Yes, it’s finally here; the Baratza Forte has arrived in Australia. Suffice it to say, we are more than just a little bit excited about the arrival of the new Forte from Baratza. Awarded ‘Best New Product’ at the 2013 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) awards, this long-anticipated grinder is quite honestly amazing with its ground breaking, in-built grind-by-weight feature.
For the past three years we have been hosting the much acclaimed Q course at the Australian Barista Academy in Victoria. On May 5th 2014, the Q grader course returns once more to be hosted by Trish Rothgeb, the founder of Wrecking Ball Coffee (USA) and Director of Q and Education for the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI).
Feel like you’re working non-stop and coffee’s what keeps you going? Then check this tee out. A nod to our founding blend 24/7 (coz it’s great to drink all the time), this tee combines insider coffee knowledge with quirky reference to your busy, productive life. With their awesome colour processing, theses tees really do pack a punch. All day, every day.
Kaya’s latte art is a thing of beauty. Showcasing her skills on video was well overdue and seemed fitting to be in slow-mo and to the beautiful sounds of Perth band Apricot Rail. Enjoy!
A trip out to Merthi Mountain starts with a four hour train ride, followed by a three hour drive up the windy roads to the top of the Baba Budangiri hills. Getting to the best coffees always means making our way to the top, but now that I have a travel buddy I’m reminded how tiring/interesting/exhilarating it is when you finally get the top and relax in the old colonial bungalows which were built in the late 1800’s.
This gorgeous farm is located in the mountainous region of Carmo de Minas, in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. If the name Carmo sounds familiar, it’s because this region has earned a reputation for producing some of the best specialty coffees coming out of Brazil. Each year, farms in and around Carmo win a large percentage of the prizes in the Brazilian Cup of Excellence – and you only need to visit the region to understand why. Tasting notes: buttery, caramel, plum, balanced, juicy, lingering.
For many years now Victoria Park and, in particular, Albany Highway, has been going through a cultural shift that was always inevitable. The area has too much going for it to remain the home of used car yards and bad take-away food. The road runs close to the city, has good population density and is located near cultural hubs like Curtin University. All this potential is why Calvin and Dee Dee decided to open their first café in the area, although it is more than a café for the owners — it is opening up a new life!
At the ripe old age of two months, The North Fitzroy Social on St Georges Rd in Melbourne is fast becoming the hub of the local neighbourhood … just as owners, David and Dinh, intended.
The Synesso is firmly established as the world’s premier commercial espresso machine for good reason. The quality engineering, unique styling and impressive specifications, including four stage pressure ramping, have all made the Synesso top of the wish list for the cafe owner who seeks to provide their customers with high quality coffee.
Focussing on highly controllable and consistent delivery of brew water at a constant temperature, the Über Boiler also integrates scales and timer into an in-shelf, slick stainless steel unit. Paired with a good deli grinder and your brewing method of choice, the Über Boiler is being received by leading café owners around the country as the solution to showcasing exceptional coffees for their customers.
Owned by Five Senses the Australian Barista Academy is our dedicated training facility. Equipped with an army of Synessos, Uber Boilers and award winning baristas the Barista Academy is dedicated to inspiring excellence in coffee brewing to the specialty coffee industry and passionate home baristas. No experience neccessary. All you need is a genuine interest in coffee, and you qualify.