March 2006 Newsletter
time has rolled around again, so we will be overseas later this month
and early next month. This year's SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of
America) conference is at Charlotte, North Carolina.
we would fly as directly as possible to Charlotte (Melbourne - LA -
Charlotte) but the Qantas monopoly on direct flights to the USA makes
this quite an expensive option. We have instead decided to go in the
other direction with Cathay Pacific (Melbourne, Hong Kong, Milan,
London, Chicago, Charlotte) which despite the time and distance
involved is a lot less expensive. It also lets us catch up with
overseas suppliers, customers and correspondents. Italy will involve
factory visits to both Rancilio and laScala, hopefully with many photos
of both plants.
We will be leaving on MONDAY 20th MARCH and returning on THURSDAY 13th APRIL,
which will be the longest time we have ever spent away from the
business. During our absence Tmanna will continue supplying roasted
coffee orders, but green coffee orders and equipment orders will not be
available. ONLY ORDERS SUBMITTED VIA THE ORDER FORM ON THE WEBSITE WILL
BE FILLED. Tmanna does not have access to my phone or email, and will
not see any orders emailed to me. While my phone has global roaming,
ringing me could be a bit expensive!
of order forms, the new, all singing and dancing coffee order form
should be working this month. The benefits will include a Tax Invoice
emailed to you as soon as the order is placed, your credit card
validated and charged immediately, and the elimination of the need for
me to retain credit card numbers.
shortages have continued, with Italian manufacturers seemingly
struggling to keep up. I received a much delayed partial shipment of
Rancilio machines at the end of February, which sold out in less than
12 hours. I have another, much larger consignment due in late March,
while I'm away. It will be available as soon as I return. Prices have
increased about 3% on average, not bad if you consider that they've
been stable for the last 5 years or more.
Sunbeam EM0480 grinders are also available, at a price of $198.00 inc.
GST plus delivery. This is basically RRP. I know that in major cities
it will be possible to get the grinders cheaper from major department
and electrical stores, but I suspect that all those customers NOT
living in a major city will find the EM0480 a bargain. A look at the
wholesale cost vs. the selling price convinced me that there was no way
I could sell these at bulk store margins.
month's special coffee is something different from the normal. It's a
Central American coffee which is produced by the "pulped natural"
process. This involves mechanical removal of the skin of the coffee
cherry, after which the fruit is allowed to dry around the bean. It
results in a sweeter, fuller bodied coffee with good acidity.
El Salvadore Cerro de las Ranas
coffee epitomises "balance"; it has just the right combination of
fruity flavour, clean sweet acidity and smooth body. The taste has
hints of apple with dark chocolate overtones in the finish. It is a
great plunger, filter or vac pot coffee, but is only suitable for
espresso with added milk.
Australia Post has increased their charges yet again (the last increase
was only 6 months ago) so postage charges on the new order forms WILL
Since I won't be around, there will be no newsletter or special coffee in April. Talk to you in May,