April 2008 Blog Posts (55)


Today is a hard day for the espresso and me. Together we try so hard.
The grinder broke. Therefore we stopped or went to fast. What trials we've had today. Now it is cold and we don't can't handle all this change at the same time. Weak and weeping, trickle down.

Added by Carrollann on April 29, 2008 at 3:14pm — No Comments

i luvs da coffee

mmm.. good coffee

Added by Count on April 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Barista = bartender? So, we need spirits.

I am writing my book as a manual, for baristas, so it should include the knowledge about spirits and cocktails.

I am learning while I am reading and writing. When I am getting to know it, what do I expect to know about? Should I found the similar situation for this part of the world? Or, it is different.

Anyway, let us see and expect.

I have got the Bible, in Chinese edition, and it really help. But, the real situation has to be found later.

Anybody… Continue

Added by Peter Tam on April 29, 2008 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Barista Jam & 2nd Latteart Competition in Tokyo

29th April.

We had barista jam & latteart competiton in Tokyo....

There are many baristas from famous cafe in Tokyo (doubletall cafe, Zoka Japan, Paul Bassette, aSuka, ig cafe....)

Discussing coffee and competing their latteart technique.

it was very enjoyable !!!!

I'll upload the photo for another day...

Added by Masa Onishi on April 29, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Northwest Food Service Show

Excited to say I spent the last two days on the "sales side" of the espresso bar at this show. (Only a total of an hour this time making drinks) I always find it amazing to get feedback from the good folks we see once a year. They are the familiar faces of the food and beverage industry that are patient enough to wait among potential customers and coffee fans for a short latte or cap. We surely shine at this show, which is such a great compliment to all the other fabulous vendors providing the… Continue

Added by Sarah Dooley on April 29, 2008 at 1:21am — No Comments

please read my professional coffee blog. . .




Added by byron on April 28, 2008 at 4:43pm — 2 Comments

No Man Can Serve Two (or Three) Masters

Time and time again, when I talk to people about coffee business strategy it seems the top priority is speed. "I want the customer to be able to be in and out in 90 seconds or less," and the like seem to have somehow become the goal to strive for in regards to customer service.

Fine. Good. Quick service is hard to look down on, but is that all there is to it? Of course not!

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that speed isn't a noble practice. I'm saying that it… Continue

Added by Jason Haeger on April 28, 2008 at 9:30am — 23 Comments

"Free" wifi password software for coffeehouses

I tried, I really did. I tried to be the cool independent coffeehouse that turned the other cheek when someone came in and used my free wifi for HOURS without buying a single item. I'm not sure if it's the current economic situation or what but recently there have been tons of freeloaders coming in and just taking up space that paying customers would normally use. So I've finally decided to put a password on net usage so only customers can use it for free. Anyone know of a good software package… Continue

Added by Shane on April 24, 2008 at 8:33pm — 2 Comments

SP-1 For Coffee by SelbySoft - New Version 7.10 Just Released!!!

There are some exciting things happening over here at SelbySoft with our SP-1 For Coffee Point of Sale System!

We just released Version 7.10 of our software. Version 7.10 incorporates two exciting new features.

Our latest F.A.S.T. order system has been implemented and is released in version 7.10. Fast Access Screen Technology is the latest innovation to make your life easier when using the SP-1 For Coffee POS System.

Basically, we know that… Continue

Added by Mike Spence on April 24, 2008 at 3:48pm — 3 Comments

Latte Art at McDonalds ?

McDonalds is now promoting latte art on their new site ... but if you click on the images of the drinks, you will see a latte like one might expect from the fast food giant.

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 12:19pm — 8 Comments

Handpresso - and the lonesome cowboy.

Watch for Handpresso at the SCAA show.

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

Barista Exchange Opportunity in Puerto Rico

Hello baristas! My friend and past ABC School graduate has a very successful coffee business in Puerto Rico. She is opening her second coffee bar and is looking for a barista to come and spend 3 days or so on site with her and her staff. Here is the email she sent to me in regards to the exchange. Feel free to email her for more info, could be a really fun experience.

- Matt

Here is a picture of Enid (far right) and her… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

Espresso Enthusiasts invited to 2008 Canadian Regional Barista Championships

Toronto, ON (April 9, 2008) Coffee enthusiasts from across Canada will be gathering to watch some of the country’s best baristas (espresso machine operators) at the 2008 Canadian Regional Barista Championships. Four regional competitions to be held in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver have been announced beginning with the Prairies Regional Barista Championship in Calgary on May 24 & 25, 2008. Masters of the espresso machine from around the country will be competing for the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Late to the Party: Starbucks Pikes Place Roast - Thoughts

Okay, so I like the fact that their stores have taken on a new "Coffee-centric" appearance. I like the fact that the big bags of this blend have a roast date. The signature on the bag is for God knows what, and it doesn't do a thing for me.

All of the huge bags I saw of this stuff (is it just me, or does their 5lb. bag look 1/3 larger than most others?) had a roast date of April 11th. Today is the 23rd, so the coffee should be reasonably… Continue

Added by Jason Haeger on April 23, 2008 at 6:47pm — 6 Comments

Asian Barista Championship 2008

Finalists for ABC 2008:

(in no particular order)

Australia - Mr. Scott Callaghan



New Zealand - Mr. Carl Sara


I got to the competition area late, so I didn't get to see the announcement for the finalists. My apologies for not getting the Korea and Malaysia barista's names.

I got to see Scott's performance and it was great. He was obviously one of the… Continue

Added by Hao on April 23, 2008 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

NEW StoneWood website ready!

The new website for StoneWood Coffee & Tea Co. is finally up and online. Please take a minute to check it out and let me know what you think. Go to www.stonewoodcoffee.com Thanks and keep brewing!

Espresso Suscitatio Spiritus,

Added by David Fell on April 23, 2008 at 6:40am — 2 Comments

2008 SCAA Conference Official Live Blog

We've assembled a team for an unprecedented SCAA pilot project: live blogging the SCAA Conference in Minneapolis.

Team members:

Nick Cho, loser podcaster and coffeeshop owner

Zachary and Katie from zacharyzachary.com

Travis, a video-production specialist who made the murky training videos

Erin Meister, of… Continue

Added by Nick Cho on April 22, 2008 at 6:24pm — 3 Comments

Espresso, Steamed Milk and ... Jagermeister. Why Natte?

So I was at a party Saturday night for a friends engagement and I had the pleasure of meeting Clark who, after some copious amounts of wine and great food, overheard that I was in the coffee business. We started talking as he mentioned he and his friends had a new… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 21, 2008 at 7:19pm — 7 Comments

Dear Providence, You will love the coffee!

In an old warehouse building nestled on the Providence/Pawtucket line a group of coffee folks got together to drink some Narragannsett beer, pull shots, cup and talk coffee. The first RI based coffee jam (to our knowledge) but certainly not the last. From the state who claims coffee milk as the official state drink comes the beginning of a coffee revolution.…


Added by Gerra Harrigan on April 21, 2008 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Lacking Brains + Coffee

I have never had a blog, but right now writing a blog entry on barista exchange is the only option. Why? Because I am in the midst of a coffee crisis. Well, not in midst, I guess, because I am currently enjoying a tasty cup of Papua New Guinea Kunjun that I picked up from Trabant earlier today. But I am definitely on the brink of a crisis here, because soon it will be gone.

It is 3:20am. The first day of my KEXP internship is today and starting in less than two hours. I'm catching a… Continue

Added by Emily Jacobson on April 21, 2008 at 3:42am — 1 Comment

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