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    Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

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    Its been a looong time since the last advanced espresso session at DiBartoli and its time for me to visit Sydney again...which gives us an opportunity for another get together....

    We are looking at Saturday 8th December commencing around 3pm

    What happens?
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    We all bring along our machines, grinders and say 500g or so of our fave coffee to play with and dial in our machines and grinders. The aim of the session is to produce the best espresso possible, with familiar beans using our own equipment. *Later, you receive some other coffee unknown to you so you can impress us with your incredible talent! *
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    The session is limited to no more than 6 participants (subject to available space) and will run with 4 takers. There is the opportunity also to "book" a demo machine identical to yours if its in the DiBartoli range...1st in 1st served ;) *

    This 3.5 hour session will be $120 and Ill be providing a tax invoice. There will be the opportunity for participants to purchase from the DiBartoli range at the conclusion of the session at special pricing as well *8-).

    We look at: *
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    -What constitutes an Australian espresso? *
    -Is that right for my machine and coffee? *
    -What is the best dosing method for my machine? *
    -The role of tamp. * *
    -Do I need to temp. surf and if so, how should I do it? *
    -How do I cope with a new and unknown coffee?
    -Milk texture- what works best with my machine? (NB this will not be a latte art session but you are welcome to bring your fave cups to impress us with your skills!)
    -Other issues- as arranged in advance by the group. *

    PM or email me to indicate interest.... *
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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    We have a couple of takers so far.

    If you think youd like to come along to this one, its time to show your hand.

    Ill let things run for another week or so and then cancel unless we have the numbers....

    Chris

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Hello,

    Quick questions, its called Advanced espresso at DiBartoli but would it suit someone not much more than a beginner? The dot points listed are things id like to learn more about but im definitely not advanced.

    Thanks

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Hi Sammy,

    If youre confident with your machine and with grind adjustment, youll be fine!

    Chris

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    There goes me attending no way in hell Im going to try lug Abbey in there, she has a slight weight problem...
    But would still love to do one of these one day :(

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Quote Originally Posted by Sullo link=1193640902/0#4 date=1194261837
    There goes me attending no way in hell Im going to try lug Abbey in there, she has a slight weight problem...
    But would still love to do one of these one day :(
    Sullo, lose the pasta load hanging via the groups, & then maybe Abbey could cope with weight travel!

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Quote Originally Posted by Sullo link=1193640902/0#4 date=1194261837
    There goes me attending no way in hell Im going to try lug Abbey in there, she has a slight weight problem...
    But would still love to do one of these one day :(
    Hi Sullo,

    Might be worth giving Ofra a buzz. Im sure that you will be able to work something out if youd like to attend....

    Chris

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Hi all

    This should be a great afternoon. Im coming by train as I dont have a car so rang DiBartoli last week and they are able to supply me with a Silvia and Rocky for the arvo. Thats really great service and Im looking forward to seeing other coffee snobs there and getting my espressos more reproducible. So guys and gals send Chris a message and book in. I think its a good price for just 6 participants max.

    Mike

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    I attended the last course, in February I think, and I have to say that its great watching everyone else lug their machines in while you just stand and watch because Ofra and Renzo have already set one up ready to use. :)

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Just updating everyone on this session...

    There are a couple of places left. If you have contacted me to enrol, you should now have now have your invoice.

    If you have not received an invoice, please make contact again as I am certain I have forgotten somebody but cannot re-establish the paper trail... :-/

    Im looking forward to a fun flying visit!

    Chris

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Poundys portafilter is locked and loaded..... see you there ! (and the good news, they have a Giotto so I dont have to carry mine from home !)

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    There has been a stampede today and Im pleased to announce that the session is now full!

    Should any vacancies become available, Ill post here again....

    Looking forward to a great session at DiBartoli 8-)

    Chris

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    So youre coming Sullo? I think I was last in before the doors closed :D

    But youre not bringing Abbey, so I dont need to bring the knife. :( You did say something about prying it out of your cold, dead hands?!

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Thanks Chris for the great afternoon. Very enjoyable (playing with espresso for 3 hours - brilliant!) and some good tips.

    Thanks Ofra and Renzo for your hospitality.

    Good meeting some fellow CSers.

    CS people are really very nice. :)

    My wife and I made a night of it (Bondi Beach, drinks and dinner in a Bondi pub, movies) -didnt get home until after 1am- still crackling with caffeine buzz, but. :o

    Greg.

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    I concur. It was a good afternoon that stretched out for a while afterwards. Its hard to sleep when your eyes wont shut ::)

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Yep, thanks Ofra, Renzo and Chris for a great afternoon. I really enjoyed it. Was lovely to meet other CSers too! Look forward to another caffeinated Saturday next week at the coffeecrawl!

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    Thanks all and especially Ofra and Renzo for so generously opening their doors to us and for the support in so many ways!

    It was great to put some names to faces and meet everyone.

    I thought it was a a touch more casual than we have sometimes been in these types of sessions but that seemed to work for the group yesterday...I hope everyone gained from the afternoon and that you will experiment with the notes as some inspiration at home as well ;)

    About 11pm when I finally got home after 45min on the tarmac while Qantas found a bit that they had forgotten to load onto the plane ::) so I am fairly subdued today....

    Hope to catch up in Sydney sometime early next year....

    Chris

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli

    This was a fantastic day and I really enjoyed it (and it was so good, Id have no qualms about doing it a second time). It was nice to put names to faces, and meet some more snobs (and even a familiar face or two) :)

    Chris was a great teacher/facilitator and Renzo and Ofra were the perfect hosts (comfortable stools, chocolate, and a cup of coffee when we came in, plus mystery coffees and various other happy things!)

    If anyone is thinking about going along next time - bite the bullet! You might get one thing out of it, as Chris hopes, or even ten!

    See some of you on saturday - whos coming crawling?

    ps. has anyone stopped twitching yet?

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    Re: Advanced Espresso at DiBartoli - a big tick!

    Its now a week since we did this course, and the benefits continue. A big thanks to our hosts Ofra and Renzo, and to Professor Chris for a great afternoon. Ofra and Renzo do so much more than provide a space - they are genuinely welcoming.

    I really enjoyed it, and learned a lot. I think my coffees have improved dramatically. Id recommend this course to everyone, and intend to do a refresher down the track.

    Why? Some of the reasons: really nice and knowledgeable people hosting and teaching; meeting (and re-meeting) in person other CSers, and their machines, and techniques and stories; being forced(!) to make shot after shot under the watchful eyes of others, and then learning better how to taste them, and their bad and occasional good points. I almost never drink straight espressos/ristrettos, but after 3 hours Id produced some that even I would enjoy! The discipline of achieving this has made my milk-based coffees exponentially much better.

    John



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