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  1. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Hi all, new home barista here and I enjoy learning latte art. Sharing my practice video today on swan, not quite there yet. Making video -> Practice Swan – #150 15thMay
  2. Latte Art Challenge
    Please read Christmas Latte Art Competition rules here You don't need to pre-register. At 7.30pm a keyword will be uploaded on this thread. Write the keyword and your full forum membership name on a piece of paper and include it in the picture you upload on to this thread...
  3. Milk techniques, troubleshooting & how to's
    Has anyone tried milk from The Estate Dairy? They were ostensibly set up to produce the best possible milk for coffee and focused originally on supplying cafes, but you can now get their milk - both whole and semi-skimmed - online. It seems to be a blend of 80% Jersey and 20% Holstein milk...
  4. Coffee Lounge
    Hey all! so having moved to temp digs while I sort out a new house, I stupidly packed away my trusty rattleware pitcher. bought a cheap one off amazon from their recommended list and it's rubbish.... perfectly fine size and thickness but the spout is squiffy and doesn't pour straight. Makes...
  5. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Hi everyone, I tend to make two lattes / flat whites every morning, and I steam the requisite amount of milk. I've managed to improve my steaming technique to the point where I can get enough of the right 'wet paint'-consistency milk for latte art on the first drink, but by the time I hit the...
  6. Sold
    I got this non-stick matte black Europa for Christmas '17, but I ended up selling my espresso machine in March '18, so it only had minor use and has sat boxed up in the cupboard since then. As such, it is in excellent condition and was always cleaned and looked after when I did use it. It's a...
  7. Latte Art Challenge
    At the moment I just enjoy watching and it's always a great atmosphere. I'm just wondering how to hear about the ones you can go and watch in the UK?
  8. Coffee Lounge
    As mentioned in another post I recently swapped my previous manual setup with a Sage Creatista pod machine so the family can also enjoy the coffee fun. I've been determined to get the best out of it (I'm not a fan of pod coffee) using the latest gadgets and gizmos and I've finally nailed it -...
  9. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    While looking for inspiration for the grand final of the Latte Art Comp I stumbled across leekangbin91 on Insta. Just wow!! Not sure I'd want to drink the results but it's pretty impressive. So . . . tulip, rosetta and drawing art on coffee - all in half an hour. Blindfolded!
  10. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Finally got my first bit of 'latte art' this morning. I know its no where near perfect but it's the first time I've managed to get microfoam, I think I've previosuly been adding far too much air and it's been like having an ice cream on the top, thicker than cappuccino foam. I was that...
  11. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Thought it would be helpful to start a thread with tips and video clips to help members struggling with latte art. Here's a starter from Chris Baca - catch more on his Youtube channel
  12. Sold
    280ml cup brand new Does not come with saucer posted in well padded box £9 delivered no lower offers on this please
  13. Coffee Lounge
    I tend to only drink espresso during the week, but treat myself to the occasional flat white at the weekends, particularly when friends are over. One milk brand that is very popular in many speciality coffee shops in London is the Estate Dairy. It has a really creamy, rich texture and really...
  14. Sold
    For sale my beloved Izzo Alex Duetto MkII. This dual boiler machine is a beauty and in fact a beast. Bought second hand and in immaculate condition in 2016 and had previously been bought new from Bella Barista (2010 production model). Selling as I'm not allowed more machines than kids, and I...
  15. Coffee Lounge
    With 2018 bearing down on us, who has made some coffee related resolutions for the year ahead? I'm going to work on my latte art and explore the world of pour-overs!
  16. Sold
    the cafe clear out continues.......... We used these a fair bit at first before moving onto the Barista Gear stuff at the cafe. Lots of people love the spouts on these, these ones are the competition spouts. Price is £20 for the 600ml, £15 each for the 350ml and £5 shipping.
  17. Sold
    Need we say more? Classic Motta jugs in 75cl and 35cl. Light use in the past but not for a while. Found these when going through some cupboards in the cafe. Price is £35 for the pair, which includes shipping.
  18. Sage Forum
    Has anyone got any tips for achieving a good micro foam with the DTP? I'm just not quite getting it right?
  19. Coffee Lounge
    New beans, Brazil Ipanema Yellow Catuai - lovely!!
  20. Coffee Lounge
    Because I tend to make my coffee at the weekends and felt bad posting in Free Pour Friday
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