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  1. Has anyone tried one of these and has any thoughts? http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AV5NLXC?ie=UTF8&at=&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links I got mine on Saturday after my b2c stopped frothing milk. I was gonna buy a new machine all together but thought I'd try this as a cheaper option. I must admit it really does produce lovely hot, velvety milk. I'm really rather impressed with it. It also increases the temperature of my caps to the missus' s taste, think lavaesque. Even though one side has already stopped working, lol, typical eh?
  2. I've had a delonghi b2c for 3 years. It's been used probably 4 times a day every day in that period. It's finally stopped producing milk froth but is still producing espressos. It has served me well and is incredibly simple to use. The downsides are that it won't produce incredibly hot drinks and it also won't be as variable or as good tasting as a manual machine. However, for us lazy so and sos i would recommend it. I was going to buy another but i bought a Hostess Milk Frother instead. John Lewis were doing the top of the range delonghi for half price during their bla
  3. nice! My tastebuds are awful so any info on how to really assist the tasting would be greatly appreciated. What a cool idea!!!
  4. what a really cool idea. count me in on this please. Also i for one do not expect you to pay for this and would be more than happy to cover whatever costs incurred. great idea!
  5. hey mike i would love to try some of your beans. If the offer is still open? still new to this and the opportunity to try freshly roasted beans done by you would be cool.
  6. lol when the bug bites it bites hard. welcome and even though you may have had bad luck with machines gong faulty. i reckon it has been good that it happened early so you could move onwards and upwards.
  7. it is true alot of folks on here would recommend going for a decent grinder and a manual machine. but i am like you and dont have the time i bought the magnifica. If you need any help/advice i will certainly try my best. regarding beans. it is personal preference. i took the year sample offer from hasbean. It is not a bad offer you should check it out. Let us know how you get on with your machine. enjoy.
  8. so did you buy a bean2cup machine?
  9. appreciate your advice guys. I was tempted by your one coffeebean but not being totally leak proof disuaded me. In the end i got the contigo cup. I must say it is top quality. It does not leak at all. I cannot comment on the heat retention too much as all the coffee goes within half hour. It is dishwasher safe and does not appear to taint the taste of the coffee at all. It has a clever drinking dispenser. You push the button on the front and then drink through the opening. clever idea.
  10. sounds like we may have a winner. does it retain the heat well? also how is it with spillages? Dont suppose you know how fat it is at the bottom do you? lol i have a skinny cup holder you see. honest.
  11. wow they look funky. have you tried one? any ideas on their impact on the taste of coffee?
  12. i did look at those but they are not a thermal cup and are not spash proof. How do they make the coffee taste?
  13. coffeeone


    i think you are totally spot on here. I brought some lovely tall glasses for my cappas and they tase bland in comparrison to making them in a more traditional rounded cappa mug. why is that?
  14. howdy folks, I leave for work early every day and am missing my morning cappa so need to get another thermal mug. The couple cheap ones that i bought leak and more importantly make the coffee taste horrible. So which would be the best one to buy? Anyone got any good recommendations? I searched and like the look of these two http://www.expeditionhardware.co.uk/Primus%20Commuter%20Mug%20Stainless http://www.amazon.co.uk/Contigo-Autoseal-Travel-Mug-Silver/dp/B001RMGVU8/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top anyone know if they are any good? cheers
  15. Hi stu welcome and i hope next time i am in canterbury i can put your skills to the test.
  16. Hi frew and welcome. Most on here, i believe, use the gaggia classic and a decent burr grinder.
  17. howdy mark. Glad to have a fellow delonghi bean to cup owner here in these forums was beginning to think i was the only one. I got the delonghi ESAM04.350s for christmas and am loving it. It is true what you say about coffee overdosing! I have not found the perfect bean for it yet but am still experimenting if i can help in anyway just shout.
  18. It has to incorporate abit of theatre. Coffee can be expensive to buy. if one place is half the price most will go where it is cheaper there has to be a trade off. There has to be a selling point, you will argue the taste is that, but that comes after you have spent the money. what makes you go in there in the first place and makes you want to go back even if you did not get that god shot?
  19. I think people just like milk. maybe blame the childhood bottle of milk we used to get? Anyway, as a novice, here are my thoughts on the chain v independent argument. I would always go to a chain tbh coffee nation coffee from the machine i thought tasted as good though. Would i visit an independent? not really, how would i know it served good coffee? Sometimes i would go in and get a blob of skin from the milk on top, disgusting. Now i know it was because the milk was too hot. When i started reading this site. i was in a different locale and there were dozens of independents so
  20. Hi guys, I got a Delonghi ESAM04.350.S auto bean to cup machine for christmas. I know it is not as good as a proper manual device but i wanted to go the route of simplicity and speed. Rightly or wrongly so here we are. I know it is possible to alter the grind setting of the machine and the water level of the espresso as well as the strength of the coffee produced. So my question would be what would be the optimum settings? I mean when i alter the strength of the coffee does it grind more beans? Or does it tamp it differently or what? I have read and re-read the manual but i am
  21. nice, shame i dont live close.
  22. Really great thread. Just found it and had fun reading through. Cannot wait to read your stories when you get your own place. Just wish it was gonna be alot closer to me.
  23. good stuff. Hopefully we get some good deals in here and i get some good beans!
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