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    Muffin Break Coffee

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    Hi,

    Was just wondering what everyone thought of muffin breaks coffee. Is it good or bad? Is it dependent on the barista?

    Thanks :)

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Gday baristajnr,

    Their coffee is roasted by one of the Melbourne majors. I wont name them, but many here would know of the identity of the roaster.

    As per usual, it depends on the age of the coffee and skill level of the barista. As far as chain coffee goes, I have had better and worse but I cant say Id be seeking them out these days. I guess its all about evolving palates... ;)

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Well we are all told (as employees) that the blend was selected and roasted by Jahnus, a company owned by Foodco, Muffin Breaks owner. Is this a lie?

    Quote Originally Posted by 055A42545F5458515152525A5659370 link=1326099907/1#1 date=1326100737
    As far as chain coffee goes, I have had better and worse
    Would you say its better or worse than GJs?

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 454542414F5F4242462D0 link=1326099907/2#2 date=1326101041
    Would you say its better or worse than GJs?
    My last experience with MB was pretty terrible... However I recall having one good quality coffee a while back at MB. I find GJs is consistently mediocre... MB has a little more variation...

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Haha thats fair enough.

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 767671727C6C7171751E0 link=1326099907/4#4 date=1326101986
    Haha thats fair enough.
    In the interests of full discloser however... I usually only go to GJs which I know will give me a "good" GJs coffee. My experiences with MB have been far spread and often when Ive really needed a caffeine hit and nothing else was open...

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 575750535D4D5050543F0 link=1326099907/2#2 date=1326101041
    Well we are all told (as employees) that the blend was selected and roasted by Jahnus, a company owned by Foodco, Muffin Breaks owner. Is this a lie?
    A little browsing led me to a muffin break media release. Jahnus is a NZ mob, but they dont roast in Melbourne. Should allow you to work it out if you want to. ;)



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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    They use a 5 origin blend which off the top of my head is a south american, indian, PNG, African, columbian. I dont know any more info regarding the beans or ratio. Roast was usually okay though sometimes a bit dark for my liking. The machine was a pain, you had to do pretty accurate flushes or else itd taste very very bitter and without proper realigning of the twin shower screens you could get an uneven water flow out of the group.

    Id say it will be totally dependant on who is actually making your coffee. That said dont expect anything brilliant as its not speciality grade coffee.

    -former employee

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 417A757E6E681B0 link=1326099907/7#7 date=1326104114
    Id say it will be totally dependant on who is actually making your coffee.
    I think this is true of a lot of cafe franchises unfortunately.

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 4E6B7C636E320A0 link=1326099907/5#5 date=1326102332
    I usually only go to GJs which I know will give me a "good" GJs coffee.

    look a bit closer into the "charity" that GJ supports. Might make you change your view on how palatable their coffee is.....

    google gloria jeans religion >:(

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 6167707B61667E7C150 link=1326099907/9#9 date=1326109008
    Quote Originally Posted by 4E6B7C636E320A0 link=1326099907/5#5 date=1326102332
    I usually only go to GJs which I know will give me a "good" GJs coffee.

    look a bit closer into the "charity" that GJ supports. Might make you change your view on how palatable their coffee is.....

    google gloria jeans religion >:(
    Wow... Just. Wow.

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 3F392E253F3820224B0 link=1326099907/9#9 date=1326109008
    gloria jeans religion
    meh. Whats the big deal? Some guys from a church decided to start a coffee shop? Lots of small & large business owners give money to churches & lots of "religious" people work all over the place... or did I miss something?

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Im lost on this. What does Gloria Jeans have to do with religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by 28776F797279757C7C7F7F777B741A0 link=1326099907/6#6 date=1326103227
    Jahnus is a NZ mob, but they dont roast in Melbourne. Should allow you to work it out if you want to.
    cjn can you PM me the details about the roaster? Im fairly new to this.

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Gloria Jeans funded a charity called Mercy Ministeries, a charity run by a pentacostal christian cult or sect called the Hillsong Church, that denies women abortion and safe sex counselling, lie about where donations go, and generally be reactionary fundamentalists. Theyve have had a number of clergy do dodgy things specifically one lied about having cancer so he could prove a miracle.

    The Charity was found by the ACCC to be have misled its clients, and ordered to pay 110 of them compensation, on the order of $1000 each from memory. That said, Hillsong are nothing like as scary as the Exclusive Brethren.

    Gloria Jeans terminated this funding arrangment in 2008, and now have their own charity called "The With Heart Foundation", which, through Opportunity International, helps support coffee farming kids in Brazil.

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    [QUOTE=58585F5C52425F5F5B300 link=1326099907/12#12 date=1326143237] What does Gloria Jeans have to do with religion?
    You could also ask; what has coffee got to do with religion?
    I religiously log on to this website and forum.
    I religiously grind and brew my coffee every morning.
    I religiously roast at least twice a month, sometimes weekly.
    Wikipedia partially states; "Some religions place an emphasis on belief, while others emphasize practice. Some religions focus on the subjective experience of the religious individual, while others consider the activities of the religious community to be most important."
    Dont know about you, but I can see the similarity!* ;D

    Seriously though, its up to ones conscious. Are you happy knowing your money is supporting a "religion" that quote "mentally rapes" helpless and desperate women?
    Read the articles associated with trentskis google suggestion and then decide/act.

    Hypothetically; Would you shop at a business that you knew financially supported Ugandas treatment of its people?

    Conscious choice made on knowledge gained.

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 6B4C4A59565F5D794C4C4A595B4C574A380 link=1326099907/13#13 date=1326152293
    Gloria Jeans funded a charity called Mercy Ministeries, a charity run by a pentacostal christian cult or sect called the Hillsong Church
    I have heard several indside stories about how this church operate - unscrupulous bunch. One of the reasons I wont step into a GJs.

    Also, Im just not a fan of big franchises. The Brisbane landscape seems dominated by them - politics aside, theyre just so homogenous and boring.

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Since were come off topic here already, Ill throw in my 5c:

    If we were to start a CoffeeSnobs religion, you know, based on treating the puck with the respect it deserves before it reaches the holy knock box, would that mean that I can tax-deduct my expenses on green beans as charitable donations?

    I mean, if Sweden acknowledges digital piracy as religion, I reckon weve got good going here!

    Phil "Praise the coffee!" ::)

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    If we were to start a CoffeeSnobs religion, you know, based on treating the puck with the respect it deserves before it reaches the holy knock box
    That idea is pretty consistent with the quest to obtain the "God Shot". But is it the God Caffeine or the God Crema?* ;)

    And does that make us "Coffee Fundamentalists" rather than mere "Snobs"* :)

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Now this is an idea I could really get behind.

    Were gonna need a place of worship, some holy writ, religious icons (original La Marzocco saturated group patent drawing?), saints, prophets...

    Ill kick things off with a few Commandments:

    Remember the roasting day, to keep it holy.

    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours machine, unless its really pretty.

    Thou shalt not spill (the milk)

    Brew unto others as you would have them brew for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28333931053835343E5A0 link=1326099907/18#18 date=1326164290
    Thou shalt not spill (the milk)

    Brew unto others as you would have them brew for you.
    Haha, groan worthy, but I love a good pun - and a bad one even more!

    Gives a new meaning the words consecrated ground(s). :P

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Seriously blokes this is not* a coffee house it is a themed eatery chain store with coffee machine, and will suffer from the same problems as the great majority of "cafes" eg, lack of knowledge of importance of relationship of Coffee Grinder to beans and machine, and a miriad of other "barista" variables.

    So one of their chain stores is not going to produce the same coffee, with the same beans, as another of their own chain stores, excpet if they have either, very vigilant franchisees that oversee their staff well OR, the franchise has very vigilant trainers that keep doing the rounds over and over as they should with a view to a certain level of standardisation across the board.

    So whats new in any of that?

    Attilio

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 77425158515D7B300 link=1326099907/17#17 date=1326160225
    God Caffeine or the God Crema
    No, no, its a triune figurehead of God the Caffeine, God the Crema, and God that tastes good in the cup, which together make the God Shot.* Ever since Cane Sugar made a bad coffee for his brother Able-bar-ista that had to be flavoured with too much sugar, we snobs have tried to return to the path of absolute perfect extraction... ::)

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Really the best way is to go find out for yourself. One coffee isnt exactly expensive and if its up to your standard, great. If its not you lose $3.60. Its not a huge ask.

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Ive had one coffee from Muffin Break and it wasnt too bad, but it seemed to be hideously priced - $5.00 for a 12oz in an outer suburb, which is about what I pay in the middle of the City for a 16oz. This, in itself has got me not going back in the future (and I did point this out to the girl making the coffee but dont think she was very interested in my feedback). She did grind to order and seemed to know what she was doing.

    Regarding GJs though - even before I became a CoffeeSnob and really knew good from bad, I hated their coffee. At the time, all I could express it as was burnt and tasted horrible. I think, with the knowledge i now have, it is probably their beans, because it didnt differ between coffee makers and it didnt matter what store i went to.

    Its a sad reflection that, even to this day, Id rather be forced to drink a Maccas coffee before a GJs one (but preferably neither!)

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 0E293F2D35460 link=1326099907/23#23 date=1326182255
    Its a sad reflection that, even to this day, Id rather be forced to drink a Maccas coffee before a GJs one (but preferably neither!)
    Hmmm, forced to consciously choose the lesser of the two evils?* :-[

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    Yup - Like when youre driving between Brisbane & Newcastle with two kids in the car and youre hanging out for a caffeine fix & passing through a place that has either a GJs in a shopping centre, or a McCrappe outside, I will go to the McCrappe...

    But, fortunately, it is a rare occurrence!

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    Re: Muffin Break Coffee

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    I had the good opportunity to try Muffin Break coffee last year, only because they had a coffee and muffin special going.

    It was surprisingly good, speaking as a Snob.

    I noticed that this particular franchise outlet had a clean machine( ie steam wand that is free of milk crusted on) and clean work bench with everything in order and no loose grounds around the grinder. They used fresh milk and did not re-steam milk.

    If you try a place that has those attributes, the chances are you may well get a good cup of coffee.

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