While in Australia I had the pleasure of visiting a lot of amazing cafes. What was immediately apparent to me is how serious they take their coffee and the quality of the cafes in general. What blew me away was how insanely busy some of these places were with the standout being The League of Honest Coffee. These guys are smashing out coffee at volumes I've only seen once before, and the quality of the shots and milk drinks were beautiful.
As I sat there and watched the baristas work, it struck me that I needed to shoot a video so that I could share it with everyone for a couple of reasons:
1. I want you to watch the entire video and really pay attention to whats going on. These guys have their systems down and every things moving like clockwork. I've watched it several times to notice all the details of how the flow of clients move, how there are two baristas on the customer side of the bar pouring drinks and interacting with clients and even delivering drinks. Pay attention to the sheer volume of shots being pulled and the number of pitchers being steamed. Honesty, I've never seen a cafe this busy running this well, its very impressive.
2. Often people feel that Slayer can only be used as a Single Origin machine on a slow bar. Sure, Slayer is the perfect machine for pulling beautiful SO's...But Slayer was designed to handle the volume of the busiest cafes and we're starting to see more and more cafes putting Slayer on their main bar. The reason for this is simple: Slayer has unlimited steam, even from a 2 group machine and will never let you down. Slayer's pre-heat system ensures that you're always pulling shots at your desired temperature. Slayer is ergonomic meaning that all hand movements are fluid and intuitive. Slayer is void of all unnecessary distractions...buttons, lights, switches, gauges, sight glass, etc and either completely removed or placed out of sight - this means that only what the barista needs to do their work is visible and this helps put the focus back onto the coffee. In short, Slayer is the perfect machine for production environments.
Although this is a longer video, I hope you watch it all and learn something from the way they're doing things down under and remember that Slayer puts the power into the hands of the barista.
Slayer was featured on the Seattle Bizarre Foods which aired February 6th, 2012. Of course, any show on Seattle would also have to cover coffee and we are more than proud to have been selected by Andrew and his team to be on their show.