Bryan Wray
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  • Vancouver, WA
  • United States
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Bryan Wray's Discussions

Roasters: Where do you purchase your bags?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Feb 23, 2011. 22 Replies

Anchorage? Anything anything?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Spence Nov 12, 2010. 8 Replies

Oops! Procrastination... any CF Passes still around?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Spence Oct 27, 2010. 3 Replies

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Profile Information

What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee shop owner, barista trainer, coffee roaster
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Vancouver, WA
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?
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Contact me with an exchange option and I'll let you know if I'm willing to go!
About Me:
Coffee is terrifying isn't it?

As baristas we usually screw up the coffee more than anyone else before us; that's if we're paying attention and at least a little lucky. Temperature, dose, dwell time, pressure, bloom, tamp, extraction time, coffee rest, grind. The variables are daunting.

Should you dose 18 grams? 18.5? 19 grams? Should the temperature be 200.5f? 201? How much should the shot yield? How long should it take? 25 seconds? 28 seconds? Pre-infusion? And what about tomorrow when the coffee is older, the air pressure is different and the door opens?

As professional baristas, the variables that face us from day to day are some of the most critical and finicky of any at any point in the chain.

It isn't our responsibility to add to the coffee. It's our responsibility not to screw it up. To pay attention. To learn. To educate. To adapt. To showcase everyone else's hard work while making ours look effortless.

If that isn't terrifying to you as a barista you need to reset your focus.

Welcome to coffee.
About My Company:
Compass Coffee is a quality focused roasting company with three cafe locations in the areas around Portland, OR. Our cafes focus on more traditional beverages with an emphasis on comparing different single origin espressos, as well as manually brewed coffees. We strive to obsess.

Some companies develop large mission statements with elaborate details, lofty goals, and words so foreign and confusing that you spend as much time deciphering it as the company did developing it.

While our goals are many and our passion is immense, our mission is simple. We want every person that walks out of our door to know one thing about coffee:

“Coffee is Culinary.”

Stop by one of our locations and experience our mission at work.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Education through exploration.

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Bryan Wray's Blog

Cupping Updates!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:55pm 0 Comments

I could post all of them here, but it's just easier to post the link to the blog.

Some top tier Ethiopians, wet and dry processed. Some Burundis and some cocoas for a little change of pace. Also a rant about people that don't care about where a coffee comes from. :)


Time to Update Your Profile

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 6:23am 3 Comments

Lately, when I think about some of the fancy-pants new machines hitting the market, I feel completely at a loss. For the first time in a really long time, it seems like- as far

as the coffee industry is concerned- technology might be moving faster

than we are able to process it. I don’t mean to say that we fully

understand all technologies that have been presented to us over the

past couple decades, but if I were to speak…


18 Days

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 11:10pm 0 Comments

Blog Page

As the majority of the country starts to save up for the Holidays, I’ve started saving right along with them, but for a completely different reason: I’m moving to the West Coast.

I’m truly excited about the move. Sure it’s a fresh start in a new city, with new people and new surroundings, but that’s not my main reason for excitement. I’ve never felt truly challenged as a barista before, and I am… Continue

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At 3:58pm on September 13, 2011, Matt Milletto said…
That's awesome!
At 11:01am on July 23, 2011, becca. said…
long time, no throw down. hows the other coast?
At 3:25pm on February 5, 2011, BreAnn Veldstra said…

Hey!! I am taking a road tirp from Alaska to San Diego in May! Where in Vancover are you located?

Ide love to try a cup of coffee from you!  

At 8:57pm on January 26, 2011, Benza Lance said…
I gotta say, thanks for all the kind words. Its been a while since Ive been up thataways, and last time was 'the roadtrip from hell', but I should be up there within te next few months. Your place is on the itinery fa sho. 
At 10:01pm on November 19, 2010, Mark said…
It's not the same at all, but yet it is. The old faces are gone pretty much with the exception of a few.... I was in AZ for Labor Day and scoped out some properties there... IF I decide to go anywhere else Phoenix metro is my next home.... At least thats the 5 year plan. But really it's pretty much business as usual here. I can't complain...
At 2:57pm on November 19, 2010, Mark said…
Yep, still holding it down (while pondering why I'm not somewhere that is warm year round).
At 5:16pm on November 18, 2010, Mark said…
Is there any other Mark that rocks as much as I do?
At 7:16pm on November 9, 2010, Lynnette Norman said…
Well I just finished my Pdx run. I'm still in Seattle though!
At 3:41pm on October 26, 2010, Mike Spence said…
Hi Bryan, Free passes are already passed. But! I have some generic fake names registered for the show. If you call me at the show on my cell (253-820-1587) I can see if I still have some left - Otherwise, I do have passes that discount that down to $10.00 when used on site.
Hope that helps! Call me for more info if you want - 800-454-4434
At 5:57am on August 22, 2010, Brady said…
Hey Bry. I didn't see anything offensive in that thread. I thought all of the responses were appropriate, given that it started off as a rant anyway. There was no moderation activity that I'm aware of. The discussion disappeared when the OP left the community - which he seems to have done on his own. You know I'll tag you in the unlikely event that you get too far out. I hope your summer is good so far. Take care!

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