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  1. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Jan 7, 2018

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    Chemex - check
    Rancilio rocky - check
    Chemex unbleached square filters - check
    Bonavita gooseneck variable temperature kettle - check
    Hario combined scale and timer - check

    What could possibly be nuts about that when it makes incredible coffee? Wait til your friend gets into espresso ;)
     
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  2. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 7, 2018

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    We have a restaurant/brew pub/coffee bar here “Band Of Bohemia” .. they just picked up a Michelin Star. I have never ever tasted espresso like the one I had last time I was there. Espresso maker recco @jimmyd13?
     
  3. SaintMickey

    SaintMickey Jan 7, 2018

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    $19.99 Llama Wal-Mart said they are for "valentines day" but my dog loves it LOL.
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  4. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Jan 7, 2018

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    It all depends on your budget and how serious you are. You can start at £500 for an espresso machine and go up to £15000. You'll want over £300 for a grinder that's consistent enough to grind for espresso. If you want to make espresso and drip/french press/pour over I always recommend two grinders (because it's a pain in the arse switching grind settings and you lose a fair amount of coffee dialing back in between grinds).

    So, if you want the lowest cost entry, either go for the Breville (also branded Sage) barista express; or, gaggia classic (but recently they changed the internals and replaced all the brass fittings with plastic, so not sure if I can still recommend) with a baratza preciso grinder.

    If you want to move up a level, for the Americans (because it's American made) I hear lots of good things about the Astra Pro. You can't go wrong with a Rocket or a Linea Mini. But at that point, you're going to be spending more than £4000.
     
  5. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 7, 2018

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    Yikes .. I fear Mrs S is already annoyed at the Breville grinder so I think I will enjoy better coffee for now!
     
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  6. chanbar

    chanbar Jan 14, 2018

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    New iPad Pro since the kids have commandeered my old one
     
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  7. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 14, 2018

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    Coffee nut myself.

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    Tried a lot of machines over the years more expensive and cheaper and my personal opinion is the Rancilio silva is the best coffee machine going.

    Actually started manual grinding with a ceramic burr Porlex just before each coffee.
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    And the coffee is even better
     
  8. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jan 14, 2018

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    The Porlex grinder is ridiculously good. It's far better than £200+ grinders at handling espresso grinds, but the amount of work for each cup..!

    I had one with me on my tour to Afghanistan years ago. I brought a Handpresso Hybrid:

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    And a set of Illy "Art Collection" cups:

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    and enjoyed perfect espresso in Camp Bastion. For half a year, I probably served the best cup of espresso in a radius of 1000+ miles :D
     
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  9. chanbar

    chanbar Jan 14, 2018

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    I may need to pick up a handpresso for camping!
     
  10. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 14, 2018

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  11. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Jan 14, 2018

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    I confess I am a bit of a dabbler in the kitchen and decided it was probably about time I had myself a cookbook ::facepalm2::
    Jamie Olivers' 5 Ingredients is right down my street and already have a few meals in mind over the coming week :D

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  12. tyrantlizardrex

    tyrantlizardrex C is NOT for "Lizard". Jan 14, 2018

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    Let us know how you get on - Charlotte bought a copy before Christmas, and I think once I'm back up to eating proper, the recipes within shall be regular dinners!
     
  13. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Jan 14, 2018

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    You can always spend £200 then spend another £100 on new seals and cleaner and pull in favours from all directions to get a vintage machine up and running ... I've had this one for months and it's still an ongoing project:
    I never got on with the Silvia but that Rocky looks just like the one in my kitchen :)
     
  14. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Jan 14, 2018

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    Certainly will, five ingredients is probably about my max. ;)

    Hopefully you are going to be tucking in soon :thumbsup:
     
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  15. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 14, 2018

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    If you want more time with the dogs ;)

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  16. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Jan 14, 2018

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    I can't help but think that this one might not go down so well here ... IMG_20180114_2243129.jpg
    My favourite recipe in there does take about three days to make .... IMG_20180114_2244084.jpg IMG_20180114_2246017.jpg IMG_20180114_2246123.jpg IMG_20180114_2246340.jpg IMG_20180114_2246413.jpg
    :D
     
  17. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Jan 14, 2018

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    Four or fewer certainly worth investigating :thumbsup:
     
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  18. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 14, 2018

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    We got us some cookbooks ... I enjoy the process and the results. Wish I had more time to dig through these.
     
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  19. Tio

    Tio Jan 14, 2018

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    Two pair of good wool socks, not very sexy but man are my toes warm.
     
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  20. Looneytoons

    Looneytoons Jan 14, 2018

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    Finally gave up my Android phone and went back to iphone 8 +. I like IOS much more than the alternative.
    64gig in black. Otterbox case on the way.

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    The salesman in the Verizon store tried hard to sell me add-ons. First he offered $200 off the price of an ipad. I politely declined.
    Then he said, "Will you adding the Apple Watch to your purchase today?" I laughed and said as I lifted my left arm to his eye-level
    "No, I wear a real watch" and showed him this....
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