Inside the Roaster...
Had a good day out at Coffee Masters. Bit of a shame Andrew wasnt able to be there, but it was still a very informative session, thanks to Paul (Fad) for putting up with us.
We had a gander at the roasters, and both green and roasted coffees. The roasted varieties were divine when you opened up the tub and the aroma just hit you in the face. Got to see the Gene Cafe roaster in action (thanks JM). Didnt think it would be so quiet. A bit hard to pick out the cracks, but I think that has a lot to do with the roasting chamber itself. The chaff collector is extremely efficient, and the unit looks very solidly built.
Tasted some coffee, got to sample the Nez du Cafe. Sometimes its hard to believe that coffee will actually have aromas like that (rubber or medicinal).
Now on to the pics...
This is the main roaster, a 20kg Probat.
Inside the Roaster...
Heres the bean cooler, cools the load of beans in a couple minutes.
Here we are, having a discussion behind the de-stoner.
Heres the chaff collector and afterburner.
Heres the shelves full of pallets of green beans. Most are Andrews own Honduran beans.
Heres the tapestry hanging above the Bezzera machine.
And finally, the humble Gene Cafe roasting a batch of Columbian.
Good stuff, thanks for the pics. Thanks also to host Paul. Appreciated it!
It was nice to meet all you coffeesnobs folks out at Andrews today. Thanks Paul for providing such a show :o)
Thanks Paul(fad) for showing us round the roastery and for all the useful tips , it was I think a very successful maiden CS Sydney gathering .
I especially liked the bit where we got to stick our noses in bins full of freshly roasted beans. It really highlighted the sometimes subtle and not so subtle differences between different types of beans. Thanks to Fad for a great tour and opportunity to sample and talk a bit. It really makes me realise that I have a lot to learn. Sorry I missed the home roast sample Nunu, maybe next time ;) Found out my better half has a friend who lives around the corner from CMA so I may get a few more leave passes yet.
It turned out the beans were still a bit young. Ill give them another go on Monday to see if theyve settled down a bit.
Hopefully there will be many more gatherings at different venues, and hopefully I can have a Saturday free to join you all.
Once again, thanks to all who attended and thanks to Fad and Andrew(who couldnt be there) for hosting.
I know Fad was taking some pictures, hopefully hell post some too.
Yep, certainly a fun day! Had a good time playing with the sumatran when I got home too - a great coffee filled Saturday :)
Nice to put some faces to names, heres to the next meet.
Howd the Sumatran go? didnt come across any medicinal or rubber notes in the aroma did you? :P
Le Nez du Cafe is such a useful tool for familiarisation. Nothing like saying hmm...i got a bit of potato and leather in that one.
Nope - and no earth or potato either!
Managed to pull a few good shots with it, even got a really nice triple.
The Le Nez was good, Id like to get my hands on one actually... wheres that kidney gone?
the coffee expo sounded fantastic and am sorry i came to this forum a couple of days to late. Whens the next one????
Paul Haddon (fad) usually puts a post up on coffeegeek in the Australian forum. They do this most weekends, Im not sure when the next communal coffeesnobs visit will be though.
Sounds like a great first meet, great pics and text Nunu, some nice toys there for sure.
With anyluck I can sneek up to one of the future cafe days in the shadows of a big coat hanger. ;)
We done all!