May 2009 Blog Posts (45)

Don't ask for an Espresso and expect a Latte

Not necessarily surprising that someone who only likes tame coffees likes more distinct tasting coffees espresso extracted with milk added. Properly steamed milk smoothes, mellows and transforms espresso extracted coffee into a beverage that is totally different from espresso.

I would be highly surprised if someone who preferred tame coffees actually liked espresso, especially espresso from beans with more distinct flavor characteristics. FWIW espresso extracted coffee is the… Continue

Added by Mike McGinness on May 31, 2009 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

Sunday AM

Last night was a doozie. Good food, (feta/onion embedded hamburgers, roasted asparagus with lemon-garlic butter, oven fries and BOOZE!!!) and awesome friends, board games were played and plans for more of the same next week envisioned. Gabbie and Brian are coming with Lenore and I to Olympia for the Latte Art Throwdown, Gabbie is entering, Brian and Lenore are the cheering section. It took me a few hours this morning to recover from our party, but all has returned to normal (except the dishes).… Continue

Added by Andrew R. Tucker on May 31, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Seattle Coffee Works opens Monday with new Diedrich roaster in the old Johnny Rockets

Added by Melissa Allison on May 29, 2009 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Coffee Club of Seattle meets in the coffee club that is Seattle

Added by Melissa Allison on May 28, 2009 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Practice Practice Practice

I have decided to, after all these years of being a barista, to get a certification. It turns out that I know all the things that are pertinent in the study handbook, and it would be a sad day if I failed the test. However, brushing up on the little details never hurts, and I found it to be a good training tool for me in the future when I need to hire a new body to man the bar. My goal is to take this test during Coffee Fest this year, and then work on greater certifications in the next year to… Continue

Added by Andrew R. Tucker on May 28, 2009 at 9:59am — No Comments

Sacramento baristas!

We, and by that, I mean Temple Coffee, is hiring. For both (cross fingers) locations. Shoot an email/resume to as soon as possible.
Dig it.

Added by Benza Lance on May 25, 2009 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Want to stay and visit Antigua Guatemala?

Kafes Guatemala now has a house for visitors in Antigua Guatemala, if you don't want to spend to much money in hotels or you have a big family or group, we have a nice house in town. The house can hold 14 people. 10 minutes from the coffee plantation, for prices email me at…


Added by Pablo Castaneda on May 25, 2009 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Late breakfast cooked and consumed...French Press postprandial

So, I worked for about an hour today...making drinks.. I did get the schedule up and posted for the coming weeks, and realized my presence was not needed for the majority of the afternoon.

Breakfast was cooked for Lenore and me, we had Poor Knights of Windsor (look it up) and I had an additional omelet. Like you guys really care. But what is meaningful is that Lenore requested coffee, which is a rarity. I am always happy to oblige, and got water heating for the trusty French Press I have… Continue

Added by Andrew R. Tucker on May 24, 2009 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Cool band playing Portland and Seatle!

Hey everyone my buddies band is playing some shows in Portland at Duke's Landing and Floyd's Coffee. If you can head out to one of the shows would be a good time. Here is a link to their website to see all the shows and hear some of the music.

Added by Jason Calhoon on May 24, 2009 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Memorial Day Eve

Moscow, ID has emptied out. The students who graduated last weekend have left, the students who were here for the semester have left too. The die hards who are staying for the summer have left for Sasquatch. A handful of locals have stopped in, left, and now the 'campers' who use One World as their second office are getting here. Josh is carrying the bar without my assistance. His last two hours on our payroll are coming to an end.

I started managing One World Cafe' in July of last year,… Continue

Added by Andrew R. Tucker on May 24, 2009 at 8:58am — No Comments

Downtown Seattle construction, lower rents hurt coffeehouses, which have stepped up discounts

Added by Melissa Allison on May 23, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

New (Zealand) beginnings...

The coffee arrived in a huge truck that parked up on Parnell Road. It was a monster and its presence somewhat irked our new neighbours. Despite the size, the truck was only accompanied by one strong and nuggety driver. Between the two of us we managed to get the pallets of coffee off the truck and down into the brick courtyard that stands in front of the roastery. My Indonesian days had prepared me well for this- 60kg sacks are pretty normal loads… Continue

Added by Alun Evans on May 23, 2009 at 1:08pm — 7 Comments

New Exciting Products

Soy milk, what works and what doesn't?
Monin, the new purees that just came out?
Is there a frappe powder that doesn't taste like powder?
Whats new and exciting out there?

Added by David Davenport on May 22, 2009 at 9:47am — No Comments

Fishy Milk

The world of milk is an interesting one. Until I got involved in compeition I had no idea how complex and varying the qualities of milk are based on their nutritional sources and processing. It's amazing to taste milk as it shapes your coffee for capps and becomes a tool of texture and taste symmetry. However, bad milk is more than capable of derailing an otherwise wonderful coffee experience.

The other day I was in a hurry to catch my shift at the bar I work at. I stopped by the… Continue

Added by Chris DeMarse on May 21, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

New arrival, Kenya Ruera Peaberry

Uh, what can you say about Kenya that hasn't already been said...

Deeply layered, exotic and satisfying is this lovely peaberry from Kenya. Ruera Estate is in the Thika district near Nairobi at an elevation just under 5000 ft from the usual rich red loam soil, shade grown and both Utz and Cafe Practices certified.

Acid- 7.5

Body- 9

Texture- syrup and buttery yet still juicy and refreshing with a slight grit.

Flavor- on the grind the sweet fruity tomato and… Continue

Added by on May 21, 2009 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

Freezing in Auckland!

I know I can complain, its -7c down around Christchurch today with the wind chill factor put into the equation. Auckland, by comparrison, is a tropical 9c in the plus. As I look out the window, the water from the fountain is still flowing- which is a good sign. Its a long way away from Jakarta's 32c days- 365 days a year... but really the change is kind of refreshing.

We are still waiting for our greens to clear MAF's very tight border controls. With the Kiwi economy beng based on… Continue

Added by Alun Evans on May 20, 2009 at 8:10pm — 1 Comment

2009 Summer Blend

Posted by: Katie Pope

Summer is just around the corner, and as the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, it's time to introduce this year's Summer Blend. This year's Summer Blend is the perfect combination of coffees from El Salvador and Ethiopia to carry us into this fantastic season.

Our Green Coffee Team had this to say about the new blend:

'Grown on the Las Nubes farm in the mountains of the Santa Ana region in El Salvador, this coffee brings notes… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on May 19, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Gypsy Java Cafe gets new owners, drops the "Java"

Added by Melissa Allison on May 18, 2009 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Make Your Bids at the Homeroasters' Online Auction

An intrepid band of home roasters has put together "Kick it up for Coffee Kids," an online auction to benefit Coffee Kids. The group is offering over $3,000 worth of items throughout the month of May.

Items include: five home roasters, a top-flight Zass 580, top-shelf specialty greens, industry magazine subscriptions, logo and design work by Dillanos, a gorgeous shop sign to be personalized, coffee preps (Yamas, Chemex, Bodum, Bunn) and lots more. Forty separate items will be… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on May 18, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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