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  1. 25% off. Valid until Sunday. I know CoffeeHit advertise via the useful forum banners so I’m sure it’s ok to mention this!
  2. CoffeeHit are sponsoring a free to enter competition for a set of Brewista brew ratio scales worth £100.00. These are new to the market and not to be confused with other Brewista scales. You can enter via Facebook - go to their page to enter. https://www.facebook.com/coffeehit/?hc_ref=ARSCYlCWejfwYnyPc4h0500pIFIQpEdqGpq3hAHG81hU_py56uuC1n-oWbhRm0sWXXM&fref=nf
  3. If you have picked up a cheap used SJ (like me) and doubt whether the burrs are genuine or not, this post makes it pretty clear. I definitely have aftermarket burrs, I recognised them instantly. The comparison...ones on the left are aftermarket. My Burrs Pretty obvious to me, I shall be ordering some genuine ones pronto! Hope this post helps other people in doubt
  4. I have finally ordered some ACF cups from Coffee Hit. They should arrive in reception next week some time. Went for the limited edition 10oz size in white.
  5. ok so i've decided on my machine - i've settled on the Ascaso Pablo (Basic) after seeing a demo in selfridges last night. even with the laclustre shop assistant it pulled a really good looking shot so i'm happy i know i need a decent burr grinder but as this machine is a birthday present the grinder will have to follow. i do how ever want to get some accesories. i've been looking at milk jugs online - is there an optimum size? i'd be looking at doing two cappucinos at most at a time and we prefer them on the smaller size so they're nice and strong. i've got a thermometer on the list too (although i'm yet to research the optimum temperatures!) other thing is cups - is there a good make and size for getting a decent strong flat white - the ones in costa at the moment are perfect but i have no frame of reference when it comes to measuring them in ounces! the other question i have which is related to the machine is that the steam wand seems to have a slit at the top from which the steam escapes rather than some i have seen with just a tiny hole. does this affect the microfoam performance of the steamer and should it affect my technique when frothing the milk? i can feel myself becoming obsessed with this new hobby already i don't even have the machine yet!
  6. I know a few of us have these now so I thought I'd share that Coffee Hit said the burrs they offer for the Major are not the ones intended for the Royal. Although they will fit, according to this page the burrs for the Royal/Stark have more aggressive cutting surfaces (CoffeeHit recommended 151B although I don't see why we couldn't get away with 151C in the UK). Anyone know which burrs we should be buying? I don't want to get it wrong as I don't expect to have to replace them for a good while after this. Edit - on the Mazzer site it says 151B for two phase and 151C for three phase. What is standard UK mains?
  7. Last night I attended a CoffeeHit open day where Paul generously laid on coffee, milk and beer, and allowed all who turned up to spend as much time as we wanted on the La Marzocco Strada coffee machine they have recently installed (and are retailing). The coffee was supplied by Square Mile and was their Autumn Espresso blend. We had a choice of grinders (Mazzer Robur E, Anfim and Mazzer Luigi (Super Jolly Electronic?) as well as pretty much every cafe accessory known to man. The only limitations were our skills (or lack of as we discovered) as we tried numerous extraction techniques in the quest to pull a decent shot. The pressure profiling challenged our beliefs and we tasted shot after shot as they were pulled in order to assess how the pressure affected the espresso. The side and top panels of the machine had been removed so we could peer right inside for a look and watch the solenoids kick in, switches move and even the water exit into the drainpipe. There were also a number of different steam tips we could use, including one that shoots steam out like a knife (or the end of a screwdriver , flat and thin) as well as a range of shower screens we could use (a glimpse into the 2011 offerings from CoffeeHit). I was surprised by how quick the milk steamed but got decent microfoam first go. I'm already looking forward to my next visit Make sure you follow @coffeehit for notification of future open days I'll leave you with a selection of images from last nights session Click here to view
  8. hi all, i have recently entered the, what i previously thought of as, simple world of coffee making with the machine pictured. how wrong i was, i didnt even know what a tamper was for example, let alone its importance to the dark art, and as for making frothy milk.........??? anyhow i am making progress and i am turning out pretty decent coffee from costa pre ground but i realise i have a long way to go. i think i will invest in a coffee grinder, can you get a decent one for approx £40 ?, and try that. Chris
  9. Coffee Forums will be undergoing an upgrade on the morning of 31 July 2010 and will be closed for posting during certain times. All posts are being backed up on Friday night and we anticipate re-opening the forum by Saturday afternoon (fingers crossed all goes well) Twitter updates will be posted. Please view these on http://twitter.com/coffee_forums when the forum shows the 'closed' message New features will be unveiled when we are back online I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fairfax Coffee and CoffeeHit, whose support has enabled us to deliver planned changes ahead of schedule
  10. Hi I've just bought a gaggia classic from amazon. After struggling with the new style pressurised baskets I got googling & found this forum! I have to grind very course to get any flow, is this a characteristic of the pinhole basket? Should I order the old style basket? Regards Dave
  11. Hi Guys and Gals, iI've read a lot of info on here and finally decided to join - it looks a good forum! I'm currently using a Gaggia Classic for making espresso and also have the following grinder - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0002H2IOM/ref=s9_simh_gw_p79_d0_g79_i4?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=02NZ37K7P24DM47N0PEH&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467128533&pf_rd_i=468294 I have little experience of making coffee but have read a lot about the importance of the grinder. when I make coffee with the above grinder, even on its finest setting, after approx 5-10 secs the coffee seems to turn into light brown watery 'stuff' rather than dark coffee. I guess I need a decent grinder to match the gaggia and so I ask for your help....... What would you recommend as a partner to the gaggia that wont clean me out too much but should make a good coffee?? cheers, Jeff
  12. Click here to view the product on Amazon Lowest price this has ever been on Amazon according to camelcamelcamel. I have some Amazon vouchers from Christmas that would make this incredibly cheap and am about to pull the trigger. It's £25-£35 cheaper than the Bonavita version which has very poor reviews on Amazon (all related to incredibly poor reliability). Has anyone on here got one? I know loads of us have the Bonavita. Something intersting I noticed on the Brewista website: "The Brewista Smart Brew Digital kettle is the Next Generation brewing kettle from the guys behind Bonavita." So is this basically the Bonavita Mk2? It seems to have exactly the same feature set except interestingly the Brewista is 1.2L and 1500W compared to the Bonavita either being 1.0L and 1000W or 1.7L and 1500W. Unrelated question: I see a few people have covers for their Bonavita kettles? Where are you getting these? They don't appear on the Bonavita website and a quick google doesn't seem to flag anything up?
  13. Can anyone recommend any good cups from espresso size to cappuccino (250ish mil). Ideally something thick and chunky (There's a SWMBO joke in there, but she's watching...). CoffeeHit have some nice looking Ancap cups, but my budget doesn't go that far just yet.
  14. You can view the page at http://coffeeforums.co.uk/content.php?373-We-re-excited-to-have-CoffeeHit-onboard-for-another-year
  15. I am new to the world of coffee, and still looking to buy a grinder (hopefully a Mazzer Mini) and a machine (probably am HX machine, due to the amount of Americanos I will be making at home!), and am interested in a calibrated tamper to ensure the pressure I apply is consistent. I have seen Espro do a nice one, but am amazed at how expensive they are. Is anyone aware of any decent calibrated tampers that come in under £50 ?
  16. You can view the page at http://coffeeforums.co.uk/content.php?205-CoffeeHit-Free-Delivery-this-weekend!
  17. Can anyone recommend a decent supplier for ceramic cups? I'm looking preferably for thick walled cups, but in black - can't seem to find anywhere? Cheers
  18. Hi everyone, I went onto the Espresso Warehouse website and had one of their catalogues delivered. They've got some really good stuff and I have my list ready to order a tamper, Espro jug and other stuff - I have now been told by them that they are a "business to business" company and so I cannot order from them. Does anyone know of any websites which well the majority of their products?
  19. Oh dear - my Sette 270W has now developed a fault. I thought I must be living on borrowed time after listening to all the other problems. I got mine from Coffeehit. It's under warranty obviously, but what do you think the chances are of me being able to swap it for either the non-weigh version or something else? It is about 4 months old I think. Need to talk to them today
  20. Any one out there have any experience with the coffeehit group head temperature and pressure portafilter? £100 on coffeehit at the moment. http://coffeehit.co.uk/group-head-temperature-and-pressure-portafilter
  21. Over the past couple of weeks I have been monitoring the replies to this post, where helpful members were nominated by their peers. 2 names kept popping up, Gary Dyke and Mike Haggerton - both of whom have been instrumental in helping members this year and fostering good community relations. I'm pleased to advise that Gary Dyke has been chosen to receive a £25 Voucher - supplied by forum sponsor CoffeeHit Thankyou to Paul and the team at CoffeeHit for their continued support, and to all members who have posted this year! Gary - I will PM you the voucher code to use when checking out a basket for your next CoffeeHit purchase.
  22. Hi all, So I've had my silvia almost a month now and I'm having a small issue with the steaming side of things. The milk is heating too quick and the window for stretching is so short I'm not getting the best foam that I think I could do and as I drink caps I like lots of foam. I've got the milk very cold and if I open the steam tap just a little I can surf the surface of the milk longer and create more foam but then I don't have much time to texture and aren't getting the best foam. Was thinking of replacing the tip and trying a 2 hole tip, possibly with smaller diameter holes to see if that works any better. My silvia is a v3 and I know some of the previous versions had a 3 hole tip. Has anyone ever worked with one of these and if so would you share you thoughts please. I know the silvias boiler is small so the steaming isn't going to be out of this world but just looking to try and make things a little better. Thanks Ross
  23. Hi all, I purchased a used Gaggia Classic from ebay and it arrived yesterday, looking at the bottom the sticker has a date of 2001, although looking at the general condition of the machine seems amazing, I removed the shower screen expecting to find a horrible mess, as I've seen images of other peoples machines, however it was very clean and after a quick wipe looks like new! After cleaning the rest of the machine and priming the boiler and running quite alot of water through the wand/grouphead I attempted my first ever espresso. The results were less than impressive, as I'm sure thousands of newbie baristas have experienced, I only had an unopened tin of costa pre-ground and the standard plastic tamper so I was expecting perfection, but I got brown liquid with some scum, similar to the sea where I live ( blackpool ). I've done lots of reading, so I know that everyones response will be: 'Get a decent grinder/fresh beans' After reading some great reviews about the Baratza Virtuoso I've already ordered one, it was only after I hit the 'buy now' button that I've read that some people have problems getting a fine enough grind with the virtuoso? although I see there is a mod to enable a finer grind setting: http://www.baratza.com/pdfdoc/virtuoso%20re-calibration%20(3).pdf Have I been foolish in buying the Virtuoso? I did look at the Gaggia MDF, which doesn't seem that popular here, and couldn't stretch to a Mazzer Mini.
  24. Just been checking out the Coffee Hit website and it seems they no longer stock ACF cups. The cups they have look similar to ACF cups but no mention is made of the ACF name so have to assume they are not. Can anyone shed any light on this?
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