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  1. Just spotted this thread after a long time away from the Forum. I'm up for either date.
  2. Bit off topic, but if scale is your thing, then you'll find Ostia Antica, near Rome, absolutely incredible. I went there for the first time about a month ago. It's an old Roman port town that became disused, then silted up, and only excavated again this century. The scale is immense, (rows of warehouses, shops, bars, apartment blocks. You can touch things, climb up to first floors, and the top of the amphiteatre, and really generally feel the experience - all for a one and a half euro metro and train ride from central Rome. I just don't understand why it's not much more famous. And mid-week in late September, I doubt if there were more that a hundred people on the whole site.
  3. Got to admit that I'm with Gary on Capri - over-hyped, over-priced, over-commercialised and over-ridden with tourists. I am also in the camp that prefers Herculaneum to Pompeii any day of the week. If your going to Herculaneum, in nearby Catellammara di Stabia, there is a truly incredible cable car ride up Monte Faito, with stunning views over the bay of Naples (Google either for pictures)
  4. I'm in! Easy trip up there for me,a nd looking forward to it.
  5. OK, no interest. I can live with that - but does anyone have any experience of selling tickets on Get Me In or StubHub? Or any other ideas for moving them on?
  6. Anyone interested in two tickets to this concert? I bought these when the gig was first announced, but it conflicts with our forthcoming house move. Block 109, Row M. Cost £94 each (£85 + £9 Fee), and although they are now going for silly money on the net, I'm happy to let them go for the original price - £188 the pair.
  7. Sorry for the delay in responding to this - just back from a couple of weeks in Rome. Yes, please - just up the road from me.
  8. Try looking at 'sink mats' on the Lakeland site. They sell plastic mats intended for the bottom of sinks that can be cut to size. I use one on my Rocket and it works great.
  9. That's so true. I spent a lot of years in clay pigeon shooting, and one of the things that I learned was that often the competitor to watch out for wasn't the one with a custom Browning, but the guy with a battered old gun (often a Remi 1100) who knew how to use it. It's great the way that everyone is welcomed here. This is a true community, and I think that we all know to whom we owe the debt for that. Thank you Glenn, for running and supporting the forum so well.
  10. As a long-standing member of the forum, I am well aware that I contribute to it much less these days than I used to. A lot of this is just because a change in personal circumstances leaves me with a lot less time to put fingers to the keyboard here. I still drop in every day and avidly read what's going on - it's my way of keeping in touch with developments so that when I next upgrade I won't have to start my research from scratch. But there's also an element of contentment setting in that has removed my need to constantly strive for improvement. The coffee that I'm making at the moment suits me and my needs, so why keep striving for constant improvement? It's almost as though I have reached the point of diminishing returns - yes, with more effort/better equipment I can do better, but is it a worthwhile return for the time, money and effort? Everyone has to make up their own mind on that one.Probably just a temporary phase I am going through , and in due course I'll be on the upgrade trail again. I have noticed, and actually commented several times, on the way the average espresso equipment standard and cost has increased over the years, and we have also gained some members with vast experience that they freely contribute. The whole character of the forum has changed since I first joined, and it is now one of the most worthwhile sources of coffee knowledge on the net. In other walks (photography and shooting to name but two) a lot of the clubs that I joined seemed to be bragging venues at which people took delight in saying (perhaps not in so many words) "- look at what I've been able to afford, don't you wish you were me?" We don't see much of that on here - most of us take genuine delight in watching each other's progress up the ladder, and the friendliness and comradeship of this forum is an example to many of the other back-biting electronic forums that I have visited.
  11. The comparatively small numbers quite amaze me, Ron. There must be a fairly substantial number of home roasters out there - certainly enough to keep Gene Cafes (and formerly Behmors) imported in considerable numbers, and a number of sellers retailing green beans. It just seems strange that anyone serious enough to roast their own doesn't get involved in this Forum, but that is obviously the case.
  12. Quite frankly, I don't give a damn that mine is marked 17g rather than 18g. It works! - and that's enough for me, so no need to get a replacement for me, thanks.
  13. Been using a Behmor 1600 for about 4 years. Roasting twelve ounces at a time, around three times a week.
  14. Thanks, mine arrived safe and sound today. Great work, Dave. Thank you for all your effort in this.
  15. Never thought of that! But sounds like a good idea to me. If anyone tries it will you please keep me informed? I've rented an apartment in Rome for a couple of weeks at the end of September, and I'll put a little packet in my bag in case the Mokka is in dire condition!
  16. I'd be very wary of using vinegar. Try putting them in a big pan and boiling them up in plain water for a while to kill any mould spores etc. Then a bit of fine emery paper will get rid of any excess grunge. Once you are sure that they are reasonably clean, don't worry to much about getting them perfect. Over the years, renting holiday apartments in Italy I have come across some pretty dire looking Mokkas, but have used them after running them empty a few times, with no ill effects. My real advice is don't let soap or detergents anywhere near them, as it seems virtually impossible to get rid of the taste from them , in my experience.
  17. Much as I love the Brikka, you'll learn a lot more about coffee - and what flavours/nuances work for you - with an Aeropress than you will with the Brikka, which is a little more of a one-horse option, producing an espresso-like brew. Don't get me wrong, the Brikka's good - but the Aeropress will educate your palate and probably send you on an ultimately very expensive (though pleasurable) journey.
  18. The big issue with the cheaper Sony bridge cameras is that they don't have either an optical or electronic eye level viewfinder - which I rate as an absolute essential. You might want to look at the Fuji range, which do. My wife has used various Fuji bridge cameras for years and has always been pleased with them. They seem amazing value for money. Fuji have always made great lenses - I used to rely on their 6x4.5 and 6x9 cameras in the good old days of film, actually graduating to them from a Hasselblad as they handled so well in comparison.
  19. My first roast in a Behmor was the worst I've ever had - but for the opposite reason. I'd read so much about potential fire risk that I was scared witless, pulled the plug early and ended up with gently warmed raw beans with no real roast.
  20. +1 from me on the Notneutrals - been my favourites for ages.
  21. Coffeechap 3 baskets ------- 2x18 gram ridge-less and 1x15 gram ridge-less Dfk41 3 baskets -------------2x18 gram ridge-less and 1x15 gram ridge-less Bubbajvegas 3 baskets ----- 2x18 gram ridge-less and 1x15 gram ridge-less Callum 3 baskets ------------2x18 gram ridge-less and 1x20 gram ridge-less Spukey 2 baskets-------------1x18 gram ridge-less and 1x20 gram ridge-less Mrboots 1baskets ------------1x18 gram ridge-less Walter Sobchak 1 basket-----1x18 gram ridge-less Geordie-barista 2 baskets----1x22g ridgeless 1x15g ridgeless RobTi 2 baskets...................2x 18gram ridge-less & 1x15 gram ridge-less l3radduz 2 baskets----------1 20g ridge-less + 1 15g ridge-less Neill 3 baskets.....................1x 20gram ridge-less 1x18g ridge-less and 1x15 gram ridgeless Gangstarrrrrr 2 baskets - 1 x 20g ridgeless + 1 x 18g ridgeless Geordie Boy 3 baskets ------ 2x18 gram ridge-less and 1x15 gram ridge-less drude - 2 baskets - 1x15g ridgeless, 1x20g ridgeless Yes Row 1x 18 ridgeless 1x 15 ridgless vikingboy 3 baskets -------- 18g, 20g & 22g all ridgeless Urbanbumpkin 20g ridgeless Jeebsy 1x20g ridgeless Vintagecigarman: 1 x 18g Ridgeless
  22. Try researching the Bialetti Brikka. Very similar, and as easy to use, but makes much better coffee imho.
  23. If you inhale silicone dust, you might contract Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters) I was always told that the longest word in the English language was antidisestablishmentarianism - but the one above seems to take the biscuit.
  24. The only trouble that I ever had was with imports from Spain. HMRC have two different methods of working. If the stuff is coming in from within the EU, they have the right to destroy without giving you the chance to pay duty. From outside the EU they at least have to offer you the chance of paying.
  25. None at all in my experience. Their packages were always labelled honestly, but consistently were delivered without UK intervention. And you will get very honest advice from the staff - they will tell you what is smoking well now, and what needs a bit more aging. Incidentally, whilst I smoked Cubans almost exclusively, there were times when I enjoyed cheaper ones. If I was taking the dog for a walk in the rain/gale, I wasn't about to waste an expensive Cuban, so I used to lay in stocks of cheap 'dog-walkers' usually from this guy: http://www.mrbundles.com/ - the owner, Mike Banks gives great personal service, and sends his bundles with some very creative labelling (if you get my drift).
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