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I haven’t abandoned my website, I have been under a lot of personal stress, distracted by things I shouldn’t be, which means things don’t get done.

I finally ordered the part I needed, and it’s installed and I have photos. It didn’t come with an o-ring so I had to use the old one, unfortunately it hasn’t fixed the problem, so in a few weeks I’m going to pull it apart again and see if it’s the same problem or a different one with similar symptoms.

I am still roasting, still trying other roasters beans, so far no one beats mycuppa, I’m not sure they ever will.

I’m still dreaming of the day I get a Strega, there are a few cafes around Newcastle that now have levers, I was down the road from The Press Book Club the other day so decided to check out their coffee. When I was younger I always dreamed of owning a book store with a cafe, what could be better than coffee and books and chatting to people? Nothing, well okay yes there might be, I’m just happy that there is one where I live AND they do great lever coffee.

Yes yes I destroyed it with milk ๐Ÿ™‚ but it was great, no sugar, just half a shot (their standard shot is a double) and some milk. 15 minutes later when I’d done more talking than drinking it had cooled off it was still great.

This of course is just my personal opinion and we all have different tastes, I have to admit it’s the first coffee I’ve had in Newcastle that I’ve actually thought I’d definitely go out of my way to buy again.

More from me…

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Posted by on October 22, 2016 in coffee


BES900 longevity

I’ve had the BES900 for three and a half years now and I’m starting to get questions about whether it still works, and whether it still produces shots like it used to.

I thought I would take a quick video of a three year old Peru I roasted about three weeks ago.

I think it still has the goods for an ‘appliance’ coffee machine.

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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in coffee


Instructions for replacement of solenoid gasket

I’ve added a page for the replacement of the solenoid gasket.

Any questions just put them in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚


Posted by on June 2, 2014 in coffee


BES900 Solenoid gasket replacement.

I’m not surprised in the slightest that I’ve finally hit the problems that others have had, I’m just lucky that it’s taken this long.

Symptoms: decreased water flow through group head, increased time to get up to pressure, steam being slow and watery.

Solution: replace gasket.

I have been informed that there is a new ceramic replacement gasket.

My local service centre only have the silicone gaskets so that will do for now.

I have ordered the ceramic and a new tube that runs from the solenoid value as it’s all tacky, sticky and brown.

Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of what the gunk looked like when I took it apart but as per standard posts I do have photos of the replacement process which I will add to the BES900 section.

The BES900 works so well now my first shot had coffee spurting everywhere, as in completely off the machine from the bottom of the naked portafilter ๐Ÿ˜€

Just when you think you have everything down pat you have to start from scratch again ๐Ÿ˜€


Posted by on April 29, 2014 in coffee


Best coffee in quite some time.

I’ve been very disillusioned for quite some time, my coffee has tasted like absolute dirt for a long long time.

I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, my beans were freshly roasted, the grind looked ok, my machine is pumping out at the right pressure.

I bought others beans and they tasted fine.

I thought to pull apart the grinder and see if there was anything there that I’d missed.ย  Of course I lost the shim while vacuuming it, didn’t realise I had, put it back together and of course can’t get a grind fine enough.ย  Realised what I had done and found the shim, put it all back together and something still wasn’t right.

Threw a tantrum and said stuff it get the Spong out.

Well, I should never have put it away to start off with.

It produces the best coffee I have had in quite some time, it’s grind is so consistent that the BDB goes up to pressure and stays there, sometimes may move a tiny amount but nothing over a quarter of a bar; unlike the BSG which will allow movement of up to a bar and sometimes more.

Hand grinding is not just for manual brewing, get the right grinder and you can produce perfectly AWESOME espresso too ๐Ÿ˜€

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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in coffee


BES900 two years on…

Hi guys

With the introduction of the BES920 coming out I thought I’d look back at the last two years of having the BES900.

No no I’m not upgrading to the BES920, I don’t see a need really, besides not being able to descale the machine myself I haven’t had any issues with it, I can still impress people with the coffee I make from it.

Would I buy it again? ย No I wouldn’t but that is me talking from my point of view, where I’m a little way into my coffee journey, I’m not a beginner any more and am ready to take the next step. ย Can anyone say LEVER ๐Ÿ˜€

In saying that though IF I was a beginner I wouldn’t have any qualms about buying one, sure there have been problems, it looks to me that Breville have taken the complaints about what was/is wrong with the BES900 and fixed them in the BES920. ย Until they are released obviously I can’t say for sure.

Majority of the issues I’ve read about over the past two years, I feel, have been service centre issues not Breville issues, when problems with service centres ‘couldn’t give a stuff’ attitudes have resulted in machines not being fixed correctly,ย have been raised to Breville they have resolved them promptly in most cases (no I’m not being paid by Breville to say anything).

Soooo anyway those are my thoughts at present…

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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in coffee



After a long time trying to get back into my blog we’ve finally done it through some back end stuff we don’t want to touch again.

I will remember my password

I will remember my password

I will remember my password



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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in coffee, Uncategorized


Yeah I know it’s not tomorrow :)

So what did I buy, well I bought a Behmor, purchased from Coffeesnobs.

I needed something that would increase the size of my roasts without going overboard so the 350 gram sizes of the Behmor would be ideal but also something that could still be ‘adjusted’ so to speak, from what I read though most people pick a setting and just stick with it for almost all beans.

I also want to start blending, this can not, I feel, be done successfully in such small quantities that fits into the popper.

Finally I also needed something that didn’t have to be fiddled with electronically, Steve is absolutely flat out with work, he doesn’t get time to scratch himself let alone fiddle with things that aren’t directly related to work ๐Ÿ™‚

I will add a page for the Behmor under the Roasters section with more detail but for everyone wanting to know quick answers about what I roasted and on what settings:

On suggestion from Muscles I tried 350 grams of Ghimbi on 1 P2 C.

1C happened at 10:00 minutes and 2C at 7:30 minutes, for people that don’t know how the Behmor works, it counts down from the maximum, which for the setting I chose I believe it was 22:30 minutes (I’ll check that tomorrow and revise if needed).

Therefore in normal timings 1C happened at 12:30 minutes and 2C at 15 minutes.

As per the manual it was pulled on hearing and making sure I was hearing 2C which was about 10 second.

I personally think that that’s a pretty good roasting time, I can’t see how you could roast for the whole 22 minutes, maybe if it was really really cold outside and you roasted out there ๐Ÿ™‚

So below is the result, being Ghimbi it’s always a little uneven in colour, photo is taken with flash.

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in coffee


New things to come

I know it’s been a while, getting a new job and finding a new routine as well as sorting other things in my life out, finding new adventures in the coffee world has been the last thing on my mind.

I am about to embark on a new roasting adventure, I’m a little excited about it so finally get to compare roast between machines.

What is it you all ask?

Well you’ll have to wait until tomorrowย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in coffee


Tanzania TEC grind

Next up is the Tanzania TEC grind.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in coffee