Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Aka Mario vs Luigi
Around 12 months ago we were fortunate enough to take ownership of 1974 z9 lever piston. After a few minor tweaks and adjustments the affectionately named Luigi was pulling some of the most amazing espresso we’d ever tasted. Then, around a month ago we saw Luigi’s “older brother” for sale on the bay of evil, a 1970 z8 lever piston... In red! “Hey, it’s Mario!” one of our friends exclaimed.
Unfortunately we couldn’t justify the funds to purchase dear old Mario at the time and the Auction ended without a buyer. After much tossing and turning another colleague got together the funds and contacted the seller. He arranged the purchase of Mario and not having anywhere to store the contraption asked if Mario could live here, at Bar 9.
A short couple of weeks later Mario arrived and the Microwave was removed from to make room. Now the two brothers sit competitively side by side vying for the next sweet shot of espresso.
Needless to say we were super keen to hammer the two machines to find out what differences, if any, existed between the two.
Side by side Mario (1970 Rancilio Z8) looks in better condition than his younger brother Luigi (1974 Rancilio Z9), though Luigi is almost entirely comprised of original parts (reconditioned) while some of Mario’s are aftermarket.
The flow rate of Mario is slightly faster than that of his brother (reaching 30mls around 2 seconds earlier), though the pressure curve on both is around the same (I say pressure curve as they are both lever pistons the pressure profiles in a bell shaped curve. Ramping up to 8.5bars fairly quickly and trailing off throughout the length of the shot).
After dialling in both machines until they tasted at their best, the temperature curves were wildly different, representing the biggest distinction between the two machines (besides their colour). Luigi’s temp (in the puck) starts at 97C and ramps all the way down to 88C by the end of the shot (we cut it at around 24mls). Mario’s temp however begins at 94C and drops gradually to 92C by the end of the shot (much more in line with general espresso theory and what is expected to taste good).
The end result is two machines remarkably similar to look at while vastly different in the cup. Luigi’s s’pro is rich, complex and wildly body dominant while Mario produces a fresh cup, with increased sweetness.
Both machines are gathering a stern following with coffee lovers divided in naming their favourite.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
We are looking to hold the next AASCA meeting on Tuesday the 3rd of November at the SA Coffee Academy at 6-30pm.
Items on this agenda will be as follows:
Roasters Guild and Cup of Excellence
SA and the 2011 WBC bid
2010 Nationals on the Gold Coast
If you're a member your attendance would be greatly appreciated and if your not but think you might be interested please feel free to contact Bill on 0407714560
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It's all very confusing but the competition to crown the 2010 state barista champion of South Australia is set to take place mid september (yes, in 2009). Here's some info taken straight from the minutes of the last meeting:
"The SA state Barista Competition will be held at the RHAS Adelaide Show on Thursday the 10th of September with the Latte Art and Cupping being held on the 11th of September. We have been bumped from the Goyder Pavilion. The new location will be between the Goyder and Wayville Pavilions in the food court. This may not be ideal but is undercover and will get us maximum exposure and gives us 2 full days with no interruption."
Now a lot of things are yet to be confirmed but to get the rumour file cracking here's some 'too early to be released information'.
Ian Callahan (That's me!)
Brad Nixon (still yet to confirm, but I'm badgering him!)
Prizes: Confirmed 2nd and 3rd place getters for the barista and latte art comp will something from the lovely greg pullman (at a guess I'd say one of his fantastic Tamps) and 2nd and 3rd in cupping will get something from Rio (at a guess I'd say some ACF cups). Also, expobar is rumoured to be supplying the 1st place prize so it's probably one of their prosumers but this is still yet to be confirmed.
So if there are any budding baristi out there who wanna step up, or if you want to come lend a hand, send me an email or better yet, contact Bill Comley direct on 0407 714 560.
I'll let you know as more developments occur
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
1. HUNGARY—ATTILA MOLNAR
2. UNITED KINGDOM—GWILYM DAVIES
3. CANADA—SAMMY PICCOLO
4. UNITED STATES—MICHAEL PHILLIPS
5. IRELAND—COLIN HARMON
6. REPUBLIC OF KOREA—LEE JONG HOON
It's very upsetting that the Aussie competitor, Tim Adams, while putting on a valiant effort, unfortunately didn't make the top six. And the same goes for Carl Sara, New Zealand's competitor (we all know how much we aussies like to claim NZ'ers)
Having said that, I for one am very excited to see Korea and Hungary there for the very first time. I think it just goes to show how much the specialty coffee industry is growing. And how far and wide specialty coffee, and passionate baristas have spread.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
-GEOFF WATTS, Intelligentsia Coffee
This is an exert taken from a fantastic response to an online article that's definately well worth reading.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
91 Glen Osmond Rd
Eastwood, South Australia
Still awaiting certain approval's before any major can take place, and then the big install of some very cool and exciting machinery!!
I'll obviously keep you all posted as it all comes to light. But here's its location to wet your apetites:
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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Well, it's that time of year again, when the Fringe festival makes it's way to the small old town of Adelaide, South Australia.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Imma and Mario's mercato is a massive italian gourmet's delight located in Campbelltown, South Australia. This is a great place to empty your wallet and spend some time strolling through little italy looking at all the very specialist delights they offer (everything from cheese and small goods, to cooking and crockery to home wine brew set-ups, if it's italian, you can find it here).
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Australian Barista Competition:
1st Tim Adams (Qld) - by a margin of 10pts
2nd Zoe Delany (Vic)
3rd Con Hara....(Vic)
4th Habib Marbani (NSW)
5th Jessy Hyde (Vic)
--there was no public announcement of the scores
1st Erin Sampson (VIC)
2nd Habib Marbani (NSW)
3rd Will (TAS, now working in VIC)
4th Johny Pisineli (SA)
Coffee and Good Spirits
1st Kirby Berlin (Vic)
2nd Scottie Callaghan NSW)
3rd David Seng (Vic)
1st Ben Bicknell (WA, now living in Vic) - 8/8 in 1:29sec
2nd Luca Costanzo (Vic) - 7/8
3rd Brian Raslan (SA) - 6/8
The event on the whole was a tremendous success with all the hard work of the organisers, sponsors, volunteers and of, the competitors really paying off. It get more cliche every year to say it, but it's true, the level of dedication and passion just keeps getting higher and higher.
It was great to see so many industry professionals together enjoying the day and I think, one the whole, it was a great success.
Davinci Syrups through together a fantastic afterparty, but the stories there I think I'll leave for another time ;P
Well done to everyone involved, and especially the competitors who really gave their all!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
AASCA in conjunction with KC Concepts and Epic Attractions will be staging the 2009 Australian Barista Championship as well as the Australian Latte Art Championship, Australian Cuptasting Championship and for the first time:The Coffee In Good Spirits Championship.The Itinerary reads as follows (thanks Ash)
The national competitions will be held at the Gold Coast Food and Wine Show at the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Center on the 30, 31 January and 1 February 2009
Friday:I'm going to be heading up for the Sunday so if anyone else is, feel free to give me a buzz as it would be great to catch up. I'm not sure if any is planning on micro-bloggin the event, so if no one else does, i probably will on the Sunday (keep in mind I'll be running a bit late in the morning). So keep an eye on the twitter account or just stay tuned here.
10am – Repechage Detpak Australian Barista Championship
10am – Detpak Australian Barista Championship semi-finals
2:45pm – Repechage Australian Latte Art Championship
5:00pm – Repechage Huhtamaki Australian Cup Tasting Championship
10am – Detpak Australian Barista Championship Finals
1:45pm – Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Championship Finals
2:45pm – Australian Latte Art Championship Finals
4:45pm – Huhtamaki Australian Cup Tasting Championship Finals
5:15pm – Trophy Presentation Ceremony