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    Welcome to the Asylum

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    This place is a little haven where true coffee lovers can go for asylum.
    I was reading one of those "occasional columns" in the local newspaper (yes, some of us still prefer actual newspapers) by a "local contributor".
    One of those would-be writers who contributes a short 'opinion piece' every week or three.

    This one purported to understand coffee-drinkers.
    She thought there were the 'Trendies' who drank exotic styles like Lattes, Macchiatos and Espressos - 'cause it makes them feel superior when they order them.
    Then there were the snobs who own "coffee machines" and bag all cafe coffee because it is 'commercial stuff' and can't be as good as they make at home.
    Finally there were the 'true coffee lovers' who would drink their instant coffee out of an old boot because they are 'true-blue' and have no use for all that pretentious stuff - like real beans.

    I was mildly bemused by this take on coffee that I have actually heard propounded in different forms on other occasions by reverse-snobs who find it necessary to justify their tastes.
    It triggered the realisation that CS is a little haven that I can retreat to to get away from this sort of uninformed silliness.
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    Yep, reporters seem to think they know everything and in reality they know sweet FA about anything!

    That's why we can talk, argue and learn heaps on all things coffee on this great forum knowing we all love great "real" coffee.
    Regardless of what style we like, or what we use to make it.
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    Was there an ad for Moccona on the same page?
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    Wouldn’t happen to be the morning bulletin would it? I swear I end up a little bit dumber every time I read one.

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    Gudday Hughie, yes, you are spot on. I scan the whole thing in about 5 minutes. I buy it once a week for the TV Guide .
    The mention of "coffee" sucked me into reading that article. I normally don't read those "contributor" articles as I don't really need to read somebody's high school English assignment.
    Local newspapers serve a purpose - I guess.
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    Ah yep Rocky, it's just judgement and has no basis in reality. It is nice we can come here to support each other and learn more about our love of coffee

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    I’m personally appalled at how bad the spelling is in that paper considering everyone has spell check. Mustn’t employ proof readers anymore.

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    I must be in the unlisted class called "coffee dilettante":-
    1) I change my espresso coffee type every 250g or so and prefer medium roasted single origins as a straight espresso or latte.
    2) I don't have a problem with drinking Turkish (I have owned a stainless ibrik since the early '80's), Lebanese (roughly Turkish style, added cardamom), Vietnamese "pourover" (the one with condensed milk), Malaysian / Indonesian (with "unknown additive" I still have no idea what they add to their brews, however they are also slightly different from each other), or any of the cold steep / cold drip / pourover / plunger / syphon methods available - most of which I have available here somewhere (Cona anyone?).
    3) I often have coffee as a part of my food preparations (coffee icecream or cakes, Russian "black rye" bread - with coffee and cocoa etc etc).

    As long as it isn't burnt, stewed or stale I would be prepared to "have a red hot go" to see if I like it. If it is poor quality, then I will can it.

    Adding milk in various forms - fine, just don't scald it.

    Enjoy your cuppa - that is the only criteria I have.

    TampIt
    PS: In WA the "slimes" (Sunday Times newspaper) was my ex-wife-one's method of keeping her proofreading skills up to date. Using a red and blue highlighter to show spelling / grammatical errors most pages looked like a munted Union Jack within a few minutes. When Murdoch took them over he must have spoiled all her fun by using a spell and grammar checker - however the content dropped about twenty quality steps so it wasn't worth reading at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hughie View Post
    I’m personally appalled at how bad the spelling is in that paper considering everyone has spell check. Mustn’t employ proof readers anymore.
    I had an Uncle who was a Proof Reader with a provincial daily. He retired about 40 years ago and wasn't replaced.

    One of the things I notice in 'The Australian' is the poor standard of expression, notably subjects separated from their objects by long descriptive/adjectival passages. You have to re-read them several times to make sense of the story.



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