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Happy Valentines Everyone!

Happy Valentines Day everybody! Hope you all like the new color scheme of the home page of the site. ;)

Added by Matt Milletto on February 13, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

What will be your special drink on Valentine's Day?

I received a call from the spouse of a regular customer...Somebody wants to treat their Valentine to a treat in the shop and I don't know what to nake...Cinnamon Latte maybe?

I normally discourage flavoured drinks in favour of tasty espresso but the masses speak.

Any suggestions?

Added by Stickman on February 13, 2008 at 5:50pm — 8 Comments

Global Barista Exchange- Noe Castro Cacao at Barefoot

February is the month of coffee and love with Valentines day and Specialty Coffee month sharing the stage. And that coffee love is blooming at Silicon valley's Barefoot Coffee Roasters. Barefoot is hosting Guatemalan National Barista Champion Noe Castro for the month of February. Noe Castro was the Guatemala national Barista champion and went on the compete in the 2006 World Barista Championships in Tokyo nabbing 28th place. Noe recently took third place at the 2007 Guatemala Barista… Continue

Added by Andy Newbom on February 13, 2008 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Starbucks is Closing for Training? Aw, They Really Do Care

A day of reckoning approaches, friends, for on February 26, 2008, between the hours of 5:30PM and 8:30PM local time, the billion dollar global retail coffee monolith known as Starbucks will close all 7,100 US company-operated stores to train--or, as they call it, retrain--their employees in the elusive art of pulling espresso shots. Well, my word, this is news!

Questions most definitely arise in the wake of this announcement. Is this decision to close for a whole three hours an… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on February 13, 2008 at 8:30am — 22 Comments

A Night to Celebrate the Life of Dr. Illy - February 22nd

At Bellissimo’s January 2008 staff retreat, we discussed if it was possible to re-release the complete Dr. Illy Milan Interview, which we originally released on video a few years ago. We all agreed that the time was right for the latest generation of coffee people to see this 75-minute interview and be exposed to the insight and amazing perspective offered by Dr. Illy.

Last week as we got the sad news of Dr. Illy's passing, and at the end of the week the DVDs arrived in our… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 12, 2008 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Love for Coffee.

The Industry, the Community, the People, the Customers; Everything.

It keeps me motivated, and I feel fortunate to be in a business that I am in love with.

Anyone else?

Who else feels the love! :o)

Added by Jason Haeger on February 12, 2008 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments


i think its really hard having to deal with people all the time. you get some nice and then some not so nice but when the not so nice come you usually want to confront them and ask why they think they need to act the way they do.......

when i started out working with people in the food service industry i was pretty much up front and treated everyone like crap then i thought of how i am a christian andi need to reflect how jesus is and that changed the way i acted twards others. its makes… Continue

Added by David on February 12, 2008 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

More Coffee in Art--Literally

So yesterday I blogged about Oliver Jeffers' use of coffee rings in his illustrative art, which can be viewed on his web site. Ingenious! After being so inspired, I decided to take a look around the ole Internets to find some more and viola! I happily ran across the site of Andrew Saur and Angel Sarkela-Saur. These two have some amazing talent, and I'm not joshin' ya, people.

Andrew and Angel create paintings entirely in the medium of… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on February 12, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

when idiots work alone

I really love working alone. And while I have my solitude and independence, there are always customers to keep from feeling deprived of human contact. Except on days like yesterday.

Yesterday, I crawled out of bed and slapped two fried eggs between the slices of a day-old-day-old-day-old bagel. I felt like I was dead. I could not believe how tired I was. But I stumbled out of the house, hopped on my bike and took to the streets.

The streets were empty and so was the bike… Continue

Added by Joe Stormer on February 12, 2008 at 8:35am — 8 Comments

day old muffins!

Here's what I like about closing the store: we get to take home all the day-old pastries that didn't sell that day. We had a LOT last night, so I took most of them home because I hate seeing them thrown away. Apparently my kitten REALLY likes bagels and he chewed one up through the bag. I'll add a picture later, it's pretty awesome.

And with that, I'm going to go eat a lemon poppy seed muffin. (I almost wrote Lemon POOPY seed. Hah.)

Added by Amanda Lanyon-LeSage on February 12, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Today’s Corporate Embrace: Starbucks Jumps into the Waiting Wi-Fi Arms of AT&T

Dallas Business Journal is reporting that Starbucks has made a deal with AT&T to offer free Wi-Fi at their stores to all AT&T broadband, U-verse and remote access service business Internet customers. In addition, Starbucks card holders can get two hours of free Wi-Fi per day at participating locations beginning this spring.

Meanwhile, the poor saps who decline a Starbucks card and exercise their consumer choice by using a provider other than AT&T will have to pay… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on February 11, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Coffee in Art--Literally

Oliver Jeffers has some incredible illustrations using coffee rings up on his web site. Both my husband and I have doodled in and around coffee stains, so this really brightened up my day.

Go to Jeffers’ site and find them under his Illustration section. (via Drawn!)

Post originally published by Milwaukee… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on February 11, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

the MWRBC winners are...

1st place - Pete Licata

2nd place - Alex McCracken

3rd place - Robin Seitz

Added by Aaron Meza on February 10, 2008 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Vancouver B.C. Road Trip - Part 2

ok .. so if I don't finish my blog about our trip it will never happen! :) I think I left off having just had a great espresso at Elysian Room after chatting with Alistair.

Right as we are leaving Mark Price calls and invites us over. It's now about noon and we both need a break from touring cafes. We found our way over to Mark's and hang out with him and Beata for a while, catching up and Mark and I talk about industry news and stuff, and what our favorite games for the Wii are ...… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 10, 2008 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Dining For Darfur

Has anyone heard about Dining For Darfur? It will be hosted this year by Seattle and Portand area restaurants, coffee houses, and brew pubs and benefits Mercy Corps efforts in Darfur.Check it out Please show your support by participating in this event either as a consumer or a coffee house!

Added by Ginger Gerhart on February 10, 2008 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

and the MWRBC finalists are...

Alex McCracken, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co.
Robin Seitz, PT's Coffee Co.
Mike Marquard, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co.
Pete Licata, PT's Coffee Co.
Clint Newlan, The Roasterie
Caitlin Corcoran, Latteland Espresso & Tea

Added by Aaron Meza on February 9, 2008 at 6:24pm — 5 Comments

good coffee on Kauai?

My wife and kids have just left for Kauai for a few days and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a terrific cafe on that island...She would love to hear of a funky third wave joint someplace so she can satisfy her cappuccino needs.

Let me know!

Added by Stickman on February 9, 2008 at 5:25pm — 3 Comments

Funny little thing.

Here is a funny little number with me and The Wonder Twins (our Clovers).

Added by Ed Kaufmann on February 9, 2008 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

Panama 2008

I recently traveled to Boquete, Panama to visit coffee farms in order to educate myself, meet farmers and all of the people involved in producing coffee there.

Boquete is in the state of Chiriqui at the foot of Volcan Baru. David is the capital of Chiriqui.

Panama, January, 2008

Friday and Saturday: I landed in Panama the…


Added by Ed Kaufmann on February 9, 2008 at 12:31pm — 2 Comments

The Civilized Café recently published an article entitled "How long is too long? Local cafes have unwritten rules."

Penned by staff writer Molly Snyder Edler, the piece addresses the

issue of patrons camping out in coffeehouses. Though this is an

extremely old debate, going as far back as the very birth of

restaurants and cafés--so, what would that be... something like the


Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on February 8, 2008 at 11:37am — No Comments

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