What a month it's been! I've had full stock of all
my espresso machine items for the first time in over a year, and my
customers haven't been slow to take advantage of it. I have
literally been running at full capacity (in testing terms) for the
The new shipments have brought some surprises
with them, too. The Rancilio Silvias are now supplied with full
commercial portafilters. The Imat machines have undergone yet
another name change, they are now the Mokita (for the Junior II) and
the Mokita Combi (for the Napoletana II). Both the Imat machines
appear to be made out of slightly heavier grade stainless steel
these days, which has increased their weight by a kilo or so.
Machines (AKA Junior II)
Santos Gift Set
They have also had changes to the showerscreen, now
slotted instead of perforated, and the water distribution nut.
Removal now requires a 14mm socket spanner rather than the old,
easily stripped screw. Pictures of all of the above are on the
website. The other BIG equipment change is that Bodum have now taken
charge of their own business in Australia, as a result of which I
have the Bodum Gift Set (with the burner, stand etc.) for sale, for
the first time in about 10 years. These arrived by accident (they
weren't what I'd ordered) but I'm keeping them! Bodum's electronic
gear, the E Santos vac pots and the grinder, will also be available
soon. Keep your eye on the "Equipment" page of the
website for updates.
new Imat Showerscreen
The PERU VILLA RICA will continue on special for October,
as the new special coffee may not be to everyone's taste. It's world
famous for espresso blending, of course, but I don't think I've ever
seen it offered in Australia before.
So this month we have
Organic Peru Villa Rica
Monsooned Malabar AA
This premier Indian coffee is best described by Dr.
Joseph John, CEO of JOSUMA Coffee Company in the USA.
website at www.josuma.com he
describes the history of the monsooning process and the results. He
says "In the cup, Monsooned Malabar is low in acid, high in body,
and has a mellow, pleasant, earthy flavor. This is the lowest-acid
coffee in the world. It sells well as a varietal, but is also an
excellent blender, helping mute the acidity of certain African and
Central American coffees without compromising the fruitiness of
those beans. Perhaps its best use, however, is as a low-acid,
neutral base of a classic Italian-style espresso blend."
own Malabar Gold blend is justly famous in espresso circles in both
the USA and the UK. I doubt we'll ever see it here, though, as
quarantine restrictions would make the import too
And finally, a reminder to all my customers that I
will be attending the HOST Trade Show in Milan next month. There
will be no special coffee next month, as I'll be away for a week. I
leave on FRIDAY 14th NOV. and return on THURSDAY 20th NOV. on a trip
that is basically fly 2 days, show 2 days, fly back 2
days...exhausting but necessary.
Next month's newsletter will
mostly be a reminder that I'm not going to be there for that week
and you should stock up on your coffee before I go away.
and I've been tasting coffees for the Christmas Special, and if all
goes well, what a special coffee it will be! I just have to hope it
arrives in time.