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Point of Sale system

Folks,

I need to purchase a POS system in the next few months and I can use some advice. My former employer Intuit has a system that interfaces with QuickBooks however I am concerned that it may not support my coffee shop very well. I…

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Added by James "Cosmo" Cramer on December 20, 2007 at 10:01pm — 11 Comments

Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Barista Jam

Hey Everyone,

The Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Barista Jam is going on in lil' ol' Easton, PA March 5-7, 2008. Latte Art throwdowns, a 'Spro-down, money to go to Bikes to Rwanda, oh, and great educational sessions by the big names in coffee...it will be too much fun to miss!!!!!

Added by Troy Reynard on December 20, 2007 at 8:46pm — 3 Comments

Hot water tower

Anybody recommend a good-looking and good-working hot water tower or something for americanos? I'm currently using a small boiler plumbed into a tap on the counter but it doesn't hold enough volume. I need something plumbed-in that can almost boil and that can hold 4 litres (1 gallon) minimum. It has to be good-looking enough to be on the counter! At least as beautiful as thick, caramelly crema!

Thanks for your ideas.

Added by Stickman on December 19, 2007 at 7:32pm — 9 Comments

New Music & Podcast Player Added

I have added a music player to the website which can be found in the bottom left column on the main page. If I am not mistaken, only administrators can upload music, but if you have something you would like to send, I can upload it for you. Podcasts are great, also any original material. I may put a few cool songs up but want to keep it mainly to stuff created by barista exchange members. You can email me a link to the mp3 file.

Feedback is appreciated.

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on December 11, 2007 at 8:53am — No Comments

I've finally got my new camera near some coffee!

Espresso 3, originally uploaded by Mentness.

I've finally got my new camera near some…

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Added by Stuart Lee Archer on December 9, 2007 at 7:02am — 4 Comments

yay first blog

so...its like 130am my time..n im checking this site out. interesting stuff. also makes me a bit jealous because i cant make some of the cool latte art <|=br/>
oh well. i should prolly get sum sleep tho. have work in a few hours. yay.

Added by phillip lee on December 7, 2007 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Barista Exchange Looking for a couple moderators

I am going to be looking for a couple people help me moderate the website as it grows. I am going to slowly start inviting people and posting news about the site. If you are interested in moderating and maybe keeping a blog let me know. I would like for a few interested people to blog on the main page of the site once in a while.

email me if you are interested and thanks.

matt at bellissimo dot net

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on December 6, 2007 at 3:46pm — 5 Comments

The first thing I do when I go into the coffeehouse is pull a test shot. This is both yummy and a chance to quality control. It is a little known fact that the grind must be adjusted several times th…

The first thing I do when I go into the coffeehouse is pull a test shot. This is both yummy and a chance to quality control. It is a little known fact that the grind must be adjusted several times throughout the day. Humidity and temperature changes affect the way the grounds come out and how much crema the extraction produces. After pulling a test shot, I can fine tune the grind. Fred mentioned today that he did the same thing as a quality control… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on October 18, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Contemplative prayer is like a shot of espresso

"Am I really willing to drink this cup?" A question I love to ask my self pushed back from a table at a coffeehouse. Especially if it is a bold, Marrakesh Espresso that rumbles like thunder, grabs your tongue and wrestles you to the floor and finishes with a kiss and a playful bite. Ah the contemplative life!

....Oo! I think I just found another analogy!

Added by Chris Hooton on October 17, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Social Justice action experiment

My friend Cliff has been going to a soup kitchen in Saginaw once a month. He pastors an ELCA church in our area and is very successful mobilizing his people into action. I went with him the last time they went. Six of us headed out at eight o’clock Friday morning. I’m not much of a morning person, so I was quiet. I had already been up for a while to take my wife and kids to work.

When we arrived, we went straight to work. My first duty was to wash a couple hundred pounds of frozen catfish… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on October 9, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

One of my dream machines

Italians make the best machines!

Added by Chris Hooton on June 1, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The God Machine

Deus ex machina comes to the rescue again. In ancient Greek plays, when the plot was too thick, and a resolution too hard, a god was lowered in a machine and solved all the problems: the god from the machine. The Greeks had it right. Our critics today look and say that you can’t tie up loose ends so neatly, or you can’t introduce new information or characters at the end to solve everything.



I know better. Come what may, Ella breaking a brand new DVD trying to get it out of its case,… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on April 14, 2006 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Phrase of the week:

The Coffee Cognoscenti

Added by Chris Hooton on April 8, 2005 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Coffee Tones an experiment

I have been trying to create a metaphor for describing coffee qualities comparing it to balancing a stereo equalizer. The acidity creates a sharp treble tone that can give the coffee a crisp citrus taste or a mellow wine tone. The midrange is made up by the body of the coffee, or its coffeeness, it could be bold or smooth. Then comes the Bass tone. That is the unifying undertone that resonates in your taste buds giving the coffee a satisfying power.



The question remains, how do I… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on March 7, 2005 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Bay City Coffee and Tea

Bay City Coffee and Tea is back in my good graces. Jeff the barrista confirmed that they don't use "Big Train" powdered crap like the ice rage. The signs are just up for something to look at. Right on! Highjack corporate brand recognition.



Tonight I came for a bluegrass jam and stayed for a discussion about biblical historicity put on by Grace Christian Fellowship. Jeff asked me what I thought, and here it is: It was pretty good, a little more didactic and less relational than I… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on September 30, 2004 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Coffee Tree Cafe review

I went to the new Coffee Tree Café today. It is across the river from downtown Bay City, what is that? Uptown? It has the atmosphere down. Tables of dark mahogany or oak, funky black chairs set off a light airy texture. It has the culture of a hep cat. The Metallic Green espresso machine pulls together a vintage theme—the pigment on the canvas of high ceilings, Art Nouveau metal work and…

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Added by Chris Hooton on September 11, 2004 at 2:00pm — No Comments

People Watching at Bay City Coffee and Tea

I came down to the coffee shop hoping to write. Last night I felt fanciful and full of reverie, I felt impelled to write, but I was in bed, and sufficed to head to the coffee shop today.



Of course, it took me too long to get out of the house, and after the half hour drive here, I don't feel like going through with it... Writing.



So I watch the few people here. The only live ones are a couple who met here for coffee, there is the excitation and light on their faces of… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on September 4, 2004 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Rainy Days and rich Coffee Make My heart sing

I realized something while watching people in the mall today. Everybody is a freak. Some of us try to fit in while others don’t. Makes me feel better about myself.



I sat writing and drinking glorious coffee at Bay City Coffee and Tea for hours. Then I went to Sweet Boutique.



Here is my evaluation of the House Blend at Sweet Boutique in Bay City. It has a light texture, with a sharp, lively acidity. The bouquet is reminiscent of turpentine—a definite chemical taste, not the… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on August 28, 2004 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Balloon boy parents face sentence in December

FORT COLLINS (Reuters) - The parents of a Colorado boy whose apparent brush with death in a helium balloon transfixed millions pleaded guilty on Friday to staging a publicity-seeking hoax and will be sentenced next month.

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor and will be sentenced on December 23.

The case has sparked outrage over the amount of money spent on a rescue attempt for the six-year-old child, dubbed "balloon boy," after live television…

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Added by Dmitry on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Balloon boy parents face sentence in December

FORT COLLINS (Reuters) - The parents of a Colorado boy whose apparent brush with death in a helium balloon transfixed millions pleaded guilty on Friday to staging a publicity-seeking hoax and will be sentenced next month.

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor and will be sentenced on December 23.

The case has sparked outrage over the amount of money spent on a rescue attempt for the six-year-old child, dubbed "balloon boy," after live television…

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Added by Dmitry on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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