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It all started at 4:15am. I woke up after 4-5 hours of sleep, showered, shaved, dressed... no coffee yet. I get to the shop at 4:56 give or take. Amanda's mom drops her off as I begin the drip coffees. She's been having car trouble, as an owner you've got to appriciate an employee getting her butt to work on time at 5am without a car...



Shots timed and tested, bakery case full, coffees ready, chairs pushed neatly in to lined… Continue

Added by Mike Shipley on January 21, 2008 at 12:08pm — 9 Comments

Tamper Dream

Last night I had a dream in which I went up in a spaceship to fix a
communication satellite. Unfortunately there was some delay so I
took the opportunity to read a good book, but first I looked out the
portal. I saw that there were somewhere around a dozen more
communication satellites scattered in orbit around the earth, and that
each one was shaped like a tamper with a base the size of Australia.

Weird.

Added by Joe Stormer on January 21, 2008 at 10:02am — 11 Comments

The Art of Cappuccino and the Art of making money

Today I am pondering this wonderful creation, the cappuccino. A cappuccino will cost you anything between 55p in a

sincerely dreadful vending machine at Doncaster train station (these

are the lengths I go to under the name of research - or possibly

caffeine addiction) to the £2.65 Grande-mug-with-extra-shot at Caffe

Nero. (I would quote Starbucks prices but haven't yet swallowed my

pride enough to dare go in there). I will cover why I need an extra

shot in Nero's… Continue

Added by Bel Townsend on January 21, 2008 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Such is life

What a busy weekend! it all started Friday night with a Barista101Plus.. the plus standing for more individual time with the trainer - i.e me. I had a great time, as as always.. managed to drink heaps of coffee while doing so. Now, coming from a background where it was not un-common for me to knock back 20 coffees a day and passing out at the end of the evening, I thought I would have been fine drinking a few as I went.. Unfortunately, 3am shows-up and my mind is just refusing to settle down!… Continue

Added by Ben Gleeson on January 20, 2008 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Whew!!!

I spent this morning pulling $30.00 shots. Thats right. $30.00. If you havn't heard, Miguel Meza (of Paradise Roasters) had started this incredibly interesting side company called R. Miguel. This morning we debued the first R. Miguel coffee the Nectar 2007, a Panama Gesha varietal. Roughly $300.00 a pound. I pulled roughly 20 for people willing to give their taste buds an experience not easily forgotten. I relate pulling those shots to child birth. The intensity of properly handling and… Continue

Added by Andrew Milstead on January 20, 2008 at 5:05am — No Comments

Check out this article, and my first signature drink on someone's menu!

I recently ran across this article that was to tell me how Starbucks is good for small coffee shops. I was, indeed, interested their reasoning. I also issued a rebuttal in the comments, and stand by the comments wholeheartedly. I believe it as much today, as I did five years ago. Here's the article link: http://www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/market-movers/2007/11/26/why-starbucks-is-good-for-small-coffee-shops

Also, you may know that part of my job is creating coffee and espresso programs in… Continue

Added by Jason Dominy on January 19, 2008 at 4:00pm — 15 Comments

What to do?

Ahhhhh!!!! I don't know what I should do! I need to work on dialing in to the Brazil on the Clover, but this involves drinking a copious quantity of coffee and I can't find the bathroom key. Well, I suppose there's always the courtyard . . .

Added by Joe Stormer on January 18, 2008 at 9:15am — No Comments

Howell El Sal. Matalapa La Libertad

Its like punch in the face. But the good kind of punch in the face. Only thing is......this batch seems to bail about 4 seconds quicker then the last batch. Whats the deal?

Peru T-minus 5 days!!!!

Added by Andrew Milstead on January 18, 2008 at 9:01am — No Comments

DAILY LIST: 17JAN08

Let me start by saying that I'm having a very good hair day today, and I'm just sorry you're not all able to see it.

Made my way down to the old roastery (ZOKA) this morning to make a nuisance of myself and see if I could score a pound of the freshly roasted stuff.

Had a bitchen conversation with some great minds about whether a certain coffee was fermented or fruity. I walked the fence by saying it was "fruity" and that I am not too fond of the fruity coffees. Got myself some nice… Continue

Added by trish rothgeb on January 17, 2008 at 2:54pm — No Comments

what not to do on day #3

Don't forget to order enough coffee filters. You may find yourself stealing them from your local library or hospital.

Don't get engaged in a discussion about your wonderful Nicaraguan coffee while filling the tiny bar sink on your counter.

Don't forget to add chocolate to your nice customer's mocha. It's not a mocha anymore.

Despite a couple trip ups(see above), this has been a great 3 days. The response to our little shop has been awesome. People are really…

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Added by peg bono on January 16, 2008 at 5:52pm — 2 Comments

Stone Creek's Eric Resch Receives High Honor

Posted by: Mary Dally-Muenzmaier

There's nothing better in life than garnering praise from your peers for making a positive difference--okay, maybe winning the lottery and/or the love of a good better half (not necessarily in that order) might be better, but only by a slim margin. This being true, we are pleased as punch to inform you that our very own Eric Resch, President and Founder of Stone Creek Coffee, has…

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Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on January 16, 2008 at 12:46pm — 1 Comment

master barista?

i think i became a master barista yesterday... all that is left to be done is some paperwork (for my raise!). yay for me!

i am going to make a tattoo appointment once i find out for sure if i got my raise. i deserve it.

Added by Amanda Lanyon-LeSage on January 15, 2008 at 2:51pm — 2 Comments

Now Roasting Winter, Schminter Blend

Posted by: Mary Dally-Muenzmaier

Those of us who have lived all or most of our lives in the land o' Wisco know that each season brings its own rewards and challenges. This winter, for instance, has thus far brought us significant amounts of snow and fair to middlin' temperatures, but this is changing even as we speak for teardrop freezing winds are set to…

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Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on January 15, 2008 at 11:57am — No Comments

Stone Creek Glendale Gets a Friendly Shout Out

Posted by: Mary Dally-Muenzmaier

Our buddy Mike Miller over at Milwaukee Specialty Food and Coffee blog has seen fit to give Stone Creek Coffee's Glendale location some mighty high praise in his Snapshots section.

Calling our wall sized chalkboard "the coolest interactive feature of any coffee joint anywhere," he deftly describes just why it is so übercool. But…

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Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on January 15, 2008 at 11:49am — No Comments

BLOGGING!!!!

BLOGGING! BLOGGING!!!!

COFFEEE!??!?!?!!?!?

I thought this site was about soup?

Well coffee is kinda of like soup (there it is).

Added by Dan Griffin on January 14, 2008 at 11:32pm — No Comments

I'm an ER nurse. I have revived people with out a pulse, given dialysis, seen amputations and death. So why am I nervous about opening the doors to my beautiful coffeehouse tomorrow? If anyone has ca…

I'm an ER nurse. I have revived people with out a pulse, given dialysis, seen amputations and death. So why am I nervous about opening the doors to my beautiful coffeehouse tomorrow? If anyone has cardiac arrest at my shop they;ll be in good hands. Just hope it's not me. Continue

Added by peg bono on January 13, 2008 at 7:51pm — 3 Comments

DAILY LIST: (1st installment) 13Jan08

Today, I made a double macchiato for Heather Perry and she said it was good! Then Bronwen Serna said, "Yeah, she knows how to do it." and I was over the moon!

Added by trish rothgeb on January 13, 2008 at 12:34pm — 2 Comments

Next week at this time....

Well, it's 34 hours til I officially open my doors for business...for real this time., No more playing coffee shop with my 3 baristas and saying at 1:00 pm,' you guys want to call it a day? ' So I am feeling euphoric and terrified at the same time. I remember feeling like this in college, but it was so much more fun then, and a lot cheaper !

Our coffee is in, the shelves are stocked with our cafe gear, the syrups and sauces are primed, fridges full with baked goods....my baristas are…

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Added by peg bono on January 12, 2008 at 7:03pm — 2 Comments

Staff Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, Opens Eyes

In early December, Coffee Kids staff visited Oaxaca, Mexico, to learn about some of the programs supported by Coffee Kids partner, CAMPO, and a dry mill run by our partner, FomCafe.



image The visit included a tour of CAMPO's new educational center. Buildings are still under construction, but CAMPO is already using the installations to provide training to coffee farmers from around the state of Oaxaca. Demonstration projects include worm composting and standard composting; organic… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on January 12, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

BX Music Player Features

Hey guys, was just playing around with the music player that we each have on our page ... and realized that with the click of a button you can add anyones playlist or song that you like to yours. Nice! There is not yet a way to make a playlist pop out, so that you can keep browsing, BUT, what I do if I find a playlist on someones page that I like is open my next page in a new browser and continue to listen.

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on January 12, 2008 at 8:58am — 3 Comments

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