I've had a pretty nice weekend. On friday at noon I went to Stockfleths Lille Grensen to taste Tim Wendelboe's speciality drink, the "Tiramisu a la Tim". It was really good, even better than the one I tasted during the nationals in Trondheim. He has made it fruitier and more flavorful in general, and lighter. Certainly partly due to the superb australian espresso he uses in it, "Mountain top". I got a double shot with that, and then another one. It was maybe about 11am-12am then and I had already drunk a double cappa and a double espresso during breakfast. In total I had downed about 8 shots of espresso and the day hadn't even fully started!.
While I was there I asked if Tim could demonstrate the technique I call the "stockfleths move" and let me tape it. He was ok with that and I made a clip that I have uploaded for your viewing pleasure. The aspect ratio of the finished movie isn't like it is supposed to be because I didn't manage to figure out how to output a .wmv movie in 240*320 instead of 320*240. Notice how he doesn't spill any grounds while doing the technique, and the small amount of coffee that has to be swiped off since he (because of his routine and experience) knows exactly how much that is needed. Tim commented on his technique in norwegian, but somehow the mike on my digicam didn't work when I did the clip. Oh, well, you english speaking guys wouldn't have understood it anyway :).
A bit queasy from all the espresso on a relatively empty stomach, I said goodbye to Tim and Bernt and took the train to my brother Anders in Halden. Previously I have given him my old Silvia and he has paired it up with a rocky b&w model. We made some really nice shots with the mountain top coffee I had brought. A superb single origin espresso. A bit expensive (65,- / 250g), but definitely worth it. Go and buy some if you live in Oslo, before their stock runs out. Anders's knock box was quickly filled with nice pucks.
Lastly I have to give praise to the good old Rancilio Silvia. A beautiful machine that never seizes to surprise me with its abilities. I highly recommend it. The importer and distributor in Norway is Temperato (Alexander and Pia von der Lippe). Supernice people that give great service.
PS! I recommend downloading the video clips (right click and "save as") before viewing them. They are optimized for 340kbps streaming, so they may be too jerky if you try to stream with a slow line. 7/11/2004 11:10:00 PM