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  • I want to get my girlfriend a coffee tamper for Christmas, Raphaisque but not too pricey, any ideas?

  • Reg Barber is the Chris King of tampers.

  • I'm sure she'll be thrilled, Ed...

  • I was delighted when I was given the original Rapha tamper. The OG ones have a painted pink bolt at the top, second generation ones have an anodised bolt.

  • I'm sure she'll be thrilled, Ed...

    She always insisted on making coffee every morning, always get excited, reckon something like that would be great with her expensive machine.

  • Reg Barber tampers are a metric fuckton better than those Rapha Chris King ones!

  • Looks like my coffee plant is going to die this time - if anyone knows how to rescue it please let me know!

    He's dropped most of his leaves:

    And those that he has have done this:

  • ^ food water temperature root-space? gotta be one of those I'd guess #nogreenfingershere

    Been mixing (blending) some single origins, have stumbled upon a v.sweet espresso that's too sweet like that, but delicious when drunk longer I.e. Americano. I don't use milk so not sure how it'd go in milky drinks. Happy Days tho for now, will aeropress it tomorrow.

  • Sams 99p shop in streatham have cafe direct kilimajaro coffee beans 250g bags in at the mo.

  • http://www.philips-shop.co.uk/store/catalog/manual-espresso/manual-espresso/gaggia-classic/productdetail/RI8161_40_GB_SHOPPUB/GB/en/ Gaggia Classic £125

    Or the baby for £117

    philips-shop.co.uk/store/catalog/espresso/manual-espresso/gaggia-baby/productdetail/RI8155_60_GB_SHOPPUB/GB/en?pfilter=

    There should also be a link to top cash back.

  • Looks like my coffee plant is going to die this time - if anyone knows how to rescue it please let me know! He's dropped most of his leaves: ![](http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8197/8237117281_149650d19c_b.jpg) And those that he has have done this: ![](http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8339/8238183538_03917ce028_b.jpg)

    Do you have the heating on a lot? Mine are getting a bit like that at the moment and I think it's the increase in heat.
    I'd prune back any dead leave or branches, repot if it hasn't been done in a while and then feed with Baby Bio. Pruning is a bit scary when there isn't much of the plant left but it seem to re invigorate mine when i did it.

  • [V60 DRIP SCALE - YouTube](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nucgdmKvHkQ) WANT!

    Love how neat this setup is, but 65 quid for a scale!

    coffeehit.co.uk/hario-v60-drip-scale/p1067

  • That's what you're paying for. Having the scale and timer integrated nicely together. I'm not saying I'll rush out and buy one now but maybe at the start of February when I'm feeling a bit flush I'll cave.

  • Wife's buying me new grinder for xmas if I donate the Dualit to the in-laws to pair with their £125 Gaggia Classic thanks to this thread. Rocky from Rancilio to go with my Silvia or Mahlkonig Vario. Where's best to buy, I usually go with Hasbean but I've spent a small fortune there and have yet to be mailed any discount codes?

  • Looking for a manual espresso maker

    ecoutlet.co.uk/rok-espresso-coffee-maker.html

    Or is La Pavoni the only way to go?

  • Has anyone seen Porlex grinders actually on sale in the London outlets listed on Coffeehit?

    Dose 70 Long Lane, London. Nr Spitalfield Market
    Prufrock Coffee Leather Lane, London
    Grind Coffee Bar Westfield Stratford & Putney
    Taylor St Baristas At all their London stores

  • Prufrock has them. Result.

  • I've just ordered the ROK machine from santa :)
    Is the porlex grinder adjustable? I might need to get the coarseness just right with the manual machine, but at the same time I quite like the idea of going all manual.

  • Yep, totally adjustable.

  • Got to say that ROK machine is floating my coffee boat..

  • Will it make proper good espresso? I want proper good, or not at all. Barely drink any espresso other than my weekly treat at Present

  • Regarding the ROK. In theory, you have control over the main variables required to get a good shot: grind size (assuming you have a grinder), dose and head pressure. I wonder a) whether you will lose too much heat in transferring from the kettle to the head and through the machine - with a La Pavoni once the machine is warm, there are tiny losses so you are getting very hot (circa 95C) water straight from the boiler into the pressure head. And b) whether it is solid enough to permit proper pressure to be applied through the levers. If it does these things right it should make a good shot with a bit of practice.

  • I'd break it on my first attempt...
    #badmechanic

  • Regarding the ROK. In theory, you have control over the main variables required to get a good shot: grind size (assuming you have a grinder), dose and head pressure. I wonder a) whether you will lose too much heat in transferring from the kettle to the head and through the machine - with a La Pavoni once the machine is warm, there are tiny losses so you are getting very hot (circa 95C) water straight from the boiler into the pressure head. And b) whether it is solid enough to permit proper pressure to be applied through the levers. If it does these things right it should make a good shot with a bit of practice.

    Looks like the water goes into a glass thing, then in to a metal thing. If only for a few seconds, I'd imagine that temp would drop significantly?

    Is that a major issue though?

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