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SafeHouse Coffee & Tea Fundraiser

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Our good coffee friends in London went all out and put on a fantastic night at Gwilyms’ Prufrock Cafe, raising c£3000 to help rebuild the cafe/roastery and raise “the hearts of SafeHouse Coffee & Tea in Griffin, Georgia USA” following a roastery fire.

John Gordon, the evenings super compere arranged a mighty fine night of coffee, beer, hotdogs, raffles, thumbwrestling & auctions to support the effort to get the Safehouse roastery up and running again.

Custom knock tube

Extract Coffee roaster David Faulkner did us proud by making a custom knock tube that was sold for £135 in a fierce battle between Steve from Has Bean and ‘The Hoff’ to kick off the auction.

The base was a slab of lime wood – planed flat, sanded and finished with epoxy resin. The galvanised tubes, the mounting flange and the clamp all come from a 10kg toper. Complete with old roast residue!

The 45 degree tube that has the knock bar had been shortened with a hand rolled wire edge to make a neat profile.

The knock bar is located with a bar that came off the an old Probat. Also from the old Probat is part of the chimney and brass wing nut along with the leather belt that is around the base, shortened to fit, it was part of the old cooling fan drive belt.


Tamp and Ltd Edition Print

Next Up: Hand made by John Gordon, a 58mm 316 Stainless Steel Flat Base tamp with Brazilian Tulipwood handle. The bonus was a 1st edition limited Gorilla Tampers printed A3 Poster.

Its sale raised £151.50


Kees van der Westen Espresso Machine

The final auction was an espresso machine made by Kees van der Westen.

A 1.300watt 1 group special, manual infusion (separate switches for group valve and pump), progressive pre-infusion, green light connected to element

The machine’s frame is made from an old bike. Cool

It raised £1,650.50


An all inspiring evening. Thanks for having us John (gorillatampers)

For the record David managed to eat 3 Beechwood Smoked BIG APPLE Hotdogs…..

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