June 2008 Blog Posts (33)

Cross Country Coffee Adventure

So, I'd like to ride my bicycle all the way from Athens, GA to Seattle, Washington and back stopping along the way at numerous coffee-minded locales.

Ideally, I'd find work at some of these places for several days to a week.

While there, my hosts and I would exchange bits of our respective wisdom and know how. The goal is to tear down barriers that have been created by geography or overly-capitalist drives and to bring the focus at our businesses back to… Continue

Added by Zechariah White on June 29, 2008 at 9:31am — 2 Comments

Do my eyes decieve me?

Bikini Baristas.

Really, they exist. Sadly, it is sweeping the nation. And yeah, they actually wear bikinis...Sometimes less than that. Some have opted to wear bikini bottoms with a scarf that tries,to no avail, to hide their nipples. Not only are these girls demoralizing women in general, but they are doing it at the expence of the Nectar of the Gods. Bikini Baristas are located at the coffee shop Coffee Nation in Salem Oregon. They have opened a company, Bikini Coffee Co. which is… Continue

Added by Jessica Ramsey on June 27, 2008 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

It's good to have friends, but better to have friends who enjoy quality coffee

Today, we sat around enjoying Espresso LaForza from Counter Culture Coffee. My wife and I were joined by a family and church friend. Her two boys and my two girls enjoyed cappuccinos from the Faema S87 two group and as I prepared for my weekly journey to the North East U.S we pressed some… Continue

Added by Wilson Hines on June 26, 2008 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Wonderful Barista Jam & Latte Art Competition

24th June. we had 3rd Tokyo Barista Jam & Latteart Competition @ Cafe & Restaurant Asuka!!!

About 30 baristas gathered from many coffee shops and coffee industrys.

I feel the Network of barisas in Tokyo spreading little by little...

There are more photo of… Continue

Added by Masa Onishi on June 26, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

Parable of the Coffeehouse

My favorite metaphysical image from Leaper by Geoffrey Wood

The parable of the coffee shop shows that the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who goes into a coffee shop and orders an espresso. As the man talks across the counter, the coffee guy makes his coffee ands sets the cup and saucer on the counter between them. But the man doesn't drink it; he keeps talking, so the coffee gets cold, useless. The coffee guy pours it out and pulls another, sets it up. The man…

Added by Chris Hooton on June 24, 2008 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Competition Order?

Does anyone know the order of competitors for the WBC? I have been on their site and had a hard time finding out.

Added by Chris DeMarse on June 19, 2008 at 8:08am — 3 Comments

Aerabica Roasters...

Anybody know about the Aerabica's? One has come on the market around here and I can't find out much except that they're not made anymore...

Added by Stickman on June 18, 2008 at 9:14pm — 3 Comments

1st, and perhaps the only blog post...


I'm back on BE, JOY. Glad to see how it's grown. I'll see just how much time I can spare, given LiveJournal, Last.FM, Goodreads, GreenCoffeeBuyingClub (I'm FinerGrind on all) take up.

Hope to be in Yemen later this year looking for variatels and heirloom coffees.

Here is what I'm roasting:

Uganda Bugisu AA (2005-2006 Crop)

Bolivia Cafe Kantati, Villanueva Farm

Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP Oct '07 (Sweet… Continue

Added by FinerGrind on June 18, 2008 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Life of Roast.

My life is a turbulent one, working 30 hours shift on two dfferent places and going around the clock, other days i dont have to get up at all. what then pulls me out of bed? I will tell you, it's Kaffebonna, the longing for a great espresso made by Good baristas, it is great.
I don't know what to do without coffee in my everyday life. I like it alot.

Added by anders aasen on June 18, 2008 at 3:31am — No Comments

Bay Area Coffee Fiesta 6/20

Thats right.

Yours Truly will be mashin down I-80 to go hang out with my favorite group: Bay Area coffee cats!!

I hope to include you all in this trip, but since I have the car for a limited time (stolen from the woman), it will be tight. Ritual's (all THREE), Pac Bay, Blue Bottle's, 4th Barrels, and those every tasty 'Footers are on my list. I expect you all to be prepared with the following:

1. whiskey (read: Jameson. If you bring JB, I'll be very unhappy

2. s.o.… Continue

Added by Benza Lance on June 17, 2008 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

Voice from the Field: Juana Sisimite

Juana Sisimite is an artisan project instructor working with Coffee Kids' partner Association for Sustainable Development of Paraxaj (ADESPA) on their Technical Work Training Program. Sisimite is teaching 26 women from the community of Paraxaj how to create 'fajas' or decorated belts that women in the region use as part of their traditional dress. This artisan project is part of ADESPA's larger goal to create… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on June 16, 2008 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Friday 6/20 Cupping...Sumo, Costa, Guat...

Checking out some new Sumatras and some centrals as well. Guat, Costa, Colo. Even another Yirgacheffe.

Friday 6/20 at 2pm.

Added by scott@herkimercoffee.com on June 16, 2008 at 9:49am — No Comments

How I became a barista.

After working as a Starbucks barista for the past year, I've been looking for other opportunities. The main reason of course is to get away from Starbucks. I don't want to badmouth the company. I was still in high school when hired. I had been wanting to be a barista for at least 2 years before actually getting the job. People think i'm kidding when I tell them how much I love the coffee industry. I first decided I wanted to be a barista when I was 11th grade. I was fascinated by the big shiny… Continue

Added by Tava on June 13, 2008 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

June's Informal Barista Jam Recap with Pics!

We had our fourth Arabica Labrica Barista Jam last Sunday, and it was again a success. We had about 12 people, representing four different coffeehouses, including the youngest barista I have ever seen in action, 14 year old Dylan from BacInTyme Coffee in Fort Mill, SC. Dylan was a joy to watch, and was also one-half of the winning team in the Iron Tamper competition. It will be great to watch this kid grow in his skills with time. It's also great he's started so young!



Added by Jason Dominy on June 13, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Reasons for Clasifications of Coffee

In fact, one can say that there is no real reasons, like argue, to confirm the right clarification.

Clasification is a kind of scheme, which can better help people to understand or analysis something. That is to say that, it is only a tool. None of them can be absolutely correct. But, what is the better way to clasify? It depends one different people's understanding.

For the same reason, we have got our own way of clasification. So, we have got our results.

Added by Peter Tam on June 12, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Home-trip/San Fransico to Seattle coffee tour

I have pictures and the same story on my blog at Young Tree Coffee

Last week, my closest friend from childhood, Max, and I took a trip up the West coast from San Fransisco to Seattle. I was born and raised in Northern California, Weaverville, to be precise. I hadn't been back to my 'home-town' in 18 years, so we called the road trip a home-trip. It was amazing!

We followed a break in the clouds all the way up the… Continue

Added by byron on June 11, 2008 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Purism or Pretense?

We all know the indescribable feeling of holding a warm mug with fresh steaming coffee, unhindered and unfettered by any hint of "pralines and cream" or "cinnamon apple turnover. We have all delighted to watch as the freshly extracted puck rises like a the star in a play to center stage on the Clover and we are handed our fresh CoE microlot coffee. On the other hand, we have all cringed when we hear customers request things like "extra caramel" or when we hand a customer a drink with a… Continue

Added by Chris DeMarse on June 11, 2008 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Earth to Fellow Coffee Enthusiasts!

Posted by: Christie Boivin

We are proud to announce that we have adopted a coffee compost program in our stores. Look for the bright green garbage can and help yourself to a bag of free coffee grounds for your compost pile or garden! (This program will be running throughout the summer) Here s a little information about coffee and composting:

Every day across America, Asia and Europe, millions of pots of coffee and tea are brewed, and the millions of pounds of wet grounds,… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on June 10, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Best Coffee Conferences/Fests worldwide?


I would like to know which are (in your opinion) the 3 best Conferences/Fests in the Coffee Industry, and why.

Best regards,

Added by Fede Cabrera on June 10, 2008 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Coffee in a small Town

There are many challenges in small towns for a barista. Not the least of which is actually getting a job. So far, I am confined to making single espressos with a friend on his thrift store machine. It's a party every day, though.

What are the things we miss most when we are away from our callings? I miss people. Face to face, emotion to reaction. I miss the perfect crema. I miss the "God Shot" and "Jamie's Spicy Tuna". I miss the music. I miss the machine. Ah, the machine... the… Continue

Added by Taylor on June 9, 2008 at 3:05pm — 3 Comments

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