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Coffee Plantations - Good Ones in Australia to recommend visiting?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison McDonald May 26, 2010.

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kaldi left a comment for Matthew Gee
"hi i was studied in Basic barista course long time ago 2008  but i mostly work in kitchen So now i just left the job .Well i on and off with the coffee machine Since 2008  .So now i start to go ahead with coffee ...So i read one in…"
Aug 30, 2011
Matthew Gee replied to Alan's discussion Functions
"Hi Alan, A user-pays system could (would I would say) end up being a money-loser for you. You are right in thinking that a flat rate is the way to go. Corporates have more than $120 x 2 to spend if they want professionalism and the option for…"
Oct 19, 2010
Matthew Gee and Wendy Tatton-Smith are now friends
Oct 6, 2010
Matthew Gee replied to Daniel Stasin's discussion Humidity
"Hi Daniel, We used to experience a huge change in the extraction time of the shots in Brisbane as well when we used to run our cafes there and this was largely due to the constantly changing humidity. The grind should be the thing you change to…"
Sep 15, 2010
Matthew Gee replied to Alan's discussion Coffee Mileage & Shots
"Hi Alan, You've hit the nail on the head with the 20ml ristretto shot being suitable for a weak coffee and a double ristretto being suitable for a 12oz cup. It makes sense given that a 30ml shot is the norm for an 8oz cup and a double 30ml…"
Jul 12, 2010
Matthew Gee replied to Phil McManus's discussion Frothing milk
"Hi Phil - maybe with skim, because it does froth easily, try to stretch it less (ie lower the jug and achieve less "hissing" sound during the frothing process, so that you end up with less froth. This will be beneficial when you are making…"
Jul 10, 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
Matthew Gee replied to Matthew Gee's discussion Coffee Plantations - Good Ones in Australia to recommend visiting?
"Good one Alison. Thanks for that! Matt"
May 24, 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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Aroma Festival - The Rocks, Sydney at The Rocks, Sydney

July 25, 2010 from 9am to 5pm
Dubbed the biggest coffee festival in the southern hemisphere (nay the world).My only advice is to get there early. Lining up behind 120,000 people aint my cup of tea!From 10am to 5pm, Sunday 25 July.See More
May 21, 2010
Matthew Gee posted a discussion

Coffee Plantations - Good Ones in Australia to recommend visiting?

Has anybody been to an outstanding coffee plantation in Qld or far north NSW that is worth recommending to an overseas coffee expert who will be visiting soon?See More
May 21, 2010
Matthew Gee and Alison McDonald are now friends
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
Matthew Gee replied to Ann Reeves's discussion Home Coffee Machines
"Hi Ann, you may find our article written on Choosing and Espresso Machine for Home, useful. http://www.baristabasics.com.au/article.asp?AID=79"
May 12, 2010
Matthew Gee and Natasha Walker are now friends
Apr 27, 2010
Matthew Gee replied to Andrew's discussion What coffee are you drinking?
"Just finishing a bag of single origin Zambian coffee from Pioneer Coffee in Yandina, Qld. Not a huge fan I have to say!"
Apr 21, 2010

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Aroma Fest 2009

It may turn into a 2-day event next year as it has attracted too many people for just one day

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 2:37pm — 1 Comment

Red Coffee

I stumbled across some Ethiopian coffee from a Melbourne coffee roaster called "Red" a few weeks ago at a trade fair in Sydney. I purchased a kilo of their beans. It was quite a dark roast. I have to say....one of the best single origins I have tasted in a long time. It was full-bodied and strong without being bitter and it was incredibly smooth.

Brazilian Cerrado is also one I am enjoying at the moment....great stuff but not as good as the Ethiopian I have to say!

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 2:35pm

Swiss Coffee

A fellow coffee enthusiast from Dubai dropped in some Zurich-roasted beans recently for me to try (he is a pilot and gets around to many countries in a short space of time!)

I was super impressed! The espresso was smooth and by the look of the extraction, it had been recently roasted. It was a fine espresso on its own and the flavour even shone through on a caffe latte.

It just goes to show that there are probablty roasters all around the globe now who create great blends… Continue

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 9:30pm

Stale Coffee - No Way!

Today I performed a simple test. I made an espresso which I turned into a caffe latte from the ground coffee that was in the chamber of the machine from last night. We usually clean the chamber at the end of each day so that we can use fresh coffee the next morning when we come into work. Someone however had failed to do this (I could blame myself but that wouldn't be fair).

Anyhow, the coffee came out in 15 seconds. The crema was only a few shades darker than white, and the espresso… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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At 12:42am on August 30, 2011, kaldi said…
hi i was studied in Basic barista course long time ago 2008  but i mostly work in kitchen So now i just left the job .Well i on and off with the coffee machine Since 2008  .So now i start to go ahead with coffee ...So i read one in their post so quite interested that we can roast coffee at home don't we? and how u get the green bean from ... i 'm going to buy small coffee machine very soon.. i want to practice more ,then i could apply a job in the high qulity more and more  thaz
At 12:44am on July 9, 2008, Andrew said…
Hi Matthew, thanks for the post on my page. Certainly great catching up again at AromaFest. Hard to believe it's been more than year now since I attended the Barista Basics Coffee Academy course - which was fantastic - you guys not only taught me a lot about espresso and making great looking (and tasting) coffee but also opened up a whole new world of coffee from cherry to cup. Big thanks to you and David.

I've been roasting coffee beans at home for a couple of months now - it's great fun and nothing beats the taste of freshly roasted beans. By the way, I'm still working on perfecting those free-pours... I have my good rosetta days and bad rosetta days. Well, mainly bads days for now!
At 12:03am on July 8, 2008, Matthew Gee said…
After witnessing an absolutely fantastic sunrise over the opera house, I had a feeling it was going to be a great day for the AromaFest. This is the largest consumer coffee festival in the southern hemisphere and Sunday 6th July did not disappoint. Whilst I was slightly surprised by number of roasters who were present (I thought there would be more...there were quite a few absences I thought) there were some great boutique chocolate companies there and it seems the home espresso section keeps getting better each year.

David and I presented a 30 minute talk on coffee and chocolate and for the rest of the day, manned our two stalls and enjoyed talking to both coffee experts and novices alike.

For those who have never attended, it's a great day out but as every year passes, unfortunately so do the lines for coffees, especially those of the better coffee roasters. After picking the smallest line to get a late afternoon round of coffees for our booth workers, I stood for 15 minutes in front of one booth waiting for coffee that ended up being a little disappointing. I can't fathom why after all these years some booths still haven't got their ordering/making and delivery system worked out! To give them the benefit of the doubt though, I put it down to being late in the day though and the fact that they had probably already started to think about brews of the alcoholic kind, not the caffeine kind.

I would recommend spending a few hours there next year for those who have never been.
At 10:31pm on June 18, 2008, Matthew Gee said…
Met a dude from The Crushed Olive Cafe in Berry today. His coffee art is going to lead the way down south.

Also read an article in the paper today that said that drinking up to 6 coffees per day is not bad for you and that the effects of coffee were particulalry beneficial for women.

Not that I'm a woman, but the drinking up to coffees a day is good news for me....
At 2:48pm on June 14, 2008, Matthew Gee said…
I am looking forward to cracking open my new bag of fresh PNG beans tomorrow....

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