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The role of latte art?

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Flojet bottled water pump?

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Changes to technique in the past decade?

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, manager, barista trainer, coffee enthusiast, industry professional, service tech/repair, entrepreneur
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Charlotte NC
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I love drinking coffee and learning more about the ways to prepare it. My goals are to educate my customers and raise the bar for coffee in Charlotte.
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About Me:
Tech/Owner of Carolina Espresso Services, an espresso machine repair company located in south Charlotte, NC.

Proud member of Charlotte Coffee Community and the SCAA.

SCAA certified Lead Instructor.

In my spare time, I'm a home cook, a gardener, and enjoy hanging out with my 7 year old son.
About My Company:
Carolina Espresso Services is a coffee and espresso equipment repair company located in Matthews NC, just southeast of Charlotte. We service all major brands of espresso equipment, specializing in Nuova Simonelli, Astoria, Rancilio, and La Marzocco espresso machines, Compak and Mazzer grinders, and Fetco and Bunn coffee equipment. I am a factory-trained Nuova Simonelli, Astoria, Rancilio, and Egro super-automatic equipment tech.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Everyone I meet is great!

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Thank you, Barista Exchange community.

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 7:18am 3 Comments

Hi all,


In light of some recent comments regarding the continued usefulness of online discussion communities, I wanted to take a second to say thank you.


Thank you, Barista Exchange community, for continuing to make this a place where we can come together to ask questions, discuss (and sometimes argue) with each other, learn from each other, and grow together in our understanding. Together, we've created a…


More than you ever wanted to know about three-way solenoids.

Posted on December 26, 2010 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

There have been some good discussion posts on the topic of 3-way brew solenoids lately.  I just wanted to add a little explanation of 3-way valves to help people understand how they function in espresso machines and problems you may see.


First, thanks to Terry Z and the Espresso Parts guys for putting up great pics of these parts on their site.  Most of the pics that follow came from there.…


Our one year anniversary

Posted on December 21, 2008 at 4:30am 5 Comments

The Coffee Garden just celebrated our 1-year anniversary yesterday. Hard to believe that it has only been a year, it seems like we've been open nearly forever. Funny how anniversaries usually lead to reflection, looking back on everything that has happened.

I'd like to thank everyone here in the bX community. I've learned quite a bit and gotten some great ideas from discussions here. Our store has benefited greatly from this community, and I appreciate it. Thank you.

Even… Continue

Going up against the clown

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 6:00pm 7 Comments

We've been hearing the rumors for a few weeks. The shipping container was dropped in the parking lot 2 weeks ago. We knew the day was coming, and now its here - soon we go to war against the clown with the big red shoes! That's right, I have a newly renovated McCafe' 50 yards from our front door. I saw the shiny new super-auto this afternoon when I picked up my QP w/Cheese. Hoppers still empty, not a smudge or a loose ground anywhere on it. Strategically located far enough from the fry-o-lator… Continue

Our "Derby Day" tradition

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

There is a tradition at my house. On Derby Day, we eat fried chicken and drink Mint Juleps.

To be clear, I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm not even from Louisville. Maybe its because my brother Nick is a chef there and The Derby is a pretty significant event in his world. More likely, its because it is associated with a pretty good (and rather unusual) drink.

So on Derby Day, we eat fried chicken and drink Mint Juleps.

OK... its a cliche. I'm fine with… Continue

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At 8:50am on June 28, 2011, Jason Haeger said…
So, apparently, Gr.3 hadn't been used since the GB5 had been installed in their(Stoval's) house (and removed from the shop).  If I had known that first, I would have chemical-cleansed it first.  The screw suffered from metal fatigue, according to a machinist.  He's going to see what he can do.  Crazy times.  Tell your peeps to keep their stuff clean! (not that you don't already, but here's a horror story to keep in your pocket in case you need to scare them into it)
At 7:42am on February 22, 2011, Todd Lowe said…
Hey, Brady.  Good to hear from you.
At 11:59am on February 4, 2011, Graeme Duhamel said…

Hi Brady,


have you tried the pullman barista tamper? i bought i myself a few months ago and i think its fantastic. i am interested in your opinion on how this compares to RB's tall classic and would also like to know which is your personal tamper of choice.



At 12:27pm on January 23, 2011, Scott Guglielmino said…
Hey Brady, sorry I was not able to comment before the thread was closed. Give me a call Monday and I'll be happy to continue the conversation. 206-706-9104 x118
At 12:25pm on December 23, 2010, Eli Masem said…
thanx brady. hope you have a great holiday.  I am happily breaking in my simonelli.
At 6:08am on December 5, 2010, Chase Mann said…
Awesome photos Brady. Those espresso shots look gorgeous and absolutely yummy. You've got a really great looking shop there too.

It's always nice when someone in a related field (equip & repair services in your case) takes the time to learn the other side of the equation ... helps them to understand the passion of coffee more I think.
At 9:14am on September 21, 2010, Brent hall said…
that's right..I'm commenting on post...I'm Back! at least for a minute before lunch.
At 10:08pm on August 21, 2010, Bryan Wray said…
Not sure if you closed it out or not, but sorry if it was my comment that took that rant thread out of the lineup. I figured one rant deserved another, but I know I can be a pain sometimes... If you ever need me to cool it, just let me know.
At 5:28am on June 11, 2010, I am Espresso Guy said…
wats up! brad! Thanks for adding me as your friend......I am hoping that we will have a great talk about coffee.....and by the way I admired your coffee shop......
At 3:52pm on June 7, 2010, said…
Hey Brady, thanks for the visit! Those mugs have been awesome, our little statement against the lameness of quantity over quality. They've turned out quite popular. Will have to stop in when I find myself in your parts, whenever that may be...


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