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  1. I've got a first version L1 (which is what I assume 'first run means? mine was off the second production run end of 2012 but identical to the first run) and am very happy with it. I use light roasts too. The answer id say depends on price being asked, what you're willing to pay etc. The side panels really aren't an issue, I've taken mine off maybe 3 times since I bought it. It should have had new seals on the piston at least once I'd have thought but check when they were last done and factor that in if its needed. Maybe a new shower screen and seal too and you're good to go.
  2. I had some issues with these guys when they were known as Espresso Services ordering some IMS bits that came in appalling condition. Very poor customer service and resolution. Reordered from Bella Barista where they (as always) went above and beyond customer service wise and the same items were pristine.
  3. Anything of interest near either London Bridge or St James Park / The Mall? Roasting Plant maybe? Looking for unique / interesting experiences and tasty coffee rather than just a shop banging out square mile shots on a Slayer / La Marzocco. Thanks!
  4. Personally I feel more and more are. My 2 favourite restaurants in Norwich both have done speciality coffee since they opened 4/5 years ago, but they like to do filter. I *love* filter coffee but not after a huge meal and bottle of wine. Sadly a different long standing restaurant has just switched from commodity coffee to a small local commodity coffee roaster who chats a lot of **** and clearly wants to be seen at speciality but is not and cannot be at their ludicrously cheap prices. Another new restaurant has just opened (Benoli) doing Italian food (poorly) and serves lavazaa as the owner believes you need very low quality dark roasted coffee to compliment that type of food 🤨
  5. 30ml are awful. t'koffieboontje use Bocca who do roast some excellent coffee's but not been impressed at t'koffieboontje itself. Bocca's flagship in cafe in Amsterdam is stunning and they run some interesting coffee's, had one from Cape Verde that was insane. Koffie Leute are good for filters as they have a dedicated filter bar. Dagger Coffee is best for espresso. Will def go to Ohoj next time, hadn't been in a while so had a lot of family catching up to do. Utrecht's a great city but so much busier and more touristy than 15 years ago, but then where isn't I guess.
  6. In answer to the question not that often, but I tend to do my research heavily beforehand and stick to known good coffee shops if possible. I find London and UK roasters very disappointing these days. I'm only interested in lighter roasts not burnt commodity coffee.
  7. I'm curious how you ended up there? It's pretty out of the way of most things! Not managed to make it to Ohoj yet but really want to, was in the city for a long weekend a couple of weeks (its where my mum is from) ago but had a lot to do so only managed to make it to The Village and Koffie Leute. If you are back then check out Dagger Coffee - the owner always does very well in competitions and standards are very high. It's a bit out of the way again but if you can make it to ohoj you can make it there.
  8. Maybe think of your own ideas rather than rip off someone else's that has been in existence for 10+ years already?
  9. I think you're copying a lot of things that existed long before you ever thought of them, like the best coffee guide / app, this forums own map etc, but doing a much poorer job than they do already thus adding no value.
  10. Apparently critical comments are not in with the new owners vision.
  11. I said the same thing and post got deleted....
  12. I'm switching to Peak Water (if it ever actually gets manufactured) but for now they go in the recycling. The council have always been good around here and you can put a broad range of items in the recycling bin. Tap water isn't an alternative for me as water is really hard here - it kills kettles and all the taps are covered in limescale. Pipes probably too.
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    https://www.greysealcoffee.co.uk/visit There must be somewhere in Kings Lynn too.
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    Most people with ambitions leave the first chance they get.
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    WHY???? I'd be surprised if there's any decent coffee to be had there. I'd be surprised if there's anything decent to eat and drink at all there. You're not miles away from King Lynn which is marginally less s***, If you go further along the coast you have the Grey Seal roastery and a few cafes operated by them - not really my thing but better than most of what you'll find around there.
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