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    2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Knowing how much we all here love our equipment and our coffee news around there world. I found out from the WBC website that the 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors annoucement is going to be held on the 29th of August 2008 at 1pm GMT. So thats our 11pm AEST I believe.

    Hmmm, I wonder if La Marzocco and Compak are going to stay as sponsors or are we going to see a changing of the guards.

    Theres going to be a live stream on http://www.worldbaristachampionship.com/

    Man Im such a geek...this is what happens when your shop gets delayed and youre sitting at home on Coffeesnobs all the time.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    La Marzocco probably not...I hope compak keeps the sponsorship. Exact a full revamp of all the sponsors including ones like syrups.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Bring on the Hx machine sponsor (fingers crossed)

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement


    Sunbeam?


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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes - David S link=1216785232/0#1 date=1216786082
    La Marzocco probably not...I hope compak keeps the sponsorship. Exact a full revamp of all the sponsors including ones like syrups.
    The word on Baristaexchange seems to say that as well. Will that change the machines used for comps here as well?

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Will that change the machines used for comps here as well?
    The contestants would need to practice and familiarize themselves with the equipment that is to be used
    Otherwise they could come undone

    KK

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Havent read B-Ex yet, but when I was chatting to the guys at Dalla Corte at CafeBiz earlier this year, they said that I might be seeing their machines at the WBCs. I thought they were just talking themselves up, but....

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Dalle Corte would be interesting. Everyone would be buying 53mm tamps!

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Lets make it really interesting.
    Everyone on a Breville Cafe Roma with Supermarket coffee and a blade grinder.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes - David S link=1216785232/0#7 date=1216800199
    Dalle Corte would be interesting. Everyone would be buying 53mm tamps!
    And laptops to program them... ::)

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by fatboy link=1216785232/0#8 date=1216800624
    Lets make it really interesting.
    Everyone on a Breville Cafe Roma with Supermarket coffee and a blade grinder.
    ;D ;D ;D - I might have a chance if this were the case ;)... now where are those pressurised filter baskets.... :-/

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    lots of gossip sugests the nuova simenelli aurelia is a big front runner, but at the end of the day gossip is just that. Cant wait to see though!

    Oh, and yeah, whatever the sponser, those machines will be made available for all official comps world-wide.

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    Yep, my money is on the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia

    ...although I would love it to be the Victoria Arduino that Javaphile took pictures of at SCAA this year... such a cool looking "alien" machine.



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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    I dont like the steam wand control of the Nuova Simonellis. Was seriously considering one for the shop but couldnt get use to the ON or OFF flip switch of the NS.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by E-Gene link=1216785232/0#13 date=1216820477
    I dont like the steam wand control of the Nuova Simonellis. Was seriously considering one for the shop but couldnt get use to the ON or OFF flip switch of the NS.
    True, but the espresso from them is something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-Gene link=1216785232/0#13 date=1216820477
    I dont like the steam wand control of the Nuova Simonellis. Was seriously considering one for the shop but couldnt get use to the ON or OFF flip switch of the NS.
    Like all machinery, just a matter of familiarising yourself matey ;)

    Ive had my NS Mac 2000v (affectionately known as "Sizzling Simmo" :D - yeah, yeah, the HX groups need a good flush before extraction to return to optimal temp ... just to pre-empt the flood of derogatory comments from the LM fanatics out there!) for the past 5 years, & still love it.

    I like the lever switch of the steam wand - sure, it produces a fairly powerful regulated stream of steam that I cant control, but thats honed my texturing over the years because I have to be on the ball.

    Dunno why, but NS decided last year to phase out the Mac :( - flip-side is that mines now a collectors item :).

    The Aurelia is a sexy looking beast (blue neon lights happening, with computerised digital read-outs), & Im with Jasons (Pioneer Roaster) sentiments above ... bring on the classy HXs to the WBC! A 2 group NS Aurelia is getting pretty darn close cost-wise to a LM anyway.

    Hope this hasnt re-sparked the whole HX versus dual-boiler debate ... ::)

    BTW, Ive been told that the Aurelia is basically a Mac, but with groovier look & saturated heads.

    hmmm, saturated heads ... now that may be a topical discussion to debate the relative merits, rather than pitching HXs against dual-boilers :-?

    Cheers,
    Tony

    (... no, Im not sponsored in any shape or manner by Nuova Simonelli ;D Wish I were though!)

    P.S. Sunbeam Andy? Maybe the techs are madly working on a thermoblock 2 group for the 2009 round.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by GrindOnDemand link=1216785232/0#15 date=1216871460
    P.S. Sunbeam Andy? *Maybe the techs are madly working on a thermoblock 2 group for the 2009 round.
    Yes, I believe that its in the testing phase now. 2 x 6910 and some packing tape ;D

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1216785232/0#16 date=1216872477
    Quote Originally Posted by GrindOnDemand link=1216785232/0#15 date=1216871460
    P.S. Sunbeam Andy? *Maybe the techs are madly working on a thermoblock 2 group for the 2009 round.
    Yes, I believe that its in the testing phase now. 2 x 6910 and some packing tape *;D

    ;D ;D Thats a lot of thermoblocks!!! :D

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1216785232/0#16 date=1216872477
    Quote Originally Posted by GrindOnDemand link=1216785232/0#15 date=1216871460
    P.S. Sunbeam Andy? *Maybe the techs are madly working on a thermoblock 2 group for the 2009 round.
    Yes, I believe that its in the testing phase now. 2 x 6910 and some packing tape *;D
    Nice one Chris ;D

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    I asked David Makin the other day if hed heard any hints from his connections.
    He said that nobody knows yet, and any speculation is just that - speculation.
    He also pointed out that if its a new espresso machine sponsor, it will be interesting getting practice time on one because, unless its LM or one of the other more popular manufacturers, there wont be enough to go around, and it will be ages before the manufacturer can build enough to go around the world to satisfy the demand of competing Baristas.
    As for HX versus dual boiler, I love working on FB80s, but I also love the results I get from HX machines. As a competing Barista, the challenge is to use a coffee that shines in the competition equipment - dual boiler or HX.
    The more interesting news will be the new rules!

    Cheers,
    Simon.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    I wonder if they access if the manufacturer can meet a certain level of demand as a criteria.

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    Bleh, one minute before me.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    It has been announced.

    Grinder sponsor

    Mahlkonig K30 and Mahlkonig K30 twin


    Espresso Machine Sponsor

    Nuova Simonelli Aurelia

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    Re: 2009 to 2011 official WBC sponsor Machines

    What are the thoughts of experienced and some of the competing Baristi? Is this a good thing or doesnt it really matter?

    Mal.

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    Sunbeam must have gone out of contention when they had a backlog of orders for their grinders.

    Seems like a lot of the speculation was on the money.

    Now, do you think theyll paint the Mahlkonig to match the Nuova?

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    oops, accidently deleted my initial post (such a fool), so just to repeat
    Grinder: Mahlkonig Vario and Twin
    Machine: Nuova simenelli aurelia

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    Well the grinder doesnt really matter as you still have the option of bringing your own, which certainly is usually the case at the upper levels of competition. I think its an interesting move though to go to doserless, and flat burr (here come the debates!). At the regional level I think some baristas who dont have the network to bring their own machinery will be slightly disadvantaged due to the fact the mahlkonigs are such a different grinder to what most people (at least in Australia) are used to, where as just about anyone can jump on to a mazzer or compak and work it out after a few minutes practise.
    The machine will invariably bring up the whole Hx vs Dual Boiler debate, even though the Aurelia is a pretty tricked out Hx (i think its onboard computer has more processing power than my laptop ;)). My only real experience with the machine is a friend of mines cafe where they ran with an aurelia for a couple of months before replacing it with an fb80.
    Best decision they ever made. Shots tasted so much richer and dinamic on the 80, and were a lot more consistant. Granted this is only one case example and Im looking forward to having a bigger play around on the nuova in the upcoming comps.

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    Cool, I wonder if the value of my Mahlkonig GSS bag grinder just increased?

    tis going to be funny at the next barista comp when the winner is the the person with the biggest team of nerdy IT dudes with laptops to tune *Nuova Simonelli Aurelia during the warm-up session.

    Are we getting closer to the electronic Barista?
    ;)

    It would have been great if the WBC picked a manual lever machine to put the art and skill back into great coffee production.




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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Yup, both the grinder and machine are so hi tech. Seems like the skillful baristas are going to be the ones with the IT skills.

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    speaking of the comps, when are the state heats? And anyone know of any cafes in brisbane that have an aurelia so i can at least have a look at the machine in action?

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    South Australias state heat is on Sep 12th with latte art and cupping on the 13th

    Victorias are on the 18th and 19th of October

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    Quote Originally Posted by psaigh link=1216785232/20#28 date=1220020581
    My only real experience with the machine is a friend of mines cafe where they ran with an aurelia for a couple of months before replacing it with an fb80.
    Was that the red one in Glenelg?

    Wonder if anyone will use the auto steam wand in competition? ;D

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    Yeah, that BIG ulgly thing. *If you havent already you should see the shiny bright gold new 80, swweeeet.

    I doubt theyll have the auto steam arms on the comp machines but it actually could serve a positive purpose for the sig drink element when using ingredients that need to be heated to a certain specific temp, for example eggs or agar agar.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    i cant believe they released it with such short notice. Blends will have to change. Such a difference between the two machines and now grinders. A lot of luck to the winner this year. I like the steaming of the nuovo, shots get some time to get use too. I know the nuovo guys played with the water levels of the boiler to gain awesome espresso a while back. The grinder.... Im not a fan of.

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    Re: 2009-2011 WBC Sponsors Announcement

    Just read that there were 3 machines that were passed to the WBC Tech standards committee. Them being the NS, LM, and Dalla Corte..... so I almost got it right ::)

    toys, toys, toys ;D





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