May 2009 Blog Posts (45)

Voice from the Field: Fatima Ismael Espinoza

José Luis Zárate of Coffee Kids recently spoke with Fatima Ismael Espinoza, the general manager of the Coffee Kids’ partner Society of Small Producers for Coffee Export (SOPPEXCCA) to get a sense of how coffee farmers deal with unstable coffee prices and provide for their families.

Fatima Ismael Espinoza Located in Jinotega, Nicaragua, SOPPEXCCA is a 650-member cooperative known throughout the coffee industry for… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on May 18, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Opening the Roastery

I have not been idle during my absence from posting on BX. I am currently in Auckland, NZ (City of Sails- not sales!) working on getting a micro-roastery open. In March headed down here to look at a couple of roasting businesses for sale (not sail). Found a very nice place complete with red brick courtyard and fountain in Parnell. We are currently getting the place cleaned up ready to start roasting end of the month.

It is nice to be looking at spending a little more time down here… Continue

Added by Alun Evans on May 17, 2009 at 1:39pm — 4 Comments

Sumatran coffee farm video from Caffe Vita and One Pot

Added by Melissa Allison on May 15, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Pour Over

Last night I had the chance to watch a coffee pour over device and then taste it. Now, I need to find a way to talk the West End Wine Bar owner into buying one for us. Less clean up than a press pot, not as rich as a press pot but so much better than drip!

Added by Charlie DeVico on May 15, 2009 at 9:07am — No Comments

Dilettante Chocolates founder shares photos, thoughts from Venezuelan coffee estate visit

Added by Melissa Allison on May 13, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

Coffee as a metaphor for the not-so-mind blowing revelations about American culture

April/May 2009

written by Bo Liles

There is something about knowledge that is both empowering and crippling. I find that I have unintentionally devoted a large portion of my brain cells to housing useless knowledge. Now, sometimes this knowledge comes in handy — like when you are at a party of nerds who like to argue about meaningless things such as coffee, bicycles, music, and the difference between a porter and a stout (which is a lot, btw). I admit that I am one of those… Continue

Added by Bo Liles on May 12, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Everett roaster Velton Ross gets high marks, more sales

Includes a poll asking whether coffee should be rated and described like wine.

Added by Melissa Allison on May 11, 2009 at 9:51am — No Comments

Blender powder mix

There is a comapny in Mexico "society cafe"
they have several stores and they use a vendor for their mix powders that delivers in a white plain bag.
Any idea who the vendor is??

Added by Fernando G Salinas on May 8, 2009 at 12:19pm — No Comments

How do you take your brewed coffee?

Do you appreciate the flavor of brewed coffee and take in on black? or do you prefer cream and sugar to take off that "bite"?

New post on my coffee blog Daily Demitasse, How do you take your brewed coffee?

Added by Jennifer Vaaler on May 7, 2009 at 4:05pm — No Comments

coffee in Baltimore?

That seems to be the question. I'm visiting right now, and can't seem to find any promising information on quality coffee in Baltimore. Any clues you may have to provide will be appreciated.

Added by Grace on May 7, 2009 at 9:13am — 2 Comments

25% discount offer on Tea to barista members

Use coupon code "NING" with your next order from and get a 25% discount, valid through may 2009.

Added by George on May 6, 2009 at 11:04am — No Comments

Socially Conscious Coffee Advances Goal

Posted by: Christie Boivin

With our Socially Responsible Initiatives , we have partnered with Socially Conscious Coffee , a non-profit organization that ensures that coffee harvesters and their families earn a fair wage, are given healthcare and… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on May 6, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Coffee Franchise Industry Latest Facts and Figures

New Franchise Direct study finds opportunities brewing in the

coffee franchise sector

Franchise Direct (, one of the world’s leading franchise portals, recently conducted an in-depth study of the coffee franchise sector. After thoroughly examining 29 Franchise Disclosure Documents, Franchise Direct has found that the coffee franchise sector is weathering the recession resiliently, bolstered by a product that is an integral part of American… Continue

Added by Anto mathew on May 6, 2009 at 2:50am — 1 Comment

Shannon Sips Burundi

Posted by: Shannon Smith

Taking the time to sip slowly and extract specific characteristics in a coffee is something we try to do at the Stone Creek Coffee Factory on a regular basis. Today I took the time to focus all my senses on a single origin-our Factory Reserve-The Burundi .

My first encounter with the Burundi was a few months back at the cupping table with all four cups in front of me a mystery. Every other Friday we do blind cuppings at the Factory and challenge… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on May 5, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Best T-Shirt Ever

Just thought I would share that I bought the coffee cup skull with wrench and portafilter crossbones shirt from and I think it is the greatest shirt ever!!

Added by Meredith on May 5, 2009 at 9:03am — 3 Comments

The Slayer, they are not ROCK Band. They are ROCK espresso machine for "the best result in the cup"

Slayer: Some compare to other brands!

Recently some commentators have lumped Slayer into a category with La Marzocco and Synesso. I don’t really mind this, because the comparison reflects the fact that Slayer defines a new category of equipment: ultra-traditionals. These other machines play in the premium range, but Slayer is perhaps the first purpose-built machine for the Third Wave. It is by design the ultimate traditional barista… Continue

Added by Hung Nguyen on May 4, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Hilarious customer exchange:

Chuck (40 something regular customer walks in the door)

Me (Head Bean): Hi Chuck, see your forgot your mug, paper or porcelain?

Heidi (21yr barista & general galley wench): Paper, he breaks cups.

Chuck: laughs, medium mocha in paper is fine.

Me to Chuck: (While Heidi pulling whole milk from fridge) That's skinny isn't it?

Heidi: No he gets whole milk

Chuck: Yeah skinny, they always forget.

Heidi (Blushing, putting whole milk back getting out 1%): You… Continue

Added by Mike McGinness on May 4, 2009 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Finally an east coast supplier of espresso/barista gear

have you been to the on line store? Check it out!!

Added by Philip Schein on May 4, 2009 at 9:19am — No Comments

The Hub Coffee Co.

It's coming!!!! Reno's first, exclusive, artisinal independent coffee shop! Simply high quality coffee. My pops and I are extremely excited for what is to come from our itsy bitsy teenie weenie little café of 400 sq. ft. (thanks to ADA, almost half of that is bathroom!!! maybe a good thing in a coffee house? ewwww....).

Check out the blog at and follow along as we get closer and closer to realizing the vision!

Added by Joey Trujillo on May 2, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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