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Siliconslave's how to make espresso thread

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Siliconslave, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. jpaul

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

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    sold mine via gumtree, buyer collected, V1&V3, I believe, have replaceable element so worth more than v2.
    coffeeforums (like MM, need posts as Scottland says) has a forum where folks list machines spotted on ebay/gumtree and their comments on them;
    - subsequently found the replacement machine, I purchased off of ebay, in the forum.
     
  2. Egon

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    Joined: Jan 9, 2003

    Posts: 6,619

    Location: Darlington

    Anyone ordered from https://www.coffee.uk.com/ (Coffee Plant) before?

    A guy at work wants to do a 'bulk' order as you get 20% discount if you spend over £100, so there are a few of us chipping in to try. I've ordered 4 varieties of their 250g bags to try out. Hope they're good!
     
  3. Mr Joshua

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    Thanks for the responses, I'll give Gumtree a crack first.
     
  4. Ayahuasca

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    Location: COPEnhagen

    I'm thinking of buying an aeropress today, any recommendations on nice ground coffee to use with it?
     
  5. Scam

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    Location: London

    Where do you live? I'm sure people can recommend a local-ish roaster. Otherwise go nuts :p

    Common recommendations on this thread (off the top of my head) are Has Bean, Square Mile, Rave..
     
  6. Ayahuasca

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    North East

    Any of those available in supermarkets?
     
  7. jpaul

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    Thanks - now tried them - saw them on sale £2.69 in Waitrose 227g very good value taste (pure espresso) compares well with coffee compass at 2x the cost.
    wish they would have roasting date but now concluded typically bb - 1 year.
    loved this review on Waitrose site too - a troll without taste-buds.
    surprising could not see any reviews on coffeeforums, but look competitively priced with good selection (lots of use of the word fairtrade on their site)
     
  8. Grimley

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    Location: Deepest Darkest Essex!!

    Waitrose = Union coffee
    Sainsburys = Modern Standard Coffee (from my neck of the woods)
     
  9. jpaul

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    ..as soon as you are in the supermarket at >£5 / 250g you need to consider value versus buying direct, where you know the provenance of the coffee
    (how it has been handled/storage temp, consistency, and roasting date)

    it would be interesting to know who roasts the Waitrose/JS own brands ?
     
  10. FTM

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    if you go into Newcastle at any point Pumphreys in the Grainger market have a fair selection, their guatemala huehuetenango is lovely..a medium roast so just starts to bring out a chocolate taste without it being to dark a roast
     
  11. monkentage

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    Location: England

    Can anyone recommend a container to store a kilo of coffee in?
     
  12. jpaul

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    that is a big quantity ~2l vol - I have a smaller turnover, and used to use smaller 400g vacuuvin containers,
    now with the Rave 1Kg pack usually decant smaller quantities 200g every (too) few days into a smaller bag, trying to avoid exposing the 1KG (kept in ziplock) to air too regularly,
    this also avoids any expensive dropping accidents that can occur manhandling bigger quantities, as I grind on demand, for espresso.
    Ideally should be brown glass/opaque,like coffee hopper, stoneware ? to keep light out - but maybe 2L Kilner jar
     
  13. Ayahuasca

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    Got my aeropress and I'm very pleased with how coffee tastes now, will never have instant again :D

    I'm after some ground coffee with a strong milk chocolate note if anyone knows any.
     
  14. Scam

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    Location: London

    ;)

    South American and Central American beans are probably the best intro to "good" coffee. They sit around the chocolatey/nutty flavours. Brazilians are well known for it. Start there and branch out.
     
  15. FrenchTart

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    Anything Fazenda-y from HasBean is good. People also speak highly of the Rave Fudge Blend.

    I also really recommend getting a grinder. Even a cheapish burr grinder will do the job well for aeropress coffee and will be a huge improvement :)
     
  16. Ayahuasca

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    Thanks guys, hadn't signed up to RAVE yet so got 20% off some fudge blend :)
     
  17. nantucket66

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    So, I've had my Sage Duo for about a month now and am really pleased with it.

    I'm finding it easy to use and so far I am getting pretty good results, the steam wand has taken a little bit of getting used to!

    My poison of choice is a flat white, or at least my version of it. A double espresso (60ml based on the markings on my shot glasses) and 120ml of steamed milk.

    My cheap delonghi grinder needs upgrading - to what is the question? I'm prepared to spend up to £300 give or take £50 on a grinder, as always too much choice and everyone has an opinion! The Duo will likely be upgraded to something better in time, but not for a good while, I want to change the grinder now for the long haul.

    I've narrowed it down to the following, Baratza Virtuoso, Baratza Preciso, Eureka Mignon MK2 and the Sage Grinder Pro. Anyone have any feedback on any of the above, or an alternative?

    Cheers :)
     
  18. Egon

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    If I was upgrading, from that list I'd choose the mignon.

    But that's only from reading and watching reviews. As well as reading these and coffee forums. The mignon is highly regarded (at that price range).

    You might want to look at the rancilio rocky, similar price, looks nicer too imo.
     
  19. Scottland

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    Location: North Wales

    You should be able to find a braratza ( aka mahlkonig) Vario for about £330. But the mignon is a solid choice and comes in some wife friendly colours :p
     
  20. jpaul

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    following earlier discussions, i read amazon preciso reviews which suggest they are fragile and some questions about adequate UK support, so I had crossed them off list of
    future maybe's - but TBO w/Rocky, now I am using it stepless, it is fine (15+ years in & will survive a holocaust - I assume build quality remains good)
     


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