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Have you got a nose for coffee?
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Have you got a nose for coffee?
Want to take the coffee challenge?
Want to take the coffee challenge?
Want to take the coffee challenge?
Need some #coffeeporn in your life?
Need some #coffeeporn in your life?
Need some #coffeeporn in your life?

Barista Competition Coaching Workshop – 9th Nov

Before the NSW branch of ASCA holds its Latte Art Smackdown from 6pm on Sunday the 9th of November at the Leichhardt Grinders venue, the will first be using the space to give a leg up to future competitors. Once you’re there, you’ll get the opportunity to learn from the best, developing your understanding of the rules/regs and prioritising your focus on the scoresheet before you start practicing. Once that’s…

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ASCA Latte Art Smackdown – 9th Nov

The NSW branch of ASCA will be holding a Latte Art Smackdown event on Sunday the 9th of November at the Leichhardt Grinders venue from 6pm til 9pm. On offer for the top 3 competitors will be $100s of dollars worth of prizes including a $600 voucher to attend a SCAA certified “Introduction to Brewing and Extractions”, a $100 voucher for Dolo Cafe Supplies, a barista profile in the upcoming…

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Challenge #9: Drop of cold drip

It is becoming quite a frequent occurrence to spot a cold drip at your local cafe. It’s almost like they are the barber’s pole to cafes serving “specialty coffee”, which can be good or unfortunate depending on how you look at it. For many cafes they will set up a cold drip purely to look like they are serving specialty coffee and thus don’t put much effort or skill into…

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Challenge #8: It’s mac time

If you’ve tried the "Add a drop" challenge, then the idea of ordering two espressos to compare an contrast should be something familiar. Here we go again, except this time it is not a drop of water that you should add but a drop of milk. Back when I first started reviewing cafes, ordering a macchiato was how I would rank the cafe. It turns out that a mac is…

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Balance can be sexy

Using balance as a theme for today’s #coffeeporn I’ve taken 3 examples of how balance can be used to make a great looking coffee. The first pic shows how symmetry can be used in a free flowing balanced design, filling the cup and guiding the eye. The second relies more on the contrast of the background and the balanced formation of the objects placed up front. The final image is an example of how an off-centred image can still maintain great balance, highlighting the potential that most symmetrical latte art can miss. http://bitterbliss.com/sexy-coffee/

Challenge #7: Uwaki (cheat on your regular)

One of the easiest way to expand your coffee experience is to venture outside the bounds of your comfortable usual cafes, and to visit somewhere new. As such, this challenge is to visit a different cafe for each coffee you have, avoiding your usual hangouts of course. When choosing your new cafes, be sure to think about what it is that attracts you to one cafe or another. Is it the brand of coffee they use? Do they serve single origin coffees? This is a useful as it will help you identify what advertising/marketing techniques some cafes try to replicate,…

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Challenge #6: Add a drop

When trying to expand on the experience you can get from your coffee, whether brewing it or simply consuming it, much comes down to managing variables and then adjusting only one or two at a time. As an introduction to what a small change can make, this challenge requires that you order 2 espressos (I’d recommend that you go for a single origin coffee), and am then to make the 2nd one over a dash of hot water. In some cafes this 2nd espresso is called a baby long black, and it is surprising the difference it can make (but…

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Who me…?? A coffee snob??

Sitting in a cafe yesterday I was having a great conversation about coffee (as I seem to do quite often) with the owner of the cafe, and in an offhand comment I mentioned that I wish less people drank flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos, as I wished that they had a better opportunity to actually taste the coffee. At which point I was put in my place by the barista who told me that “they are totally separate drinks”. He of course was absolutely correct. Where as I see milk and sugar (not to mention the syrups some people are…

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Sydney Trains Coffee Map

As a challenge to myself I decided to find a great cafe for every single train station along the Sydney trains network. The result of that was a map.... which as a pure image I found less than useful.... but as an app.... well that's a different story. This app (for iPhone and Android) lists 186 cafes that I recommend all over Sydney. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can support my efforts and perhaps convince me to do an expanded one for all of Sydney (not just the train network).