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  1. Go for it! You can send a courier. Perfect start to your coffee journey. Ask the seller nicely to pack it well and you're golden.
  2. Should be five posts but it might take a while to update. You could also try reloading the page.
  3. Really, both parts are a compromise. If the budget is that tight you would be better spending half on a grinder, which should last you through your first machine and any subsequent upgrades unless you really get the bug. Good grinders are generally very reliable and go on for decades in home use. The Mignon is popular for several reasons, it's a miniature commercial grinder, which the two you mentioned really are not. It's also relatively compact and to most eyes, good looking. As Patrick has said above, you could do a lot worse than a second-hand Gaggia Classic as a first machine. Many people on here started with one which is why there are plenty of used ones around for sale. If later you want to upgrade, you shouldn't lose much money on one either. However, as I said above, they do require a more fiddly technique than something more sophisticated, especially if you want to make cappucinos etc. There are a huge number of posts on here about the Classic. Have a read and see if you think it might be for you.
  4. Hi Inga and welcome. I've edited your post title as requested. Strongly recommend you browse the forums before making any decisions. One thing I will say at the outset is that a grinder is, if anything, more important than the machine. Please ask questions, there is a wealth of knowledge here and we are a friendly lot.
  5. Just received a mystery parcel. It was another kilo of "Mystery 11" with a note saying, "Dear Customer, We tried the first roast of our new Mystery Mark 11 after a few days rest and we were unhappy with it. You were one of those to receive the first lot, please accept this replacement." Full marks to Richard and his team! Real preemptive customer service. It will be interesting to see how the two compare.
  6. Maybe another Niche but only if i couldn't find a Mythos at a sensible price.
  7. Just ordered a K, we'll see...
  8. In that case I'll risk it. 8 was great 9 not so much and I had to updose to 20g into 35g in 30s to get anything worth drinking out of 10.
  9. Rob666

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    I'm too lazy to read through 21 pages but just in case nobody else has mentioned them I've had good experiences with Coffee Direct. They give a roasting date and it has always been very recent. (A day before despatch usually.) Smokey Joe is lovely if you like dark roasts. A good alternative to my usual Coffee Compass. One point to note, they sell in imperial measures so a big bag is 908g and so on.
  10. Coffee Compass have several that fit the bill as does Coffee Direct. All roasted to order.
  11. I've needed glasses for reading etc. for at least ten years since my arms became to short for comfortable reading. I use half moons on a chain around my neck and now feel naked without them. I get the prescription from my optician and buy the glasses on-line. I have bought the expensive ones from the opticians in the past but they last no longer than the on-line ones. Learn to love your specs.
  12. Please come back @dfk41 you are sorely missed!
  13. Bought a recon Bosch green jigsaw over 30 years and two houses ago. Made by Scintilla in Switzerland. It has done worktop cutouts, worktop wooden edging, helped build cabinet carcasess, helped build a suite of studio furniture and countless other jobs. 20 years ago I promised I'd buy a blue Bosch pro one the day it expired. I'm still waiting...
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