August 2009 Blog Posts (45)

Introduction to Guatemala coffee - From the place of many trees

A new article from Gabriela Cordon, a coffee expert from Guatemala:



"... That is Quauhtlemallan, a "nahuatl" word the Toltecas used to use to name Guatemala. It is not just a nice name. One visit is enough for you to see the luxurious vegetation that covers the highest picks of Central America and 33 majestic volcanoes. In such a mystic small place, almost the same size as the state of Tennessee, not only the Mayans built one of the most outstanding civilizations of the Americas, but… Continue

Added by Eyal Rosen on August 31, 2009 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Big train Products

I am wandering how many baristas out there are using Big train products or what you suggest as a better option?

Added by Leland Ulrich on August 31, 2009 at 11:19am — 5 Comments

#12 dancing in the drum, now to change hats and grab the jigsaw...

Batch twelve is dancing in the fire as I type. Good day roasting a quick 96LBs. Ok relatively quick, but 4 hours not bad for this little USRC 3k.



I'd hoped to have the coffeehouse open at my Roastery location next Saturday but alas ain't gonna make it. Still too much to do including too many government hoops not quite jumped through yet.



Now to change hats to finish carpenter or is it plumber, cutting a hole in the backbar counter for one of the sinks. Tomorrow will… Continue

Added by Mike McGinness on August 29, 2009 at 5:12pm — 1 Comment

Make that a month

I'm amending my last blog, it's not only been a rough week at our shop, but a rough month.

This week I was starting a morning shift as barista after a few days off, and I was really looking forward to rocking the shift. (And to fully clarify, when I've been away from the espresso bar for any amount of time I feel as if my world isn't right until I'm able to pull a few shots at the vary least.) We just started to get our morning rush of regulars when I noticed that my steam wand was putting… Continue

Added by Cherie on August 28, 2009 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Send Your Favorite Student a Coffee Kids Off-to-College Gift

Coffee Kids Gift Pack

We're proud to announce a special promotion in our shop right now. Get your favorite college student or (barista who might be headed back to school) on the right foot by sending a Coffee Kids Off-to-College Gift Check out our shop for information at http://www.coffeekids.org/shop.



For $50, we will send a Coffee Kids mug,… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on August 28, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

Caffeine In Overdrive: Mid City Caffe

I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this great article on Mid-City Caffe while I was reading the newspaper on the Metro.



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A NEW CAFE HAS been brewing on 14th Street NW, in the space above Miss Pixie's furniture shop. Dubbed Mid City Caffe, the shop — the brainchild of graphic designer Fernando Acha and Mick Mier, owner and designer of D.C.'s 1905 restaurant — has a wholly retro vibe.



The space hasn't strayed far from its auto-shop roots, with… Continue

Added by Tony Bowles on August 28, 2009 at 9:35am — No Comments

Building and equipment for sale

I have a custom built, commercial spec 10x20 building with 2 drive-thru serving windows for sale. It is built on skids and moveable. Equipment for sale includes a La SanMarco tall 3-group head espresso machine and grinder, Selby Soft SP1 POS system. The location is Converse, Texas a suburb of San Antonio.

Added by Brenda on August 26, 2009 at 7:55am — 2 Comments

We talked a bit about the effects of climate change on coffee lands briefly in a blog entry in May, but the issue was given more attention in a recent article on Reuters. "Climate change threatens C…

We talked a bit about the effects of climate change on coffee lands briefly in a blog entry in May, but the issue was given more attention in a recent article on Reuters.



"… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on August 24, 2009 at 9:55am — No Comments

Element Coffee

Mike

I enjoy Element Coffee. It is a quaint place where you can show up and have great service and great coffee. I am going to get your tacos in a little bit. Establos is a good Mexican market to get freshly made carne asada tacos. The Dodgers apparently are doing pretty well lately. I am not big on a specific team in the Major Leagues, but I do enjoy watching a good baseball game if I have time. Well take care.
Keelan

Added by Keelan Vanvales on August 21, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

a mistaken identity?

hey colin,

i don't think we speak of the same espresso bar. the one i visited is located on hamilton street. i didn't see a "fake roaster" and the few times i've visited (on different times of the day) there was no sixteen year old behind the counter. i was just there this morning and the barista pulled me one of the best 49th parallel i've ever tasted. the finish lingered for quite a while and it really made my day -- i even mentioned it to the crew with whom i was working. again, i… Continue

Added by Von Flores on August 20, 2009 at 7:56pm — No Comments

'Born to be Sweet' Tour 2009

After the difficult second album ‘Sweet as Syrup’, prog-rock legend, coffee raconteur and maestro of all things flavoursome; Sweetbird, is taking to the road to allow his many adoring fans the chance to sample why the little bird from across the pond is such big news.



The ‘Born to be Sweet’ tour has already played out to a packed crowd at the Southwest Food Service Expo (Dallas, Texas June 2009) and the next leg of the tour looks to build upon the growing popularity of Sweetbird and… Continue

Added by Sweetbird on August 19, 2009 at 7:24am — No Comments

UW lecturer seeks funding for ergonomically sound coffee harvesting bags in Nicaragua

http://bit.ly/Pd4t3

Added by Melissa Allison on August 18, 2009 at 10:41am — No Comments

Mid City Caffe Opens

Mid City Caffe Opens

Another fancy coffee place, thank goodness!

By CARISSA DIMARGO

Updated 3:00 PM EDT, Mon, Aug 17, 2009





After several delays, Mid City Caffé finally opened Saturday at 1626 14th St. N.W., a floor above the quirky (read: hot pink) Miss Pixie's Furnishings and Whatnot.



We're kinda holding our breath to see how a second-story coffeeshop will fare on 14th, but if they fail, don't blame the coffee, which comes from Durham, N.C.'s Counter… Continue

Added by Tony Bowles on August 18, 2009 at 6:26am — No Comments

Roasting Equipment For Sale

San Franciscan SF-75.pdf



We recently installed a new roaster, thus have several pieces of equipment for sale. Please shoot me a e-mail if you're interested.



- 75lbs SanFranciscan

- 25lbs SanFranciscan

- Loader

- Mira Pack Frac Pack Machine

- Other Misc



visit the following for pictures… Continue

Added by Josh Ferguson on August 17, 2009 at 7:40pm — 1 Comment

Bad week

Having a rough week (or two) at the shop lately. Everything from power outages, fridge meltdowns, and newbie trainiees repleacing the hoards of darn good employees leaving for school. Good news is I get to do more training (I LOVE sharing the passion,) bad news is my energy is sapped by the other stuff.

Added by Cherie on August 17, 2009 at 3:52pm — No Comments

HELP

My espresso machine is leaking out the left side, ( pod ) even when the machine is off. I am very new to this stuff and was hoping that it would be an easy fix maybe I can do it myself. I wanted to now if this has happen to anyone. Thanks and keeping my fingers crossed because my fridge broke last night to!

Added by Joyce Campbell on August 17, 2009 at 8:54am — 2 Comments

Six days to Throwdown.

Last night, the OWC crew got together and cleaned the bejeezus out of the shop. It was an exorcism of old looks, old dust, as a way of welcoming our fall hours and new batch of students to get to know and serve. The U of I school year starts next Monday, meaning there's one week until we are in a deluge of students wandering the streets looking for good coffee, a study space and new friends. Six days remain until the Throwdown here in Moscow, ID, and I am so excited. I have all my prizes lined… Continue

Added by Andrew R. Tucker on August 17, 2009 at 7:04am — No Comments

regina, sask.

this place reminds me of hamilton, ontario. the weather has been pretty crappy. nonetheless, i managed to walk around to find a couple of decent coffe shops.

i walked into AEGEAN COAST coffee and tea. the reception was, at first, luke warm but the manager (i don't remember her name....oops) came up to my table after a while and chatted me up. she was very nice and quite pleasant. but most importantly, i noticed that they were pulling 49th parallel (organic and epic). i have used epic at… Continue

Added by Von Flores on August 16, 2009 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

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