Benjamin Ripley
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Burrs, boilers, and water source.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Latté 911 Jul 1, 2013. 5 Replies

Dear barista exchange.I have been working at a coffee shop since it opened about 14 months ago. When we began, our coffee was sweet and clear, and though we were young and learning I believe that the…Continue

Tags: build, up, filtration, scale, descaling

Espresso inconsistencies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brady May 13, 2013. 4 Replies

Hi Barista exchange,I am brewing an espresso blend equal parts brazil, El Salvador, and Papua New Guinea. When it is pulling right it has bright, citrus tones throughout with a deep spicy body that…Continue

Tags: grinder, dose, inconsistent, Espresso

Badass Baristas

Started Dec 28, 2012 0 Replies

What is everyone's most awesome coffee experience? This could be a story about yourself, or someone you worked with, or someone who served you.My story is this: I had one customer in the other day.…Continue

Tags: badass, Barista

Traditional Americano: portions and taste difference

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael B. Nov 13, 2012. 10 Replies

I am trying to develop the americano served at my coffee shop, and am finding myself at something of a loss. I recently updated my macchiato recipe based on taste. I started with what I believed to…Continue

Tags: taste, espresso, traditional, Americano

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Grand rapids , USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Seattle, Vancouver, Italy, Ethiopia... ya know.
About Me:
I am a lover. I love people, I love music, I love coffee, but most of all I love learning from and about all these things and more.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The ever present desire to improve individual skills, and the product as a whole.

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