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    city The 2009 conference was a lot smaller than the last Atlanta gathering I attended but there seemed to be a lot more going on The Barista Competition hall had 4 espresso stations set up where the off duty baristas and support staff pulled free shots and built various drinks using coffees and blends from all over the world You basically just rocked up and asked for whatever you wanted Some of the best shots I tasted during the whole conference happened here The only problem was that every time I nipped in for a quick shot I ran into someone I knew and lost an hour in conversation The educational seminars were well organized well attended and valuable but as usual all the really interesting stuff was on the show floor I tasted shots from The Slayer espresso machine they were average Doesn t matter how perfect the machine is the coffee the grinder and the barista all have a bigger effect on the final result My standout items were first of all the Mypressi Twist a fully portable 9 bar espresso maker which works by using pressurized CO2 cartridges to force hot water through a 53mm double filter basket It produces real espresso from the hand held unit and is the sort of thing I wish I d thought of myself Second was the Malykke grinder a grinder designed to accurately weigh dose and grind each time The unfortunate part is that it s optimised at present for plungers Third was the proven Behmor roaster which will now be available in 220v 50hz configuration It should be possible to sell this locally for around A 500 00 but we ll see when it gets here Inventor Joe Behm was lamenting that his Aussie contacts hadn t yet turned

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    that is right up my alley I thought I d have a good look at the book and then rock up to the launch to discuss domestic machine foibles First to the author Sean Edwards is the managing director of Kiss Marketing the editor of Café Biz magazine promoter of a number of coffee events and barista schools See http www cafebiz net Then the book The HOME coffee machine review The complete guide to perfect home espresso RRP A 24 00 is presented in a magazine style format with a glossy laminated cover The first two thirds of this book is full of interesting coffee information starting out with superb photos of coffee growing and processing operations The book then goes on through coffee growing areas cupping complete with a double page spread of the SCAA Flavour Wheels roasting storage grinding etc then on to espresso brewing This is followed by pages on steaming milk texturing and an extensive latte art section Then comes a short section on espresso machine internals all great stuff then the reviews Which for me is where the whole thing falls apart There simply aren t any home espresso machine reviews at least not in the sense of what I understand a review to be What there is is a catalogue of 18 machine data sheets with for instance 5 E 61 group machines reviewed with nary a comparison among em Mixed in with superautos Sunbeams Brevilles Nespressos and Silvia All Features and no Faults which I suppose is to be expected from a marketing guru but is profoundly disappointing in terms of what could have been accomplished And if anyone thinks I m being too critical I d love to do REAL reviews but machine suppliers are definitely not falling over themselves to

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    is first and finding effective substitutes means skimming the cream of central and South American crops It also involves paying a lot more Prices are up about 20 this year but so far the increase hasn t been passed on to the consumer The Ethiopian situation is a lot trickier Coffee exports have been taken over by the Ethiopian government mostly because coffee earns 60 of Ethiopia s foreign currency inflows and the government perceived that they weren t getting a big enough piece of the action The problem is that the government doesn t understand specialty coffee and treats the whole crop as a commodity like wheat or oil Good bad or indifferent it s all being lumped in together at present so getting hold of quality Ethiopian coffees is a lottery One really bright point among the gloom for me is Cuban coffee I ve just taken delivery of a tonne of Cuba Serrano Lavado This is a bit more green coffee than I usually buy all at once but it was the minimum amount if I wanted the coffee at all Not to mention the price and that I have to pay for it all at once Five figure green coffee bills are a bit of a shock to the system But it does mean that I ve got another year s assured supply of Café de Cuba locked up And I can sleep peacefully knowing that I don t need to dramatically reformulate my espresso blends Finally some young people overseas have started playing with the concept of removing crema from espresso Here is my response to them I ve already commented on Home Barista but I ll tell you this 37 years ago the guy that first taught me to pull an espresso shot on

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    acid persists under the dense body lingering on the back of the palate The taste mouthfeel and acidity combine to epitomise the winey nature of the coffee The coffee is of course Kenyan specifically the Kenya Iriraini Co op AA 48 00 kg Limit 1 00kg This coffee has recently taken 3rd place in the East African Fine Coffee Association EAFCA Cupping contest in January 2009 Third might not sound all that good but the competition involves hundreds of coffees and just making the top ten is an accomplishment At a guess this is the best Kenya I ll taste in the next couple of years The EAFCA Certification for the Iriraini Coffee Several customers have contacted me about news items appearing in the Melbourne Age Epicure magazine the food and wine liftout published every Tuesday The first article which provoked comment announced the opening of Australia s first syphon bar I had to chuckle because I thought that I d closed the first one in 1988 Not to mention the second one in 1996 The second article was about some bloke in Prahran Market who was going to open up a boutique roastery to provide freshly roasted Estate coffees to the public Not that I think it s a bad idea see the Kenya Iriraini but he was carrying on as if the concept was entirely new and had been invented by Monmouth coffee in London Sorry to burst his bubble but Japanese syphon bars have been doing this since the mid 1960 s and there are at least a dozen roasters around Australia doing it right now including me When I started up my business I copied the whole concept direct from the Japanese who were at that time and still are the world s foremost buyers and

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    thermoblock group to the group collar had stripped It was at this point that I sat down and thought hard about the whole design philosophy behind the Sunbeam 6900 series and the Chinese superauto These were incredibly complex machines precision engineered up to a point which unfortunately seemed to be a price point The plumbing was a good example the Sunbeam brew thermoblock is connected by an exquisitely intricate set of copper and brass compression fittings a miniature version of commercial machine piping On the other hand the steam thermoblock is connected by crimped fabric covered silicone hoses the worst possible engineering solution for the highest temperature highest pressure area The group group collar mating is frankly cheap and nasty and in my opinion unnecessarily so 5 fallible screws could have been replaced by 4 bolts and matching nuts a no fail solution The thing that really annoyed me about the group collar casting once I got it off was that it would have been trivially easy to have shaped it to fit industry standard 58mm portafilters instead of just the Sunbeam one potentially reducing production costs and increasing market appeal A major lost opportunity The superauto had 6 microswitches a failure in any one shutting down the whole machine and microswitches fail all the time One thing that both the Sunbeam and the superauto had in common was that disassembly to reach the failure points was a drawn out complex process It took me almost an hour and machine techs charge 100 00 hr to get to the point where I could undo the remaining three screws holding the group collar in place NOT designed to be repaired is the only way I can describe these machines Unlike Gaggias Lelits and Silvias there is a presumption that things won

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