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  1. A letter to say I don't have prostate cancer. Priceless.
    21 points
  2. Hi folks, A lot of you lovely members already know us and have been kind enough to purchase from us. For those that are new we are Black Cat Coffee. We are a small roaster in rural Norfolk. We seek out super high quality Single Origin coffee through a number of importers and some rare gems through direct trade with farmers. You will find lots of info on our site about our coffee including the SCA Cup Score. We are always a PM away if you need any advice making a selection though. Along side our freshly roasted coffee we offer lots of different accessories, brewers and grinders.
    18 points
  3. Hi everybody, I'll keep this short because I could write a whole blog series on this topic. Can I invite you to consider supporting the forum's sponsors this Black Friday? That includes any who don't have banners but who make offers available for you all year round. There are a number of us who have standing offers for forum members. Having a quick look at what is out there for Black Friday, I don't think too many will be beating us for value. There is a very respected roastery offering a huge discount, and a big one offering another hefty whack off kilos, but otherwise the sponsors
    13 points
  4. Thought I would share this Major I acquired for not much (error with the listing price and too far/expensive to return!) back in May. Dithered forever and a day on what to do with it - it had been neglected in a north London restaurant and was clogged and chipped but in solid working order. Finally settled on a colour (Harley Davidson Chrome Yellow from Kustom Canz) and then, having modified a fudge funnel and had a friend turn a wooden lid, gave in to the Daniel Wong kit which seems so slick. Still want to replace the drab black electrical flex, but otherwise we are go
    13 points
  5. I was never moving on from my GC. Meet Liz 🤣 VTS basket and Mignon mat arrived this morning and other than a knock box I'm done. Pucks can be a bit sloppy out of this one and the purposed Fage tub isn't it anymore 😂. It's a good fit there but it'll be a better one in February when we're having two walls knocked down and a huge kitchen dinner renovation. In the new kitchen it'll have a place to go with no upper units above but maybe some nice coffee stuff shelves. Can't wait.
    13 points
  6. As we go into lockdown 2.0, I just couldn't dither any longer. I've waited a while since upgrading grinder and read so many reviews I practically wore the print off the internet! Finally, I have my end setup. After being used to the little Pavoni Pro, this is taking some getting used to... but I'm thrilled with it. The steam power is insane in comparison! Just what I wanted really. A simple, beautifully made bit of kit that so far seems very easy to use. It's like discovering everything all over again. Really impressed with the app side of things. Means I can time it to come on and go off
    12 points
  7. Hi everyone! I'm Paul, the roaster and a few other things, at Vagabond Coffee Roasters. I thought I'd give you some space to talk about the coffee and this seems like a good spot to jump in. Clearly, everyone knows what they're doing, but let me know any non spoiler-y questions you might have about the coffee or us, and I'll get to them asap! Want to say how much I appreciate being involved, I love talking coffee... Just ask my family. Or don't, if you care about their sanity.
    12 points
  8. Ok, so after chatting with a few people, on and off here I've decided to do a full disclosure as I feel the company acted incorrectly and I believe the information they are providing via their website is mis-leading and potentially harmful. Firstly as many will have guessed I was called by Osmio. Believing me to be a practicing doctor (a breach of privacy for which I will be reporting them) they sales person begins a spiel of how they intend to try and get their product (unproven) into GP surgeries with the intention of treating autoimmune disease such as Asthma, Eczema etc. He also
    11 points
  9. Londinium wall frame(s) similar to six that I made, and gifted, 4 years ago. I believe some are still gracing the coffee corners of @coffeechap and @Thecatlinux and @working dog to name but three. I'm hoping to raise much needed funds for Zoë's Place Baby Hospice by placing in their upcoming Charity Art Auction which starts tomorrow. If any one is interested in bidding then by all means let me know and I will post a link. *There could be added bonus items for successful CFUK bidder(s) !!
    10 points
  10. I got this one a few hours ago. I managed to snatch a cosmetically slightly imperfect one for 5% off, which led to what they called a "small" refund of £140. Shipping from Hong Kong was very fast. JJ
    10 points
  11. had a go at updating this. there are more coffee related deals out there on hotukdeals, but the prices nothing that special or the kit is more entry level (nespresso) if people want to quote and update that would be helpful 2020 Black Friday table Type Deal Where Code Ends Gear Kettles and such like Coffeehit N/A ? Coffee Accessories, parts, baskets, cups, scales etc. Blue Star Coffee BLACK10 30/11/2020
    9 points
  12. Behold ! My new machine ❤️ Will be doing it up soon. Never ever seen a single lever version of this machine, so I snapped it up x
    9 points
  13. New ceramic cup from honua pottery in Scotland, Katie makes some stunning stuff, have a thing for ceramics, you know this if you’ve seen my Instagram, this one is 220ml, galaxy thumb cup
    9 points
  14. Ok, This was supposed to start with a video of the four Classics all working but for some reason the video won't behave! I've tried using Streamable but it's coming out as a HTML file. I need to spend more time working on it and will post later. Meanwhile still photos only. I have done a write up on each machine with pictures and will post subsequently on each machine during the day on this thread. Initially these are prices for the four Classics. Far left a 1998 Gold coloured chrome plated machine, refurbished in the steam punk style. Price £239 plus £15 P&P. If Rancil
    9 points
  15. And here it is... now to familiarise myself with the controls... and then make a coffee
    9 points
  16. My other half is a doctor - she spent time studying the governments documentation about lockdown 2.0 when it was issued and has seen the affect Covid can have on people. We are following it to the letter.
    9 points
  17. To celebrate becoming a new advertiser, I'm delighted to offer CFUK and exclusive deal on the Osmio Zero. You can have the Osmio Zero, plus a replacement pack of filters, and including 3 years warranty for £333. https://www.osmiowater.co.uk/zip-portable-reverse-osmosis-system.html Normal price is £399 + £55 = £454 giving you a huge saving of £121. This offer will be valid for 3 months only and finishes at the end of Jan 21. To take advantage sinple send me a PM and let me know which colour and plug type you would like. Best wishes Mark
    9 points
  18. how do you use it on the ceiling?
    9 points
  19. She is here 🙃 Bit of a size difference tho 😁
    9 points
  20. This popped up on my phone today. A memory from this day, 7 years ago. The day my visually impaired teenager came home from a day of Barista training - kindly and freely given by Max at Colonna and Smalls in Bath. It was this that led to my discovering The Coffee Forum and the generous collection that followed. This, with his Moka pot from Italy and his first (albeit rubbish) espresso machine, sourced from Free-cycle. Who'd have thought he'd have ended up with a Step Father as a result?
    9 points
  21. Times running out..... Talking to Paul at Vagabond the coffee has now arrived in the UK, has been collected from the Warehouse and is with him, this is brand new crop and fresh as you get. As per above these will be roasted early next week and then posted next Wednesday latest.
    9 points
  22. I suggested a new forum offer to Osmio which they are in favour of, as the 321 seems to be logistically difficult to get 6 people. As a mod, I'm sort of hesitant to mention it now but It's a special for forum members and not available to non-members. Mark has joined CFUK and is in the process of becoming an advertiser. New Osmio 333 Offer £333 which represents a significant discount for a single purchase by a forum member (no need to get 6 people) Osmio Zero with 3 year guarantee (upgrade to 5 years available at extra cost) Free delivery Free extra set of filter
    9 points
  23. DTP has gone, green robot barista from Paul Pratt at Cafelat, matching towel (mildredm) and spare bits has landed. Been ill recently and had kids off to look after as well, so looking forward to start using the robot from tomorrow.
    8 points
  24. What? This easy mod is to re-rout the water discharged from the over pressure valve (OPV) so that instead of being dumped in the drip tray and wasted, it will get reused in the machine. The mod is easy, cheap, invisible and completely reversible. Why? One of the very few complaints about the Mara X is that it dumps the OPV discharge water to the drip tray. Re-routing will (a) reduce water waste; (b) reduce the water that ends in the drip tray. This results in less need to fill the tank and less emptying of the tray. How much water will be saved? Is this worth doing? The amount
    8 points
  25. Thought I’d share a video of steaming milk on the Elizabeth using he “ghosting” technique. Dead simple easy, and great results. Keep the wand in a suitable position just on top of the surface so you can hear the “tearing” noises. Eventually the milk will rise and the noise will stop. So the milk is stretched dor you, all the sir injected, it just needs to keep rolling. and for anyone wondering... no, it doesn’t look like I’ll take part in the Latte Art contest at this rate! 😂 for anyone wondering, that was 240ml of cold milk. 😬 - yes, I like milk. 😊
    8 points
  26. Morning everybody! We, of course, have our standing forum discount. But until 9.00am tomorrow morning you can have 20% off 4 or more 250g bags. It'll be applied automatically at checkout. https://www.coffeebythecasuals.com/collections/all?page=1 Have a look at our range of fudge from local artisan Sweetmeat Inc based in Stirchley, Birmingham. No preservatives, no junk - just delicious fudge. https://www.coffeebythecasuals.com/products/fudge-by-sweetmeat-inc And if you just can't fit any more coffee into your day, then make sure you take a look at our looseleaf teas that h
    8 points
  27. Hey everyone! As a member & advertiser of the Forum and community, Crown & Canvas Coffee Co have a fixed 15% discount on Coffee for all forum members. Add the coupon 'CFUK' at checkout, and it will deduct 15% from all Coffee in your basket! Also - As a side note, we offer free shipping on any orders over £25. We do on occasion post little events & giveaways too, I'll be sure to mention any of those on here! Thanks again - Jake, C&C
    8 points
  28. fwiw I'm a (practising) lung doctor, and this company's implied claims are indeed wildly irresponsible - a great many potential treatments reach this level of "potential efficacy" on very early assessment / anecdote, and only a tiny minority end up being genuinely effective, and some are harmful. the implied and explicit communication here is fully into the snake oil territory i am not in the market for an RO machine, but if I was i would certianly not want to give my money to a company acting in this way the coffee enema suggestion is currently a much bette
    8 points
  29. Booked afternoon off, got my ps5 and got a power cut (luckily before i started set up) so just stared at it most the afternoon. Its huge, but man that controller is a game changer, i could feel the rain drops all over it when it started raining in game. hopefully anyone else in the market for one today managed to get one, although most places sold out in minutes.
    7 points
  30. Don't think we're referring to the same bar. Bar as in standard of judgement not pressure🤣
    7 points
  31. Made myself a mute/unmute button inside an emergency stop button. Hit it once to mute your microphone, and again to unmute. Has a little esp32 arduino board inside that I had kicking around, and appears to my computer as a bluetooth keyboard. Pressing it just fires off the google meet mute shortcut. As it uses bluetooth it doesn't need to be plugged in if I can figure out a battery. Makes sitting on hours of calls slightly more amusing!
    7 points
  32. I just want to put two points here. 1. The place of transmission in the UK *appears* to be happening in peoples homes and groups socialising. Not in venues, such as bars, as much as other countries. This is based on flaky track and trace, so may not be entirely accurate. But it looks this way. 2. My wife is Paediatric registrar (Childrens Doctor). She deals with child protection as part of her job and this increased dramatically during the first lockdown, and is increasing again. The royal college have circulated a statement which says that more children will die as a direct r
    7 points
  33. That's why I've made so few coffees. He's always up there and won't come down! So I've had to adjust my workflow slightly.... The zero gravity boots are next for sale
    7 points
  34. 7 points
  35. Just had an email offering the above, using discount code OrangeThursday20 on all coffee/merch online. https://www.crafthousecoffee.co.uk/
    6 points
  36. A very nice accessory from the UK, while waiting for the red barista robot to arrive (only few days more)
    6 points
  37. Couldn't bring myself to fork out for the OEM running boards and deck for our cargo bike and had some 12mm baltic birch ply kicking around so got busy with the routers, including a Katsu for the round-overs @Northern_Monkey 😁. Stop-blocks galore for the slots and copied the second running boards from the first with a guided flush cutter. Three coats of yacht varnish for weather-proofing.
    6 points
  38. Black Cat Chocolate Point helping me with my first recognisable fern latte art. Taken a few weeks but I think I'm starting to get the feel for milk steaming.
    6 points
  39. To be 30 years younger, sitting in a good coffee shop, enjoying a coffee with friends.
    6 points
  40. A cheeky flat white
    6 points
  41. I have been asked about the pump ACS want to use and whether it's OK. It's a nice quiet 24 volt rotary unit good to 4 bar. So variable preinfusion should be on the cards and perhaps even profiled preinfusion. Along with all the other good stuff of course.
    6 points
  42. We are completely isolating at the moment, my son have had a fever last thursday, him being autistic quite rules out the test, so we are just at home, not going anywhere. Not a massive problem, we are not exactly social butterflies and have no problems following the rules. My Czech family have had covid twice already, first time last December as a Christmas gift from a visitor from China, my fit and young brother was very very ill for weeks, I'm not taking it lightly, but it is hard, have not seen my family for 15 months now.
    6 points
  43. Hi, Recently picked up home espresso (previously of hand-ground Aeropress and Turkish Coffee at home) and was lucky enough to be able to set up this station. It's an IKEA Stenstorp, with Lelit Mara X and Eureka Mignon Specialita. This station sits in our conservatory (which also hosts my "office", various cycling kit and tools, plus the tiniest dinner table with 4 chairs) and situated directly behind me when I'm working on the computer. The sash window looks into the kitchen, but it does not open (it's stuck) as the previous tenant didn't take care while repainting. The Mara X featur
    6 points
  44. So beginning of lockdown 1 i had a rancilio silvia and a gaggia mdf.... end of lockdown 1 i had a rancilio silvia and a eureka specialita beginning of lockdown 2 and bella barista have just delivered a lelit bianca. its gorgeous. cant wait to brew.
    6 points
  45. Following on from the Aeropress instructions post, there have been some heated discussions on whether more men are ‘into’ coffee than women. this isn’t about taste. This is about the whole coffee experience - the machines, the art, etc So we are putting it to the vote. I’d you think that more men are into coffee as a hobby - please just LIKE this post. That way, we can just have a running total.
    6 points
  46. Haha I definitely have my priorities right 😁 thanks very much for the warm welcome. Ps thought I would show you my coffee station. This is what it looks like thus far.
    6 points
  47. A special offer to celebrate becoming an advertiser on CFUK Thank you for your interest in Osmio and PurePlanet Biodynamic Coffee! Buckland Nature Reserve in Cliffe in Kent is the home of Osmio Water Technology which exists to solve water problems and PurePlanet Biodynamic Coffee. Both companies are founded on the same principles of using traditional farming methods and using highly purified water for the best results for coffee. To celebrate us becoming a CFUK advertiser, we would like to offer a great saving on the Osmio Zero Replacement Filter Pack, normally £55 (for the fu
    6 points
  48. I believe the price is still on track for under a £1000
    6 points
  49. That's because we only source quality roasters and have none of that medium/dark malarkey 😆
    6 points
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