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  1. I was the same. I subbed to imm for approx 3 years and I was quite happy. In the end I just got a bit bored of too many American coffees with a very similar roast and taste so I went solo for a while before subbing again with Dog & Hat. The thing that attracted me most was the occasional European roasters but I've had some really good UK roasters as well, with Django and Hundred House being particular favourites.
  2. Hi Alan. First of all, that price is a very good price indeed, they're normally around the £1000 mark so if you're decided and have the funds, order it now. I'm not saying there's been a mistake, but why wait? As for the points 1. 15g to 19g is usual for a double, but experiment with what's best for you. When people talk espresso, they're almost always talking about doubles of some sort. Few people use single baskets domestically. If you want a weaker drink aim for 3 to 1 ratio instead of dropping dose. Technically this is a lungo, but don't get bogged down in what other people tell you is right, go for what's best for you. 2. See above. 3. Just the group and only really to get rid of spent grounds. It isn't a HX so as far as I know won't need a cooling flush unless it still comes with a special element that heats the group and that affects the process, which I doubt it does. 4. Not sure. It's a standard size, but it depends how the lugs sit and how low the shower screen is, because it's not an E61 grouphead which is what most people would consider standard in a domestic dual boiler. 5. Again, few people would use a single basket. 6. I'm not sure about specific Sage tutorials but there's a wealth of coffee related stuff of all sorts on Youtube. I'd be surprised if there wasn't any good material on Sage, but you'll need to search under Breville which is the brand that make it and the name the yanks use who are more likely to do tutorials. I imagine it's called a Sage over hear as that is a brand mostly known for sandwich makers.
  3. I've always wanted a Londinium of one sort or another and if I had the funds that would be great, but if something happened today and I couldn't repair my current machine, I'd have to settle for a Europiccola I think. Either way, I'd go for some sort of lever and then probably regret it later.
  4. When I joined the forum around a decade ago James Gourmet, along with Hasbean, were the darlings of the forum. In a world where third wave hadn't even really got off the ground and most beans being sold, even in the so called speciality market, were stale and over roasted, they were really well loved. Fast forward ten years and it's hard to even remember those days. There must be at least 20 times as many quality focused roasters as there was then, but whenever I've gone back to JG they've been spot on. They really don't get the respect they deserve as pioneers of the online market boom which we all now take advantage of.
  5. As the title says really. I know it's a bit of long shot, but we're going to the Munch exhibition at The British Museum and was hoping to have a stop off somewhere between there and The Hawksmoor at Seven Dials.
  6. Can I ask why several different members now have a picture of the hound from GOT as their photo? It's all very confusing.
  7. Yes, the grind adjustment is fiddly and it is quite large so may be considered unwieldy by some, but this is what I mean by all grinders having compromises. The cheapest grinder I can think of that is ideal for me is the £500 Niche, but even that isn't right for everybody. Some hate the aesthetics, some say the mains lead isn't long enough, some don't believe it's motor will prove to be reliable over time ( quite bizarre ), some don't like the fact they're using Indiegogo as a selling platform, others don't like the fact it's now made in China. Do you see what I mean? Some people will always have a reason to talk themselves out of a purchase whilst others will quite happily blow £75 month on a phone contract. That's people for you. I don't have any experience with the Comandante. I know it's smaller than the Lido if that's important. Are you sure a handgrinder is for you? I ask because you say you didn't like the Wilfa as it had a grinds bin you wasn't keen on. Are you sure that you're going to be happier having to hand grind every time you want a brew and then unscrew and rescrew a grinds bin that may have a bit of static cling and mess?
  8. Of the electric grinders you mention there, neither would be an upgrade on the Wilfa for what you need. I don't have any experience with those hand grinders but I'd imagine they'd be better. It's a shame you didn't give the Wilfa more time before deciding it wasn't for you, as it's a great little grinder. I have a Niche and don't even bother to use it for pour over, it stays on espresso duties with my Wilfa doing everything else. I'm not saying it's as good as a Niche, but it suits me fine to sill use it regularly. You could maybe have a look at the OE Lido as well. I had one of those for a while and it was fine. Just remember every grinder, especially in your price bracket, will come with drawbacks or quirks, depending on which way you look at it.
  9. I filled it in but if you're a genuine student, I'm not sure what you're going to get out of it. A few very vague questions and then 2 very specific ones, which I managed to answer but very few will ( in the UK at least ) doesn't seem to provide any data that you can use.
  10. I don't tend to go for dark roasts but I've purchased from Roberts and Co a couple of times when I've been passing and have been surprised how smooth and none roasty their coffee is considering how dark it is. They've been in business a long time and their website is obviously out of date in this day and age. Even their web address is something really weird like ecoffeecommerse or something like that. A quick googe for Roberts and co will give it to you though.
  11. By the way, I have no connection with dogandhat other than being a happy customer.
  12. Yes, the exact same beans from two different roasters COULD be very different. They could be roasting to try and highlight different tasting notes, or one could just not be very competent. This is unlikely to be the difference in price you're seeing though. Two sites, each selling an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe for example, could be selling two very different coffees which may not even be processed in the same way, never mind be the same batch, from the same season, with the same cup score. Even something that sounds more specific like a Malawi Mzuzu Geisha could have a number of variables. If I were you, I'd join @dogandhat who are a coffee subscription company who will send you different coffees from different roasters and countries of origin every month. You're not tied in and can cancel at any time. The great thing about this is you'll learn what you like a lot quicker and if you decide for example that the usual medium offerings aren't your thing you can switch to the darker sub. Other companies such as Hasbean do their own subs, but you'll find that they'll roast them in the house style and at this point you don't know which style you prefer. How do you intend to brew? Dogandhat only do whole bean. Whichever method you prefer, you're going to need a decent grinder to get the best out of it.
  13. You're just trying to show off there. Hark at you, with your fancy London jobs. ☺️
  14. The baristas in Costa are properly trained and although I don't call in very often anymore, the last time I've had their single origin in Bolton and York,it's been good in a milk based drink. The problem is all these chains know their market and that market is either going to want a milky drink, or a dessert with a hint of coffee cutting through the spray cream and marshmallows. I'd imagine that sales of straight espresso are negligible, so aren't a concern, it's there only as a base for other flavours with their standard beans. Another problem that Costa has compared to Starbuck's and Mcd's, is that they still make the drinks traditionally in most of their stores, so are at the mercy of the professionalism of their staff, with some branches being very good for a chain and others absolutely appalling. When I joined this forum around a decade ago, I used to scratch my head at the comments about Costa being crap, as the only two I went in regularly were fine. It was only as I started visiting more branches, I realised how bad they could be. As far as I'm concerned, the other chains are all dire and I wouldn't even bother, choosing a Costa vending machine over any of them.
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