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  1. Move over Londinium distribution tool - Barista Hustle introduce the Hog. Can't figure if Chas 'n' Dave are playing this for real or it's a send up.
  2. Hi there, today I have been trying to get a decent cup of coffee from my machine. i have gone through two bags of fresh coffee, whilst experimenting. I reckon i have had two cups out of the two bags. Ive followed the instruction on screen, grind level etc tamping all that stuff, but they either fill the cup no crema or a measly amount. Some that look just right that are so sour its undrinkable. I have got the extraction to 9 seconds but still, it is vile! Any help offered would be appreciated!
  3. A news snippet. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5997641/Wake-smell-posh-McCoffee-Fast-food-chain-drafts-baristas-challenge-rivals.html J.
  4. Just spent a great day refining my self taught skills at Origin Coffee Coffee roasters London shop. It was the Barista Foundation course run by the SCA. It was superbly delivered by Dan O'Regan. Great kit to play with: Linea machines with al the electronics and some lovely Mythos grinders ( I know understand why people rave about them ). More confident and also importantly refined in my approach. Big Thumbs up to Origin ( who also do some great coffees ) for their delivery, passion and enthusiasm.
  5. Hello everyone :-) New to this forum and I just got my Barista Express 870, this forum has been great to look through for tips and tricks - so thanks to all that are taking the time to add their input! I am hoping you can post your settings when using an espresso bean (I do understand that different beans require different grinds). Feel free to add the bean type you are using and how fresh it usually is. edit: This is meant as a info thread on what setting the different forum members have. I have upper burr set on 5 and side on 9, two weeks old local espresso beans (20 gr double sho
  6. Hey folks thanks for taking time to read my thread. Having had my bean to cup Delonghi' Authentica since last year i've been looking at upgrading to entry level espresso/grinder setup and came to the conclusion that the Sage Barista Express would be a wise place to start, John Lewis has this in black at £479 my current Delonghi' was purchased at same store for £399? This will only need to last a couple years as i'll be looking at roughly £1500-2000 setup by then and simply use the Sage at work. Any opinions on if the Sage is a good place to start? It's mainly espresso and milk based espresso d
  7. Hi everyone I'm getting married in November and I quite fancy the idea of having some decent coffee available during the evening, in particular, a little espresso set up. Since I'm the only one in the relationship that likes coffee, I'm having a hard time convincing the wife-to-be to dedicate much budget towards the project so here's what I'm thinking... I have a Fracino Cherub and Baratza Sette 270W. I was hoping I could buy in around 3kg of beans, plenty of bottled water and a few big bottles of whole milk to meet demand and then find an enthusiast or local barista (East Midlands)
  8. Hi All, For sale is my Kruve Sifter (Silver Barista Model) purchased new in Feb-17. Basically haven't been using it, so it's boxed in great condition. Contains the following sieves:- 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000 £45 ono Many Thanks Andy
  9. Hi guyss My brother and i are looking to launch a mobile coffee business , slowly but surely we are getting there ! Theres one thing which i just can't get my head round , what are my options when it comes to the espresso machine ? I don't want to use a generator for obvious reasons so i feel like my options are very limited !! It just seems to be fracino fracino fracino ... I 100% need a dual fuel machine but i can't seem to get away from the fracino !!! Can anyone suggest any other espresso machines that will be possible to power without a generator !!!
  10. Hi. I’m looking to do a home barista course at one of the London roasteries and wondered if anyone had done any and could make a recommendation. I’m looking at a course at Nude Espresso in Shoreditch at the moment. I actually live near High Wycombe so if anyone knows of any courses near there, even better. Thanks in advance.
  11. Hi guys, Just a quick plug for a new coffee shop I am barista'ing at. Feel to free to move to appropriate page? Rockcity is an indoor climbing centre and skatepark in Hull and we've recently opened a new specialty coffee shop space in the venue. We've got beans from Manchester-based Heart and Graft in the hopper and plan to have changing local coffees on v60 and batch brew. You can even spectate the extreme sports whilst you sip your flat white (safe and risk free!) OR you could give it a try! Anyone in the area drop me a line or stop by for a drink!
  12. Hi guys, Just got myself a barista express having used a delonghi magnifica for a few years. All I can say is wow. Have been reading this forum for a few days so had an idea of the settings for the machine. Set it up and brewed my first cup using the exact same beans as on the delonghi. The difference in quality is unbelievable. The coffee is amazing. I may have got lucky with the settings but I am blown away. So much better than coffee shops. I know a lot of you guys have even better machines but this fits the bill for me.
  13. Hi guys, I'm looking for a budget coffee machine setup for espresso and milk drinks, with somewhere around £250 - £350 to spend. I was thinking of a used Sage Barista Express, but I've heard the grinder can be affected by the heat of the cup warmer, which isn't great. I also like to experiment with lots of different settings, rather than just making a standard espresso shot but it seems the Barista Express only doses a set 60ml amount. Would I be better off getting a used Sage Duo Temp Pro with a Sage Smart Grinder Pro combo instead? I haven't used the machines so I'm not entire
  14. In my hunt for some decent but affordable scales I happened upon these. https://digital-scales-company.co.uk/barista/794-my-weigh-barista-scale-716165282273.html From the description they are water resistant and weigh down to 0.1g and up to 3kg and a timer for you pour over nuts Rechargable using a usb to small lipo and above all appear to be instant read although it doesnt mention it in the desciption. They can also be calibrated. I looked around alot and they seemed the best I could find for around £30, there are cheaper but ive drowned so many I wanted to get somethi
  15. Hi all, I have another introductory tale to tell. In October, I became the first American to be certified in AICAF in Campania Region. AICAF, or Accademia Italiana Maestri del Caffè, is a primary governing body of Italian Espresso Certification. This organization certifies people who want to become a barista and work in a bar in Italy, and offers three levels: Assistance Master of Coffee, Master of Coffee, and Teacher of Coffee (I took the first level). This course was completely in Italian, and I learned the following over the course of 18 hours of class time: The History of Coffee
  16. Purchased at the beginning of the year and used a handful of time since, but am now looking to take my espresso making further at home. Absolutely brilliant bit of kit which has definitely got me into the whole espresso thing. Original RRP is £69.99 for the Nanopresso and carry case, plus £32 for the barista kit Complete with carry case https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nanopresso-Portable-Espresso-Protective-Minipresso/dp/B0752XV66X https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wacaco-Nanopresso-Accessory-Portable-Espresso/dp/B078GM6FFH/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1IBIOZUFZEMOE&keywords=nanopresso+barista+kit&
  17. hey, let me just clear up that this isn't a skimmed milk hate post, more a question. Ive worked in the industry for about 6 years in varied roles and sectors. I drink my coffee black unless there has been a terrible mistake or im feeling like treating myself with a whole milk cortado or flatty. like most of us ive explored the difference in flavour between different whole milks and alternatives and ive even had some incredibly high quality skimmed milk, but I just don't know who is buying that product. Is there a large enough market of people looking for the best possible skinny
  18. Hi, we’re looking to do an outdoor event and need to find a way to rinse jugs. Thinking of sourcing a portable pitcher rinser, a sure flow water pump with accumulator. As anybody done this and does it general enough power? Anytips or videos of how to do this? Welcome Peace
  19. So Derren is a home barista, he recently came to Norwich and loves the coffee scene here, one of our local baristas ordered him a la marzocco home machine and a day training at his home etc...Anyway quite a nice set up for just starting out lol
  20. Decided to sell my ECM Barista , its in full working order , I have the original packaging hand book and purchase receipt It looks like this Untitled by Allen Wells, on Flickr. . Untitled by Allen Wells, on Flickr. . Untitled by Allen Wells, on Flickr. . Untitled by Allen Wells, on Flickr . . I will include two 2kg bags of unopened Rave beans and a upgraded tamper as part of the sale Prefer collection from Dagenham Essex but will put it in the original box for YOUR carrier to collect Looking for £625
  21. I came across this video by barista Dritan Alsela. It goes to show how easy latte art can be once you know how to get the milk right..however that may be. [video=youtube_share;lFBp_aqV8k8] Anyone else tried unorthodox methods to get the perfect microfoam?
  22. Hi, Ive just bought a brand new Gaggia Carezza Deluxe and I'm new to it. I bought it from coffeeitalia and when I maybe a bit of a newb to it but when I go to throth it, I first empty the water before it throths but then it stops and it makes a loud thudding banging noise and wont throth anymore, what am I doing wrong? I must admit the throther is confusing me a bit. I had a delonghi before and I had no problems with that but this gaggia is a more expensive machine so I dont know really.
  23. Hi guys , Just bought a sage barista express and I'm trying to set it up. I had a Gaggia classic before so I know how to pull a decent shot . However I am a bit confused regarding how to time my shot, With my classic I used start my timer as soon as I press the brew button,wait 30s and that's it. With the barista express there is a pre- infusion feature so the machine really kicks in after 8s or so. So now I'm not sure when I should start the timer. Should I include the pre-infusion in my timing i.e. 8s pre-infusion and 22s brew time or start timing the shot after the p
  24. Hi Everyone I have had my Sage Barista express for just over 2 years and it has had very light service, 2 or 3 cups a week. All parts, accessories included in the sale. Fully descaled and cleaned. Boxed. Full normal working order, sharp burrs! Very minor marks on drip tray surface due to bottom of cups, but nothing significant at all. Will include a spare water filter and cleaning tablets and happy to demo to anyone as required. £300, collected from near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Only selling due to moving to a plumbed in HX machine.
  25. Im downgrading my 2 group spaziale to a 1 group - after a very daft realisation that I wouldn't be able to move around the s5 compact on my own and my pop up barista stuff to be a one man show, all the gear I have needs to be movable by just one set of hands. Im in the lands of L1/Gs3 territory however have been offered an S1 for a great price, would be good to get hands on with one first before handing any cash over (the one I've been offered is down south) Obscure one but I figured there might be someone who has one or knows someone who wouldn't mind chatting about it. Thanks
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