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About Bernard

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    Torphins, Aberdeenshire
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    Coffee, Cycling, mountain biking
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  1. Came across this the other day, seems terribly good value and ready to go! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Coffee-Bike-Tricycle/153362426561?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D56112%26meid%3D4e3ab659364e4b1c911305ed2601cea8%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D233196321505%26itm%3D153362426561&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A7f954849-60f3-11e9-b83a-74dbd18088cf%7Cparentrq%3A2aa2828f16a0ab14d580c1f1ffed88ca%7Ciid%3A1
  2. Would be good to see your designs and if you can mod it to improve retention, other than that it is a good little grinder.
  3. Can't say, I've had everything from Asda budget to some PACT beans through the grinder and it seems to be consistently bad for retention, can't pinpoint a particular cause other than bad design which has been mentioned above, and to be fair, in a fair few other reviews of the grinder. I bought it because it was cheap cheap so I'm happy to live with it till I save up for something a little tidier!
  4. I have a similar grinder to this, Fracino Piccino Coffee Grinder, retention is poor so to clear the grounds in as tidy a way as possible I use the back of a bottle brush I have, similar to this, I just stick it up the chute and have a good rummage around, a fair amount usually comes out. https://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?lan=uk&ShopSel=y&scrn=1920&wndw=1846&sec=17&sub=126&pid=7736&gclid=cj0kcqjw1pblbrdsarisacfug10hl79nqdrblcophlhkqqhmpfmgysjzgka1zg632avkv13rqq7oaakf9ealwwcb It doesn't clear the whole lot but it's better than having the a lump of stale coffee just dump itself on to the counter whenever it feels like it, not looked at any mods to improve retention but if anyone has any ideas, that would be great
  5. Hey Slim, Assuming you mean these? https://www.hario.co.uk/products/v60-filter-papers-100s?variant=10228273020964&gclid=Cj0KCQjwkIzlBRDzARIsABgXqV8r9AydRv5QJuXIToTE8t9P4MAhe4zW_StSXKGnwnvhCjxTC69mEUIaAkN4EALw_wcB then yup, that would work, let me know if you are interested and I can get it all wrapped up ready to go, currently it is living in shame in my desk at work hoping for a home!
  6. Here I have a Brewista double wall pour over that I bought and decided against, wanting to go for a Hario V60 or flat V dripper instead, partly so I can get the filter papers in my local morrisons, lol! I've not used it so is brand new in it's box, looking for £10 posted or nearest offer. https://www.mybrewista.com/products/smart-dripper-full-cone-glass-dripper Note: takes up to #4 full cone filters Bern, Excuse the messy desk. [ATTACH=CONFIG]39803[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]39804[/ATTACH]
  7. Spider on a Bicycle in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire do a lovely macchiato https://www.spideronabicycle.com/ Station Square, Aboyne AB34 5HX
  8. So I've got myself a Fracino Grinder which I think is a rebadged Ascaso i2, widely discredited but hey ho, better then the blade thing before. Still waiting on the non-pressurised basket to turn up and have the rancilio steam wand. Hoping to get something resembling a decent coffee soon, watch this space
  9. I'm glad you got that one, I was very tempted by it but out of my budget, bargain by the looks of it!
  10. I've also had a shot with the rubber tube with no luck, although I'm just a beginner, first things first, grinder
  11. Hey bubbles, cheers for the reply, I was told it was an EC685 but I'm guessing it's the EC680 as the wand doesn't state cappucino/hot milk on it and the baskets don't have the rubber seals. I don't have a good enough grinder currently to get fine enough for espresso so not sure an unpressurised basket is worth while at the moment. Agree'd, will likely upgrade this machine at some point, but in the mean time I'm happy to get to grips with everything. What I would really like to know is whether the pressurised baskets I do have would have rancid oils between the surfaces and whether there is a work around to clean it out? soak in vinegar/bicarb or similar, or just horse on and get a decent grinder and unpressurised baskets?
  12. Just one more question, the filters I have for my Dedica are pressurised, they don't look to be serviceable in any way. I bought the machine second hand from a chap that claimed not to have really looked after it too well and you could tell from the taste of the espresso it produced, I've cleaned the Portafilter, grouphead and descaled it, now I'm starting to wonder if on the pressurised filter you would get manky coffee oils between the mesh and the outer part? Does that make sense? Also, currently no point going non pressurised till we get a decent grinder, so this may chivvy on that upgrade!
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