Coffee


Ah sweet nectar of the gods!

Avanti Cappuccino cups

I bought a couple of Avanti Crescendo Cappuccino cups on the weekend. These are stainless steel doubled walled isothermic cups. In simple terms this means they are hollow with an air gap between the coffee and outside wall of the cup. They are made by a number of manufacturers and as I still haven’t find […]

Cosmorex

I ducked out to Cosmorex Coffee on the weekend as Alan Frew is away at present and I am totally out of beans! I bought ½ a kilo each of Sumatran and Columbian as these are my general staples and it gave me a chance to compare the beans with those from Coffee for Connoiseurs. […]

Russell Hobbs Uno:Uno Coffee Maker

I have been cursed by a television commercial at the moment that features the new Uno:Uno coffee pod based machine from Russell Hobb. I think every coffee snob today started by drinking instant coffee. For those who make the transition from instant to freshly brewed espresso, there where probably many modest steps. The new Uno:Uno […]

Coffee Roaster?

My Giotto and Mazzer Mini are generally performing fantastically and I don’t recall the last time I had a cup away from home. Although it is an amazing grinder, the Mazzer Mini has its rough spots and when I get around to it I’ll post a review. There is nothing nicer than seeing big gobs […]

Alpenrost Coffee Roaster?

My Giotto and Mazzer Mini are generally performing fantastically and I don’t recall the last time I had a cup away from home. Although it is an amazing grinder, the Mazzer Mini has its rough spots and when I get around to it I’ll post a review. There is nothing nicer than seeing big gobs […]

Proud Giotto Owner

Well I bought the coffee machine and grinder of my dreams on Wednesday! Andrew from the Coffee Warehouse came down from Sydney with Charles, the ECM distributor in Australia, to demo the machine and sell a couple to Dominic and I. Leonie from work also came along and we set up in a kitchen at […]

Beginnings

I have craved a real coffee machine since I saw an E-61 Rocket (a rebadged ECM Giotto) in New Zealand a few years ago. Unfortunately the price tag of $2200-2500 AUD was never quite affordable even with my fairly luxurious tastes. After years of procrastination, I finally purchased an Italian made Rancilio Silvia in October […]