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  1. Still using my Dec 2012 original variant L1. Still using light roasts. Still dosing 19g at 1:2. No issues from me. The shots taste different to those pulled on an LM or similar in a high end third wave cafe but there are many variables.
  2. That's a shame but makes sense based on all the issues that got posted to the group. I got nothing last year and never saw a post about what I sent arriving, but successful both ways for the few years before that so wont let it put me off.
  3. How odd you bumped this thread from 2016 Step21, I have been looking at cheap flights Palermo in February (I know it's off season but cheap and I have annual leave to use up) but Ryanair flight times aren't very good. Will definitely check this place out if I go! Any restaurant or wine bar recommendations?
  4. This idea exists. It's called Third Wave Wichteln. They've been doing it for years. Not saying don't do your own, but it's far from Reddit's idea.
  5. Cant see the point with so much competition already out there. Is it something the new owners have said they want to do?
  6. Agreed. I'd rather read a shorter update saying production is booked in at the factory 3rd week Jan. Completely fed up of this whole thing now. I have no doubt it will be great and worth the wait but it's ridiculous.
  7. Quelle surprise. January at the *earliest*. That's if they ship then at all - we're now over a year late and it's always - "next month guys!!!". Realistically it isn't happening in January.
  8. My friends (from the UK) were there on the Rancillio stand slinging coffee on the RS1 for all 5 days. Seen some pics and it looks great.
  9. It's been on tour at a few trade shows over the last year. Id rather it was done right than rushed but communication has been terrible at times (often only when people asked for an update on KS) and were now a year late with several missed deadlines. As much as I hate to say it I'm expecting another excuse in November. As for the delivery address survey (which we can expect 'in the next few weeks')......
  10. Harris + Hoole Stansted Airport before the Nero ownership was surprisingly good!
  11. It's quite central, a few stops on the tram and then a 2 minute walk. I don't really know the area names sorry ( I come in from Utrecht for the day). They usually have a few options for espresso and same for filter including some interesting and out there choices as well as the boring ones (The Cape Verde washed espresso was something very unique). I know an independent place that uses them but is very coffee focused and has high standards but as you say I suspect sadly not all the places using them have the same standards. They're perhaps not quite as bright and light as Friedhats or White Label either. Just realised I haven't mentioned Caffenation Amsterdam - technically the Dutch outpost of a Belgian roaster they are incredible. For years their beans made up 90% of my purchases - a local cafe here imported them as they were far ahead of any UK roasters.
  12. Bocca are great. Linked to importer Trabocca. Their flagship cafe in Amsterdam is one of the nicest fit outs I've seen and definitely needs a visit. I'd buy their beans over the majority of UK roasters any day. Friedhats as suggested already are a good shout, as are Keen who do a lot of roasting for competition but don't have as bigger range. I've also had some fantastic coffee from White Label (who also have a nice trendy shop).
  13. I actually went to Omotesando. The espresso wasn't to my taste (probably Assembly?) but had a great La Cabra filter, better than a lot of coffee I've had in London past few years. Very friendly barista who started chatting coffee to me when he realised I was a coffee geek and knew La Cabra. Cakes are pretty good too. Great for a different experience and tasty filter.
  14. There's also queues at McDonald's but it isn't a quality product. A firm no to both those places.
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