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05-11-2015, 13:27   #76
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I've been watching this with a few weeks. I have an alert on camelcamelcamel to email me if it goes below £200. Probably unlikely to happen again
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Americano is a espresso topped up with hot water - no hot water dispenser on this I think
A barista should tell you its hot water topped up with espresso - this preserves the créme better
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A barista should tell you if you want an Americano, just use bloody instant coffee and a kettle. Waste of decent coffee beans and a decent espresso machine
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Americano is a espresso topped up with hot water - no hot water dispenser on this I think
I use the steamer to half fill cup with hot water then add a double espresso to make an Americano. Don't press any buttons just turn steamer all the way on.

Don't use the steamer much for milk but only issue I've had is after steaming milk
it takes an age to make an espresso (not sure why, maybe needs to cool down).
Easy work around is to make all espressos required before heating the milk.

Have had for couple of years now without any major issues, I descale regularly.
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I use the steamer to half fill cup with hot water then add a double espresso to make an Americano. Don't press any buttons just turn steamer all the way on.

Don't use the steamer much for milk but only issue I've had is after steaming milk
it takes an age to make an espresso (not sure why, maybe needs to cool down).
Easy work around is to make all espressos required before heating the milk.

Have had for couple of years now without any major issues, I descale regularly.
After steaming ... put it back to regular mode ... Leave the steamer open and it will stop. Lights all go green again and you can make espresso again!

Defo descale regularly

Also be careful of the steamer knob ... it's plastic and breaks
DeLonghi will send you out a new knob (under warranty) but may fleece you out of warranty

I have seen them on ebay also
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Also be careful of the steamer knob ...
I. Must. Resist.
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05-11-2015, 23:04   #82
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I use the steamer to half fill cup with hot water then add a double espresso to make an Americano. Don't press any buttons just turn steamer all the way on.

Don't use the steamer much for milk but only issue I've had is after steaming milk
it takes an age to make an espresso (not sure why, maybe needs to cool down).
Easy work around is to make all espressos required before heating the milk.

Have had for couple of years now without any major issues, I descale regularly.
Out of curiousity - have you ever tried the steamer after the espresso ?
The purest would probably say the warm water should be added after rather than before the espresso shot.
Depending on the beans I have I find espressos or americanos can sometimes taste nicer - but that's just a preference/impression - with coffee imo it should be about whatever way you enjoy it - not what is the perceived correct way.

I'm not comparing like with like - however another option people could weigh up is that there are really good warehouse deals on delonghi nespresso machines at the moment

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-lis...condition=used
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Hi all,

I just got this machine delivered (only took 2 days from Amazon super saver).

I like to have a 100ml cup of espresso style coffee, and I used to set the water amount on my nespresso machine to get this!

Whats the best way to set this machine to replicate this?

I am currently using grind about 4, coffee pointing at 2 o clock, and water set at whatever gets the crema to the top of my 100ml cup.

It's not bad, but I'm wondering could it be done better, maybe with a finer grind and less coffee so it flows?

Thanks,

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It's really trial & error. It will take you a good few cups that go down the sink

Or give to your missus or anyone else who likes Americanos and won't notice the difference

I'm similar to you, I like a double espresso, about 60ml in total. Have the grinder set to the finest I could get away with (so that the coffee still flows rather than just trickles), coffee strength to about 75% (3 o'clock) and water to about 25% (9 o'clock)

Good luck trying!
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Amazon 4 for price of 3

This is in the amazon 4 for 3 offer if anyone was interested.
Would be c. £170 each if three others wanted to group together.
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This is in the amazon 4 for 3 offer if anyone was interested.
Would be c. £170 each if three others wanted to group together.
Works out at €238 each on the 4 for 3 including shipping and Irish VAT. That's amazing value. Go for it folks, you will not be disappointed!
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How would the 4 x 3 work? I'd be interested but not sure on the practicality of it. Does one person need to cough up the costs for the 4 of them? Seems a bit high risk
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i'm game. i'll stake my 10+ years membership and good adverts feedback on completing the deal. presume others have similar bona fides.

Offer ends at 23:59 BST on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

first 3 ppl to pm me and ill front the purchse. collect from me in dublin5 or i can send it on

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i'm game. i'll stake my 10+ years membership and good adverts feedback on completing the deal. presume others have similar bona fides.

Offer ends at 23:59 BST on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

first 3 ppl to pm me and ill front the purchse. collect from me in dublin5 or i can send it on
I'd be happy to front it too, I'm in Dublin 14, or collect from you in Dublin 5.
It's £691 upfront.
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I'd be happy to front it too, I'm in Dublin 14, or collect from you in Dublin 5.
It's £691 upfront.
cotton, im gonna post in tea/coffee forum that we need two more

*edit* 3/4 places filled. need one more to initiate order!

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