Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tweeting Coffee

Will Tweet for Coffee!

The brains (or lack thereof) behind Make Coffee Not War is now on Twitter.  To follow the one who follows, click on the Twitter Icon in the Header.

Despite declaring to all who would listen that I would never become a Twit, I have bowed to peer pressure and in part due to the liminality of reason that comes with insomnia and an Internet connection I have joined the masses.  Who know where the madness will end?  However, I can categorically say – that “I will never purchase an iPad.”

May all your coffee be good coffee.

South Australian Coffee???

Surely there are more than 58 places in Adelaide where you can buy a coffee?  Yet that is ‘all she wrote’ according to the latest updates on the Beanhunter.  According to their South Australian based users, we have less cafes worth drinking in and/or writing about then does the Gold Coast (61) and Canberra (68).  Yes you read right – according to the Beanhunter, there are more and better coffee vending establishments in our nations capital then there are in RADelaide – the coffee capital of the southern hemisphere (just don’t tell Melbourne).

Come on people – do your state a favour – do what Rann couldn’t (a bit of political commentary there – haha)  – do what Craig couldn’t (a bit of sport commentary there) – raise your state’s profile above the Gold Coast and Canberra – make us proud – list your favourite cafe on the Beanhunter (even list your least favourite cafe – at least then others will know to avoid it) and let us get Adelaide above Canberra.

First the Gold Coast, then Canberra…then the world!!!!

Coffee quote of the week.

 

 

Coffee, the finest organic suspension ever devised.  ~ Star Trek: Voyager

 

Coffee Apps for the dedicated addict

The more vigilant of you would have realised by now that it has been over a week since my last coffee review, and then it was week between the last one before that – so I feel I owe my avid reader(s) [let’s face it – the (s) is added in as a sign of hope for than anything else] an apology for leaving you in the lurch (you rang?) but the dearth has not been without reason.  I have been busy – with a seven week old baby at home, a busier than usual pastoral load, mentoring a bible college student and preparing a Spring Series called “The Exodus – Their Story/Our Story/THE STORY” – spare time to travel an hour to find a coffee shop and read has been hard to find – and if I am to be totally honest, I cannot see that changing any time in the foreseeable future.   That does not mean that MakeCoffeeNotWar will go into hiatus – oh – nosireebob!

Today I want to write about Coffee Apps for your phone (not iPads – because I really can’t see the point), with a particular focus upon Apps for the iPhone – because as an owner and user of the Apple iPhone for over seven days now, I feel that I can write with a certain amount of expertise on the subject [insert space for reader to laugh uncontrollably and then run off to the toilet….] Read the rest of this entry

Buying Coffee Beans Online…

[aka Whose Beans are your Beans]

I will lay my cards on the table – I am a ‘johnny come lately’ to the speciality coffee industry – only really becoming a coffee snob in the last 5 years – and it took until a call came from the coast, that I began to investigate purchasing coffee beans online.  I had purchased the occasional bag of beans from a café that served a really nice coffee – and I had purchased a few months supply of Rio Coffee whenever I was in the neighbourhood – but it was not until I discovered Coffeecraft on South Road (thanks to the major delays caused by the Tram overpass), sampled their wares instore, had an afternoons barista training on my own machine and then discovered their policy of free postage and next day delivery that I began to purchase beans online.

My first few purchases were great – and I ordered for safety, going with what I knew and liked – and then I purchased a coffee from The Greenroom on High Street – and asked the lady about the lovely coffee and in an almost evangelical fervour, she told me about the Coffeeworks in Queensland who supplied their Black Mountain blend – and then I began to get adventurous – bought that one, and many others from their range.  I have since ordered coffee a number of times from a number of places – with a few hits and misses – and have ordered beans from cafes with a known quality product – i.e. The Coffee Barun (loved the Ethiopian Sidamo Guji – not so much the Latte Blend – but struggled with the customer service).

Recently, one of my parishioners – in celebration of the birth of my second Son – gave him a onesey and me a bag of Mahalia Blend No.1 which has been divine to drink, but I have been reluctant to buy from them due to the high postage costs – and I have also noticed that Rio Coffee have opened their online shop.

In preparation for this quick reflection and post, I did a perfunctory Google Search on “buying coffee beans online” which returned 4.74 Million results in 0.23 seconds, with only one in the top ten I had heard of before.  The Australian results included:

  1. The Coffee Company
  2. Coffee Hit (I have heard of this one – they were rude to me when I asked about Fairtrade Coffee)
  3. Where Is My Coffee? – which is the self proclaimed “Australia’s Premier Coffee Portal.”
  4. Gigante Coffee
  5. The Coffee Bean Roasting House
  6. Coffee Beans Shop
  7. Coffee Lovers
  8. Bay Beans Caffeinated Aromatherapy (love the name)

My next purchase is going a sample pack from my home region – Barossa Coffee Roasters.

So…where and how do you get your beans?

Coffee quote of the week.

“Just as casseroles made with canned string beans and ersatz [Campbell’s] cream of mushroom soup led to Julia Child [Margaret Fulton] and the foodie revolt  in the 1960s, so did the ubiquity of Nescafé  and other caffeinated insults lead to the birth of the speciality coffee industry”

Michaele Wessman God In a Cup Hoboken, NJ – John Wiley & Sons 2008 p 3

Agatha’s Food Store – Port Noarlunga, SA

1 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga, SA, 5167

Located in the ever improving Port Noarlunga precinct, this groovy eatery is a busy place – I managed to secure the last table – the only one minus an umbrella mind you, so I am now sporting the first pink glow of the season – on a fairly unremarkable Friday afternoon.  As the name would suggest, their main thing is food – and their menu of the ‘usual suspect’ café food backs up this claim – but with the coffee styled convas bollarding around the place, I wondered whether they were also quite interested in their coffee.  I would suggest – not that much.  While it was by no means the worst coffee I had on that day (Gloria Jeans takes that honour – I know, I know – I hang my head in shame – but it was free!), had it been a more audacious cup, this review would have been vastly different.  Luckily the company saved the experience for me!! Read the rest of this entry

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