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Neddos

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Oct 2021
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    Did spot that earlier, along with Laphroaig Quarter Cask for £27. Unfortunately, I bought a bottle of the 10 YO recently when I saw it on offer for £28 so could not justify the QC. Oh well. More than good enough and less money going to Bezos...although I doubt he will miss it.

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    I am going to try and hold out for Cowbells, but thank you for the offer!

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    Good morning

    I am after the above bars and was wondering if anyone had any lying around before I buy new. Please let me know if you do.

    Thanks!

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    This has turned into a much longer post than I had anticipated. The TLDR version is: I now like the AeroPress and James Hoffmann.

    Roughly four months in, I now really like the AeroPress. One of my initial annoyances about it was that it came with too many pieces of what I thought to be unnecessary plastic. Why can't people just use a spoon to stir? Why can't people just load the coffee directly into the AeroPress without using the funnel? However, I have grown fond of the paddle, and James Hoffmann has finally made me understand that that funnel also allows you to press into smaller drinking vessels. Oh...I am still never going to use it though.

    I think I now actually prefer the AeroPress to my cafetiere, which came as a bit of a shock. It is mainly the clean up process. For some reason, I can't stand any of my coffee stuff being dirty. I will leave my bikes to rot, for example, but every time I use my cafetiere, I end up breaking the filter part down into it's three separate bits and cleaning them all meticulously. This is a faff. Getting all the grounds out of the cafetiere body and the mesh filter is also a pain, in my opinion. Also, owing to the influence of JH, my cafetiere brewing routine now takes about 12 minutes and involves dirtying another cup and another spoon. That also proves to be too much faff most days. I only really use the cafetiere now when I want to make around one and half cups (400ml) for myself at the weekend.

    I went down a bit of a weird rabbit hole one day trying to decide which reuseable metal filter to buy for the AeroPress (and if anyone does have a strong opinion on this, I am still interested). The actual upshot of this was that I decided the paper filters are actually really great and are not wasteful, as I first thought. They are much smaller than, say, V60 or Clever Dripper filter papers, and are pretty economical. You can even rinse and reuse, although someone else pointed out that this might waste more water than it is worth. Squeezing out the puck and popping into the compost bin with the paper is brilliant and I think that is ultimately what has won me over. I also like the speed of the brewing process, and, having had some time to work on it, this is now pretty seamless and results in a good cup of coffee.

    Also, one last point in defense of the Hoff: he does often say stuff along the lines of ''you don't need to spend money on this stuff to get great coffee/spending this much money is chasing diminishing returns/this is only really suitable for commercial set ups'' etc . People will get different stuff out of the videos, the best things I have picked up from them was stuff like the trick to reduce static when grinding and the long cafetiere brewing technique (genuinely made some excellent coffee that way). Similar to the AeroPress, although I was skeptical at first, I now really like James Hoffmann. Looking forward to the rest of the AeroPress series. Just hope he doesn't convince me that the ultimate AeroPress technique actually requires leaving it to steep for 30 minutes or anything like that.

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    The Caccines. Just got hit with an ad about them releasing a 10 year anniversary edition of their debut album, just why?! Can't help but feel like they're trying to cash in on vaccine hype.

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    No matter what I go in for, I never leave a supermarket without doing a quick fly-by of the whisky. Good buy!

    Went for some Powers Gold after seeing that it has suddenly appeared in the UK. They've made it stronger at 43.2%, so warrants a drop of water. Good St. Patrick's day tipple.

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    Last line is just asking for trouble!

    I just ordered this. Numerous boxes ticked and then saw the part that said ''...if coffee could be a jaffa cake, this would be it...''. Can't wait to try it!

    https://jamesgourmetcoffee.com/product/r­wanda-gasharu-authentic-ireme-experiment­al-micro-lot-exotic/

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