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Coffee machine recommends please.
« on: 04 June, 2022, 06:29:29 pm »
I want a coffee machine that makes lattes and use beans I have ground.
Which are the good ones, please?
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Re: Coffee machine recommends please.
« Reply #1 on: 04 June, 2022, 06:56:01 pm »
That doesn't give us much to go on.  Start with a budget

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« Reply #2 on: 04 June, 2022, 07:20:02 pm »
Budget less than £400.
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ElyDave

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« Reply #3 on: 04 June, 2022, 07:33:35 pm »
I've been very pleased with my Sage machine, but not going to reccomend it as some snob will be along in 5 minutes to tell me why it's shit
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« Reply #4 on: 04 June, 2022, 07:51:08 pm »
^ fwap fwap

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« Reply #5 on: 04 June, 2022, 08:06:10 pm »
I've been very pleased with my Sage machine, but not going to reccomend it as some snob will be along in 5 minutes to tell me why it's shit

Yes, same here.

But I will somewhat grudgingly admit that the coffee provided by Maveric OTP when I did disturb him at late-o'clock when I was 300k into a 400 with a mechanical, was really good. Much moar betterer than mine. Thanks again...

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« Reply #6 on: 04 June, 2022, 08:16:30 pm »
My Gaggia Classic has served me well, but I was somewhat surprised to see they're now over £400. I paid just over half that 7 years ago.
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« Reply #7 on: 04 June, 2022, 09:35:25 pm »
I've been very pleased with my Sage machine, but not going to reccomend it as some snob will be along in 5 minutes to tell me why it's shit

Yes, same here.

But I will somewhat grudgingly admit that the coffee provided by Maveric OTP when I did disturb him at late-o'clock when I was 300k into a 400 with a mechanical, was really good. Much moar betterer than mine. Thanks again...

I think he had my old Rancilio Silvia off me about 11 years ago.

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« Reply #8 on: 04 June, 2022, 10:33:34 pm »
Talking of which...its probably still the best machine at that price point, especially because there are possibilities for relatively easy modding (eg PID)

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« Reply #9 on: 05 June, 2022, 01:06:59 am »
I've been very pleased with my Sage machine, but not going to reccomend it as some snob will be along in 5 minutes to tell me why it's shit
Same here. And everyone who has ever drank a cup from it has commented favourably on the quality - but I put that down to the beans (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00QIUHQQM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

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« Reply #10 on: 05 June, 2022, 09:01:04 am »
Thanks all.
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T42

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Re: Coffee machine recommends please.
« Reply #11 on: 05 June, 2022, 09:33:15 am »
I want a coffee machine that makes lattes and use beans I have ground.
Which are the good ones, please?

Question: do you want an espresso machine with its hefty learning-curve or just to bung coffee into a machine and get a latte out of it?  If the former, good luck to you, and if the latter, the only machine I've ever come across that delivered half-decent lattes straight out of the spout was in an Ibis hotel and probably cost a mint, but there are decent B2C machines out there for under £400.  You'll have to steam the milk yourself but there'll be a spout for that. The grinder will make an aficionado's lip curl but will probably be adequate, and if you prefer your own grind there'll be a trap to bung it in by.  You'll have to do a bit of dialling-in but once it's set up the results will be consistent as long as you use recently-roasted beans don't chop & change variety all the time.  Conventional wisdom is that you'll never get a stupendous shot but they'll always be good, which I've found to be true.
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« Reply #12 on: 05 June, 2022, 07:01:10 pm »
I've been very pleased with my Sage machine, but not going to reccomend it as some snob will be along in 5 minutes to tell me why it's shit

Surely the snobs will say if you’re using it to make latte, it doesn’t matter if the coffee is shit anyway? ;)
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« Reply #13 on: 15 June, 2022, 09:44:01 pm »
Talking of which...its probably still the best machine at that price point, especially because there are possibilities for relatively easy modding (eg PID)
I'm dead 'appy with mine (with PID), I can see that more money might provide more consistency and better plumbing, but I'm not tempted in the slightest.

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« Reply #14 on: 15 June, 2022, 10:27:36 pm »
Talking of which...its probably still the best machine at that price point, especially because there are possibilities for relatively easy modding (eg PID)
I'm dead 'appy with mine (with PID), I can see that more money might provide more consistency and better plumbing, but I'm not tempted in the slightest.

A little research and I see that Rancilio now offer the Silvia as a PID option...although they charge quite a whack for it.

I couldn't go back to one in all honesty, in fact I couldn't go back to any of my previous machines or grinders because the current kit just makes it so easy to smash out really good shots and milk every time. Takes me two to three goes to dial in new beans, then the merest tweakage of the grind as the beans age and I'm all good. Taste and eye does it, no need for me to follow weight and ratio recipes because I'm not using challenging beans. The huge Mazzer Major grinder is the only one that has never resulted in channelling. I did have an enormous and very complicated Eureka 75mm burred thing once but I got rid of it after a month or so because the coffee just tasted flat. Weird how a grinder can do that.

The biggest issue for me on the Rancilio (once PID'd) would be the steam power for milk. In fact my previous machine (a nice chrome steel E61 dual boiler beast) didn't have the required steam power for perfect flat whites.

Like I say, you can go forward. But you can't go back.


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« Reply #15 on: 16 June, 2022, 07:10:39 am »
You can learn something new everyday.  :thumbsup: I didn't know what a PID was.


PID stands for Proportional Integral Derivative. Although the name sounds very sophisticated, it’s pretty much a temperature controller integrated into an espresso machine.

A PID controller uses an advanced algorithm to regulate the temperature so that it stays exactly at the degree you need to make the perfect cup of coffee. Any true coffee enthusiast will tell you that the water temperature needs to be between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit.

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« Reply #16 on: 16 June, 2022, 08:28:21 am »
Essentially it pulses the power in to keep it pretty constant, unlike a thermostat which switches on and off with a resulting large range of temperatures. Some older machines get around this by using a thermosiphon, but they require a cooling flush before pulling the shot.

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« Reply #17 on: 16 June, 2022, 09:22:50 am »
You can learn something new everyday.  :thumbsup: I didn't know what a PID was.


PID stands for Proportional Integral Derivative. Although the name sounds very sophisticated, it’s pretty much a temperature controller integrated into an espresso machine.

A PID controller uses an advanced algorithm to regulate the temperature so that it stays exactly at the degree you need to make the perfect cup of coffee. Any true coffee enthusiast will tell you that the water temperature needs to be between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit.


PID is a feedback control loop, and is far from unique to coffee machines. For example we use such control to keep the temperature of out CT system enclosures constant, so the samples don't change size during the hours-long scans.
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« Reply #18 on: 16 June, 2022, 09:51:31 am »

The biggest issue for me on the Rancilio (once PID'd) would be the steam power for milk. In fact my previous machine (a nice chrome steel E61 dual boiler beast) didn't have the required steam power for perfect flat whites.


I'd agree with that on the one or two occasions I've tried creating milky drinks for victims guests its shortcomings (and mine) were evident, my own taste doesn't include milk in anything so I'm 'appy.

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« Reply #19 on: 16 June, 2022, 10:57:25 am »
Good  :thumbsup:

It's an excellent espresso machine once you've ironed out the temp fluctuations with a PID. Simple really old design, but it works and has a hefty brewgroup.

The other ballache with milk is having to switch it to steam  temp, and wait for it to heat up....after pulling the shot.

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« Reply #20 on: 16 June, 2022, 01:52:46 pm »
You can learn something new everyday.  :thumbsup: I didn't know what a PID was.


PID stands for Proportional Integral Derivative. Although the name sounds very sophisticated, it’s pretty much a temperature controller integrated into an espresso machine.

A PID controller uses an advanced algorithm to regulate the temperature so that it stays exactly at the degree you need to make the perfect cup of coffee. Any true coffee enthusiast will tell you that the water temperature needs to be between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit.


PID is a feedback control loop, and is far from unique to coffee machines. For example we use such control to keep the temperature of out CT system enclosures constant, so the samples don't change size during the hours-long scans.

IIRC the PID I fitted to my Rancilio (which as far as I can recall went to Maverick) came from an industrial oven in a bakery

An awful lot of decent espresso machines* have them now

*broadly speaking £1k+