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June 2015 Newsletter

End of financial year is coming, bringing both stocktake and heaps
of paperwork. It seems to me to be a good time to clear out the last
remaining bits and pieces of espresso equipment, so a couple of
lucky people are going to get real bargains. First cab off the rank
is my last laScala Eroica machine. This is the plumbed in version of
the Butterfly, with a 2 litre boiler, rotary electric pump and an E-
61 group. It comes with an in-line water filter kit as well, and
normally sells for well over $2000.00. First person to order gets it
for $1650.00 plus freight.

The other bargain is really unique, in that it's a "one-off" special
build machine. It's the original 220v prototype of the Lelit PL041
PID and pressure gauge machine. The current incarnation of this
machine sells for $989.00, but it's $550.00 plus freight, again
first in best dressed. The reason it's so cheap is that I imported
it in 2011 for testing, and it has been modified several times to
improve the internal layout and fix some performance issues.

The portafilter, boiler, group etc. are all standard Lelit 57mm. and
it has a particularly short steam wand, but the basic brewing
performance is on a par with it's bigger, younger cousin, the PL
Plus. Both machines come with our standard 12 month warranty.

Last month's newsletter drew a considerable response. Quite a lot of
the people emailing me pointed out that the worst feature of capsule
coffees is the difficulty in recycling the used capsules. Nestle
will accept used capsules for recycling if you bring them in to
certain places, but as far as I know no other manufacturer will.
There are several reasons for this.

The first and most important reason is that capsules are generally
made from mixed materials, aluminium and several different plastics.
The second reason is the sheer difficulty of getting rid of the
spent coffee grounds inside the capsule. Coffee grounds are easy to
recycle, you can compost them or even use them directly on the
garden. Some capsules are all aluminium or all plastic, so that
shouldn't be a problem. Separating the spent grounds from the
capsules? Aye, there's the rub. It's either labour or process
intensive, and ends up being quite expensive to do.

The sad reality is that in Australia less than 2% of all coffee
capsules sold end up being recycled. All the rest end up as
landfill, passing pollution down to future generations. At the same
time, the market for capsules is growing rapidly as convenience
trumps quality.

This month's special is a washed, Grade1 Ethiopian coffee.

Ethiopian Guji Sidamo

The washed preparation means that this is not a "fruit forward"
coffee, unlike the dry process Guji Sidamo we had in June 2014. This
coffee has a gentle sweet acidity with a distinct cardamom aroma and
flavour. It has a medium body shading into a sweet, creamy finish.
Overall it is a great example of a perfectly balanced coffee.

Until next month


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