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  1. 15g beans - 2.2 on Feld and essentially 30g every 20s 40g bloom for 30s, simple stir to ensure all grounds wet at 30s top up to 70g at 50s top up to 100g at 1m 10s top up to 130g at 1m 30s top up to 160g at 1m 50s top up to 190g at 2m 10s top up to 220g at 2m 30s top up to 250g then light swirl of the V60 to ensure grounds are settled Drained water by about 3m 20s and leave for 1m for final drips before removing the V60 from cup then stir before drinking and leave to cool for about 10 mins before drinking Hoffman method was working well
    7 points
  2. Vet appointment was rescheduled to today, Jo took her and all went well. She is now ours as she wasn’t chipped! She is about 4 years old, a little bit chubby as we might have over fed her since she was so skinny early on... Absolutely made up, she really didn’t like the carrier but has been super relaxed afterwards. Not bothered at all after being vaccinated, chipped and having three section of fur clipped to check for spaying scars. She is more patient than I would have been! 😂
    4 points
  3. A first for me, thought I'd share. So I'm flicking through instragram avoiding my responsibilies, when I see a post about a new espresso blend from a fairly well known roaster. I don't want to name them, they're only small and they've participated in LSOL in the past. Don't want Google doing its thing and leading new customers here. Anyway, I'm a curious and highly distractable person so I follow the link....nice looking composition, I'm not a huge blend fan but I do dabble. They're caught my interest but alas...no tasting notes. None on the instagram post, none of the website, none
    4 points
  4. I'm gonna try that out @Hairy_Hogg 👍 I've been going with a method from @christos_geo 13.5g beans 2.0 on Feld bloom with 25g water straight off boil, give it a swirl at 45 seconds spiral pour to 100g (aim to finish pour at 1m) at 1.15 spiral pour to 225g aiming to finish at 1.30 (when you hit 150g pour straight down the middle) little swirl/tap Should drain between about 2.20 and 2.45 seconds Working really well with these beans
    4 points
  5. Don't know whether it's in working order. To put it in context, it has the old round 3-in UK plug, the sort that were not fused within the plug itself, the fuse acted as one of the plug terminals (the live one), I recall those round pin ones as being the old part of my Grandparent's house in the early 70s, so if it has been used it's a place that's not been re-wired for 50 years, more likely just not used for that long. It will get a strip and refurb, as long as I can get the parts (hoping things like piston seals are common to Pavoni or something. Gaskets I can make if necessary.
    4 points
  6. BiggerBen's thread relates to issues he has with his particular Niche which may or may not be faulty and/or related to beans he is currently using. He asked for thoughts why this might be happening. Unfortunately, thread is attracting discussion about the general design and functioning of the Niche grinder. This is a separate issue and a new thread should be opened to discuss such issues rather than they be added to this one. Further posts, off topic to this thread, will, therefore be removed.
    4 points
  7. Just opened and made my first espresso and a latte. My wife said “fantastic coffee”! For me it tastes of blueberries and wine, pineapple, Ethiopian ? but what do i know, none of my last few guesses have even been on the correct continent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  8. Hello all, I've started. I've ordered a Niche Zero, although I've not made espresso since I was about 14 - and don't actually have a machine (I've not so much 'more money than sense' as 'less sense than money'). I'm not too fussed though, as I already like good coffee, but only really use a French Press with supermarket pre-ground at the moment, so I'll already be onto a winner. I learned to make espresso when I was about 13-14 working for the summer in my brother in law's bar in Bilbao. That said, I didn't have to dial in - all the techie stuff was done by the real barman. With near
    2 points
  9. Bought from this very forum, in 2016. He was two years old then, so by my calculations that makes him 6. Ah bless. These are commercial grade machines that are built like tanks - it has recently been serviced by Fracino who marvelled at the condition and said 'these aren't usually meant for home use'. They are expected to be churning out something like 50 shots a day, instead of 5-10 a week. The previous owners named him Kevin - and this stuck with us too - and Kevin has been well loved and properly looked after. In fact, if you were to compare the photos from when I bought him to t
    2 points
  10. Really excited! Been looking for a small footprint E61 to tinker with for a while!
    2 points
  11. Here it is under Alexa control: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  12. Tonino roast meter https://my-tonino.com/Tonino/index.html really good for measuring the ground colour of coffee rather than guess based on the external colouring. Some of the recent LSOL if you looked at just external colour you might dismiss or assume "med"when in fact they are anywhere from "light" or 106 on the Tonino through "cinnamon" or 130 Easy way to talk the same language, of colour anyway noting colour is not the whole answer, of roast level otherwise one roasters light is anothers med etc. I use mine every roast as one of QC points so makes sense for me anyway when s
    2 points
  13. The other one is a device for measuring the roast level of coffee
    2 points
  14. Ditto Alberto and the above. I have had several sets of sub-tenner Ebay scales, so much so that Ebay obviously thinks I'm a forgetful drug dealer and keeps suggesting weed grinders, bongs and all sorts of stoner paraphernalia, based purely on my repeated purchases of cheap, non-waterproof drip-tray friendly scales! For me, I'd prioritise 1kg/0.1g over 500/0.01 as I don't believe my palate would notice the decimal point, but my portafilter weighs 533.8g and I want to be able to tare that to get the dose. I would happily pay £60+ for an indestructible set of responsive scales that wou
    2 points
  15. Look on the bright side, no danger of auto suggestion.
    2 points
  16. have fun removing the steam knob! 🤣
    2 points
  17. No pics yet (I had to ask a group of people the other day how to switch between the camera on the front of my phone, to the one on the rear. That gives an idea of how frequently I take pictures. The plug is a Dorman Smith M692 Fused plug. https://www.flameport.com/electric_museum/plugs_other_13A/dorman_smith_13A_ring_main_plug.cs4 The centre section of the machine is pretty much the boiler. The right hand side is a sight glass for water level The left hand side is the element & electrical connections. The head is a lever-controlled valve with three pipes. Th
    2 points
  18. Looks like a great deal! Wish I was looking to buy just now!
    2 points
  19. @filthynines - If you want a kiddie seat or mudguards then a full suspension frame is a challenge as is mounting a rear rack apart from a seat post mounted beam type that only takes light loads. Not an e-bike but look at the Surly Big Dummy (always wanted one). Fully rigid, people take it on trails, it can carry 400lbs of combined rider and cargo. Suspension needs servicing, especially the fancier air shock kind which most people take to a bike shop for as it requires specialist tools. Fully rigid is the way to go to minimise the bits you can’t service at home.
    2 points
  20. @filthynines - Suspension isn’t worth it unless you go off road as it just adds weight/makes peddling less efficient. Even then loads of people still like fully rigid bikes for cross country stuff. You would want 35mm plus tyres though at the right pressure to soak up the bumps, with that and some road sense/problem avoidance you would be fine.
    2 points
  21. I agree with this. If there was something with the looks, accuracy and speed of acaia, but didn't have Bluetooth and apps and stuff associated with it that hikes the price up then I'd be all ears! I know the yagua ones have good reviews, but they're still butt ugly compared to acaia and I don't know if they're as responsive. I'd properly consider some sleek, accurate and responsive espresso-friendly scales in the £50-70 range if there were any about. In that price range though they all seem to be aimed at brewed.
    2 points
  22. Fair enough, can't argue with that what with myself being partial to a wee tinkering. If you cant fix it with a hammer the problem's electrical!
    2 points
  23. As a lifelong cat owner I can confirm my cats have never been the least bit interested in my coffee habits / beans, other than thinking me being in the kitchen might result in extra food if they dance around my feet and meow at me.
    2 points
  24. 2 x 6oz Loveramics black cappuccino cups. Classic bowl design. Lovely and thick ceramic. Good durability. Very little use. Matching Saucers. Class! Posted - £19.00
    1 point
  25. @Blue_Cafe - Nooo! There can’t be more cross brand variability I had assumed a razor blade was a razor blade 😂 Do you know why they are sharper, thinner steel, different bevel or grind process?
    1 point
  26. Sorry to inconvenience! Will be at the post office all day if I start splitting for singles...
    1 point
  27. I don't have a recipe. usually it's 17g in and around 30 to 36g out, maybe more. Also depends on how long I use prebrew for. Temp is 94 degrees C, I can tell you that. I change my repice constantly to see what differences it makes.
    1 point
  28. haha! Once we went on holiday to visit family in South America and my wife suggested I take the coffee scales with us, as it’s nice and compact, so she can use for baking.... err... No darling. I don’t think that’s a good idea. 🤣
    1 point
  29. Same here. 50 Euros is a bit on the steep side at first glance, but it appears to solve a problem. If I can get temp stability on my machine then I'm pretty happy for the foreseeable. Keep us updated if you take the plunge.
    1 point
  30. I think you will find it is a 1 / 16 BSP thread which is. 6.6 mm. X 28 tpi
    1 point
  31. Thanks BC and NM, your explanations make sense and will try a descale first....if that doesnt work will look at the valve.
    1 point
  32. I am learning to be very sceptical about much that is considered gospel in coffee
    1 point
  33. Quite interesting seeing how old a lot of the beans being received in this thread were, but how good they still tasted. Makes you wonder whether they could have possibly been much better than they were at tasting when they were fresher and / or that the beans stay fresher for a lot longer than you would think is possible.
    1 point
  34. I can't offer you a suggestion... But if you value Americanos and black coffee in general, I'd strongly recommend you get something with some kind of pre-infusion & PID, specially if you like light roasts. Avoid the Lelit Anna: It has a 57mm group. You'd be shooting yourself in the foot for accessories. I think that, at this point in time, and with your budget, upgrading your classic and installing a PID (Some controllers have pre-infusion capabilities, I think Auber does or at least used to?) is the way to go.
    1 point
  35. @northern monkey Been using a mister for years - on my previous EK with stock burrs and current with SSPs - no problems with rusting. You only need the slightest amount of misting - holding the container holding the beans a foot or more from the mister. You don't want to be spraying directly into the container.
    1 point
  36. Espressoshop has a cheaper kit, but without the brass shower plate. The brass plate is a sensible upgrade if your current plate is worn. The fact it doesn't dissolve under normal usage has to count for something, and the cost difference vs a new alu one is negligible. You've seen the debate about thermodynamics, you can take it or leave it, but note that Gaggia commercial machines use brass for this part and as already discussed E63 groups are brass heavy. Whether that will translate into a meaningful difference in the cup I guess is open to question.
    1 point
  37. VST seam to be more popular. Can't remember off hand but isn't one more finicky to get right so your puck prep has to be better? A note on the IMS screens. If they are coated, then remove them and replace with a standard screen if you are using coffee detergent to backflush as it'll knacker the coating on the IMS. Plain water backflushing is ok though. Just a thought as it mentions this in my machine's manual.
    1 point
  38. Get VSTs. I have both. I don’t rate the IMS ones. I find the VST ones are much better, much more clarity in the cup. IMHO, I feel IMS are improved versions of stock baskets. VSTs are something different. Granted, both have straight walls. vst ims
    1 point
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  40. Mine showed up. Several months out of date. The poor guys are going out of business so I sucked it up and drank it. They were actually pretty good!
    1 point
  41. I usually forget about £20 or £30 loss to me per machine as it's a hobby to keep the old Classics in best condition, and also I felt keeping the cost to the buyer down under £200 was important. The last two machines (private sales) have cost me more than the acceptable £30 loss, so I won't be refurbishing any more at the moment and will have to rethink strategy that maybe mean stopping altogether, although no hard and fast rule has been decided upon as yet. I enjoy the intricate work required to do it properly, (rather than purely for profit and a quick turnover, as most Classic refu
    1 point
  42. Probably my brewing skills lol
    1 point
  43. My thoughts on the keyan aa blue Mountain blend, roasted 3rd August and drunk today! I brewed V60, 15g in, 250g water. 25g bloom with stir to 30s, 75g poured to 60 seconds, then 50g every 30 seconds. Each 50g took approximately 25 seconds to pour, bar the last one which was added in 20 seconds. Final draw down time was 3 minutes 45 seconds, including the 30 second bloom, but I left the brewer on for a further minute to drip. Note that my grinder is damaged so grind distribution is less consistent than usual - lots of fines, lots of boulders - I have adjusted my technique to
    1 point
  44. A huge thanks as always to all involved in getting these beans to sleepy ol Somerset, from the grower's & picker's to the roaster's & all those in between. Special mentions to @Hairy_Hogg & @Daren for putting this together . I'd better go & toss last months into the hopper & stop buying/subscribing to so many beans in future...[emoji23]
    1 point
  45. Eid Mubarak friends, hope those celebrating have a good time despite the restrictions.
    1 point
  46. **EID MUBARAK** With the weather the way it is family will be round and will be having a bbq in shaa Allah lamb chops, lamb shish and chicken just missing a good steak (could kill for a wagyu steak atm) Mrs is still doing all the prep work bless her.
    1 point
  47. Eid Ul Adha Mubarak!
    1 point
  48. And lupins, all colours seemingly from one plant!
    1 point
  49. I did have one in my possession, nowadays its in the hands of a Dutch Collector, regrets? No, I have too much machines to restore. Hereby the Pictures of this Beauty.
    1 point
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