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Coffee machine, shop returns (Used), 20% off with code. £445 on Amazon. Good reviews

TESTING:We have tested this item and can confirm that it is in full working order.

CONDITION:We have assessed this item and in our view, it is in reasonable cosmetic condition. The unit is showing some signs of use and have some cosmetic marks, scuffs and scratches. Please note that the units casing may also have some minor dents. Please see picture for details. Please note that the pictures shown are to represent some of the cosmetic scratches and dents that you should expect, your item may vary slightly to the pictures shown in terms of condition of the unit and accessories.

ACCESSORIES:This item comes with the following accessories: Power Lead, Bean Hopper, Water Tank, Portafilter, Filter Cup x 1, Drip Tray and Box. Please note that the tamper, milk jug, cleaning kits and the cleaning tablets are missing and some units may not come in their original boxes or have manuals.

Feedback from buyers on this exact item from this seller:
  • "Fabulous! Far better than advertised. Like new"
  • "Thank you, came fast and works great"
  • "quick delivery and well packaged machine as described excelent machine"
  • "Great item, super fast delivery"
  • "Quick delivery, good quality - recommended seller."
  • "Very fast delivery, item looks better than the picture, would recommend to all!"
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V cheap but will look like chucked down some stairs.
No thanks. USED condition. It may be worth adding this to the description!
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No thanks. USED condition. It may be worth adding this to the description!
V cheap but will look like chucked down some stairs.
Hahahaha
This item comes with the following accessories: Power Lead, Bean Hopper, Water Tank, Portafilter, Filter Cup x 1, Drip Tray and Box. Please note that the tamper, milk jug, cleaning kits and the cleaning tablets are missing and some units may not come in their original boxes or have manuals.
I bought one of these from these guys about 5 years ago. It had been used but was in great condition. Still going strong and wouldn't hesitate to buy another if it broke. I paid around £160 which was a bargain but this is still an excellent price. Heat from me
Edited by: "jsw72" 3rd Feb
Wow that's cheap!
Looks like it has had a thrashing.
Great kit. Steal at this price. Paid 500 for mine 3yrs ago. Never looked back
Seller also has Refurbished for an extra £100
I have this. Great machine the jug is essential to get your milk just right. I had a basic espresso machine before and hadn't realised I was overheating the milk and breaking down the proteins. Louis Pasteur found that out 150 years ago and he was on the Dole
Edited by: "HerefordCiderApples" 4th Feb
looks awful, how do you get that many dents on a coffee machine!
Got excited until I saw the description
They have sold 265 and still have 26 to sell.
That is a lot of returned units...
grinnaslee03/02/2020 19:39

Seller also has Refurbished for an extra £100


You mean second hand...
Really nice piece of equipment. Bought mine on Amazon .best coffee I have ever did myself even with ground coffee
HerefordCiderApples03/02/2020 19:46

I have this. Great machine the jug is essential to get your milk just …I have this. Great machine the jug is essential to get your milk just right. I had a basic expresso machine before and hadn't realised I was overheating the milk and breaking down the proteins. Louis Pasteur found that out 150 years ago and he was on the Dole


Agreed that they're essential to get the temp right unless you have calibrated hands but a normal S/S milk jug and proper thermometer are far easier to use and more accurate than these ones with a fish tank thermometer stuck on the side. Both together should cost less than a tenner.
I bought a new one in the Amazon Black Friday sale for just under £400; this is a bargain for a fantastic machine. Be prepared to use a pack of beans setting up the machine with the right pressures - once sorted you will have brilliant coffee for many years. Use mine daily. A worthwhile investment.
Thanks for posting. We have added this thread to the Highlights section
Funny, I listed this a couple of weeks back when it could be had for £191.99 and it went cold!
I purchased one from the same company and came without any dings or damage.
I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could get some advice please. We bought this machine last month from John Lewis, paid almost £400 for it and still haven't mastered the art of a decent coffee!! Initially, I bought Illy and Lavazza beans but was advised by various people that supermarket coffee is a no no! We then purchased various beans from 'Rave' coffee that came recommended. My fab hubby has watched numerous tutorials on getting the perfect coffee but to no avail. First of all, the beans don't even resemble the smell of coffee, so obviously, it doesn't taste anything like coffee. He drinks Americano or espresso, I drink Americano or flat white. If I'm honest, we haven't had a decent coffee since we bought this but we want to persevere and get it right. Any hints, tips, advice will be gratefully received. Thank you in advance
Edited by: "staffsnat" 4th Feb
RT198204/02/2020 20:43

I bought a new one in the Amazon Black Friday sale for just under £400; this …I bought a new one in the Amazon Black Friday sale for just under £400; this is a bargain for a fantastic machine. Be prepared to use a pack of beans setting up the machine with the right pressures - once sorted you will have brilliant coffee for many years. Use mine daily. A worthwhile investment.


Can I ask what you mean about the right pressures? Grind and tamp or something else?

I sometimes find that I need to take the grinder apart and vacuum it out as it chokes, particularly when changing a coffee (I buy 1kg bags so approx every 4 weeks).
jsw7203/02/2020 19:16

I bought one of these from these guys about 5 years ago. It had been used …I bought one of these from these guys about 5 years ago. It had been used but was in great condition. Still going strong and wouldn't hesitate to buy another if it broke. I paid around £160 which was a bargain but this is still an excellent price. Heat from me


Please can you come and give us some tuition?
Where do you put in the mellow birds? 🤪🤪
b1g1an04/02/2020 09:24

Agreed that they're essential to get the temp right unless you have …Agreed that they're essential to get the temp right unless you have calibrated hands but a normal S/S milk jug and proper thermometer are far easier to use and more accurate than these ones with a fish tank thermometer stuck on the side. Both together should cost less than a tenner.


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Just need a cheapo jug and sorted.
staffsnat04/02/2020 20:52

I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could …I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could get some advice please. We bought this machine last month from John Lewis, paid almost £400 for it and still haven't mastered the art of a decent coffee!! Initially, I bought Illy and Lavazza beans but was advised by various people that supermarket coffee is a no no! We then purchased various beans from 'Rave' coffee that came recommended. My fab hubby has watched numerous tutorials on getting the perfect coffee but to no avail. First of all, the beans don't even resemble the smell of coffee, so obviously, it doesn't taste anything like coffee. He drinks Americano or espresso, I drink Americano or flat white. If I'm honest, we haven't had a decent coffee since we bought this but we want to persevere and get it right. Any hints, tips, advice will be gratefully received. Thank you in advance


how about going to a coffee shop and asking them to see how they get the best out their machine, then asking them which coffee branded beans they use..
staffsnat04/02/2020 20:52

I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could …I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could get some advice please. We bought this machine last month from John Lewis, paid almost £400 for it and still haven't mastered the art of a decent coffee!! Initially, I bought Illy and Lavazza beans but was advised by various people that supermarket coffee is a no no! We then purchased various beans from 'Rave' coffee that came recommended. My fab hubby has watched numerous tutorials on getting the perfect coffee but to no avail. First of all, the beans don't even resemble the smell of coffee, so obviously, it doesn't taste anything like coffee. He drinks Americano or espresso, I drink Americano or flat white. If I'm honest, we haven't had a decent coffee since we bought this but we want to persevere and get it right. Any hints, tips, advice will be gratefully received. Thank you in advance


I have this machine, also from John Lewis. I usually buy Rave coffee as well although have started using Coffeelink as they've got some great deals on.
What's the issue with your espresso - what's the pressure gauge showing when you extract the coffee?
What grind setting are you using and how hard are you tamping? In order to get the tamp right, I bought a calibrated tamper from Amazon and mine are pretty good these days - there's no audible click but once you've compressed the spring, stop.

I'm clearly no barista but this what I have produced:
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staffsnat04/02/2020 20:52

I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could …I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could get some advice please. We bought this machine last month from John Lewis, paid almost £400 for it and still haven't mastered the art of a decent coffee!! Initially, I bought Illy and Lavazza beans but was advised by various people that supermarket coffee is a no no! We then purchased various beans from 'Rave' coffee that came recommended. My fab hubby has watched numerous tutorials on getting the perfect coffee but to no avail. First of all, the beans don't even resemble the smell of coffee, so obviously, it doesn't taste anything like coffee. He drinks Americano or espresso, I drink Americano or flat white. If I'm honest, we haven't had a decent coffee since we bought this but we want to persevere and get it right. Any hints, tips, advice will be gratefully received. Thank you in advance


It’s all about playing with the grind size and using beans with a decent level of oil to ensure the machine works at its optimal condition. I used a sack of beans setting mine up...
miffyl04/02/2020 20:54

Can I ask what you mean about the right pressures? Grind and tamp or …Can I ask what you mean about the right pressures? Grind and tamp or something else?I sometimes find that I need to take the grinder apart and vacuum it out as it chokes, particularly when changing a coffee (I buy 1kg bags so approx every 4 weeks).


Exactly that. Grind and tamp but also use the razor. Also make sure the pressure hits 12 o clock by adjusting the various adjusters.
staffsnat04/02/2020 20:55

Please can you come and give us some tuition?


Ha, takes a bit of getting used to. If you switch beans, you'll likely need to change the degree of the grind, I tend to go from 4 up to 9. Tamp the grinds down hard to the level where the chrome ends on the tamper (about 5mm from the top of the porta filter). Keep an eye on the pressure gauge and you'll soon get used to it. And the milk should be right when the metal jug is almost too hot to touch for more than a couple of seconds - Keep the steam wand lower for a more silky finish or close to the meniscus for more air - it's easier to get the air in early in the frothing, then dip it down to silken it up.
RT198204/02/2020 21:07

Exactly that. Grind and tamp but also use the razor. Also make sure the …Exactly that. Grind and tamp but also use the razor. Also make sure the pressure hits 12 o clock by adjusting the various adjusters.


Gotcha. I don't keep my beans in the hopper, I keep them in an airtight jar in a cool dark place (lower cupboard) and weigh out 16g for each coffee . The wife just shakes her head in sad acceptance.
miffyl04/02/2020 21:10

Gotcha. I don't keep my beans in the hopper, I keep them in an airtight …Gotcha. I don't keep my beans in the hopper, I keep them in an airtight jar in a cool dark place (lower cupboard) and weigh out 16g for each coffee . The wife just shakes her head in sad acceptance.


My wife is banned from my coffee machine. What is hers is hers. What is mine is hers apart from my coffee :-)
johnnycbit04/02/2020 21:04

how about going to a coffee shop and asking them to see how they get the …how about going to a coffee shop and asking them to see how they get the best out their machine, then asking them which coffee branded beans they use..


I've signed my hubby up for a mornings tuition at our local coffee shop in a few weeks time with 'has bean' coffee company! thanks anyway.
jsw7204/02/2020 21:08

Ha, takes a bit of getting used to. If you switch beans, you'll likely …Ha, takes a bit of getting used to. If you switch beans, you'll likely need to change the degree of the grind, I tend to go from 4 up to 9. Tamp the grinds down hard to the level where the chrome ends on the tamper (about 5mm from the top of the porta filter). Keep an eye on the pressure gauge and you'll soon get used to it. And the milk should be right when the metal jug is almost too hot to touch for more than a couple of seconds - Keep the steam wand lower for a more silky finish or close to the meniscus for more air - it's easier to get the air in early in the frothing, then dip it down to silken it up.


Yes. Love these words. After using my machine for months everything you have said is what I have learned through time. Can’t beat the feelings of hitting that 12 o clock pressure mark! And agree, when you switch beans it needs re adjusting. I’ve gone through the Sainsbury’s selections and have actually found the Aldi beans the best!
staffsnat04/02/2020 20:52

I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could …I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could get some advice please. We bought this machine last month from John Lewis, paid almost £400 for it and still haven't mastered the art of a decent coffee!! Initially, I bought Illy and Lavazza beans but was advised by various people that supermarket coffee is a no no! We then purchased various beans from 'Rave' coffee that came recommended. My fab hubby has watched numerous tutorials on getting the perfect coffee but to no avail. First of all, the beans don't even resemble the smell of coffee, so obviously, it doesn't taste anything like coffee. He drinks Americano or espresso, I drink Americano or flat white. If I'm honest, we haven't had a decent coffee since we bought this but we want to persevere and get it right. Any hints, tips, advice will be gratefully received. Thank you in advance


Have you tried these?

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miffyl04/02/2020 21:04

I have this machine, also from John Lewis. I usually buy Rave coffee as …I have this machine, also from John Lewis. I usually buy Rave coffee as well although have started using Coffeelink as they've got some great deals on.What's the issue with your espresso - what's the pressure gauge showing when you extract the coffee? What grind setting are you using and how hard are you tamping? In order to get the tamp right, I bought a calibrated tamper from Amazon and mine are pretty good these days - there's no audible click but once you've compressed the spring, stop.I'm clearly no barista but this what I have produced:[Image] [Image]


Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I've got a confession...... I haven't even attempted to turn the machine on yet!! I was poorly when it arrived so my hubby took charge and I haven't attempted to use it yet! I will pass on your comments. This mornings Americano was bitter.
staffsnat04/02/2020 20:52

I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could …I've been waiting for a deal for this to come up for weeks so that I could get some advice please. We bought this machine last month from John Lewis, paid almost £400 for it and still haven't mastered the art of a decent coffee!! Initially, I bought Illy and Lavazza beans but was advised by various people that supermarket coffee is a no no! We then purchased various beans from 'Rave' coffee that came recommended. My fab hubby has watched numerous tutorials on getting the perfect coffee but to no avail. First of all, the beans don't even resemble the smell of coffee, so obviously, it doesn't taste anything like coffee. He drinks Americano or espresso, I drink Americano or flat white. If I'm honest, we haven't had a decent coffee since we bought this but we want to persevere and get it right. Any hints, tips, advice will be gratefully received. Thank you in advance


Try Dunkin Doughnuts beans. I’ve read that they’re very good.
alchemistkevin04/02/2020 21:31

Have you tried these?[Image]


No I haven't , I think I've tried just about every bean in every supermarket except these because a coffee 'buff' then told me to avoid supermarket coffee, even though I'd bought illy and Lavazza. Apparently, beans bought from a supermarket are too old!
No thanks. You can keep your dirty old coffee maker.

I have a bean to cup machine and they get MESSY. Oily dusty pretty grim even if cleaned.

It’s like a used mattress
I wouldn't risk it. If you're in the market for this machine, save the difference and wait for it to drop to <375 like it has before.
staffsnat04/02/2020 21:32

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I've got a …Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I've got a confession...... I haven't even attempted to turn the machine on yet!! I was poorly when it arrived so my hubby took charge and I haven't attempted to use it yet! I will pass on your comments. This mornings Americano was bitter.


Grind maybe too fine and extraction too long or overtamped.

yorkemporium.co.uk

These do good beans reasonably priced too.
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