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  1. Haven't really had much chance to play with this yet, but I have had an aeropress (15 in, Aergrind 1.7, 250g water a minute after boil, inverted, 30g bloom, stir, 6 minutes). I need to try again as this method was quite mellow and full bodied bit lacked fruit for me. As espresso I've tried 18>38 in 40" which was tasty with forward acidity, (straight) and 18>42.5 in 45" which was mellow and comforting with 5oz milk. I know there's more to come if I can find it! ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  2. If there's nothing electrical loose maybe the starter cap has gone? Or the push button switch.
  3. As Dave says, need more info really. I had an MC2 once, it turned up DOA in thr box. Turned out it was just a loose or broken connector inside where the mains cable meets the board. Maybe that's a weak point and worth checking first? I found Scott at Happy Donkey in Reading very helpful and he has (well, going back a few years now...) loads of spare parts. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  4. Did you brew them on your Silver Machine?! I got a red card from the postie, will probably get a red card for my jokes too... Neighbour just brought mine round... smells lovely (the coffee I mean) ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  5. Thanks for the heads up on delivery. What wonderful packaging, great design and just for us! CHC FTW! ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  6. Was pulling 18-38 in 40" and getting some pleasant grape acidity. Tried a bit coarser and 19-45 @ 30" landed me right in the cocoa! Also agree this is good as espresso or cortado. It will disappear in more than 5oz milk. Keen to try an aeropress of this later. Most enjoyable. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  7. Haha! Yeah I have one sticker only on the STR as well, my Nürburgring outline. The Stripler is 10 years old, one of the first '675R' and is huge fun, probably the best bike I've had. I like the rawness of the early ones, and the 'street fighter' inspired style. My mechanic refers to it as 'landfill' and keeps telling me to get a new 765RS but I haven't got a spare 10k and doubt I'd love it as much, never mind 3x more... ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  8. Cheers guys and gals. Picked mine up from sorting office tonight. Sticker is now on my grinder, the first and the last - I don't do stickers generally, even less stick them onto a grand's worth of grinder but this one appealed. Hopefully it'll peel if I ever change my mind!! Will let these rest until Tue and then we'll see. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  9. Rumour has it, he was going to rename Trump Tower as Zinger... You can't blame poor old Cheetoface though... can you imagine how annoying it would get, every time he would've been under enemy fire, his comrades would have said "Donald, duck!" ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  10. Reminds me of Whitesnake - "And here I go again on my own, should've got a better satnav on my phone..." ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  11. Thanks for digging out the original thread - yes it was Dallah, and apologies to jolly bean for forgetting him! I do still love Rocko even though it seems less 'in yer face' these days (could also be me becoming over familiar with it). Will check out some natural Rwanda some time. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  12. Foundry RM has been my go to for a few years now. They do change from one year to the next of course. I think last year's was a tad funkier and boozier than this year's, but always great. IIRC somebody here did buy some Rocko from about 4-5 different roasters (Foundry, Avenue, Cartwheel, ?) a few years back and did a subjective 'review'. I can't remember the outcome apart from that they were all good but different, and the net result being that a lot of good coffee was enjoyed along the way, so worth trying different suppliers. Alas Avenue had to close. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  13. I'd recommend not trying to use an espresso grinder for filter (especially a Mazzer as the adjustment mech might drive you nuts going round and round between espresso and filter, more so than other grinders). You'll waste a ton of coffee dialing in back and forth. I used to have a Mazzer mini and the dreaded Iberital MC2. Avoid the iberital. Mini, Super Jolly or Mignon are good places to start, but use a hand grinder or whatever you currently use for filter. (for example I have a ceado e37s for espresso and an Aergrind for aeropress or cold brew. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
  14. Agreed, Karma definitely belongs on the list. Delicious well-prepared flat white, friendly baristi, and a quaint garden setting. Didn't try a V60 as it was 15 min to closing and didn't want to annoy them, but the espresso was good. Żarówka in the old town was also good, the Hotmetalette had an unconvincing latte but I had a cracking Ethiopian V60 full of fruit. ___ Eat, drink and be merry
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