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  1. Not until they invent one that can go in a dishwasher. I don't mind the thermometer.
  2. Your probably right but I find it tastes better at 65deg than at 50deg and my hand can't go above 50 without pain.
  3. Using your hand can be a bad idea, depending on your tolerance for heat. I used to use my hand but when I did check with a thermometer, I found that what I thought was correct was about 15deg too low, so I wasn't getting the sweetness out of the milk. Since I can't tolerate the heat, I use a thermometer all the time now.
  4. I like that. Might do the same to my BE to match my Niche. Did you get the vinyl online?
  5. Ever tried the walnut oil in a coffee? Is it edible? I've been looking for some.
  6. No, but a soft metal polish like 'Peek' will soon have it as good as new. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peek-33100-50ml-Tube-Paste/dp/B000TRQFGM/ref=asc_df_B000TRQFGM/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=412568215571&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3321595891282976320&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045572&hvtargid=pla-350367268944&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=96098808648&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=412568215571&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3321595891282976320&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&h
  7. Funnily enough, brushing your teeth within 20 mins of eating also causes the same issue.
  8. Yes. That point was that coffee in London was going from strength to strength. It doesn't say 'I'm concerned that coffee in London will be affected by Pret's actions' - you inferred it.
  9. No, you inferred that. Point taken, though. How many people are going to pass up quality coffee for Pret coffee, though?
  10. The density of the coffee is fairly critical on a BE. I have a darker roast where I can only get 18g of grinds in the basket (nearly overflowing) before tamp for a 27-30 sec pull. If I use the same 18g for a lighter, more dense bean it only 3/4 fills the basket before the tamp and the extraction is over very quickly (<20 secs) IF I change nothing else, so I have to use 19.5g of that bean to get 27-30 secs. Ignore the gauge, as the others have said and go by a) weight in and out (and grind size), then b) time. Play with the dose and report back? PS. The above times are from pressin
  11. Typical London-centric view there. I'm not aware of a single Pret in Gloucestershire. I think independents will be fine.
  12. Wilfa Uniform. The version with no scales in the lid (according to James Hoffman).
  13. All other things being equal, if you tamp less hard it should give less pressure. Also only push the portafilter handle straight towards you, no further round (if you don't already do this). FWIW, I always ignore the gauge (once dialled in) and it's usually about 2 o'clock. I don't care about it beyond that unless something goes wrong.
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