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  1. I got fed up of my ROK so I use my niche for Moka Pot, Clever and Pour Over. With help/ advice from @MWJB along the way I now go from ~32 all the way to ~83 depending on method. I think if you're switching grind size across a broad range then a puffer is a good idea, but the Niche certainly isn't the weak link in my experience - it's my technique!
  2. The outboard/ separate water tank is irritating me a surprising amount. The machine itself is very tempting, but that might rule it out. Still interested to see where the price ends up.
  3. Looks great. The externally adjustable expansion valve is interesting - what is this adjusting? Is it the OPV? Would this be 'true' pressure profiling?
  4. I also don't care for fancy packaging. I don't want to be made to feel like I'm buying fancy beans because of the packaging, I'd like the beans to speak for themselves. Sustainability is a bonus. Ultimately all my beans go into an airscape, so the packaging doesn't need to do any more than get the beans to me and not fall apart resting in a cupboard. I don't store for longer/ freeze. I do like the cards some roasters (like Django) do. My memory is shockingly bad, so the cards are an easy way to remember what I've had before (and perhaps jot a note down of what I liked/ didn't like about them). Personally I don't need them to be fancy glossy printed things, they could be black ink on non-bleached recycled card and that would be fine.
  5. So (ignoring the strainer for a second) do more smaller pours increase extraction? It is interesting to see how things change across drippers, but also seems helpful to be able to change extraction depending on bean. If changing grind is less preferred, then changing the number/ size of pours is easy too. I don't understand the fundamentals well enough yet, but getting the 'best' out of each bean could mean changing brew method slightly. I'm making lots of assumptions here but haven't got time to write them all down. Probably wouldn't make much sense either.
  6. Do you think it was more not closing the valve that decreased the extraction, or do more smaller pours extract less? Does the can strainer make much of a difference as opposed to direct pour? Next, how about the Melitta ceramic and then the Bartlett? Do you have a different recipe for the different number of holes?
  7. I've got nothing of value to add to the grinder discussion, but this last comment 😂 my parents too, verbatim!
  8. Thanks @DavecUK this is fantastically helpful. I have time, so will see what happens through to the end of the year. Your comment on shot pressure is an interesting one. Your comments on the steam boiler are very helpful and reassuring.
  9. This is exactly what I'm thinking. If I only need to steam milk at weekends/ when friends are over, then am I better with something like this and a Cino (or similar) OR a dual boiler that I simply keep the stream boiler switched off on for the majority of the time. Having water sitting in a boiler for that time doesn't seem to be a good thing from what I've read. Also, depending on the price of the Puristica, it could be a cheaper combination than a dual boiler.
  10. Is there any more of an update on this machine? Anyone seen any rumours or heard/ asked ECM direct recently?
  11. I've got the top set too, non-rechargeable. Branded as 'On Balance - Envy' Had them since May 2020 and still going fine. I certainly don't year them with kid gloves. I liked the look of these, but limited to 300g so only good for espresso. http://www.salterhousewares.co.uk/salter-precision-digital-scale.html These go to 500g: http://www.salterhousewares.co.uk/kitchen-117/kitchenscales/all-kitchen-scales/salter-precision-mini-digital-kitchen-scales.html I remembered the website I originally came across with lots of scales on: https://www.dalman.com/ If you see one that meets your needs you can Google it and you'll get all the other re-brand names.
  12. @MWJB I totally agree with the 'try and see comment' - I do need to be more experimental. I have however realised I don't have anything large enough to brew in to. Looking at carafes you hit £40 pretty quickly and it isn't a priority at the moment. Not sure I can juggle two side by side, but quick succession should be okay. What method/ recipe do you use at 37:420g?
  13. What recipe do you use @Bicky? I've recently got in to v60 and am starting to explore 2cup brews. Although I don't have anything large enough to decant from, so might just brew in succession rather than spend money on a carafe.
  14. Agreed. I was at c.93 too - although the best I can do description wise is "a definite jump in tastiness" - really nice. Dry bed at c.3:53 - do you end TBT at dry bed? I am very surprised I've got all the way to 93 from 45 originally. Might do one at 45 tomorrow just to remind myself what it takes like. If I want to make two cups, does this scale?
  15. That's a fascinating insight. Are you testing all of these on a refractometer? It is interesting how when you start, something can taste alright, good even, and then you head in the right direction and the context changes how you view/ think about all your previous brews. I've got to work on my 2-cup brews once I get this sorted. BTW, my beans are Banka (China) from Django.
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