September 2011 Blog Posts (8)

This Really Grinds My Gears

My boss and the other barista who's been here for about 3 years off and on, are both getting on my case because I adjusted the grinder to a finer grind because my shots were too fast (like <15 seconds fast).

Now, during our summer hours, I was the only barista here, so I had time to perfect MY technique, and I didn't have to worry about other people in my workstation. We also are a slow enough place that we only have one person on shift at a time.

Well, we're back to…


Added by Autumn Ritchie on September 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Bad Coffee on National Coffee Day

Do any of you ever need coffee but you don't have time to go where you know the good stuff is or it's to far away?  Most likely not, because the majority of you are Baristas and working in the industry.


That was me today, and on a coffee lovers holiday!  I don't work in the coffee industry, but for me coffee is passion; a daily passion that takes me all over my city seeking out my black gold.


Today was interesting....


I woke up only to realize…


Added by Matthew on September 29, 2011 at 12:09pm — 4 Comments


I find it so frustrating that my boss doesn't give two licks about this place.


I understand that his main business is his cabinets and the coffeeshop was just an after-thought to take up some extra space, but still. If I have to work for anyone, I want to work for someone who is just as enthusiastic about coffee as I am.


If the location of this place was better, I'd work out a deal with him to take over the shop with my husband, but I refuse to stay in Walla…


Added by Autumn Ritchie on September 25, 2011 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #1 (Batch One)

The 2011-2012 coffee harvest has officially begun at Beneficio El Manzano, in Santa Ana, El Salvador; receiving its first two batches of bourbon cherries on the twelfth of September from farms: Finca El Manzano and Ayutepeque.

After processing and…

Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on September 25, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Coffee Tree and the Bramble

Over the past two months, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with a company here in El Salvador, named Cuatro M. Although many faceted, they operate a coffee milling and exporting business in Santa Ana, and have given me the chance to shadow, and experience firsthand, life on a coffee farm. I am really amped for all that lies ahead, and am thankful to the owner, Emilio Lopez Diaz for exposing…

Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on September 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Excellence verse Experimentation

For the last few days, I have been throwing out everything I know about making myself a good cup of coffee and just trying random methods.


My tea ball did not work to brew at all


My little tea pot does surprisingly well at brewing coffee.…


Added by D. Jay Kolbet on September 23, 2011 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Honduras, Benigno Mejia


Farmed by Benigno Mejia

San Vicente region


Acid: high

Body: medium-full

Texture: mainly clean, juicy, light powder on finish

Flavor Profile: juicy tropical fruit, peach and guava, even tomato jam.  The acid is high and sweet, no hint of tartness, giving it a long mouth-watering finish.  A spicy cinnamon and cayenne pepper mixes into the mid-tone fruits and lingers with a light powder feeling on the finish.

Noteworthy: second…


Added by on September 16, 2011 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee Drives Development toward Final Phases at Quarterly Meeting, New Member and Further Funding Announced

Leonardo Academy hosted the first remote quarterly meeting of the multi-stakeholder National Sustainable Agriculture…


Added by 3BL Media on September 13, 2011 at 7:39pm — No Comments

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