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About bakingjames

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  1. Here it is! Just a temporary one using a 30mm drill bit roughly drilled into a piece of worktop offcut, and wee glass vials from Amazon (30mmx80mm - 40ml - holds 15g of coffee and no more, so only suitable for lever lovers). I’ll eventually find a nicer bit of wood and do it properly. Total cost £15 though!
  2. Hi Matthew, I’m very interested, have sent you a DM! Please let me know if it’s still available. James
  3. The most beautiful grinder is the Lyn Weber HG-1. At least, that’s what I managed to convince my wife, and she allows it in the kitchen.
  4. I’ve tried this and found it only worked a little! Saw the revolutionary results people with OE Pharoses and previews LWs have posted, but it didn’t do much for me. It’s quite a bit better with darker roasts, for example I found a stark difference switching from quite light roasted, high altitude Ethiopian beans to darker beans more suited to espresso. But still, maybe I’m just not using enough water. Would love to not have to use the static wiper.
  5. Depends on how much effort you want to put in! I went for a Weber HG-1 ($1000) to accompany my La Pavoni, and I suppose if you want Titan burrs for that money WITHOUT loads of retention there aren’t a huge number of other options. I say that, because the going rate for a Mazzer Robur secondhand on eBay is about £700. If your throughput is decent and you don’t mind a touch of modding to eliminate the retention issue, then this would be awesome. I didn’t go down this route because of its sheer immense size. If you prefer a flat burr character then I did notice two Mazzer Royals
  6. https://i.ibb.co/wM6rV2d/6-E01117-D-A367-4-E21-AE7-B-82157-EFABF0-C.jpg Here’s me! Recent bout of upgraditis settled with a Weber HG-1 (got a great deal from the owner on a scratched factory second... at least, that’s how I justify it). Accompanies my moderately-modded post-millennium Pavoni. Had to align the burrs out of the box and put more than a kilo of rice through the grinder to pull a decent shot, and now it’s excellent. It’s hard to know just how much better it is than my old Mazzer Mini, but the salt of my sweat and the lightness of my wallet surely improves things. Only iss
  7. Hi, I’m James, a baker and brewer and doctor based in Glasgow. Nice to be here! I’ve become obsessed with coffee like I have before with sourdough and craft beer; as quick read of this forum suggests I’m certainly not alone 😂 My current setup: Weber HG-1 w/ blind tumbler La Pavoni Europiccola (post mill); pressure gauge and digital group head thermometer; walnut handles; OE single hole steam wand; bottomless; stainless arm Homemade ‘Bean Cellar’ Kaldi Mini roaster with Mastech thermometer hooked up to Artisan Currently brewing some Hacienda la Esme
  8. Found the site on the Aillio Bullet Facebook page as I was after one! Hadn’t heard of it or been on it before then.
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