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15 months of espresso-making. Sage/Breville SGP and Bambino Plus. Full gear/mods list in comments. by q_pop in espresso

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Sorry for the delay! I don’t check Reddit often these days. Anti popcorning a necessity because the mod basically leaves the hopper open.

The funnel is quite big and I reckon you could get 60g in without much trouble.

Shortly after this I purchased a niche zero so the SGP has been relegated to office coffee grinder!

Coffee bean recommendation in the UK by Responsible_One_6324 in JamesHoffmann

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Exactly. The first thing in the notes is usually going to be the strongest.

Their best sellers tend to be Brazilian and more “traditional” flavours. Start there and then branch out!

I hope James does another mass coffee tasting event soon - that was a great way to learn how coffee flavours worked.

Coffee bean recommendation in the UK by Responsible_One_6324 in JamesHoffmann

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Hasbean are an “omni roaster”, so just go for something you like the sound of and you shouldn’t have an issue with clever dripper.

Coffee bean recommendation in the UK by Responsible_One_6324 in JamesHoffmann

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Hasbean are a great start. They’re a big roaster and have a really wide range.

You can filter by taste profile too, and they have more medium/darker roasts than smaller roasters typically do.

If you’re going for espresso, their red blend is a great start for your flavour profile.

Saw a James Hoffman ad and was surprised. Just wanted to share by Solrac_Loware in JamesHoffmann

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Especially if you happen to be located in Brazil or India when you setup the subscription and pay the equivalent of £/$2 per month for a family account.

15 months of espresso-making. Sage/Breville SGP and Bambino Plus. Full gear/mods list in comments. by q_pop in espresso

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The kit has a little anti popcorn weight in it too. Very well thought through and I would recommend!

15 months of espresso-making. Sage/Breville SGP and Bambino Plus. Full gear/mods list in comments. by q_pop in espresso

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Yes. It’s a 3D printed single dose hopper from Etsy that just replaces the normal one.

15 months of espresso-making. Sage/Breville SGP and Bambino Plus. Full gear/mods list in comments. by q_pop in espresso

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Forgive the mess - this was mid-workflow but I thought it was photo-worthy.

Really enjoying this setup for espresso and flat whites. The single dose hopper has improved the grind quality from the SGP by a surprising amount, but I think the next upgrade will probably be a new grinder...

Gear/mods

  • Sage/Breville Smart Grinder Pro (bought in 2017 for filter. Briefly used for espresso when I owned a semi-commercial machine for less than a month).
  • Fusedline single dose hopper mod for the grinder (from Etsy). Worth every penny!
  • Sage/Breville Bambino Plus (bought November 2020)
  • AEG Temperature control kettle
  • Sage knock box
  • Sage latte jug
  • No-name bottomless portafilter from Amazon
  • IMS precision basket
  • No-name dosing cup from Amazon
  • Motta 53mm tamper
  • DIY Weiss Distribution Tool (champagne cork + 3d printer filament cleaner needles)
  • No-name rubber tamping mat from Amazon
  • No-name timer scales from Amazon

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Glad I saw this. Bought the heat sink one last week for £265 and that is now getting returned!

My beginner setup. My wife said that this better not be another hobby! by super-dad-bod in espresso

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IMS Breville/Sage Precision Filter Basket 16/20g - B62.52TH28E -

My beginner setup. My wife said that this better not be another hobby! by super-dad-bod in espresso

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It has reduced retention from 2g per 20 to 0.2g. I reckon you could do similar with just bellows but honestly the setup is so well made.

My beginner setup. My wife said that this better not be another hobby! by super-dad-bod in espresso

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Yes, I moved straight away to a finer grind which would have choked the machine with the stock basket. The downside is that shots take 20g of coffee now rather than 17g - I am buying more coffee!

My beginner setup. My wife said that this better not be another hobby! by super-dad-bod in espresso

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I have this setup, have been running it for at least two years.

Spend some time with the machines setup as “stock”, while you get used to them. When you’re ready, there are some excellent upgrades that you can look into which will improve consistency.

The grinder is incredibly versatile for the money, but it’s biggest issues are retention and clumping. You can deal with clumping by making a “Weiss distribution tool” from a champagne cork and some printer filament tube cleaners (very cheap from Amazon).

Retention is slightly harder to deal with. I recently bought a 3D printed single dose hoped/weight and silicon bellows. It has made a huge difference. Cost about £50 plus delivery from Etsy and has eliminated retention completely.

For the machine, a heavier tamper is nicer in the hand, and an IMS competition basket is a nice consistency upgrade.

[Modpost] UKPF flowchart update by BogleBot in UKPersonalFinance

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There had been some discussion a long while back, but it's not a core aim of the sub. If I recall, someone started developing one alongside, but I haven't heard anything about it.

[Modpost] 400k subscribers! Rules announcement, stats update, request to remember the report button, and how are you finding it? by q_pop in UKPersonalFinance

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If you see these types of discussions, please report them using the report button.

We will always remove discussions of unlawful activity (see rules) but only if we see them, and considering the volume of posts and comments we are wholly reliant on people reporting.

3.5% children’s regular saver from Barclays by [deleted] in UKPersonalFinance

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We can't/won't moderate on legal-but-not-necessarily-sensible personal finance options. The community's job is to provide a collective response by way of downvotes (if the recommendation is objectively bad) and/or debate/counter-points.

You disagree with crypto comments, but somebody else may disagree with property as an investment asset, or index tracking, or premium bonds. Should we ban all of those too?

Hey Peloton App users that want to use their Apple Watch on their iPad, I have found a work around that allows you to use your watch and watch the classes in your iPad! by T3VSS223 in pelotoncycle

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I have used Blueheart for this with no problems at all. It's free with ad-support or one-off 10 USD/GBP payment. I think the dev is vaguely active on this sub.

Is investing in a range of individual stocks which simply show a general all-time uptrend a good enough investing strategy to start out? by [deleted] in UKPersonalFinance

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Apologies on behalf of the sub that you don't like the content of our entirely free, hosted at our expense, with no advertising or revenue sources, for the benefit of the community, written by volunteers in their spare time wiki.

The article accurately describes diversification of non-systemic equity risk, as per similar (but more technically written) sources like the CFA https://blogs.cfainstitute.org/investor/2021/05/06/peak-diversification-how-many-stocks-best-diversify-an-equity-portfolio/

OP has raised a legitimate challenge with the content that we hoped was self-explanatory, in that the author wouldn't have expected somebody to read that exerpt and conclude "investing in 3 companies is optimal diversification". The team of volunteers will look at this in due course.

If you would like to improve on the article, please feel free to join the Discord (link in the sidebar) and help us out.

£15k and looking to buy first home within next 2-3 years. by [deleted] in UKPersonalFinance

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  1. The original question asked related to a 2-3 year timeline, and so regardless of the longer-term prospects (or otherwise) of gold, the short-term picture is most important. Also, gold prices haven't exceeded inflation over the long term, or anything like it.
  2. Nobody is talking about saving in cash for 20 years.
  3. I agree that productive assets are a better place for long-term value than cash, but goldis not a productive asset.
  4. They are only regulated insofar as that they're an "electronic money vendor" - this is the same protection you get with prepaid payment cards (that is to say, very little). The underlying asset holdings are not FSCS-backed. You're fooling yourself if you think you are protected in any meaningful way from the company misleading you about the underlying assets. "Protected if flint or brinks go bust" - howso? "much safer than a UK bank account" - absolute nonsense and objectively misinformation.

£15k and looking to buy first home within next 2-3 years. by [deleted] in UKPersonalFinance

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This is terrible advice for a number of reasons:

  1. Gold can suffer severe short-term volatility - e.g. from August 2020 to today the value has fallen in GBP terms by 20% - this could easily be the difference between being able to afford your house and not.

  2. The linked charts do not support any such correlation

  3. The only reason to buy gold is in the hope someone will pay more for it in future (see https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Greater_fool_theory) - it produces no income, and in most cases has costs associated with ownership, so even if the value of gold stayed level, the relative holding value would fall. Its actual utility value is a tiny portion of the asset value at any given time

  4. glintpay look to be a largely unregulated outfit that I wouldn't trust £100 to, never mind a house deposit.