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MET Camaleonte Executive Adult Commutor Cycle Helmet - black, 52-57cm
MET Camaleonte Executive Adult Commutor Cycle Helmet - black, 52-57cm
Offered by nanopreise
Price: 45.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect commuter helmet, 17 Mar 2012
A fantastic helmet allround. The design is both elegant and practical from the fitting adjustment to the rear led light and the sleek styling. With the addition of the winter kit I can not imagine a better helmet for the about-town cyclist.

Alture Shield Waterproof Glove L
Alture Shield Waterproof Glove L

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bulky Goal-Keeper-like Gloves, 19 Sep 2011
Why are gloves made like this?

The previous Altura Shield gloves I owned were perfect in size, looks and functionality. For some reason this was not enough for Altura. This new 2011 version arrived to replace the loss of the previous pair. Wow what a difference: terribly bulky in size to the point of being inpractical, with an appearance as if I'm expecting to go goal-keeping as opposed to cycling!

Promptly returned for a full refund.

Well done altura, I'm sure the decision to redesign a product range sounded like good idea at the time. Too many cycling companies make the same mistake of reinventing the wheel, so to speak.

De'Longhi KG79 Professional Burr Grinder
De'Longhi KG79 Professional Burr Grinder
Price: 34.99

100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good while it lasted -> lesson: Don't Skimp on the Grinder!, 10 Feb 2011
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This KG79 model replaced a standard chopper/blade grinder, suffice to say both types of grinder are leagues apart in effectiveness and efficiency. A decent burr grinder at this price is a great leap forward. No longer am I excavating the coffee from beneath the blades, or holding down the grind button for some approximate period to deliver the optimal grind. The affordable Delonghi burr grinder achieves great results without the user doing much work. You push the button and walk away! The beans are delivered from the top (hopper) via gravity to the spinning crushers. The burr method provides good uniformity of grind without spoiling the flavour with heat due to friction. A cup setting determines how much coffee is ground and then its turns off. The user can also just switch it off. The results are found in the bottom compartment and can be stored there or just emptied into your coffee tin if like me you bring your grind to work. This Delonghi grinder looks smart and is unobtrusive on the kitchen counter. It can produce a grind with a fineness more than enough for my delonghi EC330 espresso machine.

It is obviously distinct from the top of the market grinders in terms of build quality etc - its 1/10th of the price! None-the-less, remember that the perfect grinder is that which suits your espresso machine and your pocket. The Delonghi espresso machines are no Gaggia's, however with fresh beans they produce delicious espresso and cost much less. A top-spec espresso machine may indeed require an ultra fine and uniform coffee grind but at what cost and why? If taste and economic satisfaction are paramount than a good budget machine, coupled with this very satisfying Delonghi burr grinder, will deliver on all your espresso needs.

Update: Unfortunately, after 15 months of moderate use (10cups/week) the motor has ceased functioning. It was good while it lasted .... however, a short life span is disappointing.

In the long run it may be worth investing in a quality burr grinder to ensure a stronger build & longevity. Indeed many baristas encourage paying the same if not more for your grinder than the actual espresso machine. My low cost espresso machine is currently outliving my low cost burr grinder. My advice -> Don't Skimp on the Grinder!!
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