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home_coffeeWhen did Australia turn into a coffee-loving nation? When did you? When did I?

I was raised on tea, but somewhere - somehow - that rich, fragrant, dark and golden brew took me over, and now although I only have one cup of coffee a day, it is a really good coffee and I take pride in making it well with my little home espresso machine.

However there are clouds on my coffee horizon. My very basic machine is spitting a bit and croaking occasionally and I know before too long I will have to look around for a replacement. This was worrying me until the other day I met up with my old friend Sean Edwards who gave me a copy of his latest book, a glossy magazine-style guide to just what to look for in a home coffee machine, and how to use it to its best advantage.

I like the word 'home' in the title. This is not a industry guide for baristas and café owners. This is for me, and Sean is well-equipped to write this. He is a consultant to cafes throughout the state, has a trade journal, Café Culture Magazine, and makes a mean coffee himself. Of course.

I'm not quite ready to buy a new machine, but the book is not all about that anyway. There's all the basics - dosing, tamping, extraction - which I will review to make sure I am on course with my coffee-making. And then there's the 'next step', which I'd love to attain - latte art, those snazzy little patterns the real baristas finish my coffee with as a matter of course.

Drop round sometime, by then I might be able to do you a flat white with a real double rosetta.

The Home Coffee Machine Review, Sean Edwards,  2009, rrp $24, www.cafebiz.net

 

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