March 2008 Blog Posts (77)

cutsomers, do we really need them?

Apart for them buying the coffee (which pays for the coffees, rent, utilities, my paycheck, and sometimes they may even tip), what else do they do?

I know for a fact we try to put some (I am an at beast eager to say mine is meager) latte art on their drinks, which they just cap it, chug it, and give us a near look in the eye like they even noticed it was coffee.

Why is there art? I like art, I am an artist (not a latte artist, mind you), but i can draw stick figures, and… Continue

Added by seeblank on March 31, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Why work fo a Licensed Starbucks?

Starbucks has a lot of controversy, especially within the professional coffee world, and I understand that fully. I'm often looked down upon by both professionals and by Starbucks baristas alike because I worked for a licensed (almost like a franchise but not quite) Starbucks store. So I'm writing this blog to clear up what my purpose is for working at such a place, and my plans for the future.

First off, my paychecks are signed by the Kroger owned company Fred Meyer, a Northwestern… Continue

Added by Shanna on March 31, 2008 at 11:24am — 2 Comments

Western Regional Barista Competition

A huge congrats to all who were involved in this past weekends Western Regional Barista Competition. I have already heard from many people in attendance that it was one of the best barista events to date!

A big round of applause for all of the competitors, and for the top three:

1st Place, Chris Baca, Ritual Coffee Roasters

2nd Place, Kyle Glanville, Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters

3rd Place, Heather Perry, Coffee… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 31, 2008 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Virgin Post... Like making your First piece of Latte Art.

First entry in to the Blog. Actually first entry in to a blog ever. Im not much of a Internet nerd but due to this Coffee Version of Myspace. I think I will spend more time at a computer with a cup of coffee in hand. I am currently drinking Borogrove Ethiopian Yirg and am loving it. I brew all of my coffee in a DeLonghi Moka Pot and grind fresh in a 16 setting grinder. I think this is as close as I can get to having the best quality cup of coffee with the least priced equipment possible. I… Continue

Added by Scott Baldwin on March 29, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Zander Nosler from Clover speaks out ...

Taken from an article from todays New York Times ... Zander Nosler writes:

“Our decision to become part of Starbucks wasn’t easy but I’m happy with how things have turned out on every level. I truly believe this is our best chance to change the coffee industry for the better ­ and that is a great opportunity to have. We didn’t know what… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 28, 2008 at 3:12pm — 13 Comments

Barista Exchange does a Podcast!

It has been a while but we did another Bellissimo Podcast yesterday, and Bruce decided to do it on ... drum roll ... Barista Exchange :)

After you listen to the podcast, feel free to check it out, it's 20 minutes on bX and what I have planned for the future ... Click here to listen to the Bellissimo Podcast.


-… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 28, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments Podcast #75 - "Caragay on a Rampage!!!"

From Hunt Valley, MD. Another long-awaited PF-Podcast, and we hope it's worth the wait.

- What Is Peter Giuliano Thinking About Today When Hanging Out With Geoff Watts And What Is HE Thinking About Today?

- SCAA Board of Directors Nominees Marty Curtis and Al Liu,

- and the long-awaited rant from Caragay on the Clover-Starbucks deal. Hope it doesn't… Continue

Added by Nick Cho on March 27, 2008 at 9:25pm — No Comments

LIVE BLOG - Western Regional Barista Competition 2008

Wishing you all could be here! For those of you that can't we'll have live blogging, with play by plays some some folks you know in the industry and some you may not know - besides and behind the scenes stuff too. Look for it at photos too. Just in case of problems there go to - and add your two cents!

Kerry & John Laird & the crew at Pacific Bay Coffee Co. &… Continue

Added by Pacific Bay Coffee Co. & Micro-Roastery on March 27, 2008 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Understanding and Thoughts of Coffee Science

PDF version of this article,


(Peter Tam, Kaffa Café)

After years of learning and understanding about coffee, we had formed our own understanding, or even we call it coffee theory. Although we cannot be sure if it can be called a full established theory or not, we do have our own understanding about… Continue

Added by Peter Tam on March 27, 2008 at 8:00am — 2 Comments


Posted by: Steve Hawthorne

As could probably guess, we LOVE coffee! You could also probably guess that there is an entire world of people out there that love it too. From May 2-5, coffee lovers from all over the world will converge upon Minneapolis, MN for the Specialty Coffeee Association of America's 20th Annual Conference and Exhibition. This event is a trade show for coffee industry profesionals and enthusiasts. More than 500 exhibitors will showcase the latest and most… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on March 26, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

pictures from the estonian barista championships - Re Posted

Re posting this for Jaanus Savisto and making the link hot. Thanks Jannus!

Click here for pictures of the competition

Added by Matt Milletto on March 26, 2008 at 9:06am — No Comments

Farewell to Stumptown Clover Coffee

An article in the Oregonian today about how Stumptown will stop using Clovers to brew coffee in their retail stores by Friday.

"We've never purchased parts or service from Starbucks in the past, and we're not going to start now," said Matt Lounsbury, Stumptown's director of operations, who said the company's two stores with Clovers… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 26, 2008 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

I am possibly blind

1) how do you change your display picture?
2) how do you view your profile?

Added by Gabrielle on March 26, 2008 at 1:16am — 1 Comment

Café Kultur TORR Tampers: Review

Not sure if anyone else out there has picked up a TORR tamper, but I wanted to share with you this cool new product. I received my new Zebra Wood TORR tamper from TerraKeramik last week. It is their newest offering since their great line of "competition" quality ceramic capp and espresso cups.

I must say the tamper is a true work of art, it fits my hand similar to the beloved espresso craft tamper I have been using, and… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 25, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Barista Video Channel

I just wanted to share my collection of well over 500 barista/coffee video with you:

Have a look and see what you think. If you like,you can add to my collection.

Added by Jochem on March 25, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Ritual Coffee Roasters/Barista Exchange Meet Up/Taco Truck Party S.F. March 29th.

Hey Guys,

Wanted to announce another chance for bX'ers to meet up and party. The official party being thrown by Ritual Coffee Roasters will take place this Saturday at Ritual Coffee Roasters at 1026 Valencia St. San Fransisco 94110

Barista Exchange will be there in spirit(s). Come out and get down with your local bay area baristas, and all the others in town for the WRBC! Bring espresso!

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on March 25, 2008 at 9:02am — No Comments

Starbucks to try its hand at social networking

At least I had Howard beat on this idea :) ...

... "Schultz isn't stopping there. He also wants customers to push back to the company using In other words, the coffeehouse's own social networking site. Schultz wants to empower his customers to help shape the future direction of the coffeehouse he founded.

This is more than a blog or a forum -- customers can discuss ideas, argue about them, post new ideas, vote… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 24, 2008 at 4:43pm — 4 Comments

murky coffee training video #2: paper towels

Added by Nick Cho on March 24, 2008 at 2:19pm — 7 Comments

Our New FTO Sumatra!

Posted by: Stephen Bybee, SCC Roaster

I've just had a cup, or maybe three, of our new Fair Trade Organic Sumatra, an absolutely delightful new crop offering from a relatively new fair trade coop in Sumatra. Stone Creek usually purchases our Fair Trade Organic Sumatra from the PPKGO coop in the Gayo mountain region of northern Sumatra, but this time we are trying out a Mandheeling offering from the KBQB coop in the Aceh province of northern Sumatra. When I initially cupped this coffee… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on March 23, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

murky coffee training video series #1

Courtesy Travis Edwards (murky barista). The first in a series of training videos. The information herein is PROPRIETARY, but I thought I'd share nonetheless.… Continue

Added by Nick Cho on March 23, 2008 at 8:16am — 2 Comments

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