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  1. Hi all, my melitta varianza cps machine isn't working well! It runs a drink process fully, but the beans aren't dropping through so im just left with hot water. The grinder is working and seems to think it has beans as the machine doesn't stop and give the "refill beans" on display Its out of warranty so any advice is greatly received!
  2. Got these left over from last week, about 180g of the Colombia and 200g of the Kenya. £10 posted for both.
  3. Hi all, After getting the help of the community on here I decided to plump for an ACS Minima as my first serious espresso machine, which should be with me tomorrow, and I've already got the Niche ready to go, so I'd love to hear some recommendations for the first beans I should use with it.
  4. I’m trying to get my head around what sort of flavours I like, and therefore what kind of beans/roasts, so was hoping for a little guidance. My absolute favourite coffee, so far, is from Tamper in Sheffield, which I would categorise (and any experts out there that know Tamper by all means correct me) as a caramel’y, toasty, chocolatey kind of flavour, and their beans are their own blend from Ozone. Whereas I also tried coffee at the weekend from North Star in Leeds (fabulous place BTW), which was from these beans… https://www.northstarroast.com/product/burundi-natural/ …which wa
  5. Assumed is that we have fresh beans with same age and we want the same output from every beans I noticed that all beans (different sorts and mixes) from one roast house needed a much finer grind than that from another! Is that saying anything about the quality of the roast house? And if yes, which is better? Beans needing a finer or coarser grind?
  6. Recommend me a bean similar to this one. I've seen a few posts like that, and gladly tried to participate without thinking too deep about the question. I tried this coffee, I also tried another one and I liked it for the same reason (whatever the reason might be), therefore I'd recommend it to you. But people may have other reasons for liking two different coffee beans, reasons different from yours. So I wondered, what do people normally assume when they ask and recommend the beans, that are like some other beans. Is that mainly taste notes? Mind you, even this criteria is fairly subjecti
  7. Hairy_Hogg

    Right Roast

    Not sure how many of you follow this guy on Facebook but he has been steadily plodding away tasting different roasters over the last few years and putting a video review up on Facebook. Now started his own webshop where he is curating beans from different roasters. Well worth a look IMHO.
  8. Well, to be honest, i only like beans with the flavour "like choclate". (Btw: How do they create those flavours?) I really HATE things e.g. the fruit taste some beans have.
  9. Just got an email from Tap, my regular supplier of beans, letting me know they're merging with Dept of Coffee & Social Affairs. I've not heard of these guys before, anyone have any experience of them or any recommendations from them? Cheers
  10. hi all as per title, any one tried this? only comes in 1kg bags so wanted some opinions before i order. http://grind.co.uk/shop/grind-coffee-1kg-bag thanks!
  11. Would really appreciate anyone leaving advice on nice blends. Had a few single origins and would like something more exciting.
  12. In my ever ending quest to learn all things coffee I noticed that James Gourmet have an Ethiopian Suke Quto 3 process blend. I enquired whether I could try each element of this blend seperately to compare how the process impacts upon flavour. Full credit to them they have created this product: http://jamesgourmetcoffee.com/product/suke-quto-private-estate-three-separate-processes-3-x100g/?attribute_how-do-you-like-yours=Whole+Bean I have purchased this as well as their blend to do a four way comparison. I will update this thread with my findings, as ever.
  13. Looking to try beans from different roasters in the UK. There are quite a few roasters that offer international shipping (Square Mile, Has Bean among many others) that'll take 10-15 days, meaning it'll still be fresh when it arrives, but are there any stores that have a collection from various roasters, and that will offer international shipping. I live in South Africa and while Cape Town has some of the world's best coffee, I'm looking to try something from elsewhere
  14. As my beloved Tap are merging with DOCASA their beans won't be available anymore (sniff) so I need to find a place that specialises (or has a good variety) of light roasts. What are your favourite light roasts / roasters?
  15. Anyone here tried them? I couldn't resist the lovely packaging and good words I've read about them elsewhere, so bought a couple boxes. I'm currently not doing justice to the Nicaraguan. My V60 technique needs practice.
  16. Hey all I've been on a little adventure to try decaffeinated beans for filter brewing. The goal has been to try a sample of what is out there. I thought I'd post some short reviews of my experiences with ten coffees from ten different roasters. I also posted this to the Facebook group Beans Not Machines which is cool (https://www.facebook.com/groups/503036363197361/) I tested every bag in v60 with one continuous pour, kalita + aeropress filter with 3 or 4 pours and clever coffee dripper using 10 and 25 min steeps. I tried both 65 g/l and 60 g/l ratios with brew sizes of 350 ml. This are a
  17. This looks too good to be true as two of my favourite things combine! Has anyone had any experience with the roaster or this whisky collection? https://www.ovenbird.co.uk/collections/whisky-coffee-collections
  18. lelykins

    Wahana

    Cracked open my half kilo today (Roasted on the 5th) dialled in pretty quickly and have pulled one fairly nice shot and one fair to middling. Anyone got any views on extraction ratios and times?
  19. My first loves, when it came to coffee beans were Monsoon Malabar and Old Brown Java. Both from Whittards. That was a long time ago and my coffee equipment has come a long way since my stove top pot. And my taste buds, a long way from Whittards. Can anyone recommend a good roaster I could get those beans from now.
  20. And........... It was a bit of an anticlimax really I was expecting more But, throw some beans in.. watch, listen, empty them out (even the timer/ thermometer / scales was unnecessary)
  21. Always very exciting to start a new bag. These make an outstanding moka coffee and are pretty good for espresso to but these are definitely my moka beans of choice at the moment.
  22. Hi, I live near Scarborough but travel to York and Hull on a frequent basis, does anyone know a decent bean stockist I could use ? I appreciate there are plenty of online stockists that forum members use but I like the personal touch if possible. I might be old fashoined but I prefer to look at what Im buying and its good to talk Thanks
  23. Having just ordered some Rocko from Foundry (again) and planning on ordering more coffee next week from a new roaster, does anyone have any recommendations for a great roaster offering (in particular) something really fruity and natural at the moment? Would like something other than the usual suspects (Hasbean, rave, James gourmet - as we frequently order from those). Cheers!
  24. Does anyone have any experience with Laotian coffee? It is strange that you never seem to find any beans from this origin in the UK, yet the Bolaven Plateau has perfect conditions for growing. I'm planning a trip there at the end of this year..so hoping to get an insight into the harvest process, making some connections with farmers along the way!
  25. crmdgnly

    Robusta?

    Can anyone recommend a robusta to try please? I'm about to order Coffee Compass Espresso selection (Mahoganny Roast Jampit Hit, Medit'n Mocha Full Roast and a toss up between Cherry Cherry and Sweet Bourbon). But I've never (knowingly) had a pure robusta and fancy trying it. Any recommendations please?
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