coffee

Rafaels coffee

Artisan roaster from the Macedon Ranges Rafael, work’s from his shipping container surrounded by beautiful bush lands to make the most aromatic, smooth and exotic blends for us. You can order his coffee on line, just email him at raf@rafaelscoffee.com.au or call his mobile on 0427 135271.  www.rafaelscoffee.com.au

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mums coffee set

My mum has been giving me as birthday and christmas presents over the last couple of years her beautiful china and glassware which I’m thrilled about. This particular set is hand painted by Carlton Ware, called Rouge Royale. Its in such good nick with just a few of the white dots fallen off, due to it not being used much at all over its 50 years.

I had a lot of fun in my studio taking these images after watching a creativeLive workshop of commercial Photographer Jeremy Cowart called Experimental Portraiture. He is amazing with his creativity and interesting ideas of making photographic images in the commercial world.

This particular technique that I used was to shoot the image with my Canon Digital through the view finder of my Bronica medium format film camera, giving the image a feel of film, note the third image with the Bronica focusing lines which I removed in post production.
You also have the ability to add to the image by placing anything on the focusing screen that you want, ie maiden hair fern leaves.

I just love the look and feel of these images, and the creativeLive team are just so fantastic with the photographers and artists that they present, which are available for purchase to watch the live shows.
Highly recommended by me, check them out on creativelive.com.

mums coffee set

mums coffee set

 

mums coffee set

mums coffee set

 

mums coffee set

mums coffee set

kopi (coffee) luwak

coffee process

kopi luwak
kopi luwak

In Bali and other parts of Indonesia they make coffee out of the beans after they have been eaten and digested by an Indonesian civet (Indonesians call them Luwaks) . The bean stays intact but the berry is eaten, the Balinese collect the animals poo, clean and then can go ahead and process the bean. Why was this even thought of as a way to have your morning coffee? Well I did some research and coffee was introduced by the Dutch in the 18th century as a cash crop, the Dutch prohibited the native farmers and workers from picking coffee for their own use. But they really liked coffee (dont we all), and they had noticed that the local civet that was eating them actually left the bean intact, so they cleaned and used those  beans. It soon spread across Indonesia and the Dutch colonies that this coffee was aromatic and soon became a favourite with all, Because of the low  production of this coffee it has always been expensive, even back then. The roasting process at this place up in the mountains of Bali was stirring by hand  for 2 hours over a wood fire, then grinding it in a mortor and wooden pestle. Word of warning though, some places cage the Luwak and feed them the berries, we witnessed this here and it was really sad to see them in little cages instead of jumping in the trees. So only buy the wild luwak coffee, its better coffee as well for the luwak selects the ripest of berries only.

roasting coffee in bali

roasting coffee in bali

Rafaels coffee

 

roasting in the bush

roasting coffee beans

roasting beans

roasting beans

onesto beans in basket

onesto beans in basket

onesto beans just roasted
onesto beans just roasted

 

Rafs coffee

Rafs coffee

My friend Rafael has a new venture roasting his own beans with a little machine that produces beautiful flavoured coffee beans. Raf has started roasting at his bush home just outside Lancefield in Victoria. It’s such a gorgeous setting surrounded by gum trees and kangaroos, hearing only the birds and the little roaster. If you wish to get in touch with Raf to enquire about designing your own beans, he is more than happy to have a chat.

M 0407 841 794

E randd.fabris@bigpond.com