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  1. Coffee Lounge
    I went to Bellabarista yesterday and stood for hours looking at the various machines. With lots of help (huge thanks to BB!), my search was narrowed down to 3 final contenders and we established that I probably wouldn't be able to taste any difference in shots poured so it's pretty much down to...
  2. Alex Duetto Forum
    Hi I seem the have a problem. 1. When I used the hot water arm to warm the cup, Machine went off and came back on? I did this twice so first time wasn't just me. 2. Then purged the steam, put my hand under it no burn!! 3. Steam boiler temp went in the red and hovered in an around the red til...
  3. Rocket Forum
    Well, for the next 17 hours anyway... I decided to upgrade and reluctantly parted with my Alex Duetto - a really lovely machine that has delivered hundreds of enjoyable coffees over the past 4 years. After careful consideration and some hands-on time recently I have opted for the R60V - from...
  4. Alex Duetto Forum
    Hi All, I bought a Rancillio silvia last year along with a rocky grinder. Have been using it regularly and enjoying the coffee, but I want to step up now, but without spending a fortune on a new machine. will also look out for a used Mazzer Mini Doserless. Would you all recommend getting a used...
  5. Sold
    Hello, up for a sale Izzo Alex Duetto MK IV July 2015 bought from Italy in original packing and with everything that came with new: It is 220V with option to power up both boilers at once (not like 110v which they heat up exchangeably) but it has a schuko plug (germany, italy, austria, swiss...
  6. Sold
    Bought the 3 pack of steam tips from bella barista this week. These fit a wide variety of machines and have an 8m thread. I'm keeping the 3 hole tip. I am selling both the 4 hole tips - one with central hole and the one without. Price is £10 each tip including registered post.
  7. Coffee Accessories
    As a first time poster but long term lurker on this forum I would like to say hello to everyone and a big thanks to all for the excellent information posted here. I am currently on the verge of an upgrade and am hoping for some help and direction with this. I currently have a Gaggia classic...
  8. Show Off Your Setup
    Coming from a Gaggia Classic and Iberital MC2. Can't wait to tame these bad boys
  9. Alex Duetto Forum
    Exciting times! Coming from a Gaggia Classic, I think it's going to be a pretty huge step up (and learning curve!) for me. Looking forward to a lot more consistent shots... and no more waiting for the steam boiler to come up to temp - huzzah! Will post some pics of my new setup once the beast...
  10. Sold
    For Sale Izzo Alex Duetto MK II Mazzer Mini E Aluminum I am selling this fantastic combo because I am relocating for work in a country with different power. I'll be duplicating the set up when I get there because it worked so well. Both machines were provided by Bella Barista in September...
  11. Show Off Your Setup
    Silvia and Vario in situ, now transported to my girlfriend's Chris (on the iPad with Tapatalk) ________ Axex Duetto, Mahlkonig K30 Vario, some tampers and other stuff.
  12. Introductions
    I have had 4-5 years of real coffee experience so I thought I would share my experience and hopefully gain additional knowledge in the art of coffee making. I have always enjoyed good coffee after living in the Middle East many years ago so I decided to jump in and my current set up is as...
  13. Coffee Accessories
    More expensive than the R58 and same price as Duetto when not on offer http://www.bellabarista.co.uk/brands/quick-mill/quick-mill-verona-dual-boiler-espresso-machine.html
  14. Introductions
    ...on a new Alex Duetto from the lovely Claudette at Bella Barista, I thought I should stop lurking on here and put my head above the parapet... So from several years surviving in sunny (ahem) Bromley with a Nespresso, to a couple of months with this (first photo), my coffee corner now looks...
  15. Alex Duetto Forum
    I've got a small problem with my Alex Duetto, in that occasionally the brew pressure seems to drop (or not rise) and fluctuate. I'll try to explain: - Normally (and especially when the water tank is full/almost full) the machine preinfuses with the manometer at 8-9 bar happily and then it...
  16. Coffee Accessories
    The review below is a summary of my thoughts and not intended to be a full in-depth analysis of each machine Today I had the pleasure of spending a delightful 4 hours at Bella Barista, hosted by Claudette and her team. The aim was to evaluate the R58 vs Alex Duetto Mk IV (aka new Alex Duetto...
  17. Sold
    Grinder = £200 ono. Alex Duetto + Accessories = £1,200 ono. Grinder, Alex Duetto and Accessories = £1,300 ono. Collection only (near Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire). Cash or Bank to Bank Transfer. 1. Macap MC4 C18 Black Stepless Grinder Descaled every quarter. I have ground about...
  18. Show Off Your Setup
    Cherub great machine - but a DB on its way soon - so will be up for sale. Hope these pics aren't too many bytes
  19. Coffee Accessories
    Hello coffee lovers. I need a new espresso machine. I've read many posts on this fine forum, and would love your opinion... My first (& only) espresso machine is a Gaggia Titanium bean-to-cup machine purchased new 4 years ago. It's bought me much pleasure and produced coffee better than most...
  20. Coffee Accessories
    Hello All, I'm in the market for a new machine and grinder with a £1500/£300 maximum budget respectively. Following a few weeks research, the following machines have caught the eye. La Spaziale Vivaldi Mini Mk 1 Giotto Premium Plus The machine will be used for approximately 4-6 coffees per...
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