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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by Simon on 21/01/2019, 05:17 PM »


I will be there Simon et al.
Probably on the Thu though (trade day).
It's always great.
My tip - bring along a spit cup so you can taste and taste without getting the jitters.
Cheers,
Paul

That is an EXCELLENT idea.... I always make the error of drinking far too much :s
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Have your say / Re: Coffee & health
« Last post by K_Bean_Coffee on 21/01/2019, 03:55 PM »
Black is the way to go.
I had a mate who used to drink 3 lattes per day. When he started up with a PT the PT's first advice was to "go black" to trim up.
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by K_Bean_Coffee on 21/01/2019, 03:52 PM »
I will be there Simon et al.
Probably on the Thu though (trade day).
It's always great.
My tip - bring along a spit cup so you can taste and taste without getting the jitters.
Cheers,
Paul
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by admin on 20/01/2019, 09:07 AM »
Hi Simon, I can't make it this year unfortunately, although yes it's usually a good event and also a good way for members to meet up in person; feel free to use this board as a record of experiences/pics!
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Social / Re: MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by Simon on 19/01/2019, 09:07 PM »
Hooooopefully will try to make it but not 100% sure I can this year. Will be a good one though!
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Social / MICE :: Melbourne 2019
« Last post by admin on 19/01/2019, 12:22 PM »
Hi guys, the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) is the largest dedicated coffee show in the Southern Hemisphere. MICE launched in 2012 with the purpose of bringing the global coffee community together and showcasing Australia’s contribution. In 2018, MICE welcomed more than 120 exhibitors, featuring the latest in espresso equipment, coffee brewing devices, exotic and expensive coffee beans, roasting equipment, and more. In 2019, MICE will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from from 7 to 9 February.

Decided to put this in the 'Social' board in case a group of you want to take the opportunity to use it as a 'meet up' point in Melb!

A
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Have your say / Re: Re-working the Bodum
« Last post by Brett H on 19/01/2019, 09:59 AM »
Excellent technique and very similar to what I’m doing. I’m lucky enough to have s kettle with a temperature control so that make it a bit easier. I also noticed an improvement when I changed to a double walled plunger pot for thermal stability. This was most noticeable with lighter roasts.
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Have your say / Re-working the Bodum
« Last post by old boy brewer on 19/01/2019, 07:17 AM »
I've been brewing coffee for many years (71 years young).  My background is fermentation of foods and I have been trying to extract the perfect cup using the Bodum.  After years of brewing, I found that the correct extraction of the coffee grinds is in the amount of time the grinds are in a "static phase" (Not moving in any way). I found that the more time the coffee grinds remain static, the better the quality of extraction.

After getting the right coarseness of the grind, the rest is easy. I first pre-measure the volume of water that I need for the Bodum. This allows me a complete pour into the Bodum without having to measure while pouring.  I warm up the Bodum with hot water from the tap as well as the plunger which I put into a separate bowl with the hot water.  When the water is boiling in the kettle, I dump the hot water form the Bodum and pour in the boiled water.  Even though the the Bodum is warmed, the temperature of the boiled water drops almost immediately to 96C -97C.

I immediately pour the coffee grinds into the Bodum.  I then insert the plunger and plunge half way down.  This ensures the grids remain static. After 4 minutes (for my coarseness of grind), I lift the plunger up to the top which releases the gas and then slowly plunge to the bottom.  It is important to "slowly" plunge.  I believe that a fast and forceful plunge creates more and unwanted extraction.  The coffee is absolutely the best I've ever had.  Especially because I roast my own beans.  Give it a try. 
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A story I came across this morning

Should I start looking at changing to Tea

Coffee trees are stressing at higher temperatures and most will die off unless hybrid varieties are developed

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-01-17/coffee-facing-extinction-climate-change/10713870
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Great thread and appreciate the ‘warts and all’ feedback KB. I agree that it would be a sexy beast dressed in polished stainless but probably add at least 1/3 to the price again.
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