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    free coffee aprecation course

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi has anyone done the sunbeam coffee appreciation course in melbourne ? If so was it usefull,got a em6910 for birthday makes great coffee :)

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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    Yeah. Its useful for getting to learn how to use your machine under some expert guidance, whilst using up someone elses beans and milk.

    Theres little in the way of "coffee appreciation" though: no cupping, sampling, trying different blends, different extraction levels, etc. (Unless things have changed - I gave them this as feedback when I did the course last year)

    http://www.google.co.nz/search?hl=en&q=sunbeam+course+site%3Acoffeesnobs.c om.au&meta=

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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    I attended one in Perth a long time back when I got my first Sunbeam. It is very worth while attending as it is free and it is aimed at guiding you through most things you need to know about your machine.

    It is not intended to be an advanced Barista course or a cupping class, but rather to gain an appreciation of what a decent coffee is.

    You will probably find a few people in your class that does not know the first thing on how to produce a decent coffee but I think that it is great that Sunbeam offer this to bring awareness to the community.


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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    Thanks for your input guys i will report back on how it was next week.

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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    Im booked for the brisbane one in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it.

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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    Quote Originally Posted by flatwhite link=1187860755/0#4 date=1187938304
    Im booked for the brisbane one in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it.
    I attended one a few weeks ago and over all it was OK. All depends on how much experience you have had and what you expect to get from it.

    John and his key man (sorry, I am bad with names) from Naked Coffee in Brisbane ran the one I attended and I have to say I picked up some good tips. Most of these around the Sunbeam and the EM0480 grinder, so if you have this combo at home; You will get more from it than others.

    Go for it, it is on Sunbeam after all.


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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    Quote Originally Posted by AngerManagement link=1187860755/0#5 date=1187943969
    Quote Originally Posted by flatwhite link=1187860755/0#4 date=1187938304
    Im booked for the brisbane one in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it.
    I attended one a few weeks ago and over all it was OK. *All depends on how much experience you have had and what you expect to get from it.

    John and his key man (sorry, *I am bad with names) from Naked *Coffee in Brisbane ran the one I attended and I have to say I picked up some good tips. *Most of these around the Sunbeam and the EM0480 grinder, so if you have this combo at home; You will get more from it than others.

    Go for it, it is on Sunbeam after all.
    thanks for the kind words... im glad you found it useful...

    keep in mind there is a set structure that all trainers follow nationally for the purpose of consistancy... it really is aimed at the first time user, but by having a 45min hands on practice during the course it gives the more skilled participants an opportunity to ask us the more tricky questions!... we usually have a few people in each class that havent even opened the box yet, and have never had a machine before!

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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    Its really good for a complete newbie who has not used an espresso machine before.

    Not intended for the semi home barista who already knows how to set their own grind and dose their porta filters.

    So you wont get much value if you do already know how to use other similar machines.


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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    Went to course yesterday and it was good, got a bit better knowledge on milk texturing and how to pick fresh roasted beans from old stale beans. So all in all it was worthwhile attending.

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    Re: free coffee aprecation course

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    ..not just that, but we have quite a lot of people who are used to being upsold on the 500g -> 1kg bags of coffee from either the supermarket or the fresh local roaster. There are several main players here and abouts advocating fridge usage to keep it fresh. Getting people to treat coffee like a fresh organic product and also having them grind only what they need to attain maximum flavour is really mindblowing for some of our participants. This course for so long as I have been doing it has been one of the most fulfilling coffee gigs that I have ever come across.

    To give you an idea of what I see every couple of weeks when Im on.

    Weve had people come in who have had terrible problems trying to fit in their 7g of imported coffee into the sunbeams while out on a boat in the whitsundays during summer.

    The person who loves their extra hot milk converted to drinking the 60-65deg milk in a preheated cup when they are led through the why are you into hot milk in the first place set of questions

    The person who swears by supermarket coffee as their favourite having their faces lit up when we do the fresh coffee demonstration.

    The sceptical person saying that the coffee looks too dark and like motor oil changing their mind once they smell that caramel sweet shot of espresso and having it combined with milk.

    The father telling his chef son (who works in the same hotel as where its run) that "no- you cant resteam milk and Ill tell you the goss on it later!"

    The really hesitant older person who cant touch the machine due to fear and then being gently coaxed onto the machine- only to end up being bright happy and upbeat about what theyve learnt and how they can apply it.

    Seeing the trainers do milk and say, "I can never do that" and seeing their faces as they get it throughout that 45minutes.

    The courses seem to me to be designed to preach to the masses, and get more people onboard about what a great espresso can be. For those who come through from this website, Ive found that most of the time I am not going through these types of breakthrough moments but tightening up technique with shot prep, milk texturing and pouring. I would say that through the coffee appreciation program, weve opened up a whole new world to so many people and its just....effin amazing to be a part of it.

    ant "also happy to be starting at midday tomorrow yeaaaah" :D



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