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Thread: Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) 2014

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    Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) 2014

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I couldn't find a thread on here about it so i thought i would start one.

    I am excited for it. Who else is going?

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    Hi Jason
    I have my flights and hotel booked for a six day visit, can't wait to get there and immerse myself in the caffeinated non=stop action!!!

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    Here's a link to the website, put it in your bookmarks and check for updates!!

    Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2014

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    Just emailed the boss aiming for a free trip down, if not I will pay for my own.

    But a free trip is always better.

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    I will try to get down there. Is one day enough? Imagine there is a combination of vendor stalls and events. If so, any events that are a must see?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwantfm View Post
    I will try to get down there. Is one day enough? Imagine there is a combination of vendor stalls and events. If so, any events that are a must see?
    You can get round the expo in a day with time to stop here and there and talk to people. It will however depend very much on where your interests lie and how much time you spend stopping and looking and talking.

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    Thanks... I tend to talk a lot, so may have to budget for both days.

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    I am pretty pumped for it. I most likely will come home with a new machine.

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    Just booked tickets... WOOHOO!!!!! Bring it on.

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    I'm booked in. Flights sorted etc. looking forward to my first MICE.

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    Will be heading to Melbourne on Wednesday for 7 days , pretty exciting , been waiting a year for this since my boss promised me a trip

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    The 4 monster days of MICE are very close now!

    MICE @ the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

    THURSDAY 15TH MAY 10.00am - 5.30pm (trade visitors only)
    FRIDAY 16TH MAY 10.00am - 6.00pm (trade visitors only)

    SATURDAY 17TH MAY 10.00am - 5.30pm
    (open to public)

    SUNDAY 18TH MAY 10.00am - 4.00pm
    (open to public)
    The CoffeeSnobs, Cafelat, Behmor stand will be in the walkway between the Grand Pavilion and the Competition area.

    Cafelat - We will have the whole range on display so you can touch, fiddle and if you desire, purchase on the day all their great coffee accessories.

    Behmor - We will have demo's of the Brazen Plus brewer (just flown in from the factory) and demo's of the Behmor 1600 Plus roaster's new features. The roaster will also be available for cash and carry purchase.

    Coffee Snobs - I'm be there all days (of course!), Paula and the kids will be there on the weekend too. Stop by and say G'day.

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    Hi Folks,

    I'm flying in at 11.30am on Saturday 17th and out at 4.30pm on Sunday.
    I have not arranged a transfer yet and need to keep a lid on spending
    Is anyone else making their way to/from the airport and MICE at this time?

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    Hi Ben,

    Just in case you can't hook-up with someone else.

    SkyBus - City. Airport. Express.

    or the more complicated public route;

    Bus Services - To and From the Airport - Melbourne Airport
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    Thanks Chokkidog.
    Looking at the bus services I was wondering whether it was poor comprehension on my part.

    The skybus was excellent last time I visited the CBD, wasn't so sure about its access to the showgrounds though.

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    Last edited by chokkidog; 11th May 2014 at 04:34 PM.

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    11.30am on Saturday
    $300 for helicopter! But certainly way to make an entrance.

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    I'll be on the stand when you arrive else I would have offered to grab you from the airport.

    Melbourne Airport is a bugger to get out of unless you are driving... State governments have talked about a train for 30 or 40 years but it still doesn't have one.

    With any luck another CS'r sees this thread and can give you a lift... or you find a couple of others to split a cap fare.
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    I can't go to MICE on Saturday.

    If you're stranded Sunday, I can take you to the airport on my way home.

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    Looks like it's going to be a terrific few days, especially at the CoffeeSnobs Display - Should be great Andy...

    Wish I could be there...

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    We're exhibiting this year and we're at stand 94 (in the walkway between the Grand Pavilion and the Competition area - very close to some guy who runs a coffee forum ). We'll have some of our newest machines on display including the Profitec Pro 700 and Lelit Mara. Drop in and say hi.

    Looking forward to seeing lots of CSers there and seeing what else is on display,

    charlie
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    Headed there for a day trip tomorrow from Sydney, looking forward to it!

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    Welcome to CoffeeSnobs chl15, I'm sure you will have a great time.

    The place was a buzz of activity all day as everyone setup. Jetblack Espresso did a great job on their stand next door to us as did Pullman a couple of doors away also in the walkway. I had a quick zig-zag on the way out tonight and ran into plenty of site sponsors busy setting up. Coffee Roasters Australia, Genovese Coffee, Casa Espresso, Veneziano and 9 Bar Espresso are all there, swing by and introduce yourself as a CoffeeSnob member and you just might get a show special too!

    This is what our stand looks like... MICE2014.jpg
    Joseph Behm does has better fashion sense than in the picture, fluro safety gear was compulsory today during setup ;-)
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    Looking forward to 4 big days at MICE

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    Nice picture but I have to say, the Jet Black stand has way more "bling" factor in person.

    Ran into lots more site sponsors on day one... Roastmax Roasters, Coffee Machinist, Di Bella, Espresso Company Australia, Espresso Unplugged and lots and lots of CS members from different parts of Australia and a few overseas too. It's always great to put a face to an on-line name.

    Everyone I spoke to was having fun, enjoying the show and was excited to be there.

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    Had a great time yesterday for the day. Went past the CS and JetBlack stands but didn't get a chance to say hi as there were quite a few people around (and I needed to do a quick whiparound while I was there!)

    Looking forward to next year's event!

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    Been a crazy 3 days on the stand, most of the time we have been 3 or 4 people deep.

    The new Behmor Plus roaster has been roasting up a storm, I'm having fun playing with the manual controls during the demos too. A P2 auto profile with a switch to manual 25% heat at first crack has been a winning combination for dozens of roasts in a row.

    Joseph Behm has been belting out brews on the Brazen Plus using our Harrar Longberry, same grind, same water volume but at two different temperatures... one at 93C one at 96C and the differences are stunning, a real eye-opener for those that are trying it and a great example of what a stable, consistent and accurate electronic pour-over can achieve. Good fun too!

    Cafelat gear is going nuts! Seems that every second person grabbed a Tubbie and a silicon Corner Mat. Luckily for us today Paula and the kids were on the stand helping which is great as Joe and I wouldnt have kept-up with the waves of people.

    Been a great show so far, met plenty of long time and new CS'rs and a pile of people from all over the world who know and follow CS often using google translate to see what we are doing. It's awesome to know we have a following all over the planet!

    Last day of the show tomorrow, I expect it will go fairly fast too! Get in early if you are going as it closes around 4pm tomorrow.
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    Sounds great, Andy. Brazen Plus = Behmor Plus? Or have they renamed it to accompany the launch of the 'plus' version?

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    See you there today Andy, can't wait to check it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Sounds great, Andy. Brazen Plus = Behmor Plus? Or have they renamed it to accompany the launch of the 'plus' version?
    Long days and late nights will do that to ya!


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    Yeah, long days, late nights, lots of driving, a daylight diet of only coffee and way too much talking... but all a lot of fun and I'll do it all again for sure.

    I have to say Joseph Behm was a champ this week. He was seriously hands-on, spent all 4 days on the stand as well as a day setting up and moved a monster pile of boxes in for the start and hung around at the end to pack-up too. I'm feeling a tad guilty for working him that hard this week and I'm sure he's looking forward to getting on the plane for a 15 hour rest. It's awesome to have that level of support form a supplier who has flown across the planet to be here and to meet, greet and answer queries from the hoards of CS'rs and others that swung by the show.

    I can't tell you about anything else at the show, we were swamped everyday and barely got off the stand for a loo trip. My kids did the rounds with the camera so I look forward to seeing and posting some of their pics later in the week.
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    Sorry Andy, but I had to go look up who Joe Behm was... duh! Below is a great background link to his work, go Joe!

    behmor-8-story

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey View Post
    Sorry Andy, but I had to go look up who Joe Behm was... duh! Below is a great background link to his work, go Joe!
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    That's ok Smokey. Now that you know that he's Jim's brother, you can enjoy your bourbon even more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    That's ok Smokey. Now that you know that he's Jim's brother, you can enjoy your bourbon even more
    giggled like a schoolgirl, that cracked me up Barry
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    Highlight of the show for me was tasting the ninety plus nekisse 3 ways. Pour over, espresso from a white slayer and cold drip from a nitrogen pumped beer keg at veneziano. The last looked like Guinness settling in the glass and was just a massively sweet hit of cherry and strawberry. Stunning coffee any which way...

    Overall, fantastic experience at mice. So many nice people

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    Can someone post a link of photos from the day please.



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