LIFE // COFFEE MACHINE
My home machine is the Sage Barista promoted by Heston Blumenthal. It has an independent hopper & grinder, Thermacoil heating system with pre-infusion, a professional steam wand as well as a range of automatic and manual settings. www.sageappliances.co.uk/the-barista-express.html
LIFE // COFFEE TAMPER
I use a C-ripple Reg Barber tamper (from Canada). My Sage basket is a standard 54mm but when measured with a caliper was more like 53.7mm. I ordered a 53.2mm tamper and it is a snug fit and makes great shots - it's also a little work of art!
LIFE // COFFEE ART
I enjoy experimenting with texturing and heating milk to create perfect micro-foam - well nearly! I'm self-taught when it comes to creating latte art, but have now become fairly proficient at creating something like the picture here!
LIFE // COFFEE BEANS (IN)
I like to experiment with different artisan and fair trade beans.
I mainly use beans from my local roastery, Ue Coffee Roasters and Barista Training Academy, based where I live in Witney. They also have a cafe based next to their wood-powered roastery.
LIFE // COFFEE BEANS (OUT)
Colonna & Small's: www.colonnaandsmalls.co.uk