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  1. Hello to all you fine coffee lovers and Merry Christmas what's left of it. Simply put I have been lurking on this forum for far too long dipping in and out of posts when I had 5 minutes spare or to try and find the reason behind my poor shot pulling abilities its a rocky road which many find themselves giving up and going the easy route, not for me I take the difficult route every time maybe for all the wrong reasons at times but anyway thats me and my little opener. Thanks to you all for your help that I have not yet thanked in my lurking days, I am here now to make amends
  2. Hi all, so a little background to me joining here and apologies for such a long post - feel free to ignore it. I've lurked for a few months now and finally felt it was time to pull the trigger and join. I've been a long time (good) coffee lover and it seems each day I get taken further down the rabbit hole and now it's snowballing! There's so much to learn and its really got me excited. The more I read and learn the more I realise how little I know! I recently did a home barista course at Extract Coffee in Bristol which I would absolutely recommend if you're pretty new to all this - thou
  3. Hello all, I have been researching quite a lot recently about getting anew coffee machine after having enough of spending a fortune on an inconsistentmorning coffee from a coffee shop for the past year! I mainly like a strong flat white in the morning. My wifelikes milky coffees like latte’s and cappuccinos. I am also a fan of anespresso or double espresso (Is that the same as a doppio?) on the odd occasion. My budget is up to £500 and I am thinking ease of use willbe a big factor in my long term compliance to make the most out of the machine! I popped into John Lewis and had a loo
  4. Hey, I've come to explore the world of good home prepared coffee. I used to have a Delonghi Bean to Cup (Please don't judge me too much). However I've seen sense and got rid so I could purchase a Barista Touch. First impressions are good, however it looks like I've got a lot to learn before I'll get a really decent coffee from the machine. The milk however is in a different league to the Delonghi and given that most of my drinks are milk based means this will get a lot of use. So little effort to get fantastic milk! Anyway, look forward to learning about what is rapidly bec
  5. Hi folks, New to the forum and looking for some advice. Basically spent months researching and frankly dreaming about a new machine set up for the home. I'm interested in coffee and passionate about it - but dont have infinite budget (say roughly £1500). I am not massively interested in dialling in each shot each time to perfection - mainly just producing quality espresso consistently at home for double espresso, machiatto etc. With this in mind I have originally been looking at the Rocket Appartemento which looks great but the guys at bella barista have put me onto the E
  6. Hello fellow coffee addicts, My first post on here. Ive spent the last couple of weeks exploring the forum for as much info as I can possibly gather and thought I should probably sign up and introduce myself! I've been a Nespresso user for the last 4 years or so (mainly due to convenience), and I'm yearning for more control over my coffee. I have a feeling I have opened up a can of worms with this coffee malarkey. Im an obsessive, perfectionist by nature. Combined with a love of good coffee, I sense this will become both time consuming and expensive! I wonder if anyon
  7. I have to laugh - I realised in the middle of the night I have been using the wrong basket (pressurised) in my new Gaggia Classic for 2 weeks - no wonder it wasn't quite what I thought All that tamping and weighing... I should have realised immediately, I took the spout off the portafilter and the coffee was coming out in a tiny stream - not a chance of a tiger stripe!! Anyway I mention it for the illumination of any others in my position and a little weekend humour for the veterans All the best J
  8. A couple of weeks ago my Krups Novo 2300 died on me. I know its not the machine of choice, but when I got it 18 years ago I was very happy with it as a huge step up from just having a cafetiere and who fanatasied about being able to have a tasty espresso at home! After a very short period of research, a 2nd hand Gaggic Classic seemed a decent bet, and when one turned up on Ebay in my locality and including a MM grinder too I was keen to buy and now have it sitting in my kitchen. I've been using it for a week or so and (for me) am perfectly happy with what I'm getting out of it at the mo
  9. Don't boo or hiss, Christmas isn't far away, I want to get some friends into coffee. What's the best complete setup for under £100? Must have's Be new Include good "easy to dial in" newbie friendly beans Have everything someone would need to make a decent cup Be easy to use, easy to setup, and easy to get good results from Not have a steep challenging learning curve Assume's they will use a standard kitchen kettle and they have their own cups! Ideally this needs to look nice on the table so I'm ruling out an aeropress even though I own one and they're great
  10. After chancing upon this article exalting the merits of a new cold brewing contraption, I started wondering about this relatively new (for me, at least) cold brewing phenomenon. Of course, I have seen it mentioned a few times in forums / on the web, but - other than the fact that it is presumably based on brewing coffee at colder temperatures - I know nothing about it. Would anyone care to explain the process of cold brewing, and/or share some resources to learn more about it? Why are so many coffee aficionados raving about it? I've never seen cold brews at coffee shops (perhaps I just h
  11. Hi all! Just registered for some advice on a grinder to go with my Gaggia Classic - just posted in the grinder forum so hopefully you lovely people will be able to advise! Took an interest in espresso a few years ago and love it! Having made do with pre-ground I now want to grind my own! I really don't know much about coffee so probably won't be overly useful to have around but it's always fun to browse! Thanks!
  12. Is there much difference between the two? Pros and cons please? Also when are you better off using the single over double basket? Newbie advice!
  13. Hello all I need your wisdom! I've had a De'longhi (icona) espresso machine for just over a year. It has now packed up and will cost more to repair than it's worth. I used it about 5 times a day and when everything went well it could make a good espresso. However it was temperamental, would intermittently leak at the seal between the portafilter and machine and would only rarely stay at full temperature for the time it took to make an espresso (usually needed 2 or 3 start/stops per drink). It already had to be replaced under warranty after about 5 months. So now i'm in the marke
  14. Hi there coffee people, Found you when Googling a Fracino Piccino ~ and yes you had comments and feedback and yes I've bought one ~ so thanks. I was looking at an Iberital all-in-one machine but nobody knows about them and they're certainly not built in B'ham! It isn't the best maker in the world, but i had to be sensible for two Espressos a day !!! I've been using a Brika stove top with black label Lavazza, so we're moving up. So I love good coffee; I play the double bass in a 1950s Rock'n'Roll/Rockabilly band; mess with Apple computers, design websites and create iBooks and generally
  15. I'm looking for recommendations. What I mean by the title is, something that is forgiving to a newbie like myself with exceptionally poor technique but at the same time offers easily discernible flavours etc. Whilst I'm trying to improve my technique with every shot, I'm also trying to improve my palate in order to try and recognise all the different flavours. A bean which requires the perfect shot in order to release subtle flavours isn't much use to someone who is probably never going to achieve said perfect shot. My first thoughts was something like HasBean's InMyMug, but wo
  16. Hi all, another Newbie to the forum here. One reason is to sell my mini mazzer e, having just got my hands on a lovely new HG one grinder. Unfortunately looks like I have to post 5 comments before I'm allowed to start a new for sale post Once the mazzer is gone, its in with the Londinium and out with the Andreja premium. Oh happy times.....Kevin.
  17. Fell in love with espresso on my year abroad in France. Ordered 'un cafe' expecting a milky thing and got a proper espresso, never looked back since! Been using moka pot for years and just got an aeropress for work. Now for the real thing, starting with a Gaggia Classic I hope. Got a Hario mini mill to see me through the first few months whilst I do some budgeting, then will uprgrade to Eureka Mignon.
  18. Would a bottomless PF be considered a sensible purchase for a totally newbie, or should I spend a couple of months getting to grips with the other aspects of good espresso first? My s/h Classic should arrive next week, and in prep I've got a couple of sachets of descaler, a tub of Puly Caff to backflush, a blind basket and a group gasket to make sure the machine is clean and fresh. I'll then check the OPV and adjust as needed. I've also got a 17g vst to try out and I know I'll have to get the grind right on a fresh bag of beans from Rave. So, thoughts on a naked PF as my last s
  19. Hi all, new to the forum and wanted to make the usual introductions! As my partner Grimbonick has already posted, I've currently got a FrancisFrancis x1 and an MC2 to play with. Having a lot of fun trying for that perfect shot and slowly but surely improving my steaming skills! The coffee corner of the kitchen is the most frequented part of our house now! We live in Birmingham and we're enjoying exploring all the great coffee places available to us, Six Eight Kafé is a personal fave.
  20. Just saying hello as a newbie from "sunny" Glasgow. Taking my first tentative steps on the road to real coffee with an aeropress. Now hoping to grind at home. I will probably start with a hand grinder (but sorely tempted by an electric grinder in the for sale section which might be overkill. Impressed by the number of decent coffee place that have now sprung up in Glasgow. Haven't bitten the bullet yet and bought any of their freshly roasted beans yet. Any recommendations welcome.
  21. Been lurking for a few years now reading and learning - there is so much knowledge to consume! But having been opened to the world of coffee by a roasters in Brighton, I'm starting to get a better taste for a good and bad coffee. I first bought a Rocky grinder whilst playing around with an aero press, but I've had a Gaggia classic for a year or so now, and I've really enjoyed playing around with making espressos. Some days an amazing espresso comes out of nowhere. But overall they seem, to me at least, to be better that an espresso from a non-specialist cafe. I'm at a point now though where
  22. Jomider


    Hi All, After many years dodging coffee for whatever reason - I have enjoyed the odd macchiato and flat white over the years, I have now come across to the other side and am loving coffee - hence joining the forum. slightly obsessional now about the perfect crema and how to froth milk well enough to create sworls and vortices.. great to join J
  23. Hiya, i had a delonghi ec680 for the past few years until it die a quick death. I got a gaggia classic 2012 secondhand this week and am enjoying playing although I feel like I know nothing! I have to admit I was surprised at the difference between the delonghi and the gaggia, the delonghi was definitely easier to use although I can see in the long run the gaggia will make a better coffee. have a good weekend.
  24. Hi All, So there's just two more days until I pick up my Gaggia Classic! I'll be buying the Classic from a member on this forum who ironically also purchased it themselves from a well established member "GerryM" who appears to have done an amazing job on the Classic already installing Mr Shades PID, 10 Bar OPV adjustment, Silvia Wand and more. The original For Sale can be found here: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?38599-Gaggia-Classic-with-Mr-Shades-PID-OPV-and-Silvia-wand-Mod-%A3210-collection-Coventry After having a good read on the CoffeeForum and watching videos
  25. I'm a newbie to the forum but have been enjoying the knowledge and banter for a while! I currently don't own a machine, and brew at home with an Aeropress (with an E&B lab 35 metal filter), a Bialetti and a Kamira, along with a Dualit milk frother. I'm hoping to find a used machine and grinder to start getting some practise on, and maybe incrementally upgrade as my skill (and apartment size) increase. I currently use Pact, but I'm hoping to get more variety in my beans when I procure a grinder!
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