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  1. I was looking at the classic espresso, but sounds like their espresso beans are often sent pre-rested. I'm sure they'll let you know if you ask em ๐Ÿ‘
  2. This roaster was highly recommended [email protected] by the Casuals in his multi-roaster sub. I wanted to check it out as I've spent spent a few happy years living in Indo and don't see much on the way of specialty lots here in the UK - assume most stay closer to source? There are some nice sounding beans including some single variety and single farms. I did notice it's not roast to order so I'd contact them to check roast dates before ordering... I might try a couple of bags - if not now then later in the year for sure. Trying to use up some bags in the freezer and also got my eye on that
  3. Great you're making tasty coffee already ๐Ÿ‘ grinder and scales will certainly help elevate your brews ๐Ÿ˜€ I brew in two ways with the AP, starting inverted and using water just off the boil: Filter style without milk: 14g in with 230g (60g/l) water. Gentle stir to ensure grinds are fully immersed, cap on and squeeze out air before flipping onto a cup. Leave for as long as you can: the flavours get more pronounced and sweeter around 15-20 mins and the brew is at a nice temp to drink. I found it was interesting to experiment with brew times and note the difference in flavours in the cup.
  4. I have a JX pro and it's really simple to adjust the grind setting. Grinding lots of beans might be a drag and I can understand why many would prefer electric, but for a few cups a days it's no drama. Order direct from 1zpresso to save a few squid. Or take a look at the Feld 47 from Made by Knock for a UK made option.
  5. Fair do's. I guess a couple of weeks past roast is reasonable but beyond that it's better to be up front with customers. These beans will be for my parents, so long as it tastes like coffee they're really not going to mind ๐Ÿคฃ
  6. It's not exactly clear, but a little bit helpful... I'd assume that most of the focus has been updating terms with the EU so you'll probably pay the same fees as @IaninBristol ๐Ÿคž Also agree that the service and tracking was excellent and the grinder is fantastic ๐Ÿ‘
  7. Was just checking out Ngopi who specialise in quality Indonesian beans ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Some tempting offerings there... They have a Jan promo offering 50% off a second bag until the 31st https://ngopi.co.uk/
  8. Not sure if this is a recent addition to their descriptions but good to be transparent about the situ: A note on roast dates This coffee is nitrogen flushed. This keeps it fresher for longer and means it tastes brilliant up to two months after the roast date. Lockdown 3 has left us with coffee on the shelves and this current batch of coffee was roasted mid-December. It still tastes fabulous (we find 6 weeks is the perfect sweetness!) and will continue to taste fresh and delicious until mid-February.
  9. 100% with you on this. Weekends are all about pottering about the house with 6music on in the background ๐Ÿ“ป Also love discovering music through Worldwide Fm and Bandcamp.
  10. The Gov website isn't super helpful as to whether the duty has changed from outside the EU. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-and-overseas-goods-sold-directly-to-customers-in-the-uk Looks like a threshold of ยฃ135, which is about what I paid for mine back in Aug. This would be dependent on exchange rates of course... As you noted, FedEx handled the duty declaration and fee - their fee was more that the duty though! Doubt you'll get clobbered but don't think you'll pay less duty either...
  11. Unfortunately this won't help get your refunds any quicker, but I wonder if reporting their ads to Google might get them removed and help prevent others being misleaded?
  12. Congratulations on the new arrival Gareth! Hope you're back roasting again soon ๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿคž
  13. Wilfa is a good choice for filter brews, I don't think the other ones you mention will be great for switching between grind settings easily. A good hand grinder like a 1zpresso JX pro or Feld 47 might be a better bet if you don't mind putting in a little effort ๐Ÿ˜‰ Crankhouse preorder link above a good shout if you can wait til feb. Might take just as long via EU right now ๐Ÿ™„ A few people have had issues with javahub - there's a thread on here somewhere...
  14. Drinking this right now ๐Ÿ˜‹ Makes a tasty filter brew with cocoa and gentle blueberry notes. My other half loves this with milk, so an excellent all rounder!
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