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  1. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest the fact that you diagnosed a problem with a machine, that you have never seen nor been within a mile of, without having anything but the barest outline of the issues is the problem? What do you think?
    5 points
  2. After the Birmingham six were released having been wrongfully found guilty of the IRA pub bombings in that city, Lord Denning then president of the court of appeal said it would have been better for the six to have remained in prison in order to retain faith in the judicial system. Only someone with a brain the size of a small planet could argue something so instinctually wrong. IMO, it typifies the culture that underpins the EU project - a parliament that cannot propose legislation and a commission that is unelected. In short the EU project is ruled as a technocracy. Perhaps this explains why
    4 points
  3. Safety razors are fine to use, you have to be very careless to cut yourself with one. You use no pressure with them, you just let them glide over your face. The blade is much sharper than what you get in modern cartridge razors so they cut through stubble cleanly with no tugging. This is what I used for todays shave.
    3 points
  4. My definition obviously wasn't very effective because you've taken the exact opposite meaning from it. The radio presenter wasn't doing some kind of nazi salute when saying that. He was making a point - all lives are equal. That should be a fact. He was challenging the notion the black lives somehow matter more than other lives. By sacking him, the debate got shut down. So yes, you're right in the respect that some people don't like being challenged for their words or actions! I've just described how debate got such down on a non woke opinion, I'm not sure how that's debate? I
    3 points
  5. I am pleased you cited this. Throughout the referendum campaign and after the result, the above chestnut has been at the heart of the Remain reaction and is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, you can only have a view if you are 'educated' and have qualifications. Secondly, the mass, i.e. the uneducated must not be allowed to sway what the educated want because, of course, they are always right and understand all the complexities. Far better to have government by the unelected but highly educated.
    3 points
  6. Kind of from the postie. Our first direct trade coffees. Live later today.
    3 points
  7. Time for a small upgrade. Introducing the Vesuvius!
    2 points
  8. Hi all, I just powder coated a starting to rust Rancilio Silvia frame and put some red pearl color on it. So much better better quality of the coating than the original one it cost me around 20GBP for sand blasting, chemical treat and coating.
    2 points
  9. Some photos added - brought it out of the kitchen to some better light, but bit tricky to photograph. If more angles needed just let me know. I gave it a wipe over and could find no marks. As other's have noted in the Mara X thread, it's a real beauty in person!
    2 points
  10. You are not alone. Not helped in my case because I eat lemons sometimes and they taste a bit sweet to me. I kind of get bitter as in beer but I like that too. I find it very difficult to define what I don't like in a shot but I know what I do like. Sorry, that isn't very helpful to you or me.
    2 points
  11. Hi Rira, I'm new to the world of espresso, MaraX is my first machine, Niche - the first grinder. And I am getting into similar time range as yours. Here's couple of examples. 1. Beans: Rave Chatswood (darker roast), rested 10 days, currently approaching 1 month since the roast date https://ravecoffee.co.uk/products/chatswood-blend?variant=3151005548570 18g in - 35g out - in 26s Temperature switch at 0, basket VST 18g, Niche grind setting 18 (used to be around 12 before I cleaned/calibrated it as per DaveC's video; not that the number matters really), grind into th
    2 points
  12. If it was built in may, why is it only just arriving at the very end of July I assume. And I would also assume that Covid and the fact these are coming from China in bulk would mean that sending each one to the customer individually as they come off the production line would be very expensive and incur duty fees etc on the customers end so they are shipped when X are ready and then processed again in the UK.
    2 points
  13. Thrilled to bits, seems like an age since the 27th May when I ordered it. At time of order it was an August delivery, so can’t complain on that score. I must confess to being a little surprised that it was actually built in May. Time to dig out that @DavecUK “before you use your Niche” video 👍🏼 Regards, John
    2 points
  14. @Blue_Cafe I agree with a lot of your thoughts, but, if bollocks is spelt bollox is Botox really spelt Bottocks?
    2 points
  15. This insistence (by the "educated") that only the "educated" are intelligent and everyone else is thick or stupid is actually proof to me that the opposite is true. I fu**ing detest this attitude. Its dreadful and its corrosive to society. Those who peddle this bollox and those who claim intellectual superiority over others just need to get into the bin. Muppets. "Oh, hai, you've misplaced an apostrophe in your comment regarding the use of Tesco's own water vs Volvic for brewing espresso , you are obviously an utter moron and your opinion is now void lol " Urgh.
    2 points
  16. How very liberal and compassionate. Myself, as a reasonable human being, i would expect a stiff word or two, an apology and a promise not to do it again (with an understanding that it was actually a misunderstood slip of the tongue and not a freudian slip of the rebirth of Hitler). Your solution makes the problem worse and further polarises society and puts a man and his family into poverty,
    2 points
  17. Oh....the arrogance is frightening. 'I'm smarter than yaaaaaou'. So patronising. what's amusing is that arrogant, liberal elitist attitude is one of the main fails of the remain campaign. People don't like being called thick, no matter which way you want to dress it up. It makes perfect sense to me that on average more people that attended university would vote remain. For starters, the woke indoctrination in our universities is very similar to the BBC. I could list many other reasons but this debate has been had a million times, the fact is you lost. As for right wing victimhood, is tha
    2 points
  18. £3.47 Boom tish.
    2 points
  19. Guys, I think the steam wand is a bit of a red herring. 18g of Birds powder in the portafilter, target 25-30s shot time. Job done. Thank me later.
    2 points
  20. Time to get involved and see what all the fuss is about. Based in Lincolnshire if collection only. If you have a classic up for grabs then let me know.
    1 point
  21. I have lent my Niche out to a pal for a week, so have to slum it with a Clima Pro. When I buy kilo bags it is no problem, but I have 250 and 500 gram bags currently. 250 into the CP is not enough as once you get down to 175 or so the grind quality gos all over....so.....I had a bang average bean in and a bang average bean waiting to go in, so I mixed them together to get a bit of weight and bingo.....doubt it will happen too often but the resulting drink was a lot better than either as individuals! The upshot is when the Niche comes back I will continue repeating!
    1 point
  22. @Wisey - There is a screw underneath the Eureka badge you should be able to lift off with a fingernail but you shouldn’t need to. Are you definitely adjusting the dial slowly with the motor spinning? Agree on the cheapo kg of beans and have a play around. Back off by a full couple of turns, Hoover both ends and see if the grinder runs. With it un plugged and switched off gently turn the brass central nut clockwise and adjust tighter until you can feel it begin to touch metal to metal. Back it off say a half or full turn and then play around moving it finer/coarser about a 12th of a t
    1 point
  23. Thanks for the interest and the offer! As I only listed yesterday I would rather hang on a little longer to see if any interest comes up at the offer price. I tried to pitch it at a fair level and hope I’ve judged it about right at going on £200 off (although admit its only worth what someone will pay!) I should probably be less lazy and open it up for shipping at cost also- obviously some risk involved but I still have the multiple boxes that Bella use. I can throw in a brand new tube of Molykote 111 if that helps- this is expensive stuff (about £17 delivered) and you’ll need i
    1 point
  24. It was a text from Fedex after delivery. Mine was about £23. My delivery was delayed one day ordered Sunday delivered Thursday
    1 point
  25. Cheers - I think that's the same as that last ebay link I put up. Quite a bit cheaper than the Moly
    1 point
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  27. If it works fine with most beans, but not these, I'd suspect the beans in the first instance. What are they? Have you tried going a little coarser?
    1 point
  28. Either way the common denominator seems to be a slower pour than my usual method. I'll give this a try, thanks for your wisdom!
    1 point
  29. Ha! Come over to my tent and I'll make you a free aeropress with some Wolichu Wachu Ethiopian beans Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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  30. It'll totally depend on your grind setting. The finer you grind the fewer pours, so you might do 70g bloom & 2 pours of 200g at 45s intervals at a fine grind. A bit coarser might be 60g bloom & 3 pours of 140g at 40s intervals (I'd probably plumb for this one). A bit coarser still might be 70g bloom & 4 pours of 100g at 30s intervals...pick one that is most intuative, stick with it and dial in the grind at a setting where you have to adjust it the least. Whether you brew with 470g total, or 480g total won't make much difference, but when dialling in a regime, st
    1 point
  31. i have no need for beans right now but I have to order the square mile san andres after reading this, I LOVE yorkie raisin and biscuit but being a type 1 diabetic I cant have one as often as id like haha
    1 point
  32. Yep, 3-hole tip. I find it super, super powerful!
    1 point
  33. This is coffee italia all over , what service did they provide you for 12 years, my guess is you never needed to ask them for anything ? There are countless examples of them being terrible , so units not just set in, its always been like that .
    1 point
  34. Mid-week bump! Good little grinder for the bargain price of £50!
    1 point
  35. I don't normally bowl lather (I prefer to face lather) I have a old pot for when i take the fancy to bowl lathering. Look at PaulHfilms on youtube. His Redbowl is a pudding dish lol.
    1 point
  36. Only in personality, I mean.....have you seen him.....LOL
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  38. I am a HUGE fan of Yaqi synthetic brushes. If you buy a Badger, you need to spend BIG. Cheap badgers are awful. I don't like them though, too soft and floppy. A good Boar is better imo. (this is a hot topic of debate btw ) Buy a Yaqi brush and use it for the rest of your life. Awesome things.
    1 point
  39. A popular stance on this forum.
    1 point
  40. Yeh I'm keeping my order as an experiment. I'll probably just give it to the wife to save the good beans for me.
    1 point
  41. With due respect, if I may... "But it is bizarre" This is a statement of your fact based on your opinion. "Idiots" Who are we to judge others? "Need to be told" A self justification of your right to impose your truths on others "It empowers" Yes, words are powerful..... "The wrong ideas" As judged by your myopic scales of justice "Which can be dangerous" Because not thinking like you is dangerous to you. There is a thread on this forum discussing free speech I believe....
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  42. Apologies! My PM asked if pictures could be sent and that I am interested but I will keep any further discussions in this open thread. Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  43. I decided on a change [emoji6] as wasn't enjoying the current setup. [emoji1303] Sent from my LYA-L09 using Tapatalk
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  44. Some good news today, my August delivery Niche is arriving tomorrow - i.e. in July. Ordered on 27th May, so just two months and two days - though I must confess that it has seemed like a lot longer. I’d better order more coffee in as consumption always goes up with any new toy . . . Regards, John
    1 point
  45. 14 minutes. Wow - that was quick! I was sorely tempted, even just for the generous inclusion of a bean - but was beaten to it. Am I a Hasbean now, or is it @xaarock that Hasbeen? (I'll get my coat)
    1 point
  46. grumble is on my ignore list so it is only when quoted, I can see his punitive waffle.....funny how the left always personalise and lower the tone of a good thread with their cancel culture....hopefully, he has me on ignore so will not bother replying.....
    1 point
  47. Moved to sold. Had looked at this myself for my other half, but just a bit too far to travel lol
    1 point
  48. I have to say, this is a great thread. Really helpful, so thank you all. I adjusted the pressure on my Mechanic V Slim based on the results above. Mine came set with the boiler pressure peaking at around 1.45 and I would waste an awful lot of water on cooling flushes. I have the flow control unit fitted and didn't want to replace the group pressure gauge with a temperature sensor. Anyway, I lowered it to peak at 1.3 based on the exchange above and the difference has been dramatic. The quality of my shots hasn't changed but cooling flushes are so much shorter now, much more manageable
    1 point
  49. In my experience there are not many things in life that aren't enhanced with either bacon or custard. That's all I have to say on this subject. Sent from my SM-A705FN using Tapatalk
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  50. Yeah I mean I see where you're coming from. But I'd say the mignon has a level of reliability that the SGP doesn't have. I'd have no worries about the longevity of a mignon, but I'm not sure about the longevity of the SGP. To be honest, I'm a bit skeptical about the amount of electronics in the SGP. Much more to go wrong, I feel like if I bought one I might end up needing that warranty. The mk1 and mk2 mignon are just a motor, some decent enough burrs and an adjustment knob. They should last for years and if they're bought off the forum then usually they've been treated well. I
    1 point
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