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Category: Coffee

Bienvenue: Autolyse French Bakery

by The Editor

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Autolyse is an optional dough process. It refers to a period of rest after the initial mixing of flour and water, a rest period that occurs sequentially before the addition of yeast and other ingredients.
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Unlike the French, it appears activities along Lonsdale Street show no signs of retreat. Now we’ve been treated to new Gallic experience in the form of Autolyse French Bakery.

Pourquoi?

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Bittersweet in Kingston – is it all about the coffee?

by Barrister Barista

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“Coffee in Kingston?  Where shall we meet?’  Inner-South Parl-Tri Canberrans may have asked each other these questions – and may have struggled for answers.

On Silo’s off days (when they’re closed, we mean) Kingston’s Green Square assumes the status of a Scene.  The op shop’s real close and parking’s sometimes possible – oh, and the Essential Ingredient is still awesome, despite the own-brand product overload.  It shouldn’t be hard, in a thriving little business district like Kingston, to settle on the source of your next cup of joe.

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The best of both beans – coffee at Koko Black

by Barrister Barista

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Is it just us, or is there something depressing about supermarkets at Easter time? Tossing discounted (still expensive) Lindt and Cadbury into the trolley next to iceberg lettuce and jalna yoghurt just doesn’t say I love you, let’s get into a food coma this weekend.

We’re snobs, and we live in Canberra, so we passed on the supermarket queues and did some destination Easter shopping this year.  Aside from eggless / dairyfree / carob at the hippy grocery stores, our options boiled down to Canberra’s chocolate destination – Koko Black, Canberra Centre. While we were there, we had a coffee (or two). Passing up St Ali coffee is something our snobbery just doesn’t sanction.

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Rant: The Department of In-House Hospitality

by The Editor

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Office perks: Customs’ $9K coffee machine spend

…screamed The Canberra Times’ headline yesterday (Monday 18 March 2013), taking a well-earned break from putting the boot into the Centenary. ERMAGHERD!!! How could such a thing be justified?

Well, the fact Customs spent all this money to entertain guests – especially when they are located in the middle of nowhere in rural Victoria (yes, even further than Brindabella Park) – in a day where a couple of scoops from the 5kg Blend 43 tin probably no longer cuts it, is hardly a sensation… is it?

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Coffee behind closed doors —Aussies at Parliament House

by Barrister Barista

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Barrister Barista is usually a legal eagle, but this week, the coffee case was settled out of court, and in-house:  Parliament House.  The word on the tweets was that Aussies Cafe was The Place to caffeinate in the Parliamentary Triangle, and had been for quite some time.

Aussies ‘is where the real action in Parliament House takes place’, where ‘pollies deal, lobbyists pitch, journos gossip, and everyone meets’ (apparently).   Who is ‘everyone’?  Where is ‘everyone’?  And is ‘everyone’ enjoying their coffee?  We had to know.
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Two (Cafes) Before Ten feat. the newbie at Nishi

by Barrister Barista

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‘Why don’t you blog about that place in Civic with the bikes and the eggs and the cute baristas?’ recently quipped a friend of the Canberran.  Barrister Barista always acts on instructions, and for once, the client’s instructions seemed clear.  Not written up since Vintage Canberran in September 2011, all the evidence pointed towards Two Before Ten (you know, not Harvest, but near Harvest – Marcus Clarke St across from Chicken Gourmet?).

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Curtin’s open for coffee — at Red Brick Espresso

by Barrister Barista

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Happy Valentine’s, dear Reader!

A while back we got an email from a Canberra cofficionado, reminding us that we were ‘people who have little to no knowledge of the coffee world’.  Our gift to you on this most romantic of Thursdays is to pass on some of their ‘did you knows,’ so that we can be enlightened together.  Who knows, maybe you’re planning to wow someone with coffs this very weekend?
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Good Brother, Good Coffee? Dickson does cafe culture

by Barrister Barista

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Welcome back, coffee drinkers. We hope that your favourite cafe has resumed regular hours, and that your new year’s resolution didn’t involve cutting down on caffeine.

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Where to next for Lonsdale Street Roasters?

by The Editor

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Since launching, Lonsdale Street Roasters has been something of a sensation in the Canberra coffee circuit. Patient addicts would form an orderly queue at the Braddon outlet, keen to get a daily dose of the delights on offer.

When demand outstripped capacity, it was time for a second venue to open – and where else but Lonsdale Street? However, with the commencement of the New Year it appears the operators are keen to spread their wings. This time it may be on a different side of the lake altogether.

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Redux – Farmers’ Daughter in Yarralumla

by The Editor

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As mentioned by Barrister Barrister, Farmers Daughter is uncontaminated by apostrophes. Sadly, on our first visit a few weeks after opening we found it to also be lacking in service.

Like parents forgiving the antics of their naughty girl we returned to the leafy shopping precinct of Yarralumla to see what had changed. Are we in for another lecture?  Armed with a shoddy camera we visited with an open mind.

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