Chris Hooton
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  • Detroit, MI
  • United States
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, manager, barista trainer, coffee roaster, consultant, service tech/repair
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Detroit MI USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
15
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
yes
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I love to train new quality baristas! I have grown to crave the smell of roasting coffee in the morning. I love to learn more about coffee and collect data from cuppings, roasting profiles and analysis.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Any where in Michigan and surrounds. Coffee producing nations, and Europe.
About Me:
I am a pastor in Michigan and have worked in the coffee industry as a barista and manager for over fifteen years.
About My Company:
Common Grace Coffee Co. Dearborn MI
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Being with people... oh and the coffee.
Website:
http://www.commongrace.biz

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Chris Hooton's Discussions

Couch surfing

Started Nov 1, 2012 0 Replies

Chicago Barista Exchange?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Hooton Jun 27, 2011. 2 Replies

Heating Element problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wes Russell Jan 27, 2010. 13 Replies

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At 7:23am on May 1, 2012, Chris Hooton said…

Hey everybody!  I am starting a new adventure production roasting with Populace Coffee!

At 4:17am on October 14, 2009, The Beat Cafe said…
Well well it is you...I wish you would have told me that I was talking to the person so kind to offer the barista work>
Thanks for coming in, I hope that you liked the joint?
I will look forward to coming up to your place, please keep me in the loop when you open. send pics and a link to your website I will add it to my site. Us indie's need to stick together
At 12:36pm on September 24, 2009, The Beat Cafe said…
Chris, I have a 3 day period I could use you Oct 3,4,5
call me 734-777-9954
At 1:36pm on April 1, 2009, Derrick Davis said…
Yo Chris! I need to get your phone number. Thanks again, btw, for telling me about this place.
At 11:52am on April 1, 2009, Derrick Davis said…
H Yeah! I think that it already has been. If you noticed, officially I am a grower of coffee :). I haven't been to the farm, but it is myself and 3 friends from Columbia who want to cut out about 3 stages of middlemen. I'm thinking about getting a table-top roaster for fun, just because I will access to some of the best origin coffee's around.
At 10:24am on April 1, 2009, Lindsay Vergin said…
hey Chris! Thanks for visiting us in Minneapolis! Hope you can come again soon!
At 2:57pm on January 29, 2009, Kurt Stauffer said…
Ducks?
At 2:10pm on January 29, 2009, Kurt Stauffer said…
I think I've been to Sebewaing. Perch Fishing just popped into my head... Am I in the ballpark?
At 1:56pm on December 7, 2008, Steve MacDowall said…
Hello Chris, greetings from the east coast of Canada - Steve
At 7:04am on December 4, 2008, Aaron Bolt said…
Ahh, the nefarious flow regulator!!! I knew it!


So, do you know your way around a flow regulator, or do I have to wait 4 weeks for the Cimbali repair people? there's some free Americanos in it for ya...

Chris Hooton's Blog

Finding God in espresso

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Recently I was on a retreat and Fr. Bernie, who was leading it, challenged us to imagine what God tastes like. I was surprised to find that God tastes like espresso. I am still thinking through the implications of this.



The flavor profile I look for in a shot of espresso is one that rumbles and grabs my tongue. It has a boldness and a clean finish with a fine aftertaste. It seems I want that particular profile because it reminds me of how I experience God. I find I look for similar… Continue

A Spiritual Rule in Espresso

Posted on March 29, 2009 at 7:32pm 0 Comments

Musings on the Parable of the Coffee Shop

The parts to a good espresso:

Roasting, Blending and Grinding

The first thing needed in preparing good espresso is a…

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Facebook challenge

Posted on March 28, 2009 at 3:21pm 3 Comments

I created a couple trivia challenges based on the test we use for Barista training - so my trainees could practice. Check them out here: Part 1, Part 2

Modding my machine

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 5:00pm 3 Comments

I did some more work today on my old single group Grindmaster Espressimo machine. The Espressimo heats the group head with a heating element that encircles the top of the group. Mine went out as heating elements like to do. So instead of buy a new calrod element for about 30 bucks (though I didn't think it would be that cheap), I decided to heat it with steam - more like an E61. I simply extended the copper tubing that went to the vacuum breaker valve and routed through the cavity in the group… Continue

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