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  1. Our Kenyan Mikari AA fits the bill, IMO. A number of forum members have been very impressed by it! https://www.coffeebythecasuals.com/collections/featured-collection/products/kenyan-mikari-ab
  2. Jaunty Goat is excellent. I think I have passed on the same coffee shop as you're describing, @The Systemic Kid One of my dreams is to take over the Costa concession at Walsall Manor Hospital and convert it to our coffee and do things well. You can't get a drink larger than a macchiato for less than £3, which I find to be an abomination. And, obviously, the coffee is shit. Last time I was there the woman ground into the uncleaned PF, screwed it up and TIPPED IT BACK INTO THE DOSER.
  3. We decided against using my garage. In a residential area we were just too on top of our neighbours for it to be fair to them. We would've ended up getting complaints, I'm sure. Contact your local authority as a first step and get the guidance for them. After all, it's your local authority you'll fall foul of if you get it wrong. Everything that follows is what I understand from my research and my own local authority's views. Don't rely solely on this, and make sure you do your own research. You will need to register as a food business, and you will end up a hygiene cert/rating just like your local takeaway. We plumbed in a double hot water sink in our industrial unit so it was entirely separate from existing toilet hand-basin. I can't remember whether we established that hot water was not essential, but we decided quickly that it was so obviously best practice that that's what we went for. Insurance: I don't believe that it's legally required. HOWEVER. 1. You will need to notify your home insurers, and you are likely to find that many refuse cover as a consequence. 2. You will absolutely want insurance. If your garage burns down and sets fire to a half dozen properties around it, you'll be glad you have insurance. You need to know how to label your goods with a best before.
  4. Always enjoyed attending as a consumer. I wonder if we'll ever attend as traders.
  5. Of course, I didn’t say that it emulates it or anything like that. They’re options aren’t they? If it can’t perfectly emulate, it can at least give another option for extraction. And what you definitely can’t do is pull a 6-bar flat pressure profile on a Londinium. So, again, if you like versatility then it’s a tick in the Decent box.
  6. I only have experience with the DE1 out of this list. It is an excellent machine. But you know that already, because that's why it's on the short list. Light roast, dark roast, Decent will perform superbly. Milk steaming is excellent. I've never had difficulty steaming from about five minutes onwards. If you don't want to tinker, then you don't have to. There is a number of profiles that you could use out of the box and leave it like that. Maybe you want to use the Londinium profile... Or the GHC manual profile. It's a lot of machine in a tiny footprint. Feel free to ask more.
  7. I think @decent_espresso would disagree. https://decentespresso.com/overview "High Energy, Dry Steam Our steam heats up to 160°C (320°F), compared to traditional machines which max out at 128°C (260°F). We provide more energy per gram of water, so you can heat with less water. This means significantly less dilution of your milk and thus better flavor."
  8. David sold his Clima Pro to me. We finally managed to run it at an event recently, paired with the Decent. It brought flavours out of our Bom Jesus that I'd not previously tasted. It made delicious coffee. I now look at my Niche as a poor cousin. Would never have the Mythos on my worktop at home, but it is a brilliant grinder.
  9. This is very interesting. I've just dropped in in the middle of a very busy Sunday (!), but I would very much like to pick up the several threads of thought that have appeared. Thank you for everybody who has chimed in so far - keep it coming!
  10. We're quickly coming to the point in time where we're going to need to decide where we go next with our packaging. We went from stock paper+foil+plastic monstrosities, to our current iteration of stock yellow recyclable bags. From a consumer perspective I've always been heavily swayed by the branding and appearance of a particular coffee. If the finest coffee is inside a shonky-looking bag then I'll pass by and buy the shiny expensive looking bag on the top shelf. I don't think I'm the only one. We're considering boxes for the first time, potentially with a "vegware" inner bag so that the whole thing is recyclable and/or compostable. What do you prefer? Any examples of particularly great coffee packaging would be welcome.
  11. 1. dfk41 ACS Vesuvius Evo Leva 2. spasypaddy Lelit Bianca 3 DavecUK Lelit Bianca Prototype 4. Rob666 Rocket Giotto Evoluzione 5. P1Fanatic Rocket Appartamento Serie Nera 6. Chriss29 Sage Dual Boiler 7. lake_m La Marzocco GS3 MP 8. El carajillo Quick Mill Verona. Gaggia Classic 9. prezes Lelit MaraX 10. General-S-1 Sage Barista express 11. ronan08 Breville Dual Boiler BES900 12. Ando Lelit Elizabeth 13. HVL87 ACS Minima 14. Graham Phillips ACS Vesuvius 15. Philip HN Rocket R58 16. Phil104 Londinium LI 17. MediumRoastSteam Lelit Elizabeth v3 18. M R Lelit Elizabeth V3 19. Stevebee Decent 1.4 Pro 20. pj.walczak Londinium R 21. pasturemaster Lelit Bianca, Faema Baby 22. Dorman Lelit Mara X 23. Waitforme - Lelit Bianca 24. pgarrish - Astoria Greta 25. Like Medium Strong Coffee - ACS Vesuvius Evo Leva 26. Luca06 - Lelit Bianca 27. Mathof L1 (2014) 28. RazorliteX Quickmill Verona 29. Norvin ACS Vesuvius Evo Leva 30. Alpesh - Lelit Bianca 31. Bicky - Lelit MaraX 32. Filthynines - Decent v1.3 Pro/XL 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40.
  12. Any recommendations in the above areas? Heading there fore a couple of days. Any decent food spots would be welcome, too. Kid friendly, please. Thanks!
  13. That's super kind and high praise indeed, @MediumRoastSteam- thank you so much. All plaudits go to Calvin, who does the hard work of actually turning green to brown. He's entirely self-taught and he has roasted over a tonne of excellent coffee in the past 12 months.
  14. That Guatemalan is a fine coffee indeed, and will soon be gone forever! Well done for getting it before it goes!
  15. I've just PMed everybody on the above list with details of how to order. For the rest of you: there's still time to get involved. Just add your name above and I'll sort you out.
  16. Me and Calvin have had a chat about tasting notes. We're getting peaches and pears (and a subtle hint of black tea) in filter, and some juicy pineapple gets added into the mix in espresso.
  17. Thanks to everybody who has shown interest so far. Keep an eye out for a PM later regarding how to order. Still time for others to get involved here. Tick tock!
  18. Thanks for your interest in it. Yes, we ran it for a month and it generated £126 which we donated to Ummah Welfare Trust. We were very happy with the uptake! If you're interested in the coffee itself then we still sell that - it's our Brazilian Bom Jesus and we're about take delivery of another third of a tonne of it https://www.coffeebythecasuals.com/collections/featured-collection/products/bom-jesus
  19. Hello everybody - we have a deal for you guys that we think you'll love. When we launched a year ago we had a fantastic Kenyan coffee (Rukira AB) that went down a treat. It was our first repeat buy from the importer, and we sold it twice as quickly as most of our original range of five beans. Since then we've been on the look out for something to take its place, and we've found it. The coffee is Mikari AA from a small co-operative of around 400 farmers in Kiambu County in the Central Region of Kenya. It's a fully washed coffee that is grown in red volcanic soil at around 2,000m above sea level. We're completing our final QC and tasting, but we're confident that Calvin has his finalised roast profile. It tastes delicious as filter and is showing real promise as espresso - the longer the rest, the better it gets. With that in mind we won't give you our finalised taste notes right now, but our importer's notes of peach, lemon, and chocolate are looking to be pretty accurate. I get a good hit of pear in there, too. We're roasting to the lighter side of medium. We will be finalising this week. We offer this to you at the special price of £28 for a kilogram including delivery (2nd Class RM). That compares to the £36 that it will be listed for on our website. It hasn't gone live yet, so no codes or anything - just add your name to the list below and I'll contact you regarding payment. We're going to leave this offer open until the end of Monday 23rd August, to be roasted on Thursday 26th August. Hopefully you've all seen that our new roast schedule is Mondays and Thursdays! With a bit of luck and cooperation from Royal Mail, you should get it to tinker with over the Bank Holiday. But, of course, plan your deliveries accordingly to make sure you're not stranded without coffee! (We have a Big Bundle to help with that ) Use this post to register your interest. Any questions - please feel free to ask! Best wishes as always Gareth
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