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  1. I’ve bought up 6 bags of this myself. Best coffee I’ve had in the longest time.
  2. I tried buying some from Acme. My order sat dormant for several weeks, I then had to spend another week chasing a refund, I think they’re pretty much running with close to no staff.
  3. Thanks for this Rob, this is all really really useful stuff to me. On the process I followed, I have simplified a little. I did waste around 6-8 shots gradually making my grind coarser and dosing less. The idea of noting origin is an interesting one, I'll definitely do this from now on in this instance I switched from Colombia to a blend, but it's definitely something I will do from now on. Funnily enough I'm finding the blend to be more enjoyable, it's just a bummer I've wasted so much of it getting it dialled in!! Thank you very much for your help sir.
  4. So I’m using a Lelit Mara and a Eureka Mignon. As for process, I kept everything the same from my previous coffee. I was using 20g of coffee and getting around 40g espresso in about 30 seconds. I changed nothing and literally nothing was extracted after about 15 seconds and the puck felt very spongey when I discarded it. I ground coarser and again nothing was extracted. I had to go coarser still and use about 2g less coffee and I’m now getting about 2:1 ratio from 18g coffee in about 32-34 seconds. It does taste pretty good again, but I don’t think it’s perfect. Now when you say based on origin and appearance, what is it that you’re basing adjustments on? I think it’s my lack of knowledge in this area which does hamper me a little, or in yesterday’s case, a lot!
  5. I’m going to start ordering a kilo at a time I think. I wasted probably a good 150g of beans yesterday and I only had 500g in total, doesn’t leave much to actually enjoy.
  6. I’ve just gone from one Gardelli coffee which I had perfectly dialled in and tasting great to their espresso blend and I’ve had to drastically change both my grind size (way coarser) and dose a couple of grams less to get good results. My issue, still being something of a novice, is that I’ve wasted an awful lot of coffee in the process, probably a good 6-8 shots worth. Gardelli ain’t cheap! I’m just glad I wasn’t switching the other way round since the coffee I’ve just finished was €20+ a bag. Does anyone else have this issue? Is there something I should be doing differently when changing to a different coffee?
  7. I have a couple of spares, happy to donate one for nothing. Drop me a PM.
  8. I’ve had one of these just sat around not doing an awful lot for a little while. Rather than leave it sitting around I’m happy to let it go for 50 quid. I’ve had it from new for a couple of years but it’s not really had much use at all. Pics to follow tomorrow.
  9. I’ve got a Feldgrind which is in very good condition, not had a great deal of use, happy to sell for £50.
  10. Has anyone tried that really steep stuff from Gardelli? I have some of their La Cristalina at the moment and it’s fantastic, but they’ve got stuff at €200 per 250g!!
  11. Working my way through a kilo of Las Orquideas from The Barn, another kilo of beans arriving from Gardelli today. I think half of it is the espresso blend, the other half I think is La Cristalina. Given the rate I’m going through them at the moment I’ll probably get another order in somewhere later in the week. Recommendations for espresso anyone?
  12. Hexagram

    My new Mara

    I feel like I’m now starting to get to grips with my setup and I’m getting some nice results even if I feel like I’m more stumbling upon being dialled in. I got one batch of beans to a good place, but it took me a while and I didn’t have that much left to really enjoy it, then I loaded up with a new batch from The Barn and the same settings were pretty awful. I spent a morning fiddling around and just couldn’t get it right, then later that day a naked portafilter I had ordered turned up. I used it this morning without making any changes other to my grinder, but I was also using a VST basket for the first time (it had been waiting as it wouldn’t fit in the portafilter I was originally using) and instantly the results were tasting pretty much spot on. 20g coffee, produced 40g espresso in about 28 seconds when I timed it.
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