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  1. For sale is my Bezzera Strega lever espresso machine. Excellent condition with the odd very faint scuff mark to the chrome if you look hard, perfect working order. Bought new from Bella Barista in August 2015. I have only ever used Everpure filtration system treated water with the machine. Supplied with Bezzera naked and double portafilters, and associated baskets (not pictured). I think I also have all the paperwork (somewhere) that came with the machine. This is the reservoir version For those who might not realise, the Strega isn’t like any other lever machine. The grouphead is heated, so comes up to temperature very much quicker than a traditional design. The group is filled by the pump directly once the lever is fully down, so it is possible to do a pure lever shot, a lever shot with the pre-infusion of the duration and pressure of your choice (judged by feel), or if you keep the lever in the down position throughout, a totally pump-based shot. In short, it’s a lot of fun, and I found it possible to get consistently very good results from it by playing with pre-infusion techniques. If you like a rich chocolately shot, I can show you how to get one every time with this machine, the right beans and a decent grinder So why am I selling it? Basically, I got offered a brand new LM Linea Mini at a daft price and couldn’t resist. The LM is a great machine, but I'm already missing the feel and satisfaction of pulling a lever shot... Location - London NW2. Collection preferred but delivery might be possible subject to prior agreement, though only over a fairly small radius. Any questions, feel free to ask. I will put it on ebay if it hangs around on here as with the new machine already installed, the Strega needs to be moved on to a new home soon. [ATTACH=CONFIG]34792[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34789[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34791[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34793[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34790[/ATTACH]
  2. For some time I've looked at those great cappuccinos you see at the competitions and wondered how they get such nice latte art on a cappuccino. They're not pouring off the side of the jug, I know that much! So tonight I'm reading the WBC rules and the definition of a cappuccino is: So if I undertand correctly, it's a single shot, i.e. approx 1 oz, in around a 6 oz cup, with 1cm of microfoam... which I'd estimate being about 1 oz. So in a 6oz cup thats a ratio of 1:4:1 Dangerously close to a latte, no? At the very least this definition helps me understand how the latte art is achievable. It also means I can now start pouring my cappuccinos differently at home and work!
  3. I have recently purchased a coffee grinder and a coffee subscription which I used with my espresso machine and it's great. Not all of my family like espresso although they do enjoy a "traditional", typical style mug of coffee("black with 1 sugar please"). I'm looking into equipment so I can cater for my guests, but I'm unsure what to go for. After looking through a few independent roaster websites not many of them are stocking French Presses, which make me wonder why? Is a chemix/Hario better than a traditional French Press? So really, I'm looking for some recommendations or does it not matter and they all produce a similar result? Thanks in advance.
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