Nice! Ive been bugging Dave to run something like this in Melbourne.
Hazel is off to New Zealand this weekend for the final stage of the 2006 Trans Tasman Barista Championship, let us all give her a cheer and cross our finger for the "Baristaroos" (also Justin, Genaro, David, Con and Natalie) to to represent us with honor and win the New Zealand "Blackcups"!
Surely shed be happy also to learn that a full house is awaiting upon her return for the FIRST EVER Advanced Home Barista Workshop in Sydney organized by Di Bartoli on the 18 November!!!
Yes, you can join us too! few more spots are available for this exciting Saturday Afternoon 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm workshop, at the Di Bartoli Shop, Bondi Junction.
How often, while experimenting with your equipment, you ask questions like: "how much do I dose to reach perfection?", "how do I achieve temperature consistency?", "whats the best distribution technique?", or "why can I steam milk for Cappuccino, but that silky, creamy Latte milk is beyond my comprehension"?
Hazel has the key to these questions and more! and with a little help from her famous range of Barista tools, like the: naked portafilter, training tamp, digital thermometer and probe, precision scale, shot glass and timer, and of course, the all-important taste buds, youd likely to get wiser & proficient with your coffee making techniques. *Purely a hands-on workshop from start to finish. Participants are encouraged to share and show others tips and techniques they have found useful to their routine.
Cost is: $80.00 per person, 10% discount for the person who brings a partner / friend.
To guarantee your space, just call Ofra today on: 9389 9892 Dont miss out on that one, Sharpen your skills before Christmas! ;)
Nice! Ive been bugging Dave to run something like this in Melbourne.
crap!! just when i move to melb.... i would be keen for something like this in melb.
now my em0480 is back, naked is locked in, the pullman arrived yesterday, and the brewtus is set to 94 id like to know what i am doing wrong!!!
(mother in law says the coffee is bitter, but i think thats because she is used to the coffee from their superauto!)
I was talking to Hazel about a possible course only yesterday.
That was quick!!
18th may not be good for me though. *:(
Will it be "bring your own equipment"?
Di Bartolis workshops normally take place in our "Coffee Machines Operating Room", with all range of our machines operative (Single Boiler: Silvia, Ascaso Dream, Ascaso Duo, Isomac Venus, Isomac Zaffiro, HX: Bezzera BZ99, Bezzera BZ02S DE, ECM Giotto and the Expobar twin boiler Minore 2). Youre encouraged to bring your own machine if its not one of the above, but wed need to know that beforehand to allocate the space on our already limited bench space.
There is no second Advanced Home Barista Workshop scheduled for the moment, and may not be until end of January, due to the holidays.
You may be able to "jump on the wagon" anyway?
I have the Expobar Leva but Im invited to a 21st that day.
Might have to next time.
If you drink every coffee you make at the course you would be the one dragging the 21yos into the city at midnight ;) Or if it is too many cups in the hospital getting your stomach pumped with the ones who cant handle the pace.
I am also unavailable for this one but would consider one early next year if you run it again.
Hi Ofra,Originally Posted by Di Bartoli link=1163115136/0#4 date=1163122940
I just assumed wed be bringing our own machines and grinders. I have a Silvia at home, so thats what Id like to practice my skills on, and I would guess that there may be other workshop participants who also have a Silvia and would want to do the same. Likewise, Id want to be able to use an Iberital Challenge (that I just bought from you!), which has certain characteristics such as stepless adjustment.
Any particular reason we couldnt do it that way?
Thanks everyone for the overwhelming enthusiasm and for filling up the lines so quickly!
Just one more spot is available for this coming Saturday workshop! so hurry up and call Ofra on: 02-9389 9892 to book yourself in, dont miss out!
Well, its Saturday now, so I hope that means that it wont be too long until we get photos posted up here!
So where are the attendees reports of the day? Or Di Bartolis run down?
Einstein was right about relativity....0ne minute sitting on a hot plate seems like hours and 3.5 hours listening *to and talking with Hazel about coffee seemed like minutes. First up was a roll call with the usual questions - name , machine and expectations/desires for the get together. It seemed that we all wanted to be master baristi in a short time. Hazel gave demos and explained about different temp settings and how to measure them to get the best out of our coffee, as well as temp surfing for the machines with small boilers. We then made espressi using different grinds and used the grind to slow down or speed up the extraction - we even managed a 1min15sec extraction that wasnt too different from a 30 sec extraction. Out came the naked portafilters !!! and out they came with one explosion and some close calls....all in the name of research to see how our distribution of coffee measured up. Milk texturing was on the agenda as well , with Hazel giving advice and tips on how to achieve latte art milk. All in all it was an enjoyable afternoon with some new tips/knowledge to take home and practice with. Thanks to Renzo , Ofra and Hazel.
Good to hear it was a valuable day for you Dino, I am sure Hazels experience would be invaluable. An afternoon with someone like that could improve your coffee a lot quicker than trying to experiment at home. I am sure you have lots to practice now so that you get even more consistent.
Contentious and acrimonious exchanges have been removed pending further action.
Per 2muchcoffeemans previous post, i.e.
This thread is locked for now.Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1163997484/15#16 date=1164015867
As I unlock this thread and open it up to everyone for posting in I offer up one of my favorite quotes as most excellently said by George Carlin to Bill and Ted:
Be good to one another
Or as I like to say:
I was hoping it would be re-opened so I could hear more about the day. So where are all the attendees comments? Or was there only a few CSs that managed to attend this time around?
I didnt go to the workshop, but I have been fortunate enough to have had some training by Hazel and shes one of the best teachers Ive encountered - I base that on years of academic teachers on all levels and teachers in martial arts.
Hazel is really good at putting across concepts which I think is what a good teacher does, opposed to rote learning... and while we all want to know everything in the one go, I believe showing someone everything is the best way to show them nothing - Hazel doesnt overload with too much info.
I dont think anyone will be dissapointed and $80 for 3 hours with one of the best in Oz seems like really good value to me.. other courses cost up to twice as much and dont have the hands on side to it which is the most important part - you can sit by the pool all day talking and practising your stroke, but if you dont get in the pool and get wet what good is it?
Coffee Snobs is at itsí roots all about the sharing of information relating to the wonderful world of coffee we all enjoy so much. Our forums are full of posts of both good and bad things that people have experienced on their journey through the coffee forest. We are deeply committed to allowing our members to speak their minds and tell of their experiences in their own words. We also find the idea of censorship extremely repugnant and are wont to delete or even modify someoneís post unless it is clearly called for.
Coffee Snobs is committed to bringing our members the best equipment and services available via our sponsors. CS is quite picky about whom we will allow to be a sponsor and will not accept just anyone and if thereís a problem with one of them we want to know about it. Just because a company is a sponsor of CS does not mean that they are exempt from having a bad review written about them by a member. If such an experience does occur we will do everything we can to help the involved parties come to an arrangement that leaves them both satisfied and able to carry on with a smile on their faces.
Because of these principles Robodocís post detailing his personal experience with Di Bartoliís class was left untouched along with the many posts that followed it. However, when it became clear that the thread was degenerating into an acrimonious exchange with nothing being accomplished except rising tempers and hurt feelings we stepped in and locked the thread to prevent it from continuing. The entire CS Admin team then reviewed the thread and determined that portions of it needed to be removed. Unfortunately doing so would significantly change what people had said and would present a lopsided view of the situation. Thus it was decided that the entire exchange would be removed and the participants encouraged to resolve the situation among themselves outside of the public forum.
In brief Robodoc felt that he had been inappropriately placed in the class (to advanced for him) on the recommendation of the sponsor and that the class did not fulfill the advertised goals nor meet his expectations. Di Bartoli feels that as in all such classes the time spent on any one area and exactly what is covered is flexible and is molded to the particular group of people attending and that individual attention is given to each attendee to the greatest extent possible that the group setting allows and that this was precisely what was done during this class.
Due to the highly charged emotions of all parties involved it was thought unlikely that any resolution would be arrived at between them if left to carry on by themselves. Accordingly I offered my services to act as a mediator between them to help them arrive at an equitable solution that everyone involved could live with.
I am happy to report that after days exchanging PMís with the involved parties such an agreement has been reached.
Because of the highly charged nature of the original exchange and the raw nerves it exposed rather than the involved parties making any posts themselves regarding it I have agreed to make one on their behalf.
Di Bartoli has agreed to give a full refund for the cost of the class to Robodoc and Robodoc has acknowledged that it was inappropriate to make this a public matter before first having given Di Bartoli a chance to deal with it via a private exchange. All parties have agreed to consider this matter at an end and to put it behind them.
All parties involved wish to make their sincerest apologies known to the members of CS for subjecting them to such an unsettling exchange and that they in no manner intended to impugn the honesty, abilities, or professionalism of the other parties.
All parties have been urged to keep the lines of communications open between them and with their emotions having settled to exchange their thoughts over what led to this situation arising in the first place and how such an event can be prevented from occurring again in the future.
With the public posting of this document the Administration of CS considers this matter to be closed and requests that our members honor that by not posting public requests for details from the involved parties on exactly what transpired.
Best Regards to all,