I've got the Magnifica S, it took a little while to get the beans / dials the way I like, but it's been great.
I must have had it two years now. Occasionally I clean the mechanism and apply food safe grease. Hopefully it
will keep on going.
I have the barista pro and took me a good few months to finally get the process down. It's now quite a nice feeling though, apart from flat whites which I struggle with there isn't anywhere in town that does a coffee as good as I can do at home.
For those comparing the BE and the pro the dual boiler thing is really handy. I can purge the portafilter and fill a mug with hot tap water and everything is warmed up in seconds. Worth it if you're brewing regularly in between conference calls etc.!
I too weigh beans, weigh grind, distribute, tamp and pull the shot from a preheated / purged machine.
Couple of questions...
- are people generally doing 'double' shots (18-20g) in the larger basket or 9-10g in the smaller ones? I have been told to cut down caffeine so have switched to doing 9.5g in the smaller basket. It's not as good as it was but I'm getting there with it
- anyone weigh the shot and if so anyone aim for anything other than 2:1 in 25-30s?
- anyone messed with pre infusion timing? I note that in the single basket the pre infusion is still going when the shot starts pouring. Is that a bad thing? Guess the puck is saturating more quickly than at 18g
Im using Fortuna beans from divine coffee which I like. Have also tried their Brazilian and Ethiopian which are good but not quite as bold.
Anyone got any suggestions for a relatively cheap machine? Currently have Nespresso machines, normal and Vertuo, but want something better. I’ve got an Aeropress so I know how much better things can be but wouldn’t mind a machine.
I normally drink my coffees as cappuccino or latte so something with some kind of milk frothed would be good. Don’t mind spending up to around £400 but I don’t drink coffee every day so can’t justify spending much more.
Hmm yes, that's a valid point too. Can get a Bambino Plus for £330 and a cheap grinder for about £40. Or just get a Sage Dose Control Pro for £110 and it's still £440 all in. Looks like more flexibility with the Dose Control Pro too. Cheers for the suggestion
I ended up getting a Bambino Plus and a Sage Smart Grinder Pro. Was going to get the Plus and the cheaper Dose Control grinder for £440 but got the machine and better grinder for £454 in the end.
Must admit the portafilter size did make me think for a bit but if I had got a Gaggia Classic I’d have been looking at £500-600 by the time I’ve got a half acceptable grinder too. On the plus side this kit retains some value so I’m going to see how I get on and if I do end up taking it further, I will upgrade in future
I think seperates is a good flexible solution, sage grinders have good resale (are burrs expensive)
I've not seen any analysis that says small pf is detrimental .. there are enough supply of tampers/baskets/bottomless for 54's, maybe you can't get 21g baskets, but I've never seen the need for that with a 58 , with coffee prices.
Hard to know to what extent brexit, or covid is responsible for grinders price hikes, but Mignons I had contemplated changing my rocky for that were ~£200 are now nearer £400, over 3-4years