As promised, the December "Special" coffee is the much-requested
Much as I would wish to be able to supply every request for this
coffee, I have received only 120kg of the green beans. After
roasting, I'll have about 100kg, so only 200 people or so will
actually get any. I've been sipping it as I type this, and the
angels still dance across my tongue.
YEMEN MOKHA ISMAILI $48.00/kg
LIMIT 500g per Customer.
Stocks of espresso machines are very rapidly approaching zero,
due to sales far in advance of my projections. All the stainless
steel Mokita Combis are gone (2 1/2 months worth in November
alone) and stocks of Imat Mokitas and Lux grinders are rapidly
dwindling. I still don't have a confirmed arrival date for my
Rancilio shipment, but I'm praying fervently that they get in
before the 15th of December.
In other equipment news, Bodum Australia have finally started
importing their Electric Santos Brewers, Grinder and the Stratos
espresso machine. I haven't yet decided if I'll carry the E-
Santos brewers, but I definitely won't be selling the espresso
machine (thermoblock) or grinder (Solis 166 burrset).
One of the reasons I'm reluctant to take on any further
electrical equipment items is the increase in time required to
test them. If you buy something from a big electrical retailer or
department store and it doesn't work you can just jump in the car
and return it for refund or replacement. This gets a lot more
difficult when the retailer (me) can be a long distance away from
the customer (you.)
By testing every espresso machine and grinder before it is
shipped I can ensure that problems which have escaped QC in Italy
are picked up and corrected before they get to the customer. Most
of the stuff I fix is minor but annoying; missing accessories,
loose fasteners etc. Some are a bit more dramatic, like pipes
with pinhole leaks, plumbing connections which aren't tight or
stuck thermostats. And every now and then a machine with a major
problem, such as a cracked boiler or major electrical fault will
pop up. I see it as my job to ensure that as far as possible the
customer is shielded from this sort of thing.
The increase in business this year has put both me and my family
under a fair bit of strain, not helped by a certain amount of
trauma among extended family and friends. We've decided that a
reasonably long (by our standards) holiday is in order, dates are
1.00p.m. Friday 24th December.
7.30a.m. Thursday 13th January
During this period we'll be travelling both within Australia and
to Singapore. The order pages will be closed down, but will
reopen on Monday 10th January. It's worthwhile noting that I
don't intend to have any roasted coffee left in stock when we
close, so late orders in the week before Christmas may have a
limited choice of beans.
There will obviously be no January newsletter, but I hope to be
energetic enough when I get back to get the February one out on
I'd like to wish all my customers a safe and happy festive season
and a pleasant and prosperous New Year.