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    by Published on 01-01-15 03:15  Number of Views: 1322 

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    by Published on 28-12-14 12:51  Number of Views: 1683 

    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: 1135 

    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: 1480 

    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 www.coffeehouse-expo.co.uk.

    To discuss sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities, contact Martin Colton on 01279 714510, or email martin@coffeehouse-expo.co.uk
    by Published on 28-11-14 10:44

    Hello folks!

    With just a week to go until the first Glasgow Coffee Festival I thought I'd do a proper post to give you some more info. Heres the event poster:

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    10 roasters, 2 bars, 10 free masterclasses, 1 national competition, 1 film premiere, 26 exhibitors, art, music, food, barber, face painting, xmas gifts!

    Tickets available here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glasg...aff=es2&rank=3

    Shaping up to be an amazing day and I'm super excited to be involved! We'd love to see as many home baristas there as possible so to encourage you even more (like you need the encouragement!) you can get 50% off your tickets by entering CFORUMS@GCF.

    I'm running a latte art masterclass at the festival. All masterclasses are free so if you're interested in joining the latte art one then maybe start a list of names on this thread. Any other questions just give me a shout!

    by Published on 21-09-14 10:21  Number of Views: 2370 

    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 http://clicktotweet.com/img/bg-twitter.png

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    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 http://www.savetherhino.org

    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: 5846 


    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: 3930 

    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 http://www.bellabarista.co.uk/
    Published on 31-05-14 09:19

    The world’s leading coffee buying guide, coffeereview.com, has given high scores to six UK artisan roasted coffees. This is the first time coffeereview.com have reviewed coffee from the UK. They cupped a selection of over 20 coffees and awarded 91+ points to six coffees.coffeereview.com has become the world's largest and most respected coffee buying guide. Founded in 1997 by Kenneth Davids & Ron Walters, they conduct blind, expert cuppings of coffees and report the findings in the form of 100-point reviews, much like those that exist in the wine industry.

    The UK roasters that scored highly were Climpson and Sons, Artisan Roast, Horsham Coffee Roaster, Clifton Coffee Roasters and North Star Micro Roasters. Their coffees were:

    • Gatomboya Bourbon SL28 Kenya by Artisan Roast, Edinburgh, Scotland – 93 points
    • Ethiopia Guji Shakiso by Clifton Coffee Roasters, Bristol, England – 92 points
    • Ethiopia Levelup Coffee Natural by Horsham Coffee Roaster, West Sussex, England – 92 points
    • Doyo Coop Ethiopia by Climpson & Sons Coffee Roasters, London, England - 91 points
    • Kiawamururu Kenya by Climpson & Sons Coffee Roasters, London, England - 91 points
    • Rwanda Gashonga by North Star Micro Roasters, Leeds, England - 91 points

    The coffeereview.com article about the UK reviews is: http://blog.coffeereview.com/industr...of-u-k-coffees
    coffeereview.com contacted Lloyd Burgess, a former BBC Masterchef winner based in Bath, to help them identify a variety of UK coffees. Lloyd is founder of the site - TheCoffeeRoasters.co.uk - which sells over 60 coffees from UK artisan roasters.

    Climpson and Sons, London is a growing company of coffee enthusiasts, roasting espresso blends and a range of single origin beans. They supply their flagship café on Hackney’s Broadway Market, their own stall on market day, as well as a growing list of other establishments. Their cafe, established in 2005, is considered one of the pioneering venues for London’s now-famous coffee revolution. http://www.climpsonandsons.com

    Artisan Roast, Edinburgh are an award winning Scottish gourmet coffee roastery with three cafés in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Their coffees have been used in the world brewers cup, and their baristas regularly place as the top Scottish barista in the UK barista championships. Artisan Roasts coffees are carefully sourced either directly with growers or with long term supply chain partners and their goal is to find unique, quality focused and vibrant tasting micro-lots. John and Piotr from the roastery were delighted to score a massive 93 points with their Gatomboya from Kenya. The coffee has been a firm favourite with customers in the café’s through the last few months making it top of the list of coffees to share with the coffeereview buying guide. http://www.artisanroast.co.uk

    Horsham Coffee Roaster was started by husband and wife team Bradley and Amelia in April 2012 to supply local customers and a regular market stall. They now supply several coffee shops, cafes and pubs with premium quality, ethically traded, freshly roasted coffee. All their coffee is sourced through carefully selected partners who are dedicated to searching the world for the best coffees available. http://www.horshamcoffeeroaster.com

    Clifton Coffee Company Bristol was founded in 2001, but it wasn’t until the early part of 2013 that they embarked upon their own roasting journey to deliver a coffee program to their customers that is dedicated purely to absolute quality with a truly seasonal approach to sourcing. http://www.cliftoncoffee.co.uk

    North Star Micro Roasters is the first micro-roaster in Leeds dedicated to sourcing, roasting and supplying the best coffees they can get our hands on! North Star is focused 100% on speciality grade Arabica coffees which they craft roast, on demand, on Roxanne – their 5KG Toper roaster. http://www.northstarroast.com/

    Kenneth Davids of coffeereview.com has published three books on coffee, including Coffee: A Guide To Buying, Brewing & Enjoying, which has sold more the 250,000 copies. http://blog.coffeereview.com/kennethdavids

    For more information please contact:

    Published on 11-05-14 06:08  Number of Views: 7274 

    The U.S. designed Behmor 1600 has been the best-of-class home green bean coffee roaster since its introduction in 2007, winning the Specialty Coffee Association of America "Best New Product 2007 & 2008.

    The 220-240v models were once CE approved, until the good old Euro bureaucrats shifted their countertop-hot-appliance specification goal posts no less than 3 times in 18 months. Behmor lost a lot of money retooling their factory and ultimately their patience and so pulled out, preferring to wait for the Euro-dust to settle.

    The Behmor is approved and widely available in the U. S, Canada, Australia and NZ – It’s an excellent machine - yes the shell gets as hot as you’d expect when roasting, its an Oven! Perhaps we should ban frying pans, as they too get hot!

    My partner & I are from the Netherlands & England respectively. We both live in Dubai and run an ecommerce business, specialising in all things coffee for home baristas - like you and me.

    Why not check out the rest of our website? www.givemecoffee.ae

    For £259, we can fly roasters in to the UK, to your door, using Aramex traceable express service.

    We’ll clearly invoice the value of the roaster without courier charges - should you get hit for VAT, you’ll be charged on £204.00
    (we can always play with that figure but this will have an obvious effect, should your roaster get lost or damaged – your call).

    So worse case scenario - you’ll have a Behmor in your kitchen for £300.

    There’s no other roaster in this class that can roast batches of up to 1 pound (454 g). The savings made on buying green beans over ready roasted will soon reward your investment.

    Two things I really enjoy in the kitchen are baking bread and roasting & brewing coffee for my family and I. Just like bread, there's nothing quite like good coffee that’s freshly roasted at home!

    We carry spares for all our machines too and will support you if required. Our rates to UK are very competitive and you’ll have a 12 month guarantee. Obviously it wouldn’t do to return the machine here for repair, but the Behmor has a clever and simple modular design - faults are relatively simple to determine and correct, with just a Philips screwdriver required.

    Having said all this, I’ve been throwing my Behmor from pillar to post and exhibition to demo, as well as using in my own kitchen for 18 months without any issue. We’ve yet to fix a single machine.

    More info on the Behmor here –


    We’re a fully registered Limited Liability Company here in Dubai.

    We had to jump through many hoops in order to offer secure online payments in the United Arab Emirates - you have total piece of mind (we’re trying to grow a business, not make a few quid). Further documentation can be provided if you still have doubts.

    Feel free to email any questions.



    Coffee Forums UK would like to welcome Martin and the Give Me Coffee team on board as a forum advertiser

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