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    MICE 2018 thread

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    Heya guys, not sure who made the trip in today but thought I'd get a thread going for those to share their experience.

    A great event today . It has seemed to have changed a little over the years, a lot more other exhibitors in there that aren't necessarily coffee-related (and alot of peeps trying to sell you stuff ), but all in all it was good fun. Some rippers coffees on offer, specifically from Ona coffee with their filter coffees of Panama Carbonic Maceration process coffee (which Sasa used in the WBC 2015 and won with it, but now this method has spread and many farms are using it), really different but beautiful flavours.

    Zest Specialty Coffee Roasters were up and about, offering some awesome espresso and filters. No Campos this year which was very surprising, as they're always there!

    A lot of exhibitors weren't there this year that usually are, but alot of freebies given out which was cool hehe.

    The comps were great, watched only two runs of the barista championship, and a latte art one. Matt Lewin using a controversial freeze-method to freeze the beans at their peak flavour for use in the competition, really interesting... He seems like such a nice guy and so incredibly grateful to all who has helped him along the way, and so willing to learn. Great to see such humility and love for coffee.

    Some competitors are using something called the 'Milk Cloud' to steam their milk. I first saw Hugh Kelly from Ona coffee use this at the WBC I think. I'm a bit on the fence about this... I'm not sure if the comps are maybe a little too lenient with what they allow, and more and more things are being used which takes away the technique and skill level of the baristas. But that's the thing, whilst you are there to display your skill as a barista, you're also there to produce the best coffee you possibly can to the judges, and it makes sense to take advantage of that. So am on the fence with that one haha.. On the one hand a lot of these automated methods can lessen the need for those barista skills, but on the other hand it enhances one's understanding of coffee and how to improve it (or else it wouldn't have been used).

    That being said, I do really really like a lot of the flexibility that the comps are offering however, and it's really allowing baristas and roasters to push the boundaries of what can be done with coffee. So much development and progress has been made from this expanding of the limits of what can be done with coffee, and whilst a lot of people may not care too much and just want to drink coffee, it offers many enthusiasts ideas and methods they can work with to expand upon. And it's damn exciting seeing these in person haha, my jaw is constantly dropped at what some of these guys are doing.

    I popped in and had a look at the Decent espresso machine, looks awesome, and I watched the flow rate graph and all, and how you can change all the parameters, looks awesome, and really easy to use. I went there twice to try say g'day to John but he was busy with some in-depth questions from people haha but he looked to be enjoying himself.

    All in all a good fun event, past years I've come out of it absolutely buzzed and with the worst headache imaginable from all the caffeine haha but this year I felt great. I prepped a bit however, drinking a lot of water, bringing a litre of coconut water for hydration haha, and bananas. Just got some bad stomach cramps from a bit of acid reflux I think at the moment haha.

    Interested to hear what others thought!

    Ps oh and didn't really take pictures, apart from this one of a GIGANTIC Bodum plunger (the photo just does not do it any justice, it was huge)

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    I was there for the first time after not being able to get there for a few years!

    Highlights for me were the 5 senses flight of Columbians . 3 different processes . 2 of which were the Hartman . The 3rd -- a natural - was mind blowing.

    Also an Ethiopian espresso from Axil and the Honduran espresso from ONA.

    i wanted to collect a few green samples. And got a few of those which was great.

    it was nice to meet Mark from Trinity One. He's a great guy who has put a lot of work into a nice niche manual brewing device. The second edition (black) t1 has a filter that adjusts really easily. I'd love to upgrade mine to this at some point.

    I found all of the stall holders I spoke to, to be generous with their time (& coffee). As I expo crowd, I also found everyone to be very civilised. Not pushy / inconsiderate as can often be found at public events. So well done Simon and all you others!

    it was a great day all round. Highly caffeinated, which worked well for me as I had 2 gigs after...

    (Spent $14 on a pack of that, $10 on parking and $6 on party pies. Got heaps for free. So it's really cheap.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortblackman View Post
    I was there for the first time after not being able to get there for a few years!

    Highlights for me were the 5 senses flight of Columbians . 3 different processes . 2 of which were the Hartman . The 3rd -- a natural - was mind blowing.

    Also an Ethiopian espresso from Axil and the Honduran espresso from ONA.

    i wanted to collect a few green samples. And got a few of those which was great.

    it was nice to meet Mark from Trinity One. He's a great guy who has put a lot of work into a nice niche manual brewing device. The second edition (black) t1 has a filter that adjusts really easily. I'd love to upgrade mine to this at some point.

    I found all of the stall holders I spoke to, to be generous with their time (& coffee). As I expo crowd, I also found everyone to be very civilised. Not pushy / inconsiderate as can often be found at public events. So well done Simon and all you others!

    it was a great day all round. Highly caffeinated, which worked well for me as I had 2 gigs after...

    (Spent $14 on a pack of that, $10 on parking and $6 on party pies. Got heaps for free. So it's really cheap.)
    Ah awesome to hear you enjoyed it shortblackman. It was a great event, oh how great was 5 senses with the same coffee done with three different processing methods, that really opened my eyes!

    Agree that everyone was really friendly and civilised, although I may have pushed you out of the way to get to Ona XD

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    Oh. Was that you?!

    Forgiven. It was pretty good.

    one thing I regretted was not getting back to 5senses for the Geisha flight (in the afternoon.)
    Quite honestly, I had had "enough" coffee (including Geishas) by that point. and i needed to stop.

    Crazy.

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    Haha ;D

    Yeah I only got around to trying one Geisha at one of the stands (can't remember which)... delightful.

    Oh and also one fellow let me use a lever espresso machine, had never used one before, so I was very chuffed

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    Lever lover here. Certainly a pleasure to use.

    I bumped into another CSer at the la Marzocco stand. Saw their new leva in the flesh. Don't think they were brewing on it though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortblackman View Post
    Lever lover here. Certainly a pleasure to use.

    I bumped into another CSer at the la Marzocco stand. Saw their new leva in the flesh. Don't think they were brewing on it though?
    That would be me your talking about,Good to see you there SBM

    I must say i liked and enjoyed the day also. I do agree its changed over the years but that comes with everything these days. I must admit I have a love for looking at the roasters and dreaming of a bigger one.

    I will also say the coffee i tried from many stalls was also wonderful. Not one bad one, however it doesn't take much to be full from Caffeine.

    I have always personally liked the Central American stalls that turn up and have the available drip filters for many of the varieties that have. I've always liked the Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras Stands and this year was no different. Great to chat with them and they had some great coffees.

    Cheers,

    Chris
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