Saturday, December 8, 2012

New Troy wine bar also spotlights its coffee (roaster)

Still shot of espresso making, from a Record video.
TROY -- The main attractions at a wine bar usually are (a) wine, and (b) atmosphere. The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar has both of those, but it also has created another, offbeat drawing card.

It's the coffee service. Not just the coffee itself, but what it's made in.

Representatives from Blue Bottle Coffee were on hand to train employees how to use a 1967 espresso machine that has been reclaimed and earned a special niche at the new downtown wine bar.

Vic Christopher, co-owner of the new Charles F. Lucas Confectionery, was intrigued by a 1962 Faema Urania coffee roasting machine being used in a Brooklyn venue that serves Blue Bottle Coffee because he had acquired a 1967 Faema President roasting machine from Minnisale's Wine Cellar Café in Troy.

Flash forward, and Lucas Confectionery is serving Blue Bottle Coffee and in the bargain showing off a rebuilt Faema machine in keeping with much of the reclaimed materials and objects used in the creation of the new business.

Wine bar co-owner Vic Christopher said in an interview with The Record that he spent approximately 50 hours refurbishing the three-levered machine, taking the machine apart with John Ambuhl.

"We took the machine apart and used deductive reasoning without knowing the parts," Christopher told the newspaper.

You can read the entire story online, as well as see a video of the painstaking process of preparing a cup of espresso.

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