Banana Dang
  • Oceanside, CA
  • United States
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Sarah Thompson Apr 26, 2011. 2 Replies

What are your perceptions of coffee from Puerto Rico?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Banana Dang Jul 1, 2010. 2 Replies

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, manager, coffee shop owner, barista trainer
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Oceanside, Calif.
How many years have you been in the industry?
8 years
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Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
Banana Dang is a hybrid bar serving specialty coffee beverages and healthy banana smoothies in a quirky and eclectic environment. Owners Thanh-Thanh Dang and Mario Jimenez have seven years retail coffee bar experience in our original location—Rincon, Puerto Rico—winning national press—USA Today, Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, plus a feature in Fresh Cup (Nov. 2012). Jimenez was also certified World Class Barista by International Academy of Specialty Coffee (IASC) in 2012.
About Me:
Our mission is to treat coffee as a culinary art and serve healthy banana smoothies in a friendly and inviting space that cultivates environmental aspects.
About My Company:
We promote a creative and collaborative culture, believing that good solutions can come from different individuals’ experiences. We are a growing company that believes there is no substitute for hard work. We are focused on bringing a fun and exciting attitude to our work; and we won’t hire people to fill gaps—we will hire people to add inspiration and to reach success.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The coffee industry is global; it develops friendships and connections from people all over the world who are passionate about coffee.

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At 7:14pm on February 26, 2012, Giovanni Valentin said…

Saludos desde The Coffee Tree Cafe en Cabo Rojo, no sabia de sur coffee shop en que parte de Ricon estan localizados.

At 2:47pm on October 5, 2009, Jennifer Jacobs said…
Hi Mario and Thanh Thanh,
This is Jennifer, the wwoofer staying with Israel and Sandra in Adjuntas. Congrats on the baby!
I wanted to ask u guys a question. (doesn't seem to be a way to message u privately) Mario, you were saying how you learned barista stuff from the scaa videos. I was wondering what kind of machine you learned on, or if you could recommend one for a beginner like me :)
gracias y cuidate!
At 9:49pm on September 10, 2009, Enid Guerra said…
Hello: Please let me know if you are interested in competing in the firsat Latte Art Competition in Puerto Rico. It is the original competition from the WBC. Let me know and I will send all the details. Take care!!!
At 12:17pm on April 24, 2009, Jesse -D-> said…
My friend Casey just got back fro PR. She says that your coffee is excellent. Keep up the good work!

Let me know if you want to try some Gimme! Coffee
At 4:24am on December 6, 2008, Steve MacDowall said…
Hello and greetings from the east coast of Canada - Steve
At 2:11pm on September 24, 2008, Enid Guerra said…
Hello Mario:

Nice to hear from you. Please contact Germán Negrón at 787-644-7370. He might not be available this week. You can also contact Encantos de Puerto Rico at 787-625-6065. If you can't reach them call me at 787-649-4561 and I'll make sure you get contacted. They are the authorized La Marzocco dealer in PR. Please send me your e-mail address to send you information regarding the National Barista Competition. Do you speak Spanish? All communications are in Spanish but I can translate it if you need me to.
Take care.
At 8:04pm on September 3, 2008, Nicely said…
It really is beautiful! I can hardly wait to get back to PR so that I can come see it in person! Let's see, I don't remember all three that I got to use but, I believe two of them were Encantos and Safras? Not sure if I am spelling those correctly. I really wanted to bring some home and just kinda forgot altogether. I enjoyed Safras quite a bit.
At 7:31am on September 3, 2008, Nicely said…
Thank you so much! I really had a wonderful time. I thought of y'all while I was down there. I ended up being really busy and couldn't make a trip to see ya. However the next time that I am on the island I really will make it a point to stop by. I love the photos that you guys have up! The bar looks beautiful!
At 10:21am on August 10, 2008, christos manousidis said…
Thanks for your nice words.
Welcome to bX...friend!
At 5:14pm on June 22, 2008, Enid Guerra said…
I am looking forward to meet you. Please come anytime, call me first to make sure I'll be at the store to welcome you. 787-349-4561.
Best regards,

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