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    the price it s sold for Recommended retail price is A 199 00 and it s already been available on sale for A 179 00 Note that I can t buy a Lux grinder wholesale for that price Listed below in point form are what I believe to be the pros and cons of this grinder GOOD POINTS Grind Quality Excellent equal to a Lux or Rocky at all settings from plunger to commercial espresso Grind Speed Faster than a Lux by about 40 faster than a Rocky by about 10 Coffee Retention Very little ground coffee remains in the unit after grinding Adjustment Mechanism Excellent virtually foolproof for a home user Adjustment Repeatability Excellent plunger to espresso and back again Design and Build Quality Excellent Noise Level Less noisy than a Lux noisier than a Rocky User Manual Absolutely canes anything I ve ever seen out of Italy BAD POINTS Grind Speed Coffee exiting the little spout is quite fluffy and prone to static in dry conditions Fluffy Grind Makes it difficult to fill portafilter to the correct level by the overfill sweep tamp method You need to fill tamp lightly then fill again and tamp Adjustment Mechanism The distance between clicks represents about a 9 second difference in a 60ml 14g double shot pour time similar to the Lux and double that of the Rocky Adjustment Mechanism The two little top burr ears will break at some stage Fortunately a new burr carrier should be an inexpensive replacement Mess Level The Sunbeam is no worse than the Lux or Rocky Doserless when it comes to the amount of coffee scattered about but it is definitely messier than a doser grinder OVERALL A major Australian appliance company has finally done it they ve produced a Category Killer grinder I

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    our absence Tmanna will continue supplying roasted coffee orders but green coffee orders and equipment orders will not be available ONLY ORDERS SUBMITTED VIA THE ORDER FORM ON THE WEBSITE WILL BE FILLED Tmanna does not have access to my phone or email and will not see any orders emailed to me While my phone has global roaming ringing me could be a bit expensive Speaking of order forms the new all singing and dancing coffee order form should be working this month The benefits will include a Tax Invoice emailed to you as soon as the order is placed your credit card validated and charged immediately and the elimination of the need for me to retain credit card numbers Equipment shortages have continued with Italian manufacturers seemingly struggling to keep up I received a much delayed partial shipment of Rancilio machines at the end of February which sold out in less than 12 hours I have another much larger consignment due in late March while I m away It will be available as soon as I return Prices have increased about 3 on average not bad if you consider that they ve been stable for the last 5 years or more The Sunbeam EM0480 grinders are also available at a price of 198 00 inc GST plus delivery This is basically RRP I know that in major cities it will be possible to get the grinders cheaper from major department and electrical stores but I suspect that all those customers NOT living in a major city will find the EM0480 a bargain A look at the wholesale cost vs the selling price convinced me that there was no way I could sell these at bulk store margins This month s special coffee is something different from the normal It

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    straight espresso I have EVER had in Hong Kong and then did it again He roasts Josuma s Malabar Gold blend on premises and obviously does a good job of it He and his SO share the barista tasks and both are equally skilled Next time the question of where s the best coffee in HK comes up on Coffeegeek Crema Coffee will be the answer The Imex Roaster greets you at the door Pulling shots on the La Marzocco Bags of Malabar Gold lined up at the counter The whole point This shot has been pre slurped by me I also took the opportunity to meet with Paul Pratt the HK La Marzocco rep while I was there In fact we had a snack at Terry s café then Paul took me off to the Mong Kok district where he was shopping for a PID controller for a La Marzocco This area is a gadget freak s heaven hundreds of tiny shops selling all types of mechanical and electrical components and metalworkers and fabricators one after the other I reckon it would be possible to conceive design and build an espresso machine from scratch without having to travel more than 100 metres in any direction Not that I m going to but I can always dream While we were away Tmanna did a magnificent job of keeping the orders flowing in spite of a sudden upsurge in business I had budgeted sufficient beans to cover 4 weeks worth of normal business and we ran out of some of them at the end of our second week away Many international phone calls later we managed to cover some of the deficiencies and a couple of days of frantic roasting brought us up to speed when we got back There s

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    original Melior plunger all metal like some of the modern stainless steel ones Coffee Biggins and other weird brewers and it s a must see for caffeine freaks visiting London Bramah also offers a reasonable by London standards espresso and brewed single origin coffees by the pot I had a Guatemalan Maragogype that was true to type and taste Overall though the standard of espresso isn t that good with occasional stand outs The internet café in Covent Garden produced quite a respectable shot as did Drury but I doubt that London will ever be a great coffee city Behind the counter a standard espresso machine teamed with a LaMarzocco Swift grinder The original Napierian coffee syphons The Balancing syphon a later modification Napierian syphons in sterling silver Original Melior plungers press pots Copper vac pots in the double pot configuration we see today Another balancing syphon design on the left and the first Gaggia electric home espresso machine on the right Atomic espresso makers in their first guise no steam wands on these babies Early commercial espresso machines L to R Victoria Arduino pump type LaPavoni steam and Victoria Arduino steam And next door a selection of commercial lever machines with MONSTER groups The one on the right is a pre E61 single group Faema From the UK it was off to Italy to see Rancilio and laScala but there will be more about that in the next newsletter In a more local vein the Sunbeam grinders have selling faster than I anticipated so I decided it might be time to look at another of the Sunbeam products Not the espresso machine yet but the in my opinion best small knock out box in the world the Sunbeam Bang Bang Made of die cast aluminium and finished in neoprene

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    espresso Display cabinet in the Rancilio Showroom Discussing current future improvements The adjustable overpressure valve Silvia set at 9 bar After Rancilio it was off to laScala who are based just outside Venice To my surprise they do a lot of machine refurbishment and I saw 3 single group Faema E61 units in various states of restoration After discussions I will be importing a plumb in version of the Butterfly with a rotary pump called the Eroica I will also be testing out their grinders Discussing machines with Roberto Canever laScala Export Manager The production floor Electric motor and rotary pump in the Eroica A fully reconditioned beautiful old Faema E61 Then it was on to the USA and the SCAA conference at Charlotte North Carolina This year s SCAA was a bit of a disappointment as far as the New products and Display aspects were concerned but the educational seminars more than made up for it The roasting seminar was a highlight with over a dozen sample roasters of various sizes and makes all set up to run at once and a bunch of expert Roasters Guild members to instruct and supervise I got an old mate Bernie Digman owner of Milagro Coffee in Arizona I copped a bit of stick from him he reckoned I should be supervising not learning but I found the whole experience very enriching In the roasting tent at SCAA Results set up for cupping On the new products front things were a lot more bleak I tasted coffee from the Clover Coffee Brewer not as good as my vac pot but at US 8000 00 a lot more expensive and the Aerobie Aeropress publicity aside it s NOT espresso just the normal weak American brew There were no notable new beans this year

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    from our market as the importer apparently no longer brings them in A number of people have queried me on my recommendations for the Gaggia machines since I don t like the boilers and don t sell the machines All I can say is that at the current selling prices they represent good value as a starter machine the sort of thing you buy learn on and then sell on Ebay after you upgrade The evaluation page now also has an Australian contact list for the various makers importers of the machines discussed One of the things I have emphasized is that for espresso excellence it is absolutely necessary to have a decent quality grinder You just can t get the best out of your espresso machine unless you re grinding your own coffee Of course you could always go the Instant Coffee route Nestle has recently released a new instant coffee called Short Black In the spirit of adventure I bought a sample jar and tried it out It does indeed foam up and produce a pale yellowish faux crema when you pour boiling water on it but the product in the cup bears little relationship to a real short black Even at the much higher concentration for instant than normal one and a half heaped teaspoons in a 100ml cup it lacks the body and mouthfeel of a real espresso While there is real coffee taste very much like bland Brazil it is mouth puckeringly acidic like sucking a lemon This may be an artefact of whatever processing is used to produce the crema effect but it s not the sort of thing I d drink for fun A coffee I would drink for fun and one that makes an excellent short black is this month s special

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    machines The Synesso has a velvet like crema with the espresso at a silky texture Sugar won t hold up in this crema Espresso has changed and it s moving in a new direction Now if I d just dropped 15 grand on a machine that can t produce a decent crema I might be saying something similar but frankly if I was an Italian machine company I d be laughing You can rhapsodize about the developed nuance in the cup and the magnificent mouthfeel all day but if you served something like that in the world s biggest espresso market chances are you d end up wearing it After spending a fair bit of time in Italy in the last few years and seeing the sheer SCALE of the coffee industry there I have to admit that my attitude to espresso is that there s always more to learn about production but the end product desired is fairly well established I doubt that the attempts to redefine espresso by a tiny USA machinery company and a couple of local café owners will amount to much in the end but given the power of the internet you never know The standard for crema It s supposed to be a dense persistant finely emulsified foam able to support a teaspoon of sugar Today that standard has been extensively tested and refined but still remains fundamentally intact Espresso research in Italy simply dwarfs anything else happening in the rest of the world spin doctors aside and no amount of marketing spin can cover up the fact that the Emperor s clothes appear to be missing when the most expensive machines can t duplicate the results of their lesser brethren Shot pulled on the 599 Sunbeam Persistent at 30 seconds afterwards Crema is still there at 5 minutes and the passes the sugar test at 30 seconds on the second shot Yet another frequently expressed myth is that rotary pumps as found in commercial espresso machines produce better espresso than vibration pumps as used in domestic machines The arrival of my new laScala Butterfly shipment has allowed me to put this one to rest forever because along with the Butterflys I imported a couple of laScala Eroica machines These are identical to the Butterfly except for the rotary pump motor replacing the tank they are designed to be the fully plumbed in version So I set an Eroica and a Butterfly up side by side and started pulling shots My assistant then moved the shots while my back was turned and I had to try and pick the differences and which machine produced which shot Over a dozen trials I not only couldn t pick which machine produced which shot I couldn t detect any differences between the shots at all Pump type appears to have no effect on shot quality whatsoever The Eroica on the left and the Butterfly pulling simulaneous rotary and vibe pump shots An inside view of the electric

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    can be a trial but nothing that can t be solved with a couple of long self tapping screws and some pliers Napoletana Mokita Combi etc Gasket Replacement The only tool needed is a small flat headed fairly blunt screwdriver Unplug your machine from the powerpoint remove the water tank and bean hopper and turn the machine upside down on a smooth flat sturdy surface Slide the screwdriver under the inner circumference of the old gasket adjacent to one of the portafilter locking slots and lift the gasket up to the point where you can grasp it with your fingers Pull the old gasket out Clean the gap out thoroughly after removing the old gasket Insert the new gasket into the slot starting at the back and ensuring that the inner and outer circumferences are flat against the walls and the gasket is not twisted Use the screwdriver tip to stretch and prod the gasket until it is fitted around the brewhead remember it s rubber it stretches then insert the portafilte with the 2 cup basket in and tighten the portafilter as hard as possible This will seat the gasket Turn your machine upright replace the tank and hopper and prime the pump by running water through the machine with the steam valve open Silvia Commercial Group Gasket Replacement Installation is easy remove all your machine furniture and turn the machine upside down Screw a couple of self tapping wood screws into the old gasket grasp the screws with a pair of pliers and pull out the gasket Chase down any remaining bits with a flat head screwdriver clean out the gasket space with detergent brush and kitchen paper insert new gasket bevelled side in Bed the gasket in by inserting the PF and tightening it a few times

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