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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by admin on 10/02/2019, 02:13 PM »
thanks so much Simon, just great to get such a comprehensive update, for those of us who couldn't make it!
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by Simon on 10/02/2019, 01:55 PM »
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by Simon on 10/02/2019, 01:51 PM »
Wowza, what an event! It was huge, bigger than before, and the venue was awesome. At the Melb Exhibiton Centre, they made good use of all the space!

So many highlights, and didn't get to check out everything, but many (many many MANY) samples to be had, some were stunning, some I was not overly impressed with, but all in all some really great coffees being produced.

Particularly enjoyed the Five Senses stand, where you could choose which journeys to go on. They took you through a particular coffee in Tanzania with three different brews to try, from when it was first processed and their early methods, and each one since, each getting better and better, and you could certainly tell in that last cup which had so much more clarity even being a natural processed.

Next was a coffee made with three different water compositions, I didn't do this one.

The third journey was three different espressos brewed using the same coffee, but different methods. First was a standard, normal espresso shot pulled at 9 bars. The next was a shot pulled at about a 1 degree difference. And the last was with pre-infusion introduced.

I'd never sat down and had them all side by side like so that was incredibly eye opening, the last coffee with preinfusion was unreal, such sweetness and body.

I didn't get to watch any of the comp unfortunately, but awesome to hear that Matt Lewin won the Aus Barista Championship! It was really cool to hear, as I know he's been competing for many years, climbing higher and higher and never quite cracking the first place, so stoked for him. I remember him bringing in bags of Axil coffee for us at a cafe I once worked at hehe, nice guy.

Saw John there at the Decent Espresso stand and said g'day and had a shot from the Decent.

The filter brews at Zest were unreal, just delicious.

Some incredible machines and grinders on display, spent a little time chatting with the guys at the Slingshot grinder.... wow. It looks incredible, and doses into the basket perfectly distributed and ready to tamp. Not to mention a timer that tells how long the ready-to-dose grounds have been sitting in there.

Strangely, even though I'd planned to use the spit cup and not consume as much, I didn't do that, drank a fair few but didn't have any of the horrendous aftereffects which was awesome! No headache, heart palpitations, nausea or stomach pain like last year haha, not even really buzzed, I felt tired from a big day more than anything else!

And amazing news that Melbourne is going to hold the World Barista Championships at MICE next year, massive! I remember watching it many years ago when it was in Melbourne, a privilege to have it back.

A really great event, just so great to connect with others, learn, taste and experience, highly recommended :)

Pics below
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by admin on 08/02/2019, 10:37 PM »
‘‘Twas amazing.
Bigger and better than previous years.
thanks Paul - wish I could be there; look forward to your pics from tomorrow Simon!

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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by Simon on 08/02/2019, 09:43 PM »
Awwwesome, looks great, can't wait for tomorrow!
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by K_Bean_Coffee on 08/02/2019, 09:05 PM »
‘‘Twas amazing.
Bigger and better than previous years.
Here are just a few pics:





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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by Simon on 07/02/2019, 08:40 PM »
Very cool Simon. After my first MICE I didn’t get to sleep until 3am! I’ll never forget that one!
Hahaha ahhhh I feel ya.. it's just so hard not to taste all the samples being offered :s
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by K_Bean_Coffee on 07/02/2019, 06:49 PM »
Paul when it was on both Saturday and Sunday for the public I used to go to both days. I seriously don't know how I did it haha, sooo much coffee...
Very cool Simon. After my first MICE I didn’t get to sleep until 3am! I’ll never forget that one!
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by Simon on 06/02/2019, 08:43 PM »
Really wish I had 3 days to spare...
Always a great event.
Paul when it was on both Saturday and Sunday for the public I used to go to both days. I seriously don't know how I did it haha, sooo much coffee...
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by Simon on 06/02/2019, 08:41 PM »
Yyyyyes, plans line up so I'll be going Saturday, just got my tickets! I'll try to post what tidbits I can! It's at a new venue too this year, that will be really interesting! I got so used to the layout all these years at the Melb Showgrounds pavillion so I'll totally get lost here haha.

Am very excited about all the exhibitors, will definitely check out Ona, Coffee Cartel, Axil cupping session, even Profitec I think are there.

I heard they had to cancel/postpone the roasting championships due to safety concerns :s
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