July 2011 Newsletter
new shipment of Lelit machines has arrived more or less on time, and
with some interesting changes. Both the PL041 and the PL042 Combi have
an all new ball-joint steam wand that looks almost exactly like the
steam wand on the Rancilio Silvia. As near as I can tell, only the
steam tip is different, the Rancilio one is rounded and the Lelit is
the tip is an industry standard 10mm female thread model, which means
that it can be swapped with a variety of tips as seen here
. In fact, the whole steam arm assembly has that "straight out of the
commercial parts bin" look about it. This is becoming more common
as machine manufacturers realise that consumers now have access to
espresso parts supplier catalogues. And before anyone asks, sorry, but
it can't be retrofitted to older machines.
PL53 grinder has a much larger hopper (450 grams capacity) which is
more transparent, but no other changes. It's nice to see incremental
upgrades to the machines, although as with most things to do with
Italian espresso the pace of change is glacially slow. It's only taken
16 years to get rid of the "froth-aid" thingies!
put up a new "How-to-repair" article on the website specifically aimed
at the Lelit machines and element replacement. There are quite a few
differences compared to the Imat and Nemox versions of these machines,
most of them related to Lelit's use of quick release hose connectors.
this month's special coffee I decided a complete contrast to June's
lemony, acidy Yirgacheffe would be good, which meant a sweet, low acid
type coffee. Naturally enough, my thoughts turned to Brazil, and
finding a superb example of a typical Brazilian coffee. As usual, I
started cupping, and lo and behold I happened on a microlot from Decio
is the coffee grower, and his farm is the Fazenda São João in the
Cerrado region of Brazil. If you type his name into Google, his bio and
independent assessments of his coffee are available online. Basically
he and his family moved their coffee plantation to the Cerrado area
after the disastrous frosts in the 1990's. He is involved with
"Nucoffee", a Brazilian sustainable agriculture organization which is
also involved in improving conditions for farm workers.
The microlot thing means that there is only a teensy amount of this coffee
produced, a couple of dozen 60kg bags, and it's a one-off ... next years
production will be a different lot. So the July special is
Brazil Microlot Bruxel
A sweet, low acid coffee with chocolate and raisin overtones. Makes a stunning single origin espresso with a rich, dense crema.
and sadly, our postage charges will rise sometime this month. Australia
Post has been increasing its prices on a six-monthly basis for the last
couple of years and the difference between what we pay and what we're
charging has become too big. Courier charges have gone up as well, so
we'll move all the prices at once.
New prices will be:
Courier Satchel 2kg $7.00
Post Satchel 400g $6.50
Post Satchel 2kg $10.00
Express Post 400g $8.50
Express Post 2kg $12.00
A quick check at your local Post Office will reveal that we're still subsidising
the postage a bit, just not as much!