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  1. These lovelies from @Crownandcanvas (well, a week ago, waited till today to degas). Espresso this morning was lovely!
  2. My London favs, in no particular order... Nude Espresso Workshop Coffee Ozone Allpress Espresso Climpson and Sons Prufrock Browns of Brockley Volcano One day when the pandemics all over maybe i'll do one crazy walking tour and stay awake for a week afterwards...
  3. Hi folks. Looking for a bit of guidance. I can (sadly) only tolerate one caffeine drink a day, meaning I have one caf drink (flat white) first thing in the morning, then maybe 2-3 decaf espressos throughout the day. What "rules of thumb" should I be applying to my preparation methods that are different from caf to decaf? At the moment I'm broadly keeping parameters quite similar, apart from grinder which I'm going finer for. I'm also already doing a little purge of coarser caf coffee before grinding the decaf dose. But should I be looking for different doses, ratios, even in ide
  4. Oof the walnut varnish has come out well! Bit random but for some reason it made me think of the final scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey... (perhaps it's the nice mix of regency style materials + space age white)
  5. Agree with all of this. On the last point... it’s an interesting one. The home barista absolutely has way more to contribute to the final product, significantly increasing the “points of failure” to achieve the flavour/aroma potential of the coffee bought & the tasting notes advertised. But for other drinks mentioned, the points of failure are not zero. Storage, temperature, drinking vessel all play a large role in achieving “fidelity” to the intended drink. It’s just in home coffee making, we’re involved in far, far more of the overall product chain or whatever you’d call it. Bu
  6. Sure, I was simplifying of course... but the chances of randomly having tap water with the right balance of minerals etc for optimum coffee brewing is pretty slim. and I guess my point on the question of "why can I not taste X" was that you'd want to eliminate preparation-related reasons (of which I think water is overlooked, at least when you're first starting out) before moving on to the theory of flavour/aroma perception. it might not actually be in the cup yet, if for instance you're using London tap water...
  7. @TeeBee93 A great question! I find this stuff fascinating, it's one of the reasons I find things like coffee (and wine & beer, my other obsessions) so interesting and fun. There's two parts to this. One is about preparation (are you preparing the drink so that the coffee's "true" flavours are unlocked), the other is perception (once they're there, are you able to observe and categorise the aromas/flavours in a way that means something to you). On preparation, assuming you're happy with your brew method and parameters, worth also checking what water you're using, especially as your fin
  8. LMartin

    Hi

    Welcome. Starbuck’s loss was v much your gain then!
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    Hoping someone out there wants it... It's my trusty Porlex tall hand grinder with ceramic burrs, bought new in 2013 (I believe I paid around £60 at the time). Was very much my entry into the speciality coffee world (replaced my blade grinder... yes, I know...). But I've since bought a second, mini, for the office, and now I'm set up with Niche at home I have no use for this original. To note: There is some discolouration, presumably from coffee oils, though it has been regularly washed and I would thoroughly clean it again before sending The nut that controls the grind size of the burr is slightly cracked. It doesn't prevent the thread from biting so it still works, but I'm guessing it would need replacing if heavily used (you can get them for under £5 online) The plastic at the end of the handle is broken, probably when stuffed into a backpack, so the plastic is a little rough in the hand. But it doesn't affect the use of the handle whatsoever, and again can be replaced from parts online if it poses a problem Hoping this can go to a good home - either someone starting out in coffee like I was, or a back-up grinder for the office, or whatever. Think postage will end up being in the region of £5.

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  11. @Kremfresh nice one. Been to espresso cartel but not oscars - thanks for tip!
  12. @DavecUKTotally. Think London reached peak speciality coffee a few years ago and actually I’d been noticing more closing or swapping hands or inferior imitations growing over recent years, all serving “flat whites” but losing something in translation (great latte art, bad espresso, if you know what I mean) The core, high quality speciality cafes, however, I suspect have been very resilient. In a funny way covid actually seems to have been good for them, (anecdotally). I remember at the start of the pandemic slightly coyly asking the places I go to how it was going, when I would visit
  13. @DDelta welcome! Can definitely recommend an aeropress as v much the gateway from the casual moka dabbler to the hard nosed home espresso user
  14. @Glowstars If it's decaf you're looking for, I've just cracked open & started James Gourmet decaf (Colombian El Carmen Espresso) and it is, for a decaf, very very good. best decaf I've ever had (am very caffeine sensitive so only have one proper caf drink a day). also price-wise it's extremely reasonable, for what you get
  15. @Stu Beck couldn't wait for my 2 weeks after roast date and cracked it open. It is outrageously good. They should rebrand it I think... "I can't believe it's not caf"
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