July 2008 Blog Posts (37)

Westing (by Musket and Sextant) pt. 2

First of all, some may be wondering, "San Diego...coffee?"

It happened.

But, I did not have a ton of coffee in my time there. I got to SD, checked into my hostel. The one I stayed at is called Lucky D's. It was a pretty sweet little hang, although it was no where near the beach. I'm a city boy, I can deal with it. Except San Diego's inner city is a little weird and well...not an awesome downtown. It's kind of barren, but it's not. There's stuff to do, but for who(m), i… Continue

Added by Charlie Biando on July 30, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Party @ my house.

That's right, Saturday night is the night for me. My roomie, Lizzie and I are having a party at our spot to say "Hell Yeah!" to whatever. We just want all of our amazing friends to meet each other and hang out in our spot. THe event will take place on Saturday 8/2/08 after the Grumpy Barista Music Showcase (Greenpoint 4-8). Please email me for the address. I hope you can ALL make it!


Added by Ed Kaufmann on July 30, 2008 at 9:18am — No Comments

Sleepless night leads into along day

I could not sleep last night – up at 3:30 a.m. My mind would not turn off; knowing that sleep was past I came downstairs to read which turned into working a touch on the computer.

There is this fly and it keep landing on my screen; making, I’m sure little pad prints all over it; he will not land on anything else. It’s driving me crazy.

Today is the day Beverly works behind the mall over in Dieppe so she will drop me off at Starbucks around 9 and picks me up around… Continue

Added by Steve MacDowall on July 29, 2008 at 1:24am — No Comments

it was like drinking mud

Nathan and Shirley came up for dinner yesterday but I was out of it with a strong headache. I wasn’t so much fun. Just as well as Beverly, Shirley, Nathan, and Liz talked most about the upcoming wedding.

Nathan made coffee after dinner – as you know I drink it black and no sugar – he used my good coffee – but when I took my first sip it was like drinking mud; how much coffee did you use three or four scoops? – I didn’t see the scoop, so I just poured it in. – I got that look from… Continue

Added by Steve MacDowall on July 28, 2008 at 2:25am — 3 Comments

Guess whose coming for dinner?

It looks like it’s going to be a wonderful day out there; not a cloud in the sky.

We worked on our garden yesterday for over four hours. The sun was hot but it’s so addictive once you start it’s had to stop; looking good though.

I’ve got a lot of work to do this morning in my Studio. Liz was in yesterday cleaning up my bookcase that covers one side of the room. She organized and labeled the shelves so I’ll know what’s what. I’ll now have to find the book I want, but it… Continue

Added by Steve MacDowall on July 27, 2008 at 5:54am — No Comments

I've discovered cups

I've never been much of a cup/saucer/spoon/napkin enthusiast. I have seen beautifully unique, rare demitasse and thought, "ooh, cool," but have never been moved to say anything. But tonight- tonight i saw something that changed all that. While scanning a pic of myself nervously holding my breath before my first time competing at wrbc, i noticed a shadow on my minimalist (cheap) white saucers in the corner of the frame. The light in the photo had cast an eerie yet comforting blue-green radiance… Continue

Added by Janelle on July 27, 2008 at 2:18am — 3 Comments

Saturday, lets get going. . .

We are not sure if it's going to rain or just stay overcast but I would like to spend some time in the garden this morning weeding. I finished my work early this morning with three phone calls to Paris.

Just spending some time with Beverly today will be great; cleaning up the studio along with some office work.

Bev has just left to pick up some eggs and milk at the corner store, well I take a shower.

Maybe we’ll grab a light lunch out or take in a movie tonight; if we get all our… Continue

Added by Steve MacDowall on July 26, 2008 at 4:56am — No Comments

SCAA Names Emily Oak to World Barista Championship Board

The Specialty Coffee Association of America

Appoints Emily Oak to World Barista Championship Board

Long Beach, CA. U.S.A. (July 22 2008) —The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) announces the appointment of Emily Oak as the newest member to represent the association's interest on the World Barista Championship (WBC) Board of Directors.

Oak is Director of Training and Development for Australian Independent Roasters, an SCAA member and wholesale… Continue

Added by Mike Ferguson on July 22, 2008 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

Barista Exchange now Famous!

Congrats, Matt!

Via Geof Corey's blog, I went to the Marketing Pilgrim site to see an article about Adobe Flash and Google indexing. All of a sudden I see this article entitled "Baristas Unite! Social Networking At Street Level"

Matt, you have made us… Continue

Added by Wilson Hines on July 22, 2008 at 7:23am — 5 Comments

Now Roasting...Harvest Blend!

Posted by: Steve Hawthorne

While we're not quite ready to let go of summer just yet, in the world of coffee, it's time to roll out Harvest Blend. This year's Harvest Blend is a great coffee that will carry us through this beautiful time of year. Here's what our Green Coffee Team had to say about the blend:

'Autumn in Wisconsin is a time of pleasant weather, brilliant foliage, and rich harvests. At Stone Creek Coffee, we have captured the essence of the season in a… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on July 21, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Westing (by Musket and Sextant) pt. 1

Greetings to all,

I am on le tour d'caffe. (<----I think this is french...I'm not sure, I found it in my fridge this morning)

The first stop was San Francisco. I visited Ritual Roasters, Blue Bottle, and the barely open/legal? shop: Four Barrel.

Ritual was pretty rad. Great ambiance, inviting barista presence- nobody kicked me out of the shop after hearing me declare that I was going to serve Chris Baca his ass on an Amoroso long-roll wit'!* INFACT!, they… Continue

Added by Charlie Biando on July 19, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

going to be an interesting day

Got by coffee and I’m already to take my first phone call. It looks like it’s going to be an interesting day for there is a lot of clouds but they are moving very fast and we have some fog up on the hill.

You should see are garden; growing like a madman. Lots of tomatoes and the Zucchini are growing so fast we might pick the first by tomorrow.

I have a doctor’s appointment at 9; if it doesn’t take too long, I think I will take a little trip over to Starbucks and have… Continue

Added by Steve MacDowall on July 18, 2008 at 3:48am — No Comments

Fatal Extraction "Soft-Launch"

I had a funny idea to make t shirts that say snarky barista coffee stuff on them (i.e. "Rock Out With Your Macch Out!"). I am selling them. I think they are fun but I don't know that anyone else will. I am going to continue to try to spread the spro-based snark about the land so I will post new designs for shirts and stuff as they are completed. Yay! This is fun! BTW the macchiato I used for the logo was a delicious macch from Gimme!

Added by Ed Kaufmann on July 17, 2008 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

My tamp (and me, sorta) made local news!!!

So there is a local coffee tour that goes around sampling different brews from shops in the downtown to Pioneer Square 'hood - got a pretty sweet shot of my tamp in there, and even a shout-out to espressoparts.com!

make with the clickin' here - http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/thebigblog/archives/143440.asp


link opens in new window so you won't have to leave… Continue

Added by Tom Steffens on July 17, 2008 at 12:42pm — 2 Comments

20th Anniversary Reflections: Dorie Hagler

Photographer Dorie Hagler has done a number of projects for Coffee Kids. After returning from the Peace Corps in Guatemala in the 1995, the photographer got in touch with Bill Fishbein and Coffee Kids to inquire about creating photos at origin.

Coffee Kids began working with Hagler and she created an amazing body of work documenting the life of coffee-farming families, the conditions in which they live,… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on July 17, 2008 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Bringing in the beans...

West Java, bringing in the beans!

In the blue, hazy hills of West Java, the coffee harvest coincides with harvesting of rice and cloves. Several weeks earlier the daily rainstorms, a constant during the wet season, abruptly eased- giving way to hot, dry sultry days that crackle with heat from mid morning onwards. The showers still arrive, but late in afternoon, as the heat becomes almost unbearable. As stillness descends on the villages… Continue

Added by Alun Evans on July 16, 2008 at 8:31pm — No Comments

IASC Certification

I have been seeing this since we have been going to Coffee Fest 4 years ago and I was thinking about 'getting certified' in September. I do not know much about it, however, and wanted your thoughts..

1. Is it worth it?

2. What is expected?

3. Other thoughts?

It seems that every certification you can get is just more education so it seems that it would be worth at least giving it a go but I don't want to waste $89.00 for nothing!

Thanks for your… Continue

Added by Jason Duncan on July 16, 2008 at 8:11pm — 5 Comments

Talking, talking, it does not make sense......

I had been talking about coffee quite a lot, and for many years. I thought that those so many cafes should care of their business, including those coffee roasters and so they might be really interested in some new things which can help their business. Now, I recognize that they do not.

In the Chinese market, I know that there are chances for those low qualified cafes to exist if no qualified cafes exist. Like, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and many other cities. While in Beijing, due to the… Continue

Added by Peter Tam on July 16, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

First real day

Sunday, I watched, I listened, I absorbed. I was also taken a bit by surprise when Boss Man said, "Now, you make (this much money). When I make you shift supervisor, you'll make (this much much more money)." Then he walked away. Supervisor? Huh? Sweet! Guess he really was in desperate need of rock star staff.

Today, I became the master of the cash register, keeping the various coffee pots fresh and full, keeping pastries and bakeries stocked and making sure everything else is…

Added by Christine on July 15, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My big trip to the bay area!!!

So my trip was awesome and it was great to see the new coffee works spot (barefoot) and see that the cafe is still there going strong. It was so nice to finally see ritual and meet up with baca and talk about married life, debt and commuting. ... .. . .. . Oh wait!!!!!! Thats right;! None of that happened because after Ride On At Temple i got home and started throwing up. By 2am every hole in my body was leaking or squirting and then the chills and heavy fever.

This crazyness continued for… Continue

Added by lucky on July 14, 2008 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

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