yrs. Looks like it will need an in-depth cleaning and some fixing. Looking through the web I found CoffeeSnobs and started reading, and reading, and reading...... Wow, there is gazillion lines of information. Was never able to get consistency with the Faema Family. Now I think that PID could be a solution, and grinding (which I am totally ignorant on it) and tapping.
    I feel like I'm starting from far far away and even tough I had an OK machine all those years, I think it is like if i had been drinking just very ordinary coffee. I have a lot to learn (and read).

    So lets start with some questions:
    1- Even tough I have the alu version of the Family, should I go ahead, dismantle and clean it completely and then practice myself and make a scratch built PID of off it??
    2- I have read that the Rancilio Silvia seem to be the reference machine to build our know-how on becoming a good coffee maker. Is the latest Silvia M Pro V5 still a good machine to go with?? What I mean by that is that we have seen that the Faema family older model had brass boilers and then engineering went with a aluminum one on the latest ones. Has Silvia been keep a top of the line component machine across the multiple version?
    3- Where should I start reading to educate myself on grinders and grinding??

    Kind regards!
    Martin from Montreal, Canada
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    Welcome Martin. Good to have a Canadian on here, eh?
    -10 in Montreal and +30 here. Wanna swap?

    There are are others more qualified than I am to answer your questions. Might be along later after they all get home from work and are relaxing with a coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martint View Post
    Hi my name is Martin,
    I have a Faema Family (the aluminum boiler version...yes I know , not the best one to have). Had it for 15yrs. Looks like it will need an in-depth cleaning and some fixing. Looking through the web I found CoffeeSnobs and started reading, and reading, and reading...... Wow, there is gazillion lines of information. Was never able to get consistency with the Faema Family. Now I think that PID could be a solution, and grinding (which I am totally ignorant on it) and tapping.
    I feel like I'm starting from far far away and even tough I had an OK machine all those years, I think it is like if i had been drinking just very ordinary coffee. I have a lot to learn (and read).

    So lets start with some questions:
    1- Even tough I have the alu version of the Family, should I go ahead, dismantle and clean it completely and then practice myself and make a scratch built PID of off it??
    2- I have read that the Rancilio Silvia seem to be the reference machine to build our know-how on becoming a good coffee maker. Is the latest Silvia M Pro V5 still a good machine to go with?? What I mean by that is that we have seen that the Faema family older model had brass boilers and then engineering went with a aluminum one on the latest ones. Has Silvia been keep a top of the line component machine across the multiple version?
    3- Where should I start reading to educate myself on grinders and grinding??

    Kind regards!
    Martin from Montreal, Canada
    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Martin.

    Probably better options than the Silvia now, great little machine in its day, however pretty outdated now.

    Don't know what's available on the Canadian market, I'm sure someone will be able to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Martin.

    Probably better options than the Silvia now, great little machine in its day, however pretty outdated now.

    Don't know what's available on the Canadian market, I'm sure someone will be able to help.
    Hi Yelta,
    Can you explain why outdated?? It is true that when you look inside, there is no hightech sophisticated electronics, simply switches, boiler, pump.
    Ok looking forward for comments.

    EZCFlair: Been a saw tooth temperature this winter. -20C to +second crack in 24 hours, back down to -10C and up with rain. Not the type on winters we like, eh!!!

    Martin
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    Quote Originally Posted by martint View Post
    Hi Yelta,
    Can you explain why outdated?? It is true that when you look inside, there is no hightech sophisticated electronics, simply switches, boiler, pump.
    Ok looking forward for comments.

    EZCFlair: Been a saw tooth temperature this winter. -20C to +second crack in 24 hours, back down to -10C and up with rain. Not the type on winters we like, eh!!!

    Martin
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    I guess what Yelta is trying to say is that there are better alternatives to the Silvia in the same price range, or you can get something equal or better for less money. Things like the NS Oscar II or Lelit range come to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    you can get something equal or better for less money. Things like the NS Oscar II or Lelit range come to mind.
    Thank you LeroyC, I'll go read about those 2 models and see if they are available in my region.

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    hello
    everybody!
    I am leila ,from China , coffee is very famous around the world and I like coffee so much .and because I am a beginner ,then just choose the coffee machine :french press .
    you know it is easy to handle ,which you clean the bottle ,and put your hot water in it ,then add your coffee,
    stay 3 minutes , put down your plunger ,pour out your beautiful and tasty coffee,perfect !


    good day
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    Hi Leilaguan, welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    Not sure I can recall seeing another member from China.

    Tell us a little about the coffee you are using.
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    Hi all.. just bought myself a preloved Sunbeam em6910. Any hints or tips will always be appreciated as I'm very new to this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick73647 View Post
    Hi all.. just bought myself a preloved Sunbeam em6910. Any hints or tips will always be appreciated as I'm very new to this
    Welcome Mick73647 ...#1. Get good fresh beans you like ; check roast date and be sure they were roasted within the last 1 to 14 days if not go somewhere else...or beanbay #2.toss the single and get your double basket fill with beans so it's level #3. tip beans in the grinder -set the grind fairly fine, so that if you pinch the grinds between your fingers it sticks- is a good start point #4.make an even distribution of grinds in the portafilter and level then tamp gently vertical ten kg or about. #5. at this point check that it loads on to the group with out disrupting the puck- so lock in portafilter then remove, has the puck been disturbed? if not commence #6. if yes remove a pinch and repeat #4. ideally you want a grain of rice or five cent piece to fit between shower screen and puck...when that's ready... #6. start your double shot pour. Get 40-60 mls in 20-30 seconds. I count 20 secs from first drops appearing or 30 secs from switch on pump. These are general guide lines and fundamentals to good espresso once you have good understanding you will be able to adjust from there.
    Note: If your pour is choking ie. coming out to slow; make your grinds slightly courser and make sure first it's not #5. causing the issue, because as the grinds swell it chokes the pour. You need the little space (1-2 mm) between puck and shower screen. Good luck.
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    Thanks so much! ... so much to learn ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick73647 View Post
    Hi all.. just bought myself a preloved Sunbeam em6910. Any hints or tips will always be appreciated as I'm very new to this
    Morning Mick, welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    What type of grinder are you using with the Sunbeam? a decent grinder is pretty important for the production of good espresso.
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    Hi everyone, long time non-snob coffee drinker here, looking to learn. This summer I've been keeping casks of Seven Seeds cold brew in the fridge, and slowly this has become my regular twice a day drink! But it's kind of expensive so I'm looking to start making cold brew at home. I have a large french press that I plan to use. What I don't have is a grinder. I was originally thinking to get a manual hand grinder but it's probably a bit of a pain to grind a whole bag of beans in one go, so I figure electric is better. Many grinders seem oriented towards espresso, with a place to put the filter thing, but really I just want something that will dump my ground coffee into a container. Maybe some day I will get an espresso machine at home but not right away. If people have suggestions on the kind of grinders I should be looking at I would greatly appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Hi Leilaguan, welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    Not sure I can recall seeing another member from China.

    Tell us a little about the coffee you are using.
    Quick google search -- China is among the top 20 coffee producers in the world.

    I didn't know that but it makes sense geographically they have some areas with the right conditions.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heycam View Post
    Hi everyone, long time non-snob coffee drinker here, looking to learn. This summer I've been keeping casks of Seven Seeds cold brew in the fridge, and slowly this has become my regular twice a day drink! But it's kind of expensive so I'm looking to start making cold brew at home. I have a large french press that I plan to use. What I don't have is a grinder. I was originally thinking to get a manual hand grinder but it's probably a bit of a pain to grind a whole bag of beans in one go, so I figure electric is better. Many grinders seem oriented towards espresso, with a place to put the filter thing, but really I just want something that will dump my ground coffee into a container. Maybe some day I will get an espresso machine at home but not right away. If people have suggestions on the kind of grinders I should be looking at I would greatly appreciate it!
    Welcome heycam. Your first port of call could be to drop into one of the site sponsors in the following section: https://coffeesnobs.com.au/sponsors/ They will be able to recommend options that will suit your needs within your budget both now & into the future.

    You could also check the Coffee Hardware for Sale section for a second-hand deal: https://coffeesnobs.com.au/coffee-hardware-sale/

    Another option would be to pick up a Breville Smart Grinder Pro which I've seen for about $170 in recent times. Probably not the best grinder for espresso however when grinding coarser such as for cold brew it should be more than sufficient for your needs.

    You could also read up the discussion in the grinders section, and post your own question if you don't think any recent posts cover your specific situation: https://coffeesnobs.com.au/grinders/

    Enjoy the journey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeHack View Post
    Another option would be to pick up a Breville Smart Grinder Pro which I've seen for about $170 in recent times. Probably not the best grinder for espresso however when grinding coarser such as for cold brew it should be more than sufficient for your needs.
    Would need to check on the Duty Cycle of these first, as grinding 250g in one go will probably exceed it...

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    Yeah fair enough. Duty cycle has never crossed my mind when I've ground 250g batches for my cold brew setup... although I could be subconsciously willing it to die so that I can justify an upgrade
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    Hi Everyone, Coffee snobber from Brisbane just welcoming myself. Recently joined this website in hopes of doing a bit of research into single dose grinders as well as potentially selling a coffee machine I've had for the last 7ish yrs. I currently have a mini Mazzer with the holding can, but very excited about the niche zero. So far reviews are looking very promising but I think ill wait a few months and see how they go.
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    Hello.
    New here.
    Killed my EM6910 despite the helpful advice on a thread on here I am giving it to a mate.
    We bought a Breville dual boiler and stand alone grinder combo.
    Think it is a BES920.
    Anyway happy with it so far. Steams like a beauty.
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    Another newbie

    Hi guys,

    just checking in. To say gidday and share my plan. Iíve had a few machines and enjoy a simple double shot. Currently rocking a Breville duo temp. With ok results within the assistance of the pressurised basket as my old school burr grinder isnít up to the task.
    Iím looking to attend a barrister class to learn more as Iím pretty much a sponge for anything coffee related and enjoy the black nectar.
    iím going To purchase an old school Gaggia Classic and refurb and upgrade it in time with the usuals. Iím on the fence with a grinder and will be seeking advice in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunnyCoastDazza View Post
    I’m looking to attend a barrister class to learn more...
    Going to law school won't teach you much about making coffee I'm afraid.


    Java "Welcome aboard!" phile
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    Howdy Coffee junkys!

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    How’s it going Coffeesnobs members!

    You can call me Cal, I’m from Perth. But I live in Guangzhou China. And will be for the next XX years, so it would be great to help the coffee community here. I’m usually a coffee shop guy but the coffee in china is expensive and not the best. So...

    My first purchase was a Delonghi Dedica e685, i thought it wasn’t too bad for the price. Unfortunately its pump has gone 6 months later and need something new, So I’ve been following this site for about 6 months. And have been able to save for a La Pavoni Europiccola. Paired with a Pharos hand grinder which I have ordered and will arrive in about 2 weeks. I am very prepared. I hope to make some new friends not only on the forum but possibly in China aswell as my fresh bean network is non existent. Excited to try some snobby coffee.

    Anyway, take it easy!
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    Hi guys!

    Not exactly my first post here; but thought it'd be good to pop by the new here to say hi.

    I noticed not many discussions about the delonghi dedica deluxe (3ds i just realised hahaha)
    Also, the post above about the EC685 pump going after 6 months worries me a little, i am about in the 5th month now at 2-3 shots a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 392392 View Post
    Also, the post above about the EC685 pump going after 6 months worries me a little, i am about in the 5th month now at 2-3 shots a day.
    I wouldn’t worry to much mate, the main reason for this was because I brang it to my university for a “cultural exchange” day and was pumping out coffees with it non stop for about 12 hours. It died the next day. I think if you avoid this sort of abuse then it should be fine.

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    G'day coffeesnobs!
    I joined up a while ago and have been reading some great tips on here.
    I've been enjoying learning about coffee making and steaming milk over the past 6 years after progressing from a stove top esspresso machine.

    I'm pleased with the flavour, but my presentation needs work
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    Hi everybody!!!

    My name is Federico and I'm from Argentina.

    My prefered coffees are latte, flat white and espresso made with southamerican beans.

    I have a Nuova Simonelli Oscar II espresso machine (HX) and an Ascaso Mini I1 grinder. Also I use other methods such as V60, Italian moka and French press.

    I have heard about the great coffee of Australia from an argentinian barista who has worked in Sidney for 2 years. Because of that I'm here to continue learning about the coffee world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FedeBarista View Post
    Hi everybody!!!

    My name is Federico and I'm from Argentina.

    My prefered coffees are latte, flat white and espresso made with southamerican beans.

    I have a Nuova Simonelli Oscar II espresso machine (HX) and an Ascaso Mini I1 grinder. Also I use other methods such as V60, Italian moka and French press.

    I have heard about the great coffee of Australia from an argentinian barista who has worked in Sidney for 2 years. Because of that I'm here to continue learning about the coffee world.
    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Frederico, good to have you on board.

    Have to admit I'm a big fan of South American grown Arabica beans, tell us more about the coffee culture in Argentina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Frederico, good to have you on board.

    Have to admit I'm a big fan of South American grown Arabica beans, tell us more about the coffee culture in Argentina.
    Thanks Yelta!!!

    The cafes are part of the Argentinian culture, we enjoy talking with friends and family while we are having a cup of coffee.

    I believe that we love coffee because most of our grandparents came from Italy. In their homes always there were an Italian moka.

    In most of the cafes the coffee is not good, but in the last years some speciality cafes have opened. So we are learning to drink and make better coffee.

    In the traditional cafes the favourite drink is the spanish "cortado" and in specialities cafes the prefered drink is the latte.

    Coffee doesn't grow in Argentina, but we import beans from other american countries, usually Brazil and Colombia. We hardly ever drink coffee from Africa or Oceania.

    If you would like to know more about us, just ask me
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    Another welcome to CoffeeSnobs Federico...

    Look forward to reading about your coffee experiences over time.

    Mal.

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    Thanks Dimal

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    Hi all - Newbie in Brisbane here.

    We had had various cheapie coffee appliances over the years that have failed and was never particularly happy with the output anyway. So we always revert back to our Trusty french presses (and what I use at work).
    I am looking to improve our coffee - so will be starting with a better grinder (2nd hand most likely) to replace our current coffee chopper and will be experimenting with a range different roasters fresher beans.

    Plan is to purchase a quality machine in the future as funds allow - again will probably start 2nd hand and work our way up in features. Have been researching here for a short while and have an eye on the Oscar II, Lelit Victoria and Bezerra BZ10 as possibilities. Wife will be doing most of the use during the day and likes her milk based coffees to be hotter than normal - So I am guessing Dual boiler or HX will end up being the path we go for her ease and speed of use.

    If I had not started researching first (and finding the wealth of information here) I most likely would have started with a BES870 on an ebay voucher day.

    Anyway enough rambling - glad to be here and will continue to learn and ask the occasional question about gear/process as I go.

    cheers
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    Welcome Craig...

    You've just taken the "Red Pill" on your journey into the world of great coffee.
    Enjoy the journey...

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Welcome Craig...

    You've just taken the "Red Pill" on your journey into the world of great coffee.
    Enjoy the journey...

    Mal.
    Thanks Mal. I just hope I do not end up wishing I took the blue pill.
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    G'day! New to coffeesnobs!
    Not new to coffee per-say, I've been drinking for YEARS with an Aeropress or pour-over, but very recently got insanely lucky in my hunt for a first espresso machine and snagged myself a Gaggia Baby '91 built in December of 2000. For $20 on the Facebook Marketplace in my area! Great condition, just needed a new group-head seal and the shower screen + screen holder to be removed and scrubbed to death due to the trapped scale. Amusingly documented the process on my FB, she was a dirty girl.
    If a ton of bad luck befalls upon me for the rest of the year I'll know I burnt it all on finding this machine.

    Although the machine cost me bugger all, I invested in a ROK manual grinder as my go-to grinder. An upgrade from the small hand grinder I've been using for years for my Aeropress. Took me some fiddling, and I'm not sure if I'm 100 happy with the timing of my shots just yet, but good lord I have fallen even deeper in love with coffee now that I have a machine that can pull great shots.

    For those curious re:my Gaggia Baby - yes I have also modified it! I installed a rotary dimmer switch (after buying like 4 different ones from Bunnings to see which would work with the tiny pump!) with a light switch that allows me to stop the pump without closing the solenoid, and let the water dribble into the puck for a few seconds of pre-infusion. I need practice with it, however I'm otherwise super happy that the dimmer also functions as a soft-start so it ramps pressure upwards rather than how it used to work - full pressure on or off. Got frustrated by the ruined tamps!
    I may share my shenanigans in a post some time in the future.

    This place seemed great so I figured I'd pop in for the long haul and look out for other Gaggia Baby owners!
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    Welcome to the party. From the sounds of it you'll fit right in!


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    Hello!

    Hello everyone!

    Newbie from India. My name is Amit. I discovered coffee late in life, was helped a great deal in developing a taste for it by Dutch & Aussie colleagues & friends at my workplace in Singapore.

    In addition to coffee, I'm also snobbish about music, riding bikes and gadgets. Mostly a pour over and espresso fan but I also enjoy the occasional moka pot & cafetiere.

    After a decade or so of living with entry level equipment, I'm looking to upgrade my espresso rig during year end holidays. This forum comes up fairly often when I'm researching the usual suspects. Lots of knowledge here. I'm looking forward to improve my coffee knowledge and make some new friends here.
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    Welcome Amit...

    You're certainly in the right place to fulfill your coffee desires mate.
    Have fun while you're here...

    Mal.

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    Hi Amit
    As this is an Australian site, it is a bit hard for us to recommendations for someone in another country. Your choice of equipment depends on what product range is available to you within your budget. Make a short list of what you would like and we may be able to advise if we are familiar with that equipment. If you are still living in Singapore (?) you might have a look at a couple of shops that sell espresso gear like Highlander or Cowpresso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    Hi Amit
    As this is an Australian site, it is a bit hard for us to recommendations for someone in another country.
    IMO Aussie tastes in coffee and the decades old tradition, like many other good things in life, are spot on and second to none. That is what matters to me most.

    As for available choices in India, I've decided to skip the SBDU variants, although Rancilio Sylvia and many local brands (of Chinese origins) are available.

    The usual K cup appliances & fully automatics from Saeco, Gaggia, WMF etc are more popular here, (please don't beat me up for saying this, but most likely due to prevailing mllennial habits here).

    I'm looking at entry level HX units, preferably ones with a lever. These are my choices and the current list prices here:

    1. Le'Lit Mara PL62 @ AUD 1550
    2. La Nuova Era Quadra A006 @ AUD 1950
    3. Nuova Simonelli Oscar II @ AUD 1440
    4. Expobar Office Control @ AUD 1260

    In terms of grinders my options are:

    1. Compak K6 @ AUD 450
    2. Macap M2M @ AUD 550
    3. Nuova Simonelli MCF @ AUD 500

    Entry level commercial use units from Anfim, Rancilio, Mahlkoenig and Cunill are also available as is the Baratza line up. Baratza Vario goes for AUD 650. But any of these as of now are not my first preference, unless anyone here has different experiences with them. (I have none).

    My first choice would have been the Ceado E5P or E6P, but sadly the Ceado distributor in India only brings in their juice extractors/cold press machines.

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    HI New in terms of posting but have been lurking in and around this forum for a number of years. Finally looking ti buy our first machine a Lelit PL41TEMD. have previously considered a Rancilio Silvia with PID and Rocky grinder but earlier this year changed my decision to the Lelit. I need to buy a grinder as well. Currently using a Sunbeam EM480 for plunger coffee but this won't cut it for the lelit. Considering the Eureka Mignon as my fresh start point. Would love advice on what else to get. I'm country WA but only a few hours from Perth. There's a coffee machine place about 36km away in Bunbury so can do a basic course and buy my cleaner etc there. What else will I need, I wonder. Trying desperately to ignore the , what else would I like... thoughts.
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    G'day "kexkez"...

    I'm not familiar with any of the specialist coffee businesses over in WA but if the one in Bunbury has a good rep', maybe you could start up a relationship with them, then involve them with your journey towards espresso nirvana.

    No doubt some of our CS Sandgropers will be able to help out but I would suggest posting a new thread under one of the hardware categories and ask for assistance there. Will be seen by more CSers that way...

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    G'day "kexkez"...

    I'm not familiar with any of the specialist coffee businesses over in WA but if the one in Bunbury has a good rep', maybe you could start up a relationship with them, then involve them with your journey towards espresso nirvana.

    No doubt some of our CS Sandgropers will be able to help out but I would suggest posting a new thread under one of the hardware categories and ask for assistance there. Will be seen by more CSers that way...

    Mal.
    Hi Mal thanks. Saw this as a spot to introduce myelf and stop lurking. I've bitten the bullet and got myself a machine and new grinder. ( posted int eh grinder section for advice) Now delving into the not so deligthful murky world of hard water information. This is going to be an interesting ride.

    cheers
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    Hi All,
    Whilst I’m not a coffee newbie, I’m new to Coffee snobs.
    Have just levelled-up my coffee game from a 2001 Mokita Combi Super Inox to a Rocket Mozzafiato Evoluzione R and a Eureka Atom. Am loving the extra flexibility that the Atom gives (not to mention how quiet it is!).
    The problem I’m facing is that I’ve just moved to a new job which exclusively stocks Blend 43 in the kitchen. Even the automatic machines in my old office that did the grinding and frothing for you made a better cup than than Nescrappe’s finest. At Sydney coffee prices I can’t exactly afford to buy my 3-4 cups a day and I certainly don’t have time to run home in the middle of the day.
    Do any of your more experienced coffee snobs out there have a good suggestion on how to have good coffee at work? My wife tells me to stock a jar of Moccona in my locker, which would be marginally better, but I’m looking for something a bit more enjoyable.
    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knobby View Post
    Hi All,
    Whilst I’m not a coffee newbie, I’m new to Coffee snobs.
    Have just used levelled-up my coffee game from a 2001 Mokita Combi Super Inox to a Rocket Mozzafiato Evoluzione R and a Eureka Atom. Am loving the extra flexibility that the Atom gives (not to mention how quiet it is!).
    The problem I’m facing is that I’ve just moved to a new job which exclusively stocks Blend 43 in the kitchen. Even the automatic machines in my old office that did the grinding and frothing for you made a better cup than than Nescrappe’s finest. At Sydney coffee prices I can’t exactly afford to buy my 3-4 cups a day and I certainly don’t have time to run home in the middle of the day.
    Do any of your more experiences coffee snobs out there have a good suggestion on how to have good coffee at work? My wife tells me to stock a jar of Moccona in my locker, which would be marginally better, but I’m looking for something a bit more enjoyable.
    Cheers
    Knobby
    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Knobby.

    You could invest in an Aeropress and take ground coffee from home would be a vast improvement on instant.
    https://www.coffeeparts.com.au/brands/aeropress
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