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    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight

    So the SCAA expo has started and I should have lots of pictures of shiny toys to tease everyone with.

    Here are the first of them (then Ill head back into the expo)...

    The expo floow from above.






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    This is a cool idea, a "recharge station" that has dozens of plugs to suit mobile phones (errr... cell phones) and ipods etc. With advertising running on a lcd at the the top.

    Rapid charge and they are being used by lots of people.


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    Coffee Tech has some cool stuff.

    Here is a little sample roaster the Evgi has made. It was modeled off an antique one but has the addition of an electric motor and looks really well made.

    He said 200g but I would expect it would do a better job of 100g

    You just throw it on a hotplate (gas or electric) and he is keen to add a thermocouple hole on version 2 of it.

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    A couple of shots of their new 15kg roaster with gas fired ceramic indirect heat.





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    ...and the Coffee Tech "solar" roaster (aka Nunu and Tanias one).



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    Ahhh....toys toys toys....pleased Im back in NZ with my credit card ;)

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    Got room at the Snobbery for all this stuff Andy?

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    I just love the pink trim on the shop roaster in that last photo. For the cafe with grl power.

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    Andy could almost stimulate the economy in more ways than one :D

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    Interesting; the coffee tech website (yes, I was looking up where to get a pink roaster) pitches their smaller shop roasters at the home enthusiast.

    Google them if you want to take a look (commercial links, non site sponsor and all that stuff)

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    OK, a few quick posts, as I can CS up posts faster than I can blog ;P

    I guess that the two things to update on are cool stuff and labs - I havent really had time to watch the WBC.

    First up, labs. I decided to strike off cupping from the conference this time around, seeing as I had a week of it at coffeelab, and focus on farming and brewing - ie. filter brewing. Yesterday I had basics of coffee farming with David Roche and Graciano Cruz from Coffee Quality Institute and Los Lajones in Panama. We covered a number of factors that influence quality, including cultivar, husbandry and nutrition. Economics on a Coffee Farm with KC OKeefe from jungle tech in Peru followed on really nicely by having a really good go at quantifying both the monetary and in-cup impacts of measures to increase coffee quality. In a nutshell:

    *what happens on the farm and at the mills sets the upper limit of cup quality;
    *the coffee industry is still far, far behind other agricultural industries such as wine in understanding what factors contribute what;
    *there is probably no one formula that will work everywhere in the world;
    *specialty coffee is defined by SCAA as coffee exceeding 80 points on the SCAA form, with no primary green defects and five or fewer secondary defects in 350g of coffee;
    *specialty coffee so defined represents less than 50% of world production (the actual figure was not quoted, but I seem to remember reading <20% elsewhere ... dont quote me);
    *rising fuel and labour costs are making farming specialty coffee so defined a more attractive option in more central american countries; and
    *the spread of knowledge should make it possible to increase both the quality of coffee available and the quantity of coffee of good quality.

    The presenters were extremely knowledgeable, easily fielding all manner of questions and delivering entertaining sessions.

    I was quite bummed out not to be able to do the coffee processing workshop, but I had the basics of brewing workshop to do. Im yet to leaf through the Lingle brewing handbook, but the class was heavily based on it. Tomorrow I have the golden cup workshop.

    Cheers,

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    OK, now on to some stuff thats easier to cover. Inbetween everything, I had about 45 minutes to get around the show floor and only snapped a few photos, but here goes nothing ...

    First up, the WBC brew bar has the new Marco uber boiler thing, which is pretty cool. You can read about it on James Hoffmanns blog.




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    Next up, Paul Pratt has got a whole new line of cool espresso accessories called Caffelat and brought along a few of his cool LM toys:




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    The Slayer booth was packed. Fit and finish on the machine is out of this world. The lever has a really nice click going into the middle position. You can set the preinfusion pressure at this position by opening up the machine and fiddling with valves. You can then switch to full brewing pressure and either continue to brew at that pressure or move back to the middle position and the machine lowers the pressure on a curve to the preinfusion pressure that you set. I had a shot, but want to go back to it and have a bit more of a play around later, at which stage Ill take some photos.

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    LMs booth is a bit smaller than I expected, but boy did they bring the goods. Cant believe that I didnt snap the front of this machine, but I pulled the shot of the trip so far on it. This thing has paddle groups, but this paddle group allows you to do whatever you want with the pressure: the pressure that you get at the head is proportional to how far you move the lever ... amazing! It also has multiple brew boilers, teflon steam wands, stainless steel portafilters and a bunch of other kit that I didnt get to play with. I only got to pull a few shots on it, so Im going to go back to it with a few people and experiment the bejeezors out of it.

    LM also had a few GS3s and a Linea with their other paddle group, which is more like the GS2 paddle group - off, preinfusion pressure, full on. It was kind of wierd that they only had doserless mazzer grinders on the stand and none of their grinders.

    So there you have it; three different paddle group machines on the SCAA show floor. Apologies if I have inadvertently explained any of them incorrectly, but thats my understanding at the moment.

    This whole brew pressure profiling thing will open up interesting new possibilities for the skilled barista, but I had quite a few discussions with people at the cutting edge about it. In a nutshell, theres a danger that this is simply more BS that can be thrown into the mix for cafe owners to market how awesome they are, without actually understanding it and using it to pull better shots. Frankly, the whole brew temperature thing is bad enough. Dont get me wrong, I love the ability to play around with it, but Im certainly not the only person to have walked into a shop to have someone who didnt know what they were doing pull a bad shot off such a machine. Whilst brew pressure profiling looks like it might open up some exciting and interesting doors, the flip side is that it gives the barista still more variables to select incorrectly and use to ruin the coffee, not to mention that the practicality of doing it in a production setting remains to be seen. It will certainly take a few years for a body of reliable knowledge to emerge on brew pressure profiling ... I mean, look at where we are with brew temperature adjustment - can anyone point to anything useful and reliable that you can read to learn how and why to adjust brew temperature to improve the cup? Meanwhile, these cool toys can draw focus away from the unsexy task of simply buying better green coffee to start off with.

    Anyhoo, its great to have the possibility to play around with these new variables!

    Cheers,

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    Thanks Luca, very informative as usual ;)

    Cheers

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    Congratulations on making the top 10 Andy!

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    Thanks David, I was mighty excited (and pretty proud) that we managed to make the top 10.

    It also made the effort of doing it and sacrificing luggage space well worthwhile.

    For those that are wondering what we are talking about... CoffeeSnobs entered the
    "SCAA 2009 ROASTERS CHOICE TASTING COMPETITION"

    The Roasters Guild & Specialty Coffee Association of America would like to invite all current Roasters Guild members to participate in the 2009 Roasters Choice Tasting Competition. This event will be held in conjunction with the SCAA’s 21st Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 16-19, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Roasters Choice Tasting Competition is an event intended to highlight the craft of roasting while providing attendees the opportunity to taste some exceptional coffees in a relaxed environment. All exhibition attendees will be provided a ballot with their registration badge allowing them to vote for their favorite; the tasting will be blind. While a “winner” will be announced, based on the results of the balloting, the chief aim of this event is to celebrate the craft of roasting and to enjoy some good tasting coffee during the conference.

    I really like the format of this comp, across 100s of blind tasting judges (if not 1000s) then the winning coffee is the one that on average was the standout.


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    Congrats! What a huge achievement!

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    Faan-bloomin-tastic Andy, congratulations. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    So what was the coffee that was voted so highly
    Spill the beans Andy
    Was it
    Single Origin or the WOW or is it a secret :-X blend

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    (It had to be a single origin)


    Results are in and the winner is.....

    Equator Coffees and Teas

    http://www.equatorcoffees.com

    A big congrats to their roaster who must be buzzing around Atlanta somewhere as I type!

    I dont know our position in the top ten as that wont be released for a couple of weeks (sigh) but Im pretty happy with making the finals and a 10 or under finish for my first time entry in a strange country is cool. ... Besides, I already have some ideas for next year.
    ;-)


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    Great work Andy youve done yourself, Australia and Coffeesnobs proud!! ;)

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    Congrats on a great effort Andy

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    Congratulations Andy - a fantastic personal achievement!!! :)

    :)

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    Brilliant Andy. Congrats!

    We here all know that your product bowls em over in the cup.

    Well done and a safe trip home.....

    2mcm

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    Congratulations Andy! :)

    So, and as KK asked already, what beans did you use?

    Have a good trip home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 393C332C5D0 link=1240003757/26#26 date=1240180079
    Congratulations Andy! :)

    So, and as KK asked already, what beans did you use?

    Have a good trip home.
    Yea... When is it going to be on Bean Bay :D

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    You da man alright. Well done Andy !

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    Andys my mate 8-) (he says, basking in the glow ;D)

    Good on you Andy, damn fine achievement by any measure... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    if i can echo the praise of others...
    damn fine achievement andy

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    Thats a fantastic achievment Andy.
    I can see one of our newspapers doing another spread on your fine work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 272B383E33282F2B244A0 link=1240003757/31#31 date=1240212765
    Thats a fantastic achievment Andy.
    I can see one of our newspapers doing another spread on your fine work.
    And rightly so... 8-).

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    Everyones taken all the good lines.
    So plain old congratulations from me too.

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    How about a dance?

    Hooray for Andy!


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    Im not at all surprised that my roaster of choice has done so well *:exclamation :exclamation :exclamation
    Fan-bloody-tastic *[smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

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    Thanks heaps yaall.
    Its great to know we can mix it up on the world stage!

    The beans might appear in BeanBay if I can source some more... more details if/when it happens.

    Well my time in the USA is nearly over, I fly out tonight (Monday night Atlanta) arrive in LA at midnight and get back Wednesday night. I have a few more pictures of the SCAA expo but will post those when Im back in Oz.


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    Nobody has used kudos yet, so kudos Andy :)


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    Good one Framey, a while back that was the only word used ;D

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    Nice work Andy,

    look forward to trying the secret blend if you can arrange it for us :)

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    After a long and intense week I have returned safe and sound (albeit complete exhausted) from a very busy SCAA. After I sleep for a day or ten to recover (can you say 12 hours of sleep in 7 days?) and am able to think straight I will be posting up the hundreds of pictures I took (assuming they all turned out OK) and writing up the usual articles covering the convention. :)

    /me sadly waves good-bye to Andy...


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    Glad you got home ok Javaphile!

    I got back home at lunchtime and Im at the Snobbery roasting orders at the moment. *I should finsh in the next few hours and they will all ship in the morning.

    It was a great week although the dozen hours sleep is starting to take its toll... I dont know what day or time it is and I still dont know which side of the road I should be driving on.

    :D

    Will try and also post some more SCAA stuff tomorrow as I really need to spend some time with my (very understanding) wife and kids tonight.

    :)

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    Good to hear you made it home in one piece and are still able to function! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by 002F2538410 link=1240003757/41#41 date=1240377447
    It was a great week although the dozen hours sleep is starting to take its toll... I dont know what day or time it is
    Indeed, indeed Andy! I just slept almost a full day and Im still groggy and barely able to function! I can only imagine how bad it must be for you with all the time zone changes! Let me know if you ever figure out where that missing day went! ;D

    Quote Originally Posted by 002F2538410 link=1240003757/41#41 date=1240377447
    and I still dont know which side of the road I should be driving on. *
    I had a laugh You did pretty good here for a rookie to drive the right way! ;) ;D

    Do you still hear clip-clopping when using your turn signals? :-? ;D

    The pictures are being pulled off the laptop as I type and Ill be starting to sort through them here shortly and will hopefully have some ready to post before Mr. Sandman comes calling again. :)


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    Whew! Ive finally finished sorting through the 400+ pictures from SCAA to remove the bad ones and have a good jump on sorting them into categories. However, the key impressions on my forehead are telling me its time to head too bed. So Ill leave you with a few pics that caught my eye as I was sorting to help satisfy the inner Magpie we all have that constantly demands new toys, preferably bright & shiny ones. :)

    The first two are of one of my picks for Best New Gadget. They are pitcher/glass rinsers from Espresso Parts. The pitcher/glass is set upside down on the black star and pressed down. Water is sprayed from the middle of the star rinsing the pitcher/glass out using only 4 ounces of water. They come in a variety of sizes and mounting types including bench top, in-bench, and under-bench mount models.

    The third picture is self-explanatory and something no self-respecting coffee geek would be caught with-out. ;)

    The 4th is, well, we all need a bit of color in our lives dont we? ;D

    The last picture is a very nicely designed cupping table that was spotted at the Probat booth.












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    Quote Originally Posted by 173C2B3C2D353431385D0 link=1240003757/43#43 date=1240402678

    The first two are of one of my picks for Best New Gadget. They are pitcher/glass rinsers from Espresso Parts. The pitcher/glass is set upside down on the black star and pressed down. Water is sprayed from the middle of the star rinsing the pitcher/glass out using only 4 ounces of water. They come in a variety of sizes and mounting types including bench top, in-bench, and under-bench mount models.

    Weve got one at the maling room and one of my accounts is looking at installing one - theyre awesome!

    Keep the pics coming - welcome home Andy.

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    Javaphile: Those basins in the last picture look strickingly similar to a dentists rinsing basin.

    Andy, I hope youre going to take a well deserved break soon.

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    Hi Andy,
    Thank you for stopping *by our booth (www.LivioTechnologies.com) . This was our first appearance at the SCAA and we were very satisfied with all the leads and information received. We are definitely coming back next year. *I have to say that I have become a coffee snob and there will not longer be trips to Starbucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 62687B6568090 link=1240003757/46#46 date=1240420443
    Hi Andy,
    Thank you for stopping *by our booth (www.LivioTecchnologies.com) .
    Isnt your website:
    www.LivioTechnologies.com
    --------------^----------
    ?
    (Andy edited/fixed their link)

    I worked my feet mostly off at the show. When I wasnt working the Hottop booth (which was most of the time) I was walking the floor, trying to meet up with friends, make some contacts for items to review on my website, and even attempt to drum up a bit of work for the coming year.

    I had a nice long talk with the folks from Coffee Tech. Their Solar model was interesting, indeed, but from what I gathered, it was aimed more at the person with limited roasting knowledge. With an improved interface that supplied better control it does have a lot of promise.




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    Andy Thank you for fixing my website. I guess, it is time for me to invest in a pair of rx glasses ha!. Karla ;)

    karla@liviotechnologies.com

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    http://www.vimeo.com/4378520

    the winning performance by Gwilym



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