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  1. 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 me๐Ÿ˜
    12 points
  2. These should start to hit the letterboxes today peeps - no roast date due to lack of label but they were all roasted on the 29th
    10 points
  3. Mini update...as I have a conf call and can't get to this for another 2 hours
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  4. Not sure how I managed to score this setup for ยฃ200, but I'm definitely not taking it for granted! Still need to pull the boiler out of the Bezzera to give it a thorough descale, but she's working well so far. I'm having some clumping issues with the Brasilia, not sure if it's just because it hasn't had a deep clean in a very long time or if it's a characteristic? Nevertheless, some WDTing later and the quality of the grounds is really good, and the resulting espresso the two are producing is immense. Thanks for looking!
    6 points
  5. Finally part of the espresso folks on here thanks to @coffeechap
    6 points
  6. A little Tamper handle .. With a couple of coats of sanding sealer .. Will get a final sanding , finish coat and some buffing ..
    5 points
  7. Welcome to the forum ๐Ÿ˜ There is @coffeebean here on the forum too, he has been mentioned in similar threads. Really worth reading around the threads with similar questions too ๐Ÿ˜
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  8. Welcome to the forum! Espresso Machine: I would recommend the Decent Espresso DE1, and probably the XL. The company has considered the use case for a mobile business and so parts are available for a quick set-up. It's cold to ready in five minutes or so - incredibly rare. I use this machine at home and we will use it for our roastery when we do our business similar to you. Fairtrade beans: Nice idea in principle, but look into what it means in practice. Fairtrade prices versus commodity prices will be higher, but not necessarily higher than speciality coffee. I'm not convinced
    5 points
  9. When we used to do Airbnb, I would make guests flat whites unless they indicated otherwise (not very often, usually just people not wanting milk). The whole routine was honed to a performance; grinding beans, steaming milk, making latte art (badly), pulling the ruddy great lever on the L1, theatrical rolling of eyes, slapping forehead, fake sobbing and muttering everytime someone ordered tea. Nobody ever said that they didn't like it (they wouldn't dare), but I often got comments along the lines of โ€œbest coffee I have ever hadโ€ from visitors from all over the world.
    4 points
  10. hi the Hottop arrived this weekend (KN8828B-2K+) so ill look to share experiences as i learn. Why I decided to switch over from the Gene Cafe: - Mainly I didn't feel I was getting the best taste and flavours out of my green bean roasts (ended up going to dark). I was going to do the mod, but didnt feel it would give me as much improvement as was looking for - wanting more control / visibility over the roast process (air, temperature) - liked the idea of built in cooling tray - ability to record roasts graphically so could get more detail about what was going on -
    4 points
  11. Well, Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll get better set up but, wow. Iโ€™m actually even more pleased in the flesh, which is always nice. I appreciate the comments, was a bit nervous it could be too โ€˜over the topโ€™ but itโ€™s not in place. its quieter than I imagined, not sure why, and even more detailed. Paddle feels really nice and tactile. Relieved the grinder has headroom even with a Slayer, slightly tighter grind than LR but not too much, certainly with Square Mile Sweetshop Pulled 8 or 9 shots this eve. Didnโ€™t drink them all of course but all tested. First 7 were grades of nice, balanced but
    3 points
  12. here is a quick and dirty video of how I've been pulling shots lately with my setup I am playing with the pre-infusion so that when the grouphead gauge reaches 2 bar, I flip the levette to the 45ยฐ position, turning the pump off but keeping the pressure in the group, watching the bottom of the basket in the mirror when the puck is saturated, I turn the pump on again while closing the flow valve to get a declining pressure profile this allows for rather fine grind setting, the Niche is calibrated and normally I pull at 10, this was at 7 and still a bit too fast, could still go a l
    3 points
  13. I think you would be looking for a LONG time to beat this set up for the price! Enjoy it!!
    3 points
  14. Thanks for Yes, my original Sette was repaired and upgraded and ended up with the Wi. I've been really pleased by it's accuracy/consistency up to now to be honest That was my initial thought to add the PID at the same time - but when I started adding it up it got me thinking. Oh yeah, it's an easy fix and would be a great machine for someone that's willing to sink a bit of time to repair it (if I do decide to go that way).
    3 points
  15. Anyone done this?
    2 points
  16. how things are looking here ๐Ÿ˜›
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  17. Here's a few pics taken on a Leica iiif I bought off fleabay. The camera looked immaculate but unfortunately the shutter curtains weren't right so I had to send it back since it was advertised as working. Really enjoyed using it, but having to squint though a peephole to focus & compose, especially when wearing specs was awkward and it appears the film wasn't straight inside. Got to love the old Barnack Leicas.. The lens was something else though, but suffers a bit with flare due to age. First time I've used film in years as well (Portra 400) Local shop in a small town we visite
    2 points
  18. Iโ€™ve just done an oooooh out loud ๐Ÿ˜‚
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  19. Buy a dual boiler PID machine and move on with your life? ๐Ÿ˜‚ It's seeing things like this that I often say that, when you get to that level of modification / customisation, you are definitely not using the right tool for the job.
    2 points
  20. My first grinder (ever) in anticipation of the new -refurbished La Pavoni landing something this week! Mazzer Mini Manual albeit with a doser. The hopper has come straight off as of course it doesn't fit under the cupboards but I am using it single dose anyway, just need to find a tamper that fits inside the "throat" for the grinder to stop the pop corning.
    2 points
  21. I have done this and I can tell you the following things - Get a gas/dual fuel espresso machine - you will go to some events/places where you are not allowed to use a generator due to noise and fumes and if you have an electric machine then that is the end of it right there. A generator can be handy for some events but it will preclude you from others. Buy a QUALITY inverter, leisure battery and charger rated to WELL over what you need. There is no point in buying cheap, it will go bang at the worst possible time and the days takings you lose from that big event you are at will be th
    2 points
  22. @KTD I acknowledge your bagsy, but you may have a long wait ๐Ÿ˜‰ My wall has a spot allocated for that (Its pretty heavy!)...Seattle - Australia - Germany - UK!
    2 points
  23. Flat white with the yummy Kenya Rukira from Coffee by the Casuals ๐Ÿ˜ 16.2g/49s/37g Fruity milkshake ๐Ÿคฃ
    2 points
  24. Incredible bang for buck there!
    2 points
  25. Hiya, have a look at the for sales rules, thereโ€™s also a summary/reminder in announcements. You need a post count of 5 and canโ€™t use PMs to sell/negotiate. Have a look at some of the threads, easy to contribute and get your post count up. Itโ€™s generally good forum etiquette to introduce yourself (especially if you want to sell stuff). Welcome to the forum ๐Ÿ˜Š
    2 points
  26. Personally I would say skip the tank fed commercial machines. Although performance is great they tend to be quite large and have larger boilers which is overkill for the home. You will be paying to heat up and keep warm a lot of water that is not really necessary. If you are set on the Zenith (which is a very good choice) that leaves around 1300 for a machine and a bit left for accessories. You will have plenty of choice. From our machines the Bezzera Magica PID would suit. This is an Hx machine with the added flexibility and stability of PID control. Elsewhere I would suggest you lo
    2 points
  27. You need to have 5 posts in order to post in that section.
    2 points
  28. A new way of addressing the Decent backlog If you've been watching our order queue https://decentespresso.com/queue you might have noticed two things: 1) the queue has been getting longer 2) the order of the queue is a thorough mix of different models and voltages We've been sloooowly improving our speed of making machines, from 17/week in January, to 23/week in August. Progress has been too slow. I've been removing complexity everywhere I can find it, in an effort to speed things up. In the past, we've done "mixed runs" of different models and voltages. No more. Th
    2 points
  29. @allyburns- choice good made you have, hmm..... Tamper 58.4mm acquire you must, and milk jug too, bare minimum essentials hmm... DavecUK forum left has he, coffeetime forum new habitat now, hmm... Good luck on your journey, from a not-such-big-star-wars-fan. ๐Ÿ˜‚
    2 points
  30. ...and so my journey has reached the next major milestone. It began 12 parsecs past the Outer Rim, in the starship Silvercrest, a craft that produced temperatures so low it had to be measured in degrees Kelvin. A vessel as inconsistent as an MPs interpretation of the Covid guidelines, as leaky as as disgruntled ex-NSA contractor in a secure hotel room with a fine bottle of whisky and a secured fibre connection, and as pleasurable as a dip in a bath full of sea urchins and vinegar. Paired with a spinning-bladed De'longhi that made as much mess as a red bull drinking bull in a china shop, t
    2 points
  31. Wow this is a blast from the past! Itโ€™s probably a good 6 years since I last posted on this forum! Had the Gaggia and mazzer til maybe 2017 or 2018, when we bought and moved into a very small house with a very small kitchen, so I gave up on home espresso partly to save space, and partly to simplify my life. Admittedly I donโ€™t really miss it a great deal, but am extremely tempted by a cafelat robot. Been living off v60 mostly and Aeropress occasionally (with a rhino hand grinder) for home brew for the past 3 years, but just took delivery of a 1zpresso from BB today. I kind of assum
    2 points
  32. I had between 30 and 40 cups of coffee from the NNUH Costa back in March just before lockdown, a truly miserable time and most of them appropriately miserable โ€“ so I can't fault them for capturing the mood of the place. However, on one of the days, a staff member working there clearly knew what they were doing. Lovely textured milk, good latte art (tricky given the soup bowls Costa serve their drinks in) and the espresso was, frankly, like drinking a hot chocolate. I don't know how they did it, and they didn't return during my time visiting....but it really was a little glimmer of something go
    2 points
  33. I have been looking forward to this direct trade lot landing for months. Itโ€™ll be on the site later in the week along with some other awesome coffee! I love the hand painted bags, I shall give them and some others away in the future.
    2 points
  34. SO happy to have this Coffee available, our first Guatemalan Coffee from the Red de Mujeres, Network of Women. We roasted our first full batch samples of this last week and have so far had great results brewing as v60 and as Espresso - Chocolatey body and Fruity berry chewyness thats just delicious! Any orders on the Forum use code CFUK at checkout for 15% off Coffee. https://www.crownandcanvas.co.uk/product-page/Guatemala-Reddemujeres
    2 points
  35. .... I find the mobile camera quite useful - the spontaneity can be very rewarding ๐Ÿ˜Š
    2 points
  36. Just received this discount for CHC El Muro. Code: Melky2020 ends this weekend.
    1 point
  37. As of title, il post them below ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ
    1 point
  38. Beautiful work, looks great
    1 point
  39. If you're buying cheap beans in bulk and don't care about how fresh or how it tastes (you just want something that tastes like coffee) buying fairtrade is probably ethical. If you're buying speciality grade coffee then I personally don't see the point as it's above market value anyway. Organic might be something to look into as another marketing buzzword. If you're selling CBD coffee you probably want fairtrade and organic logos visible on the cups and signage too. A lot of coffee is organic but not certified. A gas powered coffee machine might be a good option. Maybe get a batch brewer s
    1 point
  40. Hi and thanks for the reply! Funny enough that's an espresso machine that I've seen pop up quite a bit while doing my research, so it must be a popular choice. Added to my shortlist! Thanks for the info on fairtrade beans, that's interesting, and I'll take that into consideration when evaluating costs. Personally I use CBD oil, and it's been great for me, although I understand when selling it you can't advertise it as something that will have medical benefits. My idea was to just have it as an option to add to the coffee, which is similar to what some coffee shops in Cardiff are
    1 point
  41. 18g=>75g out in 44 secs seems to work well and give a sugar cane treacle taste. Old dog, new tricks and all that.....I'd never had tried extracting that ammount out from espresso. @Black Cat Coffee really enjoyed these. @daren and @hairy_hog thanks for sorting these out.
    1 point
  42. Just registered to say thank you for your efforts on making this thread. I like you and so many others before me find myself deep in the rabbit hole of debating which espresso machine to start with first (I am coming from chemex/french press) and this forum has been invaluable thanks to posts like this.
    1 point
  43. If this helps anyone my own personal experience is that the Major provides a very high quality of grind at a very cheap price.
    1 point
  44. Yeah, i used to avoid pour over just as i hated dialling back in for espresso, when i got a new espresso grinder i kept my old sage pro purely for pour overs, having a dedicated grinder for each method has been so handy. I drink way more filter now - which im loving, & handy for fobbing off guests with a french press ๐Ÿ˜‰
    1 point
  45. ๐Ÿ˜ How absolutely fabulous ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ what a lovely Snake we have on the forum ๐Ÿ˜
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  46. The B grade Thuya Burr came out ok .. Turned just to a cylinder with a little bit of sanding and one coat of oil ..
    1 point
  47. link to the video. I have uploaded 4 in total. please no comments about the quality of the video or the mess of my kitchen! Lol!!
    1 point
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