July 2009 Blog Posts (27)

Zoka opens Third Wave coffeehouse next week

In Kirkland, with a Slayer and La Marzocco's revived paddle machine. More here: http://bit.ly/a31cK

Added by Melissa Allison on July 31, 2009 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

New coffee in from Guatemala

Guatemala Antigua

Los Volcanes

No specific story on this offering from Antigua, just a satifying example of an age old classic.

Acid- 7

Body- 8

Texture- Juicy round body with hints of powdery grit, softens in texture as it cools.

Flavor- when ground this coffee smells exceptionally clean, orange and grapefruit acidity, milk chocolate and the expected sweet caramel. No sign of any vegetal notes. Get it wet and it stays that way, clean and chocolately… Continue

Added by scott@herkimercoffee.com on July 30, 2009 at 10:39am — No Comments

Seattle coffeehouses + air conditioning = Relief


Added by Melissa Allison on July 30, 2009 at 10:19am — No Comments

What would this coffee retail store be worth?

I am looking at a second location and there is a store available for sale. What would you pay?

10 years under same ownership. Beautiful interior. All equipment is in excellent condition. 60% is coffee beverages, the rest bakery, grilled panini sans. Reported sales in 2007- $170K. 2008- $206K and looks like this year will be about $190K. 5 years left on lease at $725/month with option to renew lease.

Added by ray peck on July 28, 2009 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments

Barista Vanuatu Competition

I have been emailing with Joanne, who organizes the Barista Vanuatu event which is to be held the 11th 12th and 13th of November in Port Vila Vanuatu. This competition sounds AMAZING, and is open to both locals, as well as international competitors (two competitions). Below is more info on the competition and contact Joanne with any questions. I spent some time in the South Pacific as a kid, and it is the most beautiful place on earth. I want to go!!! :)

- Matt… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on July 27, 2009 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Self Contained espresso cart - turn key business - $6800.00 for all

It is self contained cart - fully equipped with refrigerator- water pumps, #4-5 gallons water tanks, 1-8gallon-reservoir tank- pressure pump. all in good condition.

Espresso machine- Lasanmarco - Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine-With 2 Spirt Brewer Heads.

Oversized Nickel plated Copper boiler - Copper for resiliency, flexibility and heat conductivity

Super-fast TOGGLE steam and water control valves providing remarkable speed and ease of use.

Two head espresso diffusers,… Continue

Added by Settie Safa on July 23, 2009 at 3:19pm — 1 Comment

Should coffee shops sell wine and beer?

I'm taking a poll and would love to know what you think.

Added by Melissa Allison on July 23, 2009 at 12:22pm — 4 Comments

DETAILS Magazine names Counter Culture #1 Industry Innovator

This is awesome! Counter Culture Coffee is So Good!!


The August 2009 issue of DETAILS Magazine lists Counter Culture Coffee as #1 among five industry innovators.In the article "How to Really Make Coffee" by J.J. Goode, the August 2009 issue of DETAILS Magazine lists Counter Culture Coffee as #1 among five industry "innovators creating coffees that have the complexity of fine wines." About Counter Culture, Goode writes:

Before coffee is transformed into beans,… Continue

Added by Tony Bowles on July 22, 2009 at 11:31am — No Comments

Fresh Cup Magazine names Associate Editor


PORTLAND, Ore.—(July 22, 2009) Fresh Cup Magazine is pleased to announce the hiring of Dan Leif to the position of Associate Editor. He previously worked as a copy editor at New York City-based marketing industry trade publication Advertising Age, where he edited and wrote headlines for dozens of stories each week in a fast-paced newsroom.

Leif is a 2005 graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School… Continue

Added by Fresh Cup Magazine on July 22, 2009 at 9:28am — No Comments

Free pastry or free wi-fi???

Okay - so like many of you, I'm on Facebook, and I saw the Starbucks Free Pastry Day event happening for today.

I think this is great marketing, and Starbucks hit a home run (with me at least) when they did the Vote Promo last November (anything to get people to vote is a-okay with me!). But, today - I was going to go into the Starbucks in my neighborhood (S. Beverly Drive - Beverly Hills, CA) but then I started to think about what I really wanted.

Did I really want a free… Continue

Added by Michele Large' on July 21, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

What do you think of Starbucks' new store idea?

I'm taking a poll on the Starbucks that isn't a Starbucks. http://bit.ly/OJUNS

Added by Melissa Allison on July 17, 2009 at 1:16pm — 2 Comments

Featured Donor: DaVinci Gourmet

DaVinci Gourmet, the industry leader in gourmet syrups, is that rare company that extends support of the specialty coffee industry through the entire chain of supply – from coffee growers to beverages served worldwide. Whether it is sponsoring a myriad of barista competitions or providing menu and technical support to small cafes, many witness first hand DaVinci’s support. In particular is their exceptional support of Coffee… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on July 17, 2009 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Staking my claim!


Added by Michele Large' on July 16, 2009 at 8:17pm — No Comments

We failed this morning...

We were the pig in the slaughterhouse, the fish who swallowed the hook, the emperor with no clothes…..and we had to utter the five words that plague all barista’s dreams: We are out of coffee.

You see, Starbucks’ corporate offices recently decided to implement a new brewing strategy that would virtually eliminate all possibility of running out of regular, bold, or decaffeinated coffee. Essentially, the innovation is a bright idea based on a rotation of urns with a new type of coffee… Continue

Added by James Ciago on July 15, 2009 at 2:53pm — 4 Comments

Refurbished Coffee Equipment

Hey all. I am opening a coffee shop in NY in a couple of months and am trying to keep my initial costs as low as possible. I was wondering what other people's thoughts were on getting used equipment and where I could find the best deals out there....

Added by Jeremy Saul on July 15, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

Meet the Special Chottie.

My beloved caffeine enamored friends, it is time to introduce the chottie, the delectable drink pictured above (which, coincidentally, was quickly consumed by me this morning). The idea of the chottie was born on one of our monthly customer satisfaction reports when we read the comments left by an apparently satisfied customer.

The transcript is recorded as follows:

Question: “What was your favorite thing about this visit… Continue

Added by James Ciago on July 14, 2009 at 3:40pm — No Comments

4th Giro D'Italia Giotto Charitable Auction for Coffee Kids

We're into our fourth auction for Coffee Kids and we were able to import one more machine, so we've got a total of three more up for auction over the next few weeks. The machines came into the store last week, so check out a video of the features:

If you're interested in purchasing a unique and excellently performing collector's item while also contributing to a great cause, please help us raise some cash! You can find more details and a link to… Continue

Added by Kat Oak on July 14, 2009 at 12:07pm — No Comments

There's a Sleeper Cell in My Latte...

Matcha, essentially, is powdered green tea. Matcha is very useful for mixing with milk or cream base to make “delicious” lattes and frappuccinos. However, what happens when BaristaJim is subjected to this fluffy, green substance? He gets sick. Very sick. I’m not talking about a little sniff here, a little sniff there. I’m referring to sore, debilitating, closing throats.

Thus, what happens when somebody orders a Strawberry Banana Matcha Vivanno? I find myself handing out a… Continue

Added by James Ciago on July 13, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The First...

I’m usually perplexed as what to write when I start a new website, blog, homepage, or the like. Thus, instead of permitting my thoughts to meander around, I will hone them in and focus them on all things coffee.

You see, working at Starbucks presents the simultaneous blessing and curse of working with the public. It offers a venue for great conversations, connections, and networking. However, it also makes this barista vulnerable to many conjectures about something he’s devoted a… Continue

Added by James Ciago on July 13, 2009 at 7:54pm — No Comments

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