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  1. Is this dependent on having the warranty card or can you claim via reciept? I think I may have lost the card...and I can't drink coffee anymore / find good LSOL decaf so I am going to sell my gear. Thanks
  2. I have not been well these last few days and have spent many hours confined to bed or in the small room. In one of my less delirious, caffeine deprived, moments I fleetingly pondered whether or not it was likely that coffee was the cause of my ills. Did I have a severe dose of the shots...........or just something very similar? I may never know for sure! This is what prompted me to start a post where maybe we should compile a definitive listing of coffee related ailments and medical conditions. The most common CRAC of course is the Barista strain of Upgraditis: This specifically targets home coffee enthusiasts and is an irrational and irresistible desire to have the same espresso equipment on your counter top as @MildredM has on her's. Here are a couple of perhaps, lesser known CRACs to get the list started. Severe Brewsing : The inevitable consequence of purchasing any three of the following; AeroPress. V60, Kalita Wave, Chemex, Syphon, Eva Solo Fractured Faema : Typically sustained after being dropped form a great height by a cheapjack carrier. Coronary Artery Disease : Primary symptom is the inability to pour latte hearts. There must be more......please feel free to to contribute.
  3. Hi I'm interested to find out the coffee lovers general country they prefer so I can add them onto my websites collection, so far I have found 3 which I love, Colombian, Costa Rican and Peruvian. I'm interested in purchasing maybe some green Kenyan peaberry, has anyone tryed it? Maybe even recommend any others? I know there are so many different beans and regions but I'm just looking for a positive direction to go towards
  4. Hi all, I’m sure this has probably been discussed before but I felt I had to mention something as my mrs just doesn’t get it lol I normally always drink flat whites and as I’ve been perfecting my coffees at home, I’ve been quite impressed with what I’ve been able to achieve with my modest setup. I don’t like Costa as I think their coffee is too weak and bland. If I need a coffee when I’m on the road (I’m a coach driver so sometimes you have to take whatever you can get from the services unfortunately) I’ll pick Starbucks over Costa as their flat whites taste stronger but even then sometimes they are hit and miss whether you get an okay one or not. Many a time I’ve asked them to remake it as they’ve overdone the milk and burnt it or the milk has not been textured properly and is just the same milk that they’ve used to make the usual run of the mill latte’s or cappuccino’s etc... They don’t like it, but I don’t care. I’m paying a lot of money for it so I want it done properly! I always say to my mrs that I make a far better flat white at home than Costa and Starbucks make and she just rolls her eyes at me - she doesn’t get it! lol Anyway, I’ve been on holiday in Spain for the last couple of weeks and have been seeking out my fix of coffee from numerous Cafés whilst we’ve been out and about. But I’ve been drinking espresso’s only and I’ve got to say I’ve been really enjoying them. Some have obviously been better than others but on the whole they have all been decent! Now fast forward to my first day back at work yesterday and I needed a coffee so pulled into a services and thought I’d try a Starbucks espresso for the first time - OMG!! What the hell is this stuff? I took one sip and it tasted like a charred bitter mess in my mouth. I asked them to make another because it was disgusting and something wasn’t right. They made me another and insisted that the beans were fresh and only just topped up about 15mins ago. The second was the same and consequently ended up in the bin. How the hell can they charge what they do for this stuff they call coffee and get away with it?! I honestly don’t get it! Anyway, rant out the way. Safe to say I won’t be giving Starbucks anymore of my money no matter how desperate I am. On a brighter note, I popped into one of my favourite coffee shops, Workhouse Coffee in Reading, this morning and had a lovely tasting espresso and a flat white to take away - and all was right in the world again...
  5. Just picked up via twitter what most of you in Bristol will already have known - that the fair city is going coffee festival in September. Probably well timed in a good spread across the year of UK festivals from London-Glasgow-Bristol-Manchester. Not a lot of detail yet unless anyone knows more. It should be a great showcase for the growing number of SW based roasters.
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  7. For all those people that have the itch, to just keep spending money on coffee stuff. When you need another thing to add you signature... Who will be there first to blink ? https://coffeez.kr/8
  8. Hey, I use an aeropress for work and I’m enjoying the long steep method by far after reading about it on here. I’m finding the coffee so clean and I can really taste some of the complexities. Lately I tried Horsham Coffee Roasters Kenyan Kianderi, which has been my favourite so far. Tasting notes of Rhubarb, Blackcurrant and Toffee. I just went to their site to purchase some more and unfortunately they don’t stock this bean anymore. So I’m after some recommendations for a good bean to try in my aeropress. Thanks, Tony
  9. Hello folks, as the title suggests, are there any good coffee shops located around (10 min walk) Bristol's bearpit or Cabot Circus? I work near there quite often so it would be good to spend some time in a decent coffee shop. Not really food bothered, more about the coffee. Any advice welcome! Thanks in advance.
  10. Coffee shop reccomedations liverpool ?
  11. San remo opera 2 for sale. 3 group head. 2 years old in exellent condition. £6000. Will arrange shipping anywhere in the uk.
  12. I would love to know how other people roasts their coffees and see how they get the best out of their coffee bean
  13. Hello, by now many of you will know that I have one of the Decent Espresso DE1PRO+ machines to beta test. I'll be having this on the the bar in my shop, Full Court Press in Bristol, so feel free to pop by. I'll also be taking it with me on my travels with the SCA UK, so expect to see me around in the next few months. Tours Dates: London - 11th April @ Prufrock Coffee deets here https://www.fcp.coffee/blog/post/a-decent-demo-a-day-and-evening-with-the Glasgow - TBC but i'm up for Glasgow coffee fest - 19/20th may September will see me in London again, November in Manchester. I'll add more dates as and when they crop up.
  14. Los Angeles Times 'A future cup of coffee in California could give you jitters before you even take a sip. A nonprofit group wants coffee manufacturers, distributors and retailers to post ominous warnings about a cancer-causing chemical stewing in every brew and has been presenting evidence in a Los Angeles courtroom to make its case. The long-running lawsuit that resumed Monday claims Starbucks and about 90 other companies, including grocery stores and retail shops, failed to follow a state law requiring warning signs about hazardous chemicals found everywhere from household products to workplaces to the environment. At the center of the dispute is acrylamide, a carcinogen found in cooked foods such as French fries that is also a natural byproduct of the coffee roasting process. The coffee industry has acknowledged the presence of the chemical but asserts it is at harmless levels and is outweighed by benefits from drinking coffee'. Best stock up quick, before coffee is banned.
  15. Hello everybody! I’m new to this forum and I’m just getting into my coffee. I currently have a De’Longhi EC820B but fear I have reached the limitations of this machine as I’m finding it impossible to achieve a decent espresso. Maybe it’s due to the pressurised basket or something else. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m using a spin grinder (KrupsF203) which is contributing to my problem. I know these are far from ideal but it’s all I have at the moment. Anyway, I have posted for some advice in the Grinder / Machines section so hopefully some nice folks can offer some help. Many thanks! Tony
  16. Hi there, I’ve just joined the forum and I’m a first time poster. I've just started really getting into coffee although I’ve had a De’Longhi EC820B for a few years. The machine above has pressurised baskets and although I can get a half decent coffee from it, it’s far from great and nothing like you’d get from a good coffee shop. The espresso I produce has a crema but not a great crema. The espresso from a coffee shop is sort of thicker and has more depth to it compared to what I produce, which is more watery in comparison. It’s hard to explain but the espresso is not as creamy. This also doesn’t produce a good canvas to pour into for latte art. when I pour my frothed milk in it just mixes immediately and nothing like you see in videos etc. I’m also using a basic spin grinder (Krups F203). I know this is not ideal for coffee but it’s all I have at the moment. I want to produce a decent proper espresso from my machine. I’m not sure if this is possible with my current EC820B with a pressurised basket or not but I’ve tried lots of variables and it’s still nothing like a coffee shop coffee. I have purchased fresh roasted beans from Pact etc but I feel they are being wasted with my current equipment. I have also read that auto-frother’s like the one that is on my machine are no good for creating the micro foam required for latte art (something else I really want to achieve). So in short, am I trying to achieve something that is just not possible with my current equipment or is there other options I should be looking at? Thanks for any advice and go easy on the noob please :-)
  17. Apropos of nothing my wife gave me this, the likeness is uncanny.
  18. 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!
  19. I'm curious as to where people think is the most exciting city/area for coffee. Berlin seems really interesting and packed full of roasters/cafes and I'm really keen to go, but there's plenty of other fantastic roasters and cafes around the world. I thought Dublin was really cool, and I always enjoy a visit to London. Plenty of Scandi countries look promising too. Perhaps some folks who are better traveled than I could impart their thoughts, I'd be keen to hear them! TLDR: If you could visit one place to drink at some of the best cafes, where would you go?
  20. ...desire for chocolate has collapsed, although not completely vanished. Very odd. Is this normal? Is it just me? What does it mean?
  21. Hey, I'm looking around for a hand grinder under £60, I do eventually want to get a Aergrind, Lido or something of that sort but don't have the budget for it right now. Looking for something decent until I do, not expecting incredible results. I usually make coffee with an aeropress or v60, I've tried some of the very low end grinders and they were atrocious at coarser settings. I've been told to consider a Rhino or Porlex? Are there any other decent grinders at this price point?
  22. Waiting for the kettle to boil today in the site canteen this Romanian guy standing next to me opens a vacuum sealed pack of Lavazza qualita rossa and spooned around 2 tablespoons into both his and a mates cup then waits for the water to boil and pours it into the cup onto the fresh Lavazza then sits down for a nice americano
  23. I've been using unfiltered tap water for my coffee at home, I've seen recommendations to use Tesco ashbeck water for espresso, would this still be ideal for pour overs?
  24. Hello and quite simple I like coffee, but maybe i'm doing it wrong I have a Tassimo machine and like the Latte's Caramel and Vanilla ect. I recently seen at Aldi the Bodum Cafetiera for £9.99 and I read that the Aldi Ethiopian Coffee is widely accepted as good?
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