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Make Coffee (Not War) in the City

Hold onto your Latte

Just in case you have not caught up on the news, Make Coffee Not War has moved!  Not the blog itself, but the man behind the keyboard (sorry about the fourth wall).  Yes, from July 12th or there abouts, the mind* behind Make Coffee Not War found itself living in Melbourne – so, as soon the bearings are found – and a sense of direction achieved, there will be coffee reviews from the city that is arguable the centre of the speciality coffee industry in Australia.  If you have any suggestions about where I should be going for a coffee – and in what order, please leave your suggestions in the comments.

Look out Melbourne – Make Coffee Not War – has landed.

* not just the mind, as after a quick check in the mirror it became apparent that the mind behind Make Coffee Not War was not some disembodied soul drifting through the ether (yet with the ability to blog), but also came complete with a body – but because he once went to a Dentist, we can’t show you his face….

The Coffee Barun – new website

New Website

I may be coming very late to the party here – and if so – please ignore the fact, and just be glad that I showed up – but The Coffee Barun has a new website.  With clean crisp lines, this is a great improvement upon the old.  Highlights of the new site include the additional photographs featuring some of the awesome food that their cafe is producing (I can heartily recommend the Barun Burger – best burger I have ever had – hands down!); the bean locator – so you can find other locations  serving the Coffee Barun beans (this allows you the chance to compare how important the barista is in the the coffee making process); and an upgrade in the online shop.  Well worth checking out!

…the blog is mightier than the…

…the blog is mightier than the…

This amuses me – although that could just be reflective of a warped mind, or my exhaustion after a long week – but as of yesterday, my review of Blu C Cafe at Christies Beach had received a total of 14 hits since it was posted in November 2011.  Then, because the mysterious ‘garnis’ decided to take offence at my review while questioning my sexuality, my life, the things I find interesting, the level of detail that is contained in this, what is after all a COFFEE REVIEW BLOG – the same review is nearing 100 hits today…

Contrast the reaction to this honest review, with the gracious way the owners of Pure Espresso responded.

At the end of the day, my experience is – just that – MY EXPERIENCE – it may not be your experience, or someone else’s experience of that same place – they may produce the best coffee 99% of the time, and I may have purchased the 1% – but as Bobby over at Adelaide Coffee says “You’re only as good as your last coffee” and this blog is about my experiences out and about enjoying one of my passions.

A Century of Coffee

A Century of Coffee

100 Reviews

Celebrate with me – 100 Coffee Reviews since the beginning of ‘Make Coffee Not War’ or as it was originally know ‘The Travelling Café Latte’  (I know – pretty lame – almost as lame as using the word lame to describe it).  It has been fun – certainly some massive coffee highs – a number of sleepless nights – and a fair number of coffee lows (do a word search of Bad – dare you).

Just as an idea – and not knowing whether anyone actually reads my coffee subjectivity – would a review series appeal to anyone?  Or perhaps a Top 10? Or should I just shut up and get drinking towards the double century?

As always – I appreciate any comments.  Grace and Peace = Simon C (aka Make Coffee Not War).

As an aside – I got my century on the same day as Sachin Tendulkar got his 100th 100 (for those international, non-commonwealth readers – that is Cricket).

Public Holiday Coffee

Public Holiday Coffee

This coming Monday is the Adelaide Cup Public Holiday – and I am hoping to use this time to come up to the ‘big smoke’ (aka Adelaide) and do some coffee sampling.  However, it dawned on me that perhaps Adelaide’s wonderful coffee people would also be using the Adelaide Cup Public Holiday as a chance to give their group handles a rest.  Can anyone out there in coffee land tell me who is open and who is closed on the Public Holiday Monday?

I would walk ten thousand….

I would walk ten thousand….

10,000 hits since the MakeCoffeeNotWar.com relaunch.  Thanks to my dedicated reader and your ability to hit refresh 😉

Seriously – thanks to all those who read regularly and to those who just stumble on through – this is my hobby, and my passion – and it is nice to know that I am not alone in loving great coffee!

Not quite Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, but still….

Not quite Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, but still….

This does not happen to me very much – so I was very excited when I tore open this month’s BeanScene Magazine and saw this ugly mug staring back at me! (make sure you click on the image to read the detail…)

Also to my surprise was the fact that they  edited down the less than 200 words  they asked me for – removing some theological reflection, and also a mention of my current favourite coffee beans – which for the record was Barossa Coffee Roasters – sorry!

While not on the massive media scale of some other colleagues and brothers (radio, newspapers, DVDs…) – I made the press!

For a small appearance fee, I would be happy to come past your café and sign copies for patrons 😉

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