April 2008 Blog Posts (55)

Croatia Barista Champion

Congratulations to our very own Nik Orosi who is the 2 time Croatia Barista Champion! This will be the second time Nik will compete in the World Barista Championship, to be held this year in Copenhagen Denmark. Nik is well known in the barista community for his unique competition routines and his huge heart. Nik has also shown interest to host a barista in Zagreb, Croatia as part of a barista… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 5, 2008 at 11:54am — 4 Comments

Notes Tray & Cool Coffee/Tea Accessories

It's always nice to witness good design when it comes to coffee and tea accessories and I found a couple gems today.



For any cafe offering a more traditional sit down coffee or beverage service, you may want to feast your eyes on this smart tray. You may think you have super hero memory powers, but why not make sure with a Notes Tray from Koziol. Just watch out for… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 4, 2008 at 3:50pm — 3 Comments

Drinks, drinks and more drinks

At the minute, my cogs are turning at a ferocious speed. And whilst it's normally concentrating on the coffee, at the minute, it's concentrating with what I put in the coffee, both to create new, and inventive drinks at work, but also to start developing a signature drink for when I try and compete.



One drink, we poured at work yesterday was a bizarre one. We tried it with a couple of different soda's, but the completed drink consisted of filling an 8oz tumbler with ice. Half filling… Continue

Added by Chris Weaver on April 4, 2008 at 11:05am — 2 Comments

Who and How to Define the Standards of Coffee Drinks?

Times ago, I suggested our standards of coffee drinks, but ..., as you may know.



There are some one or organizations who may want to make it. But, finally, I am thinking that who and how to define the Standards of Coffee Drinks?



Yes, the market!



If someone, even by chance, can make something that the market would take, it can be done and accepted by the market. But, if not, it must be disappear as you can imagine.



Till now, how much do we know… Continue

Added by Peter Tam on April 3, 2008 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

Barista Exchange Featured in Imbibe Magazine

Happy to see that BaristaExchange.com has been featured in Imbibe Magazine's "uncorked" section in their Mar/Apr Issue. If you havn't already checked out Imbibe, it's a great addition to everyones beverage magazine subscriptions also including Barista Magazine and Fresh Cup.



Imbibe is the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 3, 2008 at 9:25am — No Comments

Fair Trade--Wal-Mart Style?

Wal-Mart, the undisputed king of crappy labor practices, introduced three new Fair Trade Certified house-brand coffees yesterday. Let me just repeat that in case you're stuck in a stupor of shock--Wal-Mart introduced three new Fair Trade Certified house-brand coffees yesterday. Wasn't any easier to swallow the second time around, was it? Yeah, didn't think so.



In the wake of this highly suspect announcement, the fingers are a pointin' and the charges of hypocrisy are a flyin'. US… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on April 2, 2008 at 5:46pm — 2 Comments

Busy Busy

So I've finished my roasting apprenticeship and now am getting the ball rolling towards opening my own roastery in Savannah, GA! I'm currently going through the frustrating, time consuming, and sometimes ridiculous ordeal of all that goes on on the business side of getting things started. Looking at spaces, finding web designer, licenses and what not. All is going well so far. We'll see how things develop. Peace.

Added by James Spano on April 2, 2008 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

Coffee CFO: Class for Existing Retail Coffee Business Owners at ABC's

For all the coffee bar owners out there! I wanted to tell you all about a newer class that we are offering at the ABC school called Coffee CFO. This two-day workshop is lead by Chris Legler, whose vast experience and knowledge of finance specifically tailored to the coffee industry, brings an unrivaled expertise to your… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 2, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

BiteClub.com CEO Blogs about Barista Exchange

BiteClub.com CEO Blogs about Barista Exchange



I met Sonny Mayugba at the Food and Restaurant/Bar Show in Las Vegas, also in conjunction with the Coffee & Tea Expo/SWRBC ... a.k.a. The world's biggest FRAT PARTY. :)



While I was walking to our booth the first morning of the show I spotted the Bite Club booth. Wow, I thought, I jumped on this focused social… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 1, 2008 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

The Espresso Quest by Instaurator - New Coffee Industry Book

Hi all, I am excited to tell you about The Espresso Quest, the new book by Instaurator.



The Espresso Quest is an exciting tale of an espresso lover’s quest to find the pure joy experienced in a perfectly prepared cup of espresso coffee.



In the Espresso Quest, Instaurator weaves in tales of how he became enlightened to that perfect… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 1, 2008 at 12:36pm — 7 Comments

Going Green in Your Coffee House - Part 2

We got a lot of great response from the other thread titled "Going Green in Your Coffee House" and I wanted to follow up with a Part 2 post. I thought it may be helpful to list some products that promote eco friendly buying practices in a coffee house setting.



Compostable White Hot Cups with World Art ... Here in Portland, I have seen a lot of coffee bars switching to compostable… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 1, 2008 at 11:42am — 10 Comments

From me to Rob Stephen, on this April 1, 2008

Added by Nick Cho on April 1, 2008 at 11:33am — No Comments

A General Idea of Coffee Industry in China (chapter 2)

Recently, I am in Guangzhou to develop the local market for the Barista Training of Kaffa Cafe. Our Barista Training Centre was established at the beginning of 2007.



Now, I am training some students. Yesterday, they told me that the cafes, which I suggested them to go to see if they need more baristas or not, are almost all closed. Only few of them, which they did not go, was not known yet.



For Beijing, the situation is almost the same, or a bit of better. Most cafes are… Continue

Added by Peter Tam on April 1, 2008 at 10:41am — No Comments

Barista Exchange Invitation Contest

Many of you may have also seen this in the newsletter that was sent out yesterday, but I wanted to officially post about it as well.



It has been great to see the membership on Barista Exchange grow, and I am thrilled that people are using the site to connect with so many others in the industry. During the month of April, we will be having a contest to see who can invite, (and sign up) the most friends. I will be posting more about this in a blog soon. Basically we can track… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 1, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

Trends in Coffee: Quality is Back in Fashion

Hello - please see the link to an article that I wrote for the Michigan Restaurant Association for thier magazine MICHIGAN RESTAURATEUR:

Trends in Coffee: Quality is Back in Fashion

The article is in the April issue. I welcome your comments and feedback.

Added by Spencer on April 1, 2008 at 5:09am — 3 Comments

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