I've been in the coffee game for a few years now but I recently started logging my shots so I can reference my notes and make better coffee while wasting less
A good app to use is https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beanconqueror.app
Taste, and enjoy! It's an art and a skill so be patient
The DF64 has been great for me but a word of warning, it's not perfect out of the box. If you really want to get the most out of it, you have to be willing to do a little work.
The tldr is it's a great grinder but it doesn't have the UX of the niche and if you really want to get the best performance out of it, you may have to tweak a couple things.
There's a good resource for possible mods here: https://www.notion.so/DF64-G-iota-Repository-e8c4607a0fa94f398d57fe1d3959f360
Keep the portafilter in the machine to warm up. Also, go get a cheap American weight scale from amazon so you can weigh your dose/shot to maintain consistency. This is a good one and is only $8.
These comfortably fit 18g worth of any variety of beans:
55ml seems to be a good volume for single doses. I tried 42ml and some beans were too big and not very dense, so couldn't fit 18g.
The American Weigh Scale - 2kg x 0.1g gets a lot of recommendations. I got another scale similar to this one in looks, but different brand - the one I got has done ok for about 2 years on one change of batteries. It is a bit slow in coming to a reading, though - a couple seconds to stabilize. So if using to measure shot weight, need to cut off a bit before you hit your preferred output.
I use this funnel. It's the same dimensions as Decent's but lacks magnets and is a lot cheaper. I've never found the lack of magnets to be a problem.
I found I have to hold the portafilter by hand so that the funnel is as high as it can go, surrounding the Niche's exit chute. If I don't do this, overspray from the grinder makes a huge mess. So I don't use a stand.
One of the things I disliked the most about the Appartamento was the way the drip tray cover would bang into the sides of the tray every time I went to wipe it down. I’m not sure why, but it made me feel like it was cheaply made to hear that hollow clacking each time.
Fortunately, I found a cheap and awesome fix! For $6, I picked up this small edge trim that fits perfectly on the edges of the tray liner and keeps it from moving. You can see how it looks in the photo.
I think it looks clean enough and its definitely functional! just thought I’d share this tip in case anyone shares my annoyance.
There is only one thing everyone needs for their home setup, and it is a Motta cat-shaped tamping mat.
Your espresso will be much improved, guaranteed.
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Only thing I found was BDB with SGP sold at the normal price of the BDB. But I wouldn't want a SGP even if it's free.
I have this one, works fine
Espresso Scale with Timer 1000g x 0.1g, Drip Tray Coffee Scale, MAXUS BREW Multifunction Digital Pocket Scale Large Backlit LCD Display Gram and Ounce Loose Leaf Tea Scale Food Kitchen Stainless Steel https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089JYMRK6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_FSGSGCZC94BNX484Y5X2
I have the Gaggia Classic and haven't made any mods to it yet - I may eventually, but as I've mentioned before... "for my coffee making needs" it's fine.
I absolutely do want to second your advice on the tamper. That's something that's not brought up a lot here. I FINALLY got a good tamper and it has made a huge difference. I kept reading about 30 pounds of pressure, like I know how to estimate that. hahaha
I got this tamper from Amazon and really like it.
Theres a compiled list of all the mods here. I would recommend just finding a thin flexible piece of plastic and cutting it into the mythos one shape.
As a complete set. Not proud to buy on Amazon, but here I am.
Don't forget, James lives in a place that is 220v.
If you live in a place where the wall plug is 120v, there is a good chance that your wall plug doesn't deliver enough current to fully power both boilers. Of course, espresso machine companies try many very clever things to get around it, but the reality remains that you cannot get full power on a dual boiler machine if you live with 120v power.
A standard wall plug is what, 15 amps? Power = current * voltage.
Your standard wall plug delivers what, 15 Amperes? At 120v, that means you're getting 1800 watts. Typically appliances limit themselves to 1500w for safety and to accommodate fuses that are limited to 13 amperes.
Whereas if you live in a place with 220v electricity, 15 amps would get you 3300 watts.
Your North American spec Breville Dual boiler is 1700w.
>As shown in the following diagram (courtesy of Breville), there are three distinct heating systems in the BDB: a 100W grouphead heater (#3), a 700W brew boiler heater (#2), and a 900W steam boiler heater (#1)
James' UK spec Sage Dual Boiler is 2200w.
So if you live in the US, Canada, or any other lower voltage place, the difference is not very clear cut. Would you rather use 2 small boilers for your machine? or would you want 1 powerful boiler?
There's quite a big price difference between the infuser and bdb. Almost $1,000 lol.
Nah I'd skip the encore as well. The most suitable grinder I would recommend for espresso that isn't overly expensive would be: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YNDX5HW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_t1_mi1TFb60N01AH
If you want electric probably: https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/eureka-mignon-notte-espresso-grinder-black?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6I3imrCQ7QIVqj6tBh1-3gbWEAQYAiABEgItLfD_BwE
There's also the commandante which is really top of the line for manual grinder, especially if you get the red clix with it.
Please don't waste you time/money on those pods, get a hand grinder 100%. If you can't afford a good hand grinder right now, you can even get a cheap Hario (but it will be a BITCH to dial in)
I personally did this years ago (have the Gaggia Classic too), could afford the machine but not a grinder. It got me through, although only 1 type of bean because it is such madness trying to dial it in but once you do it will pull good shots. If you have some more $$ now or plan to I'm sure others can recommend some awesome hand grinders if you're not looking to drop the money on a more primo one right now.
Weiss Distribution Technique. I didn't think it mattered but it matters. I started using a wooden toothpick and moved onto building my own tool. I used Inoculating Loops from Amazon and a cork. Four of the loops and I get amazing results. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074M9QQ64
Got it here from amazon. It's surprisingly sturdy, and can handle much heavier weights than I put on it. For the price, it's great. Only modification was the lights and I put some one sided foam tape on that very top shelf where the glasses are so they can't fall off.
Definitely grouphead gasket, had the same issue recently. There's a really nice silicon group head gasket for the BBE in the Amazon, recently replaced mine, works great!
54mm Silicone Steam Ring – Durable, No BPA Grouphead Gasket Replacement Part – Compatible with Breville Espresso Machine 870/878/880/860/840/810/450/500/ Sage 500/810/870/875/878/880 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VZYNB5J/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_SP2PRJ0W63NGGK097FNY
What is best for you depends on your tap water quality. If it is extremely hard, a jug or pouch may not be sufficient. You may be able to find a water quality report for your municipality online, but it's best to get a test kit to measure it yourself.
If you go with a pitcher, make sure it is spec'ed to soften water. Brita pitchers are very popular, but they don't soften.
You might also consider buying distilled or R/O water and adding minerals in yourself, either with Third Wave Water or equivalent, or else make it yourself.
Breville Dual Boiler + DF64 would be my vote given your budget.
You can get the BDB for $1200 from BB&B (call their customer service line and ask for the 20% discount over the phone, they'll usually give it to you).
The DF64 is available off Amazon here, although it's sold out at the moment. You can also get it off alibaba, but then you'll have to pay shipping (it's free shipping off Amazon).
On a whim I ordered this thing:
Once I pulled out 4 of the needles (will be spares) and hit the remaining 4 with sandpaper to remove the super sharpness, it serves very well for distribution.
However, I do like the cork and nozzle needle version you posted!
I would suggest a Breville Bambino with a 1zpresso JX Pro hand grinder. If you want an electric grinder, you will need to increase your budget.
Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of options for espresso gear when your budget is that low,
The first thing that came to mind was the Flair Neo. It’s a manual machine, but it’s sort of built as an entry level machine with a lot of features adjusted to get the price low.
$119 - The NEO, by Flair Espresso - https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08FKML975/
Then for a grinder, the 1zpresso JX-Pro
$159.99 — 1Zpresso JX-PRO Manual Coffee — https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07YNDX5HW/
It’s a hard price point to get something that people are going to recommend with confidence, but if you want it as a hobby and you know you’re not expecting perfection, this is possibly a decent start.
I use a cheap Amazon scale:
It got espresso dripped on it and there's now brown crud under the display, but it still works perfectly.
After using it for maybe 8 months I decided to buy a Lunar. I really disliked it. I returned it after a week or two of ownership and have been using the same cheap scale now for a little over a year. When this one dies, I'll buy another. If they keep lasting a year, I'll be saving a lot of money over a Lunar.
I googled the name printed on the front of the machine in your picture and the first thing that came up is the machine on Amazon from 3rd party sellers.
I have been through all of those iterations, too. And had fun with them. I still have my plastic yogurt cup just in case. Just wait until you upgrade to the stainless steel one. What I really like about this one is that it is super heavy and it fits on the rim of the protafilter, not in the basket. And the casting is definitely first-rate.
I had a cheap one from Amazon that worked fine. I just wanted the auto timer feature on this. And it looks cool.
WEIGHTMAN Coffee Scale with Timer, 300 x 0.01g Digital Gram Scale with 600ml Silicone Bowl, Espresso Scale with LCD, Stainless Steels Travel Food Scale for Coffee Brewing, Battery Included https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XQS8JL6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_oNbuFb9VRVRT9
offerup.com & austin.craigslist.com mostly. facebook marketplace is filled with keurigs. I found the Baratza Virtuso and the La Cara Espresso Press at the Goodwill on 183.
Right??? This one is an old one. There are fancier smaller ones. I got mine on sale brand new for 40€. image
GreaterGoods Digital Pocket Scale, Lab Analytical Scale, Gram Scale, Ounce Scale, Letter Scale, 750g X .1g Accuracy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SJTXGN7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0YQKTX10F91BN1FJJVNT?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
For those still interested, the J-Max is available for purchase on Amazon (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B097H6NX7Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_QH9348SET92J4WFYQ8ZE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1), thought there are only a few left.
SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher - No Wiring, Wireless App or Timer Control, Add SwitchBot Hub Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, HomePod and IFTTT https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B7NXV4R/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_1N23303SM3GZ299JVD4H
Thought about one of these?
go for this one, this is rated at 15A.
it’s 15 amps in America, and America has 120 volts electric – giving the maximum wattage as: 15 x 120 = 1800 watts.
Should be enough for most machines (some dual boilers have around 2200watts)
Oh man. If it’s super bitter, or dry tasting, super sour, overwhelming, those are the big indicators that something is wrong.
You should get a scale so you know where you stand at least. The gdealer one on Amazon is great and really cheap. Look up “500g 0.01g scale” and you should get some hits.
The normal recommendation to start is 1:2 ratio so 18g coffee to 36g espresso 18:36 in 30 seconds is the typical recommendation keeping the pressure around 8-9 bars. This doesn’t work for all roasts, and mostly applies to medium-dark roasts. 18g is prob too much for the express tho. Not sure, 16-17g might be better.
Digital Kitchen Scale 500g / 0.01g ; Mini Pocket Jewelry Scale, Food Scale for Kitchen, 2 Trays, 6 Units, Auto Off, Tare, PCS Function, Stainless Steel, Batteries Included https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KVLBK72/
Machines like this make bad coffee and terrible espresso. Avoid them like the plague!
Given your desire for quick and easy, unfortunately my advice is to give up on home espresso. There is no way to produce good tasting espresso drinks at home without a "fancy time consuming espresso gadget". A good machine and grinder will be expensive, and have a steep and lengthy learning curve.
I suggest you get a good quality drip machine. Pick one from the SCA approved list. Pair that with a good grinder such as a Baratza Encore, get some fresh beans from a local roastery, and you will be able to make great coffee.
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I used some adhesive foam pads under my drip tray to dampen the vibrations. Works great.
Keep practicing :) You will get it right!
It's tough and ultimately down to trial and error since even among the same grinder model there are inter-unit variations and when we are dealing with such small adjustments, comparisons are usually not very helpful.
Re: scales, the Acaia Lunar is the best. This works well on a budget but won't be as water resistant.
Hard to diagnose flavour and specific shot problems, however the only real moving part is the vibratory pump. My Silvia needed a replacement at year 8. Sounds like your most likely culprit.
You’ll need something like this.
Rancilio Silvia Pump: Ulka EX5 https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00B8KBVZE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_QXPNPR5887BGSCRJ8W2W
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This is pretty much the Cadillac of cheap coffee scales.
Zero water is not a gimmick, just pricey depending on the quality of your water. Also depending out what is in your water the filter might go bad before or after it reaches 6 tds. For example my water is particularly high in chemicals so the filter goes out pretty fast and the water becomes sour well before hitting 6 tds. Just something to keep in mind.
Using Zero Water you definitely want to remineralize your water. You make your own or you can buy something premade like Third Wave Water packets.
For cost and convenience I've moved to an RO system.
This was the one I got: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081CY883F. I actually wanted to get the Crema branded one as they seem like a good company to support but it wasn't in stock at the time. I did order their dosing cup, which is probably going to be my favourite addition to the setup.
Seriously, considering you can buy a cheap scale off Amazon with 0.1g accuracy for under $20, this is a no-brainer. My recommendation is to get something like this one, which should fit well in the base of the Flair.
You'll have to go with a hand grinder in that price range. This looks like a decent one and it's only 33 bucks https://www.amazon.com/Hario-MSS-1B-Mini-Coffee-Grinder/dp/B001804CLY
Some things to note are that it'll probably be a bit of work to grind the beans. The reviews say it takes about a minute to grind the beans to espresso quality but you'll get some pretty decent results. Much better results than going with pre-ground coffee.
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They are 3D printer nozzle cleaning needles. Somebody else on here suggested them in a different post.
I don't use pre-ground coffee and I use bottled water for pulling shots.
I haven't timed it exactly yet but it seems to take about 15 seconds to start dispensing and another 20 seconds to pull a full shot.
I couldn't tell you an exact amount without measuring but I usually fill the container (no idea what they're called) up to about 1/8th of an inch before tamping. I can go and get a precise amount if you think it's important.
I think you may be right about my grind being too coarse. This is the grinder I use, it's not exactly top tier.
I have had my classic pro for about a month now. Overall, I am very pleased with it. My only real complaint is the short distance from the spill tray to the portafilter. If you use the portafilter that comes with the unit, you can barely get a demitasse cup under it. That means there is zero room for a scale. So I bought the bottomless portafilter from Whole Latte Love. It was $60, but it fixed that problem.
I would also recommend a scale with a timer and a grounds bin. I am using this scale. Having the timer built in the scale is very nice. Its not the greatest, but I still haven't talked myself into spending over $200 on a lunar.
As far as grinders go, I went with a Sette 30 and purchased the Sette 270 adjustment assembly from Baratza. I think I saved like $60 over just buying a 270. I would not recommend this. I think its much easier to just go with the Sette 270 from the start. Having said that, I am still not in love with the grinder. I am getting better with it, but I could see myself upgrading sooner rather than later.
Neouza on Amazon.. It's perfect. Dont be fooled by the more expensive ones, theyre all coming out the same factories! https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08CDCJRDR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_lsY9FbXJ7VBB5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Not sure on the diameter of the portafilter male threads, but I assumed 3/8" for the reducing bushing above. I'd double check before finalizing any purchases.
Won't be as pretty, but it will work. I can get gauges a bit cheaper than this locally too.
Also, you can use a large colander, stirring spoon, and a lot of lung work to cool your beans, but a bean cooler like this will save you a lot of work and won't leave you light headed.
It's like one of the Bellman espresso makers
Don't get the Hario. It's slow and over priced and too big for espresso.
Get some like this. Available on Amazon In most countries These one are super fast, accurate, and responsive.
WLL sells the older model Classic.
I'm not sure if all US models (i.e. from Amazon) are like this or not, but some of the Classic experts here should be able to enlighten you.
Amazon has them! Just received this today and installed it, definitely seemed to improve intra-shot thermal stability a bit.
i have the brewista II and find i like this cheaper amazon scale better https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073YZTMR5
i've tested them weighing beans and they both report the same weight
the amazon scale actually responds faster. i figured the brewista would at least do that better but it feels incredibly unresponsive
and the amazon scale comes with 2 different sized trays, that stack on top of it, you can flip upside down and use to weigh things (perfect for my double shots each morning)
The outside of your machine is not at the temperature of your steam boiler, or else you would burn you hand immediately on touching it. I wrapped my Linea 2 Group with https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00598U2EM and it has held up fine.
I don't have this scale, but I see many Flair machine users using a Weightman scale with 0.01 grs. accuracy and timer with good success, here you have the link
They have all sorts. This is the one I use. Chose this one because if I turn it sideways it fits on the Flair drip tray, allowing me to weigh output in real time. Also, if I break it, it’s only a few bucks down the drain.
Here you go:
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I recommend something like this for a weight cup
SCG has it in stock. You can also get a bottomless version although you definitely shouldn't use it with a pressurized basket.
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Crema is on Amazon and has them. I just got mine, it shipped next day about 4 days ago even though it said June 18th. Dark handle is really nice.
Use looped spinner shafts at 0.040 inches. They are very cheap. Here's a picture example but these are a bit thin. Looped spinner shaft I found a 10 pack at a sporting goods store in the fishing department for 4 dollars. Most online places sell them by the 25 or 50 for 10-20$. I didn't want that many.
I grabbed what is called a tasting cork at a homebrew store as it has a plastic handle on the synthetic cork. tasting cork That cost me 75 cents for 3 as they had them loose at the store and in bags of 25. So I spent less than 5 bucks for 3 really nice wdt tools that work so much better than my dissecting needle ever did. I also used a bit of wood glue to seal the wires into the cork once I liked the position. I have considered getting a nice wood knob at Home Depot (cabinet knob) and using that with some of the spinner shafts I have left, but I haven't bothered. What I have works extremely well.
I did this last year and have never looked back.
Coffee Passion Espresso Spoon Set... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073FNC9TK?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
They were $15 when I got them, which felt a little silly. The $30 they’re going for now is just absurd.
Have you tried a puck screen? My results were night and day after using one. Great $20 investment that transformed my pucks from soupy to neat blocks that come out perfectly intact every time.
if you have access to a 3d printer I also designed a tamper for the Staresso (that's free to download but tips are always welcome)
We've used it a couple of times now for smaller projects and I can say that it's so easy and quick to get something off the ground without worrying about other setups, as the name suggests it's also very fast using Esbuild, which does have it's limits ( for now ) but will change the way you work as a developer, with instant page reloads being the icing to the cake :D
I can't however talk for larger projects .... something like Next.Js might be a better place to go ( depending on the framework you want to use obviously ) as it's slightly older with more documentation / support and I think they've just switched over to using Rust for compiling ( https://nextjs.org/blog/next-12#faster-builds-and-fast-refresh-with-rust-compiler)
Haven't tried it myself, but remember from a Lance Hedrick video where he did the dimmer mod with a Gaggia Classic that LED dimmers don't work and only single pole dimmers work. Here's the video if you wanted to have a look, he talks about it in 14:15. https://youtu.be/SR1_cgUR9ks I think this is the same dimmer he used in the video. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DN2PGY/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_XZT0MPG84WDM1YZ88P1G
Sounds like you could use a dosing funnel. It helps my WDT a lot since I don't have to worry about grinds overflowing and spilling.
At this stage that is the only tweak i would recommend so you don't have to WDT and tamp twice.
For the distributer/tamper it sounds like you are using something like this?
When distributing using the combo tool make sure you set it to where it just touches the surface of the grinds, otherwise if it is too deep it can actually result in an uneven distribution and tamping. Then tamp afterwards using the tamping side of course.
Personally I don't use the distribution tool anymore and just use the WDT tool to rake and distribute the grounds at the top and then tamp.
I have a cheap MATOW one I bought off Amazon for around $30. This is the model.
Bottom line is it does a fine job at distributing leaving behind a nice level polished surface, but the threads aren't long enough to have both the distributer and tamping side set at the correct depth for my 20g basket. This is the price you pay for cheap Chinese made gear, but I bought it looking only for a distributer so I'm still happy with it.
I got this one and it’s been rock solid.
KitchenTour Coffee Scale with Timer 3kg/0.1g High Precision Pour Over Drip Espresso Scale with Back-Lit LCD Display (Batteries Included) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083PX1VHG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_41WJ39GGG7H42JGG1KHT?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I bought this bottomless PF for my Dedica: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08YNNH22X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and it seemingly seals well. I only used it a few times (and never actually got a good shot) before deciding that I was just going to upgrade my machine instead, but I didn't run into any leaking issues with it in those few attempts.
Yolococa Corner Tamping Mat Pad Tool Made For Baristas With Non-Slippery Food Safe Silicone https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XYZ8R4V/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0FA0KZFFFKYYEG71TSB2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I believe it was this one: watchget Espresso Tamping Mat, High-Grip Black Silicone Corner Tamping and Packing Mat, Protect Your Barista Countertop https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WRLN8HZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_PKXD91384AXCGRM5C81G
Did you try the self-fusing silicone tape? I know I've recommended that in other places. I've only used it on a metal body grinder, not the pleather grip that comes on JE-plus.
I have this directly on the counter top, everything is on top of it. It protects the counter from portafilter drops, and is super easy to clean, and pretty invisible.
We also run these pellets through once in a couple months, suppose to get rid of residuals and bean oils and keep the grinder at top performance. No idea how well it actually works though as we don’t have something to compare to, but the idea makes sense 😀
Its not actually a bellows, its one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00IAPDQP8 I just have it attached around the mouth with a large jubilee clip. I use the lid from the hopper to collapse it when I'm done which makes quite an effective bellows :)
I've also removed the little bars at the exit from the spout - I get slightly more static (not enough to be a problem), but way less retention this way
Edit: in case you want one. Personally I am super happy w mine (tho I wish I had gotten the new stainless steel one).
BJust saw they make a nice stainless steel funnel for the grinder, but since you're already using the grinding cup, I think one like this would be best. Pretty cheap.
I got a little portable scale and attached it to the portafilter holder. From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089JYMRK6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_PBK563JP0599SJXB0XGE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It works well. Since I didn't get a single dose grinder this was the next best for me.
It is one of the two bulbs that come with a $15 Prepworks by Progressive 8-Piece Frosting Bulb Decorating Kit that I found on Amazon.
The fit inside the Mazzer grinder was slightly loose so I flipped the plastic ring on the top part of the bulb and it is about spot on now.
I've seen some really cool ones made for various grinders that are $40-50 and just can't justify dropping that much cash for one.
Is also a good choice. 15 amp rating also.
Truly love this thing, highly recommended.
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I use this system. It is a Reverse Osmosis system that re-mineralizes the water to add alkalinity and flavor, while remaining scale-free (so far for me). As a bonus, it includes a permeate pump so as to reduce waste water. It also uses a larger tube diameter that increases flow rate. It gives me a source of delicious filtered water on tap, and a perfect solution for coffee and espresso as I do not have to worry about descaling.
If you don’t need a plumbed machine, any reverse osmosis system with a re-mineralizing phase should do the trick - I just happened to pick this one.
Here it is. 14 bucks! It did a good job for the price. Recommend getting a nut for the shaft to keep it set in one place. It makes espresso for sure. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085MHNQW9/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_glt_i_SHDD0H4FXY77F7VNBM8P?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
i only have a bottomless, but get pretty good clearance with this scale: Zassenhaus Barista Precise Digital Pocket Scale, 4 x 5-Inch, 4-Inch by 5-Inch, Silver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0763FSXRM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_KC7N6GDET1K1XX3JHQ52
I use an old pickle grabber that I had lying around.
Seems to get the job done.
On sale for $48, hits all your needs. I love this scale! It’s about 6x6, which is the size of 99% of these scales with timers.
TIMEMORE B22 New Version Digital Espresso Coffee Scales Kitchen Scales with Auto Timing, 2000 Grams ,Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085FV6LSZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_RSP38TCFHJ8DFGKAD9G3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
That switch is only rated 10A, which is not enough to handle most coffee/espresso machines.
Go with something rated 15A / 1875W continuous duty, such as:
I do if I don’t spritz it with a bit of water. I weigh the beans in a little plastic cup before I load them into the grinder, then I spritz them once or twice. Swirl them in the cup then load them in. Static cling is significantly reduced.
I do this for pour over and espresso.