July 2011 Blog Posts (19)

Remix – the Spanish Coffee

One of my favorite drinks can be found in …

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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 28, 2011 at 7:25am — No Comments

Item Costing Your Cafe Menu

Solutions for Operators

A standard practice in the restaurant industry is to calculate the food cost of every item you sell. Knowing this cost allows you to a) purchase ingredients more wisely and b) maintain and train staff to standards. There is a time investment in making these calculations, but the reward…

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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 27, 2011 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Guatemala San Juan Pixcaya

Guatemala, San Juan

Conpecion de Pixcaya





Acid: Medium-high

Body: Medium

Texture: clean and juicy, mouthfeel of apple juice

Flavor Profile: exceptionally balanced in all aspects. From the grind are lime, cherry, caramel and milk chocolate. Once wet the same are found and the cherry enhances. The acidity is a juicy lime and sweet cherry that carries throughout. Deeply carmelized brown cane sugar and soft milk chocolate flavors in a well rounded medium body.… Continue

Added by scott@herkimercoffee.com on July 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hobby

My main hobby is coffee roasting and brewing. There is nothing like freshly roasted beans. There are two main ways to roast coffee beans: hot air and drum. My methods for roasting may seem primitive to some, but it works for me.

Initially, I used a conventional oven and a ceramic plate to roast the beans. The main flaw in this process is that the beans do not get roasted consistently. Depending on ones oven, the beans on the…

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Added by AJ Mulnix on July 27, 2011 at 5:41am — No Comments

Completely Done

And Done!  -  the last touch was because of the new steam boiler I had to make new brackets or the group heads would move slightly up and down.  I used to flat aluminium rods and drilled some holes to hold the top of the coffee boiler to the top of the steam boiler.  It took about 20 hours and three pages of parts.  I'm not looking forward to paying the parts bill but I'm sure… Continue

Added by Mickael on July 26, 2011 at 3:25pm — 2 Comments

Getting Closer!!!

Starting to look like a machine.  Just need to tie up some loose ends!!

 

 

Added by Mickael on July 26, 2011 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

Daughters, Oil Changes and Hot Chocolates

A few nights ago I was with a good friend, hanging out in the garage, as he taught his young teenage daughter how to change the oil on a SUV. They were both under the truck, poking around, as he explained everything about…

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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 26, 2011 at 7:16am — No Comments

Calculating Labor Cost in Cafes - Weekly Forecasting

Operator Solutions Using Mocafe

In my prior career as a executive chef, I wrote hundreds of work schedules. Let's look at some factors operators have to take into account in managing efficient production labor cost:

  • Staff training and abilities
  • Anticipated business…
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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 25, 2011 at 7:22am — No Comments

Guest blog: What’s your barista’s name?

By Christoper Porter, Cofficer

First of all, my thanks go out to Heather and Jessica, the duo at Rock n’ Java (Twitter/Facebook) in Tucson, AZ, who greet me every morning, keep my cup full…

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Added by Sam Title on July 25, 2011 at 6:58am — No Comments

Why Isn't There a Good Frappe at Boston South Station?

Saturday mid-day.

I'm at Boston South Station, waiting for a bus up to northern…

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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 25, 2011 at 6:03am — No Comments

From Scratch versus Ready To Go Coffeeshop Solutions

Operator Solutions Using Mocafe

One of the challenges facing foodservice operators dwells on the question of preparing items from scratch or purchasing products that require minimal labor. This question permeates the foodservice industry at all levels, from quick…
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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 23, 2011 at 4:29am — No Comments

From Scratch versus Ready To Go Coffeeshop Solutions

Operator Solutions Using Mocafe

One of the challenges facing foodservice operators dwells on the question of preparing items from scratch or purchasing products that require minimal labor. This question permeates the foodservice industry at all levels, from quick…
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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 23, 2011 at 4:29am — No Comments

Back at it

Well I finally got a chance to work on my project again.  Of course the first thing I do is fine a huge problem with the boiler.  It is too tall, the sight glass doesn't register correctly and the PRV will touch the top panel.  I removed the supports and am in process of grinding them down, that is some hard steel man!

Added by Mickael on July 21, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Old School Cafe Management Skill: That Item Makes Me This Much

Operator Solutions Using Mocafe

Last night, a perfect New England summer night, I was talking about cafe and restaurant management with an old friend, a…

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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 20, 2011 at 6:36am — No Comments

Fair Food: Fried Kool Aid but No Good Coffee

Last weekend was the first day of the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, CA and boy was it packed!

Not only did it take fifteen minutes or so to find a parking space but there were hundreds of people in line waiting to buy tickets (good thing we already had ours, haha).  At least it was a gorgeous day out so time seemed to go by pretty…

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Added by MOCAFE™ on July 19, 2011 at 3:15pm — 2 Comments

Coffee

I had no idea.

Added by Cat R. Pillar on July 17, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Haven't posted on this guy in quite a while. I haven't been posting on my regular blog either though, so I'm not feeling too guilty.My store is losing half of its staff in a few weeks and I'm almost …

Haven't posted on this guy in quite a while. I haven't been posting on my regular blog either though, so I'm not feeling too guilty.



My store is losing half of its staff in a few weeks and I'm almost done hiring to fill all the positions. Pretty effin excited about my new baristas! New employees are so....fresh and...motivated. And generally don't have those "terrific" attitudes like old employees do. Very excited. Also extremely happy about all the work Claire's putting into… Continue

Added by Melanie Lea on July 10, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

El Salvador El Manzano

El Salvador

El Manzano Lot 1



Acid: Medium

Body: Medium plus

Texture: mainly clean and juicy, hints of red apple skin.

Flavor Profile: starting from the grind are scents of juicy plum and

lime acidity. Some cinnamon and cedar or woodspice as well. Once wet

the lime subsides and cherry takes over to blend with the plum. Good

round body full of carmelly brown sugar. Easy drinker for most occasions.

The finish is long and clean with a sweet orange… Continue

Added by scott@herkimercoffee.com on July 8, 2011 at 9:32am — No Comments

www.shebrews.org

Just launched my coffee blog:

 

www.shebrews.org

 

:) Flo

 

 

Added by Florence Sook Ching Lee on July 8, 2011 at 12:33am — No Comments

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