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Alison McDonald
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  • Rockhampton. QLD
  • Australia
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Single vs Double baskets
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Hey there all,I know that it is almost always recommended to use a double espresso basket rather than a single, and have read on the Pullman site some further info about ridged vs non ridged baskets…Continue

Tags: extraction, portafilter, basket, single, double

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison McDonald Jun 7, 2010.

I don't want to become just another Starbucks or Coffee Club!
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Hi there all!I am a Barista working in a fairly popular cafe in Rockhampton Queensland, we serve Toby's Estate coffee and are known as one of the best coffee shops in town.  I have done my…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison McDonald May 20, 2010.

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"realy cool how'd you do it"
May 14, 2011
Alison McDonald replied to Daniel Stasin's discussion Humidity
"This was very interesting to see, as I have actually just moved from Rockhampton (about 8hours north of Bris) and we used to have the same trouble all the time! Matt everything you said made a lot of sense, and its great to see a detailed…"
Oct 19, 2010
Alison McDonald replied to Alison McDonald's discussion Single vs Double baskets
"thanks for your reply! Its very hard isn't, everything you read is different, you agree with one thing then read a new opinion! And a lot of it really does come down to what works for you and your business. So much to learn! Thanks again = )"
Jun 7, 2010
Head Banana replied to Alison McDonald's discussion Single vs Double baskets
"Hi Alison, I just use a double basket. I would never used the single basket on my home machine or at work! But that is me. I think you should test things yourself and make your own decision based on what you taste. So many people writing on…"
May 31, 2010
David Gee and Alison McDonald are now friends
May 31, 2010
Alison McDonald posted a discussion

Single vs Double baskets

Hey there all,I know that it is almost always recommended to use a double espresso basket rather than a single, and have read on the Pullman site some further info about ridged vs non ridged baskets as well; but am wondering exactly why this is?I have read that is something to do with the uneven shape of the single baskets, assuming this means that as the espresso is extracted its is somewhat redirected, therefore resulting in an uneven pour (rather than a straight wall)?  We use at the moment…See More
May 26, 2010
Alison McDonald replied to Matthew Gee's discussion Coffee Plantations - Good Ones in Australia to recommend visiting?
"No worries! I'd love to find out more about how Queensland and other states are developing a cafe culture, I can see it slowly happening! It would be nice to have somewhere a little closer to home to visit"
May 26, 2010
Alison McDonald replied to Matthew Gee's discussion Coffee Plantations - Good Ones in Australia to recommend visiting?
"Hi there, Well I know there is Sexie Coffie in Maryborough Queensland. They have also just opened up a shop in Rockhampton; they roast their own coffee blends, and usually have blends of the month. I'm not too sure whether the plantation is…"
May 24, 2010
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May 21, 2010
Alison McDonald replied to Ann Reeves's discussion Home Coffee Machines
"It certainly is great to have somewhere to go for advice and inspiration!"
May 20, 2010
Alison McDonald replied to Alison McDonald's discussion I don't want to become just another Starbucks or Coffee Club!
"Thanks Matt, I completely agree about what you said on exploiting "hidden value" when new owners walk in to a business, and I can see an awful lot that I would love to see happen as well. I think of the business as my own and I want to…"
May 20, 2010
Matthew Gee replied to Alison McDonald's discussion I don't want to become just another Starbucks or Coffee Club!
"Hi Alison, The arrival of new owners and staff members always brings hesitation amongst existing staff members. I was on the other end of the stick when I came in as a new owner with my brother Dave, into cafes that had been running for a year or…"
May 20, 2010
Alison McDonald posted a discussion

I don't want to become just another Starbucks or Coffee Club!

Hi there all!I am a Barista working in a fairly popular cafe in Rockhampton Queensland, we serve Toby's Estate coffee and are known as one of the best coffee shops in town.  I have done my accreditation at Toby's in Sydney and am very passionate about my coffee, I am definitely becoming a Coffee Geek!  Unfortunately we have had a lot of drama over the past few months, with new owners coming on board in the next few weeks. I'm feeling worried that a new staff member has come along with many more…See More
May 20, 2010

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Hi, I've been working in a popular cafe in Rockhampton for about a year and a half, have been working as supervisor and assistant head barista. We serve Toby's Estate Arabica coffee, and have done my accreditation through Toby's in Sydney. I can safely say I'm addicted!

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