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AUG-SEP 2018

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48 barista magazine ready to head back and fi nish up the details on the evening's festivities. DAY 3 To celebrate the fun and rollicking triangu- lation competition the night before, Kimiyo, our Australian colleague Julie Kerr, and I decided to have special morning coffee and breakkie at Seven Seeds, a lovely, spacious place with a chill vibe but exquisite execution on everything. Seven Seeds roasts its own coffee brilliantly (I treated myself to an ultra- high-grown Bolivian Geisha sourced through Melbourne Coffee Merchants), naturally pair- ing it with inventively simple food like wild mushrooms with truffl e hummus and polenta chips with a poached egg, or the most perfect slices of warmed nectarine placed on pillows of ricotta on toast, drizzled with honey. Good grief, does it ever end? Hopping in a car from Seven Seeds, I made my way out to Padre Coffee in Brunswick East, about a 20-mile zip away. Though no less intentional, Padre reminded me more of the cafés back home, with a well-curated menu of coffee drinks, whole-bean offerings, and non-coffee bevs complemented by a simple but selective collection of pastries like sweet or savory scones, croissants, and other sea- sonal baked goodies. The shop also features a kind of coffee-geek haven: a room full of brewing equipment, books, and other tools of the trade for both home and profesh baris- tas. A single-origin shot of a honey-process Costa Rican coffee kept my buzz maintained nicely until the next stop, nearby Wood and Co. coffee roasters. The coffee offerings and food program were naturally on par with the other spots we'd hit, but this laid-back joint also had something more of a surfer-chill vibe. Even the coffee labels are playful and fun, in neon colors with we-don't-take-ourselves- too-seriously descriptions. The roaster is a blocky, black-and-white 1980s-era Probat that the roastery converted from electric back to gas, and it cranks away in the back of the shop while patrons order toasts and the most perfect bottled lemonade imaginable. (Is everything better in Australia?!) DAY 4 Proud Mary keeps on burnin'—though thank- fully not burning breakfast—and we were especially glad for it, since this week in town kept right on burnin' as well. Another morn- ing, another single-origin Colombian coffee, another beautiful dish seemingly designed Collingwood's Proud Mary boasts an all-star coff ee menu at all times, usually serving one or two Geishas in their daily off erings. 425.295.3300 www.coffeefest.com/events R 04/23/18 YOU CAN'T WIN UNLESS YOU'RE IN— APPLY TODAY ! First Place $2,500 Second Place $1,500 Third Place $1,000 COFFEE & TEA TRADE SHOWS Welcoming back former Lae Art Champion & Judge Chris Deferio Lae Art Head Judge Increased Prize Money New Rules & Seeding NEW IN 2018 ! CALLING ALL LATTE ARTISTS! Championship LATTE ART WORLD LOS ANGELES August 19-21, 2018 Los Angeles Convention Center Sunday - Tuesday Applications for Los Angeles competitions closes July 1.

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