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  1. The only real downside is the inevitable wastage when aiming for espresso again. I use an aeropress either on the go, or for certain coffees that rule as brewed but less so as espresso. I tend to grind a fair bit coarser for AP than espresso. However, I bought an Aergrind for the AP as it will grind for espresso in an 'emergency' but the big advantage is that it fits inside the AP plunger so it's great for travelling or work, and I don't need to mess with the settings on my Ceado at home. It grinds well and much faster than cheaper ceramic burr hand grinders. Not cheap but worth the money IMO. If you buy one, it's probably better to buy from a reseller than from Made by Knock direct. It'll cost a bit more but buying direct can mean waiting for bloody months!! ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  2. Really enjoying these! Great info on the reveal and on the Crankhouse site. Thanks to Mark for allowing his arm to be twisted for another Ethiopian natural, and to Crankhouse for grabbing an extra couple of sacks of this cracking coffee for us. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  3. I must admit I'm a huge fan of their Rocko as Lee well knows! As such I soon rack up a decent enough loyalty discount which keeps me happy. I've also upvoted it on the shortlist, it's #1 by a country mile - hope that doesn't mean we run out again next summer!! ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  4. Interesting viewing. Nice also to hear a slightly less alarming take on things. I don't know who is right; one can only listen to 'experts' and if you pick the wrong side these days you'll get lynched by the Twitterati. I will just say this: thanks for sharing the info, I hope they're right and our beloved beverage is not under threat but I think it's just awful that subsistence farmers are so hard pressed that they suffer loss of livelihood when yields are low, yet ironically also lose out due to price drops when yields are high. Too much unfairness in the world. Thumbs up to these roasters who strike up positive relationships direct with the growers to try to ensure a market and a fair price that gives these people some glimpse of security. I'm also a member of Kew royal botanical gardens and they're doing a lot of work to safeguard coffee, especially the wild varieties. Here's a link to one of their projects (they have a load of coffee projects on the go: just go to their website and search "coffee") This one is in partnership with Union I think, as I've had Yayu Forest from them. https://www.kew.org/science/our-science/projects/mainstreaming-biodiversity-conservation-climate-resilience-yayu-biosphere-reserve-ethiopia ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  5. FBS it's sad to see you hang up your LSOL apron after having brought us so many great coffees (I think our tastes align somewhat!) But I can only imagine what a time consuming hassle and responsibility it is, so thanks again to you, and 3 cheers to Dave for stepping in, I'm sure we'll be in good hands. I enjoyed his DSOL back when I knew the power of the dark side. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  6. My favourite place for espresso was Amoret in Hammersmith which I only discovered as I was working next door. They had a fantastic natural which was roasted for them by Curve. Was sublime every time as straight spro or cortado. The baristi were really passionate and took care over every shot. No seats though (at all) as the shop is tiny and i really miss it since not working there any more. Most of the time I'll order a flat white anywhere else, and if it blows me away I'll go neat. A bit of milk makes almost anything drinkable, but hoping for standout is setting yourself up to be let down I fear. Espresso is just too intense to enjoy if it's too light/ dark/ under/ over extracted. To be honest if the cafe looks capable I'll order V60 as I've only got aeropress at home and I've had some great V60s out and about. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  7. Pass the touche on the left hand side. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  8. I'm more than happy with my R58 (luckily!) but if it hypothetically got stolen and I had the insurance money I'd be tempted by a Bianca or Minima, simply to try something different and perhaps more modern despite maintaining the traditional look and feel. Non-hypothetically, I hope my (very early) Rocket keeps on keeping on for another incredibly long amount of time. There is the whole lever thing in the back of my head too, but there'll be no scratching of itches in the foreseeable future. If I was to go all levery, I think I would want some kind of Londinium L1-something... ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  9. Hey Joe. Sorry to hear about your back (I can fully sympathise) and I'll be happy to help you dispose of a kilo. I really like Curve as a roaster. I can only use 1 kilo as I'm to collect my LSOL tomorrow! (Assuming that you haven't sold both on FB already) I think you've got my contact details from previous rendezvous and forum meets, but if not, drop me a PM regarding payment and postage address. Paul ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  10. Hahaha I remember that when it came out, and Musical Youth featured on Blue Peter! I can remember everyone wondering what the heck a Dutchie was, and the singer trying to say it was a cooking pot whilst keeping a straight face. I subsequently found the original "Pass the Kouchie/Pass the Knowledge" some years later. Who knew that the knowledge was on the opposite side? For anyone born after 1973, or just curious, I suppose we could be justified in calling this the "Duchy Original" (did you see what I did there?) ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  11. Looking forward to hearing about Krakow when you get back (not just the coffee, but definitely including the coffee) as the hotmetalette and I are hoping to go later in the year. Back on topic, I wondered what the red card from the postie was for... Nice one guys for all the effort you've both put in to getting us some banging beanage over the past [ages]. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  12. I own an E37S and have used a mythos. The Ceado has bigger (83mm) burrs and is more kitchen friendly (size). It gives great taste, and is easy to use and clean (no need to dial in again after removing top burr gor cleaning, and only 3 screws). The only thing is it does like a weight of beans in the hopper (or a tube hopper and weight), to give consistency, and if you flip the "SCC" flap up out of tight grind path, it can sometimes be a tad messy (compared to a Mythos anyway). The Mythos has 75mm burrs IIRC but it drops the grinds in a beautiful mound into the basket every time, which is another reason they're so loved in a commercial environment, where space is less of an issue. A Mythos isn't that wide, but is quite deep. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  13. Hassle (hoff) ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  14. White (lilies island)
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