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    Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster tour.

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight

    Thanks to Chris (2muchcoffeeman) this months Melbourne café day will be very special and unique.

    Chris has arranged a tour of the Bean Alliance premises which is the roaster/supplier to bean ground & drunk, Gravity, Monte Coffee and Del Zotti brands. These guys roast on a scale quite different to what we do and it should be a real eye opener for all of us.

    The Bean Alliance do not give public tours. This is once in life time opportunity to get to see the other side of a real roaster.

    Positions for the tour are very limited and anyone attending will need to be “on the list” before the end of this week (a week before the tour). NO ON THE DAY TURN-UPS. If you are currently employed in the coffee industry or in the media please let us know before hand so we can clear it with the company. I expect that all attendees will need to sign a non-disclosure agreement (or similar) to protect the privacy of the bean alliance.

    The bean alliance will also open their retail store for us at the end of the tour so anyone that wants to buy tea, coffee or machines and equipment can do so.

    The day will start at bean ground & drunk when 2muchcoffeeman will make everyone a first class cuppa. We will then head to the bean alliance for a tour. After that we will head to St Ali in South Melbourne to see a smaller scale roaster.

    CS member reviews seem to point at St Ali being a good place for lunch so we can probably grab a bite there for anyone who needs to absorb some caffeine.


    Date:
    Saturday 12th November

    Agenda for the day:

    8:30am – 9:15am
    Quality coffee made to order by 2muchcoffeeman.
    bean ground & drunk
    6/224 St Georges Rd, Northcote
    (between Artherton and Normanby on the East side)

    9:30 am – 12:00
    the bean alliance roaster tour
    the bean alliance
    25 Kumai Avenue, Reservoir

    1:00pm – till caffeined-out
    Head for St Ali to see a boutique roaster in action.
    St Ali Cafe
    12-18 Yarra Pl, Sth Melbourne


    Due to the nature of the tour only over 18s please and as mentioned above please let me know directly if you have any affiliation to another coffee business.

    Get your vote in the poll if you want to come on this very special day out.

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    bean ground & drunk

    http://www.beangroundanddrunk.com.au/

    the bean alliance

    http://www.beanalliance.com.au/

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    PS: As always, if we have any interstate members flying-in for the Cafe day give me a hollar and Ill pick you up and/or drop you off at the airport. (Tulla or Avalon are both ok)

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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    Andy any chance you could pick me up from the Newcastle airport... :)

    Sounds like a really good day, Ill make a quick investigation of cheap flights but not a likely starter :(


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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    Hi Andy, is there a tour bus waiting for us at Ground & Drunk? ;) too much caffeine makes aggressive drivers, you know! Each arranges his/her own transport, or is there a designated tea-drinking driver? :D

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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    Quote Originally Posted by slowpod link=1130674132/0#3 date=1130716056
    Hi Andy, is there a tour bus waiting for us at Ground & Drunk? *;) *too much caffeine makes aggressive drivers, you know! *Each arranges his/her own transport, or is there a designated tea-drinking driver? * :D
    It wont be a problem.....I promise to serve any aggressive, hyped caffeine addict our decaf *;) ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkboy link=1130674132/0#2 date=1130686219
    Andy any chance you could pick me up from the Newcastle airport... :)

    Sounds like a really good day, Ill make a quick investigation of cheap flights but not a likely starter :(


    -Stephen-
    Newcastle? Err... nup!

    But you might find some Jetstar or Virgin tickets cheap on the net?!?! Just let us know if you do.

    A.

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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    Quote Originally Posted by slowpod link=1130674132/0#3 date=1130716056
    Hi Andy, is there a tour bus waiting for us at Ground & Drunk? *;) *too much caffeine makes aggressive drivers, you know! *Each arranges his/her own transport, or is there a designated tea-drinking driver? * :D
    Yeah, 2muchcoffeeman will give you a dose of decaf and some of us will have spare seats (if anyone needs to car pool).


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    Andy, do you know what the camera policy is? Yea or nay?

    For those needing a ride, around S.E. suburbs, I can offer 3 seats (well 4, if the folks in the back are willing to be squeezy)

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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    No I dont know about cameras...
    ...2muchcoffeeman will know the answer.

    I expect that cameras are a no-no. Most companies that dont offer public access get a little iffy around cameras. So you might have to rely on your photographic memory or good sketching skills (like mine).




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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    Im not sure on the policy regarding cameras- Ill double check and get back. My instinct is that it should be fine, but just let me confirm it.....

    Chris

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    Firstly... cameras are fine for most of the tour but there may be an exclusion zone.

    I have just closed the poll, we have 11 CSrs on tour next week and another couple will catch-up with us in South Melbourne.

    Should be a top day out and real eye-opener for most of us.


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    Hi Andy

    unfortunately something has come up and I will be unable to attend the day :( :(

    Gavin

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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    WOW what a great day out that was today.

    Started the day off with some great bg&d coffee and then headed over to Reservoir for the tour.

    We were greeted at the door by the Managing Director of the bean alliance, Angelo Augello and the biggest, healthiest, fruiting coffee trees that any of us have seen in Victoria. *

    The “round table” discussion lead by Angelo about the Monte Coffee history and future direction of the bean alliance was fascinating and really showed me that this is a progressive company with some great concepts at the cutting edge of quality coffee roasting, distribution and marketing. *

    The tour through the plant was headed by Enzo who showed us the whole end to end process of a “ba” roast. *From the initial area where the bags of green beans are loaded onto the opener, through the de-stoning and cleaning process (removal of all foreign matter) the beans then travel into storage hoppers ready for roasting.

    Wow what a roaster… with a maximum load of 240kg this was a Hottop on steroids and we got to see the monster in action. *The computer controlled roaster selects the blend of beans from the clean hoppers and “shoots” it across the room through piping to the roaster. *It then starts the pre-programmed profile using bean mass temperature as the indicator of the progressing roast. *

    It was really interesting to see that our own “rule of thumb” roasting profiles are very similar to how the real roasters do it. *For the particular blend that we watched roasting today the temperature was ramped-up to a final 215 over a 15.5 minute roasting profile… of course we cannot and will not disclose the curve of that profile * *:)

    After roast the beans drop into the cooling tray and then get transported very gently via a high volume air tube and into the roasted hopper overhead. *It is at this stage that the beans destiny is decided, to the grinder for a large-scale water-cooled grinding death and degassing or to the bagger! * *:o

    The packaging machines are state of the art and from a CS tinkerers view, very cool devices. *We need one of these! *Depending on whether the coffee has been ground (vacuum packed) or whole bean (one-way valve packs) as to where it is staged prior to packing. *After being sealed, valved and printed the finished item moves to the freight and storage area of the facility ready for prompt delivery to the wholesale customer.

    A fascinating tour and a page of caffeine-fuelled page of banter from me wont describe the just how good and lucky an experience this was. *They even came-in and opened-up on a non-work day for our tour!

    Sincere thanks to Angelo, Enzo and Vince at the bean alliance for letting us into the inner sanctum and secret corridors of such a clean and well thought-out production facility.

    If any members are wandering past a Monte, Gravity, Del Zotti or of course a bean ground & drunk café I suggest you wander-in and try their wares. *After seeing the end to end process of roasting and the passion to deliver a quality product you should be assured that if the barista knows how to work the machine then the coffee should be great!

    2muchcoffeeman deserves a medal for getting us into a tour of the bean alliance, thanks Chris! * [smiley=thumbsup.gif] *[smiley=thumbsup.gif] *[smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    Yes, congratulations and a big THANK YOU to all who organised the day. The coffees were great and I loved the Bean Alliance tour - extremely informative, and I felt like a kid in a toy shop seeing all that hi-tech machinery, the roasted and raw beans, the smells that filled the air and seeing that real-life coffee tree complete with cherries. And yes, thanks Bean Alliance for the show bags - very generous. And what a set-up at St Ali - unique ambience, passionate personnel and superb coffee. They deserve to do well. Again well done to all of you on a TOP day.

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    Any more info about St Ali?

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    St. Ali is a great place, Mark and his team are very passionate about the quality in the cup and the food is fantastic. (I can recommend the lamb kofta with nuts).

    The 5kg computer controlled roaster is feed with a huge range of high grade beans in the search for the perfect result and the cafe is a CoffeeSnobs heaven.

    St Ali has become a "must see" on a coffee tour of Melbourne or if you are local to South Melbourne then it would be a daily visit for sure.

    Thanks to Mark for his hospitality and Im sure CSrs will be working with him on future projects and events.


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    While Im making requests *:) Any photos?


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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1130674132/0#12 date=1131801231
    WOW what a great day out that was today.<snip>
    A fascinating tour and a page of caffeine-fuelled page of banter from me wont describe the just how good and lucky an experience this was. *They even came-in and opened-up on a non-work day for our tour!

    Sincere thanks to Angelo, Enzo and Vin at the bean alliance for letting us into the inner sanctum and secret corridors of such a clean and well thought-out production facility.<snip>
    Glad you enjoyed it guys! It was my second full tour through and the plant blows my socks off every time *:o. In my mind are the incredible quality control and the fact that its soooooo spotless!! You could eat off the floor. The management and staff of the BA are passionate about what they do.... and produce outstanding product....

    Im proud to serve their product in our cafes... *8-)

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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    Just wanted to add my thanks to Chris, Ang, Vince, Enzo, Andy and anyone else who helped make the tour a reality. It was fascinating to see a commercial operation in action and I doubt you would see a cleaner factory.

    Certainly very impressive. All the guys at BA were so generous with their time, knowledge etc.

    It was a real blast.

    Thanks again! 8-)

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    Re: Melb Cafe Day Nov- the bean alliance roaster t

    My thanks too to everyone, chris, andy, friendly people at BA, who made the tour an experience. it is without a doubt a real eye-opener, a great experience that every coffee snob/geek should do at least once in their life. :)

    slow



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