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  1. timbar


    I have been digging around on this forum over the past month or so and thought I'd say hi. I'm pretty much a noob to espresso making though I've enjoyed coffee all my life. I've just upgraded from a Krups XP2010 to a Gaggia Classic and I'm just starting to work on pulling shots. They're a bit bitter at the moment but looking forward to playing around with the settings and learning how to dose, tamp etc. Going to take some time given that I can't drink more than 2 or 3 shots a day without climing the walls, but I guess thats part of the fun :-) I'm grinding my own beans, I have a Dualit burr grinder which I've modified to grind beans fine enough for espresso; going to see how that works out, I'd rather not buy a new grinder until I've written off the Dualit. Anyone using a modified Dualit (Starbucks) grinder and had good results? Thanks, Tim
  2. I have only recently discovered, somewhat late in life, the joys of well made proper coffee.Better late than never I suppose. My wife and I recently bought our first espresso machine (Gran Gaggia Style) and are enjoying the results we get from It so far, but the more we discover, the more we realise that there is more to learn to enhance our experience.We hope to learn from, and hopefully pass on to, this forum any help and experience we can whilst here. Cheers for now Steve
  3. While everyone was off at the grind off , I was visiting friends in Leeds ( a pre arranged long standing commitment ,hence no grind off for me ). I did though have the chance to visit this delightful cafe in the city centre (thanks for the tipoff spukey) Anyway delightful decor ,amazing array of cakes, a warm welcome from a hip hop barista at the front ,and drinks served by a gent in a bowler hat (resembling an extra from a Clock Work Orange ) . Plus the added theatre of a lever 3 group. Anyway had the house flat white and a delightful piece of cheesecake. Both wonderful , if your in town go visit . [ATTACH]2795[/ATTACH]
  4. Heading south tomorrow to attend a wedding in Saturday. We are staying in Northallerton Friday to Monday, then moving onto Leeds. In leeds I want to check out Laynes and La Bottega Milanese. Any other recommendations in either area would be great! I'm likely going to take my Vario and AeroPress with me, just in case! Michael Fun in a Cup Coffee Training
  5. Thought I would share my exciting news with everyone here. As of Wednesday this week I now work at Laynes Espresso on New Station Street in Leeds. This is where I have always wanted to work and its taken a while but I'm finally there!
  6. Only been open 6 months or so, but if you live in/around Leeds or find yourself in the city then I'd definitely recommend Stage! They use mainly Union roasts and usually have some interesting stuff on brew and guest espresso. Good selection of sandwiches/pies/salads/cakes too. Run by two really friendly brothers who usually have their beagle Copper napping in the corner. You can find them on the meeting of Portland Street and Great George Street near to LGI. Can't speak highly enough of the place!
  7. So I'm moving! The job I'm offered involves rotating between hospitals in Sheffield and Leeds. Having only lived in the South, I have no idea about either place. Anyone here from Leeds/Sheffield?
  8. For sale is my 2006 (pre Philips) Gaggia Classic in good condition and which has all the common mods: - PID upgrade - Rancilio steam wand - Brass dispersion plate - VMS shower screen - OPV set to 9 bar The group seal gasket has also been recently replaced (and I will include a brand new, spare gasket). Also includes portafilter, single and double baskets, blind basket and I'll throw in a milk frothing jug. No tamper is included in this sale. I bought this second hand prior to modification in 2014 and it has performed faultlessly since. I don't have the original packaging so it would need to be collection only (from Leeds/Bradford). I'm looking for £180 to include all of the above. I'll also throw in an Orvibo Smart Plug (similar to Belkin Wemo) which allows you to remotely get it heated up before you arrive home. Thanks, Jonathan
  9. For those of you living/working/visiting Leeds, a real gem a little off the beaten track is Sheaf St Cafeteria near to the old Tetley Brewery and Crown Point. It looks like a collaboration between Laynes (I feel very lucky to walk past this place at least a handful of times a week!) and Duke Street Studios. The space itself is an old industrial unit that's been converted into a coworking studio space with a cafe and bar at the front. I popped in last Wednesday and had a delicious espresso (Workshop blend), the food menu looked amazing but I only had time for the drink. I maybe wrong but it looked to mostly be espresso based drinks, I couldn't see any pour over but the bar and service was second to none! It it has a industrial 'loft' feel inside, high ceilings, stools and some sofas on the outside. Being a little out of the city centre it was a little more relaxing than most places and there was a couple playing with their child in there, a lot roomier than most coffee shops! Well recommended!
  10. I am off to Leeds at the weekend - some sort of "Foodie Festival" I hope you chaps/esses can give me some ideas for a decent Coffee to keep me going? I have heard of Laynes which might be my first port of call as it look like it's near the Station.......
  11. I am new to the forum but have been a member for a while mainly learning about the machines and grinders etc. Where is the best place to get beans from around Yorkshire, are there any places where you can try before you buy? Apologies if the information on this is to hand! Spukey!
  12. Hi, Just joined so thought I would post a short hello. My experience in making expresso is limited to hob top makers ... however I am interested in getting more serious with what I can do at home. Currently I am weighing up grinders and expresso machines (which to buy first as my personality leads me to spend quite a bit on a good level product and grow into it rather than buy cheap and then have to re-sell etc) ... I make almost all my own bread (sourdough etc) and recently started with homebrew beers so am pretty interested in start-to-finish processes and enjoying the subtle differences in taste and the satisfaction to be had in making things from scratch. (I am a vegetarian otherwise I'd probably be right into nose to tail eating as well). I was pretty happy to find la Bottega Milanese in Leeds a few months ago -- really great place in my opinion which makes 'real' coffees. Drinking their stuff got the hook in me I think. Looking forward to learning a lot more from you all.
  13. Opposite have a coffee shop near Leeds University, but they also have a shop/stall in the Victoria Quarter, nestling inbetween the Harvey Nichols Espresso bar and Bagel and Nash. I am mainly a latte drinker so I ordered the same so that I can compare with my usual haunts. I watched the barista freshly grind the coffee and bring the milk from the fridge into a small jug for steaming. She also expressed her latte art with a very beautiful leaf pattern. The taste was superb and far superior to the usual high street chains. I also ordered a brownie and I can report that is also great. I thoroughly recommend a visit.
  14. Opposite cafe is an independent company of 2 coffee shops in Leeds. Opposite 1 is situated opposite the main steps to Leeds University serving up high quality and conscientious products for students and lecturers. Opposite 2 is in the Victoria Quarter shopping area in the city center! Sporting a range of brewed pour-over coffees as well as seasonal espresso from square mile in london. Opposite 2 has a great synesso manually timed extraction machine and both sites are directed by UK barista cha… More...
  15. Nice little coffee place called Stories on the Roundhay Road just (about a 10 min walk) down the road from Roundhay Park. Friendly and welcoming, North Star and Origin coffees. Coffee, Chocolate, food and little cake things. Chocolates made with care and lovely smooth creamy milk (and nice art) Flat White (Origin I think) smooth and nicely made. V60 made for me with great care - nice sweet little drop (a Rwandan from North Star)... Worth a drop in if you are nearby - for example if you have just had a stroll round Roundhay Park.....
  16. This cafe does a mean flat white
  17. Jon


    Apparently just north of London there is somewhere called Leeds (I understand it's near Birmingham, Inverness and all that.) Has anyone been there, and does anyone who has, know of anywhere good for coffee - perhaps near the train station - please? (I just Googled and Mrs Atha's rings a bell from an old Has Bean video?) Thanks!
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