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    by Published on 17-01-15 06:09

    Beanheroes Coffee

    Coffee roaster and equipment supplier operating as a Social Enterprise. We love coffee, we love people.
    by Published on 03-01-15 06:04  Number of Views: 42 

    We're excited to have CoffeeHit onboard for another year.

    Pop by and check out their range of grinders - including the Rhino Hand Grinder - rapidly becoming a forum favourite
    by Published on 01-01-15 03:15  Number of Views: 175 

    The team at FunCaptcha has designed a Captcha for Coffee Forums UK which is now in operation.

    All new members will need to verify themselves as being human by performing 2 tasks whilst registering.
    New members will be asked to rotate the images so that they are upright. This is in place of the normal Captcha where you need to enter text or numbers (which is often blurry)

    We are very pleased with the new FunCaptcha and the team (based in Brisbane, Australia) turned around the graphic within 24 hours

    Thank you FunCaptcha for making spam control that little more enjoyable
    by Published on 28-12-14 12:51  Number of Views: 342 

    Thank you for joining Coffee Forums UK.
    This guide should help you choose equipment in line with your budget that is suitable for producing an espresso based drink.

    Prices and suppliers will vary so any references are recommendations only.
    Prices were correct at the time of publication.

    It is important that you set a realistic budget for your new hobby.

    The most important item (that has the biggest influence over taste and consistency) is a coffee grinder

    Under £100
    Hand Grinder and Aeropress (approx. £60)

    Whilst not technically an espresso – the Aeropress extracts coffee under pressure
    A Rhino Hand Grinder and Aeropress combination can set you on the right path

    If you have a budget of under £100 consider alternative brewing methods such as V60 or Clever Dripper

    You should be able to afford a set of Scales. These will be vital as you upgrade
    (Tip: get a set that reads down to 0.1g and can weigh at least 1kg)

    Under £200
    Gaggia Classic coffee machine and Hand Grinder (usually £150-£200)

    A Gaggia Classic is an extremely capable home espresso machine
    They are forgiving and perform better when paired with an electric grinder, but the Rhino Hand Grinder is capable of producing grinds suitable for use in a Gaggia Classic. This will be adequate until you save up for an electric grinder

    Make sure you also buy a proper Tamper. The plastic tamper provided with your machine is not fit for purpose and should not be used. See below for Tamper advice

    Under £300
    Gaggia Classic coffee machine and Electric Grinder

    In this price range you can buy a brand new entry-level electric grinder such as the Iberital MC2, or even a second-hand commercial grinder
    At this price-point almost all of your budget will be used for the machine and grinder

    Don’t forget to purchase a Tamper and Scales as these will be vital in helping you get the best out of your new machine

    Under £500
    This budget opens up more possibilities
    You could consider a Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia or even a second-hand Fracino machine such as a Heavenly or Cherub.
    In this price-range you will need an electric grinder (see above for advice)
    Scan the Coffee Forums UK For Sale section for bargains

    Did you know?
    Once you have reached 5 posts you can participate in the Coffee Forums UK For Sale subforum

    Where is the best place to buy a cheap Gaggia Classic?
    Amazon Warehouse often has box-returns where the machine has been opened and may have been used (usually only once or twice) before being returned to Amazon where they are refurbed and/or repackaged and usually come with a limited warranty.
    Most box returns are due to people not reading the instructions (or joining forums such as Coffee Forums UK) and getting frustrated that they cannot replicate their local café straight out of the box

    What other items will I need?
    • Tamper (from £15-£150 – just make sure you choose a base that fits your basket (see below)
    • Scales (from £10 upwards - get a set that reads down to 0.1g and can weigh at least 1kg)
    • Milk Jugs (12oz and 20oz)
    • TempTags (Use 1 per milk jug for repeatable temperature (65c) every time)
    • Knockbox
    • Cloths
    • Cups
    • Different baskets

    The stock basket included with your Gaggia Glassic is pressurised, and should be replaced with either an IMS basket or a VST basket as soon as possible
    Your standard baskets are approx. 58mm wide and therefore a 58mm tamper will be required
    IMS and VST baskets take a 58.4mm tamper (on average)

    Grinders under £100
    It is possible to buy a new electric grinder for under £100
    Generally these are best suited for filter coffee as they often do not grind fine enough
    Exceptions are Graef CM80 and Ascaso I-mini grinders which are often reduced to this price-point
    As you upgrade your equipment you will need to upgrade your grinder also
    by Published on 24-12-14 10:43  Number of Views: 206 

    Merry Christmas from Coffee Forums UK

    We wish you a safe and jolly festive season and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you for being a part of Coffee Forums UK in 2014
    by Published on 12-12-14 12:06  Number of Views: 140 

    29-30 September 2015; Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate

    A new, two-day national trade exhibition for the cafe industry is to be held in Harrogate in September 2015. Coffee House & Tea Room Expo is aimed squarely at the elite of cafe owners in search of the most elegant afternoon tea, most delicious lunch and snack menus and most sophisticated coffees, teas and other beverages. The Expo will open its doors on Tuesday 29 September 2015 at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, and will attract managers and staff from coffee houses, tea rooms, cafes, garden centre coffee shops, restaurants and independent hotels throughout the country.

    The event will feature the latest products, ingredients, equipment and business advice for the catering industry and a range of interactive seminars on a range of relevant topics such as tea blends and brewing, and coffee roasting. There will also be hands-on training in latte art and the Expo will host the finals of the UK Chocista Awards, which will showcase the nation’s best offerings of hot chocolate drinks.

    Katherine Robinson, show organiser of Coffee House & Tea Room Expo said: “Our own research indicates that there are in excess of 18,000 independent coffee houses and tea rooms in the UK. This number is further boosted by the branded chains, multiples and cafes within stores, garden centres or restaurants and hotels. The market for coffee houses, tea rooms and related hospitality businesses is booming and the launch of Coffee House & Tea Room Expo is an excellent forum for anyone operating in this sector to come along and see what new ideas could be implemented in their own establishment.”

    Martin Colton, sales manager for Coffee House & Tea Room Expo said: “This debut show is an exciting opportunity for suppliers and visitors alike. With the launch of the Northern Futures Project earlier this year, and all of the talk in government of creating a vibrant northern hub, the Harrogate location was deliberately chosen as the ideal central point between this new northern powerhouse and the huge expanse of Yorkshire; the original home of the quintessential tea room.

    “Our own in-house researched database of independent cafes shows that there are over 1,200 in Yorkshire alone, and a further 2,500 in the immediately surrounding counties. The Expo will be an ideal platform for suppliers to showcase their products to a new audience of visitors who may not have travelled to London for other industry shows.”

    Admission is free by pre-registration. For more information on visiting or exhibiting, see

    To discuss sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities, contact Martin Colton on 01279 714510, or email
    by Published on 30-11-14 05:53

    Click Here to download the DIP DKS-65 Grinder Review - provided by Coffee Forums UK member MrShades

    The DIP DKS-65 Grinder was provided for review by Coffee Omega
    by Published on 21-09-14 10:21  Number of Views: 1019 

    On Sunday 02 August 2015 I will be cycling in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event as part of the Save the Rhino team.

    I have been fortunate enough to see Rhino whilst on safari in South Africa, and hope that future generations will be able to share in that experience also.

    Your sponsorship will help me raise at least £650 towards Save the Rhino’s conservation efforts to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.

    Click Here to Donate
    or send a text starting with RHNO75 then your donation amount (eg RHNO75 £10) to 70070
    Click on the bird when you have done so to tell your friends

    Rhinos are facing an ever increasing poaching crisis and unless something dramatic is done to protect them they will become extinct in the wild. There is no one single solution to protect rhinos, what is needed is a wide range of activities. Your donation will help Save the Rhino deliver a range of activities (as shown below) and most importantly save the lives of Rhinos!

    Anti-poaching rangers form the first and last line of defence for rhinos. Effective field protection is critical to successfully protecting rhino populations. It is an incredibly difficult and dangerous job, without the right training, equipment, management and support they cannot defend rhinos.

    Monitoring rhinos is essential for keeping track of each animal and their movement patterns, habitat utilisation, population demographics. It is also a way for rangers to identify if a rhino has been poached. The information that is collected can be used by managers to plan translocations and introductions.

    Environmental Education
    If we want to protect rhinos in the future we need today’s children to grow up to be wildlife stewards and so it is important to teach children the benefits of wildlife and how to protect them

    Demand Reduction
    The demand for rhino horn has been identified as one of the main driving forces for the escalating poaching of rhinos. It is essential that work is done to reduce the demand for rhino horn in consumer countries in order to reduce poaching and protect rhinos for the long time
    The work that Save the Rhino supports includes raising awareness amongst the consumers of rhino horn, working with the authorities to catch and prosecute people trafficking rhino horn and working with policy makers to ensure laws are implemented.

    Rhinos tend to live in relatively small, isolated populations that need to be actively monitored and managed to ensure their persistence. As habitats are limited in extent and there are now great distances between rhino populations and barriers to their movements such as human habitation, the process needs to be helped artificially.

    Captive Breeding
    Protecting rhinos in the wild can be very challenging and uncertain. Hence, viable populations in captivity are also important as ultimate reservoirs of genetic and demographic material for reinforcement or re-establishment of wild populations as need and opportunity occur.

    Photo – Glenn Watson
    Text below the photo from the Save the Rhino website.
    To learn more visit

    All Coffee Forums UK Members who donate to support me will go in the draw to win a KeepCup and Coffee Forums UK Cupping Spoon
    Simply leave a comment below and add your forum username when donating
    by Published on 14-06-14 04:14  Number of Views: 4158

    Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd November 2014
    Roasters || Baristas || Foodies || Brewers || Music
    || Manchester ||

    The inaugural Cup North event will be taking place on 01 / 02 November at the Artwork Atelier building in the Greengate area of Salford - located only a short walk away from Manchester city centre.

    Cup North will be open from 10am until late with music, food and drinking taking visitors through to the evening.

    Industry professionals, home baristas, coffee lovers and their friends & families are all welcome to attend.

    Follow Cup North on Twitter @cupnorth or on Facebook for details as they are announced, or visit the Cup North website.

    Stand space / barista slots and volunteer positions are available. Contact Hannah Davies for further details.

    by Published on 14-06-14 11:07  Number of Views: 2972 

    We are pleased to announce that Bella Barista has renewed their Coffee Forums UK Sponsorship for another 12 months

    Over the past 12 months Bella Barista has greatly expanded their product range, introduced a number of new machines (both lever and pump driven) and roasters to the market, as well as hosting a very successful forum open day.

    When contacting Bella Barista to discuss your next purchase please let them know that you are a Coffee Forums UK member.

    Did you know that you can even buy Green Beans from Bella Barista?

    You can also get hands-on with machines, grinders and roasters before making a purchase by visiting their new showroom in Wellingborough. Contact Claudette to make an appointment via
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