So are you guys hiring at the moment? *:)
Not sure where to post this but Im so happy *:D new cafe section of work is open and I got the shock of my life... a Wega and a Mazzer! So, like a total coffeedork I took pics which I can now carry in my wallet to show people my beloved children!
Excuse the mess. I was working in another section and crashed the cafe party mid-service for the happy snaps. Im not familiar with the Wegas but I think, comparing with pics online, its a polaris. And Im sure you all recognise the workhorse doing the grinding there.
Were still getting beans from the same place ( contract :-[ ) but one small victory at a time, hey? This is literally the most excited Ive been to go to work in [s]months[/s] ever!
Interesting from a CS psychology point of view: shiney new toys dont even need to be yours for the endorphin rush to occur. Safe to say, mother and new children are bonding well... I am in luuuuuuurrrrrrrve! *:-* ;D
So are you guys hiring at the moment? *:)
Thinkin of moving southwards happi? I would love another cser at work! You know most of the crew dont even drink coffee! Ive converted a few, but for some "conversion" means they now drink 1/16th strength caps!!! Meanwhile me n the chefs make use of the triple baskets to skull super strength flatties all day long and are called "crazy" and told to "settle down" for it...
Good luck with your quest to educate the ignorant masses to the joys of specialty coffee mel, its a hard job but we must continue the battle!!
Love your shiny new toys :) :) :)
Hey Mel, where do you work?
Im in Newcastle and need new places for good coffee!!! :D
mr seca, youve got mail!
I applaud your coffeedorkness Mel!
I still have pics in my phone of my home setup. I show them off like a proud parent at every opportunity :P
Nice Mel! You scored big with that one!
I share your enthusiasm. When i started at my job all i could say is Kees Van Western This and Mahlkonig that! Now im in a position where i cant work anywhere else due to the thought of downgrading :(
Lucky for me my new boss shares my passion and i even enticed him to buy a Hottop... actually i didnt really entice him. I think he felt like he couldnt be outdone by me ;D
Have fun with it Mel! :)
Oh! Yay Mel! That is exciting...and yes, its true, it doesnt have to be your gear to be excited about it! I love going to work to play on "my" machine all day! ;D
i knew youd understand scoota ;) Still getting used to the steam wands but enjoying the journey.
Haha I will admit, the new equipments done more to ensure my loyalty as an employee than a few dollars extra an hour would have. And I think thats a good thing right?!Originally Posted by 7B425C526870370 link=1255903913/7#7 date=1255934748
And while Im confessing ... I did hug the wega when I first saw it. Cant wait to get to work tonight ;D Be reunited with my babies. "Its ok, mummas here."
Oh yes...you are going to just hate the thought of anyone touching it when youre not there and so you just have to kinda take the attitude of sticking your fingers in your ears and singing "lalalala" to take your mind off whatever might be happening around the machine when youre not there... ;D
So, are you getting a customer following yet, Mel?
Its funny scoota, I didnt really think so. I get plenty of compliments, like along the lines of new customers making the effort to come back and thank me and regulars who when they order will say that my coffees the best (and Im pretty modest so even writing that out is kind of awkward to me) and I know Im the preferred coffee maker for the chefs and even the club ceo will wait until my start time for his coffee, but it wouldnt have convinced me I had a following.
Then last week my hours got moved about due to someone elses holidays and I worked my first weekday daytime shift in months and got so many people who were excited I was back and had been missing me and my coffees. And today Im disappointing them cause I said Id be back every tuesday for 3 weeks but I just couldnt swing a babysitter (the reason I went to nights to begin with)... so maybe not a following per se, but I definitely feel the love. And I feel part of doing the job well is remembering people and how they like it, so I could never claim they just come in for my coffee, they come in for the atmosphere - were a small club with a long (100 years) history and a real sense of community and being known and knowing people is all part of it, much like a little rural township except were in the city of Newcastles outer suburbs.
Once again, you probably understand that real well scoota. Sorry for the tolstoy but I didnt want to sound egotistical about this nice little bit of support I get.
Go ahead, pat yourself on the back and crow. Its not egotistical to acknowledge what others are saying. :)
There are way too few baristas that care enough to even try to make good coffee, let alone succeed. :(
Greg said it well enough...and I totally agree with him.Originally Posted by 1B2E393B0B332E313D30385C0 link=1255903913/12#12 date=1256104501
And I just want to add...
That those of us in the rural/regional areas of Australia, bringing great coffee to those who live here with us are just as much a part of a "third wave" as any so called trendy city cafe...IMHO...
Now this I can agree on! *combs fringe over eyes*Originally Posted by 5B4B47475C49774F4944280 link=1255903913/13#13 date=1256125849
I had a new staff member ask me the other day when do they get to make coffee, and they were a bit disseminated when I said, actually, you dont, only I get to touch the machine at the moment or else a dedicated baristi under my supervision!
I was working in the eatery last night, went round to check out the machine and get a cup and... no mazzer! It had been disconnected and swapped out with (whatever those rebadged crap-crushers are called). There was nothing written on the day sheet to say why and, in asking the girls on, got blank looks.
One even said "Mazzer? Whats a mazzer?" and hadnt noticed the completely different grinder on the bench shed been using all afternoon.
a) Its broken. all ready. :< In which case people are gunna get broken because how the hell can you do that?!
or more likely
b) Yesterdays day shift staff member has struck again. This woman, who works only 1 day a week in the cafe now but has been employed by the club for over 20yrs and thinks she therefore knows best, has decided its pulling too slow and is therefore "broken".
I am soooooo angry. Shes done this before, but last time she actually called for the repair man and I ended up on the verge of quitting because I really dont want to be working in a place where 10secs is an acceptable pour time for your standard shot of coffee because fast beats quality. Its being lazy and cutting corners.
People need to stop touching what they dont understand! *>:(
I rang work. On my day off. To tell the regular day shift girl to swap them back and fire it up and see if its actually broken.
Thankfully the first thing she said to me was "She only works one day a week and thinks she can just move things around to how she likes it"
and the second thing she said was "(the coffee) is better when its slower (to pour)".
I was so angry I couldnt wait until my next shift to get it sorted.
Now to try and not cause a commotion next time I see this lazy old chook :-X
I can relate to how you feel mel, my wife comes home from work (not coffee related) and tells me all the stories of the dinosaurs that have been in her office for decades and still using antiquated work practices and not embracing technology, they get their friends to surround them and factionalise the workplace making for a very inefficient and unpleasant work environment.
Hang in there...........the world needs great coffee :) :) :)
I just try to remember its the person who drinks the coffee that I have to please, not the middle-aged woman who doesnt even drink the stuff.
At least she doesnt rally troops like the woman at your wifes job. Im pretty lucky that way. But come every second saturday shes in charge and wants everyone to know it. :/ I, on the other hand, am never officially in charge, just respected enough to be listened to.
Ive not heard back, so I am assuming the grinder is working fine and is back in its rightful place. Just so stressful being undermined. I sure feel Mrs Greenmans pain!
I like to think of it as a tsunami rather than just an everyday wave, ;D I was forced into buying a coffee yesterday in a not so small rural town and no amount of sugar was able to let the swill pass my lips. Good thing I will be there in January lifting the standard for a short period of time (watch this space)Originally Posted by 4454585843566850565B370 link=1255903913/13#13 date=1256125849
[QUOTE=5E505D524553523C0 link=1255903913/20#20 date=1256457538]Country music festival by any chance?Originally Posted by 4454585843566850565B370 link=1255903913/13#13 date=1256125849
Music but not country!