March 2008 Blog Posts (77)

So. I. did. it. Ha!

So. I. did. it. Ha!

Added by Sarah on March 22, 2008 at 3:35pm — 2 Comments

A Simple Analysis of Coffee Consumption

Consumption Analysis.pdf

When we look at the statistic figures of coffee consumption for different countries or regions, we may use different way and units for them. Then, we may have different pictures or understandings of them. For Italy, they used to count in cups, for some reason, while for other countries, they used to do in consumed amount of coffee beans or grounds. For example,… Continue

Added by Peter Tam on March 22, 2008 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

A General Idea of Coffee Industry in China

The Chinese coffee market was started to grow about ten years ago. That was 1997. Maybe in 1992, few of cafes independent from grand hotels were established, but not many. So, I would consider the start of Chinese coffee market was about 1997. For example, one of the famous cafe chain in Beijing, Scrupting Times, was established in 1997. This is one of the commercially succeeded cafes in Beijing.

It was about ten years later than in the States, considering the fact that… Continue

Added by Peter Tam on March 21, 2008 at 11:24am — 2 Comments

Starbucks Ordered to Pay More Than $100 Million in Back Tips

Oh boy ...

SAN DIEGO — A Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered Starbucks Corp. to pay its California baristas more than $100 million in back tips and interest that the coffee chain paid to shift supervisors.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett also issued an injunction that prevents Starbucks' shift supervisors from sharing in future tips, saying state law prohibits managers and supervisors from sharing in employee gratuities.

Starbucks spokeswoman… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 21, 2008 at 9:27am — 3 Comments

Updates and Redesign Features

So as many of you can tell, there have been a substantial redesign to how content is displayed on the site. Also, there are a lot of updated features! It will take a few days I think to get used to the new stuff, but it is all well thought out and adds a lot of functionality to the site.…


Added by Matt Milletto on March 21, 2008 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

Starbucks Coffee Company to Acquire the Coffee Equipment Company and Its Revolutionary Clover(R) Brewing System

Not sure what to think about this ... still in shock a bit. Will post more later.

Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire The Coffee Equipment Company and its proprietary Clover(R) brewing system. The Coffee Equipment Company is a privately held coffee equipment developer and manufacturer based in Seattle, Wash. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.…


Added by Matt Milletto on March 19, 2008 at 12:14pm — 80 Comments

ASCAP, BMI and SESAC's Harassment of Small Coffeehouses is Bad Business

Let me make something very clear at the outset of this post: Both my husband and I are songwriters and artists and as such have a vested interest in license and distribution royalty rights--in fact, it makes us absolutely giddy to be paid for our work. That being said, I find the harassing, heavy-handed tactics employed by ASCAP, BMI and SESAC against small, independent cafés to be not only… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on March 19, 2008 at 9:30am — 11 Comments

Easter Egg Hunt on PT's website!

This year we decided to try something new for the Easter holidays. We are having an Easter Egg Hunt on our website through Easter Sunday! Go to and see if you can find little eggs that offer promotional codes!

Added by Holly on March 18, 2008 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Putumayo Recording Artist to Perform at Coffee Kids 20th Anniversary Dinner

Luca Mundaca Our 20th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for May 3, 2008, at the SCAA Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis, Minn., just keeps getting better. We’re happy to announce that Luca Mundaca, a recording artist with Putumayo World Music, will be performing at the event.

Mundaca, a self-taught guitarist and vocalist, has appeared on the Putumayo compilations "Women of the World Acoustic" and "Brazilian Lounge." She was born in Chile and moved with her family to a small town… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on March 18, 2008 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Great American Dessert Expo Crap !

OK who else is pissed at these freaking people from Great American Dessert Expo calling every 3 hours claiming that they're still affiliated with the CoffeeFest* and begging you to buy admission tickets??

They keep calling my cell phone @ that!

Not just that but after attending the Coffee Fest Atlanta (which was tons of fun by the way) I noticed all these companies were "cold calling" me and saying I gave them my number at their booth when I KNOW full well I didn't… Continue

Added by Loren Anthony on March 18, 2008 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

Help me get to Copenhagen!

Hello Barista Colleagues!
I have entered a contest with the Travel Channel asking Anthony Bourdain to take me to Copenhagen for the World Barista Championship. Please view, rate and add your comments! Thanks so much!

Added by Lita Lopez on March 17, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Latte Art War Declared!

Peter Pachal of the high tech blog DVICE has posted a video of a modified Philips 8155 x-y flatbed plotter printing out detailed latte art with edible ink. While it's a clever little gadget, it takes about two extra minutes and that's way too long to have my latte just sittin' there.

Baristas who practice the time honored skill of latte art have not yet responded to this most recent and provocative move by the… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on March 17, 2008 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Great Lakes Regional Competition

Lets be honest,
This weekend was nothing less than amazing. It was full of drama, passion, and freaking amazing people.

Thanks to everyone this weekend who painted a beautiful picture of what true community looks like. I am so thankful that I am apart of something that represents passion, intimacy, and commitment.

Added by Jake Randalll on March 17, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Coffee Kids Voice from the Field: Miriam Canto Juarez

Miriam Canto Juarez is a 13-year-old from the community Ocotitlan, Ixhuatlan de Café, Veracruz, Mexico. She takes part in programs run by Coffee Kids partner, Self-Managed Development (AUGE).

Miriam Canto Juarez "I am part of the children’s savings group called ’Coral,’ this year with the help of Coffee Kids, our group has received… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on March 17, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Happy St. Patricks Day! May all your coffees be Irish.

Follow the classic recipe from the Buena Vista in San Fran. You Ritual peeps better be down there right now! Happy St. Patties everyone!

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on March 17, 2008 at 9:18am — No Comments

What the hell I think I am doing...

Even the words terrify me now. "Upgrade Proposal". I have to write exactly what I want to do with this project, 4000 words, and then a panel interview to defend The Plan. I've still got a couple of months, but it is now becoming obvious that before I can convince other people that this is a good, plausible idea, I need to figure out once and for all what that idea actually is.

I've been faffing. Farting around with vaguely academic concepts and seeing how they could possibly be… Continue

Added by Bel Townsend on March 17, 2008 at 3:52am — 4 Comments

tapping pitchers

sooo... i know that tapping the milk when you are done steaming seperates the milk and microfoam, but with a good swirl doesn't it adequately mix it in again to make it velvety smooth?

Someone told me that I should be able to make foam so perfectly that you don't have to tap it or swirl it before you pour. Is that true? I don't recall if I've ever seen anyone NOT tap the pitcher. Is that a goal I should aspire to? anyway...I'm just learning to do latte art and stuff, so any help with… Continue

Added by Noelle on March 16, 2008 at 10:04pm — 4 Comments

St. Patrick's Eve

'Twas the night before St. Pat's Day and all the through the house,
Just one creature was stirring, the wee Guinness mouse.
All the pint glasses were on the bar top with care,
In the hopes that St. Patrick soon would be there!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Added by Troy Reynard on March 16, 2008 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Tips for a Cure, Contributing to Race for a Cure to Breast Cancer

So, I had my first fund raiser at my little coffee bar, I challenged my customers to raise money for the Race for a Cure, to cure breast cancer. I matched the first $100 dollars of tips raised we raised a total of $233.00. It was an easy way to give back as well as a great way to connect with my customers. Many of them came up and told me their stories and thanked me for doing a little bit to build awareness and to give back to the community.

On a side note the event also increased… Continue

Added by James "Cosmo" Cramer on March 15, 2008 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Meeting "The Hoff" and today's cupping for joy.

First, let me say James Hoffmann is every bit a champion as his title establishes him. What a great guy to educate people about coffee, I mean, really. A nice guy, very personable, with the ability to guide you in the ways of espresso without you even knowing it. Bloody brilliant, I say. I went along with most of our small coffee company, and we were all impressed with the whole thing. It was great to hear him talk of his ride to the top, and to be able to see him work his espresso magic right… Continue

Added by Jason Dominy on March 14, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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