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  1. Yes have been to Society in Bristol and Oxford...very consistent and really make coffee the priority. Also good selection of beans, coffee mags etc. Sent from my LG-H850 using Tapatalk
  2. mcrmfc

    Question re Next Q

    Yep ace, thanks for arranging! Sent from my LG-H850 using Tapatalk
  3. Hoff's a fan: https://www.youtube.com/embed/11ZSXVZbQbA?feature=oembed
  4. Personally I would start with something dark roast (then you only need to do a simple pre heat of the pf on hot water), dose 17-18g and start on the finer side (if you choke the machine then you know your grinder is capable) then loosen as required. Do a really good wdt and pi for 10s at start of shot. Once you have it dialled in you should be able to get consistent 'perfect' shots with plenty of crema esp with darker roasts. Adding a paper filter (draw round tamper for template using any filter paper) disk under the screen is fun to try and can help things to the next level. It took me a good 5 ish sink shots before I got close first time so you will be fine. Sent from my LG-H850 using Tapatalk
  5. Panama Natural is my current thinking. Sent from my LG-H850 using Tapatalk
  6. Exactly most of my holiday planning these days starts with a pre-emptive Google search of 'specialty coffee shops in...'
  7. And to expand on that...you deserve a grinder that can grind fine enough and with enough consistency to get repeatable results with ALL roast profiles. Both these grinders can do 'ok' but try running a decaf through and that would highlight the challenges. Lots of stuff to search related to this on the forum already. If you can expand budget then clearly the Niche should be at the front of the race or perhaps if you don't mind hand grinding a Kinu M47. Failing that a second hand Mazzer commercial style flat grinder such as the Jolly would be fine.
  8. You might want to hang on...Kinu about to release their cheapest grinder yet, the 'Phoenix', even cheaper than the traveller.
  9. Ironically under dark roast on my viewport due to the styles/background/ad placement whatever the link is not visible!! 😂
  10. It's barely useable tons of duplicate threads make it a very unpleasant user experience. It was the way I used to consume the forum...so yeah...
  11. Shout to these guys: https://formative.coffee/ Just off Victoria Street nr Westminster. Really a coffee first place and some great retail choices. I had a beautiful La Cabra batch and bought some La Cabra beans to take home (quality, quality roaster!). Sent from my LG-H850 using Tapatalk
  12. There's quite literally hundreds of places! If you want multiple high quality roasters then go to Prufrock on Leather Lane. Any branch of Origin for coffee only by them. Have a look here, pretty much every specialty shop has retail beans: https://www.bestcoffee.guide/ Sent from my LG-H850 using Tapatalk
  13. https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/brands/flair.html Bella is good for Flair in UK. It's great and there are a ton of threads here and on HB and vids on YT etc
  14. mcrmfc

    Waitrose choices

    I quite often get some Union from Waitrose if I am away from home and my normal bean stash. For me the revelation, natural spirit and bright note are all 'so so'...not bad but not exciting. Better options for me: Yayu Forest for filter - https://unionroasted.com/products/yayu-wild-forest-ethiopia Gajah Mountain for espresso - https://unionroasted.com/products/gajah-mountain-sumatra Note the Gajah is quite dark but I feel results are actually better for it in this context.
  15. On to my second order of the week from Steampunk....this Nic as espresso is devine and the tasting notes are 100% on the money. Super easy to work with as well, top notch roasting.
  16. The Kenyan is freakin awesome!
  17. As well as being a great coffee I also feel this has been roasted to perfection. My first espresso with this today using the Cafelat Robot...typically light roasts are slightly more challenging on a manual lever with no boiler! But with this...nope, beautiful pour 12s PI 25s shot 18g in 4pg out - just lovely sweet, depth, mouthfeel and just enough acidity.
  18. Stunning, chapeau (or the Italian equivalent) sir!
  19. Thanks @Steampunkcoffee and @fatboyslim. Kenyan and mug for my collection ordered!
  20. That's a very Niche joke....oh wait wrong thread. Loved seeing the pics...what a great forum this is!
  21. Great stuff...took my new traveller away recently and defo noticed improvement for espresso once it had 500g or so through it so you should see even more of an improvement in the coming weeks.
  22. Agreed! First day for me having cleared a bean backlog, enjoying as CCD at work. This is what great coffee is all about, natural funk with a butterscotch sweetness. Credit to @fatboyslim and Steampunk. I don't think I have sampled enough South American natural coffee to have a truly informed opinion but I get where folks are coming from. I'll thow Lotus Biscof Buscuit in there as a descriptor. I still think it could just be an Ethiopian natural albeit an ultra sweet and smooth one. Whatver it is I will be using that Steampunk discount code to get more if they have it!
  23. Not sure it is allowed to cross polinate a mug and coffee from different roasters in the same town....but I like to live on the edge. This coffee is the same producer and varietal as our March LSOL from Assembly so interesting to compare. My first from Bonanza...they deliver on their promise as 'minimal' light roasters, even as a V60 there is a chunk of acidity which on some brews I have managed to balance and produce something very delicious and on others it is a bit too much. Intruiging coffee though (these Burundi coffees appear to be quite 'different') and definately a roaster I will be revisiting.
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