General Discussion: The Coffee Thread!


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Bails78
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563 posts since 6/1/08

3 Apr 2016 21:09
Anyone in the Brixton area should check out Stir Coffee on BrixtonHill. Hipster joint but the ambience is cool, coffee is alright and a decent selection of GASH come in and going by. Also one of the baristas/waitresses (brown hair) is on point.
swede
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7492 posts since 21/3/09

3 Apr 2016 21:13
Bails78 wrote: Anyone in the Brixton area should check out Stir Coffee on BrixtonHill. Hipster joint but the ambience is cool, coffee is alright and a decent selection of GASH come in and going by. Also one of the baristas/waitresses (brown hair) is on point.

Mr.X ?
hakkajai
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146 posts since 14/11/10

10 Apr 2016 15:21
I'm a absolute coffee noob, only recently started drinking espressos at Pret every morning before the gym.
Was looking into a home setup and will try an aeropress before jumping on the bean to cup bandwagon.

Considering that I'd only have one espresso a day am I best buying tiny bags of beans at a time so the roast is still fresh, or doesn't it really matter?
electrolux
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655 posts since 6/11/08

10 Apr 2016 15:49
Aeropresses don't make espressos, they are for filter coffee so make sure you buy filter beans if you get one. If you're still wanting espressos then there's nothing available cheap that will replicate anything from a good coffee shop. So keep getting them from a shop, but from somewhere good and not pret.
Crackajack
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6917 posts since 21/4/05

10 Apr 2016 16:48
Are the Wacaco Minipresso or Handpresso not any good? £40 / £80 kind of price though so obviously more than the Aeropress.
hakkajai
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146 posts since 14/11/10

10 Apr 2016 21:54
electrolux wrote: Aeropresses don't make espressos, they are for filter coffee so make sure you buy filter beans if you get one. If you're still wanting espressos then there's nothing available cheap that will replicate anything from a good coffee shop. So keep getting them from a shop, but from somewhere good and not pret.

Ah thanks electro!

So if I wanna do it at home I'd have to get a stove top or a machine? Any suggestions on machines, simplicity is main factor, don't want to mess around with too many steps
electrolux
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655 posts since 6/11/08

11 Apr 2016 08:29
hakkajai wrote:
electrolux wrote: Aeropresses don't make espressos, they are for filter coffee so make sure you buy filter beans if you get one. If you're still wanting espressos then there's nothing available cheap that will replicate anything from a good coffee shop. So keep getting them from a shop, but from somewhere good and not pret.

Ah thanks electro!

So if I wanna do it at home I'd have to get a stove top or a machine? Any suggestions on machines, simplicity is main factor, don't want to mess around with too many steps

Exactly. I have no idea about home machines and as i mentioned before, nothing will replicate what you can get in a shop from a machine that costs £10,000+. Go with a Moka pot/stove top if you have to, or get into filter coffee, which can be made to a great standard anywhere and is much nicer to drink regularly at home anyway.
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

11 Apr 2016 08:56
Yep.

Aeropress is still worth copping, as you can get some brilliant filter coffee from single origin beans with it. Good article here -

http://www.foundrycoffeeroasters.com/how-we-use-the-aeropress2014/

It can do decent espresso style coffee too, but like electro says it isnt espresso in the true sense of the term
jeg
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2266 posts since 12/12/01

11 Apr 2016 11:38
anyone got any milk frother recommendations?
thinking of something simple like
http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_331007410397FRTH?utm_source=bing&utm;_medium=cpc&utm;_campaign=HME%7cPLA%7cDLB
seenmy
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6523 posts since 17/6/06

11 Apr 2016 11:39
not being funny, but if you are getting it at pret, you could get a nespresso and it would be as good if not better.
Crackajack
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6917 posts since 21/4/05

11 Apr 2016 11:49
What about the ROK Espresso machine as another manual option?
misled
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4209 posts since 3/1/02

11 Apr 2016 12:03

I have one of these. Really good, only takes a couple of secs to froth.
padawan
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3974 posts since 27/6/03

11 Apr 2016 13:26

seenmy wrote: not being funny, but if you are getting it at pret, you could get a nespresso and it would be as good if not better.
^THIS
Crackajack wrote: Are the Wacaco Minipresso or Handpresso not any good? £40 / £80 kind of price though so obviously more than the Aeropress.
Had a HANDPRESSO (not pods) makes half decent Espresso, great idea and cheap. but mine lasted bout 6 months and then the pump fuc*'d. They were on sale start of the year and considered buying a new one.
mtthrvy2
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1852 posts since 8/11/10

posted 11 Apr 2016 13:37, edited 11 Apr 2016 13:37
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hakkajai
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146 posts since 14/11/10

11 Apr 2016 15:33
seenmy wrote: not being funny, but if you are getting it at pret, you could get a nespresso and it would be as good if not better.

Damn, went Monmouth Coffee today and it makes Pret taste like cat piss. Also the Monmouth espresso is like rocket fuel, gave me the shakes!

Thanks for info guys, I'll do some research!
jogon321
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587 posts since 13/4/12

11 Apr 2016 18:16
Yeah Nespresso are really good
hakkajai
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146 posts since 14/11/10

posted 25 Apr 2016 17:07, edited 25 Apr 2016 17:07
Got myself an nespresso machine, makes a decent espresso but the amount of coffee in each capsule isn't enough(compared to a single in a coffee shop). Need 2 capsules to wake me up!

Anyone tried Sealpod, refillable capsules, so can cram more coffee in?
Egan
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399 posts since 17/10/11

25 Apr 2016 17:40
hakkajai wrote: Got myself an nespresso machine, makes a decent espresso but the amount of coffee in each capsule isn't enough(compared to a single in a coffee shop). Need 2 capsules to wake me up!

Anyone tried Sealpod, refillable capsules, so can cram more coffee in?

The cafe express 11 strength lungo capsules are decent.
compulsiveshopper
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1206 posts since 12/6/12

25 Apr 2016 20:50
www.realdealroasters.co.uk do some excellent coffee and it's typically roasted to order. The robusta is very good, though high in caffeine.
swede
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7492 posts since 21/3/09

9 May 2016 15:02
my boss wants to buy our lab a new coffee machine. he wants bean-to-cup, doesnt care about milk frothing etc

http://www.johnlewis.com/de'longhi-esam3000-b-magnifica-bean-to-cup-coffee-machine-black/p1547072

something similar to that? any help much appreciated