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  1. I think we can all agree that, just by asking this question, I have the capacity to suck really hard. This is a strong contender for a viable solution. I'd submit your patent sharpish.
  2. Welcome, and welcome back to Cambridge! There are some great local coffee shops and roasters about. Make sure to check out Silver Oak Roasters, they do a great job.
  3. Thanks to UPS my distilled water will be spending today in a depot somewhere. Anyone got any last minute solutions? Might have to settle for DI from Tesco.
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  5. I stopped buying milk a while ago, so when I got back into espresso I had to get used to Oatly and Minor Figures for my flat whites. I was apprehensive at first but it textures great and, once I was used to it, it didn't get in the way of the espresso flavour. Recently, I ordered a flat white out at a cafe and I forgot to ask for oat milk. I was quite shocked at how much the milk flavour overwhelmed the coffee. My assumption was that milk was more "neutral" and oat milks generally had "Strong" flavours that get in the way. It seems, to me at least, that being used to the flavour is probab
  6. Looks good from here! As long as when it spins it doesn't wobble like a spinning coin then the carrier is probably fine. No signs of rubbing on the outer housing and the wings show no evidence of rubbing on the top carrier. Was probably just those screws then.
  7. I've got a royal with no mods. Its absolutely capable of grinding fine enough for espresso, so it's not a problem with the grinder. I would check that the lower burr carrier isn't interfering with the upper burr carrier. Mine tends to make a noise that sounds like chirping when grinds build up on the lower carrier and rub on the upper. Never enough to stall the motor though, so look for evidence of metal on metal interference (scrapes, dings etc). This all happens well before the burrs are close enough to touch. Other than that, make sure everything looks flat and square. If the burrs are
  8. I'd absolutely recommend Cocobolo. They popped up in the village I work in and I've had loads of their stuff. Their roasts are a shade darker than I'd go for usually but honestly they've been some fantastic, flavourful espressos. Fill your boots.
  9. Checked for leaf rust and grown in nutrient rich soil, yea I'd say coffee is usually healthy. 😂 Is drinking coffee good or bad for an individual? Doesn't matter what my opinion is, there's probably a reasonable amount of peer reviewed, scientific research you could find to show coffee's impact on health outcomes. Happy hunting 👍
  10. I find it's most useful for small brewers where you need the control. It's not the end of the world if you find you can pour accurately out of your current kettle. You certainly don't need an electric pouring kettle, maybe the Hario Air kettle would be a good fit for you if you want inexpensive pour control?
  11. This is the kind of innovation I was hoping for.
  12. Ordered my pack! Probably aught to pick up a decent spoon and bowl now. @espressoSquirrel is right, don't drink the DI raw!
  13. You're in a rush. You made your morning 'spro. You have to get ready for work. Do you leave the shot outside? Or do you finish it in the shower?
  14. Big crowd pleaser at my works coffee club. V60-03, 48g in, 750g out in 3.45. The thing that is most impressive to me is the mouthfeel! Gorgeous and thick. Can't wait to get it on the espresso machine.
  15. Coffee Italia has an incredibly bad rap on this forum. Loads of bad experiences posted. Have a quick search before purchasing from them. On the flip side, everyone seems to love Bella Barista. I've not got any experience of the machines or grinders that you're looking at, but I do have a La Spaz with a 52mm basket. It's been a minor inconvenience but by no means a joy killer. Don't let it sway you from getting the machine you want.
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