We received this glowing review on Facebook recently from long-time client Vickie Thomsen and it got me thinking…
… am I a web developer who makes coffee or a Barista who makes websites?
"At Propeller Damien and Renee are a perfect mix of left and right brains. When I met them over 9 years ago to discuss a project, I was immediately impressed with how easy they are to communicate with—just real, down to earth, believable people that don't talk over your head with tech jargon. 4 websites and multiple graphic design projects for 4 companies later and they continue to pull off awesome designs and some very tricky programming feats. Super hands on throughout each project, they never once made me feel like I was competing for their attention. All this and they still found the time to serve piping hot perfect barista coffee at almost every meeting."
I hear you - too much time on my hands, right? But, grab a coffee and prepare to take 5 from the usual techno marketing stuff while I blow the froth off what it is with Propeller and 'that coffee thing'. Prior to arriving in Australia in 2000 I'd never drank coffee. Ever. Now, if you understand that having arrived from Yorkshire where coffee is bleak and 16+ cups of tea per day is fairly standard, this little snippet of history may not come as much of a surprise. But then, having arrived into the global coffee Mecca that is Melbourne, this was all about to change. I think Renee introduced me to my first cappuccino at a cafe on the St Kilda beach foreshore and that, as they say, was that - I had the bug…
Throughout the years we flirted with a variety of domestic coffee machines which invariably didn't last and rarely performed to my satisfaction. Those of you that know me well would attest that I'm a super-easy-going guy who accepts second best with good grace. Screech… yeah I know, whatever.
Fast forward to June 2010, back in Queensland, a few years into Propeller and having destroyed our lacklustre Kitchenaid, enough was enough. I got on the blower to Barista Basics in Melbourne (back to the source, right?) and had the situation resolved once and for all in the guise of a Vibiemme Domobar Super Lever. Now this is no regular coffee machine - with a commercial boiler and E61 group head, this is a barista's machine. Best of all - it came with training! Barista Basics put us through our paces and whipped our grinding, tamping and texturing techniques into shape.
We've also been through the grinder with bean selection - as every coffee connoisseur will tell you, you can't pull a decent shot from any old beans and we've tried a lot before settling on our final essential ingredient. Thus most Friday morning's you'll find us visiting Refuelled in Wellington Point to pick up supplies of freshly roasted Campos Superior blend. To add a final polish, Propeller only serve our coffee in the finest Acme vitrified china cups and we'll even throw in a biscuit. We love to chat almost as much as we love our coffee so why not enjoy a coffee (or tea if thats your thing) on us. Oh and btw - my websites are as good as my cappuccinos ; )