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Why you need a Barista Course

Posted by Stella Cochrane on

There tends to be two types of people in the world - those who would openly admit that they could benefit from the excitement and vigour of a three and a half hour barista course, and of course, those who would not.

If you've identified with the first group, that's great! With the opening of the new CMCR Academy KL it couldn't be a better time to book yourself into a class. Don't waste your energy on another bad coffee!

However, if you are thinking to yourself, 'I already know how to make a damn good coffee at home' then this article, my friend, is directed at you.

Let’s get one thing straight. If you have already perfected the process of making great coffee at home, you can answer this one question: Can you explain why your coffee is so good? If you are confidently able do this, you are most likely on your way to understanding what truly equates to mastery in the cup.

If you can answer that question, then you must already have the ability to:

  • Describe the history of coffee
  • Understand the development of coffee throughout the world 
  • Describe ideal growing conditions
  • Explain processing
  • Discuss what affects flavour during each level of production
  • Differentiate the flavour characteristics of origins
  • Provide a general roasting overview and even…
  • Explain body, texture and acidity

But do you also have knowledge of proper dosing, reading and interpreting colour changes, splitting techniques and machine parts and maintenance? If so, then we will assume that your shots are sorted and your milk is mastered.

If the thought of discussing the aforementioned information is like yesterday’s bak ku teh, then please accept our apologies for wasting your time with this useless text.

However, if you think you could afford to learn a few more things about products and equipment, if you’d like the opportunity to experiment with volumetrics and temperatures with an unlimited amount of milk and coffee, and you think it’d be kind of cool to dazzle your friends with your ability to manipulate speed and length to suit their individual tastes, then the CMCR Academy would love to hear from you. Don't forget you'll get an industry recognised certificate and a special something at the end of your class not to mention a plethora of new coffee knowledge from our friendly trainers.

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Introducing the Expobar Minore IV

Posted by Stella Cochrane on

A dual boiler domestic machine designed for the astute barista. The Expobar is a dual boiler domestic machine designed for the astute barista wanting to experiment on the effects of brewing temperatures on your favourite coffee. The user friendly controls and dedicated brew boiler allows you to adjust the temperatures easily and fine tune your extractions to suit the roast level and flavor characteristics of your chosen beans.

Additional Information 

Each boiler is 1500ml in capacity with it’s own 2000watt element meaning it is the largest ‘boiler capacity to element wattage’ in its class, what does this mean, steam, steam, steam, and a quick heat up time. Both boilers are insulated to help reduce heat loss. Boiler construction is of copper and brass which has been proven for its reliability, strength and durability. One boiler is designated for steam, hot water and to pre-heat the water entering the brew boiler via a heat exchanger so as to keep the brew boiler temp stable. This is known as the steam boiler and it’s controlled by a pressure stat that can be adjusted up to 1.4 bar steam pressure for more steam velocity. The brew boiler is dedicated for maintaining the perfect temp of water for the extraction of coffee via the group head. It does this with its PID temp controller which can be set very easily to the desired extraction temp for the blend of coffee you are using. The PID controller minimises the temp swing by pulsing the brew boiler element to maintain the set temperature. The machine comes standard with a vibrating pump and is fitted with a pump pressure regulator which is adjustable externally to maximise your control over the extraction pressure. Two taps one for hot water to make tea and one for steam which has a double insulated (or cooltouch) steam arm. The body is made of 2mm thick stainless steel for strength and to assist temperature stability with it’s thermal mass. Large drip tray so you don’t have to empty it all the time. The water reservoir has a capacity of 2750mls. Steam pressure gauge and pump pressure gauge. Minore IV has a new main switch which fits more to the styling and era of the lever groups and has smaller feet to give it a lower profile.

Specifications & Features

Functionality Semi Automatic Control
Power Single Phase
Maximum Installed Power 10 amps
Boiler Size 1.5 + 1.5lt
Boiler Composition 99.9% Pure Copper
Automatic Boiler? Yes
Manual Boiler? No
Water Reservoir 2.750lts
Heating Element Power 2 x 2000 watts
Hot Water Outlets 1
Steam Outlets 1
Steam Pressure Gauge? Yes
Inbuilt Pump Type Vibration
Standard Compliance CE
Product Dimensions (mm) 260w x 440d x 400h
Product Weight 30kg
Shipping Dimensions (mm) 345w x 530d x 490h
Shipping Weight 34kg


Expobar Minore IV shop here

If you are interested in purchasing one of these beautiful machines please get in contact with our Wholesale team (wholesale@cmcroasters.com).

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