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  1. 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
    21 points
  2. 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
    21 points
  3. A letter to say I don't have prostate cancer. Priceless.
    14 points
  4. Last month of the quarter "what you got for us" I hear you cry. Well we have a double special treat, not only do we have the uber great roasters that are Vagabond coffee but we also have the option of a Q+A with the curator/grower of these beans about how they grow them and process them. Oh yeah, should add as this is 'Exclusive quarter' we have yet another exclusive for you lovely people. So, how much are we to pay for this privilege, surely beans this great come at a price? Well they do, but a LSOL price of £15 for 500g delivered. Your names not down then your not coming in, t
    11 points
  5. I suggested a new forum offer to Osmio which they are in favour of, as the 321 seems to be logistically difficult to get 6 people. As a mod, I'm sort of hesitant to mention it now but It's a special for forum members and not available to non-members. Mark has joined CFUK and is in the process of becoming an advertiser. New Osmio 333 Offer £333 which represents a significant discount for a single purchase by a forum member (no need to get 6 people) Osmio Zero with 3 year guarantee (upgrade to 5 years available at extra cost) Free delivery Free extra set of filter
    8 points
  6. Picked up the Lelit Elizabeth last week from BB having had the Niche for the last couple of months. BIt of an upgrade from the previous set up! Decided on the Elizabeth in part due to the extensive reviews on here for which i'm very grateful. It was really the only dual boiler machine within budget and although i haven't really been a milk drinker until now my wife is and I decided it would be better to spend that bit extra for the extra capabilities of this machine. Too early yet to be experimenting with any of the pre-infusion options. Made a couple of drinks using the motta leveller th
    8 points
  7. Hi all! I've gone through a branding process and gotten to a place where I'm happy with a new logo. I now want to open up the floor to a discussion around the logo and mainly ask if anyone has any issues with it (aside from I don't like change... grumble grumble!) ? I'm delighted with it because it's clean and straightforward. It'll also be easy to print on things too like keep cups etc. I plan on updating the logo on the top of the website in a couple of weeks (Friday 6th of November, or thereabouts). The monogram version of this logo is already our favicon. There is also a version
    7 points
  8. As there are plenty of lever enthusiasts in this forum - including myself - I thought I'd share this post, from CoffeeTime: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/vesuvius/1-group-vostok-dual-boiler-lever-or-is-it-t430.html#p5010 Seems like it's a single group lever, and might even be a dual boiler?
    7 points
  9. The Rwandan they had was nice as well, but the Uganda coffee beat it Quite chuffed that my selection has led to their Xmas coffee selection.
    7 points
  10. That's a bit cutting, many of the forum members do not have enough to comb let alone have in a bun
    7 points
  11. Only a complaint that you subjected me to the entire photo. This bit is good, the rest..... 😉
    7 points
  12. A special offer to celebrate becoming an advertiser on CFUK Thank you for your interest in Osmio and PurePlanet Biodynamic Coffee! Buckland Nature Reserve in Cliffe in Kent is the home of Osmio Water Technology which exists to solve water problems and PurePlanet Biodynamic Coffee. Both companies are founded on the same principles of using traditional farming methods and using highly purified water for the best results for coffee. To celebrate us becoming a CFUK advertiser, we would like to offer a great saving on the Osmio Zero Replacement Filter Pack, normally £55 (for the fu
    6 points
  13. It’s all in a little Plate, I have been waiting for three months to get the truck MOT done, however due to the fact it has never had an MOT, it has been somewhat problematic. The truck is still a HGV classification and as such needs the relevant test done, however in order to get an HGV MOT done you have to have a weights plate in the cab. Mine didn’t have one and it’s been really difficult getting one but after a lot of messing g around she finally has one, yay
    6 points
  14. So back in the day, I trained as a Graphic Designer. Until I realised my skillset was firmly in the do as I say, and not as I do realm. So now, marketing 😂 I really like the bean icon. However, I would say having it in both words is over egging it a bit. Why not ditch the bean in coffee and put the coloured logo in the forum? This way you create a cleaner, clearer visual connection that correlates with the stand alone logo. In terms of typography, it's a bit clunky. Having a much finer type face would be more contemporary and for me, a san serif face with a little more curve.
    6 points
  15. It's going to take a few more shots to get dialled in, especially given pre-infusion is totally new to me but I'm already really loving this machine. Even running a bit fast I still got more flavours in my drink than I did this morning on the Gaggia with the same beans. I've set all my options up as per Dave's excellent advice/write-up and put her to bed but tomorrow we really start to play. The milk steaming in like 8 seconds was a revelation haha.
    6 points
  16. as a newbie, not only to this forum but to coffee as a whole, I have spent a lot of time googling and searching for things that I do not even have the right terms for, and going a little potty. I have mooched across other forums but thought this one was the least bit snobby and excluding and my experiences of being here are that everyone is very helpful, really willing to help someone who literally has no clue. I had expected a lot more ribbing, especially as I take milk, and have found nothing but help and freindly banter. I cannot add a photo for certain reasons, but hope that
    6 points
  17. Following on from the Aeropress instructions post, there have been some heated discussions on whether more men are ‘into’ coffee than women. this isn’t about taste. This is about the whole coffee experience - the machines, the art, etc So we are putting it to the vote. I’d you think that more men are into coffee as a hobby - please just LIKE this post. That way, we can just have a running total.
    5 points
  18. Yes - payment instructions remain the same as previous LSOLs. Feel free to pay now if you wish, I'll be sending out instruction tonight though (and a mop up towards the end of the week)
    5 points
  19. That's because we only source quality roasters and have none of that medium/dark malarkey 😆
    5 points
  20. Buy a. Niche if the functionality and size are what you need, rather than it’s got to better in the cup , if it is tastier it’s a double bonus. if you don’t want or need the minimal rents toon then pass . if you don’t need a small grinder then pass if you dont want an easier grinder to dial in and use for multi brew functions then pass if you don’t want to use 2 to 3 coffees in a day then pass . I say this all the time , if you don’t wanna get caught by upgrade fever , just log out the forum
    5 points
  21. Did I step into a time warp here?
    5 points
  22. Waking up on a cold Sunday morning? With a long list of things todo. and thinking ‘nah, f### it’ and going back to sleep
    5 points
  23. And now, Ercol make me question a lot of answers.
    5 points
  24. I prefer to wax myself But if anyone should leave a nice razor and a teak bowl of Crabtree Evelyn shaving cream - it's lathers well for other areas
    5 points
  25. Frame is cleaned up. I chose a grey hue that was close to the original bare metal. You can see how the feet prop up the machine from the front. They are offset since the thread is a little behind the perimeter of the frame and I guess Faema wanted them to stick out if you wished. I am still perplexed why some machines had feet in the back and others like mine do not. The square fittings did not quite fit so I had to very finely file the edges of excess coating for some of them. Boiler flange was brushed up as well. You can see that this was welded in on the edge. The
    4 points
  26. Hi everyone, I am Mark Kent from Osmio Water Technology. I have keen interest in biodynamic coffee and have just started a biodynamic coffee company. I've been working in water technology for 13 years and am a water treatment specialist. In 2013 I began the journey to solve the major issues we had been experiencing with reverse osmosis. These were to do with the system being connected to the drain and the sheer amount of rejected waste water. Both these problems were solved with the first release of the Osmio Zero, a standalone reverse osmosis system with no plumbing and a very user friendly f
    4 points
  27. I don't know or care enough about individual beans, just the roasters. So I make a note if I see a recommended one on here and then buy from them. A different roaster every two weeks, two 250g bags from each and I'm good. Never liked the idea of freezing beans. Sometimes if I see a particular bean recommended from a roaster recommended here, I will make that my next stop. Sorry to the roasters that get pushed down the list, I will get to you!
    4 points
  28. I believe the price is still on track for under a £1000
    4 points
  29. Hi everyone, After using my trusty Bialetti for years, I've finally decided to take the plunge into "proper" coffee. I already have a Zappio Paradiso electric moka pot dating from the 1950's, so I've been looking out for a vintage espresso machine to complement it. After lots of lurking on this forum (and some great advice from @coffeechap), I'm now the proud new owner of a 1963 La Pavoni Europiccola. It's in pretty good condition but needs a strip down and new seals, so I'll probably be asking lots of questions in the lever forum soon. It looks like a great community here, so I
    4 points
  30. We have a blend in the works that will be available around Christmas, if that counts? But it ain't very Christmassy, and it won't have the word Christmas anywhere near it
    4 points
  31. Crankhouse, Yenni Esperanza Bermudez, Finca El Paraiso, thermal shock Castillo: Sweet, syrupy yellow fruit, white wine like notes, delicious! :-) 14g ground on the coarser side. V60 01, 20g poured every 20s, in spirals, up to 220g total. Dry bed 3:30. Will also try a little finer & less water. Drains very fast, but don't be put off by that.
    4 points
  32. I decided thermal shock was the best option. I took my propane torch and heated up the fitting then dunked it in a little bucket of iced water. After three cycles I could start moving the cam around and eventually pulled it out. The whole cam seemed to be eaten by hard water and suffered damage. The cracks on the tip are pretty big and I am not super excited to keep it as is and may need to do a repair. I presume something like silver soldering is my best bet?
    4 points
  33. Yeh I made the decision to retire early about 10 years ago, when I was a surgical SHO (junior doctor). I was working with a world renowned kidney transplant surgeon, it was 9pm and me and him were in theatre together, putting a new kidney in someone. He asked me 'so what do you want to specialise in' I said, to be honest I am not altogether sold on medicine, sort of like the idea of being a pro triathlete. He laughed and said, 'I applaud that, let me tell you a story' He then went on to recount how he gave everything for his career, how he now makes over £500'000 a year, but it
    4 points
  34. You make good points, having owned various pieces of kit you are in a good position to assess the weaknesses you want to overcome and thus making a far more positive long term experience out of any upgrade.. I suspect it prevents chasing the rainbow by not being sure if you did the right thing because you know you did the right thing, for you. The real problem is for people who don't really know anything except they want to spend a lot of money and get it right first time...They have no frame of reference and are "buying the dream". That dream is based on a belief in the functions they wi
    4 points
  35. I actually think that's a very valid point. Applies to any hobby really. I have a wealthy friend who owns several desirable sports cars, about 7 bicycles, currently 3 motorcycles (one of which is destined to sit between his loudspeakers which cost many times more than the bike). He's constantly dropping obscene amounts of money on stuff, simply for the thrill of the chase, the buzz of taking delivery, and the pride of ownership. Yet no sooner had he done so than he appears to be looking for the next thing, and bemoans the fact that he doesn't have enough money to *really* get what he wants. Fa
    4 points
  36. This is overly complicated. Create an infogram on Canva, with exactly the instructions that you think should be followed. Send Aeropress a blank email. Tell her that you contacted Aeropress (pause between two statements) and now have updated instructions. Present new instructions. Important to note This way, you are not telling her your way is better, merely presenting it in a way that she will readily follow. You did contact Aeropress but you have at no point claimed that they sent you new instructions. @coffeechap purchased one of these for me, when w
    4 points
  37. These beans deserve a standing ovation. I am in bed though having a nice lie in (and espresso) at the moment. Maybe later 👏👏
    4 points
  38. Nope, nor do I. I remember being so excited at procuring a teas-made back in the day (and in my day, they were still retro) until I realised that you actually had to take the teabag out, and refill it all for the next morning. Definitely more effort than gain.
    4 points
  39. In my house, it's passive aggressive usage for anyone that can't be bothered to put their razor away. Which is all of them 🤣
    4 points
  40. Great question. I've been taking apart 240V equipment since I was about 10. It needs respect or it bites (I learnt the unplug it yourself rule the hard way). I had more shocks than I can count (With no ill effects), but I know people whose hearts stopped on their first one. You never know. At the end of the day though it's their choice. They'd probably take it apart without guidance anyway. And at least you get to give them the advice that they really really do need to be careful. And never work on a plugged in appliance. Rule#1 unplug it yourself before doing anyt
    4 points
  41. You can replace the knob. Someone in a Russian forum did it. Question is... What would you replace it with? I don't think Lelit offers replacements. It would be great if they did though! No. You don't need any water filter if the water you are feeding the machine with is already good. You can remove the gauze too if you find it rattles inside the tank.
    4 points
  42. Hi Really like this post; as humans we all seem quick to assume or judge don’t we?. Its so nice to put a face to a name that often comes up on this forum. Being female and often subjugated by my male dominated hobbies ie Cyling/ HiFi/Coffee/British comedy/humour sometimes a little on the sick side; I’ve had to develop a sort of thick skin. Some men always seem ‘suprised’ when they realise I can strip and rebuild a coffee machine/ know what Linn/Naim and DI2 stands for and quite likes Frankie Boyle/Julia Davidson etc. Love the baby; you will certainly need copious am
    4 points
  43. Great post Martin! Yes, there's always a danger of posts being misinterpreted, I see it every day, where people assume elitism or condescension where perhaps only good, inclusive, humour was intended. It's an inherent risk on a forum where people are focused on excellence in coffee, but not a given fact that a quip is tinged with malice or snobbery. A little bit of giving the benefit of the doubt goes a long way. As for me, I'm always looking for a giggle, usually a terrible pun or dad joke in my case (despite not being a dad like Boots), but not at anyone's expense! Heaven knows things are ha
    4 points
  44. A little light afternoon reading lol. Good thing we're in and honest people as FedEx just abandoned on the doorstep and legged it. Was driving off before I had the key in the front door Hermes or Yodel style plus their tracking doesn't update beyond at the Leeds depot. But she's well packed by BB and in the house. Can't set it up until I've been to the store as I'll likely run this one on ashbeck but I didn't plan ahead very well. But it's here!
    4 points
  45. Not coffee but tequila. the cork will become an expensive wdt tool, after I have drank the bottle.
    4 points
  46. The lane gained a member today with the President finally moving upstairs after new blinds were installed. The light just completes it I think.
    4 points
  47. the longer you are in the coffee game the more you realise it is a lot the same beans each year , rotating . You end up trusting a roaster to deliver the ones you like. Yes there are rarer beans that have less supply , but for me these tend to fall out outside of my price brackets ( example the high end Gardelli stuff ) Then farmers will deliver different processes years ago is was natural , now its anaerobic etc. How far these newer process actually deliver Origin flavours or impart predominantly process Is debateable and down to personal preference
    3 points
  48. For me I was thinking about this, buying a Niche, maybe. I do like to have different coffees on the go. Currently on my 5th cup of coffee today. And it's my 5th different bean! 1. V60 Brazilian Terra Petra (medium roast) 2. Americano Brazil Santos 3. Flat white Myanmar from Black cat 4. Flat white Columbian Yellow Bourbon 5. Cordato Terra Petra (light roast) I was thinking a niche would be perfect for this, but then I didn't have £500. So I bought a JX pro for £150, this does the job perfectly. Would the niche be better? Maybe, but I no longer have a problem to solve on
    3 points
  49. Hi All The time has come to sell my beloved Cormorant. I had intended to keep it as a sample roaster to partner my Golden GR1+ but I'm able to get good roasts down to 500g on the that - so the Cormorant has sat idle somewhat over the last 6 months. It's a 2018 model - but has been upgraded to the larger burner and 50 mbar regulator - both upgrades done by Johan the designer/owner of Cormorant. I've also fitted a 2mm Mill City K type BT probe bent down into a position that gives good readings with loads down to approx 250g. There's also a compression fitting through the rear han
    3 points
  50. Totally agree! It can be satisfying feeling when you realise you don't need something, and can really appreciate what you already have, I like to practice gratitude every day and appreciate what I have. Sounds like your machine got a great service and upgrade! We all have different needs, and my journey was a different one, going from a terrible machine to one that will serve me for many years with the right care.
    3 points
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