As we hit our 10,000 member milestone, I thought it would be fun to hear from our members some stories of how you have benefited or used bX. Feel free to share with the rest of us stories that might be interesting and help new and existing members best utilize the website. Share with us and we will keep this thread going for members who want to tell about a bX experience. Thanks!

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It has been quite the experience watching this site grow organically over the past 2 and a half years and I am so thrilled that so many
people are utilizing the site for exchanging information, meeting new
people, learning about specialty coffee, opening new cafes, finding
jobs, learning about new companies via our partners, etc.

I would like to thanks all of our current and past partners, friends and member supporters for making this site a
possibility:

Current Partners:

American Barista & Coffee School
Nuova Simonelli
Espresso Parts
Chirardelli Chocolate
SelbySoft POS
Sweetbird & Zuma
Toper Roasters
Urnex Brands/Puro Caff
Prima Coffee
Eurocafe Imports
Coffee Shop Manager POS
Barista Magazine
Cafe Design & Architecture
Coffee Fest


Also a huge thanks to our Moderation team!

Jason Dominy
, Brady Butler, Jason Haeger, Terry Ziniewicz

Past Partners:

PT's Coffee
Everything Coffee & Tea
ROASTe
Gosh That's Good/Bev Rev
Two Leaves & a Bud Tea Co.

Friends of bX:

Fresh Cup Magazine
Sprudge.com
Food GPS
WebBeams
Go Coffee Go
Specialty Coffee Association of America
Barista Guild of America
United States Barista Competition

I also want to personally thank our bX Member Supporters as well.

- Matt

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Awesome job Matt! It's terrific how this site has grown in such a short time!
I have so many fun memories from our numerous bX meet up parties in cities all over the US. Victrola in Seattle, Murky Coffee D.C., Palms in Las Vegas, Bull Run Coffee in MN and many more.

I remember at the first bX meet up at Murky Coffee (thank you Nick Cho) a couple baristas came up to me and said "Thanks so much for having this party as we really would not have felt like we could get into an industry party as we are new baristas, but we feel right at home here thanks to Barista Exchange".

I knew right there that the site was a success, even for that one reason. Thanks guys.

- Matt
Great job Matt, and to everyone here at BX.
Baristi Unite! Matt, Add MillRock/Modular Brand Group to the list of "Current Partners" time for us to step up and sponsor the Barista Exchange...we would be proud to support this community. Send my office the paperwork and we'll cut a check today.

I am always inspired by your genuine conviction to make our industry a better place for all of us. Thank you for bringing THE platform; larger than I ever imagined possible.
Congratulations!

Sincerely,
Shaun
Thank Shaun,

I'll email you soon! Appreciate the support and enthusiasm!

- Matt

MillRock said:
Baristi Unite! Matt, Add MillRock/Modular Brand Group to the list of "Current Partners" time for us to step up and sponsor the Barista Exchange...we would be proud to support this community. Send my office the paperwork and we'll cut a check today.

I am always inspired by your genuine conviction to make our industry a better place for all of us. Thank you for bringing THE platform; larger than I ever imagined possible.
Congratulations!

Sincerely,
Shaun
Congrats Matt,

I know everyone at Cirqua supports what you are doing. Great to finally meet you this year in Los Angeles. Rock on!

JP Denyer
Cirqua Customized Water
www.Cirqua.com
Through barista exchange I found my current job with Midcity Caffe in Washington D.C.

I was working in Gainesville, FL at a group of hospital kiosks when I took a trip to DC to visit a friend. I chanced to meet with the then general manager of my current shop after reading her barista exchange job posting. I had no intent of taking the job but wanted a sense of the DC scene. We chatted, she gave me a list of other DC notables (Pergerine and Big Bear) and then when I moved to DC a month later she offered me a position.

Prior to that I'd never worked on a Marzocco or dealt with Counter Culture firsthand, with who I now have access to training and regular laboratories. I owe a lot to BX in providing me with a network of such infinite capacities.

Nice work.
I've found this site to be my go-to for anything Barista/Coffee Related. I first found out about Coffee Fest and latte art competitions on here. I've learned from the experiences posted by fellow Baristas, and It's also helped keep my passion for the Coffee Industry alive.

Thanks BX!
Barista Exchange has been a wonderful medium in which to meet other coffee fanatics, most of whom have the incredible blessing of being able to work in this industry we call "specialty" coffee. This is my dream job, and I have yet to see this dream realized. But I have committed myself to investing the time and spare dollars in learning all I can in preparation for the day I open my own shop.

The way the coffee community opens up and welcomes newcomers, willingly shares information and technique, and helps a novice develop standards about excellence in quality, procedures, and education is truly impressive. I have had the privilege of personally meeting so many great "movers and shakers" who work in coffee, and are members on this site, and look forward to personally meeting more in the future. Jason Dominy, Brady Butler, Brent Hall, Lem Butler, Chris Deferio, James Spano, Matt Milletto...I'm sure there are others...Thanks for the impact you have been.

This journey into specialty coffee isn't over. I'm looking forward to the next part of the journey.

I actually took interest in Barista Exchange long before I became a member.  I began enjoying coffee over the past few years but before that I was not a coffee drinker at all.  My newest employment landed me in the POS business and fortunately my new love for coffee came in handy as the product my company sells is geared for cafes.  I wanted to get to know more about the coffee industry and the people in it.  Reading on BX and speaking in coffee shops, I have really taken to the whole community and am very happy that my work is [somewhat] intertwined with the industry. 

Thanks Matt for putting together such a great site!

Hey Matt   I love BX!   I've found awesome info on most of the big decisions i've had to make over the past couple months while trying to get the doors open to my shop.   I also like to just read old threads; being a newbie to the industry hearing about how other ppl have dealt with equiptment and service issue has really helped me to plan for opening day.      thanks for setting this thing up  - an ABC roasting class is on my to do list so hope to see you guys again soon!   

 

Great job Matt, and to everyone here at BX. I read everthing that I can Have Learned alot and Thanks again Mat

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