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  1. After a very happy four years with my Sage Barista Express and a lot of research it was time for an upgrade. The Eagle 🦅 has landed. The grinder is kindly on loan from Hasbean while I wait for my new grinder to arrive. It’s been a great few days learning some of the features of the machine and grinder.
    11 points
  2. Listening to the radio with the funeral to start at 3pm. Thought about the commonwealth, where lots of our coffee comes from and a lifetime of service to the nation. I believe he will be sorely missed. Certainly deserves a mention on here. Thank you for your service....
    9 points
  3. A few days in hospital with an infection so now another recovery period needed to re hydrate etc. Each time I am glad to be home but each time I am aware of the things I am losing. Having family around is Guuud medicine
    8 points
  4. A big thank you to everyone who helped me decide in my previous topic, '2nd hand Vesuvius vs Minima vs Lelit Elizabeth'. I went for a new Minima for all the good reasons (quality of build, quality of output, durability, simplicity) a number of you pointed out. In the end, I felt that the V, whilst an incredible machine, was just that bit too much in terms of cost and capability for where I am right now. I also think it's sometimes nice to have something to look forward to (I once bought a second hand but fantastic 4.2l V8 Merc coupe not long after I'd started driving as was young, free, single
    7 points
  5. Back in 1994, my mother in law pointed out an article in The Mirror, asking for contestants to write in with snoring problems. The idea was a local hotel wanted to have a competition as a PR event. Anyway, I applied and was selected. It just so happened that the hotel was in Newcastle so for me it was an easy overnighter. Ten of us met in a private room and they fed us and gave us as much alcohol as we could take! I went to bed early and must have fallen asleep instantly. I say this because a very short time later I was wide awake and saw the manager and crew come into my room 3 times to
    7 points
  6. @Gemini and @dutchy101 I did, on Tuesday 14 April....I waited until today to see if I had any ill effects before posting, just in case of 🤮, then I could have been sure to add those photos in. I was visiting @MWJB (fully socially distanced with me outside of course and speaking to mark through the window....to be in line with the rules. I asked him if he wanted to try the coffee and to his credit he was up for it...what's the worst that could happen! The bag waited until we had girded our loins first with some great brewed coffees that mark knocked up with some decent beans he had...
    7 points
  7. Hello everyone, thank you for the high expectation about our project. We are two brothers, Sergio and Jorge from Madrid, Spain. Two years ago we decided to start this project, since both of us value good coffee and we love spending our free time by bringing new projects to life. It all started as a hobby project modifying a few coffee machines and adding our own software, but with the time and the progresses we made, we got convinced that Kafmasino could meet with great interest on the market. Two years from that moment and after a lot of work, Kafmasino as a brand is finally born
    6 points
  8. It is nice to see so many bees about at the moment.
    6 points
  9. Well, I have to say I’m dead pleased. Initial impressions and what I like: 1. coffee taste! Picked out some really subtle notes that had me thinking I’d spent £3.50+ at some beardy barrista cafe. Wasn’t perfect (I almost certainly ground too fine) but it really beat by the country mile my old KitchenAid banger (the one with the Gaggia innards). This was exactly what I was looking for, just a great taste. And I know I can do even better. If I got to 7.5/10 today I’m fairly sure the machine, with more knowledge/experience on my side, will enhance my fairly basic technique and output in time
    6 points
  10. I popped in to try and get some clear glasses and they had a small array of Moka pots and the like but no glasses. But, I did buy a S/S knock box for £6.99......it is fantastic!
    6 points
  11. Paolo advised me that parts delay due to Covid. However, the first batch’ shipping will start this week and will end next. The parts for the second are due in the middle of May; the shipping is likely from the end of May to the first week of June.
    6 points
  12. Triple Discount Weekend Until the moment we start roasting at 9.00am on Saturday 1st May, you can get triple discount on any of our single-origin 500g or 1kg bags. That means: 1. £2 off each kilo bag and £1 off each 500g bag. 2. 15% off your whole order with the usual code CFUK21 3. Cheap 2nd Class shipping when you spend £15, and free when you spend £25. If you want a recommendation then I would go for 500g of our Bom Jesus (which is a big forum favourite) and 500g of the Kenyan Rukira, which is our best-seller. Unless my maths is a bit shonky, you slip in just above
    6 points
  13. I was once woken up after a tremendous night on the lash by my neighbour who needed me to move so he could pull his car out of his driveway and go to work. He couldn’t move his car because I was asleep on his driveway. Not in a car, I was literally asleep curled up on his driveway. Good times 🤣
    6 points
  14. Me too! I've been known to route around on the floor for a single coffee bean that's rolled under something probably horribly grubby. A quick dust off, 3 second rule and its good to go!
    6 points
  15. A Norseman is shopping at a supermarket when he comes across an old lady in a wheelchair, almost in tears. "What's the matter?" He asks. "Oh," sobs the old lady. "I want to have a look at the frozen puddings but, as you can see, there are three steps down into the chiller cabinets." "No problem," he says lifting her onto his back. "I'll take you." He strolls through the chiller cabinets with the old lady on his back. She selects several puddings and puts them in the basket he is carrying for her. At the other end the old lady's husband is waiting with her wheelchair. "I'd really like to thank
    6 points
  16. My Ultra arrived last week. I opted for the hard case, similar to a Pelikan l, and it arrived in perfect condition. The accessories are great and work well, the puck rake, spray bottle for RDT and the bellows / bean depositor. Ingenious design - pour beans in, I fit 20g, turn on grinder the press down. This opens the flaps and the beans enter the grinder. Simple but very effective. Incredibly quiet when running. I chose 500 rpm, it goes up to an insane 2,500, and was difficult to know it it was running. I have a number of grinders, Mythos One CP, Compak R120 and a Niche from the initial
    5 points
  17. Just saw this, not sure if it’s been posted already. Thought other might be amused.
    5 points
  18. My Sage DB replacement, a ECM mechanika slim 😀
    5 points
  19. My mara x finally arrived after a 3 weeks wait after my order turned into a pre order. Whats incredible is that I ordered the niche zero for June and it arrived in May, on the same day as my mara x. Totally didn't plan it but it just happens. Probably a very common and trendy set up but hope these 2 new additions are popular for a reason. Cant wait to try playing with them!
    5 points
  20. I hate going to IKEA but sometimes you just gotta go...but I did find this gem of a kitchen trolley which is now my coffee and tea trolley 😍Life is so much easier now I am not scrabbling around in drawers and cupboards for all my bits and bobs. I just wheel out my trolley and everything is at hand. As a bonus, it fills in the gap between the fridge and worktop left when my American fridge freezer broke near the end of the last lockdown and the only “in stock” replacements were the price of a second hand car so I bought a small one.
    5 points
  21. Via here or Kickstarter people will ask and should ask hard questions around functionality, fit and finish and durability , back up support , and value for money, what financial backing a company has.more so than any other purchase as its a new start up and its on kickstarter. It can be beneficial for the company to hear these concerns and address them ( themselves ) as there will be a number of people thinking the same thing.
    5 points
  22. The ECM is my favourite still, a thing of beauty so can't bring myself to sell it. The Decent makes the best espresso. So can't sell that. What's a man to do? The plan therefore is to play and compare. For the first time in my life I have enough money for the coffee toys I want AND the time to play. So play I shall.
    5 points
  23. Excited about this! 😍 And a bonus sample of peanut butter! When I read the packaging I thought it was peanut butter for men 😂
    5 points
  24. The thing is, it does not matter. Coffee is a personal thing. Some people like light roasts, some like dark. Some like flat burrs, some like conicals. Millions of folks drink Italian coffee, and millions say it is crap.......point being if a pod machine floats your boat, then no one else really has the right to tell you that you are wrong for liking it
    5 points
  25. A recent change to my coffee making bench, my large commercial grinder gets kicked out by a young upstart. To create a level surface with my large stainless steel knock box below the Bezzera I made a long drawer case from a surface planed engineered oak board. A coating with Danish oil and drying in the Bristol sunshine it is a close match to the oak components of the Niche. It also houses my scales....113.1 gr , what might that weight entail ? 🤔
    5 points
  26. Finally, a protest that I can get behind!
    5 points
  27. awesome to see the level of assistance on the forum 🙂
    5 points
  28. Trouble is that's difficult to define or repeat within the same lever or different types, dipper HX etc...is starting too hot the sweet spot, or starting lower and ending lower still. We're not even sure how much it drops on the different systems and certainly can't influence it very much. So you may be right, but people don't really know. Is a decreasing pressure profile of 7 or 7.5 bar max decreasing rapidly to 5 bar or less for most of the shot the magic recipe...who knows? If it is, for which coffee, all, or some. The V-Vostock starts to give a little clarity and control, w
    5 points
  29. And the heating elements keep the group hot and at the right temp during [a long] extraction, unlike the L which will lose heat to the environment and not receive it, as the piston will effectively isolate the group from the boiler.
    5 points
  30. Debate around long pre-infusions seems to emanate from Londinium. Newer Londinium models have rotary pumps which allows variable pre-infusion pressure up to six bar if needed although Reiss has said pre-infusion pressure above 4 bar doesn't add anything. Owners can extend pre-infusion time without stalling the thermosiphon. This is Londinium's solution to making the machine tunable for lighter roasts. That does not mean this is the only way for a lever machine to get the best out of a lighter roasts. The LSM lever pressure profile is very different to that of a Londinium and may well no
    5 points
  31. Some people just moan for the sake of moaning. Probably the same group who moan and want discounts on a £20 kilo of beans when they have £2k of kit. @DavecUKhas worked really hard FOR FREE to produce something for the members which may not be perfect but is damn good. He is far too polite but I’m not. If you don’t like the changes try selling your kit on Gumtree or Schpock. Better yet, just swivel.
    5 points
  32. Happy birthday to me. 🎂 Coffee Sensor flow control, a present from someone who knows what I like. 🙂
    4 points
  33. Just saw this posted on insta earler by ACS. Did anybody recieve any more information after making the final payment to Paolo?In the lines of when he despatched or is going to?
    4 points
  34. I am also keen to hear from the first cohort. It is going to be interesting to see how people find it, especially those with experience of the LR. Any news? I’d be happy to offer up my LR for a side by side comparison when rules allow.
    4 points
  35. Moving on from Nespresso, starting off with a Lelit Anna and Eureka Mignon. People rave about the Niche Zero being a great single doser, but I find the Eureka is brilliant at it too, haven’t found a need to purge much.
    4 points
  36. 4 points
  37. Fortunately, once you know the weights of your shots you can get within 1g by using the pressure gauge...meaning you don't need anything.
    4 points
  38. 4 points
  39. Dear CFUK members, I've managed to bring forward new offers for the Osmio range, valid from now until the end of May 2021. Deal 1: Osmio Zero 333 Offer - choose between white or black, UK, EU or now 110v USA/Canada version! Includes the system only for £333. Deal 2: Osmio Zero 333 Offer plus 123 for 3 sets of filters (3 x full set of all 4 filters) making a total of £456. Deal 3: The Ultimate Package - Osmio Zero, 3 sets of Filters, and the Sanitisation Kit for £469. To place an order, just message me with your chosen deal, the colour and plug you want and your deliver
    4 points
  40. Just thinking back to this post something popped into my head today that I thought was definitely worth mentioning in regards to roast level. I think roast level is a very helpful guideline when buying roasted coffee, but its certainly not the be all and end all - I've done it myself, bought 'Filter roast' coffee and when I've opened the bag thought "This is a bit dark, oh boy" - But that doesnt mean its over roasted or over developed, just that that specific coffees sugar content reacts differently and takes on heat & colour differently. Just as a bit of a mind melter for those
    4 points
  41. 4 points
  42. Visited the house in Corfu where he was born....on a kitchen table no less. Was a bit Marmite - especially regarding some of his gaffes. What is indisputable and worthy of respect was his support for the queen and sense of duty was admirable. Speaking of admirals - that is something he may well have become had he not sacrificed his naval career when he married the queen.
    4 points
  43. Suppliers offering SSP burrs are often confused regarding their offerings. I have numerous chats with some of them and they couldn't answer the question about which burr set they were carrying. it's easy to spot the difference between HU and the unimodal, but it is harder to spot the difference between MP and brew. Seems like SSP could have come up with a better name to be less confusing but it is what it is. I haven't heard many people sourcing the original brew burr anymore, not since Option-O asked SSP to produce the MP so they would produce more fines at espresso range but stick to true un
    4 points
  44. See... I was right! 🤣😂👍 - Great news @RandyC ! Hope you are now good to go and have made the best espresso of your life! 🙂
    4 points
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