Proof that a Bacchi isnt just an expensive stovetop moka pot: crema & lots of it

by Reiss Gunson on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 13:43

 Espresso machines selling for 4 times what we sell the Bacchi for will not produce an espresso as good as the Bacchi.  You can also use roast and ground coffee, such as Illy, and get an acceptable result and still with excellent deep crema.  Satisfaction or your money back.  Nothing else comes close at this price point if its real espresso you want.  Another piece of world class coffee equipment bought to your attention by Londinium.  We only sell equipment that will provide you with excellent coffee year after year.  Gimmicks, gizmos and fads are not welcome here.

Honduran coffee

by Reiss Gunson on Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:19

We have been playing around with some new Honduran coffee as we are getting low on the Honduran coffee we currently have in stock.  This new coffee, Cocaol, is fair trade  and organic certified if that is important to you.  It has that distinctive nuttiness that most Honduran coffees exhibit, although it has a lot more acidity than the Honduran coffee we currently sell.

We think we've managed to achieve a good compromise with the roast, taking it just dark enough to tame the acidity without killing it's personality and turning it all to soot.  It makes a lovely piccolo, which we make with two 30ml shots of espresso and just 30ml of steamed milk.

You will also enjoy this coffee if you like an espresso with a little more bite, but please be assured that it does not exhibit the extreme acidity that is so prevalent at the moment.

£54.99 New Bodum Bistro grinder (replaces the Antigua)

by Reiss Gunson on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 10:30

Still not up to the task of grinding for espresso, but lets give credit where it is due; this 'Mark II' version of the long serving Antigua model that preceded it is a big improvement.  Over the years we owned 3 Antigua grinders at various times and had a good run from all of them, although the quality did vary.

Bodum have clearly responded to market pressure; the Antigua had become too expensive for what it was, at GBP85 retail in the UK.  They obviously sent their design guys back to the drawing board with a tough brief; that it must cost a lot less and it must also improve.

Well the Bistro retails for just GBP55 in the UK, so they ticked that box.  But there's more; they have also made substantial improvements.  A lot of development has gone into the new 'anti-static' collection bin, and this is a welcome addition as the one on the Antigua is chronic.

Secondly, something that annoyed me with the Antigua was the timer only control, so if you wanted to stop the grinder before the timer had wound down you either had to turn it off at the wall or wind the timer back forcibly.

The Bistro is available in a significant range of colours, which will be important for the product's target market.

Importantly this grinder is significantly quieter than the model it replaces.  The Antigua often sounded like a cement mixer, although it varied depending on how well your unit had been assembled.  My wife commented that the Bistro sounds like a sewing machine, and while I wouldn't consider this to be a complement for a motor car I think it is for the Bistro, particularly if you are familiar with the sound of the Antigua.

Initially i thought this was due to a complete redesign of the mechanicals, but in reflection I suspect it owes much to the sound deadening properties of the new housing that Bodum have developed.  I suspect they may also have placed the motor on sound deadening mounts rather than a more direct connection to the housing.  Finally I think the soft synthetic material used on the top of the collection box makes such a good seal that it also reduces the amount of noise emitted.  An on/off switch with LED indicator light is also a nice touch, not present on the previous model.

In our opinion the new Bodum Bistro is the best entry level grinder currently on offer in the UK.  If you don't need to make espresso buy it at Bodum's online shop; it is ridiculous value for money.  Pair it with a Swissgold filter & a bag of Londinium beans and you're enjoying the best coffee in the UK

How good is an Olympia Cremina?

by Reiss Gunson on Monday, 06 September 2010 11:12

 Don't take our word for it, here's what Lance Goffinet says from the States;

"My Cremina pulls shots that look and taste the most like the shots from a Idrocompresso, and very similar to the LaMarzocco Linea and GS3. I have had the opportunity to spend some time on these machines at Doma roasting using my favorite Espresso Blend, Doma's Vitos, that I often use at home. This allowed me a fair comparison since I was using the same beans in all the machines."

Not much left to say really

While we readily acknowledge that the initial outlay for a Cremina is expensive, we stand by our claim that it represents tremendous value for money

Unlike almost everything for sale these days you can adjust and repair it.  How quaint.

What would our grandparents think of our throw away world where we fail to see the irony in thinking that driving a hybrid will somehow offset our destructive consumer behaviour?

Olympia espresso machines for sale in the US on Ebay just now

by Reiss Gunson on Sunday, 05 September 2010 20:45 

We are in no way connected with these auctions or the items offered for sale

We are simply bringing it to your attention as so many of you are after a second hand Olympia, which certainly makes sense as they are built to a higher standard than any other domestic machine that we are aware of

Mazzer mini electronic (type 'A')

by Reiss Gunson on Wednesday, 18 August 2010 09:35

 We are proud to announce the introduction of the Mazzer mini electronic (type 'A') to our product range.  We are only stocking them in silver, 240V, with the UK plug.  If you are moving up from an entry level grinder the first thing you will notice is how quiet it is, then how fast it gets the job done, then finally (and most importantly) your coffee will taste significantly better.  

This shift in quality will be like night and day if you have been trying to prepare espresso coffee with an entry level grinder.

You will find them here

Bacchi in pictures

by Reiss Gunson on Monday, 02 August 2010 09:24

Bacchi espresso maker now in stock

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 29 July 2010 20:01

 Arrived yesterday, Wednesday 28 July.

The Bacchi promotional clip

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 22 July 2010 12:18

Permission based marketing...

by Reiss Gunson on Friday, 16 July 2010 12:20

Its quite simple; we don't do it.  Yes, we know we're crazy, we know all the books say your customers will be thrilled to hear from you at least once a month with some special offer that is matched to their order history.  We say, "bollocks".

Unsurprisingly we buy online quite a lot; have done since the dark ages of e-commerce pre-2000 when we tortured ourselves with a slow (& expensive!) 2 x 64Kb channel ISDN connection.

Anyway, the point of this story is that we have a favourite online shop (mankind if you must know) that we thought were perfect in every way.  That is until one day they thought they could 'improve' by sending 'targeted' emails.  It sent me into a blind rage, I'd have to confess.  The one place I respected for not pestering me via that most insidious form of modern communication (yes, we all know its free) had succumb to emailing me.  That's why despite what Seth Godin and all the other cone heads tell us we will never subject you to a group email telling you how wonderful we are and what great ideas we've got for your pet hamster's upcoming birthday.  Never!

We have every confidence that you are more than capable of remembering the name Londinium, and that even if you don't order from us for months, even years, that you haven't forgotten who we are.  You might not wish to purchase from us because you didnt enjoy our coffee, or you've gone scuba diving in tahiti to escape the winter, or any other of a million reasons; we're just quite confident that you don't need to be reminded that we exist.  There's more than enough regulation, hectoring, do this, do that, in our modern world without us adding to the chaos.

Go forth & enjoy your espresso with an empty mail box!