The Juggler Milk Tap System

07.09

The Juggler is a new milk delivery system for coffee bars from Sydney, Australia based company Six Simple Machines. The system employs sensor activated taps that are connected to 10 liter milk bladders stored in refrigerators below.

The system is designed to minimize bottle waste and the time spent taking milk cartons in and out of the fridge. The sensors allow for proper hands-free milk dosing that minimize milk waste from over-pouring and frees up a barista to pull their shots and engage with customers, while an integrated pitcher rinser streamlines the whole routine.

There are many details that baristas and shop managers must keep in order to maintain drink consistency and prevent slowdowns during a rush (or in high volume shops—throughout the day). Efficiency improves the workflow of a barista and ideally it will help them produce more consistent drinks all day long.

The delivery of milk is an overlooked part of the bar workflow and this is an interesting exploration in how to improve it. One of the more time consuming efforts during Coffee Common events I worked at, have been keeping baristas stocked with milk—a system like this would definitely free up time for other things.

The Juggler

[hat tip Simon Cunliffe-Jones]

 

 

posted by on 07.09.2012, under Design, Misc., Products

2012 World Brewers Cup Champion – Matt Perger!

06.18

On the far side of the Vienna convention center, the World Brewer’s Cup took place for its second year. This younger brother of the World Barista Championship, showcases a barista’s ability to brew great filter coffee consistently.

This year, Matt Perger from ST.ALi in Melbourne took home the title. If his name sounds familiar, the 21 year old Australian placed third in last year’s World Barista Championship, proving his versatility as a barista and making him the first person to place so high in both competitions.

Matt brewed his coffee, a washed Panama Geisha from Finca Santa Teresa, using a Hario v60. The presentation was built around the importance of grind uniformity and the damage that “fines” have on the extraction of coffee. The coffee was brewed to an extraction ratio of 23% (usually overextracted and bitter), while explaining how its possible to do this once the fines are removed.

Matt also discussed the importance of water and the huge impact it has on extracting the proper flavors from coffee. He created his own blend after experimenting with 6 different waters to reach his desired ratio of 110ppm.

As someone who prefers to drink and prepare filter coffee—I really appreciated watching this event, which has a more informal and intimate atmosphere. The finals contained many great presentations, using a broad range of brew methods. There’s a lot of potential in this competition and I look forward to watching it grow.

Congratulations to Matt Perger, your 2012 World Brewer’s Cup Champion!

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World Brewer’s Cup Champion: Matt Perger, Australia
2nd: Andy Sprenger, USA
3rd: Cristos Loukakis, Greece
4th: Anthony Benda, Canada
5th: James Bailey, UK
6th: Robert Gruber, Austria

Watch all the final presentations on WCE’s Livestream

posted by on 06.18.2012, under Misc.

Video: Cup Specialty Coffee

02.05

 
In the last year, there’s been an increase of well-produced coffee videos making their rounds on the internet, most of them from the US. However, in the 2011 edition of koffievidmania, I somehow missed this gem—created more than a year and a half ago for Brisbane, Australia based Cup Coffee. This beautiful short film has all the right elements for success—the hypnotic tone of The Album Leaf sets the mood for backlit shots of a Slayer in action and slow motion latte art. What more do you need?

With almost 15,000 views on Vimeo, this could very well be the blueprint for high-end coffee films. If you know of anything pre-dating this, send it my way!

Filmed by Paul Nevison of PSN Creative

posted by on 02.05.2012, under Misc., Videos

Birds of Unusual Vitality: Portraits in Coffee

12.19

Despite what the recent Samsung commercial would have you think, baristas and so many others in the coffee industry tend to be a highly creative group of individuals. I’m not sure where the correlation stems from exactly, but DCILY was founded on the principle that coffee inspires creativity and each day I’m more convinced of that.

Eileen P. Kenny is one of the latest artist/barista (or is it barista/artist?) who I’ve discovered creating great coffee inspired art. She is a twenty-two year old photographer who’s been making coffee since she was sixteen. Part-way through getting a Masters in Advertising, she decided to leave school to pursue what she already knew she was passionate about and began working with Seven Seeds Coffee (and soon Market Lane).

The project, aptly titled “Birds of Unusual Vitality,” is a collection of portraits & essays about passionate and unique individuals in specialty coffee, beginning with Melbourne’s Angus Gibbs, Jason Scheltus, Talor Browne and Mark Free.

Specialty coffee is an industry filled with fascinating people from every corner of the world and every background you can imagine.

The aim of Birds of Unusual Vitality is to shine a light on these baristas, roasters, farmers, pickers, workers, and everyone involved the process of coffee production, from start to finish. I want the passion for great coffee and the pursuit of quality and sustainability to spread beyond those who work in coffee—I think that getting insight into the people who have that passion is a great place to start.

The project has no expected end date and Kenny’s growing list of desired subjects expands well beyond Melbourne to include such coffee notables as Susie Spindler, Ben Kaminsky and Brent Fortune. Kenny shared her project ambitions with DCILY:

In the long term, I’d also like to go to origin and interview farmers, tracing the coffee’s journey in reverse; essentially, starting at where I am now (making coffee and tasting it), all the way back to those who are harvesting and processing and basing their livelihoods on the quality of their next crop.

This is such a great project that can capture the true diversity of backgrounds within the industry. If there ever were a specialty coffee related project fit for Kickstarter (or IndieGoGo)—turning these photos and stories into a lovely book is one I think would garner a fair bit of support from around the world.

You can view select portraits and read their stories at Birds of Unusual Vitality. Below is an exclusive look at a few of the photos left on the dark room floor. Enjoy.

Birds of Unusual Vitality

 

posted by on 12.19.2011, under Interviews, Misc.

Two Seasons of Joyous Coffee

01.04

Two Seasons, a new brand of single origin coffee in Australia, is dressed with all the flair of an eccentric in-law. The new packaging, designed by Sydney based Barker Gray, is an attempt to differentiate from the standard “heritage” look used throughout the coffee industry. The goal was to focus less on gourmet and more on coffee lovers themselves.

I know very little about the coffee itself, but the packaging is definitely unique. The rainbow of color is balanced nicely with a generous amount of white space that really directs your focus on the exuberant illustration. While there are aspects of this I really like, there are others that remind me of unicorn vomit. Either way, it’s a spunky solution that brings new light to an often muted category.

Two Seasons breaks all convention and is purposefully everything we don’t know ‘origin’ based coffees to be…joyful, colourful and fun…the promise of a great experience to come, which for those who love their coffee, it delivers. -Barker Gray

[via The Dieline]

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