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    for pinching their plunger designs a few years ago However for the time being the more expensive Gift Sets are still available I m also trying to build a good stock of spare parts so that I can keep all my existing customers running My final bit of misery concerns the Organic Timor Maubesse coffee The current unrest in Timor has severely disrupted supplies of the green coffee and we were totally out of stock for a couple of weeks in October I managed to scrounge a bit from a friendly competitor but long term supply was looking pretty dire However a bit of lateral thinking has rescued the situation to some extent so this month s special coffee is Organic Timor Maubesse Peaberry 36 00 kg A normal coffee cherry contains 2 beans Peaberry beans form when the 2 beans fuse into a single denser bean shaped like a little football In my experience the extra density produces slightly fuller more concentrated flavours and this is true of this coffee as well My cupping notes read Medium acid full body exceptionally balanced with cocoa and hazelnut overtones The green coffee is certified both Fair Trade and Organic On a more cheerful note the Rancilio Silvia has received a cosmetic upgrade and the new models are now available ex stock The visible upgrades are a new chromed group collar and a changed drip tray cover design internally the boiler casting is also different The group has been changed with the addition of a removable brass plate which can be swapped out to make the Silvia Pod Compatible Pictures below The new look Rancilio Silvia showing the chromed group collar and the new drip tray cover The group collar from underneath Now the gap between the group and the body is

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    any real quality the Lux was almost 200 00 If grinder prices had kept pace with average salaries a Lux would now cost 350 00 The rise of China as a manufacturing giant has had a lot to do with keeping prices low and Sunbeam has been taking full advantage of this New from Sunbeam is the EM0450 coffee grinder This is a stripped back version of the EM0480 grinder I currently sell It has a plastic body and catch tray no separate on off switch just a portafilter actuated microswitch and the power cord is only 30cm long On the other hand it has the same burrs burr carriers motor hopper and adjustment range as it s older brother and it s much cheaper at 154 00 inc GST Note that this means it is a suitable match for ANY espresso machine on the market including the Rancilio Silvia as well as being great for filter plunger etc At this sort of price there is simply no excuse not to own a grinder Makes a great present too You will need it to get the most from our Christmas Special coffee the wonderful Yemen Mokha Ismaili 48 00 kg Cherry fruit front palate deep toned chocolate undertaste with just enough acidity to sparkle the ultimate connoisseur s coffee There are no quantity limits on the special We will be closing down from THURSDAY DEC 21st until MONDAY JAN 8th Last possible shipping day is the Thursday and goods shipped then are unlikely to arrive before Christmas My last roast day will be MONDAY DEC 18th thereafter we will run down all stocks of roasted coffee to zero As usual orders placed after Monday will be filled with whatever coffee we have left as we can t guarantee stocks of

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    job but that the dozen glass Santos bases that arrived all had Made in China stickers on the bottom Now the Santos brewer was Bodum s original product and has always been manufactured in Denmark When you farm out the production of your flagship line to China things are getting really strange Perhaps it shouldn t have been so surprising as Bodum s Granos espresso machine is also made in China So are a large number of other formerly European machines among them Breville Sunbeam and Krups latest offerings One easy way to pick a Chinese made machine is to look at the portafilter There is a particular 52mm 3 lobed portafilter with pressurized filter baskets which is common to all these machines suggesting that they share a considerable number of other common factors under the skin I haven t been able to do a disassembly on any of these machines yet but just looking at the portafilters and baskets makes me suspect that there are only one or 2 factories involved at most Which means that the cheapest Breville RRP 169 95 will produce exactly the same quality espresso as the uber expensive Bodum RRP 879 00 The Chinese Standard 3 lobed portafilter double basket found in so many machines Single and double pressurized filter baskets Note the single exit hole extremely prone to blockage The pressurized filter baskets have some pretty big limitations as well the major one being that if you use coffee correctly ground for espresso they block up You have a lot of holes on the input side but only one on the output side I m told Krups in the USA sells unpressurized baskets but have yet to see them here These machines are built to use preground stale supermarket drek rather than quality

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    explain that the major reason for low coffee prices worldwide is simply too much production of poor quality coffee from places like Vietnam and Brazil As long as this rubbish is available the big companies will continue to buy it at the cheapest possible prices and then clean it up and foist it off in cans onto clueless predominantly American consumers Since they buy this junk in preference to better quality but more expensive coffees the overall price of coffee remains depressed although it would only take one season of bad weather in Brazil to alter the situation dramatically There is no doubt that Fair Trade coffees as promoted by Transfair and Oxfam can make a big difference to the livelihoods of some coffee farmers but there is a rarely discussed elephant in the Fair Trade room The Fair Trade system rewards coffee farmers for quantity not quality There is simply no incentive to produce better coffee just more of the same The situation is not helped by many coffee producing countries being their own people s worst enemies through government corruption and exploitation It s not all doom and gloom though One African country that reached economic rock bottom after the genocide that saw 800 000 of its citizens killed is Rwanda With the help of USAID and other agencies a resurgent coffee industry where quality is emphasised has been established Rwanda coffee now commands higher than Fair Trade prices because its quality means that demand exceeds supply The whole production system has been set up via a series of cooperatives to minimise middleman exploitation so the farmers receive adequate income for their efforts Many of the farmers are Coffee Widows whose husbands died in the genocide so there is a high feelgood factor at work but for me

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    espresso blends where a bit of bland in the middle palate can emphasize the flavour notes of other coffees in the blend But as straight unblended coffees I find them so unexciting that I haven t offered one for over seven years This hasn t stopped a lot of people asking for them though Despite this I continue to try Australian coffees from various plantations about half a dozen a year on average eternally hopeful that one will have sufficient flavour to rise above the level of hot brown water Tom Owen of Sweetmaria s www sweetmarias com once commented after tasting a particular Aussie coffee that the cardboard box it had been packed in had more flavour than the coffee Having tried the same coffee I think he was being generous Still on the theory that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a Princess I ve kept at it and finally discovered a coffee that I m at least not ashamed to sell It has a mild nutty front to middle palate flavour with slight sweetness and a smooth soft buttery finish with just a little clean acidity Not the sort of thing that makes you jump up and shout Woohoo just a nice gentle flavour and aroma The coffee is grown in the Nimbin area and milled at Mountain Top Coffee In fact the last time I sold Australian coffee it came from this area too but the grower decided that there were better ways to make a living This month s special is therefore Australian Bundja Extra Fancy 40 00 kg I m currently in the process of amalgamating several previous articles on the care maintenance and repair of domestic espresso machines into a single comprehensive DIY guide which will include a

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    rebuild the market after the shabby treatment of the past 12 months Of course I d prefer NOT to import coffee machines directly because it means I have to take full responsibility for keeping them running This includes fixing things when they go wrong and sometimes a whole batch of machines will have a problem Right now that batch of machines would be my last shipment of Rancilio Silvias where the portafilters have an electroplating problem and the exterior chrome is flaking off Rancilio have agreed to replace all the problem portafilters on a one for one basis so anyone who bought their machine from me and has this problem should email me so I can let them know when the new ones arrive This month s special is an old favourite the full bodied smooth and spicy Sulawesi Toraja 38 00 kg Deep toned full body with a long dark cocoa aftertaste enlivened with hints of clove and jasmine spice As with all other monthly specials it will be on until I run out but once it s gone it s gone This is something that quite a few customers seem to be unsure of since we quite often get requests in the Comments box of the order pages to add in some of last month s special please There are 2 reasons we can t do this the first being that when a coffee is no longer on the order page I don t have any and the second reason being that we have no way of charging for the extra coffee Quite a few people seem to have forgotten that the new more secure order forms are processed directly via the bank We never get to see your credit card information and no longer keep records of

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    whole lot of immediately applicable stuff available On the education front I attended a hands on roasting intensive concentrating on profile roasting the speeding up or slowing down of the process during roasting in order to optimise various flavour components in the cup The techniques involved are immediately applicable to what I do right now although it will take significant upgrades to the electronics of the machines to get the full benefit On the new products side there were 2 outstanding debuts from my point of view One was the Behmor Roaster a development of the Ronco Rotisserie ovens designed to roast up to 500g at a time There is no doubt it can roast quite well and due to a catalytic converter there is little smoke during roasting What it doesn t do very well is cool the beans AFTER roasting There is a workaround for this but I suspect a good deal more development is still to be done It still won the SCAA Best New Product award The other new product that wowed me was the Ditting shop grinder I currently use Ditting grinders because of their high precision and superb durability The new grinder retains this but is also incredibly easy to disassemble and clean and even easier to change burrs on Unlike every other grinder I know of the burr plates are not screwed on they are held in place with rare earth magnets I would love to see this trickle down into the consumer market but suspect it will take a few years There were heaps of other surprises including coffees from the Dominican Republic Thailand and Nepal and built in under bench commercial espresso machines Pity there weren t two of me so I could cover it all The trophies for the 2007

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    as good as new In the past I ve charged my time for repairs and cleaning at 60 00 per hour but this is about to change From now on repairs will still be 60 00 but cleaning is going up to 100 00 per hour primarily because it s no fun at all I d far prefer that the customers do it themselves and save the money You can see what s involved at http www coffeeco com au articles august2002 html and http www coffeeco com au newsletter october2006 html It s definitely not rocket science On a more pleasant subject I ve been working on a new espresso blend for the last year or so My aim with this particular blend was to get the most chocolate flavour possible so that the addition of milk gave the taste of a Mocha Latte without actually adding chocolate to the mix When you consider that Mocha generally thought of as a mix of chocolate and coffee was originally meant to approximate the flavour of Mokha the coffee from Yemen you might say I ve tried to bring things around in a circle However what I was after required more body and less wild berry fruit than straight Yemen Mokha because I wanted to also give the same sort of mouthfeel that adding chocolate gives to the drink This has required cupping quite a few African and Indonesian coffees for both their body and flavour characteristics as well as the odd mild Central American bean You only have to look at the monthly specials for the last year to get an idea of some of the candidates Anyway I finally think I ve got the right balance of coffee chocolate body and smoothness in a single package I ll be

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