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    A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

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    Just saw an ad for A Current Affair. Their Thursday 20th of April show has a story about home coffee.
    I think I briefly saw the roaster from Single Origin...? As in Gavin not the 15kg Toper *:)

    Sounded a bit like they were saying some home machines werent all they were cracked up to be.

    Well have to wait and see I suppose.

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Interesting.... kinda.... ::)

    Wonder how much Sunbeam paid for that infomercial ?

    Id sure love one of those Expolar espresso machines though.. :-? ;D ;) :-/


    If nothing else it did remind me why I dont watch commercial FTA tele...

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    Not wanting to offend Sunbeam owners, but I was surprised when ACA made the declaration that Sunbeam made the best tasting coffee...? Best value by some margin, but best espresso... hmm.

    Was the story set at the Forsyth roastery?

    Good to see they mentioned buying a decent grinder, even if only briefly right at the end.

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by lochness link=1145460370/0#1 date=1145524294
    Interesting.... *kinda.... *::)

    Wonder how much Sunbeam paid for that infomercial ?

    Id sure love one of those Expolar espresso machines though.. * :-? * ;D ;) *:-/


    If nothing else it did remind me why I dont watch commercial FTA tele...
    Im glad that it wasnt just me that heard the reporter say Expolar, I thought that my hearing was letting me down :o.
    At least the judges were knowledgable, and not the usual appliance testing gurus that decide what the everyday consumer should buy :P.
    All the best.

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Could someone please summarise the story for those of us who were otherwise engaged? Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_gimlet link=1145460370/0#4 date=1145528759
    Could someone please summarise the story for those of us who were otherwise engaged? Cheers,
    4 judges - Paul Bassett, Rob Forsyth, the owner of Single Origin and another Barista (my apologies, Ive forgotten his and the cafes name).
    6 machines - Sunbeam Cafe Ristretto, a Krups, a Sunbeam EM6900, a Saeco auto, a Sunbeam auto and a Expobar Minore.
    edit - 7 machines, I forgot the Senseo, how could I forget the Senseo ;D.
    3 criteria - value for money, user friendliness and best coffee.
    The EM6900 took the prize for all three categories.
    All reported on by a reporter who kept calling the Minore, an Expolar ::).
    You didnt miss much.
    P.S.
    They did mention that you need a good grinder, but it was more of an after thought.

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

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    If nothing else it did remind me why I dont watch commercial FTA tele...[/QUOTE]

    Hear hear!

    ACA should stick to chasing dodgy shoe repairers or dole-bludgers living the high life and all that... ::)

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    ...and do stories on petrol prices.
    Ohh... they did that tonight too? ;)

    I was amused that their "ease of use" went to the sunbeam and the expobar.

    True ease of use has to go to a single button superauto and then you weigh-up against the quality of coffee output and the price paid.

    I know a lot of people that are horrified at the "mess" of a "manual" machine and would never have one in their kitchen. Luck has it, thats not my household!


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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Sunbeam makes good coffee? Since when did they get into roasting?

    Where can one get those Expolar Varista Minode?

    Go chase the council that so ashamedly put the poor family who havent paid rent in 18 months out on the street, not to mention the 6 cats, 5 birds, 12 dogs, and an orphaned bilby. Shame! Shame!

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by Fresh_Coffee link=1145460370/0#9 date=1145706578
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    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

    A speechless Fresh Coffee?
    ...now there is a first.

    8-)

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    As I raise my hands in triumph!

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    And apparently Paul Bassett is under contract with Sunbeam. Not that you need to be told that after watching the "infomercial".

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    Maybe Im just being diplomatic, but I thought the segment was actually quite good. I was expecting some Krups or Breville machine to come out on top... With a bunch of "experts" whove never worked in coffee in their lives. The segment was a bit of an advertorial for Sunbeam (as plugged by Paul Basset), and the Brewtus, that Forsyth Coffee sells too... but there were a few nice comments at how dire the coffee coming out of the Senseo was... and how bad the Saeco super auto performed.

    Basically i was expecting something much much worse... So i was almost pleasantly suprised. Maybe thats the saddest statement of all...

    Anyway, you can watch the whole thing for yourself if you happened to miss it.

    Here:
    http://ninemsn.video.msn.com/v/en-au/v.htm?f=39&g=69879c9d-6c53-4e42-a87b-d17d21379d44&p=aunews_auaca&t=m164

    Cheers,
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    Agreed- Even though it was pretty much advertorial, it was certainly a whole heap better than most similar "tests". I was surprised to see the $400 Breville- which was sooooo comprehensively canned by Choice mag and their tasting committee do as well as it did :-?>

    Just goes to prove that in the hands of a decent barista...... ;) 8-)

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Granted they did bag the Senseo (not a show sponsors brand ;)) and they also bagged the Saeco auto (another non sponsors brand), but miraculously the brew coming out of the Sunbeam auto was very good.
    Not knowing much about autos, how can two autos that are roughly the same price (I think) put out such different tasting products all other things being equal?
    I must be getting too cynical in my old age :-?.
    All the best.

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    If anyone is interested in buying the MINORE I am the Queensland agent for EXPOBAR and will do a special deal for CS members.
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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Likewise for Melbourne- I am expecting stocks of Minore II in May... :)

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    May is less than a week away ... :-?

    Any idea if pricing will be similar to the current the current Minore?

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Yes Matt- I anticipate similar pricing....hopefully Expobar will supply really soon.... :-/. Im gonna grab a unit and cane it at the coffee academy and will then report back.....

    Chris

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    Re: A Current Affair Coffee Story tonight

    Any chance of an audience during the caning?

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    Absolutely- Im planning a Giotto v Minore shoot out and seats for myself, luca and four more at the academy on a saturday arvo really soon! In addition, Ill throw it into the deep end and well use it in all classes to see if we can break something ;)



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