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    Living the Coffee Snobs dream!

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    Hi all,

    A few months ago I became a very very lucky guy when I was offered work at a new roastery opening in Launceston. Well, I kept a hat on that news since October, in case early bragging came back to bite me on the bum, but now everything is confirmed, so I thought Id share!

    We have a Diedrich IR-12 currently being manufactured for us - and yes, that sounds as cool to me as it might to you! Its big and blue and will run on natural gas. Im looking forward to meeting him/her.

    My boss is hunting for the perfect premises for our operation. There may be room for a small espresso bar adjoining the roastery. Ill get him to look into CS sponsorship so we can mention it here!

    Ive been overseas since last June and the (full-time) job starts as soon as I get home in April.

    I was hired with no experience on a commercial roaster, so I really am living the CS dream in that respect. My two years home-roasting experience will no doubt be useful, but I know the learning curve could be steep. Ill be sure to contact other Diedrich owners to get some tips for starting off!

    Looking forward to it (thats an understatement).
    Sorry if this comes of like bragging - I just had to share!
    Cheers
    Stuart.

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    Congratulations Stuart, hope you enjoy your soon to be new employment. :D

    Well done

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    Wow Stuart what a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and passion with the added bonus of getting paid to do it!!!
    Good luck I will be looking forward to reports on your roasting journey ;) ;) :) :) :)
    cheers gm

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    Re: Living the Coffee Snobs dream!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1314150112140712010E14600 link=1264016108/0#0 date=1264016108
    offered work at a new roastery
    i want to be you!

    Congrats mate, livin the dream!

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    Great stuff Stuart- congrats!

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1211437063/1#1 might be well worth thinking seriously about. It will give you a big head start...

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    Re: Living the Coffee Snobs dream!

    Congratulations from me too Stuart!

    I hope you enjoy the journey. :)


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    Congrats Stuart!

    Wish you and the roaster all the best in the new venture! :)

    Remember the journey never ends!

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    Wow, that is living the dream.

    Dont care if anyone takes it as bragging - Im sure they would be bragging in your shoes!

    Well done.

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    Congratulations.
    All the best with it.

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    Playing with cool toys and beans and getting paid for it?

    SWEET.

    Im sure you have a ball. :)

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    Good luck dude. If you need any guinea pigs to sample your efforts, feel free to send them this way *:)

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    Stuart
    I am happy for you and your new Head Coffee Roaster job

    You will of course keep us informed of any news, good bad or ugly * ;D

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    Re: Living the Coffee Snobs dream!

    Hey everyone, thanks for the congrats and warm wishes!

    I really do feel lucky!

    We now have premises - mostly commercial/light industrial zone and a fair way from any potential customers, so the espresso bar idea is a no go.

    OTOH, it sounds like Im going to be busy anyway. Were currently supplying around 250kg a week to local cafes with so that will be what Ill be roasting come April. We have a contract pending which may see that amount may double but Id best :-X on that one for now... Suffice to say Ill have plenty of roasting to do.


    Chris - I saw the course when you first advertised it. Looks great! BUT Ill be overseas until April so it wont work. :( I am looking into a roasting course however.

    I will be sure to take lots of photos to document the journey.

    Cheers,
    Stuart.

    ps. Heres a taste of life in (decidedly post-Communist) Bulgaria this week. Minus 6*C is not something I can brag about!


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    Good on ya Stuart
    We share a similar story 18months ago I was given the opportunity to run a roastery in Qld with no more coffee experience than what I had learned from my Iroast (not much). And yes it is as good as you think like Andy said playing with cool toys and coffee all day how can you top that? You get paid thatís how ;D I am currently running a IR7 flat out and awaiting the arrival of a new shinny 30kg Joper 8-) The biggest piece of advise I can offer is measure, weigh, record and cup everything the more records you can keep the better you never know when you will need them.
    Good luck and have fun

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    Rapt for you Stuart, I hope its all you wish and more ;)

    Chris

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    Re: Living the Coffee Snobs dream!

    Quote Originally Posted by 42454F47735F58495A49425F2C0 link=1264016108/13#13 date=1264116509
    The biggest piece of advise I can offer is measure, weigh, record and cup everything the more records you can keep the better you never know when you will need them.
    Thats great advice for Home Roasters too CM..... It all helps to make you a better roaster at the end of the day and trying to keep all that info in your head is next to impossible.

    I tell you what though Stuart, we could do with a little of that cool-ish weather youre experiencing in our neck of the woods.... Its been hanging around 35-37C for more than a week now :(

    Youve certainly got a great adventure ahead of you Stuart, all the very best to you mate.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Mal.

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    Re: Living the Coffee Snobs dream!

    Hi all,

    I thought it was time for a bit of an update.

    Ive been talking to various coffee brokers/traders (I dont really know the correct term!) and drooling over their lists of beans. I know itll be a difficult task to continually select the best beans - like all of us, Ive had the luxury of relying on Andy to choose beans for the last couple of years! - but it should be fun.

    Since were in Bulgaria, were able to "pop over" to London for a few nights, and I was lucky enough to get an invite to the Mercanta facility over there, where Ill get to cup some truly amazing coffees. Ill be sure to take lots of notes and photos and share them!

    Will update in March.
    Cheers
    Stuart.

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    Sorry stuart, this has to be said......i hate you ;D


    jokes mate, well done, sounds like your having a ball! dont worry about the weather, youll be back in sunny tassie in no time ;D

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    Yeah, I know, Warren. I kinda feel bad about it... :P

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    Dont be silly ;) Were just jealous ::)

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    Oh man, sooo envious! Congrats Stuart. Feel free to send some of your roasts this way if you want some unbiased cupping ::)

    Enjoy your new venture when you get back and let us know where it is as Im sure some of us would like to pay a visit for a roastery tour :)

    Javabeen.

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    New roastery in Launceston? Im intrigued, as a Launceston resident I find the choices can be a bit limited here. Hope you enjoy the new job when you return :)

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    Hi all,

    Back from a great time in London - but still in Bulgaria (I think they call that karma? :P) for another 3 weeks.

    Ill add a comment to the London thread with some of the great cafes we went to - suffice to say that there was plenty of great coffee to be found.

    The visit to Mercanta was good. They were very friendly, and kinda excited by the idea of having a Tasmanian on the premises! (Go figure.)

    Cupping was a case of major brain-strain - Ive been away from good coffee for over 10 months, let alone cupping 14 different beans! - but good fun. Highlights would have been the newish crop of Rwanda Musasa co-op - incredible sweetness and an abundance of fruit (I got pomegranate) - and a Kenyan called Mkwa (peppery, perfumey, fruity, sweet).

    Looking forward to getting back to Australia and setting up the roastery itself. Will update in April some time!
    Cheers
    Stuart.




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