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  1. Agreed, Nespresso will continue being a cash-cow for many years even if the growth rate it managed in the past can't be sustained. Yes, we all know that with a bit more time and effort superior coffee can be extracted through other methods, and I am obviously not extolling the virtues of the system... Still strikes me as impressive on a technical level that they manage to get a drink that can pass as expresso out a 6g of coffee. And the subscription based business model, very clever, in a business school case-study kind of way.
  2. Black Sheep seem to have sprung up everywhere in London over the past year or so. I'm not really in a position to comment as I've never actually been inside one! Rather put off by the emphasis of the robusta content on their signage - seemed to be selling it on the caffeine content. The decor seemed decidedly odd as well, not the most inviting environment. Seemed to be going for a slightly 'alternative' Starbucks crowd. If forced, my chain coffee of choice would be Nero, as the milk drinks are passable and at least they have a vaguely pleasant ambience (yes I know the marble is fake, but still). O2 do a promotion for a free coffee on Wednesday, so between that and the loyalty stamps they make very little money off me.
  3. Ok, so not a speciality coffee subject per se, but I found this an interesting read on the history and economics of Nespresso. https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/jul/14/nespresso-coffee-capsule-pods-branding-clooney-nestle-recycling-environment Personally, I'm not sold on the spin that Nespresso has peaked, little hard evidence presented to back it up. Yes, I imagine the market for machines is trending towards saturation in developed economies, but I bet the steady income from the capsules is pretty healthy (and 3rd party sellers probably only eat a few % of sales). And yes, environmental awareness is increasing, but I'm not convinced it has a massive impact on consumer behaviour (see our addiction to cheap flights until ~4 months ago), and the recycling scheme is probably enough to salve most consumers' guilt. So put it like this, unlike the author I'm not expecting the ubiquitous machines and shiny pods to be replaced with V60s, Aeropress, and Niches anytime soon.
  4. Sense of aesthetics offended by the Mignon's "Ferrero Roche" hopper? 200 Euros burning a hole in your pocket? Ladies and gentlemen, the product you've been waiting for: https://torrcrowd.myshopify.com/ And yes, there's a single dosing option too!
  5. Hi everyone, I'm after an aluminium Gaggia Classic dispersion plate (shower screen holder) in good condition. Having persistent issues with channelling, and want to see if reverting back to one of these helps. Stay safe!
  6. Used commercial if you have the space?
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    Freedom of Speech

    I'm staying well out of the racism debate, but I would say the thread in question did strike me as needlessly provocative. Indeed, the original post acknowledged this. In common with earlier posters - I come here for the coffee chat. Don't see the need for divisive political content (even if presented in a irreverent manner), plenty of other places to go online for that.
  8. Just received a tray from arkhon-3d, another happy customer here.
  9. That's right, sheared the bolt head using a standard cutting wheel that came with the Dremmel.
  10. I dremmel'd the head off one of my boiler bolts that wouldn't move. The metal wasn't too difficult to cut, but as you suggest, it's a tricky operation, and I did end up causing some minor damage to the boiler alu. Even after the head was removed, the bolt required a lot of de-scaler and persuasion before I could get the two halves apart. Probably a last resort, but a workable one.
  11. Glad it's not just me, I also have a bit of a thing for a hopper full of beans. Yes, I know it would be better if I stored them in an air tight jar, but there's just something about it (maybe it makes me feel like a proper barista?!). Anyway, living in zone 2 London I feel your pain, and the Mignon to me seems a very space-efficient design.
  12. Congrats on the new purchase Dave. I ummed and arred about what grinder to pair with my Classic and went for the Specialita too (very tempted by a Sette, but put off by reliability concerns, Looks like I dodged a bullet there!). The Specialita has served me well, and seems to be at the sweet spot where it comes to size/performance/feature set/price. On paper, the Niche looks great but I'm also not convinced I can be arsed with single dosing (we seem to be in the minority on this one, but there you go!).
  13. Can recommend the San Fermin, lovely, a bargain with the discount. Stronghold is dark, also nice.
  14. Funnily enough, I just cleaned my Specalita today. The screw you are looking for is on the back of the unit. Prise off the Eureka badge, and it will be revealed. I guess the three other screws are the ones holding the top burr on.
  15. Can I register and interest in taking a set of espresso and flat white ones
  16. Was in a similar position 6 months ago, considering the Sage BE, but ended up going for a 2nd hand Classic + PID, for many of the reasons mentioned above. For £2k I imagine you will be spoilt for choice, especially if you go used. My budget for the grinder was similar, and I spent an inordinate amount of time looking at the options. Ended up pairing a Mignon, which has worked well. The other likely contenders I believe would be a used ex-commercial machine (probably better grind if aesthetics/space are amenable) or a Niche (if single dosing works for you).
  17. Another happy customer! The kit is excellent, with all required materials provided and excellent instructions. The aforementioned advice to print and read beforehand is reccomended! I fitted the temperature probe with the boiler in situ, the brave/lazy choice, but not too challenging. Had a very minor issue with one of the wires, but MrShades resolved the issue immediately. I've gone with the butt hinge install too, as my setup is a little cramped. I used the adhesive strip provided as a pad on the bottom of the pid enclosure. Think it looks pretty pro, even though I say so myself ? As for the coffee in the cup, I noticed a immediate improvement. Glad I didn't hold off on doing this.
  18. 2cups

    Mattress Help

    Was in the market for one last year, absolute minefield imo. You have a choice of doing the rounds of the retailers, and sprawling yourself awkwardly over showroom mattresses trying to make a immediate judgement on endless models. Or buying blind from the 'bed in a box' (Emma, Eve, Simba, Leesa, or many of the other similarly named firms that can be seen advertised on the tube), based on reviews or recommendations (though some do have mattresses in stores to try, ie, John Lewis stock Simba). While I'm personally a big fan of memory foam, for me the jury is out on whether these guys are the future or box shifters with good web design and marketing budget. These permanently seem to be on sale, make of that what you will... I found the articles on https://johnryanbydesign.co.uk/ quite eye opening. Might be worth a look at their range, they have clearance section too. In the end we ended up with a pocket sprung model from Bensons, and managed to haggle a small discount.
  19. Funnily enough, I'm also in the market for a blender for smoothies mainly, maybe the odd soup. Which seem to recommend Sage, and the Nutri-Bullets also seem to get a good write up - anyone have any experience of these? In the absence of anyone crowd-funding a Niche attachment ? that refurb Magimix looked good value, might warrant further investigation. My last one was a £30 Daewoo with a glass jug, which still is on the web - was perfectly functional. until the jug cracked! Might just get another one of those, and put the cash towards a PID!
  20. All sorted. OPV took a bit of persuasion to turn - heating the machine up helped. Early days, but think I've detected an improvement in crema and mouth-feel. Less chanelling too. Props to @jaffro for sending, and for recommending going down to 6 bar. Decided to stick with the standard 9 for now, and experiment with other variables. @holidayinn, let me know your address.
  21. Work flow for the Niche is as simple as it comes. Unless you aren't single dosing. In which case get a big burr ex commercial with a hopper. There's nothing I'd have loved more, but I'm not sure my other half would have been quite so accommodating! For those with the space, I can see your point? In all seriousness, the Classic + Mignon set-up fits quite nicely in the corner of my kitchen. This accounts for c. 25% of worktop, and having space to cook food is also nice...
  22. Hey Picalilli, good questions. Imo, it doesn't get a lot more intuitive , the touchscreen interface is pretty idiot-proof. Once dialled in, I'm actually finding the stepless adjustment rather useful for making small adjustments to the grind. I would imagine it provides far more resolution than a stepped set-up. The only drawback is the multiple turns of the dial needed to go between espresso and filter settings (not sure if you're planning to do that, but something to bear in mind.) Haven't noticed any retention issues (not that I've run any experiments or anything!). Believe it to be pretty minimal, but no doubt the Niche is superior. Like you, I'm a lazy bastard and was hoping to dispense with the weighing step. However, as mentioned by other posters, the timer isn't super accurate, so I've ended up weighing the coffee post grinding. Hoping that once I've got my technique down, and coffee dialled in I'll be able to dispense with that step. I'll leave it to others more qualified to comment on whether it represents value vs a new Niche/used old Mignon/etc. The Sette looked super sexy, but the more I read about the reliability the more scared I got (maybe concerns have been overblown?!)
  23. Running a TP-link here too. Seems to be running nice and reliably (touch wood). Has a two year warranty too, provided me with a bit more confidence than some of the lesser known brands from an electrical safety pov.
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