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  1. As a thank you to the forum that has really supported us at a time when our business has changed dramatically overnight, I have a forum specific code for 15% off coffee. CFUK15 The feedback we have had has been amazing, I am enjoying roasting all the more knowing it is being prepared with such care and attention to detail by members. We are stocking a new line of domestic machines from a well known Italian manufacturer in the not too distant future and I intend to launch with some deals just for members. We will have a choice of HX machines and a really awesome rotary pump dual
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  2. Me? I created the Coffee Forums first Groom. I joined in 2013, seeking advice on a coffee grinder for my then 15 year old, who'd just been diagnosed with severe and permanent sight loss. A diagnosis that resulted in some truly discriminatory experiences, and at such a young age, he'd struggled with it. An Italian holiday revealed some pretty in depth espresso expertise, and I figured that if his interest was supported, we might slowly rebuild his confidence. Twitter led me to Max at Colonna, who was happy to offer Barista training before we set him up at home. And then I discovered
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  3. Hi everyone, long time lurker here, just thought I'd share my coffee station I made the other day, does the job for me pretty good, most people think I'm mad putting so much into coffee. They never turn down a cup though!
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  4. I can possible help to make it absolutely clear. Partially so anyway. This is just one aspect and the one I can easily explain now. Two members caused repeated disruption throughout the summer, for various reasons. A small number of sycophants joined in the ‘fun’. The main perps repeatedly 'broke' the rules, and were eventually banned - one permanently, and one for 1 week. This member flounced off to their own forum where they made many crass comments there about this forum and some of the members here. One of those members being my wife. The backlash she experienced from sanctioning
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  5. When I joined the forum there was a blanket ban on any discussion around politics or religion. Bickering was frowned upon. Rudeness and personal insults were not tolerated. The decision of the forum owner was final and members respected that. I am saddened to see the direction the forum has taken, the many members who simply don’t post these days, members who were valued for their knowledge and experience in the coffee industry, as well as their humour and fellowship. It appears the main source of argument, bickering, rudeness, and downright nastiness is generated from discussions a
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  6. Huge amounts required in the coming weeks . Due to arrival of Arlo. Born 20-09-20, 8lbs, unconfirmed ginger .
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  7. So, after my 'Road Trip' in December of 2017 I ended up buying a lovely Speedster from a great guy called @EricC and apparently saved a few marriages.. It sat on my worktop until I fathomed out how to plumb it in.. This was going to be the last machine that I would ever own.. Scroll on two and a half years and things sort of happened... Ummmmmm...... Errrrrr... Well that sort of escalated. At least all my plumbing was done, all I had to do was relocate the hole in the worktop and move things round a bit in my cupboard. So, yeah.. My last
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  8. Complete disclosure before I get into this as I want to be completely upfront about what I am trying to achieve. I have been looking to develop a single dosing flat burr grinder to come in under the £1000 mark. I have my own idea on burr geometry, motor speed and grind path and have put together the beginnings of the project. What I am interested in is what the end user would want from the grinder, from footprint, aesthetics and functionality. I am not doing this on behalf of another company or seeking to make comparisons with other grinders that are already out there, I am doing this to
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  9. Worst thing I ever did was letting my son help, now I cam never just make a coffee in peace ha ha, he is getting some skills though ?☕
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  10. A letter to say I don't have prostate cancer. Priceless.
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  11. It’s easy to take posts and comments differently to how they were intended . You can have a mental image of a person chuckling at your coffee related misfortune behind a keyboard . perhaps sometimes we just need to see a person to understand a little about them and their circumstances . This is me , posting this morning , I’m not allowed to move or put the tv on . I often type one handed as that’s all I have , the other baby occupied , I often post short replies without some of the pleasantries others do, not because I don’t think they are important but because I simply don’t have
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  12. OK Coffeeaficionados, time for a reveal..... We had a couple of correct guesses, one right from the offset. This is the write up from Rachel of SteamPunk Country: Uganda Coffee: Uganda Bukonzo Dream Region: Kalingwe Buying Station, Rwenzori Mountains Altitude: 1,720 m.a.s.l. Variety: SL28, SL14 Processing: Natural Tasting Notes: Intense tropical fruits, strawberry, passion fruit, peach, lemon, sugary sweetness, full bodied This lot of coffee is the first we’ve purchased from the small East Africa-focused importer Omwani Coffee. We cupped it alongsid
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  13. Before anyone clicks on our new sponsors banner, i would suggest you do a search of the forum using "cafe Italia" to see the overwhelming poor level of service they have previously offered. Then do a google search for Cafe Italia and check out the trust pilot reviews Then try and understand how this forum now takes money for a banner without checking, just how crap they are.
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  14. Just for fun - enjoy! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  15. After selling my LM GS3 MP I got some coins in my pocket to buy a Speedster. I like the design, perfect workmanship. For the espresso taste I don't see any difference to the LM. I drink dark roast.
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  16. Ok time for the reveal....... These beans were from Mexico (just....) OWNER: Santa Cruz, Xoxocotlán SmallholdersPROCESS: WashedTYPE: Caturra, bourbon, maragogype, typicaALTITUDE: 800-1800 MASL Mico de Noche coffee grows in the highlands of Tapachula in Chiapas, known as ‘The Pearl of Soconusco.’The Soconusco region borders Guatemala,in fact the region was disputed by Mexico & Guatemala until the borders were defined in the 1890s.Tapachula municipality sits at the feet of two volcanos, Tacana & Pico de Loro, so its volcanic soils & diversity of microclimates make it i
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  17. Find another forum that fits your desire to express political and other views more frequently . It’s a coffee forum mate, I don’t come here for political discussion , people’s views on brexit , the left , the right , immigration , flat earth , etc etc . All the , let’s have a bit of fun threads that get started as as you know , to wind people up , get stopped and so the circle moves on. The world is In a terrible state as it is at the Moment without aggro on here . keep it coffee .
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  18. I’m just going to leave this here... Worth a go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  19. I herewith declare this very day the CFUK Rants and Rage Day to pity all the unhappy souls of our fellow members who brought uproar and misery to this once shiny place. Sincerely hoping for sunshine after the rain as soon as folk have gotten their act together again. From now on, 6th of November shall further stand out as a day of self reflection. As a day of looking in the mirror and asking yourselves whether you've been just and reasonable in every move you've made. Or whether it seemed more important to dust your egos, take a stance or pick a fight for the sake of being better
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  20. 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
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  21. 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.
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  22. ........ no worries! Your machine is undergoing pre-delivery preparation as we type. And, I can assure you that all is being carried out in strict accordance with current Covid19 guidelines.
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  23. Lelit Mara X with Profitec flow control, Niche Zero and some other stuff
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  24. Just to let everyone know that the next two months of this Q are sorted, we have two great roasters sorted and do not envisage any challenges at the moment with the supply of the beans.
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  25. Following some recent comments, derailed threads, rude comments, judgement of moderator actions, attempts to provoke a reaction etc I would like to chip in with a few thoughts of my own. In no particular order . . . Many members speak of 'mods'. Mods should do this, why don’t mods do that, that was a bad decision by a mod, and such like. Who ARE these mods? If anyone is interested there are probably 3 or 4 members here who delete spam, act on complaints such as rudeness, correct misplaced threads, move items to sold etc. They are unpaid. They are not the police or school teacher
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  26. Since it’s world mental health day today, I just wanted to start a little topic to raise awareness. The theme of this year is ‘mental health for all’. Mental health problems effect 1 in 4 of us and there is still a lot of stigma and discomfort in talking about our mental health. useful link here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk
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  27. ..... all my forum coffee friends, their pets/grinders/machines/other halves/MiL's/kids/and everyone ?????????????⛄️ May your day be filled with gorgeous coffee, happiness, peace and all things lovely ? In the spirit of recycling I am using last year's Christmas card ?
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  28. Hey folks, We have a couple of new coffees available. The Costa Rica is a bit different from our usual offerings but it is great! Costa Rica Las Palomas - Natural - Cup Score 87.5 Not balanced at all - it is sweet, sweet, sweet. Has some almond and cherry flavours particularly when brewed in a V60. Yup it is liquid bakewell tart - sold me on it! Brazil Fazenda Terra Preta - Natural - Cup Score 86 Our first Direct Trade coffee. We deal directly with the family owners of this fabulous farm. It has more fruit than you would expect from a Brazil. Notes of tropical fruits,
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  29. Hey folks, Rachel, Head Roaster at Steampunk here. It's great to read your comments about the coffee and our packaging! We've worked hard to make our packaging plastic-free, so I'm glad you're appreciating it. Also, we've put a lot of investment into our roasting machine in the last year, so the roasts coming out are consistently better than the last time we roasted for you. That CR was a good one, but this one beats it hands down on green quality and quality of roasting, in my humble opinion I won't reveal anything else until Chris tells me it's time. Until then, happy brewing!
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  30. That’s better! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  31. Arrived on Monday (was meant to be the Friday before but couriers couldn't be bothered it seemed) Absolutely stunning Conti CC101 Lever. Endgame complete
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  32. Just a thought as it seems this is the way his place is going now?
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  33. Background: wife drinks Cart Noir instant and thinks it’s the bees knees. Anything else is not right. Well, apart from when we go to the greasy spoon and orders a coffee, which, apparently is “nice and mellow”. I just got a new machine the other day. Wife: you could make me a coffee. me: sure! wife: but I don’t like it too strong. me: thinks: well, ok. A split double then. wife: I don’t like too much milk. I don’t like lattes. me: thinks: ok. Small jug, cappuccino, with lots of froth. right. So I go and make the coffee. Taking no chances, I show her everything. w
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  34. The order has left the building....
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  35. Sewing face masks here 😷 50 and counting 😷
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  36. A quick vid this morning
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  37. yes please! ? Alright, recap of today's full day... First off, Men's alpine skiing downhill race in Kitzbühel was on, and watching that on telly is a really big thing in Austria - many stayed home until afterwards. Which was fine with me as it meant a soft start. Served a grand total of around 200 cups, many of them being Americanos. Machine did exceptionally well - also with delivering hot water. It's only a matter of chronology: pour some cold water into cup, fill group, dispense hot water into cup (remember, it's an Izzo Leva running 120C boiler temp - you better mix
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  38. I was warned when I got my Pavoni that it would be the slippery slope to wanting more, did I believe them? Of course not, I scoffed and claimed that it’s totally ridiculous to suggest that getting your first machine could send someone charging head first down the rabbit hole. So anyway I now have this...... Bezzera Strega and Fiorenzato F64E. Oooops.
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  39. Today I did a small project to enhance my espresso experience at home. My Bosco Sorrento included a 58mm tamper when I purchased it last Fall, and it can tamp sufficiently to produce consistent shots. I was a little irked however by the small gap between the tamper and the basket, sometimes causing coffee grounds to channel a bit and also causing non-level tamping. Today I fixed this by making my own tamper. I created a SolidWorks drawing of a tamper that is the same shape as my current tamper but slightly wider in diameter (58.4mm vs 58mm) with some help from my Mechanical Engineering ro
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  40. Came across this being sold via the La Pavoni Facebook group whilst I was on holiday in Rome (coincidence?) and got in touch with the seller and to cut a long story short I received it last Friday. It was sold with some tlc needed, the previous owner had it from new and visually its in good condition but the group is in need of attention; loose lever where the lever meets the fork/yoke, very loose pins and the piston needs grease too. For now I've swapped group heads over from my Gaggia G106, but I have a brand new handle, pins and bush on order. I'll also order in some new seals s
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  41. Hi Everyone I am absolutely loving my MaraX and I think it's a great investment for anyone looking to buy their first proper espresso machine. This forum has been invaluable in learning more about the machine and what to look for when choosing one. To give a little something back I thought I would summarise some of the content from the 64 pages of the main MaraX thread (and info from elsewhere) to help other first-time buyers considering the MaraX. Before you buy Read the review by @DavecUK Read the review by another_jim Watch the internals video by @DavecUK W
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  42. Dave (coffeechap) would hate for anyone to know it’s his birthday but Half a century should be acknowledged. I rarely post my latte art, since I know it easy for the rest of you to be intimidated by my profound skill. As a child, he was traumatized by an unfortunate incident with a hot tap, and his favourite albino goldfish. He rarely talks about it. And so in honour of his birthday - I crafted a near perfect replication of his goldfish ‘Ghost’ Happy birthday Dave
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  43. I'm stuck on calls but managed to get it in and plumbed, heating but not set up yet.. Better pictures in the next couple of hours. The excitement is killing me😁
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  44. Many thanks to @Hairy_Hogg and @Daren for arranging this and giving us the opportunity to roast for such a fabulous group of enthusiasts. Congrats to @filthynines on guessing the correct origin and process. Usually we tend to favour funk and fruit in our coffee but I just kept being drawn back to this one on the cupping table. As we said in the reveal notes, this was not big on fruit but it just had such a refined and delicate flavour in the cup. Elegant is how I would describe it. If people still have some left I have been enjoying it at a really long 1:5 ratio in recent days.
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  45. Ooooooooo @joey24dirt has outdone himself here, cannot wait to get these on the GS3 amazing walnut and resin panels with walnut accessories
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  46. Just taken delivery of this beast, here are some photos o begin with. Will post up my thoughts as I put it through its paces
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  47. OK - This is the bean: It's from Nicaragua and is from the Limoncillo Farm. It's a Yellow Pacamara, but it's the petites (the smaller screen sizes, so it actually looks similar to other smaller varietals in terms of bean size) and it's been Pulped Natural processed. Roland's tasting notes are a big hit of hops, with lemon zest and pink grapefruit. There's brown sugar sweetness coming through on the end, which moves into a subtle milk chocolate on the aftertaste. All I can say is if this is the petites I would hate to see the big ones!
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  49. There’s been a takeover!
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