Distracted by Extraction

Hello food friends. I’m sorry I’ve been absent but I’ve been distracted by a little thingĀ called Extraction Artisan Coffee. Apparently starting a roastery/cafe is the most difficult thing in the world, ha, who knew?

It’s all consuming on every level and to be honest my food adventures with the restaurant and cafe scene have dried up a little. I’m still cooking like a mad woman at home but available funds that used to go towards eating out are now being spent on local government charges to change the use of our building from ‘light industry’ to ‘food and beverage’ and state government charges to pay for our customers privilege to use the road outside our business!

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While I’ve been playing around with menu items for our small but perfectly formed menu, Alex has been playing with our first two pieces of equipment, a mini Proaster roaster (super cute and red) it roasts small samples of coffee beans primarily for cupping sessions and a Mahlkonig EK43 grinder.

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Speaking of which, we held our first cupping event just recently, after roasting some gorgeous micro lot Brazilian beans from 3Brothers. It was great to have so many of our friends and coffee professionals attend and enjoy the Extraction space (including Dragan Sesic, brother of World Barista Champion, Sasa Sesic).

Back to the food… Once I’m happy with the balance of items on our start up menu, I’ll post it for your feedback but in the meantime I’d love to know what’s your ‘must have’ on a cafe menu and do you approve of an all day menu?

If you’re interested in Extraction Artisan Coffee and want to follow our journey more closely please follow our Facebook page.

Until next time, drink good coffee šŸ˜€

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Eats & Beats lights up Logan

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For the Love of Food was an invited guest to the inaugural Eats & Beats.

Food and music brings people together and from the crowds that showed up at Logan City Council’s inaugural Eats & Beats food truck and music pop-up series, this is the event that the City of Logan has been waiting for.

Ok, so we all know that the food truck scene is nothing new but for the residents of Logan City, who don’t want to travel into Brisbane to sample the food truck scene eg., Eat Street or Food Truck Thursday, this type of event is long overdue.

Located in the forecourt between Ikea and the Logan MegaCentre, there was a definite family-friendly party atmosphere and although the food truck lines were long, people seemed contented enough to wait and enjoy the music.

DSC03966We arrived at 5.30pm and it was already starting to quickly fill with people soaking in the afternoon light in anticipation of enjoying a food coma.

Food truck favourites The King of Wings and Vira Lata did a roaring trade as did Little Black (piggy heaven) and Pizzantic along with Logan local Grandma’s Kiwi Kitchen. Over the course of the night we sampled lots of food from different trucks and everything was tasty and well presented.

The Ikea/Logan Mega Centre forecourt is the perfect location for this event, with great visibility from the highway and plenty of parking. Hopefully it’ll become a regular event that Logan residents and visitors to Logan will enjoy for many years to come.

Excellent live music was provided by Dave Powers, Neighbour, Inigo and Pocket Love.

Stay up-to-date with Eats & Beats news by following Visit Logan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or go to www.visitlogan.com.au

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Jazz and Shiraz

Where in South-East Queensland can you enjoy six hours of live jazz music for $20? Throw in great value and tasty food from local suppliers and wine from two Queensland wineries and you have the making of a brilliant Saturday afternoon.

DSC02419Jazz and Shiraz, an event produced by Logan City Council, has been operating since 2005. Every year it attracts a bigger crowd of music lovers and this year was no exception. When the weather is fine it’s an outdoor event usually held in the gardens of the historic Kingston Butter Factory. When the weather threatens rain (as it did this year), it’s moved indoors to the Logan Entertainment Centre.

It’s casual, low stress and an event best enjoyed with a group of friends who enjoy music and wine. Pretty simple really.

This year, the line-up of acts included: Renae Suttie, Scat, Laura Mitchell, David de Vito and band, Grace Knight and Mal Wood and friends. The music was terrific, a variety of styles from blues to folk and of course, plenty of jazz. David de Vito and band and Grace Knight were the crowd pleasers especially when Grace ended her set with an acoustic version of ‘Heaven’ from her Eurogliders days.

I love music, but naturally, I was keen to sample the food on offer.

Focus by James, a restaurant located on the service road at Springwood, offered a Stockman’s beef stew with damper ($8) or rolled omelettes (more like crepes) with a filling of pulled chicken, marinated kangaroo or pickled eggplant and vegetables (all $8). Al and I shared the chicken which was full of flavour and texture.

After enjoying a glass of Sirromet shiraz we moved onto the wood-fired pizza from The Fire Inside, mobile pizza truck. We choose pizza with the lot ($10) and again it was fresh, hot and well cooked.

To finish on a sweet note, Belgian waffles ($10) from The Sweetest Thing stall were served with ice cream, whipped cream and your choice of topping.

DSC02416A selection of wines were available to purchase from Sirromet wines and Cedar Creek Estate wines. Coffee by Merlo was also available from The Rich Pour.

Despite the bagging Logan City receives in the media, it’s a great place to live and events like Jazz and Shiraz will go a long way to help change perceptions.

For more info on events and things to do in Logan, check out Visit Logan. The council is also currently running a photography competition titled ‘Hidden Gems’ with $5000 worth of prizes.

For the Love of Food was an invited guest of Jazz and Shiraz.