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Have you got a nose for coffee?
Have you got a nose for coffee?
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?

Challenge #11: Eat some coffee

Drinking coffee? That’s far too easy…. How about we eat some? While coming through university (and yes, that was a few years ago) my favourite snack was chocolate covered coffee beans. They are so damm moreish, and delicious to boot. These days you’ll find me still chewing on the odd bean or two but less for a snack, and more to find out different things about the coffee that I’m…

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Natvia 2014 World Barista Champ Tour of Australia

2015 ASCA NSW/VIC Championship

It is time to see what’s what, and who will walk away with the NSW & VIC Championship trophies. A perfect end to the year, and a perfect time to start thinking about the events to come in 2015

Orphan Espresso Lido 2 Manual Coffee Grinder

Are you looking for a solid manual coffee grinder? This may well be what you are looking for. Given the opportunity by a friend from Danes Speciality Coffee to try this grinder out, I glady put it through its paces. First Impression This thing is solid. With a base made out of thick glass, and the grinder itself broken into a solid glass hopper and all metal drive train, not…

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ASCA NSW Latte Art Smackdown – 9th Nov 2014 (vid)

Has a great time playing around with some new ideas recording this event. Some of it worked, and some of it needs some massive improvement, but either way, it is a great step forward. Great memories of an awesome event.

Challenge #10: Try a Turkish

All the challenges up until now have been quite easy. Other than cafes that don’t sell single origin coffees, you could pretty much do any of the challenges in any cafe. This one will be different. Turkish coffee is one of the earliest brew methods of coffee, and as such by comparison to the more modern methods, it is quite raw. Taking coffee ground finer than that used in espresso coffee, putting it in a crucible (a small pot called a “cezve”) with water, then boiling it and serving it in a cup as is without filtering it, takes some…

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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 down, then see a mock competition run though, allowing you to prepare your flow and delivery of the set, finishing up with a discussion around how judges are likely to…

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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 Sydney specialty coffee guide, as well as copies of the books “Coffee Encounters” and “Melbourne Specialty Coffee”. It should be a fun night, hope to see you there. It will…

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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).