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Hi Everyone! My wife and I were not that much into coffee 11 years ago. My wife mostly drank tea, I would say about 95% of the time, and only had coffee at MacDonalds or the Subway. I did not even do that. I was not much into hot drinks at all!! One of our wedding gifts ten years ago was a drip coffee maker. So we bought some freshly ground coffee and tried it. It was bitter and strong, but we enjoyed having a common activity and drink. So to commemorate a common interest, we bought ourselves a DeLonghi bean to cup. So I started buying raw coffee beans and would toast or roast them using my pan. This was an enjoyable Sunday afternoon activity. The beans usually lasted a week and it made the house smell nice. Even children liked the smell. The bean to cup coffee maker was good enough to flesh out varietal differences. It made good cappuccino but was absolutely terrible at making espressos. So I never understood what the fuss was about with the espressos on all the forums. Every espresso I tried, in airport Costa and drive through Starbucks, were bitter and it continued to baffle me. I started enjoying americanos and my wife continued with cappuccino. One day I was at Cafe Zero and I asked for a macchiato. It was the sweetest I had ever had anywhere. Then I went back to the counter and asked for an espresso while making a mental note of the machine they were using. It was a red and orange FB80 (LM). They had another machine, a GB5. Perhaps my first cup was from that. I went back to my table and sipped on the espresso. It tasted like it actually had milk in it. It was so good with a sweet aftertaste on my tongue. Nothing like any espresso I had ever had before. I went home and started researching why espresso from FB80 tasted as it did. The machines were for my company office. We had a Gaggia Deco that had a stainless steel boiler and I found good clarity with it. I soon realised that a good grinder was key. Since them coffee duty has fallen on an LM and robur for last several years. My wife now prefers medium roasts having moved on to enjoy tighter cappuccinos, americanos and strong flatwhites. I now fully gravitate towards espresso macchiatos and double espressos. More than anything, my wife and I like the ritual. The ritual of grinding, tamping, pulling the shot, tidying, steaming, etc. It is almost got a tinge of religiosity and religious zeal to it all. I find myself quite keen to try a lever pulled shot. Never tried one. From listening to many, it looks like many of the lever machines pull the nicest shot. Thanks for letting me join CFUK. Thanks to Coffeechap for introducing me to this forum. Regards, Dee.
I've noticed that the brew pressure gauge on my lamarzocco fb80 is rising to 12-14 after each shot is pulled before returning back to 6. The operating pressure when pulling a shot is 9, which is correct, but I hadn't noticed it rising after each shot is pulled, can anyone confirm if this is normal? Thanks Matt
Useful additions to my starter kit .Very kindly set up by coffee chap Dave. Have Gaggia Classic Modded with better wand.Soon to be Grinder Fiorenzato F5.(have a loan one Dave left me to have a play with) Nice espresso and latte illey cups. 58mm Tamp. Under machine knock box.Plenty of coffee to play with. Do need some scales (had a look and found these on amazon? http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000XXZAU4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AGNLF6066UBN3) Very new to all this but been given a really good start by coffee chap and really appreciate the time he spent to drive up and set up and demo the equipment.Thanks Dave. Will be asking plenty of questions as i go.. Had some really good shots already,and some pretty BAD ones... But really enjoying the challenge..and the reward of a really superb tasting espresso or latte. Paul