August 2008 Blog Posts (59)

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online community sites are funny.... every one attracts some sort of crowd and if its around long enough you can catch the trends.... the cool profiles vs the really lame ones...

Something I noticed while browsing through friends, and friends of friends, is, like myspace with the angles and high contrast, there are a few particular styles of photos people like to keep in their albums on bexchange...

of course there is the latte art (*guilty*)

then the ones sipping on a mug of… Continue

Added by K-SAKI on August 30, 2008 at 11:59am — 4 Comments

DNC Coffee Part 2

Well, it looks like Democrats don't tip any better than the average tourist. Tips did increase, but without that impressive a direct relationship to the actual shop traffic. The hours for the rushes were very strange as well. The traditional rush times were ominously silent, perhaps because all our regulars were scared off. Our normal dead time during the lunch hours was actually pretty hopping, with the traffic just increasing until close in the evening. Wacky.

Celebrity… Continue

Added by Neil McCormick on August 30, 2008 at 11:06am — No Comments

Mexican Barista Championship live transmission

Live transmission on

Sept 4-6

13:00-19:00 hrs

Central time

WBC Judges:

Brent Fortune

Arturo Hernandez

Andrew Barnet

Anette Moldvaer

Sonja Grant

Cleofas Arreola

Special guests:

Sarah Allen

Jay Caragay

Reg Barber

Richard Crabill

The Mexican Barista Championship is one of the most exciting coffee… Continue

Added by Sylvia Gutiérrez on August 30, 2008 at 6:11am — No Comments

World Barista Championship selects top coffee machines for top baristas

Press Release from the World Barista Championship Committee:

World Barista Championship selects top coffee machines for top baristas

World Barista Championship UK Ltd. has selected the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia as the official espresso machine and MAHLKÖNIG K30 (Vario and Twin) as the official espresso coffee grinder of its 2009 – 2011 competition… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 29, 2008 at 9:17am — 2 Comments

Anfim after the first year

Let me begin by saying that I like the way my two Anfims grind coffee. I also like the way that they distribute into the pf. I like the timers and they are shiny! BUT....

What is up with the huge gap between the burrs and the doser? I feel a little duped but all the hype of "no waste no finger striking". I like to finger strike and I do not like a quarter shot being left behind in the shoot every time I pull a shot. I think that too many people wanted to believe that this was the grinder… Continue

Added by Sam Jones on August 28, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments


existing business ready for restart. drive thru coffee shop for sale in elizabethton, tn. everything needed for opening anytime. professionally landscaped with water feature adds curb appeal. two group astoria- purchased new in '04. would possibly sell assets only. thanks for your time, Hannon

Added by han on August 28, 2008 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

Sticky Bun Latte Recipe;

Sticky Bun Latte Recipe; Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte

2 Tbsp. Torani Syrups; Brown Sugar Cinnamon syrup

1 cup milk

1/4 cup espresso*


In a small saucepan, gently heat milk and Torani syrup together, whisking until frothy. Pour steamed flavored milk into tall glass and add brewed espresso*. Spoon a thin layer of foamed milk over top of… Continue

Added by javaqueen on August 27, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The loss of a truly passionate barista. Joel Starr will be missed.

Just got off the phone with Chuck Jones and he informed me that Joel Starr, previously of Ninth St. Espresso in NYC, and currently working for Castle and Company in Los Angeles, California, passed away on a vacation in Brazil.

My heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends. This is a sad day for the specialty coffee industry and so sad to lose someone with so much passion and love for coffee.

If… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 27, 2008 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Opening thoughts.

Well today is my day off from the shop, the espresso pulling, the training, the brewing, and all things related. This is my day to catch up on cleaning a messy apartment, running errends, etc, etc. ...and yet I find myself wondering around on bX. I guess once your blood turns brown there isn't much use trying to stay away from coffee.

Lately I've been thinking more about the barista competitions and how I've always wanted to see if I could get anywhere within them. But honestly, I… Continue

Added by Cherie on August 27, 2008 at 12:48pm — 3 Comments

New S.O. Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Misty Valley

Throwing down with some Misty Valley...I know, it's been available for awhile. If you haven't heard of or tried this yirg you must take a gander. It's one of the few that tastes exactly like it smells all the way through the process. Exploding Lilac and Froot Loop lemon blueberry on the nose, sweet red and black seed fruit in the mouth. Almost yemenish with a different spicy depth. Oily vine and powdered sugar texture. Fairly full bodied for a yirgie. Malted chocolate and a bit of salty caramel… Continue

Added by on August 27, 2008 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Cuppin' time, thursday and friday August 28 and 29

South and Central American Explosion!!

El Salvador

Thursday and Friday afternoons. Let me know if you are interested.

Added by on August 27, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Barista Exchange T Shirts!!!

In Celebration of reaching the 3000 member mark at Barista Exchange. and bX have joined together to create the first of many Barista Exchange T Shirts.

The Viva Barista logo has been screened onto the front of 100% cotton T shirts and on the upper mid back is the Barista Exchange logo.

Click… Continue

Added by Espresso Parts on August 26, 2008 at 10:02pm — 2 Comments


I wish so badly that my thoughts were clear. My vision? permanent. My passion? Pervasive in everything I do. My path? Everchanging.

Takes money to make money, right? I could own and manage a coffeeshop. My own. That I bought and I suply. But I'm STILL a corporate coffee whore. A salaried, bullied, overworked coffee management whore. This is how I pay my bills. This is NOT how I want to spend my twenties. I could do better. I could have my shop. But… Continue

Added by Sarah Leanne Barnett on August 26, 2008 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Social Networking is all the rage.

Hey guys

I'm continuing to work to promote my website, blog and podcast at

As such I've jumped head first into social networking

so please add me on twitter: chrisweaver and pownce: chrisweaver and make the most of brilliant ways to get free marketing!

Chris Weaver

Added by Chris Weaver on August 26, 2008 at 9:35am — No Comments

Coffee business growing rapidly in Saudi Arabia, says US expert

Ed Arvidson, a consultant with Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup just returned from a week long consulting trip to Saudi Arabia to work with the large coffee company, Bonnon Coffee. Bellissimo has been working Bonnon for a few months, consulting on their quickly growing coffee retail and wholesale roasting business. There was an article published in… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 26, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

PT’s Coffee Roasting Co is NOW HIRING!! Position- Customer Service Representative Location- Roasting Facility Office near Forbes Field in Topeka, KS Description- PT’s is looking for a self-motivat…

PT’s Coffee Roasting Co is NOW HIRING!!

Position- Customer Service Representative

Location- Roasting Facility Office near Forbes Field in Topeka, KS

Description- PT’s is looking for a self-motivated and organized worker that possesses the necessary interpersonal communication skills, computer proficiency, and love for coffee. This situation requires full time availability and is an office… Continue

Added by Holly on August 25, 2008 at 12:35pm — No Comments

American Coffee

Greatest thing overheard at the Cosmic Cup in a long time. Customer walks in, orders a coffee of the day, walks over to the airpots, reads the descriptions, turns to my barista and asks: "Do you have any American coffee, ya know, like Chock Full o' Nuts?"

Added by Troy Reynard on August 25, 2008 at 8:19am — 3 Comments

Being bullied out of a job.

Yeah, I am saying it. I was bullied out of my job, by two overbearing women. I kid you not, everytime I was on the bar they would throw me off. Make nasty remarks behind my back, and basically tried ruining my job, and getting me fired.

I was really dreading my job, due to these two ladies, and decided that I could no longer compromise my happiness for money.

I know Baristas don't make much, but when you start stressing over work, because of people who don't even try to be nice to… Continue

Added by Jess on August 24, 2008 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

Killer Café Design

Thought I would re post this article from barista magazine by kyle and I. Some great info.

Café Design

Matt Milletto & Kyle Larson

Photo by Kenneth R. Olson

Reprinted from Barista Magazine

Let’s face it, not to sound too terribly clichéd, but first impressions really do matter. What is the first thing your customers are going to notice when they walk in the door? That’s right, the café itself.… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 24, 2008 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

DNC Coffee

I'm a barista at Metropolis Coffee right smack dab in the middle of Downtown Denver, and I'll be keeping everyone updated on how insane it gets. Right now, it seems that biggest question is:

"How do Democrats tip?"

Added by Neil McCormick on August 24, 2008 at 10:50am — No Comments

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