A year with the Rocket R58 v2

It’s been over a year now since I bought my Rocket R58 v2 from Bella Barista, and in that time I’ve used it pretty much every day. Now that I’ve finally coerced convinced my fiancé that coffee is amazing I usually make 4-6 doubles a day and steam 1-2 small jugs of milk. So has…

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The Feast/Fast model (and why you should do it)

As some of you may know I’m a massive fitness geek. I’m also all about optimising and ‘hacking’ things to make them better, so when I finally decided I needed to get rid of some extra blubber (OK, a lot of extra blubber) I turned to one of the top US fitness authors: John Romaniello. I’ve…

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Learning to print on the Makerbot 5th generation

I received my Makerbot after great anticipation a few weeks ago. Touted as a more user-friendly 3D printing experience I was rather expecting that I’d be able to get it out the box, plug it in and start printing. To my surprise, that actually happened, and half an hour later I had printed a completely useless…

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A preface

Thanks for visiting my blog! It’s currently in a bit of a transitional state between a random collection of thoughts about coffee and a newer, more organised style, so please bare with me whilst I get everything back in it’s rightful place. The new structure will involve posts on my three favourite things (and probably…

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How to make awesome Espresso at home (almost)

OK, this post isn’t going to tell you what the title promised (a classic case of under-delivering), but what it is, is basically a list of what I’ve learnt is necessary to make awesome Espresso at home. It’s not meant to be an exhaustive list, but I was asked recently by a visitor to the site…

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My V60-01 Technique

There’s not a great deal of guides around about how to brew in the smaller Hario V60. I’ve taken some inspiration with the Barismo spec and a little from Matt Perger’s technique, but otherwise it’s just been a process of trial and error to find a cup that I like. So here it is! 1)…

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What kind of milk?

As a borderline lactose-intolerant man, it’s not often I find myself drinking anything milk-based. And drinking as much coffee as I do I’m not sure I could handle the superfluous calories several times a day. But rarely (usually when I don’t trust the quality of the coffee) I do end up sitting in a café…

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Water quality in the midlands

I recently read an article by James Hoffman entitled “What to do about water?“. It’s not a new article, and I’ve read it before, but I’m significantly further into my coffee journey now than I was when I first read it, and it got me thinking: obviously London water is terrible, everyone says so, but…

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Review of the Rocket R58

Back in May I promised to write a follow-up review of my Rocket R58. I told myself I’d blog more, but there’s always stuff to get in the way. Anyway, as I sit here on a Sunday afternoon listening to music, Espresso in hand it’s time to stick to my word and get on with…

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