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    The Coffee Barun  "Roastery ~ Cafe"

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    Dear Coffee Snobs,

    Firstly, congratulations to all the Golden Bean Medal winners. Time beat us this year, but we look forward to competing next year.

    We have at long last found a shop front and are on track to open The Coffee Barun Café & Roastery on Friday 30th November.

    Having put our plans of the last 6 years into action and spent months battling councils, landlords, agents and the Health Department it is great to think we are finally getting there!

    The shop is located approx 7kms North of Adelaide at 221 Main North Road, Sefton Park (Bus Stop 16 on Main North Road - show us your bus ticket for a free coffee!).

    At The Coffee Barun we will be roasting fresh coffee on site, as well serving three different coffees in dedicated grinders every day. To compliment the coffee, we have a range of light meals, cakes and gelati.

    The Roastery side of the store will feature demo machines, grinders & accessories, along with a dedicated practice area for customers to bring their own machines in for one-on-one training (by appointment only).

    In addition to our current range of blends & single origins, the ever-changing World Wide Wall of Coffee is available for customers to try their hand at blending from the 16 single origins available.

    Stay tuned for opening specials and some great bargains just in time for Christmas.

    We got our new………..?



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    Congrats Mark, heard a rumour you were going to open a store front.
    That would be in the building next to Sefton Plaza?
    Less than 1km from my house. :)
    Good luck, hope you do well there and hope to see you soon.

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    Congratulations Mark, looks like youre going to have heaps of fun!

    That plumbing looks familiar; interesting to see that you decided to buy a "...." Im sure that they told you to take great care when adjusting the ....

    ;P

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Nice work:)

    Im guessing its a sy......so? Wouldnt have a clue though.:P

    CK

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    Excellent news for the South Aussie coffee drinkers Mark! Im sure all the SA CSrs will get behind this venture.

    Congrats on making it happen, the fun part of your trip starts soon, enjoy and good luck.


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    Congrats from me too Mark [smiley=thumbsup.gif],

    Great when all the hard work, sacrifices and inconvenience starts to realise your expectations. Thats a wonderful stack of plumbing youve got there, a veritable work of art in base metals.... ;) 8-)

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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    Congratulations, Mark! may Adelaide enjoy your coffee to the fullest!!

    and your machine is a "S"?? :-/

    oww, such a pity weve moved on... t was but a skip from North-East Rd to Main North Rd... :(

    Have fun, Mark!!

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    A long way for me to get to, though I will have to make my way out there to wet the babys head so to speak.

    Can you tell us what number bus to get Mark?

    Anything special planned for the 30th?

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    Cindy, the 222 (or 224, 226 etc without an F, F means express and doesnt stop) get you down there.

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    Thanks Grey.

    So Mark, if I sidle up to you and flash you my ticket youll give me a coffee?

    I will try and get there opening day.

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    Congratulations on the new venture Mark,

    I wish you every success.... If you can beat a council, you are probably well on the way to a winner....

    Gotta hate councils...All we really want them to do is organise contractors to collect garbage, cut park lawns and clean streets :P

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    Yes, yes, yes, its an synesso

    "...." Im sure that they told you to take great care when adjusting the ....
    More info???

    Yes, Show me your bus ticket, CS Member Card or buy a Bag coffee and recevie a freebie Coffee.

    Actually Andy, When do I get mine Member card??? ;D

    But the way Looking For staff Any Takers??

    We have got an specails planed for the openning but will tell you know a little latter :-X


    Will post some pic of the shop soon

    Coffee on

    Mark


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    I should read what i write before hitting the post button

    Sorry for my EnGliSh

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    Hi Mark,
    Congratulations on the imminent opening of your café & roastery.

    I am very new to the whole Coffeesnobs scene (it’s my 1st post), but have been reading heaps of posts and really appreciate the access to detail knowledge.

    As yet I have no coffee making equipment, but am starting to form an idea of what I might like.

    I work only a couple of kms from your new shop so will be dropping by on 30th, or soon after, for a coffee, chat and to check out those specials.

    Congrats again,
    Bert.

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    Well done, Mark! Will be out for a look at first opportunity.

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    Hi Mark,

    Congratulations on your S...s.. (and on the cafe)!

    Does this mean therell be a cafe in Adelaide that doesnt burn my tongue when I visit? Whoo!

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    Hi Mark,
    So, is everything on track for opening the doors in the morning? What time should I turn up to see the ribbon cutting ceremony?

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    Hope the opening went well for you Mark.
    Went past the evening before and noticed all the tables etc outside.

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    Hope it all went well for you Mark, I cant wait to come by and check it all out (Tuesday hopefully!). *Good luck with your future business dealings. Its so great to finally see some decent espresso machinery being set up in SA ;D

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    Howdy,
    I popped into Marks new Roastery & Cafe fairly early yesterday morning and introduced myself. I was greated with lots of smiles from all the staff, a brief tour and a great coffee. You cant ask for more than that.

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    Congratulations to you Mark. Cant wait to see the pics of the establishment surrounding that fantastic looking machine!

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    Well I made my maiden trip into The Coffee Barun today. After finding a park in North Park shopping centre, then realising I was in the wrong spot, crossing the road and finding a park in Sefton Plaza, and then realising it was in a complex of its own at the southern end of the block, I FINALLY got to the store which sits on the eastern side of Main North Road, facing directly onto it (so you dont have to aimlessly wander through Sefton Plaza). In keeping with most high-density retail areas, its a long shop with a relatively narrow shopfront (~5m) with the counter running down the right hand side of the store and the eating area on the other side. Outside there are tables and chairs which help to pick it out from the other shops along that strip.

    First up I got a double ristretto from some Peaberry through the Major and extracted on the Synesso, which has different groups tuned to different temperatures depending on which bean is being used - a nice touch and something you cant easily do on traditional HX machines. Decent crema, bright smooth flavour and a clean finish. This was then followed by a latte from a Mexican (another single origin), graciously pulverised by Mr Robur. Its characteristics were a bit hard to pick after the ristretto but it started to come through about half way through and make a good job of cutting through the milk. No latte art, but as a famous Greek philosopher once said, "Its whats in the cup that counts" (or was that Luca?), and by the end I felt it to have discharged this duty adequately. The latte wasnt particularly exciting shall I say, but thats by no means a criticism - it was very drinkable, smooth and unoffensive, a good choice for a milk-based drink (quite similar in characteristics to our 360 though from a different region), and when youve got a range of people coming through you need something thats better than what the masses provide, but something that will be appreciated by the average drinker. You dont for example want to throw a 100% Guatemalan dark roast at Great Aunt Dot and have her breaking a hole in the roof or something, and this sort of safe bean is a luxury you can afford when youve still got a choice of beans to offer the more adventurous as Mark does.

    The brewing equipment consists of the 3 group Synesso Sabre, Mazzer Robur and Major for the volume stuff, and a Mini for decaf. Theres also an outside window so you can order without actually entering the shop (though of course you then miss the whole experience!)

    The rest of the store was interesting; a growing family of machines against the back wall, the blending wall where you can make your own blend from the beans in the dosed hoppers which is a novel idea - allows for repeatability so if you like the blend you made with, say, 5 clicks of Costa Rica and 12 clicks of Tiger Mountain you can easily get it again. Then the usual paraphernalia like plungers, stovetops, tampers (of course!), jugs, tea, chocolate, not to mention the food. Trying to blend into the corner of the shop but failing dismally is the roaster which is still being fine-tuned, but based on what I tasted it must be pretty close to being right. Of course being only opened for several days there are still some loose ends being tidied up, but the coffees great which is the main thing; without that it just becomes like the other 1000 mediocre shops out there.

    Coincidentally psaigh timed his visit well as Mark and I were chatting about the roaster so my visit finished with a general chit chat about all things coffee, particularly how the Adelaide scene is (finally) starting to improve with the likes of TCB and a few other little ventures... :-X

    Highly recommended if you can make the opportunity to drop in.

    Greg


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    Thanks for the info and pictures Greg.
    Havent had a chance to pop in yet but hope to soon.


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    Dear All

    Thank you all for your good wishes and congratulations on the opening of our shopfront.

    For those of you that have already popped in to visit, thank you, and we look forward to catching up with some more of you when time permits.

    Shop is progressing nicely, have picked up some regulars already which is great to see and the word seems to be spreading. Some advertising in the near future incl great specials & 2 for 1s should help to keep the customers rolling in.

    Few teethimg problems re the roaster adjusting to natural gas rather than bottled but were getting close.

    The Synesso is amazing - love working with it and the Robur backs it beautifully.

    Only problem Im having is keeping enough aged coffee to serve. Seems as soon as I roast, the orders come in & the coffee is gone before Ive reserved some for myself. Have been serving coffee as young as 2 days after roasting which is not my preference but am catching up slowly and I guess stock quantities etc will fall in place as we progress.

    Would love to organise a CS night - perhaps in the New Year - when well sit down with a few specialty coffees & put the Sabre through it paces. Good opportunity to gain some feedback from those in the know and for you guys to get a feel for what we are all about. Let us know what you think.

    Will be in touch again soon.

    Mark

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    Mark, it was great to meet you and Kate today.
    Appreciate the time you both spent on us showing us around the shop etc.
    Would love to see you use that roaster one of these days.
    I drool over the equipment you have in the shop. :)
    Look forward to calling in again soon.

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    Thanks Mark for the grand tour this week! It is so exciting as a coffee lover to see a shop that takes coffee to that next level :)
    Really enjoring the costa rica.... cant wait for my next visit!

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    Howdy Matthew, I assume you were the Matt I met in the Coffee Barun store on Thurs?
    It is Graham here.
    Glad you enjoyed the beans and welcome to Coffee Snobs.

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    I am trying to get there to visit, its coming up to xmas so things are a bit frantic as usual.

    Hope to get there soon.

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    Thanks for the welcome Grey :)... Great to be a part of the growing community!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey link=1194948804/15#26 date=1197031481
    Howdy Matthew, I assume you were the Matt I met in the Coffee Barun store on Thurs?
    It is Graham here.
    Glad you enjoyed the beans and welcome to Coffee Snobs.
    Actually Graham, that would be me. I was in on Wed, Thurs and early Sat morning. I was in a rush that day as I had finished work, but wanted to grab a coffee for me and my girlfriend and she was finishing work just after 5. I got the Limu beans and Mark recommended around the 11/12, but I had to get in early as I had already run out of beans. They are delicious. Will have to grab more tomorrow I think. Nice to meet you BTW.
    Matt

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    Ahh yes it was the Limu that Mark recommended.
    Glad you liked them and welcome to Coffeesnobs. :)

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    is the Coffee Barun trading over xmas/new year at all? I was thinking of calling in today before I headed out to the Barossa.

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    Hi hazchem

    We Have Closed on the 31 and the 1st (mainly due to extreme heat)
    Hopfully we can see you on wednesday

    We are Trading as normal as from wednesday

    8am - 6pm mon to wednesday
    8am - 7pm Thursday Friday
    8am - 5pm Sat / Sun

    A an great New Years

    Mark

    If your not around on wednesday, call me on 0402 007 655 and Ill try to meet you at the shop for an coffee



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