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Random coffee thought on being a man

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

It was no surprise reading the results of the beyond blue study that revealed how alone we men are. Ironically, I sit alone in Emily’s place cafe, Melbourne Central, pondering this issue over a latte.

Personally, I really try hard to stay in touch with my mates, not for them, but for me. They were always such a source of strength for me, but time and distance, and of life’s challenges affect that. Hell its hard enough seeing my own brother. For me though, those days when we moved in packs had a context which inevitably changes later.

For me that was the Army and later Uni and all that brings with it socially. As a single guy I felt connected to my circle of bros. Marriage changed that, and for a while it was ok,.. you know young kids, the wife, the new home and all the hopes and dreams of a middle class existence.

That changes with time, as so many have written about relationships and what they do to both man and woman, and the (unfortunately) inevitable place we go to I like to call “the secret life of me”. Its solace from the sadness, isolation and the gambit of negative thoughts that really (in my humble) stem from an unwillingness to move on, and face the next journey.

Clinging on the my old Army (footy ..whatever) glory days, being young and single, strong and beautiful (physically anyway) is a poison chalice. As my gorgeous girlfriend tells me, beauty is a visa not a passport. I guess the same applies to the company of good and bad (ass) men.

I’m ok, I find solace in a cup of coffee, and new crazy business idea, and kissing my woman for a little longer than she expects.

I’m kinda with Crash Davis from Bull Durham (in an Australian way of course) when he said “Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”….

oh,.. and I believe in drinking amazing well made espresso coffee in Melbourne because life is just too bloody short for anything else.  If I can do it with a brother,.. all the better!

Peter Christo

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$375 per kilo for coffee! Seriously!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

And that’s wholesale!  Retail is $650 per kilo.

When I was invited by the Campos coffee guys to cup the Iron Man Geisha, I really was sceptical.  The most expensive coffee in the world?  I needed to see this.  Truth is  I was late, but Matthew was his usual charming self and has delayed the session to accommodate my tardiness.

The delightful lass at the Elgin street store led me around back to the Carlton Laneway that access the roaster where Campos does its thing.  Behind the Roastery is, a somewhat out of place book shelf.  Afore said lass pulls a book forward, and like in the old Batman movies, the bookshelf pivots open like a big secret door to reveal the Campos Cupping room.

I had been here before, but this was a very exclusive affair, with Campos blue bloods, Matthew Dessaix, and Dylon Green and the delightful Phoebe Montague from Ladymelbourne.com.au fame.

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Before us were five cups coffee grounds ready for the nose stage.  If you don’t know how cupping is done, check out this post or wikipeadia can give some insight.  Effectively it is a standardised way to gauge the quality of coffee all around the world.

We slowly went through the coffee’s, first the nose as dry and wet, then the impolite shocking slurping of the nectar.  The hunt was on for the Iron Man Geisha.  The first one was ok, but it was just coffee,.. it had some interesting notes but all in all, nope!

Next was what I called the factory floor metal coffee, that was a Safeway special I think,.. no again.  The third, as a delightful chocolate and earthy flavour, very nice,.. Cup Of Excellence (Brazil I think), then we got onto 4.  I noticed how clean it was, and the coffee permeated my mouth without being rude or bitter.  It was a delight to drink and there were what seemed to be 1000 flavours pushing through my mouth.

This was it; this has got to be it.  The 5th was amazing to, I was a bit taken aback, it was another CoE, from where I cant remember, and I was in no condition to make a note on my iPhone.

Coffee doesn’t keep like wine does, but once you have had some of this, you may want to shrink wrap the rest for your grand kids to see if not drink.

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I think it retails at about $650 per kilo.   My guess is our Japanese brothers and sisters will snatch this lot up, but you may grab some through the Campos guys.

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World Tour almost at capacity for Destination 1!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

If youre a regular reader here, youll already be more than aware that life is too short for bad coffee. Anyone care to disagree? Didnt think so!

Not only is staying away from supermarket coffee a tough move for most home-baristas (or even instant, c’mon, admit it – we’ve all been there before), but the pursuit of coffee in its finest form can really take some effort. Are you one of the few who would walk three CBD blocks just for a superior cup? If so, youre in for a relaxing treat with a World Tour ticket, but you have less than 72 hours before its snatched away for another two weeks.

Wondering what the World Tour is? We recently added the World Tour link you can see to the right there, but we did it steathily, without telling anyone. If you click on through this mysterious link (http://worldtour.melbournecoffeereview.com/), you can uncover all the details you need to know. The curiosity of over a thousand MCR readers is astounding becasue even though we put up the link without a proper MCR announcement last week, we are almost at capacity for our first World Tour destination!

I know it can be hard to move quickly on a Friday evening but if you want fresh coffee the way it was meant to be experienced, youd better get some hustle on! Click through and have a read, but you may want to speed-read as the order forms will automatically close when we hit capacity. This will easily be sometime over the weekend, well before our planned Monday cut-off, so good luck getting in and it was nice meeting you!
– Mark Hendrickson

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