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mmccarthy

Member since Oct 2008 • Last active Apr 2021

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    Ah I see, my bad! I'd say measuring/timing the output is handy to get you in the right ball park when dialling in a very different set up. But yeah, once you're in the ball park doing it by taste is your best bet IMO (though I still monitor shot times just to ensure consistency).

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    To be fair I think all the extra equipment people name as essentials like scales/times/naked PF etc etc are not essential at all

    I'd argue that scales and shot timing essential if you want consistent results with espresso. I couldn't eyeball the difference between 14 & 15 grams of beans. But I could certainly taste the difference. Naked portafilters I agree are not essential, but are useful to spot issues when tamping. I imagine they're mainly purchased because they look great when being used.

    Filter is obviously a lot more forgiving and you could probably get away without the scales and timing. But given a decent set of scales can be had for £10, and most people have a timer on their person. It seems a shame not to take advantage of using them.

    You can easily have an excellent filter set-up for around £50 (decent hand grinder + V60/aeropress/French press etc.), I'd argue it's tricky to get a decent espresso set up (new) for around £6-700. At that point, spending an extra £10 for a set of scales to give you consistent results seems like a no-brainer.

    Also, if you're making lattes/flat whites or whatever, you very easily mask a bad espresso with some well textured milk.

    I'd honestly be surprised if someone could make a decent run of espressos without measurement of dosage and monitoring of shot times, especially the former.

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    After just recently saying how first party Switch games are never discounted, X-COM Mario (Mario + Rabids Kingdom Battle) is now down to €15. Obviously a little bit more light-weight than others in the genre, but I think it's a pretty decent effort.

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    I've been using the same Square Mile retail bags for over a year now.

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    Just the regular "coffee" (not americano), honestly if I went into LFGSS-certified third-wave coffee shop (sorry, I'm sure that'll disappear soon). I'd be perfectly satisfied with it.

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    There's a great little coffee shop at Denmark Hill Station.

    https://www.fcbcoffee.com/pages/denmark-­hill

    Alternatively, the filter at McDonalds by Camberwell Green is surprisingly decent (I'm guessing we've already covered the fact that McDonalds filter coffee is way better than it really should be in this thread)

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    Yep, definitely going to pick that up when it drops on Switch (assuming the frame-rate is decent)

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    Oh yeah I completely agree that the store is an utter clusterfuck. I normally just wishlist things here instead: https://www.dekudeals.com/

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    Mario is also boring.

    Love my Switch, completely agree with the above sentiment.

    The first-party titles are a bit pricey (I bought mine purely to play BotW, and think it was completely worth it), but there's plenty of bargains to be had on the store. I love my Lite but if you're looking for some casual local multiplayer I imagine the separate joy-cons of the full-fat Switch would be a great thing to have.

    Between BotW (a must own IMO), Stardew Valley (around £10 or so) and Rocket League (free), you've got years of mileage out of those alone.

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    Presumably games that require to to have an internet connection to play. Usually EA/Ubisoft in my experience as a shit way to try to stop piracy. Often resulting in people being more likely to pirate the games as the pirated versions don't require an internet connection to play.

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