Charlie Biando
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, barista trainer, home barista, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Real-a-delphia USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
a few years
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.
My job: uhhhhh...i deal in secrecy and ambiguity. Get back to you soon.

I know my way around an espresso machine pretty well, can do latte art, am lethal with a mop, and play the game "will it press" a lot.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Definately not Pittsburgh. J to the K.

Portland, OR

A lot of places.
About Me:
Three B's: babes, burgers, and banjos.

the other three B's: Bassisms, Bikes, Barista-ING-isms

I also like "nice" beers and bears, as well as pull up bars, knuckle push ups, and Chris Weybright...especially Chris Weybright.

soooooo, I currently work at Shot Tower Coffee in PHiladelphia. It is great. I get to mostly not take advantage of pressure profiling because I'm so hung up on consistency. But it's a beast. I'm working on holding monthly presentations on factors that affect coffee and are fun! I also hold cuppings at Shot Tower. If you have samples and want notes, you should get in touch!
Prior to Shot Tower, I have been lucky enough to work at some really radical shops. And while I've pulled shifts at a few shops, the last shop I worked at full time was Case Study Coffee in the Hollywood section of Portland, OR. It was a great experience: serving espresso from a very fair, yet mean, 3 group Marzocco Mistral that has individual boilers, preinfusion, pressure profiling, and foot switch activated steamwands! Also CSC's Roburs are foot switch activated. If a foot switch can be added to something, they will do it. They have a commitment to serving locally roasted coffee. The program currently includes Stumptown and Water Ave Roasters; Coava and Sterling are next up on the roster. It was a great experience as I had the opportunity to work directly with these roasters. I had a bit of an espresso renaissance out here. Some serious food for thought on making a great shot.

Prior to Case Study I worked for Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia. It's a Counter Culture Account, run by the awesome Ultimo duo (Aaron and Elizabeth Ultimo, former Murky folk), and one of maybe three or four shops in Philly that's serving some decent coffee. At Ultimo, I was fortunate enough to work with some great people on a beautiful 3 group GB5 (with lights!), Mazzer Robur E, Bee House Pour Over Kits, some press pots, and some Chemexzzzzzzz! They hold cuppings every Friday at 5PM and are always serving different coffees with the seasons.

Also, as hinted at above, I am a bassist. I play in a variety of settings. I grew up playing jazz, went to school for orchestral performance, and am currently getting around in two bands that tour frequently: Hermit Thrushes and Folklore (featuring members of Elf Power). They're pretty different in sound.

Hermit Thrushes is a five piece that has a heavy emphasis on art song. Songs are typically short in length but very dense in content and often change timbrely from delicate, fragile, and soft to very noisy and spastic. We just finished up our first monstrous US tour. It was Totally Rad to say the least and gave me some awesome opportunities to check out some AMAZING coffee. We currently have two albums out: Benaki (Single Girl, Married Girl 2008) and Slight Fountain (Joyful Noise 2009) as well as a much coveted Daytrotter Session under the belt, a 7inch, and a full length album coming out hopefully very soon. Fun, right? check us out:
Our Tour Dates are posted and if anyone's interested in seeing us, hearing us, caffinating us, feeding us, and/or loving us, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME (through the BX or you the best.

Folklore is a newer Philly band that started in Athens, GA with Elf Power guitarist Jimmy Hughes. The band typically consists of two guitars, a drummer, a violinist, a violist, a clarinetist, a bass clarinetist, trumpet, keyboard, and two upright bassists! A lot of sound. Songs tend to genre-wonder between Folk, Yo La Tengo-esque Party Rock, and Venus in Furs-style drone psych! Check us out too:
About My Company:
We make hippo-locks
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Free McDonalds. & "no one serves coffee, no one wakes up..."

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Westing (by Musket and Sextant) pt. 3

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 10:30am 5 Comments


It's been about a month since I got back from my excursions out west. I've written some reviews, reflections, and thoughts of San Francisco and San Diego- perhaps for some good, perhaps not, and probably... in a totally misinformed style. Writing these reviews felt like a good thing to do and easy enough. The voyage ahead, though, write a review or anything about Portland, OR and their coffee scene seems like both suicide and not original.

...but all things need… Continue

Westing (by Musket and Sextant) pt. 2

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

First of all, some may be wondering, "San"

It happened.

But, I did not have a ton of coffee in my time there. I got to SD, checked into my hostel. The one I stayed at is called Lucky D's. It was a pretty sweet little hang, although it was no where near the beach. I'm a city boy, I can deal with it. Except San Diego's inner city is a little weird and well...not an awesome downtown. It's kind of barren, but it's not. There's stuff to do, but for who(m), i… Continue

Westing (by Musket and Sextant) pt. 1

Posted on July 19, 2008 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

Greetings to all,

I am on le tour d'caffe. (<----I think this is french...I'm not sure, I found it in my fridge this morning)

The first stop was San Francisco. I visited Ritual Roasters, Blue Bottle, and the barely open/legal? shop: Four Barrel.

Ritual was pretty rad. Great ambiance, inviting barista presence- nobody kicked me out of the shop after hearing me declare that I was going to serve Chris Baca his ass on an Amoroso long-roll wit'!* INFACT!, they… Continue

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At 10:41am on March 28, 2010, Erika Lee Vonie said…
Charlie!! L & M is fabulous and picking up some more biz-nass now that the warmer weather is upon us. How's the tour going? I hope it's been awesome. Return to the illadelph safely and satiated! See ya around, bucko.
At 7:27am on January 20, 2010, Ian McCarthy said…
That's great! Come to Lincoln for some Cultiva Coffee. What venues are you playing?
At 7:12pm on January 19, 2010, Leah Adams said…
At 12:55pm on December 13, 2009, Zechariah White said…
MAN!!!! I'm just reading your comment from yesterday. Next time you're going to be around, let me know sooner. Redeye Coffee is off of Prince Ave, about 3 to 5 blocks from Farm255. Tell Gregg I said hey.
At 10:24am on October 30, 2009, Sara Louise said…
I have a crush on you.
At 8:32am on October 9, 2009, Nick Griffith said…
Wow, good coffee and crazy entertainment all rolled into one. What a deal! Glad you made over to the store, and glad it was memorable.
At 8:46am on September 23, 2009, Nick Griffith said…
Clearly I don't check BX enough anymore. If you and your band are still coming through LA, I'll gladly show you our cafe(s) and roast works if you've got the time.
At 3:14pm on September 22, 2009, Jason Haeger said…
Hey Charlie, thanks for the add.

I had no idea a philly coffee friend would be passing through town. If it ever happens again, let me know. We'll get you properly caffeinated.
At 5:15am on August 30, 2009, tif said…
next time let me know you're passing through!
weird bumping into you.
At 9:53am on July 21, 2009, Jonathan Morrison said…
its about a forty five mins away, I'd be down though what kind of music is it, and where in provo?

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