Monday, 18 February 2008

The Source

Went to this kicking cafe in Mosman on the way home from our 5th anniversary stay the city. Met up with Lach (the bro) and Joy (the wife). There's a massive Synesso and a tricked out Mazzer grinder - they cut a hole in the back and whacked on a sizable cooling fan (like a computer) - they said it works a treat. The barista even has a tat of a group handle on his foreram and it seems the rugged unshaven look is the staff uniform. The use a tasty bean from South Melbourne by St Ali. Had a double ristretto latte then a piccolo. Kate had a couple of lattes. Lach had large flat white in what I now call 'Sambo's dream cup' - solid heavy with a dark brown glaze on the outside (you can get them from Cafe Bianchi). Every cup was sweet as! Anyway check it out - it's off Military Rd on Raglan St.

16 comments:

Guthers said...

sounds awesome. Will check it out.
any word on the ECM yet?

SamR said...

Nice!

michelle said...

Oooh, sounds very nice!

Mattt said...

ECM is still at the doctors :( They said it's the control board which they were getting shipped in already and should be here this week. I also asked if they were doing the thermal stability mod (pimping) on old machines - they're yet to get back to me with a price.

I tried a plunger coffee this morning, only half a cup with splash of cold milk - still watery - maybe I could mix up a paste of grounds and a dash of water and eat that ;)

Guthers said...

I can't do milk in a plunger coffee - it tastes wrong

MnTT said...

Toose, while you struggle with plunger coffee while you machine is getting fixed, spare a thought for the people living in London, where there isn't a single decent coffee shop in the entire city!

Gordon Cheng said...

The blog is back!

nice to see, matt.

Mattt said...

Maybe I'll try it black then - any hot tips, like what grind to use, water temp, brewing time?

Hey Turns. Sorry buddy. London is notoriously bad. Though a Londoner once won the World Barista Champs - he has a blog on which he reviews some - I'll try find it for you.

Hey Gordo. Thanks for they hey ho!

Mattt said...

Dave Miers brother has these comments on London coffee with the suggestion of "Monmouth Coffee Company at Borough Markets (Fridays and Saturdays)"

Mattt said...
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Mattt said...

Argh! Can't get both the links to work. Just click on 'these comments' to get to the relevant post by Andy.

MnTT said...

Ooh ooh, I've been to Borough Markets.
See photos here. I'm stoked that I know where somewhere is!

I'm definitely going back for a coffee then.

Guthers said...

coarse grind - grind immediately before adding the water - not too hot, let the kettle cool down before you pour.
you need to leave it a while - probably a few mins - before plunging. Let a crust form on the surface.
But don't take my word for it..

Mattt said...

Glad we could help MnT. Now I'm jealous of your beer and fresh produce options (pheasant, truffled honey, etc)

Thanks Guthers. I'll go have a crack at it now.

michelle said...

In London, the 'snobs recommend 'Flat White', 17 Berwick St, Soho. James Hoffman was the UKBC and the WBC last year, his blog is www.jimseven.com

Matt which Doctor is your ECM at? I've been wanting to get mine pimped, but can't really afford to send it to Melbourne for Chris to do it.

I'm also not a major fan of the plunger, but it is the best way to cup a coffee. So maybe think of it as a learning experience, picking up all those subtle nuances that can get lost or muted in an espresso. :)

Mattt said...

Thanks for the London suggestion Michelle - I'll make sure MnTT get it.

I've put it in with ECA in Belrose - I haven't heard back from them about the pimping. Not sure if they can do it or how much $. There was a post on Coffeesnobs from DiBartoli saying they'd received their first lot of 'Rocket Giotto's' from ECA.

I'll call ECA today hoping the 'G' is ready for collection - they've had it for over a week.