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  1. Waiting on the doorstep for me was a well packaged item containing a cylindrical box a mere 68mm tall Nestled inside the honeycomb cardboard and bubble wrap inside the tube is a Londinium Button Tamper With a 58.40mm base the Londinium Button Tamper fits VST baskets Pictured here nestled into a VST 15g basket in a Nuova Ricambi Portafilter I will be putting this through it's paces over the next few days You get a remarkable amount of feel with this low profile tamper, which is easy to level and deliver an even amount of pressure to condense the puck I'm looking forward to making tomorrow morning's espresso
  2. Last Saturday over 30 Coffee Forums UK members visited Bella Barista for an assault on the senses and the chance to get hands on with high-end coffee machines of both pump and lever varieties. Machines on their own are nice to look at but you need beans to really let them shine. 4 UK coffee roasters stepped forward to supply beans for both general use and cupping activities on the day. Please support these roasters as they generously donated coffee for the event and as take home bags. Coffee Circle James from Coffee Circle supplied 2 lovely lots of beans; Barnraiser Espresso (the remainder of the bag is in my grinder hopper...) - a blend of 50% El Salvador Finca Bosque Lya washed red bourbon, 25% Rwanda Shara washed red bourbon and 25% Brazilian Pantano pulped natural, yellow bourbon - this is a brilliant coffee , best enjoyed with a splash of milk and Chateau 76 - Rwandan Gisuma Red Bourbon James works at Coffee Fix in Gatley several days a week. Please pop in and say hi - and buy a few bags of beans if you get the chance. Coffee Compass Richard from Coffee Compass supplied 3 types of beans; Brighton Lanes - Espresso Coffee Beans Panama - Cafe de eleta Colombia This was the first time I tried Coffee Compass beans and I was impressed with the espresso blend, delivering beautiful pours through the Quickmill Verona, Rocket R58 and the Alex Duetto MkIV. I didn't get a chance to use these beans on the ECM and Alex Duetto II. Coffee Compass are coming onboard as a Forum Sponsor in the next few days so please keep an eye out for their banner and click through to purchase. At present their webstore is undergoing maintenance and a link will be placed when back online. Rave Coffee Rob from Rave supplied an Espresso and Filter bean Espresso - Colombian Villa Esperanza - fully washed and sundried caturra with stone fruit notes of peaches and apricots, with lemons and buttery notes too Filter - Kenya (if I recall correctly) Both performed exceptionally well and the Kenyan was a standout on the cupping table I would like to extend my thanks to Rob for supplying such a large quantity of beans and supporting Coffee Forums UK Londinium Espresso Reiss sent along some beans for use on the L1 (Londinium I spring lever espresso machine) I didn't get a chance to taste these but the ooh's and aah's coming from the lever corner can only mean one thing - another knockout roast Don't forget to check out the new Londinium website
  3. Londinium have designed this new lever machine and are making it in the UK. Looks like a killer... http://londiniumespresso.com/blogs/londinium-espresso-blog
  4. I have placed an order for a filter Coffee machine and have been given a 15% off voucher to send to Coffee loving friends. If you were to buy through the following link, I would get a 15% rebate on my order, and you would get 15% off your own purchase. The link is here: http://curebit.com/o/d/IuRgW (I do hope that this is allowed ). You need to order by Wednesday evening. I just thought I would post it on the off chance Thanks Steve
  5. Hey everyone, I'm new here I'm a 5th year medical student in London, I work long shifts and spend a fortune on decent coffee. I've been reading all the very informative posts on this forum, and it seems that the process of making good coffee at home is more complex than I imagined. And more expensive! I haven't seen anyone mention stove-top espresso machines. Does anyone use these? Why or why not? How do they compare to the expensive machines?
  6. Best known for their beans, but small selection of nice equipment. Used in 2009 and had no problems with the order.
  7. coffee_forums: Stop by and read our review of the Bacchi stove top espresso machine http://tinyurl.com/2v6mn7j with photos from @coffeephoto More...
  8. You can view the page at http://coffeeforums.co.uk/content.php?134-Bacchi-Stove-Top-Espresso-Machine
  9. We would like to offer all members the opportunity to try http://LondiniumEspresso.com Order any 2 coffees then drop us an email quoting your username & request your free coffee (up to the value of the most expensive of the 2 coffees you ordered) In these straitened economic times you can enjoy some of the world's finest coffee for as little as 33p a cup (£5 for 250g gives 15 double shot (16g) drinks = 33p/cup). Now even less with our 342 offer. Kind regards http://LondiniumEspresso.com
  10. For anyone who's seen my other thread on what grinder to get, you will know come Dec 25th I will be the proud owner of a shiny new grinder of some shape or description (Still undecided, lol!) Anyway, I've discovered my wife has already purchased me some beans to go with it. I saw a tin of Illy and a very large packet of Starbucks that I think she bought from Costco (bless her!) obviously I will use these to practice with but I really want to try some freshly roasted stuff so nearer the time I'm planning on ordering some beans. I've already seen the thread on suppliers but as I am a complete novice I wanted to increase my chances of getting something I liked. What I wanted to know is this... Are there any beans that are popular with most if not everyone on here? Something you'd serve up to friends that's not an acquired taste. As usual thanks for any help you can offer.
  11. hi all, I could really do with some advice, as i have spent far too much time this week looking at various model/make of espresso machine it's become an obsession!! It all started when i suggested to the wife that that we could save some money on buying high street slop by purchasing our very own machine, so there i set off and started looking at machines at around the £100 mark. Well it didn't take long and now i am up to £250, but thats my absolute limit especially as it will only be used to do 2-4 cups of espresso per day. Part of the problem is that I have spent too much time all over the web that my judement has become clouded and i cannot decide what would suit our needs better. thankfully I have it down to two either the Classic or the ARC. I haven't seen too many reviews of the ARC, whereas the Classic seems very popular with just about everyone. As i see it, the main differences between the two are that the ARC has a brass boiler and the Classic an aluminuim boiler, with the later being made in italy and the former made in Spain. Am I missing anything other than that can someone please tell me? I must confess that i am very tempted with the Ascaso(will get a 2yr warranty), but I could really do with some help understanding which machine will give me the better shot, which would be easier to use, that type of thing? sorry i should add that i like espresso, but it will also be used to make lots of latte's also. thanks in advance rowly
  12. Hi, just joined the forum. I'm new to brewing "proper" coffee but have been doing some research over the last few days. I have ordered an MC2 auto grinder. I'm looking for a nearly new Gaggia classic from ebay to start with. I would love a Rancilio Silvia but £300 is my limit for a machine- unless anyone knows of a retailer doing them for £300. My main question is which coffee beans do I buy? I would like to start with espresso and then on to cappucinos etc. I take it I order roasted whole beans? Ollie
  13. I'd just like to introduce myself as is customary... I'm 29, married and always loved my coffee and been labelled a snob by many of my friends and family! Have been using a french press for many years before finally shelling out for an espresso machine and grinder. I use both and now it's leading up to christmas like to make the odd eggnog latte too (tend to use cheap espresso for these though!) I've started to buy my coffee from Londinium espresso and am so happy with their service and quality that I shall definitely be using them again. Anyway, I've noticed this is a great forum with many helpful people and I look forward to contributing! Cheers Geoff
  14. I've been fortunate to play with this coffee on both a commercial machine and through 2 different types of home espresso machines and have managed to achieve similar results each time. A whiff of almonds on the nose and touch of caramel as the shot makes its way across the tongue - think nutty sweetness, with very low acidity and lingering aftertaste (when extracted as a ristretto) This coffee cuts through full fat milk surprisingly well but is a little lost in soy. On each occasion I have had 7-14 day old coffee so it was in its prime. Nicely roasted, a fraction darker than some Costa Ricans I have had, but this does not detract from the finish. If you're looking for a single origin that does what it says on the bag then this coffee is one to consider. Order from Londinium Espresso online I found there was a decent level of crema in each shot, great of you're looking to practise your latte art...
  15. From recommendations on this site and Home Barista amongst others I got interested in Londinium Espresso for their beans and also because I found out that Reiss ("Mr Londinium") is a lever machine fan and - no less important - has now become the UK distributor for Olympia Cremina lever machines (as well as their grinder and Maximatic heat exchanger pump machine). Having been very impressed with Londinium's roasting, which is not only nice and light - letting more of the character of the bean and where it's grown to come through - but also very consistent, I agreed to have a demo of the Cremina. This was after years of being rather sceptical about why a lever machine should cost so much. Don't mistake me, I was already a big lever fan, loving not only the quality of the espresso these machines can produce if you have a decent burr grinder, but their silence compared to pump machines and - more importantly - their longevity and reliability, with no pumps, solenoid valves and all the other stuff to go wrong, as they inevitably do (no domestic pump machine has ever lasted me more than a couple of years between major repairs/replacements). Now Reiss is very devoted to these Olympia machines and gives great service. He will demo them in London and if you buy one he will insist on delivering it personally anywhere in the country, ensuring it is set up properly (the pressurestat setting can go off during bumpy journeys) and teach you how to use it properly. Anyone who has a lever machine will tell you there is a learning curve before you start getting great coffee, and much of this is getting the right feel - for the grind, for tamping and for actually pulling the lever. Having an expert there to pull a series of shots with you can ensure you're soon happily up and running, which is what Londinium want. That said, here's my experience of the new Creminas: they are MUCH better made than even the Elektra lever machines, and considerably better than the Pavonis and Ponte Vecchios. They are also more precise. For example, though they now use a Mater pressurestat to keep the brew temperature just right, which is the same make as the Elektra and Ponte Vecchio, the model they choose is twice as accurate, cycling between 0.7 and 0.8 bar. What's more, the design of the boiler and grouphead on the new Creminas means you can leave them on all day and they won't overheat. Try that with a La Pavoni! Very convenient for an office machine. The Cremina is also easier to use than most lever machines because - being a manual lever - it is more forgiving of a tight grind than say a spring-operated Elektra or Ponte Vecchio, which will just choke if you take things a little too fine. At the same time, because it is so much better made than the Pavoni, Zacconi, Caravel and others it is both easier to maintain a constant pressure throughout the shot and easier to gauge what is going on because the feedback is superb. The result is that you get very sweet, full-bodied shots with voluminous, persistent crema. No less important, you get a level of consistency that I personally have never encountered in any domestic machine and that you would be hard-pushed to exceed in many commercial machines as well. In short, I'm very impressed with my new purchase. Yes, it is a very expensive machine, but it will last a lifetime with minimal servicing, give great satisfaction and great coffee from a minimal footprint. The only cavet I'd add is that if you like fruity single origins you may prefer the Elektra Microcasa a Leva, which produces thinner shots with less body and cream, but amazing mouthfeel and incredibly layered flavours. I couldn't choose between the two machines and have both. But you can't really leave the Elektra on all day... On the other hand you may feel it looks dead sexy compared to the more functional Cremina - or you may feel it looks like a kitsch icon.... people tend to be divided on that one, or of course find the Elektra a beautiful kitsch icon.... If you're a "leverhead" and have ever wondered what all the fuss was about regarding the Cremina, give Reiss at Londinium Espresso a shout. The Cremina deserves its Rolls Royce reputation and the new models with various refinements introduced in 2008 are even better. No less important you get great personal service from Reiss and the Londinium team (which is a lot more than can be said for certain Pavoni resellers). It's good that Olympia machines are available in the UK again and particularly from such a great distributor. If anyone has any questions about the new machines, don't hesitate to fire away. Cheers Mike
  16. Does anyone know of a roaster anywhere in the West Midlands? Or failing that someone who'll supply mail order 1kg of beans without charging an arm and a leg?
  17. It's not often that you hear of a 100% Robusta Single Origin being fit to drink as an espresso. Robusta (Coffea canephora) beans are usually added to Arabica (Coffea arabica) beans to form a blend, raising the caffeine content and in some cases keeping the price of the blend low (as Robusta coffee is easier to grow and the price at market often reflects this). Robusta beans by their very nature are (usually) slightly more bitter. However, that said, Reiss from Londinium Espresso has done a sterling job of roasting this single estate offering in such a way that it exudes sweetness (for a Robusta) and makes it drinkable as an espresso. With a hint of caramel, the main attributes are (Brazil or Hazel)nuts on the palate and on the nose. Easily cutting through the milk, these beans worked well as the base for a latte, with the sweetness of the milk enhancing the sweeter flavours, but delivering a hit in the process. The difference in caffeine content between these beans and Arabica beans was noticeable, so I had to limit myself to an espresso, and a latte (as I have more beans to taste this afternoon) Dialling this coffee in took a little more care than usual. The grind had to be set quite fine and the tamp very firm. The beans seemed bigger than usual too. If you have not tried a 100% Robusta before then this coffee is a must try, and can be purchased from Londinium Espresso's website
  18. This week I had the pleasure of being one of the first people in the world to see and touch the LONDINIUM I spring lever espresso machine. Taking a trip to Londinium Espresso's roastery with camera in hand I wasn't sure what to expect. I had been following the Londinium Espresso Blog with interest and there was a growing amount of chatter on Twitter & other coffee forums around the world too, but nothing prepared me for seeing it in person. The LONDINIUM I has been designed from the ground up. The aim was to create the world’s first commercial spring lever espresso machine designed especially for the home. Seeking to use the best parts available, the LONDINIUM I has the same group as some Kees van der Westen lever espresso machines. The hot water dispenser has a lovely spray nozzle, and the knobs have been seated flush (no threads showing unlike some machines I have come across). The internals of the machine are easily accessible - and can even be viewed behind the tempered glass on the Luxe model. Visually the machine looks the part, sporting highly polished stainless surfaces and all sharp edges have been deburred - which your hands will appreciate. After taking photos of the machine I was offered the chance to put a LONDINIUM I through its paces - in my kitchen!. I have always had a soft spot for lever machines and relish every opportunity to pull shots on them, so naturally I jumped at the chance. My first hands-on experience with the LONDINIUM I has been amazing and this weekend I have enjoyed some of the best espresso I've had all year. Reiss at Londinium Espresso gave me good instructions on how to to prime the machine and walked me through what to expect when I first switched it on, as well as what boiler pressure readings to expect. Installation was a breeze - truly plug and play. I filled the reservoir (I have a manual fill version - although a plumbed in version is available) with Volvic mineral water - my standard go-to water when evaluating a machine (and also used in preference to the hard water where I live) and attached the portafilter. With such a small footprint and no ballast in the machine to weigh it down, any worries that I had that the machine might tip forward (as some lever machines feel they they will) went away the minute I pulled the lever forward. The spring lever has a lovely action and the machine feels nicely weighted, staying flat on the bench at all times. I had read questions online about flex in the body, based on other machines produced in the factory where the LONDINIUM I was assembled. That doesn't seem to be an issue with the machine which I've been using this machine all week and haven't noticed any flexing at all (even with a fairly hefty pull - which isn't needed due to this group) There are 2 short videos which backs this up; Inserting a portafilter Inserting a portafilter Pulling on the lever Pulling on the lever Cooling flushes are a thing of the past with the LONDINIUM I. I've been measuring extraction temperatures with a Fluke and k-type probe through the base of the portafilter. Pre-extraction the water was exiting at 93c. Measuring again before the next shot, the temperature was again 93c. Coming back to the machine an hour later, the water was still 93c (all +/- 0.5) but near enough consistent. Occasionally during the hour you could hear the boiler kick in, but it's a quiet machine on the whole. Even the pump isn't too noisy and only comes on in short bursts when required. I have pulled back to back shots (3 doubles in a row) and not noticed any difference in taste (all were weighed at 16.7g from the same beans) and will be pulling more later in the week to put it through a dinner party routine. However, making 4 flat whites last night was a breeze and felt quick too. The steam pressure is powerful, and 290 mls of 4% milk steamed from 4c to 65c in 16 seconds. I used TempTags calibrated to 65c when timing this and confirmed using the Fluke as well. The milk was textured nicely and the LONDINIUM I comes with a 4 hole steam tip as standard. This evening I have been comparing extractions (*for taste and aroma only) of different coffees on the LONDINIUM I and a Gaggia Classic - using a Mahlkonig Vario grinder to grind the beans from a number of different roasters. I've used less coffee on the LONDINIUM I than the Gaggia Classic and have found it likes a finer grind too. The flavours are noticeably better on the lever machine than the Gaggia and overall you feel in more control. The pucks are also knocking out nicely. I've broken apart a couple and they are evenly extracted. I know the 2 machines are not similar, but that's the beauty of this side-by-side test. It makes you appreciate the LONDINIUM I and the control it gives you, along with the consistency. I'd love to check my extractions with a bottomless portafilter but can't fault them using the standard double one supplied with the machine. Over the next week or so I will post more thoughts and reflections, but right now I'm off to pull another shot. Please post any questions here and I will do my best to answer them. For further information please read the LONDINIUM I Press Release and visit the londiniumespresso.com website
  19. im totally new to owning an espresso machine, but within a month of ownership its become very obvious a grinder is a must have now at the moment im paying off some debts, so i cant splash out, ill just have to keep using pre ground until April 5th, the day when all my xmas' come at once and im finally debt free for the first time in about 10 years, to celebrate this moment ive always said id treat myself to something, and as me and the mrs are yet to move in together, a big plasma tv isnt on the cards but a nice grinder fits the bill at first i was going to get a hand grinder, but in reality it would have been too much effort for me to stick with, though at most i make 2 doubles per day, usually 1, sometimes none, so im not a heavy user, electric is the only way to go id settled on an MC2 but that was because it wasnt crazy money and i see a lot of people seem to use them, i know very very little about grinders, being new to all this, however, ive got £100 stuffed away from xmas money and selling a few things, so in reality an MC2 is only costing me £40-£50 and that isnt really celebrating my lack of debt, what im wondering is, as a newb, would i benefit from something like a Mahlkonig Vario ? its a lot of money, way more than i want to spend, but if its a solid product, is reliable, its something i can take with me when we move in together, and its unlikely ill be able to afford something of that price for some time as ill be saving for a house, would i notice the difference between an MC2 and the Mahlkonig Vario ? is it total overkill for someone like me ?
  20. What are you all planning on starting 2012 with? Mine is going to be the El Salvador Finca San Jose Red Bourbon, it is my favourite bean so seems right to start the new year with it
  21. Lovely bright sunny day up here in the North-East, and I'm starting off with an espresso from Hasbean's 2010 Premium Blend. I roasted these on Thursday, going a little bit darker than I normally would, and it seems to have suited the blend well. A subtle sweetness to the aftertaste. What's everyone else drinking?
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