Friday, July 04, 2008

San Marino Compact CKX

A friend of mine won a San Marino CKX off Ebay a few days ago and I drove her to go pick it up today. Very nice shiny machine, single group semi-auto espresso machine. Some information about it here

It was in a pretty good nick, but unfortunately it hasn't been used in a while so when we took the shower screen off, it was fully clogged up. Oh well, nothing some scrubbing and Cafetto won't fix. Turned it on and it seems like everything's working well. Gonna wait for my friend to give it a good clean and run some shots of it.

That's my friend Evie with her new purchase
Anyway we made a trip to Liar Liar (The Age review) after for a cuppa and as usual, Nolan and his team serve up an awesome latte and the Ethopian 'Harrar' short black that we had after was sublime as well. Also realised that Liar Liar appear in this winter edition of Crema Magazine as one of Melbourne's top 5 cafes. Also mentioned were Brother Baba Budan (St Ali's), First Pour (Veneziano), 7 Grams (Veneziano) and Maling Room (Atomica), also gave a special mention to A Minor Place in Brunswick.
Oh btw, have you heard? St Ali's been sold to Paul Mathis. This spells the end of Mark Dundan's season in St Ali's. Read here for what he had to say about it. So it looks like Paul's heading into the coffee scene by pretty buying into it. I mean, if you're going to buy a cafe and can afford it, St Ali's about as good as it gets if you want to get a foot into the specialty coffee industry in Melbourne. Well, at least Toshi is staying...

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