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  1. Lovely Bar towel arrived today. Cracking open my rested beans that arrived last week but I forget to put a picture up of.
    28 points
  2. 100% agree. Those that give up their time freely, for no reward of any kind, and with no future stake should be applauded for their time. And of course for any moderator to be able to do this, requires an objective stance. For this to be facilitated - it's reasonable for the expectation of complete clarity for any benefit, association, incentive, involvement or reward to this forum, any other forum, manufacturer, supplier, or service. And lets be clear - it's entirely reasonable to request this clarity, and there should be nothing but keenness to assure of this. Tait is run
    22 points
  3. We are taking LSOL elsewhere - you are welcome to come along. We had plans to approach you as a roaster so it would be great if you came.
    20 points
  4. What I don’t understand (and this is genuine as this leaving the forum us such a shame) the outlying reasons for roasters paying to have the privilege of the platform for their month is somewhat flawed. what is the difference between this and the thousands of threads where machines, other coffee, grinders are discussed by members. I understand that these are not quite as specific as the LSOL but in principle if machines are discussed inc for example londinium should they be asked to pay £175 for the privilege of a discussion around the machines. Clearly not, likewise with any other machin
    20 points
  5. Indeed, we asked to honor our agreements and we're told no. Although we thought the charge was wrong we offered the mods the option to talk directly to any roaster we secured for LSOL about being a sponsor we were told that we had to sort it out ourselves for LSOL to continue and they were not prepared to engage and sort out any sponsorship themselves. I am not incentivised to earn revenue for the forum I am incentivised to get everyone the best coffee I could
    20 points
  6. Wow, as the person who set up both this and the darker side of life I find it really sad that the forum Has elected to take this standpoint. I started this as both an educational piece and an opportunity for members to experience a range of roasters and give up and coming roasters as well as established roasters the opportunity to contribute to the forum and widen the collective knowledge of coffee. The roasters involved pretty much supplied coffee at cost which attracted members to participate and actively engage. This in turn provides traffic on the forum, traffic which inevitably visited ot
    18 points
  7. Shocking behaviour. Happily support away from the forum. Need some sort of chat group. WhatsApp, signal etc... Best of luck 👌
    18 points
  8. Hi everyone, Hols here from North Star! Pleased to see many of you have received your coffee, really looking forward to hearing what you think to this one - it's a goodie! Enjoy x
    18 points
  9. Picked this up tonight. Really happy with it Need to learn how to use it now mind
    16 points
  10. Well I can honestly say I have had the THE best customer experience in my life. James at Niche arranged for my grinder to be collected yesterday afternoon and with some trepidation I handed it over to a DPD driver who had to contact his boss as he wasn't sure of the process for labelling the package. 22 hours later I received another email advising that the grinder had been received, repaired and would be back with me tomorrow. Motor PCB and gearing have been replaced. Now this is a well used machine and I would have been happy to pay for the repairs, but no the work has been completed a
    16 points
  11. Roasting today and trying to hit the post as well although depending on progress (this is our largest ever order at over 56 kilo) that could slip to tomorrow.
    16 points
  12. I have to say that as The Wife, I find all these 'jokes' about lack of trust/equity around finances a bit...urgh.
    15 points
  13. You’re right there are still some die hard good folk on here (less than there used to be). But I think there’s a lot of people on here that need to consider their conduct and integrity. Everyone needs to ask the question what would Glenn do?
    15 points
  14. I refer you to my earlier post. All fun must be clearly done and experienced within the boundaries of terms and conditions of said forum. Perhaps there will be a function where you can buy emojis in the future.
    15 points
  15. Good grief. Well, I was also lucky enough to be one of several on here to receive their Elizabeth last week. I wasn’t very well over the weekend, so didn’t have chance to get it going until today. I have a Eureka XL65 coming too, but thought I should confuse myself with just one new machine at a time. The difference between this and my Silvia is such a massive step up. I was a little sceptical, I wondered if it would ‘just’ be the convenience of two boilers, but coming from a single boiler with no PID, to this, well, I’m sure Dave’s chuckling somewhere in the background. I
    15 points
  16. Again, this was for the benefit of the forum members. It’s the kind of thing that makes people feel that the forum is a club of people interested in coffee. In doing this you actually take the spirit of the forum away and monopolize an offering. Particularly when something is instigated with such apparent speed. It seems that what you are saying - is that members can benefit from trying beans - but only if it’s from roasters that sponsor the forum. And at that point - effectively restricting access to roasters in order to stick your finger in a pie. this was always a benefit to
    15 points
  17. This is such sad and disappointing news. What a blow [email protected]_Hogg ; [email protected] ; who have put so much energy and time into this every month. And of [email protected] ; previously. I have loved the opportunity to take part in this for both the opportunity to try different coffee and the discussions that take place every month with members, and of course the big reveal. Such a short sighted decision which has led to this. Gutted. Thanks for everything guys. Genuinely think the forum has made a huge mistake here and without LSOL can’t see me spending much time here in the future. Tim
    14 points
  18. Postie dropped couple of bags of beans this morning! Beans from Cairngorm in Edinburgh. Here's to those slurping their Uganda Ibanda from the naughty step but unable to post due to #CFUKLOCKDOWN. This too shall pass.
    13 points
  19. Wow. That escalated quickly. For what it's worth I've been away a fair while. And I missed the friendly fun of the forum. I've come back to find many people who I've had pleasant contact with previously still around, and many others gone. But what also seems to have gone is the cheery atmosphere. When folk have to respond with a PM to share a small joke about nail varnish (which was on topic) that suggests to me something has gone majorly wrong with the way things are being run. Maybe now the ownership has changed? There's certainly a lot more pressure to sell certain things it seems, and a lo
    13 points
  20. The discussion around beans - their appearance, smell, taste and brewing characteristics and collectively learning about origin as a result is a totally unique experience and part of what made LSOL so special - and no doubt seeing this was a draw to coffee roasters who love their craft and love coffee. The management seem much less interested in nurturing this community but instead trying to find profit from it. What a sorry state of affairs.
    13 points
  21. There is a real risk to the forum and its owners. This sort of thing can cause community offshoots. The LSOL Coffee Forum suddenly springs up and starts off from a mailing list of previous LSOL members. Then, instead of only discussing that month’s LSOL it instead branches out into machine discussion, and then classifieds etc etc. Then you have a community billed as “by coffee lovers for coffee lovers”. Bit by bit membership swells and you get a competitor to the forum in a couple of years. That would be bad for business (and my business in response). And I point I failed to make earlier:
    13 points
  22. When niche, Lelit etc send you a machine to test or help develop and you write about it on here it’s to the benefit of the members of the forum while help snow ball sales for the producer. If a member makes a product like a tamper and then sells it to another member who adds it to what did the postie bring you, which ultimately leads to them making more I guess that’s advertising too? Threads bring in people, people drive traffic, banner advertisers what traffic. None of them have complained. Just do the right thing, apologise, backtrack and hold your hands up and we move on. Alternatively- w
    13 points
  23. This is not true. We did engage - we asked to fulfill our commitments for the next quarter (as we had already agreed terms with the roasters) and we would seek to agree an amicable solution thereafter. We were denied this hence our current position. The offer above was not tabled to us - we had 3 months to come up with a solution between us, instead the forum demanded the money from March onwards. Please don't put spin on this to say we would not negotiate. It's simply untrue. I could share copies of our negotiating attempts, but that would be unfair on you.
    13 points
  24. I do question why we were not given any time to find an amicable solution. By imposing the impossible deadline, the cynic in me wonders if the management expected us to simply role over and pay the ransom. If nobody had complained why impose an unachievable deadline?
    13 points
  25. 20y old. A gave her a bit of a polish..what do you think?
    12 points
  26. For what it is worth I feel as if JH has done a great deak for the industry and I enjoy his videos a lot. I learn new things from them regularly too. Nobody bar the odd few industry folks really knew who he was before he started on YT. The quality and watchability of his videos have made them rise to the top. Clearly he is getting a decent figure through Patreon now but that is what happens when you do something that scales to world wide appeal. Given how well researched and produced his videos are he is obviously putting in some serious time and money to make them which is more than
    12 points
  27. My wife and are new to the Forum and have spent the last few weeks finding our way round the site and learning so much! It’s been a real pleasure - members are so knowlegeable and generous with their advice. We are both life long coffee lovers and because of the lockdown had lots of time to enjoy this pleasure but it also provided a way for us to think again about our priorities. Like many others we were preoccupied with the day job, managing our grown up children and army of grandchildren etc but having worked through our ‘to do’ list and doing some sole searching, having a decent
    12 points
  28. There have been other group buys of similar size, but I don't recall such scrutiny. Osmio Zero has been a large buy. Were they an advertiser before the group buy started, or did the group buy bring them to become a CFUK advertiser? A decent marketing manager would be chasing customers (eg. roasters) and welcome any leads to get to them and their advertising budget. If I were LSOL I'd be asking CFUK for a percentage on advertising revenues and footfall they bring. Rather than chase LSOL for ONE subscription, CFUK could offer one month free advertising discounts to LSOL roasters
    12 points
  29. You realise that offering such as LSOL are a marketing asset for the forum? Instead of focusing on how to gain control and income, perhaps focusing on benefits to members, rather than revenue path would see a better long term gain
    12 points
  30. Sorry - we have always been a non profit set up. If we accrued profit we gave it back to the forum as a donation. Charging our subscribers extra to make enough profit to pay for an advert we don't need doesn't fit. We cannot guarantee how many subscribers or guests we get so we would personally shoulder the risk of a forced advertising debt running the LSOL. We do this for free for forum members.
    12 points
  31. Some new deliciousness arrived today, excited to share these with everyone... In the meantime our Warehouse Manager is busy checking everything off.
    12 points
  32. I can't unsee a carbon-fibre duck carrying a glass wearing a top hat
    11 points
  33. Still love him though!!!!! That face, he knows.!
    11 points
  34. That's crazy, surely giving them first refusal of a proportion of the slots but not all of them. Stopping the members from doing things like lsol (or group buys) doesn't reflect well on the forum or the sponsors tbh.
    11 points
  35. Just a thank you to all the new (and existing) sponsors at Bronze, Silver and gold and everyone who has donated. It is noticed and appreciated. People may not be aware that the our policy is for every member of the admin and moderation team to have an e-mail whenever anyone donates or sponsors. We do that for 2 reasons: So we never forget, or take for granted, those people who go that extra mile to support the forum It's a barometer for us, and lets us know whether we are getting things right or not for the members. We can't get everything right no matter how hard we try, but i
    11 points
  36. Other thread is distracting from the actual bean discussion, please use this one for guesses and taste discussions
    10 points
  37. Surprisingly easy - and tasted amazing. I’ll be doing this again!!
    10 points
  38. Finally had a delivery from the postman! I feel as though I’ve been waiting months for this to get here. It actually came door to door from HK in four days and I need to practice patience. The first shot I pulled was a little fast, the second (below) was amazing.
    10 points
  39. I've got a Ceado E8 (83mm flat) and Niche, and a Pharos which as very slightly bigger conical burrs. I can say while the conical grinders properly dialled in don't produce the same clarity of flavour, that isn't to say clarity isn't there. You can absolutely pick different flavours out, i.e flavours aren't disappearing but can be veiled presumably by more solids in the cup, and this is something you can avoid properly dialling in (e.g. use a different ratio/coarser grind/lower or higher dose). By contrast the big flat can produce shots with more clarity but it can be harder to dial in and more
    10 points
  40. Soo alots gone on in the last few weeks/months. Lots of changes etc Now theres about 15 new members all asking the same question. Is the forum getting spammed to death, do people have an agenda. Sadly this is prob one of the worst forums ive ever been a member of for bitching and snide comments. I thought the idea of an online community, a group of like minded people was to discuss their passions, not be at each others throats. Luckily for me i have bronze membership, with a growing list of ignored users and threads. Its just such a shame that a forum, a fountain
    10 points
  41. Under the bridge. Near to where I live.
    10 points
  42. Before this topic is closed down I would like to put in my two penneth. None of us know or can second guess what is in another persons mind or his motives for his actions, nobody is completely transparent and we all have a side that we like to show the world and a side we like to hide. James Hoffman has strengths and weaknesses like any mortal . I never knew George Michael was a philanthropist who was very very generous, until he sadly passed away. This he kept hidden even when he was being constantly put down by the press. James H. is very shrewd businessman but he has not achieved his succes
    10 points
  43. I think it's pretty obvious to all why they were removed. Surely can't be coincidence - the only way show an opinion on a locked thread gets removed? Hopefully I'll be proved wrong and this will be rectified so we can all show how we really feel.
    10 points
  44. I hate the fact that comments are being deleted that aren’t in anyway offensive. By all means lock the thread if you absolutely have to but don’t delete things you don’t want to read.
    10 points
  45. I’ve just learned of the current suspension of LSOL. As a forum advertiser and an erstwhile supporter of LSOL (which I have thoroughly enjoyed), here is my position on it. It may read as a stream of consciousness rather than a fully formed thought. I think LSOL is an excellent initiative. It has broadened the horizons of many a forum member. I bet hundreds have tried coffee that they would never have touched without the input of LSOL. I would not want it to go away. As an advertiser, I would dearly love to be be invited to be beneficiary of a programme that gives 50kg (call it £1,000
    10 points
  46. As LSOL is a community arranged, non-for-profit interest group where the roaster a) roasts at cost and b) has no control over the comments that are made about the quality of the product from the community afterwards; the argument that LSOL serves as an unofficial method of advertising roasters on the forum who are not sponsors is entirely in bad faith. It's difficult to see the decision as anything other than the CFUK forum choosing to go to war against its own community.
    10 points
  47. Wow, this is insane. Forum members promoting a range of roasters is now a bad thing? If the LSOL organizers were making a profit, I could understand someone having an objection. But this is a coffee forum and LSOL allows people to try a wide variety of roasters and then discuss the coffees. It's literally the exact kind of content forums need and thrive on.
    10 points
  48. Really cannot emphasise how silly this has all become. LSOL is one of my most favourite aspects of the forum. Really enjoy sharing our experiences of trying out special roasts from a variety of roasters. Why the determination to unravel that sense of community? Massive own goal
    10 points
  49. Bought me this a few days ago. The Alpha V-Vostok, Frankenstein test bed 😉
    10 points
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