Friday, 24 May 2013

Prana Chai. What a great find!

Custom Coffees happened upon Koray and this wonderful product last year at the 2012 Melbourne International Coffee Expo and started the Central Victorian distribution of it.

Brett Henry Custom Coffees
Brett Henry, Custom Coffees Sales Manager and Koray Gencel.

"Our process is beautiful in its simplicity. We source fresh, whole spices from many parts of the world such as India, Sri Lanka and Guatemala.  We crack open and blend these spices with tea and honey, by hand! Then we put it in a bag and send it on its merry way. All the ingredients are natural and all the ingredients are good for you, it’s an honest product. We do not use machines, additives or preservatives to ensure the Prana (life force) in our product stays intact."

It's an exceptional product, freshly hand made in Melbourne, with a superb aroma and flavour, its a big seller for Custom Coffees and our clients and we're very proud to be associated with Koray and his beautiful Prana Chai.

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Of course available at Custom Coffees Here.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

About Gourmet Decaf Coffee.

      "..excuse me you've made a mistake, this isn't decaf."

Justifiably, consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the provenance and safety of foods—that is, where their food comes from and how it is processed. Such inquiry reveals that currently about 65% of the world’s coffee is decaffeinated using the solvents methylene chloride and ethyl. If this sounds unpleasant to you and you prefer to drink decaffeinated coffee, you’ll want to check out our Swiss Water® coffee blends.
Swiss Water® decaf is processed in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free manner and 99.9% caffeine-free, while still offering a superb roasted coffee flavour. In particular, the Swiss Water® Cascadia Decaf Blend—a mix of  Bolivian, Guatemalan and Sumatran Arabica roasted coffee beans—was awarded ‘Australia’s Best Decaf’ at the 2012 & 2013 Golden Bean Awards, proving you can still have great taste in a decaf coffee. With no chemical residue to detract from the beans’ deep flavour, you’re ensured a cup of coffee worth savouring, as well as all the health benefits of drinking a decaffeinated coffee. It’s no surprise then, that the demand for decaf coffee continues to grow.

     Thank you

A comment passed on from one of our cafe partners:  

"..excuse me you've made a mistake, this isn't decaf."

That's what we're after. 

Award Winning Decaf here.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Grata espresso Piggy!

Grata Espresso Piggy!!

Latte Art by 16yo Sam Macleod. Bendigo.

Coffee by Grata Espresso - of course.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Beautiful Coffee.

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Did you know one of Australia’s largest selections of raw coffee beans is right on your doorstep? 
With over 60 different origin beans in stock, including Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance, we are bound to have your perfect coffee.

Your point of difference starts here Custom Coffees Bendigo

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Tips for a great Espresso Coffee.

(Of course start with great coffee!)

Grata Espresso.

Keep group handles hot.
If you would not put a cake into a cold oven, don’t expect to brew sweet coffee in a cold group handle.

Don’t leave coffee in a hot group handle.
Commence pouring immediately.

The fineness and quality of grind is CRITICAL.
The best espresso comes from coffee brewed no later than 20 minutes after grinding. A coarse grind will produce a faster pour, meaning the coffee particles are less likely to cook thoroughly in the elapsed time, making the drink sour, astringent, bitter, or thin, visually, evident by a yellow (not brown) crema.
Finer grinding produces a slower pour, which develops more flavour & sweetness in the cup. The crema will be darker (meaning the natural sugars have caramelised), and will be thickened.
Coffee ground too finely may burn or become over-extracted too soon. 

Ideally  look for crema that resembles thick brown paint. If you can’t achieve this, and the grinder is set correctly, then your machine is probably not running at the correct temperature.

Not all coffees are the same.
Forget the theory of 7 grams of ground coffee per shot. Some coffees taste better when ground more finely, and others, when more coarsely ground - the amount of ground coffee used per shot should be gauged according to the fineness of grind - which is gauged by the taste in the cup. Usually, more than 7 grams is necessary.
Once the correct grind and dose is achieved, the correct tamping pressure can be applied. For finer grinds tamp more lightly, and coarse grinds more firmly.

Don’t flush the group for longer than two seconds.
Or sourness may result from the altered brewing temperature.

Look for a slow extraction.
That falls STRAIGHT down from the cup runner, with no horizontal aspect at all. The ideal pour commences with a few drips, which then become a “mouse tail”. 

Do not over-extract the coffee.
This is evident when the “brown” colour of the pour turns pale. Stop the extraction if the colour becomes too pale. Dark colour is sweet, pale is bitter. 
We recommend no more than 25ml per single shot – with a slow pour, this should afford plenty of flavour with out bitterness.

Keep the machine pristine!

Of all the call outs we attend to, 18 out of 20 are because of a pour cleaning regime.

Coffee oil is the flavour in the coffee bean, and Grata coffee is loaded with it. Coffee oil turns rancid quickly. Rancid oil erases the soft, sweet flavours and leaves an ashy, bitter aftertaste. The espresso machine should be back flushed WITH CHEMICAL at least once per day. (yes that’s right - once per day – not once per week!)
The group showers should be removed at least 2 times per week for cleaning. Don’t forget to soak the group handles in chemical at least twice a week.

Do not store your fresh coffee in the fridge or freezer.
          Artificial cooling of fresh coffee upsets the volatile compounds on the molecular level,      resulting in low sweetness and aromatics. 
         Store in a cool dark place.

This information can be downloaded as a PDF with pictures here.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Coffee Beans

Brett with a new toy.  SanRemo Torino.

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See it in action here:

Beautiful Milan Blend extracted through our new Sanremo Torino Espresso Machine.
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