My name is Ian and I live in Glasgow Scotland. I never really liked coffee until I tasted the coffee from an Italian cafe in Glasgow's west end. Ever since I have been trying to emulate that experience at home. This has been a long slow process and it's fair to say I pretty much gave up trying, because I was clueless.
It is only recently that I managed to take on board the things that go to make a good cup of coffee. Consequently I ditched the equipment I had been using and forked out £500 on a wing and a prayer, hoping that the money would be well spent. As it turns out I think I've done quite well. At least my coffee is much more to my taste now.
In recent weeks I have bought a new espresso machine (Bacchi), a new grinder (Eureka Mignon)and started getting my coffee by mail order. One place I use for coffee date stamps when their beans were roasted, so that you can enjoy them at 10 days old. They ship worldwide if anyone is interested.
The editor has told me that my two posts have the "feel" of adverts and do I work for Bacchi.
Well I am not trying to advertise anything, merely bring people's attention to my own experience, which I suppose is an advert of sorts.
I should also add that I do not now, nor have I ever, worked in the coffee trade. So what I am posting is just enthusiastic self justification. I realize the gear I have is no where near the zenith of coffee making, but I just thought people might be interested to know.