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  1. I'm sure your man, you know the one who did pop in for a bit with the upgrade will be along to confirm or deny. Genuinely can't remember his name but think it begins with a D?. I assume this is as it has store showing on here now? My guess would be it's just as it is showing, a place to buy advertising on the forum but they might be looking to monetise us, I mean the forum even more...
  2. It's probably not of interest anyway but think I remember that Decent Espresso managed to somehow put the wheels on the bigger one as well - would be described in there thread in case it was of interest to anyone...
  3. North Star are a good roaster based in Leeds and they opened their own place so imagine it's good.
  4. Hi, welcome to the forum. Some good coffee up in Sheffield from what I hear (though I only have experience of using the wonderful Foundry Coffee Roasters, I've seen others mentioned as well). Hope you enjoy the forum!
  5. I've got a bigger island that I use for coffee, but think they stopped making it . Also a large amount of kit to go on it and it doesn't have wheels. Decent Espresso - check out their thread on here - did some updates to the Bror island, both the smaller and larger one depending on what they were doing at the time but I think for home you could likely use it as-is... https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/search/products/?q=bror island
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    Christmas blends

    Sounds good + a good deal. Thanks for posting it!
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    Christmas blends

    I ordered the Pact Christmas blend on a whim. Notes of Christmas pudding but I'm not getting much of anything to be honest. Is an OK coffee. My mother in law said it reminds me of a coffee shop coffee but not the speciality ones... Ouch. Sent from my FIG-LX1 using Tapatalk
  8. A great Advent Calendar for the tea lover in your life. A different tea every day from the British Tea Mixologists Bird and Blend. I bought them to sell at events but due to family commitments I've not had as many as I thought. Obviously want to sell before December. £31 delivered = £5 saving on getting them direct. I have 3 to sell. These are also listed elsewhere. Sent from my FIG-LX1 using Tapatalk
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    Christmas blends

    Although it's seasonal doesn't look like the broadway blend is yet a Christmas blend... I like Climpsons so thought I'd have a look.
  10. I haven't got an Osmio so don't know much about that. Though you won't be filling an empty water tank each time - so the concern of a 1.2litre dispense from osmio is a non-issue. You can refill the tank occasionally and even if you wanted to fill the whole tank, I imagine you'd plan when you were emptying it completely perhaps as part of a cleaning routine.
  11. I haven't managed to get there this year, but thought Colonna and Smalls was exceptional every time that I've been (maybe 10 times or so). I enjoy the vibe and the people were all nice but generally busy when I was there.
  12. Think Edit option is time based, I can't recall how long but it's a somewhat short time before it's stopped if I remember correctly.
  13. hi Nick, I edited and numbered for simplicity. 1. As far as I'm aware you set either duration or volume, their is no point in trying to set both. That said, in my opinion there is also no point in setting duration. Try to use time as a bit of a guide but the amount of drink you make is the best guide IMO. I use manual button every time fwiw. Get yourself a look at the beginners weighing espresso thread, will try to find it in a moment and get some scales and try that. 2. Yes, you cannot do both. From what i know only a very advanced control could try to give you a specific volume in a set time, as it would control the flow depending on the resistance from the coffee puck. 3. Perhaps 🙂. It is most likely due to the combination of stale beans and a relatively entry level grinder for espresso grinding. Now that you've got the Sage DB if funds allow, you may wish to consider upgrading the grinder next and you'll likely find loads of temptations if you look around the forum long enough from a little more expensive to well a LOT MORE and everything in between. That pressure gauge is more of a guide though, as 9 bar doesn't hold any magic. How's the coffee tasting?
  14. I just try to do one straight tamp down. I like the Chris Baca video on tamping - though I do struggle to do the side on tamp when it gets busy I revert to standing straight on to it but trying to keep rest straight not putting strain on wrist etc. That vid -
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    Londinium r

    maybe grab another coffee
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