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  1. Listening to the radio with the funeral to start at 3pm. Thought about the commonwealth, where lots of our coffee comes from and a lifetime of service to the nation. I believe he will be sorely missed. Certainly deserves a mention on here. Thank you for your service....
    9 points
  2. Back in 1994, my mother in law pointed out an article in The Mirror, asking for contestants to write in with snoring problems. The idea was a local hotel wanted to have a competition as a PR event. Anyway, I applied and was selected. It just so happened that the hotel was in Newcastle so for me it was an easy overnighter. Ten of us met in a private room and they fed us and gave us as much alcohol as we could take! I went to bed early and must have fallen asleep instantly. I say this because a very short time later I was wide awake and saw the manager and crew come into my room 3 times to
    7 points
  3. Hello everyone, thank you for the high expectation about our project. We are two brothers, Sergio and Jorge from Madrid, Spain. Two years ago we decided to start this project, since both of us value good coffee and we love spending our free time by bringing new projects to life. It all started as a hobby project modifying a few coffee machines and adding our own software, but with the time and the progresses we made, we got convinced that Kafmasino could meet with great interest on the market. Two years from that moment and after a lot of work, Kafmasino as a brand is finally born
    6 points
  4. I was once woken up after a tremendous night on the lash by my neighbour who needed me to move so he could pull his car out of his driveway and go to work. He couldn’t move his car because I was asleep on his driveway. Not in a car, I was literally asleep curled up on his driveway. Good times 🤣
    6 points
  5. After a very happy four years with my Sage Barista Express and a lot of research it was time for an upgrade. The Eagle 🦅 has landed. The grinder is kindly on loan from Hasbean while I wait for my new grinder to arrive. It’s been a great few days learning some of the features of the machine and grinder.
    5 points
  6. Finally, a protest that I can get behind!
    5 points
  7. A couple of events, which are still very fresh in my memory. One was no fault of mine and the second - oh well, I am sure a lot of us would have been there before 😬 1: I was probably 10, on a pilgrimage - I know no body expects a boy of 10 to go on a pilgrimage (!) - with my parents and my little sister. Any way, en-route home, we were waiting for a train. A stranger suddenly shouted at me. I looked at the person confused. Moments later, my dad slapped me very hard (🙄). It was not just embarrassing but also pretty insulting. 😳 Till date, I don’t know the answers for what and why? 2
    4 points
  8. Walking to work one morning I looked up at the rather odd angle that the level crossing barrier had adopted. The other barrier was at vertical, but the one I was approaching was seemingly stuck at 45 degrees. I was giving it a thorough inspection as I passed beneath it...and then it hit me. The barrier that is, squarely in the forehead. Luckily I wasn't hurt by the impact. Less luckily, I dropped to the floor with shock & I now found myself pinned to the pavement at my waist. Luckily, I was a safe distance from the tracks and the arriving train. I remember looking up and, as the
    4 points
  9. Just thinking back to this post something popped into my head today that I thought was definitely worth mentioning in regards to roast level. I think roast level is a very helpful guideline when buying roasted coffee, but its certainly not the be all and end all - I've done it myself, bought 'Filter roast' coffee and when I've opened the bag thought "This is a bit dark, oh boy" - But that doesnt mean its over roasted or over developed, just that that specific coffees sugar content reacts differently and takes on heat & colour differently. Just as a bit of a mind melter for those
    4 points
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  11. Visited the house in Corfu where he was born....on a kitchen table no less. Was a bit Marmite - especially regarding some of his gaffes. What is indisputable and worthy of respect was his support for the queen and sense of duty was admirable. Speaking of admirals - that is something he may well have become had he not sacrificed his naval career when he married the queen.
    4 points
  12. A recent change to my coffee making bench, my large commercial grinder gets kicked out by a young upstart. To create a level surface with my large stainless steel knock box below the Bezzera I made a long drawer case from a surface planed engineered oak board. A coating with Danish oil and drying in the Bristol sunshine it is a close match to the oak components of the Niche. It also houses my scales....113.1 gr , what might that weight entail ? 🤔
    3 points
  13. @Like Medium Strong Coffee the pressure you end a shot will depend on your desired shot ratio. The pressure might be down a tad on mine but the swept volume may not be. So you might find 7 bar on yours gives 35g espresso from 18g like mine. It's just great not having to use scales, and know you will be within 1g. One more simplification of workflow. Preinfusion can be as long as you want, but may have increase bitterness, probably more in darker roasts... perhaps I said something misleading? I would use a longer preinfusion if I ground too fine to avoid puck compression. Possibly lig
    3 points
  14. @Kafmasino Hi Guys! I appreciate that you are launching on Kickstarter soon, but I am sure you already know that there is a wealth of knowledge available on this platform. That means you may receive criticism from some folks and genuine help and praise from others! Without interfering with your Kickstarter, I am sure many members would love any juicy bits you can throw at them!
    3 points
  15. Hola Sergio, Jorge! Bienvenidos! I have two questions with regards to the machine if you don't mind me asking here: - Will the software allow you to control the temperature up/down during the shot? (By what I read so far, I don't think it will, but worth asking) - For controlling pressure profiling... Is this controlled by the pump or is it downstream of the circuit via some sort of device or valve? Many thanks! Ps: Creative choice of name... Literally "Coffee Machine" in Esperanto. 🙂
    3 points
  16. When @CasualsCoffee said last weekend 'fill your boots' with 15% off & free delivery, I did just that! Arrived today.
    3 points
  17. You did ask... and I have already been doing some thinking about it when I first saw the gallery photos! 2. It depends on the range of motion, maximum shot size and strength of spring selected. When you look at it, there is some ambiguity. e.g. it says can pull 6 2oz shots, which is pretty much 58ml shots which will weigh in the region of 62g+, that's a really big shot to pull under pressure. The V-Vostok can pull 45-50g shots (just). Add in the puck holding say around 20g and you have 102ml respectively for the total volume of the brew area. These measurements are for the entir
    3 points
  18. Hardly a soul this end of our local beach today..,, Light was quite intense;
    3 points
  19. And the roast is back! This time, inspired by some PNG. It’s really my first proper controlled attempt at this. The greens are a bit old now, so we shall see. Exciting times! 140g -> 120g. 10min roast until drop, 1:30m development.
    3 points
  20. Doesn't everything boil down to these things? 😀
    3 points
  21. I’m waiting for a Gaggia boostbox kit from @FairRecycler and I have in the meantime spent some time enjoying the instructions he sent me. They are very nice! But not only are the instructions very good, I‘m also very impressed by the build he has done. This is a very thorough pice of work! All connectors, the pressure gauge block by the 3/2 valve, the heat insulation, the small plastic washers, the service ‘hangers’, etc. It will be some hours of real joy to mount this into my machine. Although I’m a mechatronic engineer (but ‘trapped’ as a manager...;) ) I have not t
    3 points
  22. Just an update....I worked on the classifieds system, and wanted ads are back: im back.mp4
    3 points
  23. I dunno, I don't copmpletely trust him.....only last week he was out there with this: Now I'm confused, I reckon he is hedging his bets with a double sided sign 😁
    3 points
  24. Okay hands up, I'm the idiot who tried to buy Dave's magic coffee beans from the classified section! I nearly sold the family cow to pay for them. What can I say ? normally I'm quite sharp and good at bartering but it was the free tin that drew me in. My husband said "for God's sake, did you not read it properly. The first thing that's going to happen is a phone call to all the old timers with "your not going to believe this .....". All I can say is beware the power of the moderator but thank you to Dave for not spilling the beans when I can do that perfectly well myself! (p
    2 points
  25. I got a call from Bella barista yesterday saying the Elizabeth is going to be a while longer before I can get it, having already waited a month. So a rash decision and call back to BB, I have a bianca arriving next week.. whoops!
    2 points
  26. Perhaps someone with far more Gaggia Classic knowledge can explain that one.
    2 points
  27. @Phil104 This is just the sort off thing we need to hear about!
    2 points
  28. How about a superautomatic machine which can also make milk based beverages? While it is unlikely to make god shots (even tuning a superauto for suitable espresso isn't easy, and may require some internal modifications), it is fairly easy to get comparable or better results than Nespresso machines in my experience. There is no need to buy special capsules, and the maintenance is very simple (just rinse under warm water the brew unit once a week or so. Jura machines don't even require this although they cost more and don't make better coffee). The milk section will require some cleaning to
    2 points
  29. But the advantage you have here, is the chance to converse with folks who have a far higher understanding, than a lot of 'followers' you will find on your average social media platform. The use of social media certainly is easier for you, but a question, why would you wish to advertise on a forum and then direct its followers away to other social media platforms? If you are posting new info daily, then how hard can it be to copy that info onto this thread for example. Over time, this could build a good additional resource for you.......just a [email protected]
    2 points
  30. When I lived in Glasgow in the early eighties, I used to truck up and down to Newcastle some weekends. Three cars I remember having were a Morris Marina 1.8 TC, Granada mark 1, 3.0S ex police car and a Rover 3500 V8. Music was a big thing for me and I used to binge play the same two or three cassettes. Now, a lot go you youngsters will not be able to imagine an era where there was no internet! If you wanted to know a fact, you either had to find someone knowledgeable, buy a book/newspaper or go to the library! So, although Bat out of Hell was one of my favourite ever albums I could not know m
    2 points
  31. This advert is COMPLETED!

    • FOR SALE
    • NEW

    I no longer require the white Niche Zero I secured via the recent forum offer that Dave organised. Long story short - my Black Niche has arrived (April batch) and the colour has grown on me last couple of weeks, so much so that I am just sticking with this one and no longer want the white one. My intention, for what it’s worth, was always to sell the spare one through this forum. I emailed Niche this morning and they are happy for me to sell to someone through here, and they will update delivery details at their end I can obviously forward on that email to whoever is interested etc.. for peace of mind.

    £509

    2 points
  32. 😮 Finally ditching the indigogo model? 🤞🤞
    2 points
  33. I can highly recommend the Solo, having recently upgraded to it from the Sage SGP myself.
    2 points
  34. This rattling was driving me mad, and six of these little pads for £3 has fixed it. Thanks for who recommended these - apologies for not remembering who it was! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Small-CLEAR-RUBBER-FEET-BLACK-CLEAR-SELF-ADHESIVE-Sticky-Pads-DOMED-BUMPERS/233733431198
    2 points
  35. Yup, it's what I guessed it might be...thanks for reporting back.
    2 points
  36. Sorry... I forgot to update the forum when I got my machine back. Turns out, it was a pinched water feed line. Once they moved it to it's proper location it's worked perfectly ever since.
    2 points
  37. How does the coffee actually taste? Sour I suspect? My gut feeling says to keep the grind and dose as it was for your last shot (for now) and stretch the output out to perhaps 3 or 3.5 and see how the affects taste. Don't get too bogged down in the time. David
    2 points
  38. Shots speed up under a contrast pressure , channeling can cause this , easiest way is diagnose is through a naked pf . Otherwise you will get people guessing at reasons such as below along with associated suggestions . too hiGh a dose - check basket tolerance and coin test too low a dose - check basket tolerance uneven distribution -rest A result of single dosing - dont single dose ill fitting tamper - new gear too fine a grind - coarsen grind , perhaps updose a little
    2 points
  39. I did that based on what I saw on the MaraX and what you did @DavecUK. Then I opened one of my drawers and found what was useful... currently, I have furtinute pads on the grill over the drip tray. The Elizabeth have rubber pads on the chassis rim where the drip tray sits on. 👍
    2 points
  40. Some Daterra pentapacks of green coffee, can't wait to roast them...nice high cupping scores too. I love the high quality Daterras, drinking Daterra Sweet Collection at the moment.... Caramel, chocolate, almond...mmm
    2 points
  41. When I was younger I was a bit like that. I was very into music, I'd import it from New York and Japan, I'd trawl SisterRay, Vinyl Junkies etc in London, I'd be the guy harassing shop staff for white labels. I had a late night radio show at university, we'd play whatever we liked, Detroit techno would roll into Nick Drake into MF Doom, but people started asking me where I got stuff. I always told them but I didn't like giving away the info on some of it, stuff I considered 'my band'. One well known example would be Air who blew up massively in England with Moon Safari. I'd gotten a some r
    2 points
  42. Unfortunately not. The company that I purchased it from had done the refurb. I can definitely see the benefits of stripping it down myself, buuuut that means i would have to dk with out coffee for a day and i don't think i can manage that 😂
    2 points
  43. I was torn between this (ocd/symetry more than anything else), and older school water tap. Part of me wants both! Think i may ask if I can opt to pay extra for spare wand with pearlator/thing.
    2 points
  44. Hi El Carajillo, Thank you for getting back to me. The machine has recently been stripped down and refurbished, so i would hope everything you mentioned would have been sorted. But on the flip side it is always good to check. Apologies for not introducing myself. My names Ben, im 30 years of age and I like Coffee and Football. Im also new to owning a Gaggia, previously I had a cheaper Krupps machine that had broken. When researching machines i stumbled across the gaggia thread on this forum and was instantly interested in the machines. Being an engineer I love the fact you're able
    2 points
  45. Easy enough to draw up in CAD however my previous diagram is pretty much that with the exception that my spiral is only over 90 degrees and is solid above and below the helix.
    2 points
  46. And after saying that, Ive just really enjoyed Extract's "Cast Iron" espresso. Strong and coffee-like, but with 'other things' going on to keep it interesting. Great latte art @Tinkstar - I need to look into that next. We don't have many (oat) milky drinks, but when they do, I steam the milk in the cup and add the espresso in on top (single boiler machine and lack of knowledge). @Mrboots2u - (not for a long time) Around halfway through my parents' visit, my dad will sign "Do you have beer that tastes like beer?" @DavecUK - coffee seems to be the hardest product to describe. Ta
    2 points
  47. Well you are closer than me.. its liquorice or something coffee like from a jar... I will keep trying. Well done you!!! I can do art consistently though now 🤣
    2 points
  48. @Uriel4953- to be honest, for 3x the cost in kit and beans, I kinda was hoping for the world's best espresso. Or something noticeably better. @Tinkstar - I can do a bit of the "I'm getting blueberries, paraffin, tears" in other foodstuffs - that's what I'm after! - but I seem to find them disgusting in coffee. Bailies LSOL range seemed an inexplicable attempt to make something nice (coffee) taste like something disgusting (floral tea)
    2 points
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