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jaffro last won the day on June 12 2020

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  1. I didn't see the for sale ad at all but I have to say I agree with you. Price gouging for me is just a bit of a dick move. It's the same for any industry, PS5 was exactly the same when it came out. Some people smashing the refresh button constantly on all the different sale sites basically just meant that kids didn't get them for Christmas presents. Well done them. I guess the best way to combat it is just to not engage with it and make sure they don't make money. Keep making offers of reasonable prices so they know everyone is onto them. But there will always be someone willing to
  2. You can buy a "paddle" that you fit to the top of the machine, which let's you control the flow of water into the puck. Means you can manually control preinfusion or adapt the flow of water through the shot 😊
  3. Getting towards the end of this washed Ugandan from New Ground, courtesy of @DogandHat 19:41 in 40 seconds with an 18g VST Have to admit, when I first tried it as filter I wasn't sure about it. I've only had one other washed Ugandan and they've both had an underlying savoury note, a bit like gravy or bovril. However, as espresso it's great. Tasting notes say lemon sherbet and wine gums. Normally I wouldn't like too much citrus in espresso but it's absolutely on point.
  4. Hello and welcome to the forum! I'm also from Herts, probably not too far away. Enjoy the research, there's tons of information on here to get you started. Get a few posts (5 I think?) and you can access the For Sale section, which might give you a few options.
  5. Shout if you need any arc measurements etc. I got mine from long and short, who were cheaper than anywhere else and they were half the price of acaia (now that their price has increased again!) One thing I'll say. Felicita's app is utter garbage, so if you're after data and analytics then look elsewhere. That said, I thought I'd find all the information useful, but now that I've tried it I can't see it being very useful at all haha.
  6. I have a freezer full of beans I want to try, but I just want to keep drinking this forever... I'm just over half way through, keep telling myself I don't need to order more! Tried North Star's 17:250 recipe earlier. They recommend 2:00-2:30 but don't give any indication of bloom time other than "When the bed of coffee begins to pit or bubbling ceases". I tend to do a 45 sec bloom, so did a 34g bloom followed by a single slow pour. Came in at 2:45 using a cloth filter, so quite a fine grind compared to similar timing for a paper filter. Cracking brew. It really feels hard to g
  7. I very briefly tried this on my gaggia classic before I upgraded. I have no scientific evidence, but I was finding that I could grind finer when I started the shot with the steam valve open, then gradually closed it through the first ~10 seconds of the shot. Grind settings that would choke if it went straight to 9 bar would work perfectly. So it did make a difference. Could I tell the difference in a blind taste test? Not a clue, I didn't experiment enough! But I'd definitely did... Something...
  8. @cengland117 sounds good to me! Current one is ridgeless, but doesn't make a difference does it other than being a tighter fit? So will still be compatible. Happy with £20 posted. I'll PM you my address and you can send me your details (bank transfer or PayPal, I'm happy either way) @Jony if you find a spare 20g around I could still be tempted to try both. No worries if you can't find it or decide to hang onto it though!
  9. Cheers @Jony. Interested if you have a 20g going spare. If so, let me know how much you want.
  10. Hey @cengland117 Definitely interested if condition is reasonable 😊 How much would you want for it?
  11. Hi all. Just wondering if anyone is looking to shift an 18g or 20g VST before I buy one new. My current 15g VST is perfect for my small flat whites, but I'm wanting something bigger for espresso. Only really wanting VST so that I have 2 of the same brand, so not looking for an equivalent IMS. What have you got?
  12. I'm interested... But agree I won't join for the whole lot - most of the fun was in talking to roasters, trying everyone's new beans, seeing the new equipment in the flesh. And Union's stand was always a highlight, even if they aren't always my favourite roaster! I'll probably have some of the sessions on in the background while I work, but I'm not exactly going to take a full day off for it. Global coffee festival was okay last time, some interesting topics, but it was a bit like watching people cupping or making a pourover and talking some pretentious stuff over the top of it, wh
  13. Side note. Went a lot finer by accident in espresso... 16:36 in 50 seconds (whoops). Bit too ballsy for espresso but the tropical fruits come through quite boozy in a flat white. Interesting. More than anything, I wanted to show off my latte art. I'm getting better!
  14. Relatively settled, but always room for improvement! I noticed north star recommend 17:250 in 2:00-2:30, bloom and a single pour, which is nothing like my recipe! I'll have to give it a go. I'm using a cloth filter rather than paper which seems to change things up. Normally I'd do bloom and 2 pours with paper, but to slow the brew down a bit I've been doing bloom and 4 pours with the cloth filter. Aiming for 3:30 ish. So cloth: 16 g coffee. 50g bloom for 45 seconds. 4 equal (ish) pours every 30 seconds until you hit 260. With paper filters in the December I'm still doing
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