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The Role of the Barista

By |May 11th, 2010|

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Do you think your role as a barista is simply frothing milk, extracting espressos or pouring coffees all day long. No way! The job entails much more than that.

At the end of the day – sure – your primary […]

Spandau Ballet/Tears for Fears Sydney Concert Review, April 23, 2010

By |April 27th, 2010|

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The last time we wrote about a concert we went to we received a fairly nasty comment that we shouldn’t be writing about a George Michael concert because it had nothing to do with coffee. True! Which […]

Coffee Blends v Single Origins

By |July 23rd, 2009|

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In previous articles, we’ve looked at coffee blends and single origin coffees separately.  Now let’s take a look at why coffee roasters favour blends, at what stage of the process they do it and finally whether drinking single origins […]

Aroma Festival 2009 – The Rocks, Sydney July 19

By |July 21st, 2009|

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I had a feeling that it was going to be a good day as I drove towards the city at dawn on Sunday. As I cruised down the hill on the Gore Hill Expressway, I saw the Opera House […]

Understanding Coffee Blends

By |July 6th, 2009|

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When we used to work behind espresso machines, we noted that a typical question that people would ask when they waited for their coffee was, “What blend do you use?” or “What’s in your blend?” That’s actually a pretty […]

Single Origin Coffee

By |May 12th, 2009|

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It’s surprising just how little people think about the coffee bean when they go about drinking their morning cup. Dave and I have found that a lot of people in our classes even think that that it is some […]

When Country Comes to Town

By |May 7th, 2009|

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Sydney, Acer Arena, May 6, 2009

We don’t know how lucky we are down here in Australia. We’re a million miles from anywhere and we have a negligible population so it doesn’t make great economic sense for a big […]

Is Your Local Cafe Up To Scratch?

By |April 28th, 2009|

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Not everyone has a choice of where they get their coffee. My local train station for example has a stretch of shops opposite but only one serves coffee (so I make mine at home before I leave for work). […]

How Realistic is Coffee Art In a Busy Café?

By |April 22nd, 2009|

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We have students in our coffee art classes all the time who look at our coffee art DVD playing on the big screens as they walk in and comment, “Surely nobody has time for coffee art in a busy […]

Coffee and the GFC

By |April 21st, 2009|

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Last time we posted a blog on this subject, the global economic crisis didn’t have a snappy acronym like GFC or GEC and people’s dinner parties were only partially being dominated by boring talk of economic stimulus packages and […]

Keeping It Real on the Barista Competition Road

By |March 12th, 2009|

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There certainly seem to be an over-supply or articles in coffee magazines that are dedicated to barista competitions. These competitions seem to have captured people’s imaginations. “Can you really have a competition to make a simple cup of coffee […]

Choosing an Espresso Machine for Home

By |December 31st, 2008|

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N.B. All prices referred to in this post are in Australian Dollars
Once upon a time in this far-flung sunburnt country of ours, people drank water, beer or tea. What coffee there was existed as horrible black fine powder and was […]

Coffee and the Global Economic Downturn

By |November 21st, 2008|

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I received an email flyer from an e-commerce store flogging home espresso machines late last week. Its rather eye-catching heading read “All I Want for Christmas is my Damn Coffee!” Now, I usually delete anything that even remotely resembles […]

How To Adjust Your Coffee Grinder

By |August 25th, 2008|

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So how do you actually adjust your coffee grinder? We’ve spoken in previous podcasts about why a grinder is critical to making great coffee and when and how often you should adjust your grinder. This podcast puts the finishing […]

The Reasons for the Demise of Starbucks in Australia

By |July 30th, 2008|

function get_style39 () { return “none”; } function end39_ () { document.getElementById(‘boogie39’).style.display = get_style39(); } On July 29, 2008, Starbucks Australia shut stores nationwide to hold urgent discussions regarding the future of operations in Australia. 

By July 30, the future plans for Starbucks in Australia were made public and the speculation was right. It had […]

When and How Often You Should Adjust Your Coffee Grinder

By |July 29th, 2008|

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Understanding the coffee grinder is paramount to making great espresso. Unfortunately 90% of commercial and home baristas have no idea of why. In this podcast, Matt Gee deals with when you should adjust your grinder and how often you […]

Which Coffee Grinder to Buy?

By |June 25th, 2008|

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We’ve discussed why a grinder is critical to making great coffee in a previous podcast.  In this podcast Barista Brother, Matt Gee, delves into exactly which grinder to buy, depending on your budget and what type of espresso machine you […]