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    WBC 2006 Travel Log

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    Hi all,

    As many of you know, Dave Makin of our site sponsor Veneziano Caffe will be representing Australia in the World Barista Championships very soon. Dave and Peter Wollf, Venezianos master roaster, have already departed and are recording their travels at the following address:

    http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/worldregional/australasia/232840

    (Pete was having some difficulty getting his coffeesnobs login to work, but well fix that when they get back)

    The WBC will be held using the new La Marzocco GB-5, a machine that LM introduced to capitalise on the years of experience from building their famous Linea line and constantly improving it. I was lucky enough to see them in the Florence factory before they were released last year and they are super-sweet. Unfortunately, its not clear if the Australian LM importer has any or if they will let Dave practice on them. (Boo, hiss!) The solution? Poor Dave will just have to spend three days in Florence and visit the kind folk at the LM factory. Hey, its a tough job, but someones gotta do it!

    In terms of the WBC itself, it will pan out like this:

    Day 0: Two hours practice time alotted on one of the competition machines
    Day 1: Qualifying heat
    Day 2: Finals, if Dave makes the top 8 on Day 1

    The leadup has resulted in the team at Veneziano going through about ten different blends, some of which were great and some of which were decidedly less than great. I think that they are taking a selection of different blends, roasted at different times and to different levels. Add in some practice coffee for the LM factory and theyve rapidly pushed up to 90kg in coffee alone! Hopefully when they come back well be able to talk them into roasting the ABC and WBC blends for retail sale, even if only for a short time.

    Is anyone else excited?

    Cheers,

    Luca

    PS. If you would like more info about the WBC, point your browser over to www.worldbaristachampionship.com and go to the rules section. The technical and sensory score sheets are availalbe for download, as well as somewhat comprehensive instruction manuals for competitors and judges. The rules are a combination of best practice and compromise between all of the member countries, but any way that you cut it, the highest scoring barista is the best! Melbournes own Justin Metcalf is the WBCs head judge at the moment and will be retiring after this WBC. And no, he and Paul Bassett will not be judging Dave!

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    Thanks for getting things started Luca.

    As mentioned we have completed 3 days at La Marzocco in Florence getting some time on the GB5 and also cupping out blends that will match the competition settings of the GB5.

    It has been an awesome experience with Perio, Ron and Kent and getting there views on where to form here. They are true innovators and you can see the time and enrgy that is going into the new GS3 single group prosumer machine.. This machine is packed full of techology and design and will put LM at the top of the Christmas list this year.

    New Mistral looks awesome. It is interesting that the GB5 and FB80 are the same machine internally with just the body kit and cosmetics being the only difference.

    The big moves at LM are in new basket design the looks at the dispersion of water through the coffee.. buy there own admission basket manufacture has much variance and it is there preffered recomendation to move to convex tampers as opposed to flat. The technical drawings of the cross section of the new basket design are very interesting but they make complete common sense..

    Flow rates at 550ml +/- 15% at 60secs seems to be the recommendation with the use and the positioning of restrictors being also further explored and becoming the rule.

    The use of PID and temperature control seems to be overweighed with a greater importance placed on simply stable temperature during operation.

    David and I will be leaving on Tuesday for Berne as we have "work" related appoinments in Venice on Sunday and Monday.

    David has recieved is competition slot:

    Competitor 6
    Friday at 1030 am ( Swiss Time)

    We have to wait until Saturday night for the result of the final 6 for Sunday afternoon.

    Will keep you all posted.

    Peter Wolff


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    Re: WBC 2006 Travel Log

    Thanks for the update.

    Did La Marzocco mention if the GS3 was coming to Australia any time soon?

    The very best of luck in the WBC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Framey link=1147313320/0#2 date=1147608849
    Thanks for the update.

    Did La Marzocco mention if the GS3 was coming to Australia any time soon?

    The very best of luck in the WBC.
    Yes. Daves WBC prize machine should be headed our way ;P

    As for retail sale on the GS3, I wouldnt hold my breath. First up, I dont think that theres a 220/240V model of the machine yet, then I hear that theres a massive pre-order queue (the LM factory is NOT large) and, finally, the local importers havent even updated their webpage to say that they sell the GB-5.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: WBC 2006 Travel Log

    looking forward to more travel logs....

    tis getting exciting.

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    Hey All

    Have arrived in Berne today and have unpacked all the glassware etc.., with the only thing broken being my aftershave oh well guess that I will have to be a bit smelly :-(

    On the GS3 they are expecting to have into production by Christmas I am not sure if that means they will stock to local distributors. So I guess that makes Davids 1st prize very rare indeed. I guess that he recieved a Giotto for the Australian Final it is only fair that I get the GS3.

    We travelled past Venice on the weekend to meet with another equipment manufacturer BFC in Congliano to finalise discussions on new commercial espresso machines for us. Technical specs have worked out great with new restrictors and & Jigglers fitted. Our coffees cupped up as pure magic on the protype! We have some ways to go before the new body kits, handles and tap sets are tooled up for us. However we are very excited to be in a position to have new commmercial espresso equipment designed and manufactured for us.

    We have the day tomorrow to gather our ingreditents for davids signature drink and cook it off. Competitor briefing is thursday as mentioned earlier.

    later all off to eat my Lindt chocolate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veneziano Caffe link=1147313320/0#5 date=1147807455
    We travelled past Venice on the weekend to meet with another equipment manufacturer BFC in Congliano to finalise discussions on new commercial espresso machines for us. Technical specs have worked out great with new restrictors and & Jigglers fitted. Our coffees cupped up as pure magic on the protype! We have some ways to go before the new body kits, handles and tap sets are tooled up for us. However we are very excited to be in a position to have new commmercial espresso equipment designed and manufactured for us.
    Yeah, I love all of the subtle intricacies of the new design. Itll be absolutely awesome. Will they do a variable restrictor for you, or will you put in different restrictors for different blends?

    Glad to hear that everythings going well.

    I agree 100% that the GS3 should go to you. But this leaves dave with the Linea and the Giotto, which would take up a fair bit of counter space. So Ill take the Linea. Or the Giotto; whatever ...

    So does Lindt taste better fresh?

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Well Luca

    Freshness not sure... however I have noticed that if you eat a whole block to yourself just like at australia, you get that same sick feeling.

    We are looking at different restrictors and jiggler combos we have trialed against all our blends to find the sweet spot . Dont wish to say more but you will be more than welcome to cup up when the protoype arrives in melbourne.

    On a side note David and I sit down to breakfast this morning at our hotel and we try a coffee from the shearer celebration full auto... Dave and I agree that its the best we have tasted in europe.. too good as a matter of fact and it tastes very familar. I ask the waitress what blend is it and she replies... "oh its samples from an italian coffee company in australia".....SH#T they have used all our competiton coffee that we forwarded to the hotel... That said we have another 6kg being urgently airfreighted to us to arrive on friday. Cest la Vie

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veneziano Caffe link=1147313320/0#7 date=1147855805
    We are looking at different restrictors and jiggler combos we have trialed against all our blends to find the sweet spot . Dont wish to say more but you will be more than welcome to cup up when the protoype arrives in melbourne.
    Sweet. But youll get the whole set of them so that we can play around with them here, right? I mean, theyre only like $0.003 each!

    Quote Originally Posted by Veneziano Caffe link=1147313320/0#7 date=1147855805
    On a side note David and I sit down to breakfast this morning at our hotel and we try a coffee from the shearer celebration full auto... Dave and I agree that its the best we have tasted in europe.. too good as a matter of fact and it tastes very familar. I ask the waitress what blend is it and she replies... "oh its samples from an italian coffee company in australia".....SH#T they have used all our competiton coffee that we forwarded to the hotel... That said we have another 6kg being urgently airfreighted to us to arrive on friday. Cest la Vie
    Youd better bloody well get a new account out of it! Hope the 6kg is at least the right stuff ...

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Dave and I agree that its the best we have tasted in europe..
    What a whoops! Im glad you are back on track... that could have been messy.

    Its also a good sign that your coffee tasted great even through a hotel auto machine.


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    Well Saturday has been a day of mixed emotions wtih the highs and excitment of Scott taking out the world latte art championship. Top class effort! Missing the six with David has stung a little. Our overtime penalities and accured points that are lost as a result of going over make the it very hard to pull back. We have learned so much and being involved at a WBC event it exposes you to the best in business.

    We will take these learnings and make us a stronger in the future. (Will placing an order for a GB5 when we get back).

    Thanks to all to for your support and big well done to the Kiwi Team as they also put on a great performance.

    See you all back in Melbounre next week.



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