March 2009 Blog Posts (55)

A Trip to Remember

Posted by: Steve Hawthorne

At the end of February, my friend and colleague Athena and I took a trip to visit the coffee growing regions of El Salvador. For those of us that work in the coffee industry, visiting a farm is a must do in our career. Over the next couple of weeks, Athena and I will be compiling our notes and pictures to put together a presentation that will include photos, video footage, and stories of our travels. In the mean time, I wanted to share some of my thoughts… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on March 13, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Coming Soon...Burundi-Factory Reserve!

Posted by: Steve Hawthorne

Andrew Carnegie was an innovative entrepreneur in the railroad business during the late 1800s. He is often remembered for the remark, "Pioneering dont pay." While this may be true for mass production businesses, it couldn’t be farther from the truth in the world of specialty coffee.

Our latest Factory Reserve was sourced for us by our friends at Café Imports in Minneapolis. Their team is constantly on the hunt for unique, treasure coffees all… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on March 13, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Looking to buy an used PROBAT L25 immidiate buy!

I am looking for a Probat L25 , located preferably in the USA (but not necesaraly). Late year preferably (late 90's early 00's).

Added by Sergio on March 13, 2009 at 7:50am — No Comments

Win Your Own Home Roaster!

Coffee Kids recently had a Sonofresco Table Top Roaster donated by Elan Organic Coffee for a drawing/fundraiser at the SCAA Expo. The roaster, valued at $3,500, is easy-to-use and appropriate for small cafes and home roasting enthusiasts, and has a two-pound roasting capacity.

The drawing will be held at the Coffee Kids Reception on Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Expo in Room 302A of the Georgia World Congress Center.… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on March 12, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

New Haven Barista Jam

The first ever New Haven, CT Barista Jam will be held at Blue State Coffee this Friday. The event is a benefit for Bikes to Rwanda and will feature: FREE BEER, Latte Art Throwdown, Barista Competition Primer & more.

All coffee people in the Elm City are invited, plus, one guest. Donations will be… Continue

Added by Benjamin H Wilkinson on March 11, 2009 at 7:42pm — 1 Comment

See us in Barista mag page 23 Feb/March

Thanks Barista magazine and Topica

Added by Coffee Slingers Roasters on March 11, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Michael Phillips: A Man of Story

By now many of you know about the the culmination of the USBC with Chicago native Mike Phillips taking the crown this year. You, however, might not be privy to the story that makes this victory all the sweeter and highlights a truly epic story of challenge and determination; sacrifice and perseverance.

I had the privilege of competing with Mike at the GLRBC just a few weeks ago at Navy Pier in Chicago. Mike was last year's regional champion, and many looked with expectation to see… Continue

Added by Chris DeMarse on March 11, 2009 at 12:05pm — 6 Comments

Coffee Recipes

Coffee Granita

Bon Appétit, August 2000


In Italy, Coffee Granita is served in tall glasses filled halfway with granita and topped with whipped cream. We’ve added some white chocolate and anise-flavored liqueur.


Makes 8 servings.


* 4 cups freshly brewed strong… Continue

Added by jenny on March 10, 2009 at 1:40am — No Comments

DQ'd for time, I am going to go commit barista suicide and have a McCaffe

Oh man, I cannot even begin to say how heartbroken I am right now. yeah it was only my second competition, but holy hell 16:23? I am going to go get plastered and hopefully make it to the end tomorrow without crying. At least I know that in that time I fucking nailed my performance, it was everything I wanted to say and I feel the coffee rocked. My shots were coming out so good. If anyone knows where I can see the performance, I know it was streaming online, I just want to look at it. there's… Continue

Added by Claire Marie on March 5, 2009 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

December Review

New Year, New People in my Life, but Coffee is still my “Main Squeeze.” As I dive deeper into the wonderful world of coffee, I find my eyes getting larger and larger with the excitement of a five year old child unwrapping her gifts on Christmas Day. From Jasmine-like aromas to distinct honeyed tastes, my coffee palate has begun to develop, and with a mind of its own, it lusts only after the very best...

December Review and Coffee Selection

While November’s Jam took our members… Continue

Added by CoffeeJunkie on March 4, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments


has anyone worked on a Mahlkonig grinder before? I am going to try it out for the competition, and I was just wondering...

Added by Claire Marie on March 4, 2009 at 9:23am — 5 Comments

New Coffee Blog- Daily Demitasse

I finally broke down and started a coffee blog. With a passion for coffee and writing, I'm combining the best of both worlds into this no-nonsense caffeinated blog.

Daily Demitasse will cover topics such as: Cafe’ Customer FAQ’s, Barista stories, Overheard in the cafe’, advice and tips about coffee.

If you would like to contribute to my blog, please e-mail me at

Added by Jennifer Vaaler on March 3, 2009 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

Back from El Salvador

Posted by: Steve Hawthorne

Athena and I arrived home from El Salvador on Sunday evening. We had an amazing trip and learned a great deal about how coffee gets from producing countries to our morning cup. The experiences that we had have changed our views and thoughts on how we enjoy coffee. We also enjoyed the incredible 95 degree weather!

As we get settled in and sort through our notes and photos, there will be more blog entries to come about our trip and the coffees that… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on March 3, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Looking for a Barista possibly...

If there are any baristas out there looking for a job which pays nothing except room and board at a coffeeshop located in the southern zone of Costa Rica on the pacific coast it would be nice to have some relief.

I'm just saying...

Added by Joe on March 2, 2009 at 7:24pm — 2 Comments

Vancouver goodness anyone?

So I'm just throwing it out there, but how many baristas would actually make the trek over the bridge of many frustrations for a Vancouver Tamp your face off? I would totes be the hostess with the mostess with wonderful food and beer. Then I also have a two group La Marzocco, two Mazzers, one a super Jolly, and enough room for break dancing, depending on how many beers I have. I am thinking April at the earliest, so give me some feedback!

Added by Claire Marie on March 1, 2009 at 1:27pm — 3 Comments

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