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  1. Consistently excellent service.Sound and impartial advice given freely. Claudette has always answered all my questions with patience and understanding, and enabled me to make informed choices about purchases. Always delivered on time and as promised. Despite a large volume of business being the supply of high-end machines, she has always made time to advise on items costing a few pounds. And if you do end up buying a machine from BB, you can be sure that it will have been tested before delivery, and amazingly well packed.
  2. Needs no introduction to regulars on this site. Steve's approach sets a benchmark for customer service. Rapid response to E Mails (does he never sleep?) consistent quality of products and delivery as promised. Typical of Steve's approach was when my Behmor roaster broke down, he shipped out a new one before I had sent the broken one back to him.
  3. http://paisleycoffee.blogspot.com Visit here to read about some of the coffee shops in Paisley, Scotland !
  4. Let's be quite clear about this. This coffee is not for everyone so if you are a third wave poof who faps over apple and cinammon, leave now. This coffee is not for you. This is a coffee for men. This coffee is not for people who worship at the altar of the Ginger God, those who arrange their sacred Red Bags in their Shrines to show their devotion to Coffees of Mediocre flavour. Don't drink this coffee and expect to recognise any tastes on your poncy coffee 'flavour wheels'. This stuff transcends attempts at description. Why? Because it doesn't need to. It doesn't need to be described in terms of other things because it tastes of what it should taste of. ****ing coffee. Drinking Compass Coffee Hill and Valley is like being kicked hard in the balls, but then being given an immediate soothing massage as you come to, after actually having drunk a coffee that tastes of something. I'm too scared to try this as espresso. I'll wait until I've grown a beard. And not an effete Hipster chinny one but a proper tramp beard that is the outward manifestation of virility and a refusal to told what to do by people with annoying midlands accents. Try this coffee as a flat white. Its indescribably good. The closest thing that can get to it is sucking on a Hookah pipe with one corner of your mouth, whilst simultaneously using the remaining corner of your mouth to suck in the sweetest and most satisfying of Mummy's breast milk. Try this if you dare, but if you are scared you might actually taste something, be warned and stay away.
  5. Hi all I am looking to learn more about the Fracino cherub and for the life of me I didn’t managed to find any proper reviens. Could someone kindly point me in the right direction ? Many thanks Claude
  6. Finally Plymouth has somewhere to get a decent coffee - The Jacka Bakery on the Barbican. This is one of the oldest bakery's in Plymouth but has been recently taken over by a family doing decent quality 'artisinal' bread (The sour-dough with spelt is amazing) and origin coffee. The shop has: - Origin seasonal blend from a Mythos clima pro - rotating Origin single origin (so far I've had the ethiopian and kenyan, both sweet not sour), again from a mythos clima pro - La Marzocco linea PB The barista and head baker do a decent job on their extractions and latte art, usually sticking with Origins suggested recipes rather than experimenting too much. I can't see them using anything other than Origin as it's part of the lease deal on the gear. http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-s-famous-Jacka-bakery-bought-family/story-26533658-detail/story.html Also a Boston tea party has recently opened serving decent quality coffee from Extract not far away from Jacka, it's not as good but it's still miles better than what we had a year ago.
  7. Good evening everyone, Here is a short review of my The "Eureka Zenith Club E" that I recently purchased by a retailer based in Italy, apparently well known on this forum and other German and French ones where I’m registered as well: Gianni from Elektros.it I’ve got to say, I’m a newbie in Espresso making, so I had no real experience to compare it with other grinders. All I found on the Internet, was a single review here claiming it with a performing equally with a Mazzer Super Jolly Electronic. I’ve got my parcel home 2 days after the purchase, that was pretty fast. My, first impression after unboxing: This is big, massive, I didn’t really expect, it weights, it’s heavy (23 pounds), well stable. The body is well built, it’s in aluminium, available in black or grey colors, no chrom version. The paint work is awesome; it’s a very soft black surface that doesn’t keep any finger traces. The grind is not sticking at all, this is such easy to wipe it off. It’s 56cm tall, bear in mind to measure the height of your furnitures in the kitchen depending where you plan to set it, otherwise you might want to swap the hopper instead. The cover of the electronic display is made of plastic, just like the plate you put in front of the grinder. The manual is in Italian and English. I pretty much appreciated that all major functions were such intuitive. One key for a single dose, one for double dose, (+) and (-) to adjust the timer. Some key combination to switch off the timer, an electronic dose counter, buttons lock. That’s it. I put some beans in the hopper, put a portafilter, and there, the first good surprise, is that it stands on its own. It’s not only a fork where to put the portafilter, but a hook as well to keep it standing without need of holding it yourself. The second good surprise, this is the low volume. I do not have that many comparisons beside videos I saw on Internet, where I was considering the Eureka Mignon and the Macap M4D as well. I’ve got the “relative feeling” that the Eureka Zenith Club was slightly quieter in use. The burrs are 60mm, they are adjusted with a wheel of good size that provide an excellent feeling and that is very precise: if I turn the wheel just one half grade, I’ll see a difference during the extraction. By the way, when comparing with the Macap M4D I was considering, I have to confess this tuning wheel on the side appeared more comfortable than the burrs tunings of the Macap located in the back of the grinder. There is a LED to light up the portafilter, this detail provides a great control on the finest of the grind. The hopper has a slider to close of the distribution and allow removal. It’s very clean to use: in single dose, everything falls into the PF, in double dose, there is a few grind falling over, but it’s not really significant, and it falls in the plate anyway. Clumping : I read pretty much about this topic, saw videos, and with the beans I have used, and with a fine grind, I haven’t noticed anything. The fork holding the PF is adjustable, just like the chute as well. Imagine you want to grind some coffee for a filter coffee or a French press, just lift up the chute and you can fill a different receptacle. Retention: very little, with such a chute, the grind has no surface to attach to which is pretty enjoyable because I couldn’t figure out using a burst all the time to clean it. To conclude with of all of this, the adjective that describes this grinder the better is its comfort of usage. I'm certainly missing some experience to comment now about the negative sides of this grinder, but here is a summary of the qualities I have appreciated: The stability The body which doesn’t leave any finger traces left The low volume in usage The light on the portafilter The very intuitive commands The PF stand which holds it tightly Remains pretty clean in usage The little retention The tuning wheel, that fits nicely in the hand, and is also easy to fine-tune, very precise The price which make it competitive against the Macap M4D I initially wanted and against a Mazzer Mini, and also way cheaper than a Mazzer SJ if these two models can really be compared just like pretended in the other review mentioned above. The adjustable chute, which allows filling up something else than a PF, because I also have friends who enjoy filter coffee. If you feel like doing a purchase to Elektros.it , and see the product is currently not available, I would highly recommend to drop a mail to Gianni first. Because the stocks of this product is not always live updated on its Internet site: I preordered mine, just like other customers, means after there was only one sample left, that gone sold few days after.
  8. As you may have noticed from other posts of mine on here, I've recently acquired a Gaggia Classic and have been looking for a suitable grinder to pair with it. I'd narrowed it down to two relatively low-cost options, the Sage Smart Grinder (ideally the newer "Pro" BCG820 with dose timer and adjustable upper burr carrier) or a Graef of some description. Both seem to offer similar grind performance from a very similar (around 38mm conical) burr set and what looks like largely similar construction. The Sage is £199, and the list price of the Graef's is between £150 and £250ish, depending on model - BUT they seem to crop up on eBay at bargain prices (unlike the BCG820). So - when faced with a nice chrome Graef CM95 on eBay, with timed on-demand dosing, unused and essentially 'as new' for about half the full retail price, I jumped at the chance and bought it. I've never seen or used a Sage BCG820, so can't comment on it further, but if anyone wants me to (and can supply one) then I'm willing (and would actually quite like) to compare the Graef and Sage further. Anyway, it arrived yesterday and was unpacked and sat next to the Gaggia. It's small and light - certainly compared with any other serious grinder that I've owned, but looks very nice and matches the Gaggia nicely. Obviously, before I did any serious grinding with it I was eager to tear it to pieces and see what was what. The hopper has a good interlock on it, and the gate (to stop the beans coming out) has a nice positve action when you close it - and when it's closed it's properly closed (unlike my K10 Fresh gate, which is crap compared with the rest of the machine). So the hopper rotates and pops off. The grind adjustment collar has 1-25 stepped adjustment settings across a fairly small arc of the rotation (some of the other Graef models offer 40 steps, but it appears that Graef have simply widened the scale so that it goes further "fine" and further "coarse" rather than making the steps any smaller - infact the steps appear to be identical). Once rotated to "fully coarse" you can press the lock-release button at the back and continue to rotate the collar until two arrows (one on the base and one on the collar) are aligned, and at that point the grind adjustment collar complete with upper burrs just pulls straight off. Exposing the lower burr - and allowing the upper burr to be lifted out (using the little handle). Simples. Other Graef models (other than the 90/95 and 800) have a non-adjustable upper burr carrier (much like the Sage Smart Grinder) and you need to shim the lower burr in order to adjust the grind range into the fine espresso / turkish settings. The CM95 (along with the 90 and 800) have an adjustable upper burr carrier - very similar if not identical to the Sage Smart Grinder Pro. This allows for 'macro' adjustment of the grind through rotation of the upper burr carrier, and then micro adjustment with the grind adjustment collar. Note: I tried rotating it a stop or two finer - and got what felt like talc out of the machine, slowly. The standard grind setting for the upper burrs will still go fine enough on the normal collar adjustment to choke the Gaggia Classic. The entire burr set looks very similar, from what I can tell, to the Sage Smart Grinder Pro. More in the next part...
  9. Hi Everyone, I am looking for a bit of assistance if you would be kind enough to spare a few minutes? I recently started a Blog to look at the UK Coffee scene and its culture and to try and be a bit different with my articles by taking to the founders/owners to find out what makes them unique. my first article in this style can be found at: http://beanabout.co.uk/2015/03/10/bogota-coffee-co-milton-keynes/ and the home page at http://beanabout.co.uk I was wondering if you guys would be nice enough to have a read or look over and give me your honest thoughts on what you think with regards to the content, design, direction etc. I appreciate your help Thanks Matt (Mod's I have checked with Glenn and have his approval)
  10. Good afternoon everyone, I am not sure where to post this, so I will try here... I am trying to find bloggers to review cigars on their blog for my company "The Cigar Club". We have some free Cigars to giveaway for review so if anyone is interested, please let me know here. The Cigars available: Alec Bradley Black Market Alec Bradley Prensado La Arome del Caribe - Mi Amor Thanks. Tom The Cigar Club
  11. My first cafe review on here. This is one coffee shop that has been open for ages in my town, but I never actually got round to going in! It is a small independent coffee shop, with adequate seating, quite a few comfy chairs (Me and my Mum sat on the big sofa by the bar!). Open entering, it was a nice atmosphere, quiet, but friendly. The bar area seemed very tidy, milk jugs and steamer nice and clean, coffee machine shining, as were the porta-filters! (I thought I was on to a winner!) a nice selection of coffees to buy, have ground if wanted, and take home, one of the coffees was "Brew of the day!" (which I assume was the coffee they were using this day) We took our seat at the sofa, the barista brought over a menu on a clipboard (At seat service!), coffees were sold as "Single" and "Double" but we were asked what cup we wanted it in. I had a double hazelnut latte in a "large" cup (Same size as the medium cups at Costa) and my mum had a single shot cappuccino in a large cup. I watched the barista make the drinks, all seemed to be going as expected i.e. banging of the milk jug to get rid of soap bubbles, tamping ... She wiped the steam wand, but didn't purge it, oh dear! The latte I had was very nice, coffee was a very nice blend (I'm not good at describing things, but it tasted very smooth!) just right amount of syrup, very thick froth. Loved it. The coffee was so good, my mum who only drinks tea normally (Went off coffee due to extreme caffeine rush once ...) had two of the cappuccinos, and said she'd go back for another! Overall cleanliness was good too, the cafe was clean and tidy, no mess, floors swept, toilet was clean too. I'd definetely reccomend The Store if you're in Rothwell! Forgot to mention, I loved the coffee blend so much, I had some fresh beans ground and brought them home and shall let you know how I get one with them. They taste a little like Costa Coffee.
  12. Eureka Mignon First Impressions (or how to spend a Sunday afternoon wasting a lot of coffee beans and getting as high as a kite on caffeine) I took delivery of my gloss black Eureka Mignon Coffee Grinder last weekend but only today have had a chance to set it up and have a play. The Eureka Mignon is manufactured by Conti Valerio srl in Italy who as far as I can tell mainly manufacture commercial machines and do very little marketing regarding this grinder which is available in the UK from Bella Barista for £260 (and possibly elsewhere). If I might start at the end and say that me and this machine are going to get on just fine hopefully for many years to come! First impressions out of the box. a) The Gloss Black is not very gloss! Bella Barista warned me about this giving me a chance to select another colour if I wished. You might think it is Matt Black until you see the Matt Black! The Orange and Red versions are very vibrant should you feel brave enough. In any case I stayed with the 'gloss' black. I get the impression this is a different finish from previous versions and maybe they just use what they have to hand! b) It is a very solid compact machine and largely well finished, especially for the price, but there are some slightly sharp edges on, say, the PF Fork and the Hopper Tab and the microswitch plate is a little wonky looking but overall nothing to worry about. It looks are an acquired taste but I like it and the heavy build means when you press against the dosing switch for example the machine stands firm. c) The User Guide is not very helpful and applies to the model without the manual/timer switch, but the machine is so easy to use this is not an issue. d) Setting the Timer could be easier (the adjustment is under the machine) but it is pretty much set and forget and I suspect most will use the machine in manual mode (machine keeps dosing as long as you keep the switch pressed with the PF or container) anyway. e) My large Krups PF would not rest on the PF Fork and enable the switch to be activated so I had to dose into a measuring cup. Not an issue. Using the grinder... I started by using some cheap pre-packed beans whilst I practised. I wound the machine to the finest setting and adjusted coarser until the machine actually was able to grind the beans. This resulted in a very fine grind which I expected my machine to choke on. My machine coped and I was left with a nice dry puck but the coffee tasted very sour. I kept winding the machine coarser and the taste improved but was still overall disappointing. I had to wind to a coarse setting that left me with an OK taste and a wet puck. Probably the best compromise. At this point I had run out of the cheap beans and had to use the beans Bella Barista had been kind enough to give me when purchasing the grinder (a nice touch thank you BB) and a bean we had played with at Bella Barista with different grind settings so I could see (taste rather) what I was aiming for. A note on setting the grind on the Eureka. It is incredibly easy and quite fine adjustments can be made but with which it is very easy to see the difference between settings. I am only dialling in for espresso and it might take a couple of complete turns to go between espresso and French Press but it would not be out of the question depending how often you wanted to do so. That said even half a turn of the adjustment wheel was enough for a very noticeably coarser grind so it may be even easier than I am suggested. The numbered wheel makes it very easy to get back to where you were. Back to the BB beans... Using the rather relatively coarse setting I had settled on for the cheap beans I ground some of the BB beans, dosed and tamped. Turned my PF upside down and the coffee promptly fell out! Clearly a finer grind was required for these beans! I was going to have to go through the whole dialling in process again with the new bean! I dialled in one increment finer on the wheel. This time the coffee stayed in the PF and I was left with a slightly wet puck but OMG what a lovely cup of coffee! Proper Beans Means Proper Taste. I could not believe the difference with the first shot even though I have read on here countless times how important it is as well as taste testing at BB. I dialled in finer and got to the point that the taste was erring on sour and then dialled back. Too far back and the taste got a little muddy so I am close to having a sweet spot for these beans. However by this stage, despite only taking small sips, I was getting a bit of a buzz and my taste buds were crying enough. Rather like an amateur wine taster I guess I should not have been drinking quite as much as I was as opposed to just tasting! All the while I had nice dry pucks as well in my preferred range. On a better machine I would also look at extraction times but my ageing Krups did not really change between grinds, instead it let me know based on coffee actually staying in the PF when turned upside down after tamping and on taste, extraction times not really changing much based on grind to my surprise. There was noticeably less crema when the grind was too fine as well though. With the cheaper beans I noticed some clumping but really not an issue. With the BB beans I noticed no clumping but what I thought may be static (beans clinging to the machine around the PF fork) but actually I think this might be down to more oils in the better beans as opposed to the much drier cheaper beans. This was more apparent on a coarser grind setting. Not an issue in either case. I was also delighted with just how quiet the Eureka is and also how little mess there was. This was a big concern and really it got all the coffee in the measuring cup. Even better there was no coffee clinging to the dosing tube (pouring lip as they call it) or in the hopper meaning nothing left going stale in there. This again was something I was expecting and it just did not happen. I can only give this machine a big thumbs up in all those areas I have read negative reviews of other grinders. As I said, me and this machine are going to get on just fine. I would like to heartily recommend it but I am a newbie and do not have a point of reference against other grinders. A main selling point for me is the compact footprint and other more expensive machines I could have afforded would not have fitted in my kitchen. Even as a newbie though the ease of which I was able to adjust and differentiate between different beans and grinds so quickly must speak volumes. This is all the grinder I need for the foreseeable future. Next a new machine. Watch this space. Thanks for reading..
  13. Even though we have a caffeine fuelled weekend ahead of us, I decided to make a coffee this evening from a batch that dropped through my letterbox last week. The chosen coffee was a Daterra Monte Cristo, roasted by Liz and Dean at CoffeeBeanShop in Kent. The roast profile was medium and the beans were not at all oily, but at the same time not dry. This coffee would perform well in either a French Press or as an Espresso and could be enjoyed when you are looking for a smooth sweet pick-me-up. Tonight we made milky drinks and the cocoa taste accentuated the milk, tasting similar to a sweet weak mocha, still with enough oompf to let you know that there was a coffee base beneath the milky layers. View the CoffeeBeanShop tasting notes here I'm tempted to have another...
  14. This post is in response to a request from Glenn about my thoughts on the Ascaso Dream & i mini grinder. I have had the Dream for about 16 months and find it a very good machine, it looks good, heats up quickly and is easy to use and maintain, the only parts I have replaced are the brew head gaskets (from Fairfax) as there was a water leak from the top of the unit. If anyone attempts this job it is quite simple but I would recommend that you get the correct posidrive screwdriver as the screws are very tight and it would be easy to damage the screwheads with the wrong tool. The only bugbear with my machine is that came as a "versatile" machine, which means it favours pods, it comes fitted with a small shower screen so that the water hits the pod better it also comes with pressurised baskets. The upshot of all this means that if using ground coffee you don't get a nice dry puck after brewing but a nasty sludge! However all is not lost I was looking at the Seattle Coffee Gear web site and watched Gail & Kats video review of the Dream, and the sell a modification kit to rectify this. I contacted Fairfax who supply a similar kit for another model but they assure me it will fit the Dream, should arrive tomorrow, when its fitted I will post the result Not much to say about the i mini grinder, it works very well, its stepless, grinds as fine as you require, some people don't like the fact that you have to push the portafilter against the button to operate it, but I find it ok The only thing I would say is it does seem a bit on the noisy side, but as this is my first burr grinder I have nothing to compare it with. Mike
  15. This weekend we have been enjoying coffees made using the mypressi TWIST™, a revolutionary coffee making device that has won a number of awards and received a great deal of attention over the past few months. The review of the first shots we extracted (and our development wish-list) is here and further reviews and photos will follow as we understand the subtleties of this brewing method and experiment further with not only coffee but other culinary ingredients. The images below show the box, contents and the first shot extracted. (click the pics to make them larger) Making a coffee is ridiculously easy and it is pretty easy to achieve a good extraction with relatively little effort. Basic espresso knowledge helps and will enable the end user to create a coffee to their taste. If you like Americano's (aka long blacks) or espresso's then this product will meet your needs right out of the box. For those who like milky drinks a frother and heat source will be required. Whilst a grinder is not a requirement (and ESE pod adaptor and pressurised basket is included) we would recommend following the principles of using freshly ground coffee, at espresso grind settings in the same way as would would when using a normal espresso machine. Access to hot water, and a supply of 8g N20 chargers (the same as those used in cream whippers) is the only requirement. I'll be taking the mypressi TWIST™ on the road so if you have a request to see one in the flesh and enjoy an espresso or americano then send me a message. If you are a frequent traveller (in the UK*), then this device is likely to be if interest to you. The near silent operation of the mypressi TWIST™ means you can also make drinks at your desk (although the boiling of the jug might give the game away..) *N20 cartridges cannot be taken on aircraft as they are pressurised, but are readily available worldwide) Check out the review and please leave your comments
  16. Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Gooseneck-Variable-Stainless-Controller/dp/B075GJJWCN/ref=sr_1_2?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1517314193&sr=1-2&keywords=Doctor+Hetzner Price: £50 For a long time I've planned on purchasing the Stagg EKG. However I had to accept that this won't be available in the UK for a while. This kettle is my temporary fill-in whilst I wait for that. Likes: Overall size. With the controls on the handle, this allows the footprint/base to be smaller than the Bonavita and Brewista variable kettles. This does not sacrifice ergonomics, the handle is fine even with my small hands. Spout. Very controllable, I can get the water to flow in drips. Very impressed and surprised. Dislikes: It beeps. Handy if you walk away and want to know when it's reached your desired temp. Annoying if you are afraid of waking someone (assuming your grinder hasn't done this already!) I'd like it so when I take the kettle off to pour, and then place it back on the stand, it would then automatically re-engage and bring the temperature back up to my set temp. I have to keep turning it back on every time - prompting more beeps. Other notes: No save preset function. No timer. Buttons are a little 'mushy', but I expected this at the price point. Those of you who are particular about that kind of thing might be put off, but it's not the end of the world for me. I don't see them breaking anytime soon. 2 year guarantee. Has a keep warm function that lasts 1hr. Kettle switches off moment you lift it off of the base however. Max capacity 1litre. I believe that both the Bonavita, and the Brewista comparable versions are better. However I saw the opportunity to save a little bit of cash, and opted for this. Since I do plan on upgrading regardless. Do I recommend it? Yes, if beeps, auto shut off, and no timer doesn't bother you. Disclaimer - I was not, and have never been paid or associated with any brand/s. This is my honest opinion. UPDATE: I have noticed once the kettle has been taken off the base, and placed back on. The temperature reading defaults back to 100c. Meaning you can not effectively reheat water quickly between pours, as it won't let you activate the heating element if it thinks its already boiling - Very frustrating! This kettle is therefore suitable for one-pour methods, or Tea drinkers.
  17. Hi all, I have been offered an MC2 Doser very cheap (£40). Reading around I think I'd prefer the auto version but I can't really turn it away at the price and funds are tight. These seem like popular models so I was wondering if anyone with one could give me a few of the pros and cons of the doser model - specifically in comparison to the manual? To get an idea of use it would be paired with a Gaggia Classic. It would be 'working' for two people and 90% of the time we drink espresso based drinks rather than filter. Thanks again for any info!
  18. I have had this grinder for a while, and I'll start by saying I don't have anything to compare it to hand grinder wise, so this is just my experience of it rather than an exhaustive review on how good it is in comparison to the market. Its safe to say the Hario Mini Mill is one of the cheapest hand grinders you can buy, bar a few unknown brands. Mine cost me £17 delivered to my door at the time which is dead cheap when a Porlex will set you back around £30. Cheap, however, I think for a good reason. The grind consistency is really very poor. Again this is just in comparison to Mazzer SJ I use at home, but the difference in the size of the grinds it produces is huge: (Click to make bigger) The above was with a particularly tough bean, I had to put some real welly into it to grind it, and this is where it is at its worst, it fares slightly better with darker/more brittle roasts. This has to be largely down to the somewhat loose floating bottom burr: [video=youtube_share;BIyWfbJHGhs] Which just has a huge amount of give in it, I can see exactly why a tough chunky piece could get through one side whilst smaller pieces grind up on the other. Grinding fresh coffee in this will be better than buying pre-ground, but if you care enough about the flavor of the coffee to be buying fresh in the first place, it probably pays to save a bit and buy a more respected hand grinder.
  19. Many delighted owners have received their LONDINIUM I spring lever espresso machines and have been using them for the last month or so. The following link is to the original review and discussion: http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?7632-LONDINIUM-I-spring-lever-espresso-machine
  20. Hello all, Been a member here for around 1.5 years, began roasting nearly 3 years ago. Opened the Smokey Barn roastery in early 2011 and I'm now looking to promote our beans! I'm keen to get some feedback from the general forum on some of our coffees. So if you would like a small selection of free coffee, please drop me a PM with your name & address and I'll get some sent out to you. All I ask in return is that you provide some feedback. I'll probably limit this to around 5-10 people. Many thanks! Chris
  21. Over the next fortnight I will be reviewing 4 different coffees roasted by Reiss and the team at Londonium Espresso, a micro-roaster that has been hitting my radar lately. Some of you may be familiar with Londinium Espresso, but by the end of the 2 weeks I hope to have learned and shared more about them with you so that we all know a bit more about them. Whilst collecting a coffee machine from Si (pubdoggy) he mentioned Londondinium in reference to supplying a local cafe that produced decent coffee, so it will be good to see what is behind the gold packaging. Watch this space!
  22. Indian Bibi Plantation & El Salvadorian Finca La Fany beans have been blended to create a lovely smooth and sweet coffee. Jose describes this as Red Wine Sangria and the red fruit tastes are abundant, with cocoa notes in the background too. There is a bite, but this is some type of spice flavour which gives the coffee a hint of intrigue. As an espresso this coffee is very enjoyable, and when milk is added the cocoa/chocolate tastes are more dominant. I have enjoyed this as an espresso and as a macchiato, while my wife was very happy with her flat white. Available as a 60g sample pack or in 250g and 1kg bags as well, this is a coffee that is sure to please. Available for a limited time on the Lazy Jose website
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  24. It seems as though we have all been wasting our money and giving the wrong advice and guidance - I for one will not be able to trust which magazine on any subject again. The BEST BUYS are Delonghi, Kitchen aid and Morphy Richards - I for one am rushing to those fine purveyorsof electrical goods- argos to purchase one of these epic machines, I just hope they haven't sold out. Here are some fine words of advice from their professional reviewers "In the supermarket look for espresso ground coffee which has a finer grind" "just 7g of coffee is enough" "don't pack it so firmly that water can not go through it" " keep your baskets clear using a pin" we all have to start somewhere but which is trusted by many people, and this kind of advice is not going to get anyone off to a good start - ironically ive owned one the machines listed in the past it was craptacular on many levels.
  25. Gail has posted a new Crew Review for the Sage Oracle - here:
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