January 2008 Blog Posts (68)

Loose Leaf Chai - We need your help!

So, Evoke is interested in serving Chai Tea and Chai Tea Lattes using
premium loose leaf chai. I know there are several cafes around that are
using loose leaf chai even in their lattes.

We have tried several but cannot get it to steep well in the milk.

Any suggestions?

..be bold

Added by Jason Duncan on January 27, 2008 at 5:15pm — 21 Comments

Where the wild things are

I love being the last one out of the shop. Last night I had just

left the shop when I remembered that I had left my cell phone charger

and, when I got back into the shop, I found myself surrounded by

slumbering beasts of burden. The GB5 squatted there on the

counter with its two eerily glowing oval eyes. The Clover

persistantly reminded me to "Stir in cleaner" while the water tower and

the Anfim peeked at me with their little red eyes. In the dark I

could feel… Continue

Added by Joe Stormer on January 27, 2008 at 3:54am — 3 Comments

week #3

So our first 2 weeks went pretty well. No advertising , just word of mouth and a very thirsty downtown business crowd. Each day, except MLK day, which was slow, we have seen an increase in numbers. People are pretty grateful to have a 'real' coffeehouse in town. People also have been looking for a lunch spot, and I have to pay the bills, so on Monday we will add soup and panini to our modest menu offerings. I am trying to strike the balance , staying focused on our outstanding espresso and… Continue

Added by peg bono on January 26, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

An Update of the Spring Break Trip.

Fly from Seattle to Milwaukee. i have a lay over in Minneapolis and unfortunately not long enough to check any cafe out.


Alterra Coffee - Working with Scott Lucey


Ancora Coffee - visiting with Ryan Baughn

Not sure yet, I imagine I can hang out at my friend's cafe at EVP. I still am getting to know about EVP, my friend that I am visiting has been working with them for several years. They roast their own coffee and have some pretty nice… Continue

Added by Sasha King on January 26, 2008 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

May I share my heart?

My introduction to the world of Guatemalan coffee came a short 15 months ago. I really had zero information about coffee, let alone the world associated with it. I am so thankful that my eyes have been opened to the beauty of the world behind my little cup of coffee.

Of course, Guatemalan coffee is superb; every cup is a new beginning for me as I experience the flavor each time anew. It is so multifaceted. It is easy to sell for me, as it sells itself. I could never…


Added by Jan Wardeska on January 26, 2008 at 4:54am — No Comments

oh my god!

oh my god, the coffee shop is almost done!!!!!!!!!

Added by Dan Griffin on January 25, 2008 at 3:54pm — 7 Comments

Barista Exchange v2.0 + Updates

As many have noticed we have a new header and overall design for Barista Exchange. I will be experimenting with the best look and feel for the site as it continues to grow.

we are no longer in BETA mode! woohoo. I will be introducing new functionality each month. A couple things I am working to add soon are:

• Google map/location finder. This is a huge task but I am hoping to

create something like this soon. This may also… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on January 25, 2008 at 12:58pm — 2 Comments

Direct Relationships Flourish in Honduras

Posted by: Mary Dally-Muenzmaier

Stone Creek Coffee's owner and founder, Eric Resch, just recently returned from the lovely and enchanting country of Honduras--a land rich in cultural and coffee growing history. While there, he spent three days visiting microenterprises, including multiple coffee co-ops.

One such co-op…


Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on January 25, 2008 at 10:06am — No Comments

Our Reviews Just Keep Getting Better

Posted by: Mary Dally-Muenzmaier

Local tech head Matt Caton started a blog called Table for Two (and a half): A Milwaukee Family Dining Review back in September of 2007 and since then he's been posting reviews of Milwaukee restaurants, running the culinary gamut from Indian to Thai to American. While his blog focus is fixed on family friendly restaurants--he and his wife have a three year old son--he also looks…


Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on January 25, 2008 at 8:50am — No Comments


Since i already have a blog up and running on blogger i'll just post the link to it here and save myself some trouble. if your interseted click away:


Added by Morgan on January 24, 2008 at 6:58pm — No Comments

how a good cafe ... can be like a good blog

I received an email from Peggy of Rock Creek Coffee Roasters this afternoon and thought I'd share the link. It is interesting how the author compares what people may be looking for in a cafe, to what they may also be looking for in a blog or website.

After reading the post I was curious to apply some to Barista Exchange ... first impression, friendly environment, interaction with the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on January 24, 2008 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Cupping the Cold Away

Posted by: Mary Dally-Muenzmaier

We're not gonna lie to ya, kids, it is crazy cold out there. In fact, it's colder than the glare your mother gives you when she finds out you did something dingbat dangerous when you were young but never told her about and she's missed her chance to punish you for it because you're all grown up now. Come on, you know that glare--it is cold.…


Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on January 24, 2008 at 10:22am — No Comments

It's Official!

I'm heading to Guatemala! I'll be leaving Feb. 4th to start a coffee internship/apprenticeship thingy with Mike Roberts down in Panajachel Guatemala! So if you're in the Pana area for the next month or so, stop by Crossroads Coffee and say hello!

Added by James Spano on January 23, 2008 at 10:23pm — 3 Comments

1st Bar Shift

My 1st bar shift today.

Yikes it went okay a little stressful.

I am learning the menu and the drinks they offer.

hopefully the next shift will be better.

I had a good time.

It was cool I have alot of practical development as a home barista with professional equipment.

Working the bar is a totally different experience.

I did get some nice latte art on a couple of drinks.

Adjusted the grinder finer when no one was looking so the shots where not… Continue

Added by Jason Casale on January 23, 2008 at 10:50am — 3 Comments

useless spoons.

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” –T.S. Eliot.

People come to coffee shops to talk. Everyday I make drinks for long lost duos, newly kindled fires and open wound revelers. The most common chair formation at any coffee house happens to be tables built for two. Two people fit well into a heart-to-heart conversation. Friends come to sit down, perk up and get real with each other.

Currently I am typing in another coffee shop down the street… Continue

Added by Chris Gorney on January 21, 2008 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

My greatest blog post ever...

This is the greatest blog I have ever posted...

It all started at 4:15am. I woke up after 4-5 hours of sleep, showered, shaved, dressed... no coffee yet. I get to the shop at 4:56 give or take. Amanda's mom drops her off as I begin the drip coffees. She's been having car trouble, as an owner you've got to appriciate an employee getting her butt to work on time at 5am without a car...

Shots timed and tested, bakery case full, coffees ready, chairs pushed neatly in to lined… Continue

Added by Mike Shipley on January 21, 2008 at 12:08pm — 9 Comments

Tamper Dream

Last night I had a dream in which I went up in a spaceship to fix a
communication satellite. Unfortunately there was some delay so I
took the opportunity to read a good book, but first I looked out the
portal. I saw that there were somewhere around a dozen more
communication satellites scattered in orbit around the earth, and that
each one was shaped like a tamper with a base the size of Australia.


Added by Joe Stormer on January 21, 2008 at 10:02am — 11 Comments

The Art of Cappuccino and the Art of making money

Today I am pondering this wonderful creation, the cappuccino. A cappuccino will cost you anything between 55p in a

sincerely dreadful vending machine at Doncaster train station (these

are the lengths I go to under the name of research - or possibly

caffeine addiction) to the £2.65 Grande-mug-with-extra-shot at Caffe

Nero. (I would quote Starbucks prices but haven't yet swallowed my

pride enough to dare go in there). I will cover why I need an extra

shot in Nero's… Continue

Added by Bel Townsend on January 21, 2008 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Such is life

What a busy weekend! it all started Friday night with a Barista101Plus.. the plus standing for more individual time with the trainer - i.e me. I had a great time, as as always.. managed to drink heaps of coffee while doing so. Now, coming from a background where it was not un-common for me to knock back 20 coffees a day and passing out at the end of the evening, I thought I would have been fine drinking a few as I went.. Unfortunately, 3am shows-up and my mind is just refusing to settle down!… Continue

Added by Ben Gleeson on January 20, 2008 at 2:59pm — No Comments


I spent this morning pulling $30.00 shots. Thats right. $30.00. If you havn't heard, Miguel Meza (of Paradise Roasters) had started this incredibly interesting side company called R. Miguel. This morning we debued the first R. Miguel coffee the Nectar 2007, a Panama Gesha varietal. Roughly $300.00 a pound. I pulled roughly 20 for people willing to give their taste buds an experience not easily forgotten. I relate pulling those shots to child birth. The intensity of properly handling and… Continue

Added by Andrew Milstead on January 20, 2008 at 5:05am — No Comments

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