A positive end to the week with a return to Caffe Naturelle which is a blend I simply love! It’s been great fun having a play with the ‘Brownie’ blend recently (and there will be some more!), but for me, giving Naturelle its first proper run through on the new Anfim over the last few days, has yielded some really stunning results. After a period of shot-dissatisfaction/paranoia, some exploding portafilters, and a spate of infuriatingly wet steam, everything came together and the ‘spros and the milk were all working like a dream, making everything good in the world of espresso at the cafe – the sort of days when you wish more people would come in for their shots! Wow moments – yeay! If only there were more days like that. Over some of this time I was so happy with the taste on a certain grind step, I refused to change it even when the dose began to get silly – I just couldn’t! And most rewardingly, today especially was a catalogue of the sort of comments, from all types of customers, from several espresso loving corners of the world, that can make it all seem worthwhile; thanks.

Here I could mention some less positive elements …but it’s too sunny!

The team is doing great things – well done all …and if I were in the habit of doing something naff like a Barista-of-the-Week award (or gold stars ;)) at the cafe, it would probably go to Lenny, who has learnt very well, and is a natural, and who has been making some ‘crankin’ (super-serious?!) drinks and pours, with the sort of laid-back ease that perhaps only an NZer is capable of! There’s a level of genuine interest and professionalism here, a real feel for the process, and a general appreciation for good ingredients, preparation, food, and drink, that are all so important to have as a barista.

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