TransferWise - a secure, fast, and efficient way to make overseas payments

by Reiss Gunson on Monday, 19 March 2018 10:28

All the goods on this website are priced in GBP (Great British Pounds), if for no other reason than we are an English registered company, the machines are made in England, and therefore our costs are also in GBP

However our customer base is very geographically diverse so we also offer the option for you to change the displayed currency on our website to another currency that is more meaningful to you

We also allow you to purchase the goods in these alternative currencies and these prices update fairly regualrly when the european currency markets are open

However, ultimately we still need to convert these various currencies in our various Paypal currency accounts into GBP and at this point it costs us to translated the funds into GBP

Accordingly there is a 3% premium on the non GBP prices on our website to cover this translation cost, and the FX risk itself which we would rather avoid

You can avoid this 3% premium by paying us using TransferWise, a genius of an idea that was only brought to our attention when a guy in Germany decided to pay us using TransferWise

The genius of TransferWise is the funds do not actually cross borders - TransferWise are simply booking internal accounting journal entries, recording a debit in their (for example) USD account that you direct your funds to in the USA as a normal domestic payment, and a corresponding credit in their GBP bank account in England that they pay out funds from to our GBP account in England

It takes about 4 days for them to approve your account, but once approved it is a super fast and efficient method of making foreign exchange payments that you then have for all your future foreign currency payments

There's nothing in it for us, we're just spreading the word as we're tired of the steep FX charges from traditional banks and also they are extremely slow, the funds taking several days to arrive

TransferWise: a path to a less expensive LONDINIUM

New for 2018: One box

by Reiss Gunson on Friday, 02 March 2018 21:56


TransferWise - another fast, secure way to pay

by Reiss Gunson on Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:08

Customer Ernst has brought this new payment method to my attention,

It is very clever as it allowed Ernst to send us the equivalent of GBP100 from his EUR bank account in Germany to our GBP account in England almost instantly

Usually bank transfers take a couple of days and the transaction costs are significant

Watch the video on the home page

How it works is TransferWise hold bank accounts in a good number of countries

In the example above Ernst has simply sent a domestic payment to a EUR TransferWise account in Germany who have internal systems that then instantly pay out the relevant sum from their TransferWise account in England to our GBP account

It is fast, secure, and economical

If you havent already guessed, i am very impressed

Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention Ernst

If you wish to pay for your next LONDINIUM order using TransferWise just select the bank transfer option and then watch the video on their homepage

It is very simple, cost effective, secure, and the funds are received promptly

Country number 49: Nigeria

by Reiss Gunson on Saturday, 13 January 2018 11:06

We are looking forward to despatching our first machine to Nigeria on monday with DHL Express.

Dipper fed lever groups overheat with consecutive shots & are useless for light roasts

by Reiss Gunson on Monday, 01 January 2018 16:24

Dont take our word for it though*, make it your new year's resolution to buy a dipper fed machine and prove it to yourself in 2018

That's why our LONDINIUM R mimics the architecture of our commerical LONDINIUM III, II, and I machines but with the conveninece of a plug and play tank feed and a much smaller footprint in your kitchen

Get it out of the box, fill it up, and turn it on.  Simple

No need to drill holes in your granite bench top either

LONDINIUM.  Lever machines for speciality coffee


*unlike my critics i have built machines in a variety of architectures with my own funds, and then put the best performing design into production

Best coffee tool of 2017? Espazzola

by Reiss Gunson on Monday, 01 January 2018 16:12

A group brush that works was the stand out new coffee tool for 2017; the Espazzola

LONDINIUM III, I drip tray diffuser in place:

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 28 December 2017 17:11

Dribbling under the drip tray on L1 and L3 solved.

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 28 December 2017 16:16

This is our last trick for 2017, and its a good one.  I apologise in advance for the vertical video syndrone, but it was taken in a rush as i was meant to be doing other things today but the man in the yellow van from DHL rolled up and i thought no time like the present to road test this little bolt on for our L1 and L3 owners.  It works exceedingly well and it is a great note to finish 2017 on.


Prototype LONDINIUM shower screen from IMS

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 28 December 2017 16:06

In this clip you can clearly see the screen driving the water toward the centre of the screen, such is the strength of the screen's diffussing effect on the water flow into the brew chamber

The natural path of water on a lever group machine is to jet down the bore of the sleeve and exit around the perimeter of the shower screen, and you can see that this screen addresses that very effectively

The result for you is exceptional espresso more often; it improves consistency by reducing the chance of washout on the top of the puck, preventing channeling from getting started because of the softened entry of the water into the brew chamber