Latest from First Pour
17th September 2014
In March this year Veneziano Coffee Roasters announced its move to new premises in River Street, Richmond, a suburb away from its original home in Bond Street, Abbotsford.
The move will consolidate four disparate locations into one, including the administration offices, warehouse facilities with incoming and outgoing goods, a roastery upgrade featuring a full turnkey Diedrich commercial roaster, and eventually the First Pour cafe that will be expanded to include seated food service.
The premises will also be home to Veneziano’s barista training school whilst the espresso and brew bar showroom will include Veneziano’s most recent, exciting innovation; Nitro Coffee.
Stage One – April 2014:
Administration offices were completed on a mezzanine level overlooking the main floor space.
Stage Two – August 2014:
Images show commencement of preparation for the new roastery in August 2014.
Stage Three – August 2014:
Images show in the mean time, the roastery build at Diedrich’s end, in preparation for installation, anticipated for October 2014.
Stage Four – September 2014:
The warehouse is ready to be moved into its new home!
7th September 2014
It’s now even more fun to learn about coffee’s complexities! Our public weekly cupping sessions at First Pour, each Friday at 11am, have just gone a little bit poker with a new cupping card game. Just bring yourself; everything else you need is provided.
Here’s how it works:
- Everyone receives a set of cards representing the number of coffee attributes we are looking for, for example, acidity, body, balance and overall flavour.
- Each person receives cards of equal rankings regardless of suit, for example someone will get all the Queens, someone else all the aces, and so on.
- The card suits are assigned with an attribute, for example, hearts = overall flavour, clubs = acidity, diamonds = body, spades = balance, and so on.
Now the interesting part!
- We cup the coffees and each person participating in the cupping places a card (face down) next to the coffee they think shows the most attractive profile for each attribute.
- At the end of the session, the cards are flipped over and we see how calibrated the group is.
- Using this image below as an example, the Kenya Wamuguma microlot was the definite favourite of all the coffees cupped in this session, with Veneziano’s roasting team and guest cuppers, rating it: best body (five out of six people), best overall flavour (five out of six people) and best acidity (four out of six people).
If you decide not to put any cards down, it simply indicates that there is a lot more you can learn about cup tasting as you develop your coffee palate and become more confident in your flavour assertions.
Weekly public cuppings at the First Pour Abbotsford, every Friday at 11am.
7th September 2014
The First Pour (26 Bond Street, Abbotsford) has been selected as the Melbourne venue for the presentation of the new M1 grinder, hosted by Espresso Mechanics.
Four-time Irish Barista Champion Colin Harmon has been travelling the globe, promoting the Victoria Arduino Mythos One (M1) Clima Pro grinder. Now it’s Australia’s turn, with Espresso Mechanics bringing the M1 roadshow down under from 4 – 13 September.
“Since we launched the M1 Clima Pro last year at Host in Milan, Italy, there’s been not only a huge demand for the grinder, but also a big appetite for more information on how it works,” says Colin. “[Victoria Arduino] initially asked me to tour the United States with the grinder, and the reaction was such that we extended it across many other cities.”
Colin has travelled with the M1 to New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Kansas City, United States; Shanghai and Guangzhou, China; Tokyo, Japan; Dublin, Ireland; and London, United Kingdom.
The tour will extend to Hong Kong on 5 September, before making its way to Australia to present The Victoria Arduino M1 Road show across Australia.
The M1 roadshow will make its Australian debut in Sydney at The Coffee Experience from 4 – 6 September.
Colin will present the M1 in Melbourne on 9 September at Espresso Mechanic’s headquarters in North Melbourne at 2pm, followed by Veneziano’s First Pour in Abbotsford at 4.30pm (food and drink provided).
The M1 roadshow will then visit Perth on 10 September and Brisbane on 12 September before heading to Auckland, New Zealand on 14 September.
“I’m really excited about [coming to Australia]. I got a small taste of Australia at last year’s World Barista Championship in Melbourne and have
been itching to get back since,” says Colin. “As much as the tour is about educating people, I’m often the one who gets the most out of it. Every country I visit has baristas with the same problems and issues with grinders and showing them how the M1 can solve some of those issues is very rewarding. We also get a lot of feedback in every city and we’ll look to feed all of that into the next stage of development.”
Colin designed the grinder with 2002 World Barista Champion Fritz Storm, 2007 World Barista Champion James Hoffman, and 2009 World Barista Champion Gwilym Davis.
The new M1 grinder addresses common on-demand grinder problems, including speed, aesthetics, noise, temperature, sensitivity of dose, dose distribution and cleanliness. The solution is Clima Pro technology, which suspends heat between 35°C and 45°C for the most consistent grinding temperature for espresso. To keep this temperature stable, the grinder has a heating element attached to a sensor on the side of the machine. By managing the milling chamber temperature, grinding doses are kept constant, resulting in a better quality of espresso extraction.
31st August 2014
Veneziano Coffee Roasters introduces the newest, sought after cold brew offer, Nitro Coffee; a nitrogenated coffee beverage inspired by draught beer, to be demonstrated on the Veneziano stand at The Coffee Experience with daily filter brewing demonstrations.
First demonstrated at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) on the Veneziano stand in May this year, the Nitro Coffee concept attracted wide attention from hundreds of cafe owners all around Australia and abroad.
Nitro coffee allows cafes to offer customers a visually exciting cold brew coffee with an alternative mouthfeel to espresso based coffees, in a multitude of serving options including; with or without milk, additions such as alcohol, flat or nitrogenated.
Veneziano managing director Craig Dickson explains, “service of Nitro Coffee requires minimum effort on the part of the barista, is speedy and does not create any mess, which is another part of it’s appeal”.
The multi award-winning specialty coffee roaster has, together with Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon, has chosen specific microlot coffees and seasonal blends to complement the Nitro Coffee system.
Veneziano works with nitro equipment provider and maintenance company, Coffee Keg, to supply the Nitro Coffee apparatus to cafes. The hardware consists of fonts with two taps, each allowing for nitro and flat coffee if desired and also European standard recyclable kegs for under bench placement.
Come and see Nitro Coffee at The Coffee Experience in Sydney, from September 4 – 6 at the Hall of Industries!