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Daddy's 'spresso!

Daddy makes really good machiattos (the silly name one) for me with his 'spresso....but Mr. Pete apparently make it a bit better :)

Yay! Mr. Pete is #1!

Added by Coffee Noodle on February 25, 2008 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments

So Beautiful, So Dangerous

The newest additions to the Francis Francis X-series home espresso machines, the X7 and X8, are set to debut this spring and java hipsters 'round the globe are trying their level best not to scream like little girls at a Beatles concert as they wait for their first look.

Designed by Milan architect Luca Trazzi, the series' first machine, the X1, was released in 1995, sending shock waves through the coffee enthusiast community. Sleek, sharp and oh so pretty, it was a huge hit among… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on February 25, 2008 at 6:45am — No Comments

I have too many blogs

So this is most likely my last blog post here.

The rest can be seen at:


I'd love to keep another, but I fear I'll just end up neglecting one of the three if I try to keep tabs on too many things.

Who knows, maybe I'll blog here on occasion.

Added by Jason Haeger on February 25, 2008 at 1:44am — 4 Comments

Barista Exchange

Finally my nerdom of coffee is met and challenged by other uber coffee nerds. I raise my imaginary drink in hand to the hopes of in depth coffee conversations spurred by this site.

Added by CJ on February 24, 2008 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Career Opportunity in Berkeley & Walnut Creek, California at Pacific Bay Coffee Co. & Micro-Roastery

Pacific Bay Coffee Company is seeking a motivated coffee person to join our staff of enthusiastic coffee professionals. Opportunities are in wholesale sales, wholesale account management, training and barista-cashiers.

We are obsessive about our work and are constantly pushing the limits of our coffee experience. For us, the search for the coffee perfection is a daily journey. You are the right person for our company if you love coffee, work… Continue

Added by Pacific Bay Coffee Co. & Micro-Roastery on February 23, 2008 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Pimp My Arm!!!!!! Tattoo Contest

So, many of you may have noticed the photo of my tamper tat on my forearm. My whole concept is to have a portafilter on my other arm. I really liked the "Baristas for Bikes" logo for the upcoming WRBC but the portafilter is in the wrong direction and I'd want the bicycle tire on the larger part of my forearm. So, if you have some design talent, submit the winning entry and receive one pound of Bicycle Blend Espresso, a Cosmic Cup/Viva Barista T-Shirt and $40 donated to Bikes to Rwanda in your… Continue

Added by Troy Reynard on February 23, 2008 at 1:45pm — 5 Comments

A little thingy on CBS News

Aired on CBS News, Sunday February 17,… Continue

Added by Nick Cho on February 22, 2008 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Dr. Illy Celebration at American Barista & Coffee School Tonight!

Just a reminder to everyone in the Portland area that tonight is the Celbration of Dr. Illy's life at the American Barista & Coffee School. The party will start at 6pm with wine and Italian appetizers. Also, espresso will be flowing for sure! 7pm we will be watching the full Dr. Illy Milan interviews. Feel free to invite anyone who is interested in learning more from a true luminary and mentor to us all. See you tonight!

6pm - 9pm

ABC… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 22, 2008 at 10:23am — 2 Comments

XV Espresso

Check out PT's latest espresso family member...mmmm tasty!

Added by Holly on February 21, 2008 at 1:45pm — 4 Comments

Your Weak Human Senses Have Been Replaced

Those crazy sci-fi kids over at the io9 blog have uncovered a future of pure, unadulterated horror: a world where humans will bow down to the coffee profiling dictates of the machine known simply as the Electronic Taster.

Indeed, friends, this is the end of coffee enjoyment as we know it--an end that could only have been designed by those nutty engineers at Nestle, who, mad with power, continue on in their quest to conquer the world through taste bud desensitization. Run for your… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on February 21, 2008 at 8:43am — No Comments

Baristas for Bikes Challenge

bX'ers - I am asking for your help in kicking off and then spreading the word about a fundraiser tied in with the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Western Regional Barista Competition (WRBC) called Baristas for Bikes.

The goal to get all competitors who enter the WRBC (March 28-30), attend the Pre-Competition Training with Heather… Continue

Added by Pacific Bay Coffee Co. & Micro-Roastery on February 20, 2008 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Jay Caragay's "Breakfast In Bed" MARBC performance.

It can be viewed here: Enjoy! It was fun to watch!

Added by Jason Dominy on February 20, 2008 at 12:04pm — 4 Comments

Irish Eyes on Nicaragua

Ever traveled with a pack of Irishmen? Lucky for me I can say that I have. And it was the gift of a lifetime. I traveled to Nicaragua with representatives and affiliates of our long time supporter in Ireland, Java Republic. While it's always an adventure and an eye opening experience when our supporters visit Coffee Kids project participants, this was truly an extraordinary journey. ..

I don't know that I have… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on February 20, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

New Coffeehouse Owner, New Barista, Chump?

Im both a new barista and a new coffeehouse owner. I attended the American Barista & Coffee School 3 yrs ago and absolutely fell in love with the industry. I'm proud to have learned from some of the best. I opened my own coffeehouse 7 months ago in Atlanta. I've attended trade shows subscribe to all the magazines, and visit all the coffeehouses.

Im currently practicing my latte art (almost got my rosettas down!) and my tamp is perfect maybe 80% of the time! lol

I work… Continue

Added by Loren Anthony on February 20, 2008 at 8:10am — 6 Comments

rats sure love yogurt.

i have two pet rats, Gretchen and Eloise. they are sisters, which is awesome because they love each other. the thing is, they don't like me very much. this is because i used to have another rat, Freya, who was sort of their surrogate mom. when Freya died last june (from being an old old lady), the baby rats stopped liking me as much. i've been trying to play with them more, but they are pretty skittish. i think it's also their genetics, because they were bred to be pretty rats, whereas Freya… Continue

Added by Amanda Lanyon-LeSage on February 19, 2008 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Late Start Sumatra Cup Session

Cupping Sumatra G-1's and a Retro sample.
Also have a pre-ship Harrar type sample to check out.

Starting late, 4pm Friday 2/22


Added by on February 19, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Coffee Fest DC 08

Just came back from one hell of a road trip. Andrew (Kopplin) and I drove to DC and back this weekend for Coffee Fest DC 08. That's the area that I grew up and most of my family is still there so the trip it self was nothing new. We left Thursday after we opened and drove the 17 hours thru the night. Arrived Friday afternoon ate, napped, and dropped Kopplin off with a friend so I could hang with my family and some friends. Saturday we went down to Coffee Fest early because I was entered in the… Continue

Added by Andrew Milstead on February 19, 2008 at 12:07pm — 3 Comments

How Not to Open a Café: A Hard Lesson in Wales

Costa Coffee, one of the largest roasters, wholesalers and retailers in the United Kingdom, opened a new café in Aberystwyth, Wales yesterday and managed to do it in the worst possible way. With your indulgence, I'd like to offer up a brief rant of just where this company went wrong.

Mistake #1: Opening the café on high street without planning permission from the Ceredigion County Council.

Mistake #2: Ignoring a letter from Aberystwyth Town Council requesting that they… Continue

Added by Mary Dally-Muenzmaier on February 19, 2008 at 8:07am — 3 Comments

The weather on Kauai

Hi, everybody. I often lament that I am so far isolated out here in the Pacific and I can't attend any barista events without a criminal amount of travel and expense, or that I haven't been to a coffee shop in so so long that's not my own. And I think about how all my training comes from videos and magazines, websites and things we learn together, or the odd traveller who comes out here to tell us about coffee. And I lament that all my beans come by aeroplane (thank heavens for Fedex). And it's… Continue

Added by Anni Caporuscio on February 18, 2008 at 5:26pm — 3 Comments

A Good Coffee Day

A good coffee day…

It starts before the sun. Opening the shop is my time. The music is loud (Michael Jackson, pre – Neverland Ranch creepiness) while I wake up the machines. The Clover bubbles and snorts while going through its cleaning cycle; the Synesso clicks awake as I dial in the espresso. The ‘spro is creamy and sweet with those chocolate and cherry notes that always make me smile. The machines, the spro, and I are all happy little campers as the sun breaks open in the sky.

The… Continue

Added by ZZZZZZZZ on February 18, 2008 at 5:17pm — 1 Comment

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