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  1. Sold
    Now sold, please delete ad Thanks Richard I'm selling all my Francis Francis parts & spares as am no longer repairing them. The whole lot is for sale in one go - please don't ask for individual items as not worth the trouble. The pile of bits includes shrouds, elements, brass boilers...
  2. Coffee Lounge
    Ok - first of all some apologies. I've done searches and haven't found the answer somewhere else on the site - but that doesn't mean there isn't one lurking somewhere. Secondly, this may all seem a bit basic to many of you. Third - it's a bit on the long side. So, I'm new to this site after 45+...
  3. Show Off Your Setup
    Having recently bought my Gaggia here, I can say that I am very pleased with how it performs. Before I get shot, I have been experimenting with stale illy dark roast. I personally feel that the results are better than I expected. Although I do anticipate on buying a decent SJ when I see one...
  4. Coffee Beans
    Hi all, I live in the UK. South east London. Does anyone know where I can get freshly roasted Illy beans from for expresso making? I recently got a Silvia and am now looking for a staple bean and supplier to subscribe to. I have tried just two verities at the moment but they are all fancy...
  5. Commercial | Special Offers
    I need a coffee enthusiast for a national coffee company. You must enjoy coffee and drinking it will be part of your job..... This position is for a Sales and Service executive in the East Anglia region. You will be required to look after our existing customers and also grow our customer base...
  6. Coffee Beans
    I've not done any cupping so I'm not familiar with the terms people use to describe taste. I do know that I like Illy beans, which I gather are a 'dark roast'. Can anyone suggest others to try? This is for use with a Classic and MC2.
  7. Commercial | Special Offers
    Competitive Salary + vehicle We are a leading supplier of high quality coffee to restaurants, hotels and coffee shops. Due to our continued success we are looking to appoint a Quality Audit for the Cambridgeshire area. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and self-motivated with...
  8. Introductions
    Hi there I've not long started my home coffee journey after spending £20 a week at costa I bought a Delonghi EC 820 like new second hand i started off with Illy and Lavazza pre ground and thought that was great but noticed after a day the coffee didn't taste as fresh so did a bit of research on...
  9. Introductions
    Hi there, my name is Paul, I am from Cheshire and I have had a gaggia classic for about 7 months. Not taken the plunge into getting myself a grinder but I do try and get decent ready ground currently using illy medium roast. Is it really the best idea getting your own grinder? my machine was...
  10. Coffee Beans
    its looking like ill have a Vario on the way soon, so i need to get some beans on order tomorrow, i dont know what to choose though ! i need something that isnt fussy, something a newb to grinders can get dialled in reasonably easy, also how much should i order, would 1kg be overkil for someone...
  11. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi all , I've just bought Francis Francis X1 on eBay but it cannot make an espresso well so I am considering repair service for it. Could anyone recommend a repair centre near Manchester or tips for my machine? It looks like a classic first generation, so it looks already out of warranty. The...
  12. Coffee Lounge
    I've been visiting Patisserie Valerie outlets lately quite a bit, best cakes ever, but I've got a question for you guys as you seem to know everything, I've really enjoyed the americano coffee I've had there and I'm wondering what kind of similar coffee is out there for me to make at home, all...
  13. Coffee Lounge
    OK - to start off with, I'm married, so that takes care of the "I have no accessories" issue but I'm having real trouble with consistency. I've got a Gaggia Classic and, whilst I'm learning, some Taylors ground coffee from the supermarket. I know this combination is never going to give me...
  14. Coffee Accessories
    I have decided to take the plunge and finally buy an espresso machine. Having used a moka pot, cafetiere, drip filter and various other contraptions, I've decided it is time to furnish the kitchen with some eye candy coffee-making equipment. As always, budget is a barrier. If it weren't, I'd by...
  15. Introductions
    Hi All: after a while lurking I've finally taken the plunge and joined. My name's Geoff and I'm from the North-East coast of England. I've been seriously into coffee for just over a year - prior to that I just enjoyed it! I've got a Pavoni Pro that I bought way back in 1995. Sad to say, until...
  16. Introductions
    Morning, After lurking on here for ages I thought it was about time I actually registered - so here goes! I'm an ethusiastic coffee consumer / home would-be-barista, I'd rather die of thirst than drink instant coffee... I've had a Gaggia Classic at home for some years now (probably about 8 or...
  17. Syndicated News and Coffee Tweets around the world
    TheCoffeeTweet: very entertaining talk from Illy at Allegra. Contentious too! More...
  18. Coffee Beans
    Hi all, As I read about coffee I constantly hear about Lavazza and Illy as being good examples of coffees. I have tried both of these over the last few years from my local supermarket etc. Are these the same packets of coffee that people refer to when prasing these coffees? or do people find...
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