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What would be the recommended grinder, ideally around £120 max and that will work for both a Chemex and Aeropress? Need to up my game and research suggests this is the best place to start. It looks like either the WIlfa Svart or the Baratza Encore might be good choices but it can be difficult to discern which recommendations are genuine and which are adverts sometimes. 

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Been working from home for a good while now and I have a bad habit of making coffee then forgetting to drink it while I work. Now that it's December, my coffee is also getting colder quicker.

 

Has anyone ever used one of the USB Cup Warming thingies? Do they keep the mug warm enough? Would I be better with one that plugs into the mains?

 

 

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So how often do you clean out your grinders? I'm just asking because I'm after cleaning out my Wilfa Svart and frankly it was a bit of a horror show. I couldn't remember when I last cleaned it out properly but I didn't think it would be that bad. :facepalm: 

 

Brewed some coffee using the Aeropress once I was finished and the difference was remarkable even to someone like me who isn't a coffee enthusiast by any definition of the term. 

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3 hours ago, bear said:

So how often do you clean out your grinders? I'm just asking because I'm after cleaning out my Wilfa Svart and frankly it was a bit of a horror show. I couldn't remember when I last cleaned it out properly but I didn't think it would be that bad. :facepalm: 

 

Brewed some coffee using the Aeropress once I was finished and the difference was remarkable even to someone like me who isn't a coffee enthusiast by any definition of the term. 

 

never cleaned my sette. i suppose i should, though there's hardly any buildup whatsoever as it's an interesting design.

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I’ve been wondering about this, myself. I’ve cleaned mine out once in 18 months and didn’t notice a difference. I don’t drink very oily coffees, though, and didn’t take the burrs out. I just went at it with a can of compressed air and covered my kitchen in chunks of coffee, though, which is probably not what you’re meant to do. 
 

I’ve not found a simple answer to how often and how to clean a grinder, but think I will probably take the burrs out some point this weekend and take a look inside. 
 

These cleaning tabs look interesting:

 

 

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On 05/12/2020 at 13:12, Hawklord said:

Been working from home for a good while now and I have a bad habit of making coffee then forgetting to drink it while I work. Now that it's December, my coffee is also getting colder quicker.

 

Has anyone ever used one of the USB Cup Warming thingies? Do they keep the mug warm enough? Would I be better with one that plugs into the mains?

 

 

 

I stick it in the microwave. Seems fine, though I've probably just said something heinous. :D

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I think where I messed up is that I did a few batches of cold brew last summer and ground a bag of coffee each time. That meant I filled the grounds container to the max a few times so there was probably coffee trapped in the grinder during that process. Normally I just grind enough for a single brew so there shouldn't be a huge amount getting retained in the grinder for the other 11 months of the year. I'm just relieved it didn't catch fire due to the amount of grounds trapped in the machine. 

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11 hours ago, Blue said:

 

I stick it in the microwave. Seems fine, though I've probably just said something heinous. :D

LOL. Yeah that's what I've been doing. Gets annoying by the 3rd time though.

 

Been looking at the Ember Smart Mug but at £100 there's no way I could justify that purchase

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Coffee people, do NOT buy a Sette. My 270 has just died with a gearbox failure, because the damn things are engineered with plastics on the cheap. I am trying to get it replaced, and then I will sell it on.

 

https://www.home-barista.com/grinders/baratza-sette-270-awful-noise-t65917.html

https://www.home-barista.com/grinders/postmortem-of-pre-mortem-baratza-settes-motor-assembly-t61400.html

 

What grinders are recommended here? Espresso use.

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44 minutes ago, Spoonman said:

Coffee people, do NOT buy a Sette. My 270 has just died with a gearbox failure, because the damn things are engineered with plastics on the cheap. I am trying to get it replaced, and then I will sell it on.

 

https://www.home-barista.com/grinders/baratza-sette-270-awful-noise-t65917.html

https://www.home-barista.com/grinders/postmortem-of-pre-mortem-baratza-settes-motor-assembly-t61400.html

 

What grinders are recommended here? Espresso use.

 

Probably worth looking at a Niche Zero. Bit pricy (£500), but meant to be excellent. Problem is getting hold of one.

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Comandante C40 is meant to be good if you can be faffed with hand grinding.

 

The lack of availability worldwide on certain grinders is interesting, I've been looking to get a WIlfa Uniform but they're seemingly unobtainable in most of Europe just now.

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I picked up a Clever Dripper recently, and it seems quite good. I know there are a few Dripper users in here - any tips for getting the best out of it?

 

At the moment, I'm grinding 15g for 250mL, chucking the coffee in on the water and giving it a good stir. I brew it for 2 mins and then drain it. Currently grinding about as fine as I would for my aeropress, and a few clicks coarser than for V60.

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Does anyone here have a, hmm, how to say this without sounding like a dick, higher end espresso machine?

 

When we finally move I want to get a fancier espresso machine. I've decided it's okay to spend a stupid amount of money. Like £500-£1000. I can go into the rationale and justification if people want, but to sum up: Post WFH, No more commuting, no more coffees while out, and a bit of saving up means I think I want something with quality and longevity.

 

This is well recommended on coffee forums: https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/lelit-marax-espresso-machine.html

 

James Hoffman hasn't reviewed it, which I would have appreciated. I can't seem to find any reviews or recommendations from him about the higher end of the budget, he had a bunch of "under £500" machines but the Lelit seems to have so much going for it from what people say. But I'm exploring options. It feels a bit like the "pro-sumer" range or whatever seems to jump from up to £500 for fancy john lewis level coffee machines like Sage and then not get more expensive, apart from Lelit, because they've suddenly jumped to £2000 and more for actual coffee shop machines. I haven't looked that hard, mind and I wonder if anyone else decided to invest in something around this level.

 

I've got a pretty good grinder and a moka / aeropress for an espresso isn't cutting it. And I need a good way to heat and foam milk.

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@cowfields fwiw when my Silvia was looking dead, it was the MaraX I was very close to replacing it with, but ultimately I've gone with a repair on the Silvia this time.

 

I assume you've done the 'closer look' review video link on the Bella Barista page, that guy does seem to know what he's on about, I followed onto his site and went through some of his other stuff at the time. Obviously not the same glossy presentation as Hoffman but all the detail (and more, he takes them to bits usually) is there.

 

At the time I was doing this, Bella Barista sold the Silvia at £500 and then nothing at all until you hit £1Kish where they have the MaraX, the Rocket, etc. I asked them about this and they said there was, in their experience, nothing else worth considering and to either stay with Silvia or save up for a worthwhile jump. I see they do have a couple of Lelit machines in between now so maybe it was also about availability. 

 

ANYWAY, from what I could discern, the MaraX is pretty incredible for the price, and seems built to last. To get that E61 group head normally involves a lot more money or some compromises. The Bezera BZ10 is another MaraX rival in the same price range you can look at, another of my friends has that I think (or something very similar), it seems very good. My mate's got a fancy Sage with touchscreen (I think it was reduced to £2K) and it's pretty cool how it does all the auto-adjustments for dose and stuff but I like something a bit more manual, myself. If you're going to be making a lot of milky coffees (as in, several at a time) you might want to look at dual-boiler ones.

 

Personally, I'd get the MaraX from Bella Barista as I think the service from them stands up well against some of the other specialists in this country, too many of which turn out to be grey-market importers who don't offer much help if anything goes wrong. If you do, please report back as I may still end up there one day!

 

 

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That's really helpful, thanks. I think I'm sold on the Mara X! Glad to hear Belle Barista is a reliable retailer because I'm struggling to find someone selling it elsewhere anyway, since it's an import and all. 

 

I should do more reading up but this isn't a purchase I'm going to make until I move, so I have time to second guess it all. Assuming all goes through the new house will have a bigger kitchen so I can justify the space, but if I got it right now it'd just be another thing to move. 

 

I don't like the idea of a touch screen. This is a daily ritual for me, time away from a computer screen. In my last job they had a La Marzocco that I could just pull myself a shot whenever and I really miss not being able to do that. Especially my next job was at a WeWork. Apart from being shite coffee it was kinda rubbish just touching a button on a screen and getting a coffee. I want something fairly manual. I want to get good at steaming milk etc.

 

I don't think I need dual boiler, I will be making one flat white and then not another one. Occasionally if I have guests I might make a few in a go but waiting is fine. My wife hates coffee so unless I start chain drinking them the rate it can pour is fine. I'll probably only have a couple a day generally anyway. If my wife did like coffee like I did it might help justify the cost but I'm on my own here. 

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This may be his best video yet, there is something about James Hoffman that even in his most po-faced serious coffee videos he's rarely dry or boring. Give him a bripe though and this is actually amusing in places.

 

Who needs a bripe then ? Half price offer on at the moment for $50 with the lighter !

 

 

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God the temptation to get that for a one-off joke appearance with friends is so big. Actually I could spread appearances around a few people, I might get three or four performances.

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Already sold out with a banner saying it's due to his review.

 

He really is the king of Coffee YouTube. His cinematography and ability to make complex coffee stuff understandable and interesting really is in a league of its own. If you look at the Workshop Coffee videos he references, they're night and day. Same info, completely different delivery.

 

And he's managed to do all the YT stuff of ads, patreon, etc, without feeling like he's cashing in or a snake oil salesman - he's always providing value in his videos. You can't really fault him.

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On 23/03/2021 at 17:33, cowfields said:

Does anyone here have a, hmm, how to say this without sounding like a dick, higher end espresso machine?

 

When we finally move I want to get a fancier espresso machine. I've decided it's okay to spend a stupid amount of money. Like £500-£1000. I can go into the rationale and justification if people want, but to sum up: Post WFH, No more commuting, no more coffees while out, and a bit of saving up means I think I want something with quality and longevity.

 

This is well recommended on coffee forums: https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/lelit-marax-espresso-machine.html

 

James Hoffman hasn't reviewed it, which I would have appreciated. I can't seem to find any reviews or recommendations from him about the higher end of the budget, he had a bunch of "under £500" machines but the Lelit seems to have so much going for it from what people say. But I'm exploring options. It feels a bit like the "pro-sumer" range or whatever seems to jump from up to £500 for fancy john lewis level coffee machines like Sage and then not get more expensive, apart from Lelit, because they've suddenly jumped to £2000 and more for actual coffee shop machines. I haven't looked that hard, mind and I wonder if anyone else decided to invest in something around this level.

 

I've got a pretty good grinder and a moka / aeropress for an espresso isn't cutting it. And I need a good way to heat and foam milk.

 

Although it's a "bean to cup", I've just bought this:

 

https://www.melitta.co.uk/products/gift-ideas/sale/caffeo-ci-fully-automatic-coffee-machine-silver/

 

Original RRP £999, now only £550. We thought seeing as we're not going on holiday this year, and our Dualit Espresso has packed up (it was hammered for 12 months, seeing as we're both working from home, to be fair on it), we thought we'd splash out on a good coffee machine. 

 

It's really good, dead easy to use, unbelievably easy to clean and has a nice "two bean" selectable option. It also comes with a water hardness tester, so you can set the water hardness and it does an automatic descaling, as well as automatic cleaning/rinsing after every coffee or starting up. 

 

I was looking for something more automatic, we both have around 8-10 coffees per day between us and it was a pain in the arse doing it every time with an espresso machine.

 

The next level up machine (Barista TS Smart which has won the Which? coffee machine award) has an integrated App to select over 35 different coffee types, but I thought that was way too extravagant. ;-)

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I've been swinging back and forth this past year as to whether I want to head down the proper espresso maker route and I have to say that, much as I like the idea and have hovered over some expensive buy buttons many times, Hoffman's videos have ultimately put me off. It's great that he focuses on how to make perfect espresso (among other things), of course, but he spends so much time telling you how impossible that is, how tiny variations in any of the variables make for horrible espresso (complete with signature Hoffman sour face) and how awfully, awfully difficult the whole thing is.

I think one of the most pertinent things I heard him say was in response to people asking which espresso machine to buy, which was "Do you really want a new hobby?" followed by the perils of said hobby. I guess I should thank him. I have enough hobbies, I just want a really nice Americano, so we'll see if the bean to cup machine I've ordered gives me that. I can't help but feel that Hoffman has let me down though, by giving me the impression that unless it's utterly perfect, it's shit.

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It’s fairly telling that he doesn’t do espresso at home himself. 
 

But if you really want a good Americano, why not go down the filter route instead? A clever dripper or V60 will produce a slightly cleaner cup than your Aeropress and I think the clever might be close to the perfect way to brew non-espresso coffee. 

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My thing is that automation to me is just more things to go wrong, and I quite like the ritual of doing some of it myself. Also I'm a once or maybe twice a day user. I don't really watch Hoffman unless he's linked here usually but there's definitely a truth that getting too into something leads to rabbit holes and potential misery. I have no doubt that I have a wider range of what I'd call "a perfectly good espresso" than he does. 

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I think there's a couple of things there:

 

1) regarding bean to cup, with the automation...my first reaction was "maybe I like the misery..." as in, I do want something that's quite tactile and manual to do. It's why I absolutely love making myself a filter in the morning, which I will continue to do.


2) I'm curious why James Hoffman doesn't have an espresso machine at home, but I'm sure cost isn't the limiting thing and he could afford some sexy La Marzocco if he wanted one. It's not that it's impossible to get good shots at home, or even okay shots, but it's just a case of being realistic about what you can afford vs what's practical.

 

I just think that I find the inconsistencies of buying coffees at coffee shops arguably worse unless you go to the same one and I kinda doubt where I'm moving to I'm going to have that kind of decent coffee shop. 

 

That said I am a little concerned about spending a lot of money to get something that's no better than an Aeropress espresso but all signs indicate something like the Mara X is pretty good and it's as much as the milk steamer as the shot. With a good grinder and good beans (already got those) it's going to be acceptable for what I want.

 

I guess the thing about a "new hobby"...maybe I do. This is about enjoying a moment in the morning or to take a break from work. But the issue is more will the machine be enough for the hobby to be satisfying and rewarding, will it last, is it a good thing to start from. 

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