Friday, May 25, 2007

Daddy's back!

Ristretto Cup with rosetta
Originally uploaded by i_got_art.
So on thursday night Mark and Greg from Ristretto Coffee gave me and a few other guys the opportunity to play with some cool toys at their Roastery. I hadn't actually made an espresso based coffee since last october let alone pour latte art. That's one of my best from the night pictured.

Mark, Greg and Brian all poured their first latte art and another guy Peter was pouring consistently all night too. The art wasn't the only thing going on though. The guys planned a cupping session with several of the beans they stock. See their Store for details. I had never cupped before and was amazed by the difference in aromas and flavours that you miss in a brewed coffee. They also roasted some Guatamalan San Francisco coffeee for cafetiere/filter, i love watching coffee roast, especially the cooling down part, it's amazing how much chaf comes off the beans! We were talked into making "Chaff Tea" as it's apparently a delicacy in some regions. Would rather drink my own urine personally, at least it would have a coffee essence to it!!!

The planned 2 hour night went on for about 5 hours and we left the roastery after midnight absolutely wired! I had very little sleep and then my new puppy was up howling from 5am!!!

Good news is that i was so happy being back behind an espresso machine that i have gotten one for home again! I have done the inevitable and got another Gaggia Cubika as i enjoyed my last one and also got a Gaggia MM burr grinder. The machines we used last night were a Rancilio Epoca, Rancilio Silvia and Rocky grinder, Fracino 1 group commercial with Anfim grinder and there was also a 2 group commercial machine that i can't remember the name of but is used in Costa Coffee. I really want a Rancilio Silvia and Rocky with base unit. After using both I know what i am missing with the gaggia but i will have it all in good time!!!

Thanks again guys for a great night! I believe we all had a blast, it's great to be back on track with quality coffee again!



Blogger Pete said...

Great to meet you on Thur. I had such a great night with fellow geeks. Though lets use decaf for the latte art off next time....because 4 hrs sleep doesn't last long enough...

Glad you've got your Gaggia on the way. I have a Kitchenaid grinder, and I'm hoping it will do a Sylvia justice, when I get one - its only a matter of time after her performance on Thursday!

Great writing, and your blog has been added to my RSS!


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