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  1. What he said.... Sometimes exclusive, sometimes not, always special Talking of exclusives though for the last month of this Q we have an ultra exclusive. Only 5 boxes sold globally, 3 went to Singapore and our roaster got 2 of which we are taking a pretty significant amount of.
    7 points
  2. You should have a guess..... don't worry about not having a clue. I would suggest that most of us "don't have a clue".... I am sure there are a few who can taste a coffee and make a genuine assessment of origin but I suspect more: Know/research what regions are "in season", Know/research what other beans roasters are offering Most of us pluck a coffee producing country out of the air or just say "Ethiopian Natural"... Disclaimer: Apologies to all of you who base your "guess" on taste, smell and detailed analysis rather than well guessing!!! I am prepared for "everyone" to
    7 points
  3. It was a moan, and then people moaned about you having a moan. We're all having a moan now.
    6 points
  4. Exactly, there is already too much crap being roasted and sold into the "speciality market" which I hope we all try and support. There is a place for commodity coffee and it makes the farmers a good living but speciality will die out unless it's worth their while for the effort involved in producing it.
    4 points
  5. So, after finally finding myself with some time, I decided to write up my latest project which technically only finished this week (more on that later) Now to start by making one thing clear. Becoming the owner of this machine is 100% the fault of @joey24dirt... 😂 Also a shout out to both Joey and @jimbojohn55for the help they have given getting this thing back up to scratch again. I originally picked up this machine back in october last year. It was one of those ones on Ebay, listed as spares or repairs, you look at it once and decide is probably overpriced. Thats what I did to
    3 points
  6. And delivered free. My thoughts , if price is continued to be used to gain marketing share , in a market that isn't growing as fast as the roasters that are appearing then eventually farmers will simply move away from growing coffee and you will end up with higher prices and less quality. over to the rest of you .
    3 points
  7. This video may of interest. It isn't exactly the problem you are describing but it will help you to understand how your routine can smooth some of the variables that lead to inconsistency. I tend to dose in to the portafilter the same way they do from a dosing cup, I find it gives excellent, even puck density and extraction. The whole channel is worth a look around. Plain talking and sensible theory.
    3 points
  8. I reviewed both the Mara and the MaraX, look them up on my wordpress site, link in my signature.
    3 points
  9. Big bake this week. All given away now Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  10. I have a pimped Classic so think I know a bit about these machines. First off you will need to spend a hell of a lot more to improve on a well upgraded old classic. The 2002-2004 are the best and most sought after as a base machine. These have the stainless steel casing unlike the pre 2002 which although brilliant were made from mild grade steel with a chrome coat which inevitably rusted under the water tank. These machines had the 1425Watt boiler for a faster brew. They had the superior and larger Kp 07 Parker solenoid valve, and an Inveskey pump rather than the red ULKA. The O
    3 points
  11. I think it's a natural Arctic grown at sea level by a small Eskimo family
    3 points
  12. It probably was to be honest. I have a two week old in the house and my sleep cycle is not at its peak shall we say. Having said that, I haven't since really seen much that would persuade me to the contrary.
    3 points
  13. People buying in small amounts, especially at a given COVID-19 times, should be penalised. It’s not just environmentally unfriendly, but also incurs admin hassle and all that. Just buy three bags, over £25 or whatever else it takes to get free shipping. Save the planet, save the postie and save the roaster from having to deal with your £7 order.
    3 points
  14. Indeed. The funniest part is free shipping offers come and go all the time. Case in point being Craft House now offering free delivery on all orders, whereas Cartwheel now ask for >£12 before including delivery. Could go on, particularly in recent times shipping prices are changing constantly, they're a marketing gimmick. If you've bought 250g from a roaster who now includes shipping – great, good coffee and good deal for us, but you've been gamed plain and simple. Has very little to do with the ethos of the roaster, they're just all competing for new customers.
    3 points
  15. Django is pretty good and shipping is included , can't believe this thread
    3 points
  16. Thanks for taking the time to post this however this is an example of a recyclable bag that isn't actually accepted by local authorities for recycling (in any areas that I am aware of). So whilst technically recyclable it must be taken to a specialist centre in order for that to happen. No disrespect to the company that is selling the beans as I am sure they are using them for the right reasons but it is in my opinion a little misleading. Recyclable materials contaminated with non recyclables is a big problem for local authorities and many ask that if you are unsure please plac
    3 points
  17. Mine has arrived today! Anyone given it a go yet? Am very close to the end of my last bag so am going to resist for a day or so...
    3 points
  18. Sipping this bad boy as I speak. Phwoooaaar. 'scuse the mess...
    3 points
  19. We are pleased to announce we will have new stock available to pre order 13th June from 10am (GMT). Here is the link for ordering - https://igg.me/at/nichezerogrinder/x/16981280
    2 points
  20. Reminds me of the thought that no matter how much you hate your wife, there us always someone else that will have her
    2 points
  21. It was a massive undertaking for a first E61 rebuild, all credit to you viva for sticking with it [emoji106] Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
    2 points
  22. It’s ok DavecUK has pointed me in the right direction. Respectfully just wanted your input, it would have been helpful for me....... I was considering spending more on the machine I have or spending around a grand on a new one or second hand......I posted today asking for advice in the coffee lounge regarding people’s opinions.....someone mentioned the maraX they owned then I saw your Mara for sale. Anyway never mind.
    2 points
  23. Got mine today too, looking forward to getting stuck in, I've had some lovely beans from Caravan before (and it's a great place to eat if you get the chance!) Thanks to @Daren and @Hairy_Hogg for organising. 😊
    2 points
  24. I just found them to be honest I googled 86 score 1kg beans lol
    2 points
  25. Just spro'd and flattied it on the La Pavoni. Grind is a little finer than my usual setting. Going to enjoy this I think. Thanks @Hairy_Hogg & @Daren.
    2 points
  26. Quite a few members of the fairer sex are employed in the coffee industry as Quality graders etc.. Your deductive reasoning is falling behind
    2 points
  27. Might be worth looking at Paisleyfreight. They shift all kinds of weird and wonderful things around remote parts of the U.K. I had a 8’ surfboard shipped from London to Belfast for a really good price with those guys. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  28. Congrats on the new purchase Dave. I ummed and arred about what grinder to pair with my Classic and went for the Specialita too (very tempted by a Sette, but put off by reliability concerns, Looks like I dodged a bullet there!). The Specialita has served me well, and seems to be at the sweet spot where it comes to size/performance/feature set/price. On paper, the Niche looks great but I'm also not convinced I can be arsed with single dosing (we seem to be in the minority on this one, but there you go!).
    2 points
  29. Mine arrived today too - big thanks to @Hairy_Hogg and @Daren for their work in ensuring my lockdown is highly caffeinated
    2 points
  30. See that's where I think you're wrong, they're anaerobic under the sea process Artic grown by a small family oh yes, mine arrived too thanks all for arranging John
    2 points
  31. Make sure you deburr carefully to avoid damaging the rubber o ring that is in the hole
    2 points
  32. I have used ordinary tap water. It comes from the Loch just over the hill via a treatment plant. Soft water from peat run off. We have no problems with hardness here. I have descaled once and noticed no issues. Regular back flushing about once a week and Cafiza once per 6 weeks. Pretty arbitrary just eases my conscience! Shower head removed about every 3 weeks, but no build ups really. As mentioned elsewhere here, before committing to any shipping, I’d have to know a postcode. You’ll appreciate that we are in ‘Highlands & Islands‘. I would want to use a reputable firm such as DFS or s
    2 points
  33. I saw this at Post 36.... "A bit harsh" I thought... I'm now thinking it was very accurate. Posted 21 hours ago
    2 points
  34. Don't usually order these, will give them another try. One roasted 3rd and one 8th lucky that I need to use them. New stopping power 160mm
    2 points
  35. Quick question, are we the only 22 people (plus others in the roastery/friends) who will have this specific bean/roast? Or will Caravan sell this in their shops at some point in the future, possibly subject to our reviews? I notice there isn't a label on the bag, I can see the fun in us all discussing what we think we can taste in the cup and so forth, just wondering what I've actually bought as I'm just starting out on my journey! EDIT: Just seen in last months we all discuss our techniques and cupping notes, guessing the origin and the process and so forth and at the end of the month th
    2 points
  36. I see. Are they decent/worth trying? We had a washed Ethiopian from whitestar for LSOL recently and it was an absolute banger. I'd buy from them with no hesitation. (Well... I've just got nearly 2kg in total in the post from various roasters and have 3kg of greens ready for the roaster. So my only hesitation now is because I don't need more beans!)
    2 points
  37. Exactly. Below I am not using "you" to refer to you just people in general. And always compare apples with apples. A kg of "mystery bean" from CC , with no provence, under 20 quid , which I bet will be commodity coffee , either this or he is giving it away because he is a generous benefactor to all and sundry. Take your pick. This is not the same as asking a roaster to provide 86 plus specialty beans at the same price with free shipping . Of course if you do not like these 86 plus scoring beans then it is academic , same as if you cant stomach the "mystery bean" . Ma
    2 points
  38. Haha no worries. There are several that come in under £20 delivered. I don't buy them myself because this is a hobby for me and I prioritise fun and interesting beans over a cheap caffeine hit. I also really like trying out all the different roasters and seeing who my favourites are. My family though need cheap stuff so I keep an eye out, there's 5 or 6 coffee drinkers back at home so quantity over quality for them to an extent (they still want it to be good). Coffee link is something like £16 a kilo and £3.50 delivery Coffee compass mystery is about £16 and £3.90 deliver
    2 points
  39. Me neither Jony. It’s lockdown, people like a grumble.
    2 points
  40. Last sentence. "UK delivery is free but there is a charge for international shipping"
    2 points
  41. Sorry, I couldn’t name a single bean that’s good quality coffee 1kg for £20, with shipping or not. Would this do? https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002PM23YC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_o304EbTP6JXZN
    2 points
  42. If looking for recyclable packaging of the type shown above might want to take a look at thebagbroker.co.uk but bear in mind you are looking at lots of 500 bags at a time albeit with plenty of choice. John p.s. was going to wade back into the included vs free debate but appears this is flip flopping back and forth, life too short and already answered this once. On the buyers club note, Buying greens with other forum members works very well for me despite being geographically spread apart / utilising onward couriers
    2 points
  43. If you think those are bargains, I have some magic beans for sale......
    2 points
  44. Finally some restraint on what, to me, boils down to a matter of disposable income and perceived quality/taste. Glad OP has found another option! Not ashamed to say, I'm a broke student who was slayed from my 2-day a week life line back in March. If needed, would I try the handful of roasters offering free shipping and decide from there which one is the best quality for me? YES. Am I aware that my budget can only get me so far in terms of quality? (intentionally left blank) Does that mean everyone else sucks and I would never buy from them again? NO. Answer to prev Q.
    2 points
  45. I would of @ him for sure 🤣
    2 points
  46. The doner kebab defeats your diagram.
    2 points
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