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Postby SickAsAParrot » Tue Oct 18, 2011 14:19 pm

Rick Chasey wrote:Coffee falls nicely into this bracket > as does beer.


And olives

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Postby Headhuunter » Tue Oct 18, 2011 14:31 pm

Asprilla wrote:
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clarkey cat wrote:
I work near there! Is that the fancy looking place with lots of open space about halfway up Leather Lane? There's a place called the Ministry of Coffee or something on Leather Lane too, isn't there? Perhaps we should meet for "Silly Commuter Coffee" one lunchtime and help Asprilla ease into liking the stuff...!


That is indeed the place. Very good coffee. The other place is called Ministry of Social Affairs or some other bollox. Leather Lane is a good spot though. Got tanked in the Craft Beer Co. place a few nights ago. Not serving any Best though which was a shame.


Never tried the coffee there actually, may give it a go sometime! Yes I do like a nice ale, never been to Craft Beer though.... My after work drinking always seems to take place at the Melton Mowbray on Holborn as it's closest to the offic...


Was in the Craft at the end of last week. It's a nice place and anyone who can't find a beer they like in there is just wrong in the head.

The chaps in the office tend to walk over to Caravan in Exmouth Market. Not been yet.

http://caravanonexmouth.co.uk/

Have just bought some re-usable Nespresso cartridges. The Mrs is a coffee drinker but for ease she's succumbed to a Newpresso machine and milk frother. However, Coffeeduck to refillable pods so you can put your own coffee in, cheaper and more choice. Double win.


I've just worked out that I've been to Caravan, isn't it more of a restaurant type of place? I remember about 10 years ago it used to be a bar called "Al's" or something. However have been talking to everyone in the office about Craft and we are all VERY excited, somehow we haven't noticed it or been there before....

Surely you're not going to learn to be a really coffee aficionado by drinking Nespresso! Do you think you're George Clooney or something?!
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Postby Asprilla » Tue Oct 18, 2011 14:34 pm

Headhuunter wrote:Surely you're not going to learn to be a really coffee aficionado by drinking Nespresso! Do you think you're George Clooney or something?!


Everyone has to start somewhere and getting the refillable capsules is a start in the right direction.

I've got mates in Guatemala who know their coffee and send stuff over to the wife, another mate who is a coffee futures trader from Colombia who also sends her stuff, and finally mates in Kenya who send roasted beans over as well.

I'm sure I'll get a decent education.

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Postby Headhuunter » Tue Oct 18, 2011 14:40 pm

Asprilla wrote:
Headhuunter wrote:Surely you're not going to learn to be a really coffee aficionado by drinking Nespresso! Do you think you're George Clooney or something?!


Everyone has to start somewhere and getting the refillable capsules is a start in the right direction.

I've got mates in Guatemala who know their coffee and send stuff over to the wife, another mate who is a coffee futures trader from Colombia who also sends her stuff, and finally mates in Kenya who send roasted beans over as well.

I'm sure I'll get a decent education.


I see, so start with the rubbish and then when you graduate to the good stuff you will notice the difference and really like it?
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Postby Asprilla » Tue Oct 18, 2011 14:44 pm

Headhuunter wrote:
Asprilla wrote:
Headhuunter wrote:Surely you're not going to learn to be a really coffee aficionado by drinking Nespresso! Do you think you're George Clooney or something?!


Everyone has to start somewhere and getting the refillable capsules is a start in the right direction.

I've got mates in Guatemala who know their coffee and send stuff over to the wife, another mate who is a coffee futures trader from Colombia who also sends her stuff, and finally mates in Kenya who send roasted beans over as well.

I'm sure I'll get a decent education.


I see, so start with the rubbish and then when you graduate to the good stuff you will notice the difference and really like it?


Start with what is easy and accessible and it can't be that bad or the Mrs would never have bought one.

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Postby clarkey cat » Tue Oct 18, 2011 14:55 pm

I've just had a Flat White from the Espresso Room.

http://theespressoroom.com/


Here is a map of the best places in London.

http://www.worldbaristachampionship.com ... e-map.html

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Postby Headhuunter » Tue Oct 18, 2011 15:07 pm

clarkey cat wrote:I've just had a Flat White from the Espresso Room.

http://theespressoroom.com/


Here is a map of the best places in London.

http://www.worldbaristachampionship.com ... e-map.html


Interesting map... The cycling cafe "Look Mum No Hands" is on there, I still haven't been though. Browns of Brockley in SE London is v good and about 10 mins from home... The other place Exchange Coffee in Lewisham Market is never there anymore, it was a market stall, think it must have moved to a more profitable location!
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Postby itboffin » Tue Oct 18, 2011 18:39 pm

I had what can only be called a boring coffee at Monmouth this afternoon, I blame wiggle.
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Postby Gussio » Tue Oct 18, 2011 19:04 pm

Headhuunter wrote:
clarkey cat wrote:I've just had a Flat White from the Espresso Room.

http://theespressoroom.com/


Here is a map of the best places in London.

http://www.worldbaristachampionship.com ... e-map.html


Interesting map... The cycling cafe "Look Mum No Hands" is on there, I still haven't been though. Browns of Brockley in SE London is v good and about 10 mins from home... The other place Exchange Coffee in Lewisham Market is never there anymore, it was a market stall, think it must have moved to a more profitable location!


Very interesting map. LMNH is a great venue. Good coffee, friendly, cool stuff to buy, workshop and loads of space to lock up bikes.

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Postby cjcp » Tue Oct 18, 2011 20:36 pm

Headhuunter wrote:
Asprilla wrote:
Headhuunter wrote:Surely you're not going to learn to be a really coffee aficionado by drinking Nespresso! Do you think you're George Clooney or something?!


Everyone has to start somewhere and getting the refillable capsules is a start in the right direction.

I've got mates in Guatemala who know their coffee and send stuff over to the wife, another mate who is a coffee futures trader from Colombia who also sends her stuff, and finally mates in Kenya who send roasted beans over as well.

I'm sure I'll get a decent education.


I see, so start with the rubbish and then when you graduate to the good stuff you will notice the difference and really like it?


I'll defend Nespresso here.

When there's no coffee in the house for the morning injection, and you need caffeine to interact with other life-forms, it hits the spot.
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Postby itboffin » Tue Oct 18, 2011 21:02 pm

We have one of those machines at work and loads of different capsules it's pretty good even against the likes of Monmouth & Drury.

I like 2 or 3 of their 9+ strength espressos black natch!
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Postby Headhuunter » Wed Oct 19, 2011 08:11 am

I'm only teasing, I've never tried Nespresso....

I was in Rome last week and despite everyone saying it's impossibloe to get a bad coffee in Italy, it is in fact possible. however this place is very good, if you're ever there

http://www.santeustachioilcaffe.it/
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Re: Silly Commuter Coffee

Postby symo » Mon Dec 05, 2011 17:28 pm

Rewind thread

Has anyone used the Dualit 84200 Espressivo Coffee Maker? I can't afford a Rancillo Silva but can afford this.
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Re: Silly Commuter Coffee

Postby fidbod » Mon Dec 05, 2011 17:34 pm

I haz one and I am very happy with it. Its a bit of a noisy bugger but it does deliver a good expresso with excellent crema.

Never had occasional to try the milk frother.

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Re: Silly Commuter Coffee

Postby itboffin » Mon Dec 05, 2011 21:58 pm

To be honest i dont think you need anything more than a cup drip filter, i've yet to find anything soooo much more amazing
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Re: Silly Commuter Coffee

Postby cjcp » Mon Dec 05, 2011 22:58 pm

Nearly bought a Russell Hobbs cup-drip filter last week. Anyone got one?

Mrs CJ bought some Brazilian blend this morning. Looking forward to tomorrow morning.
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Re: Silly Commuter Coffee

Postby TailWindHome » Tue Dec 06, 2011 08:30 am

Tried that Kenco Millicano instant coffee and I'm impressed. (though I'm used to Tesco Gold)

No proper coffee facilities here and nowhere to take out. So you make the best of a bad job.
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Re: Silly Commuter Coffee

Postby LockStock666 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:03 am

I cant help but be amused by this thread. It's amazing how geeks think alike about everything, from bikes, to computers to coffee! (I'm allowed to say geeks as I am self confessed and accused by my wife).

I haven't used my cheap little delonghi for a while now - I ran out of lavazza rossa.

I must buy some more, from what I remember I was struggling with getting the perfect cup, suffering from a slight burnt taste but I don't know if that was likely to have been the milk or the brew. I was getting an excellent crema but the overall taste was just not always perfect. I think I was managing a 50% success rate, very rarely did I make a truly perfect cup.

What are your recommendations for a perfect cup? I warmed my machine with a few pulls of water, is it possible to make the machine too warm? How much coffee do you put in, sometimes if I underfilled there would be no crema. Overfilled and it tastes funny. Also how hard do you need to press the tamper down?

I don't mind neat espresso but I much prefer latte or cappuccino. Which brings me nicely to milk art, which I was also getting obsessed with. Most efforts resembled heart shaped blobs when I was really after the leaf effect but the odd cup looked like it had been served in Rome. Leaving a 50/50 chance of it being drinkable. :roll:

One thing that never worked was the double filter - supposed to give you two shots from a single pull using a larger coffee holder thing. Always a disaster so had to make one cup at a time using the single one.

Help me pls!

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Re: Silly Commuter Coffee

Postby Gallywomack » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:11 am

Help me pls!


To be honest, it sounds like you're beyond help :wink: :lol:

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Re: Silly Commuter Coffee

Postby LockStock666 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:32 am

If i don't get help I may have to buy a nesspresso! Just warning you! hehe


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