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    Clay Pigeon Shooting, pinball machines, all grain brewing

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  1. Sorry - just seen this (busy doing new business stuff since lockdown 1). Mine is indeed still going strong Mr Hips and hangs in pride of place above my machine. Its getting ready for some new piston seals if you could send me a set over.
  2. We use a Blendtec - it will crush pretty much anything Will it Blend ?
  3. What is their refund policy ? If they are following that then you may have a problem
  4. I got into making proper coffee after having a knockout espresso at a local restaurant so, for me, its about the coffee. If I could get a similar result from a jar of instant or by smashing beans with a hammer and chucking them into hot water then I would. I find a lot of the obsessing around prep that some folk perform annoying and unnecessary. That said, I have a simple routine and it produces very good coffee. The engineer in me likes well made equipment but I'm not yearning for the next big thing. I guess I'm not an obsessive sort of person and cant get my head aroun
  5. Not forgetting mateus or nasty asti if you were really celebrating
  6. If this discussion was about delivery charge then it would be more relevant. VAT is a component of the price of the machine new (assuming the retailer is VAT registered). If I buy it and sell it on as an individual then I don't charge VAT. If I buy it and sell it on through our business then I charge VAT although I have claimed back VAT on the machine when purchasing. Sale price should be similar As end users we are all buying in the same market and will pay the same price new (discounts excepted). Its second hand worth is determined by what people are willing to pay. I'm lo
  7. Thanks @DavecUK I'll not be buying one as I'm happy with my current setup. From what youre saying, and understanding that this is not from an in depth review of the new machine, it sounds like the X isn't just the addition of a letter to the name plate and theres much more to the new model. If it was on my list then I'd spend the extra cash.
  8. What are the differences Dave ? Taking the car analogy, I pulled out of a deal because the new model had a different radio and restyled bumpers and was a grand more than Id been quoted (ST220 2003). No difference in performance, no more functionality. Now if that grand gave me better handling, better looks, more performance etc then the increase could be justified. Is the extra price buying greater ease of use, better result in the cup, quieter machine ?
  9. Best way is to get involved in the forum, get a bit of on line reputation, introduce yourself and get your post count up which will give you access to the for sale area
  10. Exports from China have been impacted but as still going ahead. I had a message saying that one shipment was delayed as the government had extended the Chinese New Year holiday. Another shipment is now coming via a different courier to the one planned but shipments are being shipped from China. My first shipment arrived a week later than expected. Granted, the first shipment was 1000km away from the centre of the virus outbreak.
  11. Today he brought me this rather splendid coffee grinds brush OK - shaving brush Thanks @joey24dirt looks even better in the flesh - the tuxedo knot was the right choice
  12. Agreed but it was funny to observe. Time served dedicated cyclists, out in all weathers, fixed gear in winter, shiney expensive stuff in summer. In he strolls, no real experience, cheap heavy bike and beats the top cyclists. Its fair to say that he didn't use the same bike in his pursuit riding.
  13. I remember a young lad joining our bike club and after a few weeks decided to enter a road race on a heavy framed old knacker of a bike. He either won or came close to winning. Had the 'all the gear' brigade wondering why they'd spent all of the money. He was one of my old teachers sons, lad called Rob Coull who went on to represent the UK in the Olympics pursuit. But aside from pure natural ability I get the analogy. A Porsche is a lovely car with great performance but you wouldn't use it to plough a field.
  14. Ahhhh … so monin syrups are the graphic equaliser of the coffee world. Whack that bass, mid and treble to the max and make it sound better than the studio recording.
  15. Bought some kona five years ago. Think they were about £15 for 125g. Totally underwhelmed Rarity / exclusivity didn't result in great coffee
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