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As long as you drink it sharpish and don't leave it sitting about in a cupboard for months, the ground coffee from Hasbean is miles better than anything you're getting from a supermarket, whole beans or otherwise.

While it's very expensive to get a truly great Espresso machine, that lineup looks like its going to more than fit the bill for what you want :)

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I used to manually grind and use an aeropress but I've got lazy lately as we get up fairly early up here in Aberdeenshire for my wife's commute, so last Autumn we invested in Delonghi Bean to Cup machine which is good, certainly quick and hassle free which is what you need early in the morning.


Favourite beans at the moment are;


Has Bean's "Jailbreak", quite citrusy and Bailies "Puccini Espresso" smoky, chocolaty.

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I signed up for Pact for the £1 offer, the coffee was really nice. Fazenda something

How does it compare to the other online sellers, price wise? i thought £7 for 250g beans was a bit high, but I've been buying supermarket beans for a while now

I know I just posted a £7 a bag coffee, but I normally pay around 4 before delivery.

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I've had coffees from hasbean that also had unusual flavours mentioned in the descriptions and they totally matched up too. The best was one that really did taste just like milk chocolate kit kat. I also stupidly bought one that said it tasted of strawberry angel delight, it was totally accurate but unfortunately also not very nice as a coffee.

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Soong how long did you wait for delivery from Volcano usually? They took aaaages sending mine - like so long first time they doubled my order size for free to say sorry (nice of them) but it still took almost a week from then to actually show up. I may need to plan better if I'm sticking with them.

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Soong how long did you wait for delivery from Volcano usually? They took aaaages sending mine - like so long first time they doubled my order size for free to say sorry (nice of them) but it still took almost a week from then to actually show up. I may need to plan better if I'm sticking with them.

Dunno I've not had it posted - live around the corner from their offices so we get it from there. They have a coffee shop on site. Unsurprisingly I guess.
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http://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/ethiopia-yirgacheffe-konga-sedie-natural

This is the absolute most amazing coffee I've had in a long time. The description isn't hype, it somehow has a massive flavour of blueberries coming through.

Thanks for this! I can now also confirm that this is a wonderful coffee, really worth giving it a go, lovely flavour!
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After 10 months of trying to bond with a high end espresso machine I've gone back to a Nespresso this weekend, I'm just too lazy to grind, tamp and brew/froth etc.

I usually like a good bit of kitchen equipment but could never get over the hump of the effort of using this thing

If anybody wants a high end machine then maybe take a look in the trading folder.

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Work have just got some Nespresso machines for each floor of the open plan office, and I've picked up some CafePod pods for when I don't have time to do a proper Aeropress brew. It's really surprisingly good, with pleasant crema - far nicer than my previous experience with Tassimos. I like to half-fill the cup with hot water first, to make a long black.

Colour me surprised.

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After 10 months of trying to bond with a high end espresso machine I've gone back to a Nespresso this weekend, I'm just too lazy to grind, tamp and brew/froth etc.

I usually like a good bit of kitchen equipment but could never get over the hump of the effort of using this thing

If anybody wants a high end machine then maybe take a look in the trading folder.

Man U crazy. I remember admiring that thing when you posted about getting it. Don't think I'm really close to affording it even at your sake price though, alas.

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Was in York last week, went to a coffee shop - pretty sure it was called the Attic - and got an espresso. As someone who tends to drink good quality french press and filter coffee, but only chain espressos for a caffeine dunt, it was revelatory, light years ahead of any espresso I've had in a long time.

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That's above Harlequins, run by the same people. They're a HasBean house, and I think HasBean even do a custom blend for them. Good coffee, but food can be hit and miss in the Attic bit.

Spring Espresso down on Walmgate does the best coffee in York, but you feel underdressed if you don't have a large beard, braces, sleeve tats and a thumb ring.

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Hello all! Haven't read through the rest of the thread particularly thoroughly but just thought I'd post about my setup and coffee likes and stuff. I live in Bristol and there's a decent speciality coffee scene here. A good few shops in Full Court Press, Small Street, Didn't You Do Well and some more. Plus there are a couple of roasters here too; Extract, Clifton Coffee, Little & Long, Roasted Rituals and more. It's a good scene and very friendly.

My own setup is Aeropress and Clever Dripper for filter and a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine and Rancilio Rocky grinder. I've fallen out of use of the espresso machine recently mainly due to having a seven week old baby and minimal time to play around with shots and micro foam. I'll get back on board with it when I have the time. I mainly use the Aeropress for making my filter at the moment. I tend to be really into one method at a time, normally when I get good results out of a new recipe, so fluctuate between the two. At the moment I'm getting good results out of 14g coffee, 200g water, 1 min brew time in the non-inverted Aeropress. It's a much shorter drink than the 240 / 250g / longer brew time recipes but I'm enjoying the more intense taste I'm getting out of it at present.

The last couple of things I've been drinking have been an Ethiopian Washed and a Kenyan Washed both from Has Bean. Up next is the Huila (Colombian) Washed from Square Mile. This year has been the year that I've finally 'got' Ethiopian and Kenyan coffees. Beforehand I mostly found the former too flowery and wacky but I'm pretty sure that was because I was mostly trying Naturals which I'm not a fan of and the latter had a sort of vegetable taste to them that I couldn't get on board with at all.

But I was lucky enough to try and good handful of both that really turned me around to the stage that I'm pretty much looking for those two origins all the time. That said, I'm on various coffee roasters' websites all the time and if something sounds really good or interesting then I'll be all over it.

Anyway, that's about it for now. :) Cheers.

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That's above Harlequins, run by the same people. They're a HasBean house, and I think HasBean even do a custom blend for them. Good coffee, but food can be hit and miss in the Attic bit.

Spring Espresso down on Walmgate does the best coffee in York, but you feel underdressed if you don't have a large beard, braces, sleeve tats and a thumb ring.

Whereabouts on Walmgate is it? The website doesn't actually mention the address anywhere as far as I can see.

Bizarrely, I've never tried Harlequins, despite having been in the Caffe Nero next door about a dozen times. I'll give it a try next time I'm in town.

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Thanks for that Hawklord. Never heard of those guys before, they look like they've got some good stuff.

I picked up some of this the other day. http://departmentofcoffee.com/product/the-bells-of-st-clements-espresso/

I'm brewing it as a filter. It's ok. I'm not sure I particularly like Rwandan coffees but feel like I should. I'll keep trying them periodically and see if it clicks at one point. This one is very earthy. Not unpleasant at all, but earthy.

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So, got some of this today: http://www.cliftoncoffee.co.uk/shop/colombia-las-nubesgeisha-250/

Haven't tried it yet as I need to get some better water before brewing it up. Been recommended Waitrose Essential so I'll give that a go. I've had good results with other coffees with Volvic and Tescos Ashbeck but as I've been recommended the Waitrose one for this coffee that's what I'll use.

I'm hype for this though. The Geisha / Gesha bean is de rigeur at the moment because it's one of the few traceable 'Heirloom' beans around. That means you get all the Ethiopian flavour goodness but with a bit more control on the production side and a bit more detail on the lineage. This one, for example, is grown in Colombia and I've seen them from Panama too. A few months back I paid a staggering £7.50 for a cup of the Panama grown Geisha which was the first I'd heard of it. I simply had to try it because I had to know what a £7.50 cup of coffee tasted like and I knew I'd regret it if I didn't. Also I would never have done it were it not being served in my regular coffee shop where I knew they weren't taking the piss. It was delightful, so delicate and floral. I didn't regret it for a second.

Which in turn leads me to the disappointment I've gotten when I've been to Prufrock on Leather Lane in London. Highly regarded as a shop and for good reason I really struggle with their prices. When they're charging £5/£6 for an Aeropress of a coffee that isn't hugely expensive to buy from the roastery direct (they work closely with Square Mile) it does leave a bad taste in the mouth (though not from the coffee). I understand paying a bit more just for simply having premises in London - and the coffee is excellent so I'm not knocking that - but I feel that their prices are too high. A shame really.

Oh, and whilst I'm drivelling on, I'm starting to feel that Rwandan I bought a week or so back after all. It took a while but I'm really enjoying it now and I'll miss it when the bag is finished.

Still, I'll hopefully pick up some tasty morsels at the London Coffee Festival in a months time. Had a great time last year and I feel I understand things so much better now that I'm hoping to get even more out of it this time around.

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Whereabouts on Walmgate is it? The website doesn't actually mention the address anywhere as far as I can see.

Bizarrely, I've never tried Harlequins, despite having been in the Caffe Nero next door about a dozen times. I'll give it a try next time I'm in town.

I had no idea you were a Yorkie. Ever make it to Beyond Monopoly?

Spring is here. Damned good coffee.

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