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    Maven Espresso

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    In the new Raine Square building next to the Bankwest @ 300 Murray Street. They run Seven Seeds with Mazzers and Synesso.

    Had a Panama natural in aeropress, oooh that was nice and fruity with an acidic kick as it cooled. Can't wait for them to get their brew bar fully up and running.

    Oh and one of the baristas is a cute asian girl =P

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    They must be the only Seven Seeds cafe in Perth no? Wonder how the transportation of the roasted beans affects them.


    Very keen to give this a try, Seven Seeds is definitely an amazing roaster.

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    Visited today... long time coming. Ron (ex manager/head trainer of Aus Barista Academy WA) is working @ Maven.

    My understanding is they are serving 5senses coffee. Four grinders on the espresso bar (decaf, single, black blend and milk blend). One grinder on the brew bar (marco).

    Easy to find if you look for the TOWERING coffeega cold-drip brewers (two of them) which are now brewing Kenya French Mission (3 litres each!). Had one on ice with sparkling water, incredible. Recommended.

    I also had an espresso of the "black blend" which is 3-bean, distinguishable Ethiopia Yirg in this blend. Very smooth.



    They also brew chemex and some other manual methods, just ask!

    Easy access from the Perth underground rail station, literally two escalators and you are there. Extra points for not having to go outside in the heat!

    Maven also have an iOS app you can d/l to order whilst on the go (eg, train), specify how long you will be and your coffee will be ready to rock when you are. Pretty slick.

    *edit, forgot to mention. They're usually open to 4:30/5pm...
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    Dropped in to Maven today and enjoyed a killer short mach and a Yirg cold drip shaken in a martini shaker with ice and mineral water--super tasty and very refreshing. Great to see Ron Ngo in his own place, Perth is in for a treat from Maven and crew
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    dropped in last week and was blown away. wasn't impressed the first time i went sometime in November but things have really shaped up since! had an espresso and chemex and were very much to my liking. could distinguish the yirg in the espresso which went really well with the rest of the blend!

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    I went again yesterday and they were flat out. Ron and crew were working their magic, such talent from the crew here. I waited patiently for a little gap in the customers and Ron made me a Costa Rica San Luis Chemex which he decanted (twice), it was outstanding! lemon and vanilla, so delicate. A pleasure. He then brewed me a spro of the same coffee, delish.

    If you travel through town on the train, this has got to be the best location. I live south and work north, passing through every morning, it's so easy to get off at the underground, drop in to Maven for a brew then jump back on the train again

    The cold drip towers are multiplying and having babies!


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    Just went and had a double espresso. Top Shelf.

    Lady was good looking too.

    I'll go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eljimberino View Post
    Just went and had a double espresso. Top Shelf.

    Lady was good looking too.

    I'll go back.
    I'm fairly new to the forum, so this is a very friendly question, are the comments about the looks of the lady needed?

    I'm a straight male but I'm sure there are lots of female CSers, or males of other persuasions, who roll their eyes at certain comments.

    Now if she makes a great espresso, or a crap one for that matter then that's useful info, or even if shes friendly, not-friendly, etc but physical looks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon View Post
    I'm fairly new to the forum, so this is a very friendly question, are the comments about the looks of the lady needed?

    I'm a straight male but I'm sure there are lots of female CSers, or males of other persuasions, who roll their eyes at certain comments.

    Now if she makes a great espresso, or a crap one for that matter then that's useful info, or even if shes friendly, not-friendly, etc but physical looks?
    Could have been worse... he could have said she was ugly.

    Seriously now... it wasn't exactly a sexual or gender specific comment. Sounded like a simple observation to me... i.e. the sky is blue, the coffee was good, the music was pleasant and an employee who worked there was attractive. It wasn't exactly a relevant observation vis-a-vis coffee at Maven but so what? Some things in life are nice, beautiful, pleasant, etc... Do we really need to hide such comments in the closet if no harm was either meant or done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    Could have been worse... he could have said she was ugly.

    Seriously now... it wasn't exactly a sexual or gender specific comment. Sounded like a simple observation to me... i.e. the sky is blue, the coffee was good, the music was pleasant and an employee who worked there was attractive. It wasn't exactly a relevant observation vis-a-vis coffee at Maven but so what? Some things in life are nice, beautiful, pleasant, etc... Do we really need to hide such comments in the closet if no harm was either meant or done?
    Agreed.

    Who cares if some women or men roll their eyes at such comments. I like pretty girls, I will happily mention they're attractive.

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    Fair enough, was just a question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon View Post
    Fair enough, was just a question.
    Nothing wrong with asking questions

    We don't always get the responses we had hoped for but that's just part of the fun

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    I'm just a little sensitive to certain types of comments as in the corporate world I strive to improve diversity and inclusion, and typical male comments about the looks of females really don't help things in the corporate world.

    (BTW I'm a straight white male)

    But CS isn't the corporate world, so I think in hindsight my question was a little OTT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon View Post
    I'm fairly new to the forum, so this is a very friendly question, are the comments about the looks of the lady needed?

    I'm a straight male but I'm sure there are lots of female CSers, or males of other persuasions, who roll their eyes at certain comments.

    Now if she makes a great espresso, or a crap one for that matter then that's useful info, or even if shes friendly, not-friendly, etc but physical looks?
    By the way... for what its worth... your suggestion that women and gay men may react in a particular way to eljimberino's comments may be construed as being rather politically incorrect itself

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    Maven Espresso

    But I'm not saying it should be open slather on comments about female cafe workers either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    By the way... for what its worth... your suggestion that women and gay men may react in a particular way to eljimberino's comments may be construed as being rather politically incorrect itself
    Possibly true for some females and gay men, but as this is the WA forum let's stick to discussing Maven, either it's coffee or staff. :-)

    So is it the best place in Perth now? I'm a regular visitor to Perth and lived there before, but haven't been over in about 8-9 months. Lowdown was my favorite in the CBD, is Maven better? (accepting of course that it's a very subjective question)

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    Agreed, at best a compliment and at worst a harmless observation.
    I went one step further once, on urbanspoon, said I'd like to date one of the wait staff! Didn't say what gender she was though,
    would've freaked my husband out;-)

    The posts that should raise an eyebrow are where assumptions about gender and gender roles are being made;
    not all coffee gear is owned by males and saying that kitchens are women's territory is akin to giving a wife/GF an iron for christmas.
    CS isn't gender specific nor a bloke's club but those types of comments pop up from time to time....................
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    back on topic. the best in Perth? Who knows? Great coffee? for sure!

    There are a LOT of places serving great coffee now. More and more are expanding on just espresso with cold drip, filter methods, etc.

    Honestly, I doubt I could put a label on any one place as being "the best"!

    In my opinion, if you can get excellent coffee, and the staff are welcoming, happy, etc, then it's good

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesM View Post
    back on topic. the best in Perth? Who knows? Great coffee? for sure!

    There are a LOT of places serving great coffee now. More and more are expanding on just espresso with cold drip, filter methods, etc.

    Honestly, I doubt I could put a label on any one place as being "the best"!

    In my opinion, if you can get excellent coffee, and the staff are welcoming, happy, etc, then it's good
    Is Epic still on the radar? I remember being stunned by their mojo (about 40mls of melted chocolate with a ristretto poured on top) which I followed with a doppio, then practically floated as I walked back to my office on the terrace. But I remember something about them changing hands about 2 years ago and possibly going downhill?

    I went to Mrs S a few times after then opened, in Maylands, are they still hitting the mark?

    As I live in Northcote and work in Melbourne CBD I'm blessed to be surrounded with great cafes, but a part of me regrets not being in Perth over the past 2 years, to see the great improvement in food it's had.

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    Re: Maven Espresso

    great coffee served up by passionate baristi
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    Re: Maven Espresso

    Epic is still great.

    Is there space at Mavens for 8-9 people to sit together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    Epic is still great.

    Is there space at Mavens for 8-9 people to sit together?
    Nope, at best you can seat 3, rest will have to stand up. Its more of a takeaway place than a proper cafe.

    Quote Originally Posted by greenman View Post
    great coffee served up by passionate baristi
    I saw your Guatemala Injerto today, sitting on the side haha

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    Re: Maven Espresso

    Cheers for the heads up. Hard to find a decent place with enough space for a staff meeting! (Cafe 54 is about the only one.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    Cheers for the heads up. Hard to find a decent place with enough space for a staff meeting! (Cafe 54 is about the only one.)
    Small Print should be able to easily seat 8 - 9 people.

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    Great. Perfect location, plus I've been wanting to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon View Post
    I remember being stunned by their mojo (about 40mls of melted chocolate with a ristretto poured on top)
    Mmm, that sounds so good, has anyone ever tried this at home? Would pouring a shot over chocolate be enough to melt it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellcrystal View Post
    Mmm, that sounds so good, has anyone ever tried this at home? Would pouring a shot over chocolate be enough to melt it?
    not sure!!! would give it a shot sometime... though i'd warm the cup first, put the bit of choc in there and leave the cup on the cup warmer till its almost melting till i try!
    the choc served at epic was melted before it was put into the serving cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellcrystal View Post
    Mmm, that sounds so good, has anyone ever tried this at home? Would pouring a shot over chocolate be enough to melt it?
    I've tried it a couple of times, with pre-melted 55% Callebaut couverture and various shots from my Silvia, was pretty good but not as good as Epic's mojo. Now I have a Giotto and pulling better shots, I must try again.

    You definitely need to melt first, although leaving it in a cup on top of a warm machine for 20 mins would do.

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    was in perth for a week, didn't get around to try out much of the coffee joints due to family matters. great to know about a new spot, would definitely check it out next time in town.

    i did stop by epic (took a two classes there) and it's still great. i loved the flat white, had a certain nutty and sweet taste, their blend and the way they pull the shots works really well with the bannister downs milk.

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    This was my final crawl after Standing Room before heading to the train.

    Impressed with their Yirgacheffe cold drip after stepping in from the blistering sun.

    Sat at the back with a few magazines and a read.

    Only comment (not a criticism) is my preference would be to have the sparkling water on the side so I can add my own without taking away the delectable flavours.

    Recommended.

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    Just sent this to my wife, and I think its fit for general consumption:

    I was walking past a coffee bar in Raine Square (Maven Espresso), and I noticed their Mazzer grinders (3 x Major, 1 x mini, mix of doser and electronic). Then I noticed the Pullman tampers they were using, so I went over and asked to look at one. The young guy I was talking to behind the counter was the owner (partner, technically). His name is Ron. He said he really liked the balance and comfort of the Pullman tamper, and commented that ‘everyone in Australia is using them’, and that its great that Greg’s company is small and easy to deal with etc. He has met Greg at coffee making competitions (Barrista championships). I let on that I knew Greg and had a Deluxe Tamper. He asked if I wanted a coffee and I agreed, then couldn’t find my wallet. Must have left it home. He offered me a free espresso, which was very nice of him. Naturally it was strong, but the flavour was quite even without a bite. The taste is lingering even now. He said it was a Colombian, from 5 Senses. I think he might have a new customer.
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