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    Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

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    Hello again to Perth CSers!

    We have another cafe day coming up on Saturday November 19th at 1pm at BioBeans in Helena valley.

    BioBeans are a small specialty coffee roasting company here in Perth who specialise in organic, fairtrade coffees. *Ben and his Mum Mary have graciously agreed to host the next Perth Cafe Day.

    Ben says that the milk will be straight from the cow if we want to make any lattes or other milk drinks. *It evidently really puts a MOO into the taste.

    Ben has also provided green beans for the tasting. *Im not sure yet which bean it will be but the green beans which we will roast for the cafe day are available from Supreme Coffee Machines in packets of 250g. *

    You will need to pick these beans up from Supreme Machines in Rivervale

    The beans will be available from Saturday November 4th onwards for pickup.

    Ben has a very nice La Cimbali Junior and if anyone wants to bring their Mazzer along (no pressure here Alec *;D) that would be good otherwise I will bring my Rocky Doserless.

    If anyone ones to bring cookies or other nibblies please feel free although this is NOT compulsory.

    Please confirm by replying to this thread or contacting either myself or Ben directly.

    Here is the contact details, address and map:

    Phone: 08 9294 3863 (if you get lost)
    4365 Helena Valley Road, Helena Valley 6056.





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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Ben here :)

    Ill drop off about 10 lots of 250g bags of green East Timor Maubisse beans with Peter at Supreme Coffee Machines on Friday sometime. Itll be a first come first served basis *;) so get down and grab your beans asap.

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Thanks Ben:

    I picked my beans up today from Supreme Machines.

    It looks so far like myself Alec and Willem coming along though hopefully others will step forward too.

    These cafe days are always good value and an excellent way to learn about the black (preferably dark brown) art of roasting and espresso.

    Grant

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Grant/All,

    90% sure i can make it also. I will get down to supremes this sat morning.

    Cheers.

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    mmmmm Timor... We have been drinking that all week and it is a fine drop.

    It will good to hear what the "winning" roast is of these over in Perth and how the home roast stacks-up with the BioBean monster (well its a monster compared to our roasters ;) )

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Yeah the East Timor makes a wonderful espresso, the Café Femenino is more one for the coffee gourmets. I do notice at fairs/markets when Im flogging coffee with my junior that the East Timor is the one that people keep coming back for.

    Out of interest - has anyone tried a Fairtrade SWP decaff yet? I just got a bag of Peruvian decaff green beans this week, have to do some test roasts asap to see what its like.

    PS - Whos doing the judging on the Café day anyway :) I can tell you if it "looks right" from a bean perspective, but Ill leave the tasting up to the experts 8-)

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Ben,

    Everyone gets a say. We have sheets for the tasting and rate it on Body, Acidity and Balance but the subjective 1 to 5 rating is where people get the chance to rate it overall.

    Very democratic and I think that it is reasonably effective.

    It gives people the chance to think about the coffee that they are tasting.

    I would expect the scores to be pretty close this time for obvious reasons.

    Grant

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Hey Ben,
    That Peru Fairtrade SWD sounds like it might be similar to the one that coffeesnobs purchased recently... Peru Penachi (OCIA)???? I grabbed a bit but havent really experimented with it yet (I got a little scared off by all the smoke... I thought the beans were about to catch fire just past first crack). Anyway, Ill do my best and bring some along next weekend so we can compare notes. Really looking forward to seeing your setup.. and playing with the Junior ;)

    And Grant,
    I think I may have perfected the coffee cookie.... Ill let you be the judge! ::)
    Cheers,
    Matt

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    The Peru SWD is pretty good.....we use it at bg&d *8-). Ignore the smoke and follow the normal crack cues when roasting it. It cups fairly bright with good acidity and body. I thought chocolate, nut and caramel/toffee notes.....

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Yes its an odd one to roast (SWP btw, Swiss Water Process - Its the non chemical decaffeination system that they use for organic coffees) the green beans tend be extremely dark with a sheen to them. Ive tried a small amount ~300g so far, it roasts normally up to the first crack, but then youve got to be pretty quick to catch it before second crack as 1st->2nd goes by extremely quickly.
    As for smoke, smoke is normal - I tend to shut down the vent on my roaster when past the first crack to develop more "aroma" in the coffee but Im not sure what your results would be like with smaller roasters.

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    for CS people in Perth, this is just a last reminder of our Perth Cafe day tomorrow at Biobeans in Helena Valley.

    If you havent roasted the beans supplied by BioBeans already please feel free to come along anyway.

    Grant

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Sorry - didnt make it. I really wanted to get to this one. Work, home family - a bit out of control and has been for the last three months. Looking forward to Christmas.

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    It was an excellent coffee day at biobean, Ben and Mary have it well sorted up in the hills and hosted a great afternoon. :D
    The fairtrade East Timor was quite a fruity tasting bean. Everyone had a different degree of roast and technique with producing the espresso, but it all had the common flavour. Getting used to a heat exchanger machine was more than enough for me, burning most of the shots i made.

    Bens 10kg Toper is a machine and a half, and he has the knowledge and skill to produce a fine roast. I will certainly be trying more coffee and looking out for Biobeans in the future.

    Im sure Grant will have some photos up soon too. ;D

    Thanks again Ben and Mary
    Cheers

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Sounds great!

    I too look forward to seeing the pics.

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Yep,
    Fantastic day!
    Thanks heaps to Mary and Ben for all the hospitality, know-how and coffee. And thanks to Grant for getting it off the ground. (Thanks to Lola and Lilly to... freshest milk Ive ever had!)
    As usual, I learnt heaps and tasted some beautiful coffee... All in the company of fellow coffee nutbags. (The term poor Rachael used in the car later was ‘very passionate coffee drinkers’).
    It was especially interesting to hear about Mary and Bens roasting progression. Its hard to believe that the business is so young.. It’s going to go a long way and I urge all coffee snobs to give Biobeans a crack when you get the chance. (By the way.. Bens roast won the day again - he’s on a hatrick!


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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Yes, it was a great day and thanks so much to Ben and Mary.

    I have a short writeup and some pix to come which should go up this week sometime.

    Grant

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    I wound my way down Helena Valley Road on my way to Biobeans. *

    This was wild country over 2km from the nearest McDonalds in Midland. *I made a note to search left and right for savage pygmies armed with blowpipes. *While there were plenty of blowflies, the pygmies were obviously running scared this day.

    Seriously the country was very nice, nestled in the foothills of Perth and in the middle of some nice bush. *It was also one of them ‘out of the box’ Perth late spring days with the temperature hovering about 30 degrees and the air alive with the gentle buzz of bush flies. *Seriously though the flies on us were few, having been allured by Lilly and Lola their two cows. *I have a nice picture of one of them flicking dust into the air which they do to terrify the flies and keep them off them little private bits that make cows, cows and bulls, bulls. *Inside their lovely house were two jugs of milk obviously not homogenised and not standardised to a standard fat content of 3.5%. *Indeed it became obvious that this was not your standard household at all thanks to Ben’s Dad who is an architect and who designed the house from paper and ink(to start with). *The house is a ‘work in progress’, Ben assured us, although to be frank, it was refreshingly different and the living area had a mezzanine floor *or loft and a high pitched roof which gave the whole area a lovely spacious feel.

    The essential feature of the living area and the most important item in this part of the house was the espresso machine (organ music in the background of your choice [ch61514]), a lovely La Cimbali M21 junior. *This place of worship was framed by a natural wood table and a suitably humungous grinder. *I had to bring along my grinder as Ben’s machine would only grind a minimum of 100kg at one time. *Well, it did look pretty big to me anyway.

    The true place of worship though was the altar of the Toper 10kg drum roaster. *When I saw this I almost dropped to my knees blinded by this personal epiphany. *I could swear I was on the road to Damascus but I got out my UBD and reassured myself that this was Perth. *Seriously, this is one serious piece of kit that does bring forth religious symbolism in the mind a bit too readily. *

    Oh, dear I want one…

    We all had a look at the machine although Ben had to stop us from dropping coins in the bean funnel (it seemed like the right thing to do). *We all stopped, bowed our heads and prayed that the good Lord would send us one of these machines for Xmas even if it resulted in Santa’s sleigh crashing as a result of overloading. *Hey, this baby weighs 280kg and is probably not suitable for air freight.

    Ben has fitted a gas control system to this work of art. *His eyebrows are still growing back after an early initial experiment. *I have a picture of the offending aperture below. *Ben got a bit annoyed after a few unnamed CS people took the opportunity to mail their Xmas cards. *Hey, it is the right colour and everything, what’s the problem? [ch61514]
    Anyway, the machine is now working like a treat. *The room it is housed in is very neat and clean although we noticed that there was no air conditioning. *I am picturing Ben in bare feet and a towel wrapped around his waist in January.

    We then moved inside for the espresso tasting, the machine was fired up and ready for some action.

    Matt brought along two friends, Damien and Rachael. *Rachael thought we were all crazy, well coffee crazy anyway but had a good time in spite of the caffeinated crazies around her.

    It was always going to be interesting as the bean was the same for all of us, Ben’s East Timorese Maubisse.

    Everyone was their own barista which is cruel but fair I figure as if you don’t like the espresso you produce then you just have to pull finger and try harder!

    I brought along the Rocky which did its job well.

    I tried for a medium roast on the ET blend but it was a tad too bland. *I normally do more of a ristrettos on my machine which suits a medium blend more as it concentrates the flavour.

    Anyway the winner in these contests is the one with the best blend who can make the best of that blend using the equipment at hand. *Ben beat all comers by nailing the roast and producing a very sweet nectar indeed. *Matt came in not too far behind with his blowtorch version of the Maubisse and this earned him a kg (I think) of one of the Biobeans coffees (I can’t remember which one).

    It did turn out to be quite interesting roasting the same bean to different endpoints and using different techniques. *The exercise really showed that there is a large amount of variation in flavour even with the same bean.
    Finally we had to go over and meet the rest of the family, Lola, Lilly and Kenneth. *They were buzzing, errr… with excitement, well buzzing anyway.

    Thanks to Ben and Mary for hosting this event. *It was a great day out and we all enjoyed your company and hospitality.


    Grant

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Here is a picture of Bens Toper 10kg roaster.

    Now this has got to be the 44 Magnum of roasters!




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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    This is Ben and Kenneth having a difference of opinion.

    Does Ben uses this technique on recalcitrant cafe owners too?

    ;D


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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Too shiny! Ack my eyes!

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Lola and Lily. Two good looking cows (no offence intended).

    Got some nice milk from these lovely animals. They are a small breed and quite suitable for people in cities with small cottage blocks.

    :)


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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    The group of caffeinated crazies at Biobeans...

    :o


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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Looks pretty sedate for caffienated crazies. Should use a longer shutter speed next time to make them look really high speed and crazy :P

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    nunu:

    Yeah, they need some digital enhancement and a bit more caffeine...

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Great pics and really good write-up Grant... sounds like a day well spent.

    Thanks to yourself for organising the day out and thanks to Ben & Mary from Biobean for opening their doors to let some CSrs poke-around.

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    Re: Perth Cafe Day November 19th 1pm at BioBeans

    Here is one more picture of that offending aperature where we mailed our Xmas cards...




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