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  1. Just a heads-up... The Oro blend from Lavazza is on offer in Tesco. I must say that among all the supermarket brands I have tried so far, this is the most superior one. It is just sweet and inviting like nectar with just the hint of sophisticated acidity and a superlative finish. I can't say anything more. Normally costs a pricey £5 but now £3. I thought I will share this here.
  2. Hi, It was great to meet such knowledgeable coffee aficionados. Special thanks to Dave for the invite. Thank you Patrick, Glenn, Jim, Rob, the kind Rave coffee staff... You guys make such superlative coffee that I have come back realising that my espressos are still below par, or average at best. I was gravitating towards levers... but after today, I am in love with lever machines. Thanks again. Londinium with ZM is a divine combination!
  3. Sent you a PM. Look forward to it. Thanks.
  4. Hi Everyone! My wife and I were not that much into coffee 11 years ago. My wife mostly drank tea, I would say about 95% of the time, and only had coffee at MacDonalds or the Subway. I did not even do that. I was not much into hot drinks at all!! One of our wedding gifts ten years ago was a drip coffee maker. So we bought some freshly ground coffee and tried it. It was bitter and strong, but we enjoyed having a common activity and drink. So to commemorate a common interest, we bought ourselves a DeLonghi bean to cup. So I started buying raw coffee beans and would toast or roast them using my pan. This was an enjoyable Sunday afternoon activity. The beans usually lasted a week and it made the house smell nice. Even children liked the smell. The bean to cup coffee maker was good enough to flesh out varietal differences. It made good cappuccino but was absolutely terrible at making espressos. So I never understood what the fuss was about with the espressos on all the forums. Every espresso I tried, in airport Costa and drive through Starbucks, were bitter and it continued to baffle me. I started enjoying americanos and my wife continued with cappuccino. One day I was at Cafe Zero and I asked for a macchiato. It was the sweetest I had ever had anywhere. Then I went back to the counter and asked for an espresso while making a mental note of the machine they were using. It was a red and orange FB80 (LM). They had another machine, a GB5. Perhaps my first cup was from that. I went back to my table and sipped on the espresso. It tasted like it actually had milk in it. It was so good with a sweet aftertaste on my tongue. Nothing like any espresso I had ever had before. I went home and started researching why espresso from FB80 tasted as it did. The machines were for my company office. We had a Gaggia Deco that had a stainless steel boiler and I found good clarity with it. I soon realised that a good grinder was key. Since them coffee duty has fallen on an LM and robur for last several years. My wife now prefers medium roasts having moved on to enjoy tighter cappuccinos, americanos and strong flatwhites. I now fully gravitate towards espresso macchiatos and double espressos. More than anything, my wife and I like the ritual. The ritual of grinding, tamping, pulling the shot, tidying, steaming, etc. It is almost got a tinge of religiosity and religious zeal to it all. I find myself quite keen to try a lever pulled shot. Never tried one. From listening to many, it looks like many of the lever machines pull the nicest shot. Thanks for letting me join CFUK. Thanks to Coffeechap for introducing me to this forum. Regards, Dee.
  5. My wife and I have a coffee just before going to bed. Not kidding. Moreover, we fall asleep straight away and have a good deep sleep as well!! I think al this myth about coffee keeping one awake is conditioning and confirmation bias.
  6. Hi Everyone! I am new to CFUK and wanted to introduce myself. My wife and I got into coffee around the time we got married in 2010. Before that, I was not that much into tea or coffee. However, I did a small sample roast to try a wedding gift of drip coffee maker. I really enjoyed that coffee and we found ourselves with a small bean to cup DeLonghi. Mochas and lattes were good with it. I continued roasting coffee beans on Sundays and it became a 'thing'. A ritual. Since then I have gone from enjoying Americanos and Cappuccinos to becoming a macchiato and espresso fan. This trend can be noted with my wife as well where she has gone from very milky Lattes (in 250ml grande cups) to extremely tight (130ml) cappuccinos. There even appears to be some explorations of macchiatos now. I used a Gaggia Deco for a while and then moved to La Marzocco and I still use the MD64 pro grinder that came with it. I still find it competes well with robur in sweetness. I use robur when I need more acidity and clarity in taste. Last 12 months have been a bit dull in our household due to some personal matters, and I have been dormant in roasting and being active in the coffee tasting hobby. I have literally not had a hobby for a long time. I am keen to pick myself up and continue to use my coffee tasting hobby to keep myself keen on life in general and motivated! Someday I hope to try pulling on somebody's lever machine as I have started to appreciate the more classic or traditional 35ml espresso more than any other type of coffee. Thanks for reading. And thanks for letting me join this group. Regards, Dee.
  7. Hi Coffeechap. My name is Dee, y7ou recommended me on this thread from HomeBarista. I can come if you can accommodate me. if you can then let me know the date pls? Thanks.
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