drinks

Hawthorn brewing co

I had a new experience the other day and shot for the first time in a brewery which was really interesting and great a photography subject. Hawthorn brewing co used Blackmans breweries in Torquay to produce a new beer which is coming soon.

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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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perks of shooting for Curly Flat vineyard

This week I’m shooting for Curly Flat vineyard, another tricky job with all that reflecting glass, but someone’s gotta do it! In my opinion one of the best chardonnay’s around.

 

curly flat vineyard selection

curly flat vineyard selection

curly flay vineyard chardonnay

curly flat vineyard chardonnay

williams crossing wine

williams crossing wine, curly flat’s secondary label

curly flat white wine
williams crossing curly flats vineyard pinot noir

williams crossing curly flat secondary label pinot noir

curly flat pinot noir

curly flat vineyard pinot noir

 

bali drinks

bintang beer

bintang beer

 

coconut

coconut juice

The Balinese are great at drinks, their cocktails are quiet fantastic. We had a few to taste over our holiday, my personal favourite being the Mojito (just perfect in the heat).

We also had our fair share of mocktails and just plain juices, all wonderful. But beware the yellowish Absolut Vodka available at many roadside shops! Its only for motorbike consumption.

 

coconut juice

coconut juice

 

coconut lady

coconut lady

 

mojito

mojito

 

campari smooth

campari smooth

pins colada

pina colada

petrol Absolut Vodka

petrol infused Absolut

rock bar in bali

I had the most amazing experience in Bali at the Rock Bar. Situated at the Ayana resort you have a view of the beautiful sunsets of Bali whilst watching crashing waves on the rocks that the bar is built upon. The Mojito was the best I have had and the food delicious. If you ever get to Bali do your self a favor and pop on down before sunset, grab a drink and enjoy.

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

mojito cocktail, rock bar bali

mojito cocktail, rock bar bali

snacks at rock bar bali

snacks at rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

rock bar bali

 

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