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This coffee malarky is just nuts! I was originally thinking it would have been nice to try something different from my bialetti which I was very happy with over the last decade. I’d simply buy some beans from the supermarket - but not any old tosh you understand, but some good quality Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Italian. No wait… that should be Lazy Sunday and Rich Italian. Then I’d get home and over the course of the next 2-3 months (whilst storing them in an open container in the fridge) grind them with my spice mill. It worked. I was in blissful ignorance and I was happy. Then one fateful day I thought I’d try some coffee from a delicatessen - and process and store it my usual way. It tasted amazing. So I thought for my birthday I’d get a bean to cup machine that was highly rated on amazon to explore this nicer coffee. Then stupidly I decided to do some research. I found this site. And learned how truly ignorant I had been all my life about coffee. So I bought a machine that was just a couple of hundred over budget and came recommended. Then I discovered I had to buy a grinder. Then I discovered I had to buy lots of bits and pieces like tamper, etc. Then I discovered I had to clean the machine and oil it and scrub it and had to go buy those bits and pieces. Then I discovered that my grinder was not up to the task and I had to buy another. And tonight I get back with the grinder and start reading that I need to pour through at least a couple of kilos of coffee to season the grinder. So I automatically run out to the supermarket and buy some ‘stale' beans - 1.5 kilos of my old favourite Rich Italian. And I pause. Instead of £200, I’ve spent about a grand in the last month and here I am buying £20 worth of beans to grind and throw straight into the bin. I’m Scottish. Thats just wrong!!! Not only that, but from over £100 in beans, I’ve only had a handful of nice shots with the rest going straight down the sink. What have I done? What have you lot done to me?!?!?! Anyway, got to go back now and continue to season those burrs........ The things I do for my La Pavoni... Perhaps I should name her Malena.
It's probably been asked a million times before but a quick search indicates nothing recently.. so I'll ask - in addition to the purveying and consumption of heaven in a cup; what other hobbies/interests do people have? My big thing for the last few years is photography, usually taking the camper van to some remote places and walking about 95% taking in the scenery and 5% maybe taking the odd shot. Before that I was big into all things computing but as it's my primary job that has waned a little. Quite common or garden hobbies - nothing spectacular I guess but I have noted that since hitting mid 40's my time for hobbies is diminishing greatly being consumed by work mostly. With the new year coming I wouldn't mind finding out what others are upto or maybe thinking about taking up. It might inspire me to take something up new in an effort to make some time to do something different.
Looking to get into woodworking a bit, mainly just to make toys for our one year old, tiny bookshelves, pushing carts etc. Planning to go with plywood and just cut out things in the back garden as I've got no actual workshop. Got tons of measuring tools for metal working, drill bits for metal / wood, clamps, squares, micrometers, calipers etc but missing some of the heavier duty machinery like circular saws, routers etc. Got a jigsaw, but it probably doesn't work that well for straight cuts. Also got a rotary sander which works wonders for flat surfaces, a small hand plane for chamfers and deburring and a simple manual saw. Any recommendations for what might be useful? I guess I could work with what I have but I reckon a circular saw will speed things up for sure. Is a jigsaw any good in ply? It's shit in MDF for sure as the blade just walks side ways and flexes. First two projects are: A small book shelf like this: https://www.amazon.ca/GX-XD-Kindergarten-Bookshelf-Magazine-B/dp/B07B49PMYD And fixing the sides of a small toy piano which has curved cuts and pockets (router needed). T.