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North south coffee shootout

By johnboy 20 March 2012 68

The strange sniping between Canberra’s lower house MPs has taken a new turn with Fraser’s Andrew Leigh challenging the champion of the Southside Gai Brodtmann to a coffee comparison:

As a first step, let’s answer a simple question: is the coffee better or the northside or southside? To test this, Gai and I will each nominate our favourite cafe. We’ll subject ourselves to the decision of a trio of members of the fourth estate.

So if you’re a coffee-loving journalist, and would be willing to judge, please get in touch. And if you’re a northsider with a favourite cafe, please let me know.

I find it hard to imagine that any cafe in the south can hold an empty coffee mug to Roasters, Wilburs or Black Pepper, but we’ll soon find out what some independent assessors think.

The irony being that the Northside is superior because it doesn’t have parliament and all that it brings.

But knock yourselves out Rioters, how does the coffee stack up either side of the water?

What’s Your opinion?


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rosscoact 5:30 am 24 Mar 12

Watson said :

After living here for over 14 years, I still don’t get Australians’ obsession with espresso and Italian coffee…

That’s ok, some people never ‘get’ it. Nothing wrong with that

EvanJames 10:42 pm 23 Mar 12

p1 said :

pajs said :

You can stuff up great beans with a dodgy grinder, dirty equipment, wrong temperatures, or just not knowing what you’re doing, but you can’t make great coffee from sub-standard beans.

Just the other day I was telling someone how improper technique totally ruined my cup of Nescafe Blend 43.

I always, always ask the person at the checkout if the Nescafe Blend 43 is fresh. I just don’t muck around with my coffee. I will not compromise.

Russ 1:20 pm 23 Mar 12

c_c said :

Yes, because only your opinion matters.

As an opinion based on first-hand, personal experience, yes, it matters more than that of an “opinion aggregator” who have no actual experience, only a set of knowledge gained from trawling the net.

As for the Silvia, dude, all day everyday? I hope you’re buying Greenchoice power because that’s sucking up a lot of juice.

Use all that power *and* pay more for it?

Watson 1:02 pm 23 Mar 12

After living here for over 14 years, I still don’t get Australians’ obsession with espresso and Italian coffee…

c_c 12:22 pm 23 Mar 12

Russ said :

I’ve had a Silvia for just on 10 years now, gets switched on all day every day,

That’s purely based on my experience, not on what anyone else is twittering/blogging/facebooking.

Yes, because only your opinion matters.

As for the Silvia, dude, all day everyday? I hope you’re buying Greenchoice power because that’s sucking up a lot of juice.

rosscoact 12:06 pm 23 Mar 12

I had a Silvia but after I burnt out the second boiler I ended up with LeLit Combi which has a conical burr grinder built in. Again a machine not without it’s quirks but does make a great coffee albeit with only one boiler.

The big difference in the quality machines is brass and stainless steel fittings rather than aluminium or plastic. This makes them last longer, give better results and you are able to work on them yourself rather than simply throwing them in the bin.

I must confess however, that between the Silvia and the LeLit my wife bought a $60 Aldi version which I was keen to see die so I could buy something with more cred. Damn thing pumped out those coffees week after week, never being cleaned without missing a beat. Taste was discernibly inferior but when you’re using supermarket pre-ground coffee it all tastes ordinary anyway.

Russ 11:32 am 23 Mar 12

c_c said :

Silvia is a second rate machine with a cult following, a following a lot of people laugh at and deride. It has poor, antiquated design, poor thermal properties and an obscene price tag for today’s market. It may have been for it’s time a very capable home espresso machines, but it’s days are long gone.

Just wanting to check, do you actually have any actual *real* experience with coffee machines, or are you an Internet expert whose views and opinions are based on trawling teh interwebs?

I’ve had a Silvia for just on 10 years now, gets switched on all day every day, *never* skipped a beat, takes a bit of skill and technique to use, but produces excellent results. I’ve used Cosmorex beans for 20 years as well as Wodonga for a while and more recently have tried Ona – in terms of straight espresso, I still think the Cosmorex premium blend is superior.

That’s purely based on my experience, not on what anyone else is twittering/blogging/facebooking.

poetix 11:12 am 23 Mar 12

dpm said :

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P.S. What coffee machine did you end up getting in the end? Hopefully I can afford that, and then save the hassle of researching the *best* machine myself!

Thanks!

Sounds like it would be cheaper to buy a house near a cafe. No, there’s no need to thank me for my advice…

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