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  1. Always exciting to try a new Decaf..... not so many about. Today I tried Mokarabia. Aeropress, 13g, black. Reasonably complex. Fairly interesting. Darkish roast. Drier rather than sweeter. Not a bad after-taste. I don't think it will displace Roma and Lavazza for daily drinking, but certainly worth introducing on occasion for some variety. We'll see how it fares after a few cups.
  2. I only drink decaf and have 5 or 6 cups a day. I take the coffee black and long and have abandoned my Gaggia for an Aeropress which I like. Coffee is expensive, and I get through around 60g per day, sometimes more, so I've been looking for cheap decafs that are good enough to drink regularly. I have a few bags of Waitrose Peru beans left, but they're borderline OK. Better for my taste are 2 beans from Nextday Coffee, which is the only place I buy from these days.... https://www.nextdaycoffee.co.uk/results?keyword=decaf I haven't tried their whole range, but I like the Roma in 1
  3. Yep - I'm a wet shaver. I got very geeky at first and bought around 20 razors, 50 soaps, 20 brushes etc. Yes, I know, less said the better. Anyway I've now managed to get everything down to around 15 soaps, 4 or 5 brushes and 4 or 5 razors I actually use. So - what's survived the cull..... Razors: My daily shaver is a Micromatic Clog-Pruf. I find this as close to perfect as I've found. Backups are a Micromatic Open Comb and a couple of Muhle R41s with different handles. Nacet blades. Brushes: I still have some boars but they're a faff to prepare. Daily brush is a Yaqi Sagrada Famili
  4. My question to other decaf users is whether you're disappointed with Columbian coffees. All the Columbians I've had as far back as I can remember have been disappointing. I've had better results from Peru and Brazil recently. I particularly like the Tesco Brazil Finest ground coffee for my Mellitta pour-overs.
  5. I was disappointed with James Gourmet Columbian, which is unusual since I've had good coffees from them. Just not at the moment it seems. I've been using pour-over with Melitta and Kalita Wave recently and trying out some supermarket decafs. Waitrose have a Peru beans which is OK. Tesco have a ground Columbian and a ground Brazilian. Again OK, but nothing special. These are around £3.75 so a cheap experiment. Probably all better used with milk. I have yet to find a really good decaf for a pour-over without milk.
  6. and an adze, an angle grinder, an axe, 50 kg of explosives and a fire extinguisher.......
  7. I'm taking a rest from my Gaggia for the moment. So my answer would be what I'm using ATM. Mazzer Major grinder, cheap plastic Melitta dripper and some filter papers. And for almost instant milky coffee, £30 Lavazza A Modo Mio and some Dek Cremoso decaf capsules.
  8. Now that I've developed a better dribbling technique I can see that this is true enough. I get something like the same pour time and taste when the amounts and grind are the same for both Melitta and Kalita. Forums like this tend to like splitting hairs - it's more interesting to describe differences than similarities, especially in shootouts. But these two are indeed pretty close.
  9. I was surprised myself - it dribbles easily. The good things about the Bosch are 1) a wide and grippy rubber handle so you hold it securely 2) the balance is perfect when pouring, so you have good fine control MWJB is one of our experts here, and I take down notes from his posts. Always makes me think!
  10. Metal Kalita Wave 155. I'm with Step21 regarding the slow continuous dribble method. Seems logical to me that the grounds should be continuously wet during the brew. I know there are different ways of pouring and I haven't tried systematically comparing them, so open to correction. The time is definitely slower with the Kalita than with the Melitta, and you can see the filter holding back the extraction, however it does that. My Melitta is also much larger and so are the filters, so it's not a comparable design. I'm with Step21 in thinking the Kalita works better than the Aeropress on a casual
  11. This morning I did my first pour-over with the Kalita 155. It's much smaller than I thought, but perfect for a single cup. I didn't bother pre-soaking the white filter. My Bosch temperature controlled kettle turned out to be perfectly accurate at pouring - no gooseneck needed. I used a constant very slow pour, just topping up the slurry continuously. Results in the cup were better than my Aeropress, and I would say slightly better than the Melitta, though a similar taste. The coffee - medium coarse - goes through slower than the Melitta. So 20g/250g went through in 3m as opposed to less than 2
  12. Stories like this make you feel good!
  13. What about the Melitta unbleached brown ones? I have these but nothing to compare them with.
  14. I just brewed my first cup with a Melitta style dripper. £8 off eBay with a packet of filters. I'm truly surprised how good this is in the cup. And to think this was designed and patented in 1908. Astonishing.
  15. I'm pretty new to pour-over but I seem to get quite enough control with my regular Bosch temperature controlled kettle. I get a nice thin stream of water which is easy to aim. I was pleasantly surprised. Boils very quickly, has 70-80-90-100 settings and keep warm. I got the discounted turquoise TWK8632PGB STYLINE off eBay, made an offer and it was accepted. There seem to be plenty available still.
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