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  1. hotmetal

    Cat lovers

    Cats would make better leaders...
  2. What with the next LSOL being at least a week away and Foundry having sold out of Rocko Mountain a couple of weeks ago, my bean stocks have gone all to cock. Getting up at 6 requires coffee so I popped into Waitrose and grabbed some 'emergency' whole beans from Union, a medium roast Ethiopian, Yayu Forest wild arabica. Roast date 10 June so just the ticket for today's espresso. At £5/200g a good price, of which 25p goes to conservation work with Royal Botanical (Kew) to preserve the wild coffee area. A very nice coffee straight or cortado. Need to try Aeropress tomorrow, as I think it'll be lush as brewed.
  3. hotmetal

    Cat lovers

    How long before they start the same shizz with people?
  4. Guilty as charged. You'll never repeat it, it might not be great, or it might be an absolute cracker... but I've often really enjoyed these random blends, nothing wasted, and personally apart from the random element of non- repeatability I can't see anything particularly reprehensible about it. Maybe not for the serious purist, but it's a bit of fun that often gives surprisingly good results. If I really think the blend won't work, I take the opportunity to use the change of bean to disassemble and thoroughly clean the burrs etc.
  5. Haha! Yeah, I only looked in on the thread to say I got them ok, and then I saw your post, 5 min too late! I'll take one for the team. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  6. 2 x 250g in a "letterbox-hostile" box safely left with neighbours. Contained an envelope which Muppet here went and opened, then realised. Should've had ***Spoiler Alert*** written on it but never mind, the coffee will be excellent and my guesses are generally only half right at best. Looking forward to it, have a full hopper to go first, so should work out bang on. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  7. Flippin heck am I the only one who saw The Big Lebowski and the Motorcycle Diaries and didn't think, hmm I wonder if they are the same guy?! In the unlikely event that someone pees on my rug I guess Che might be hard to hunt down. Especially if he's hiding under the pseudonym of Guvarav! [emoji23] I can't wait for Joe to reappear as Pop Larkin! ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  8. LOL! I meant CC... the dude abides... sometimes I think everyone on here is called Dave apart from me, Rhys, Joey, Glenn and Mildred. You don't look anything like the front of your roaster you'll be glad to know. Just as well they don't come mirror polished though! (Unlike the top of my head, back on topic) ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  9. Dave if you looked a bit more like your avatar you could've been in. I was never in the running. Born too early, and although I might well pass for mid 40s (so they say) there's not much anyone can do to add style to a number 3 all over. Still, I've had my money's worth, bought a pair of Wahl clippers for £20 about 30 years ago and haven't paid for a haircut since. (Silence in the cheap seats please...) ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  10. hotmetal


    Espresso killer ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  11. Unsurprisingly I love this coffee already. Haven't quite figured out the sweet spot yet for straight espresso, although I'm around the usual 1:[email protected] Just had a cortado with it and my overwhelming impression was of liqueur chocolates, just from the way the funk and sweetness interacted with the milk. Not the usual strawberry milkshake, something a bit richer. Wish I was better at describing taste! ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  12. Bit early for espresso yet but needs must. Needs a somewhat finer grind than last month's if that helps anyone. 18>43 @30" was very promising but need to play a bit more. Funk says natural or honey to me... ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  13. Deinetwegen stelle ich mal eben kurz die Frage, denn kaum einer hat das mitgekriegt... aber vielleicht weiß jemand Bescheid. HAND GRINDER OWNERS: Anyone here have any experience of the Feld 47 yet? In particular a comparison with the Comandante Mk 3 or other hand grinders of similar calibre? New member looking for high quality hand grinder and hoping for genuine user reviews. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  14. hotmetal

    O o h

    Strewth! I go off line for a couple of days and come back to this! (I bet that's what you said as well?!) Very pleased to hear you're in good spirits and back at home with your coffee and keyboard! I hope no lasting damage has been done - including to your posting style! Reckon if that were me I'd be all sweetness and light hereinafter, but then everyone would wonder who the impostor was. Take good care of yourself. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  15. I managed a rudimentary 'swan' for the first time today. Except it looked more like a jester hat with a bell on the end! Needless to say I didn't bother taking a pic. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
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