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Unveiling the New Yellowbird Espresso Blend

December 26, 2011 Leave a comment

By John Ryan Ting

 

Drying the semi-washed coffee at Fazenda Machado

It is once again time to introduce the latest changes to our flagship Yellowbird Seasonal Espresso Blend. We are proud to introduce the new bean that goes into our beloved blend that most of you have enjoyed over the last two years.

Recently, our Chief Geek Officer, Mr Keith Loh, made a trip to Brazil, the leading producer & exporter of Arabica coffee. He travelled with our esteemed coffee partners from Mercanta to the region of Bahia, located in the north-eastern part of Brazil. The main objective of this trip was to establish contact with some of the farms located in the Chapada Diamantina region as well as to evaluate the quality of the coffees coming out from this region, as compared to the much acclaimed Minas Gerais, Mogiana, Cerrado, Sul de Minas. The list goes on. (Keith will complete the blog about his trip.)

So today, I will be introducing one of the coffees that Keith has tasted and fallen in love with during his trip to Brazil. Fazenda Machado, located 1,240 metres above sea level, the farm extends over 100 hectares in the mountainous Chapada Diamantina region. Some 18 hectares are filled with a selection of Catuai, Acaua, Catucai, Topazio and Bourbon varieties.

Fazenda Machado is owned and managed by Sr. Agnon Aruajo of the Bahia region. As a young man, Aruajo decided to move to Sao Paulo to find work and earn a better living. However, after a few years he missed life on the farm so much that he moved back to Bahia and used all of his savings to buy Fazenda Machado, where he planted coffee and fruit trees.

This thoughtfully selected pulped-natural, mixed varietal coffee from Fazenda Machado is blended with our current selection of Ethiopia, Sidama. Our current Yellowbird Seasonal Blend exhibits notes of piped tobacco in the aroma, rich & intense mouthfeel, flavours of bright sweet prunes, with hints of umami in the mid palate, completed with lingering notes of pomelo in the finish.

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Categories: coffee, espresso, oriole

Oriole Coffee & Technology Series – ExtractMojo

August 9, 2011 3 comments

By Colin Loh

Termed by some as being “one of the best coffee universities around,” Oriole Coffee is no stranger to technology. Oriole Coffee never ceases to be on the forefront when it comes to leading the pack with high tech toys. Just recently, Oriole Coffee became the proud owner of the first La Marzocco Strada EP in Asia. This blog post marks the first of a series devoted to examining how Oriole Coffee integrates technology to help bring more bang to the consumer’s buck.

2010. Enter Vince Fedele and the ExtractMojo.

Waiting for the espresso to cool before piping it into the ExtractMojo

The ExtractMojo is a small hand-held refractometer which measures the coffee’s refractive index and determines its concentration, which can then be compared against an Universal Coffee Brewing Control Chart. You can read more about this technology on Gizmodo. Naturally, Oriole Coffee’s Chief Geek Officer, Keith Loh had to have it.

Keith and John record the ExtractMojo readings

I spoke to Keith and he remarked excitedly, giddy as a schoolgirl that “now there was a tool to empirically assess the extraction levels of the way that I was pulling my shots and it probably allowed a consistent way to measure quantitatively instead of qualitatively what I was doing. I’ve attended many cupping classes and tasting classes and the one thing I realized is the diversity of opinions when it comes to taste and flavor. After understanding about brew strength and extraction yields, there was finally a tool that could actually produce these results on a repeatable and measurable basis easily through just one small device.”

Keith further elaborates that

“We’ve been using the Extract Mojo for almost 2 years and I feel it’s time to unveil that the Extract Mojo is the secret little weapon we have, or the secret little tool that has helped us to understand what we were doing. It comes full circle because we’re about to launch our VST baskets across all our outlets. In fact, we’ve actually been rolling out the VST baskets at all our outlets for almost a month now. And we’ve been backing up our results with the Extract Mojo as you can see here from our chart. The trickiest one and the one we left to the end was the Strada EP, of which we should be rolling out as we speak.

Keith adds “This is ultimately the means to an end, and not the means itself, the end being the entire product experience, and not just the coffee. When you sit down, how fast you get served, how it looks, how it’s presented, its price and how fast it’s being served to you – the product experience.”

Tight datapoints grouping of the Strada EP using VST baskets

This is the final grouping test we did for the Strada EP on the 22 gram basket. And as you can see, they’re so close that I don’t think we could’ve achieve such tight grouping with normal baskets. So, it’s nice to see that the Extract Mojo has proven that as we move along, we will continue to use technology to improve our consistency and let it work as a feedback loop to maintain our protocols, or to advance our protocols as we increase our volume.”

Last but not least, Oriole Coffee’s resident coffee roaster John Ting adds, “It changes how you looked at espresso extraction and makes you rethink all that you have learned, bringing you back to basics.”

ExtractMojo graph on the Lenovo laptop

Categories: coffee, oriole, reviews

Coffee makes me feel…

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

We held our first ever Facebook Fan appreciation last week! With 500 free cups of coffee up for grabs, the response was great. As a shoutout to everyone who participated…here’s just a couple of the countless reasons why you guys just love coffee! ;)

Some of our favorites:

  • Coffee makes me feel like biting off the heads of inefficient people.. and then I calm down again and all is well and I’ve accomplished much — thanks to Coffee.
  • Coffee makes me feel that the barrista took the time to make it extra special for the finer appreciation of a hot beverage topped with soft clouds.
  • The obligatory “Coffee makes me feel boomz~”
  • Coffee makes me feel that a good chocolate cake shouldn’t be too far away.
(Said any of the below? Tag yourself to this post in Facebook!)
  • Coffee makes me feel jazzed
  • Coffee makes me feel gorgeous!
  • Coffee makes me feel like biting off the heads of inefficient people.. and then I calm down again and all is well and I’ve accomplished much — thanks to Coffee.
  • Coffee makes me tweak…
  • coffee makes me feel sleepy still!
  • coffee makes me feel. period.
  • Coffee makes me feel wonderful tonight. =)
  • Coffee makes me feel energised! :)
  • Coffee makes me feel power!!
  • Coffee makes me feel shiok!
  • Thank you for the coffee! It was awesome! I was the first to be there today! =)
  • Coffee makes me feel wheee!
  • Coffee makes me feel that the day is better!
  • Coffee makes me feel that the barrista took the time to make it extra special for the finer appreciation of a hot beverage topped with soft clouds.
  • Coffee makes me feel like the day will be better.
  • Coffee makes me feel reinvigorated!
  • Coffee makes me feel Shiok ah
  • Coffee makes me feel orgasmic!
  • Coffee makes me feel awake ^-^
  • Coffee makes me feel that the world is a much better place – albeit for awhile. :D
  • Coffee makes me feel great!
  • Coffee makes me feel up when i am down, and warm when i feel blue
  • Coffee makes me feel like I have energy for the exams
  • Coffee makes me feel wonderful in the hard days.
  • Coffee makes me feel happy!
  • Coffee makes me feel hyped! THe rush of caffeine through me keeps me awake!
  • Coffee makes me feel awakened, from a sweet blissful dream. ;-)
  • Coffee makes me feel kao…wa..ban…ga(lol)
  • Coffee makes me feel ALIVE!
  • Coffee makes me feel like bouncing around (it makes the world go round)
  • Coffee makes me study when i dont want to.
  • Coffee makes me feel like it’s time to hit the loo. (which is a good thing, trust me)
  • Coffee makes me feel wonderfully sane in this insane world…
  • Coffee makes me feel shiok!
  • Coffee makes me feel AWAKE!
  • Coffee makes me feel HAPPY!
  • Coffee makes me feel recharge!
  • Coffee makes me feel ALIVE!
  • Coffee makes me feel wonderfully calm!
  • Coffee makes me feel focused! :-)
  • Coffee makes me feel strangely contented and invigorated.
  • Coffee makes me feel si beh high lah!
  • Coffee makes me feel alive, awake n enthusiastic
  • Coffee makes me feel rejuvenated!
  • coffee makes me feel like smiling..!
  • Coffee makes me feel relaxed!
  • Coffee makes me feel like i wanna dance!
  • Coffee makes me feel like everything’s gonna be alright!
  • Coffee makes me feel like i have an evil twin!
  • Coffee makes me feel ALIVE!
  • coffee makes me high!
  • coffee makes me feel energetic!
  • coffee makes me feel good!
  • Coffe makes me feel happy
  • Coffee makes me feel AWAKE!
  • Coffee makes me feel ADDICTED!
  • Coffee makes me feel exhilarating!!! =)
  • Coffee makes me feel happy.
  • Coffee makes me feel awake!
  • coffee makes me want more coffee
  • Coffee makes me feel at peace
  • Coffee makes me feel quite grownup
  • Coffee makes me feel perky!
  • Coffee makes me feel like an Energizer Bunny :P
  • Coffee makes me feel like i’m on drugs
  • Coffee makes me feel rejuvernated.
  • Coffee makes me feel on top of the world ; )
  • coffee makes me feel energised!
  • Coffee makes me feel refreshed~
  • Coffee makes me feel life’s great!
  • i like this one, and must you know Indonesian coffe is delicious. .
  • i am on a nest drinking coffee in a cafe….
  • coffee drives me whole day around….
  • Coffee makes me feel happy :P
  • Coffee makes me feel like there’s no more time to laze in bed
  • Coffee makes me feel that there is nothing impossible in this world!
  • Coffee makes me feel human on workdays!
  • Coffee makes me palpitate. :o)
  • coffee makes me feel awake
  • coffee makes me feel happy !!!!
  • Coffee makes me feel alive!!
  • Coffee makes me feel energetic!
  • Coffee makes me feel normal.:) Self-proclaimed addict.K8
  • Coffee makes me feel loved~~
  • Coffee makes me feel sensational!
  • Coffee makes me feel fantastic!
  • Coffee gives me the ummph!!! & makes me groovy….
  • Coffee makes me feel hmmmm!
  • coffee makes me feel fresh!
  • Coffee makes me feel revitalized!
  • Coffee makes me feel high!
  • Coffee makes me feel revitalize!
  • Coffee makes me feel awake !
  • Coffee makes me feel refreshed and competent!
  • Coffee makes me feel that I can achieve anything
  • Coffee makes me feel happy happy happy ~~
  • Coffee makes me feel sexy, high  and fresh!!!!
  • Coffee makes me feel perked up!
  • coffee makes me feel like i’ve been missing out on something all my life!
  • Coffee makes me feel alive!
  • Coffee makes me feel relax!peace in mind ^^
  • Coffee makes me feel boomz~
  • Coffee makes me feel energized!!! wooHOO~
  • Coffee makes me come alive!
  • Coffee makes me feel great! =)
  • Coffee makes me feel on top of the world! : )
  • Coffee makes me feel alive!
  • Coffee makes me feel that a good chocolate cake shouldn’t be too far away.
  • Coffee makes me feel high!
  • Coffee makes me feel like i’m in control of things.
  • Coffee makes me feel AWAKE:P
  • Coffee makes me feel relaxed!
  • Coffee makes me feel Happy!
  • Coffee makes me feel like calm.
  • coffee makes me feel fuzzy-wuzzy-happy inside :).
  • Coffee makes me feel GREAT!
  • Coffee make me feel recharge!!!
  • Coffee makes me feel ‘wheeeeeeeeeeee’!!!!!!!!!
  • Coffee makes me feel invincible.
  • coffee makes me feel nice
  • Coffee makes me feel invigorated!
  • Coffee makes me feel beautiful
  • Coffee makes me feel awake ^^
  • Coffee makes me feel hyper.
  • COFFEE makes me feel AROUSED.
  • Coffee makes me feel REVIVED.
  • Coffee makes me feel great
  • coffee makes me feel warm & fuzzy. ^_^
  • Coffee makes me feel great!
  • coffee makes me feel Happy =D
  • Coffee makes me feel complete
  • coffee makes me feel SOOOO GOOOODDD!!! ^^"
  • Coffee makes me feel at ease…
  • Coffee makes me feel blissful =D
  • Coffee makes me feel groovilicious!
  • Coffee makes me feel awake.
  • coffee makes me feel… alive :)
  • Coffee makes me feel matured!
  • Coffee makes me feel appreciated.
  • Coffee makes me feel contented.
  • Coffee makes me feel FRESH!
  • Coffee makes me feel alert!
  • Coffee makes me feel secure:)
  • Coffee makes me feel alive…
  • Coffee makes me feel awesome!
  • coffee makes me feel content & happy
  • Coffee makes me feel HIGH!
  • Coffee make me feel relaxed!
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Oriole Blend Roasted on 26Nov’09

December 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Kimberly happened to pop by & we just completed a round of cupping.

This week’s roast is slightly more developed, toasted bread in the dry fragrance, granny smith apples in the flavour, caramel sugar in the after-taste.

Do swing by to enjoy this wonderful cup.

Categories: coffee, drinks, oriole

our roast this week… tasting notes

October 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Roasted: 8th Oct, Cupped: 14th Oct

We are getting some interesting notes out of this week’s coffee, from rambutan husk(!) & sweet musky wood on the dry fragrance to hazelnuts, toasted bread and caramel aromas after brewing. Some herbal flavours (almost like a chinese herbal tea) were present as well as distinct lingering chocolate notes.

Espresso tasting notes: sweet chocolate and burnt caramel on the nose. Lively lime acidity overlaid over dark herbs and ginger root flavours. Syrupy textures with distinct dark chocolate and nutty finish. This week’s roast was quite lively and so we tuned up the brew temperature to 94.5°C and got way more balance. We’ll probably tune it down slightly over the next couple of days as the acidity mellows out.

Macchiato tasting notes: over the top intensity (woah!) with good lime acidity underlined by sweet milk chocolate tones.

Latte art

April 26, 2009 Leave a comment


Here’s a random one. This shot was taken some weeks back. The latte art was done for a magazine shoot (Can’t remember now) and I piggybacked the shot on my camera too. We don’t usually make such large cups(this one was a 12oz cup I think, we usually use a 6-8 oz cup for Caps).

This is fun. I’m getting the hang of blogging.