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Now that you mentioned it...

 

Actually, there is!

Repacked my latest private reserve batch.

 

Figured that it wouldn’t be wrong to have some sort of plunger/funnel long enough to push pouch bottoms in place. Otherwise filling them is a PITA... don’t want to reach into the bag, gloves or not. Maybe going to interview a metalworker about this.

 

Although a bigger scoop might also do it...

 

Bigger roasteries have their weighing and filling stations - just not affordable for us.

Something like a flour scoop may work if you can find one that fit's in the bag.

Laissez les bons temps rouler

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Today saw the grinder arrive. Happy times!

Most items are here now - funny enough they’re sitting around our basement waiting to be moved in.

 

So what‘s the status...

 

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Finally poured the concrete

 

Dry walling 99% done - except for a 30cm high piece above cable channel. Need to wait for the outer wall and window elements to arrive before I can finish that corner.

 

Electric installations 80% done, only a bit of wiring and sockets left.

 

 

tbc by next week!

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Meanwhile...

 

One last (not so professionally looking) workshop-side cupping so we can make a first purchasing decision.

 

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Get ready to ruuumble!

 

 

PS: please excuse them funny cups as I’ve spent ages desperately searching for 8 equally sized containers...

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Just thinking - your USP Unique Selling Point, you say that good roast coffee is a rarity in your part of the world so you can grab some USP about your location -

 

Roasted at higher altitude for Tyrol freshness and fuller flavour - maybe not but you get my drift.

 

Add an online vlog about each coffee ?

 

Add social value by linking in a local charity in some way?

 

 

or make a list of the main Austrian roasters USP,s and find a gap- have a look internationally what do other top roasters use that may be appropriate for your roastery.

 

I always thank that the USP is often overlooked, people just need a small extra reason to choose or believe in this coffee over that coffee. Adding a story or message sells.

 

Its all looking good by the way ;)


keep calm and grind flat

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Thanks @jimbojohn55

 

Our part of the world haha, yea maybe not on that large a scale... we have good coffees and a bunch of interesting small batch specialty roasters in Austria - which is a good thing! Quite a few, however, tend to lean towards the hip and nerdy side of coffee culture.

My mother would always say that whenever an original place becomes fashionable it’ll be destroyed within a few years. Because who’s gonna go there after it was a thing?

 

So that is going to be one main goal: stay grounded, don’t do fancy pants stuff, don’t attract too many hipsters, provide good coffee to the people, to the average Joe.

And we’re gonna communicate that - everything will be simple and understandable. Offering a small selection in an affordable price range where local folk is still willing to pay for regional manufacture from organic and traceable raw materials.

 

Of course we’ll be there to help customers unlock the taste, be it through explanatory roast on view type things or tasting sessions. But more out of an educational and recreational kind of motivation than to wank off over the finer details of some aloof brainfork

 

The best part is, we‘ll only operate on demand and let word of mouth be our broadcast/marketing strategy. No need to instantly make a living from it

 

Love the charity idea, mate!

It’s one thing to offer environmentally friendly, sustainable, fair products - but it’s yet another thing to give back to local community and people in need. On top of all the aforementioned aspects!

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"But more out of an educational and recreational kind of motivation than to wank off over the finer details of some aloof brainfork" might be my favourite sentence of all time.


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"But more out of an educational and recreational kind of motivation than to wank off over the finer details of some aloof brainfork" might be my favourite sentence of all time.

 

^ agree - im going to start using that in everyday conversation - particularly with the coffin dodgers at the local church who keep blocking the road with their horrendously parked - look at the size of my pension 4x4s , but apparently its ok because their "just visiting church"

 

This Sunday I will be out in the road saying - "Hasi says your impeading me from pursuing my recreational motivations while you wank off over the finer details of some aloof brainfork" :whistle:

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keep calm and grind flat

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There you go...!

 

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Connecting the dots... sort of.

Sometimes it’s about the little things - like filling joints and screw holes. But hullo, many a mickle makes a muckle!

Finally I ran out of plaster so have to hit the hardware store tomorrow.

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"But more out of an educational and recreational kind of motivation than to wank off over the finer details of some aloof brainfork" might be my favourite sentence of all time.

 

The entertainment aspect of this forum never ceases to amaze me :) :) :)


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The entertainment aspect of this forum never ceases to amaze me :) :) :)

 

it’s what makes us come back every day, not?

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"But more out of an educational and recreational kind of motivation than to wank off over the finer details of some aloof brainfork" might be my favourite sentence of all time.

Trouble is it comes to my mind reading some posts :)

Also the coffin dodgers and pension 4x4 every time I get in my truck :(

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Decision time!

Here lay the latest cupping notes, very professionally draped on the living room floor.

We don’t happen to have a suitable magnetic/pin board to fit them all on. In fact we don’t have anything like that at all... so on the floor it shall be.

 

All of a sudden it feels kinda tough to pick a foundation to build our brand on - haha!

Well then...

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Oh what a setback... after endless hours of cupping, reading through my notes, thinking and re-thinking I've placed my final enquiry the other night.

Guess what, moments ago I read about two of the core components for the espresso blend being fecking out of stock!! With one of them being listed as 1000+ bags available couple weeks ago. No way! Who bought all that?!

 

Aight, back to the start...

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Oh what a setback... after endless hours of cupping, reading through my notes, thinking and re-thinking I've placed my final enquiry the other night.

Guess what, moments ago I read about two of the core components for the espresso blend being fecking out of stock!! With one of them being listed as 1000+ bags available couple weeks ago. No way! Who bought all that?!

 

Aight, back to the start...

 

Flipping infuriating. Back to the . . . err floor board?!


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Oh what a setback... after endless hours of cupping, reading through my notes, thinking and re-thinking I've placed my final enquiry the other night.

Guess what, moments ago I read about two of the core components for the espresso blend being fecking out of stock!! With one of them being listed as 1000+ bags available couple weeks ago. No way! Who bought all that?!

 

Aight, back to the start...

 

I'd take that as a big learning experience. I often had to drop on a good coffee quickly or it would all go within hours...not days. You rarely get the luxury of time to do a super meticulous taste testing and blend construction with the expectation that the particular and very specific coffees chosen are still going to be available. Unless of course they are not in particularly high demand...but then perhaps you don't want to buy them either if that's the case.

 

Perhaps I see it differently though as I don't really believe in blends the way the industry currently does things....I think there are far better ways to do blending both from a consumer and roasters perspective. Unfortunately the industry just isn't quite there yet and the whole thinking behind blends was really bulk supplies to the industry. This has perpetuated systems and ideas that dog the consumer of today.


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Oh what a setback... after endless hours of cupping, reading through my notes, thinking and re-thinking I've placed my final enquiry the other night.

Guess what, moments ago I read about two of the core components for the espresso blend being fecking out of stock!! With one of them being listed as 1000+ bags available couple weeks ago. No way! Who bought all that?!

 

Aight, back to the start...

 

Keep your eyes on the offerings lists, these 'missing' coffees often miraculously reappear.

No idea why, maybe reconsidered orders after cupping a sample or just bad stock control?

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Yep, steep learning curve over here!

Deep breath and on to the next...

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Yep, steep learning curve over here!

Deep breath and on to the next...

 

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Make good relationships with your green supplier, have them recommend stuff to you, ask them to send a sample and they will often save you a bag until you have tried it.

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Make good relationships with your green supplier, have them recommend stuff to you, ask them to send a sample and they will often save you a bag until you have tried it.

 

Good one, thanks mate!

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Hasi, I'm sure you mentioned bean scoops at some point. Is this any use?

Could be a brainfart on my part, obvs...

 

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/rattleware-kilo-scoop


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that looks like a fun funnel!

but why 40 for a piece of plastic :confused:

Must've had sone serious R&D? I'm sure you coould make something similar for a fraction of the cost if you have access to a 3d printer or are any good a carving wood.

Laissez les bons temps rouler

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Must've had sone serious R&D? I'm sure you coould make something similar for a fraction of the cost if you have access to a 3d printer or are any good a carving wood.

 

I‘d even have access to multiple 3D printers, however, operating them within beverage industry I’ve also learnt about their limitations with regard to food safety.

I‘ll look for a metal one, maybe a fodder shovel. The less it has to do with coffee the cheaper, I figured

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