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  1. I've had a Barista express for about 4 years now, and still going strong - 2 weeks ago I switched to a VST basket (14-18 i think, off the top of my head) - it needs a little adjusting, i've seen talk of filing the edges down, but i found an anvil and some gentle persuation with a copper mallet worked a treat. I have seen a massive difference in the channeling and "neatness" of the shot - it looks much more like I think it should, and it doesn't do the "spurty" nonsense you get with the stock basket. Otherwise, it sounds like you're doing all the right things!
  2. Hi guys, a friend of mine (Dominic Wyndham-Gittens) is coming over to London for the Speciality and Fine Food fair in a couple of weeks - He is a coffee roaster in Barbados - Wyndhams Coffe and Tea (see video for his ethos and philosophy, and some nice shots of barbados/coffee roasting) and is looking for outlets in the UK, ideally coffee shops to brew and his coffee, either as the regular, or a guest spot, or indeed commercial outlets to sell his coffee beans. Any ideas, or anyone interested in this? Just want to do what I can to help him, since it might be easier for me, as already in this country (disclaimer: I am not invested in, affiliated with or connected to the company, I just like him and his coffee), so any help would be appreciated - I like coffee, but don't know the business side of it!
  3. That's a good plan - I'll l that's a good plan - thank you! What sort of cost range should I be looking at to get something reliable?
  4. Right... I like my coffee machines, and I spend a lot of time researching and looking and considering and thinking, but it's almost always with my own usage in mind, rather than anyone else's. But I want to get my mum a new machine - she has had the same basic nespresso machine for years - a costco budget classic, and she loves it, but it's reaching the end of the line. She essentially likes coffee-flavoured milk drinks, rather than espresso or longer coffees - I say that because she finds even a flat white too strong. But the main think she misses is the ability to steam milk. My dad doesn't drink coffee, but loves a frothy hot chocolate. It needs to be as simple as possible, as I know she won't bother weighing in or out etc (I have tried, desperately to teach her "the way", but she simply tells me I have too much time on my hands). So, do I get her a "good" nespresso machine with the ability to steam milk, or is there a good, reliable, simple espresso machine that I could get her? Not to dismiss it, but it doesn't need to produce exceptional espresso, just reliable espresso with a minimum of fuss. I'm think something like the sage bambino, I just don't know a lot about them... Any advice would be gratefully received!
  5. I use a fellow stagg stovetop - I've got 2 actually, the bigger one for home, and the mini one for in the campervan - i always fill it with what I'm going to use for the brew, so the cooling down doesn't really affect me...
  6. I know I'm a heathen for still using my 53mm Sage Barista Express, but does anyone do a 53mm dosing cup? I've got a portafilter ring, but the purist in me doesn't like that it won't fit in the holder any more, so a dosing cup would be a good answer...
  7. How much coffee does the 1.2l hold? This sort of info never seems to be clear on coffee canisters - i'd love one of the companies to say "this will hold 500g/1lb" etc... as I have no concept of how much 1l of coffee is...
  8. So I drip it into a insulated carafe, and it keeps me going for the morning - 500ml is just 2 cups really... Definitely couldn't take that all in one hit!
  9. I've been using the v60 switch since Christmas - absolutely loving it. Been doing a bastard hybrid of immersion and percolation for a my bigger brews - 30g coffee to 250ml water left to steep for 5 mins, then open the valve, and add another 250ml water through, been getting a really lovely cup...
  10. Sounds like a great idea - would be good to organise, and happy to film if required - i guess the really nice, fair way to do it (post restrictions) would be to bring together 4 or 5 existing owners and their machines, as you say, into one location, and get them each to pull shots and compare and contrast between them - it would be a great learning opportunity for them, and would give some great insight into the ownership and running of these machines... throw a decent barista/barista trainer into the mix to give feedback/tips etc, and you've got the making of a great day, and a great video!
  11. Great to see another youtuber on here - love the video, and a lovely set of shiny new toys!
  12. I did a brief review of their stuff on the Youtubes during lockdown - we'd planned to visit them, but timings just didn't work out - they make great coffee, and Tom, the roaster, is a genuinely lovely guy!
  13. for my own 2 cents, I've had my barista express for 3 years, and it's never had any problems - There clearly are those out there with issues, but then, almost all machines have bad examples if you look for them. It's simple to use and get running, and with further time and effort, you can get a very decent shot of espresso out of it, for the money. I know that I will upgrade at some point, but it's been a brilliant introduction to coffee, and it would keep me going for a long time if i didn't suffer from upgrade-itis...
  14. I think, essentially, you just need to take the channel for what it's worth - as has been said before, he won't use things the way you will, but it's interesting to see how he uses them. I often see it the same way as i look at review on amazon - I look at the 1 star reviews, and see what their issues are with it. If these are things that would bother me, I avoid. If these are silly things from stupid people, i tend to think it should be ok - Same with him - if his issues with products are things that won't annoy me, then it's all good. more generally, i find the youtube thing fascinating, especially what people take away from any given channel - I have a small channel, and have done a little coffee stuff on it, but my favourite comment recently was on the construction of a forge for knife making - the viewer was upset that I had showed that it rained during the build, and that was enough for him to stop watching the video, leave a thumbs down, and an aggressive comment. we can't be all things to all people, and all we can hope is that people see what we're doing for what we intend...
  15. I've been watching this guy on youtube for a while now, and whilst it may not quite fit in with the concept of a cheap kitchen knife from the time taken to make it, i thought this was an interesting way to make your own unique, cheap kitchen knife:
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