January 2009 Blog Posts (74)

Love Letter to my ex-cafe.



I've missed you. I've missed my Linea, my tamper that got destroyed by that Liberace barista with all the rings. I've missed making those maccs, too. I've missed Ted throwing hot quakers at me.

It was really great to see you again, Kean Coffee. I broke up with you more than three months ago- and i'm so glad we're still good friends. I hope you find everything you need (especially some decent Roburs; if anyone deserves them in the… Continue

Added by Janelle on January 31, 2009 at 3:45pm — 1 Comment

Seems that we are moving along....slowly.

Our Realtor has found some interesting leads for locations. Let me tell you: the prices have dropped dramatically to purchase a business. Location lease prices are down. It starting to seem like a favorable time to enter the market. As long as you have enough cash for operating capital to survive this slope.

Added by Barbara Adams on January 29, 2009 at 12:23pm — No Comments

A stroll in the country

Its this time of year I love the most. Its always hot in Indonesia, but where I live the months of December through until the end of February are the monsoon months. The rain is tropically heavy, although not strictly the monsoon you see in movies (or in reality on the subcontinent). It rains here for about 2 hours everyday. Sometimes in the morning, sometimes the afternoon. Sometimes you strike it lucky and it rains both in the morning and the… Continue

Added by Alun Evans on January 28, 2009 at 10:14pm — 3 Comments

dose espreso, London

Chekkit. Here's some pics from my new place, dose espresso

http://tinyurl.com/dh8zyb

my site is http://www.dose-espresso.com

If anyone is interested, I'm also active on twitter (dose_espresso) and have a facebook page too that I update that frequently. There's just too many forums/blogs/social networking sites for a busy man to keep up with!

James (heminui)

Added by heminui on January 28, 2009 at 3:03pm — 2 Comments

A Focused Approach for Tough Economic Times(syndicated)

(via)A Focused Approach for Tough Economic Times



One consultant/trainer's perspective on ways to keep your specialty coffee retailer afloat. (by me)

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black-coffee
As the recession continues to loom overhead, and even progress further down, it has probably become obvious to many that… Continue

Added by Jason Haeger on January 28, 2009 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Indonique is on Twitter

Hey guys:
Please follow our tweets on Twitter at www.twitter.com/indonique. We're determined to fund a school for girls in India this year!

Added by George on January 28, 2009 at 12:52pm — No Comments

In the News

This morning's edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an article about the Stone Creek Coffee Blog. It's been nearly four years since we launched our blog and it has been a great tool for us to communicate with you, our customers. Grab a cup of your favorite blend and head on over to JSonline to read how Blogs can draw customers deeper into businesses.

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on January 28, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

GOOD MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE, I AM NEW TO BARISTA EXCHANGE SO I THOUGHT I WOULD GET ON AND INTRODUCE MYSELF TO EVERYONE, MY NAME IS ANGIE AND I AM 39 YEARS YOUNG. I AM FROM KOKOMO INDIANA BETTER KNOWN AS STOP LIGHT CITY OR BFE AS I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO CALL IT. I HAVE THREE KIDS, TWO ARE GROWN AND ON THERE OWN AND I HAVE A 15 YEAR OLD AT HOME. (HE THINKS HE IS 30) I HAVE ONE GRANDSON WHO IS TWO. I TOOK A BUYOUT FROM MY JOB AFTER 15 YEARS A COUPLE YEARS AGO FOR HEALTH REASONS, I WORKED IN A LARGE… Continue

Added by angela payne on January 28, 2009 at 7:17am — No Comments

Coffee Exchange

Starbucks UK has some fantastic coffees, However not the full selection available across the Starbucks range. If anybody working for Starbucks elsewhere in the world would like to swap markouts I would be more than happy to talk to u :D

Added by Dave Green on January 28, 2009 at 6:27am — No Comments

Tuscany Coffee Greenway is Reopen!

finally back in the game, after a 5 month rebuild hiatus. catering kept me occupied but glad to be back on the bar!

Added by Greenway Barista on January 27, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

SCAA Announces 2009 Nominees for Board of Directors

January 27, 2009



The SCAA Board of Directors has approved the following slate of nominees, selected by the nominating committee, for election to the board of directors. The election will be conducted March 2 – March 31, 2009.



OFFICERS

Tim O'Connor for Second Vice President - Allied Member (Pacific Espresso)

Shawn Hamilton for Secretary/Treasurer – Roaster Member (Java City)



NOTE: The Second Vice President will Become Vice… Continue

Added by Mike Ferguson on January 27, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Article featuring myself and others here in Chapel Hill

http://www.dailytarheel.com/news/city/brewing_competition

Added by Erik Karlsson on January 27, 2009 at 6:03am — 1 Comment

going out this morning

I got up at 5am after a late night with my grand daughter who was staying over - she would not go to sleep. She is only 3 years old; Shannon - the first thing I did was make coffee. The first sips are the best.



I also want to visit a new Café that opened up in town, if we have the time this morning.



The weather: -21°C this morning in Moncton going up to -11°C this afternoon with blue… Continue

Added by Steve MacDowall on January 27, 2009 at 4:12am — 1 Comment

A few thoughts

Let's see...I don't have a lot of coffee related topics to blog about, but I can talk about what I'm up to.



Lately I've been super busy. I'm in the begining of a school semster where I am taking double the credit hours that I'm used to, still working about 30 hours at the shop (which has come to include the fun open and close split shifts,) still setting aside time to work in the a/v area of my church, and somewhere still finding time to do things like sleep.

At first the new… Continue

Added by Cherie on January 26, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

just got off the phone

I just got off the phone to a friend, Bob. He was in Toronto the same time I was - he got down to the Green Beanery but I missed it. He pick up 20 pounds of green beans, this is just for his home. Oh well we can't do everything.

Added by Steve MacDowall on January 26, 2009 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Thots on Espresso

How to Affect the Taste of an Espresso



As I’m coming up on getting into more training, I’ve been thinking a lot about the different ways a barista can affect the taste of a shot.



For the time being I’m going to leave out the temperature and pressure adjustments as I don’t have the privilege of working on a machine with those controls. For now my thinking revolves around: Grind, Dose, Tamp & Brew Time.



For a cafe setting I am going with the argument there is… Continue

Added by Anthony Epp on January 26, 2009 at 1:34pm — 1 Comment

Square Mile Coffee Roasters

You all know them but once again, imagine a firm with 3 coffee world champions, 2007 World Cup Tasting Champion Anette Moldvaer, 2007 World Barista Champion James Hoffmann and 2008 World Barista Champion Stephen Morrissey...dream firm! And guess what, i have their coffee to taste...
I know that some of you have tasted their coffee, im just afraid of opening the bags and start to enjoy. Is that normal?

Added by nik orosi on January 26, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

it's very cold out

oh boy it is cold out -26°C (-14 Fahrenheit) this morning in Moncton going up to -20°C (-4 Fahrenheit) but we have blue sky and lots of sun - I'm so happy to have had a wonderful hot mug of coffee this morning.

Added by Steve MacDowall on January 26, 2009 at 8:31am — No Comments

Australian Open 5 days to go.

Well with just 5 days to go until I strut my stuff on the stage for the open round of the Australian Barista Championships, I am starting to wonder if I am either too organized or something very vital has been forgotten. My grinder and equipment have all been sent on a pallet to Queensland, all we have to do is lug about 30kg of coffee up with us on the flight ( not quite as much as we took to Denmark for Dave's world gig).

After finishing second in the Victorian Comp, I'm really… Continue

Added by Zoe Delany on January 25, 2009 at 12:02am — No Comments

The truth

God, I love LA.

Added by Sara Louise on January 24, 2009 at 9:31am — 2 Comments

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