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  1. I've now tried soya and oat. They both taste weird (in different ways). I'm sure it's just because I'm only used to milk and they will grow on me, but at the moment just seem wrong. Actually want to try a nut based one as I enjoy nut tastes in other things. Although I've read that it's bad to froth for a cap/latte
  2. I see Tesco stocks Oatly Foamable. Maybe good enough for a try
  3. Hmmmm..... Doesn't look available anywhere close to me. Are other makes similar, at least enough to get a feel for whether I'd like or dislike this (e.g. Tesco Alpro) or should I skip that and order online?
  4. Hi all I want to start trying out milk alternatives and never realised there were so many variates. I've read a couple posts and understand every person has their tastes, but was hoping to get some advice and recommended starting points. I mainly drink americanos and cappuccino/latte. I could drink the americano black which brings me to the cap/latte.... Any firm favourites on type of alternative milk? I like nutty flavoured things but have read that almond milk isn't that great for frothing. Is that generally or are some brands ok (hopefully available from Tesco - Alpro / Almond Breeze /Tesco own) ? I also assume non-sweetened as I don't usually have sugar in my cap/latte. I also read good things about oat milk, but again, not sure on brand/type. I plan to visit Tesco in the next day or two and make my wife think I'm mad when I come home with 10 cartons of non-milk. Thanks. Alan
  5. I suppose anything would be able to live in it since there are no harmful chemicals. Just to note, I am NOT going to use it but it's not that I was being an idiot (well, not a complete idiot) as its not a chemical system. It functions by cooling down metal plates for water to condense on and drip down. If the plates and collection system are clean and its done quickly (not sitting there for more than a couple hours) , there can be no harmful ingredients....as much as my logic leads me to believe.
  6. Haha.... Its not one of those little dehumidifiers. Its quite a large one and fairly new (aka clean). I could pull the water I needed easily in a day and it's crystal clear, but I do take your point there may be some residues from the system so won't try. I just thought it would be a good use of the system rather than just watering the plants. Thanks for the replies
  7. Hi all I'm due to descale my machine soon. I was wondering if it would be better to descale with pure water rather than normal tap water, which is quite hard here. I've read that you shouldn't use pure water for the lack of minerals for taste but also that it can damage the machine long term. But considering the solution you put in is designed to remove the minerals, thought it may be more effective this way. Your thoughts? I would take water from the dehumidifier I have running. Thanks. Alan
  8. This is the only cheaper calibrated tool I've found for a larger size (58.4/5mm) . It uses 40lbs which I don't know if it's a bit much. https://www.amazon.co.uk/scarlet-calibrated-ergonomic-aluminium-precision/dp/B07DXJMTX7/ref=asc_df_B07DX4NMG4/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309862973979&hvpos=1o6&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7400216486368273058&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006567&hvtargid=pla-472187801276&psc=1&th=1
  9. I've got the wedge distribution tool, but just a cheapie mat. It will do for now (while I save for a new tamper)
  10. oh yeah, forgot about that one..... not enough space in my brain. Much cheaper than the Force.... maybe put it on my Christmas list if I don't get any interest for knocking postage down on the Bravo. OR...... maybe I should just learn to level myself...... nah, I like the toys. Just have to save up for them.
  11. That is what I'll probably get since I can't afford the others. Although those don't level, just calibrated. What size is yours? I've been trying to find a snug tamper (58.4/5) but battling to find one
  12. Hi all So I was looking around at a nice levelling calibrated tamp (to remove any inconsistent variables) and came across the Force and Bravo tamper. The force is readily available but looking close to £200 which is way over my budget. Then there is the Bravo which is direct from the person who manufactures them in Brasil (no online web site). However, they look really nice and are only around £70. However, postage is around another £60 which is quite irritating. So, I just wanted to see if there was any interest from others in bulk purchasing a few in a one go to save on postage? This is just "putting feelers out there". I have no timescales or plans around this yet. https://www.home-barista.com/knockbox/bravo-tamper-t46400.html Alan
  13. Hi all I'm reading contradictory info. What is the size of a vst basket? And if I'm looking for a snug tamper, what size should that be? I'm looking for a calibrated snug tamper and trying to figure out what I need. Thanks. Alan
  14. Just went to Harts. First place I've been in where they weigh their dose.
  15. Haha.... I've had similar before. Annoys the hell out of me as I never get it clean away and it ends up looking like someone took a [email protected] on my drip tray
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