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Toshi Ishiwata – Melbourne Living Magazine

Posted in ST ALi. // Latest news by mattjohn on November 29, 2008

Toshi Ishiwata in Melbourne Living Magazine A  magazine has just done an article on our very own Toshi. He features in a home and lifestyle magazine published quarterly by Universal Magazines. Click on the link and have a read or go buy a copy($6.95), tear his page out and stick it on your bedroom wall alongside Duran Duran, New Kids on the Block, Corey Haim & Corey Feldman and of course Samantha Fox. Samantha Fox

Melbourne Living

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Posted in ST ALi. // Latest news by mattjohn on November 7, 2008

Toshi Ishiwata

Toshi has been with St. Ali since it’s incarnation. Essentially the driving force behind the quality of coffee being produced, be it espresso’s or milk based, including latte art and cupping/roasting as well.

Aside from focusing on ‘all that is coffee’ from Probat to Synesso, he has recently re-ignited an enthusiasm for the syphon filter. Toshi at home has been using the Hario TCA-2 for many years now and has been undertaking syphon filter specials and demonstrations in the cafe recently. Currently $7 brew, it is on request and we’re sorry but only if he’s available. Between the comps, roasting and riding the bus, we can only do this during the week and only if he’s not roasting. Try your luck when you’re in. The temporary special price of $7 brew is for 2 people… including a demo from Toshi.

Originally from Japan, Toshi has been in Australian for 4 years and has competed in the Victorian Barista Championships, Latte Art Championships and Cupping Competitions.

Placing –

2009 2nd in Victorian Cupping Championship

2008 1st in  Victorian Cupping Championship

2008 2nd in National Cupping Championship

2006 Victorian Barista Championship Finalist

He is competing this Sunday, 9th November at the Victorian Latte Art Championships at 1.30 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Head along and give your support.

Where: The Beach Club, Level 1, Shop 120 – 122, 427 Docklands Drive, Waterfront Docklands, , Melbourne

Melways: Map 2E D4 – Online Map

Good Luck Toshi!!

from TFC!

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Toshi’s blend – Victoria Latte Art Championship

Posted in ST ALi. // Latest news by mattjohn on November 1, 2008

Toshi finished roasting his Latte Art Competition blend today, though he did admit that maybe it’s only 90% complete. He’s not totally convinced that what he has will be the final blend for next Saturday. The blend was roasted on the 5kg Renegade consisting of Costa Rican Herbazu, Brazil Daterra Vintage, Indian Monsooned Malabar and Ethiopian Harrar Blue Horse and all handpicked by himself!

Toshi, “I’m going to adjust the blend components to find a strong, smooth and nutty chocolate finish, I want it to cut through milk well and have a really nice crema”

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