jonathan bonchak
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Coffee Road Trip to Asheville / Chattanooga!

Started Jun 8, 2011 0 Replies

Hey friends,I'll be tearing through western NC this weekend. If you'd like to meet up for a beer (or a coffee, of course!), let me know. I'll be brewing iced chemex's of some of my coffee at the…Continue

Craft beer / craft coffee - "That brewery sucks," a blog post

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremy Gray Feb 6, 2011. 1 Reply

Hey folks,I recently highly enjoyed this blog post from a local brewery in Durham NC that really got me thinking. I wanted to post it here for you all to read and think about. I think there are some…Continue

Tags: word, of, mouth, marketing, branding

Another thread about portable machines / gas powered....

Started this discussion. Last reply by jonathan bonchak Oct 27, 2010. 1 Reply

Hi friends, I found a helpful thread about portable espresso / gas powered setups on here previously started by Gwilym Davies that answered some questions. But I was hoping to get any extra advice…Continue

Tags: gas, portable, lever, espresso, cart

West NC Coffee Road Trip

Started this discussion. Last reply by jonathan bonchak Oct 6, 2010. 2 Replies

What's up Carolina coffee people!?'m heading west tomorrow...Ashevegas, down to Chattanooga. Let's have some coffee...then a few beers? Hit me up!Rock n roll...JonathanContinue

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, barista trainer, home barista, coffee enthusiast, industry professional, service tech/repair, supplier
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Raleigh, NC
How many years have you been in the industry?
6 years, drinking the black water since '93!
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 began as a "barista" at a Starbucks on the corner of Craig St in Pittsburgh while attending school at Pitt studying English Lit. It, the experience at SBux, was awesome. The coffee not so much. At the time we were rocking mazzers and big ol 4 group Linea. So there.

Jump forward a few years, I'm here in Raleigh NC. I dipped my feet in the specialty coffee world working for a smaller local roaster. Got burnt out on that and instead of giving in, decided to jump in deeper and am now the sales director for another, smaller, local roaster, Joe Van Gogh, having a blast, making friends, drinking boatloads of great coffee.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
everywhere. But mostly return trips to Chicago and NYC. Will hit the PNW someday soon!
About Me:
I love coffee but it is not my "passion".
I'm passionate about my wife, my dog, and music.
Coffee however, is an amazing thing and I love it and all the people dedicated to the craft from the farmers, pickers, millers, exporters, importers, roasters, baristas, and my mom at home, still rocking the same melitta cone that she has been for the past 50 years before any of you pourover freaks knew anything. hahaha!
About My Company:
Joe Van Gogh makes the coffee bean our canvas and your palate our exhibition space. Before the phrase "artisanal" was attached to coffee roasting, before it was part of our marketing-saturated daily lexicon, our coffee roasters were learning their craft in a coffeehouse, 12 pounds at a time.

Ever since, for more than 15 years, we've roasted coffee every day, quietly developing the skill and touch, the taste and savvy to make masterpieces of the world's finest coffees one batch, one cup, one shot at a time.

Joe Van Gogh operates coffee shops in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We roast all our coffee at our production headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Our fresh roasted coffee is also available at many restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and grocery stores in North Carolina.
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At 5:39pm on November 3, 2014, Stephanie Assa said…

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At 9:36pm on April 15, 2011, christopher myers said…

Hey Jonathan,

I was searching the forums for some info and found your post on portable espresso machines.  We're building a coffee cart from scratch, and I noticed you mentioned using the battery pack+inverter setup.  We'd like to go this route but are having a hard time finding a good instructional on how to set it up.  Was wondering if you had any advice, or could tell me how you figured it out.  We'll be using the basics: 1 maybe 2 grinders, water pump, probably gas/lever La san marco...Thanks, and hope your business is booming :)


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