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trip to Papua New Guinea

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Added by Steve Lanphier on December 31, 2007 at 9:44pm — No Comments

All About Me

Just like it should be. Who am I? What am I?

My name is James Spano. Born and raised in Auburn, Al I also attended school there and graduated Spring '06 with a degree in music education. I got interested in coffee around my second sophomore year. I don't mean my second year of school, I mean my second year as a sophomore. I'm a slow learner. Anyway, some friends of mine from church who recently moved here from Ecuador had just opened a coffee shop and I went over with some friends to try… Continue

Added by James Spano on December 31, 2007 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I am lost

I have no idea why but i cant seem to figure out how to add friends amongst current members or figure out why i cannot seem to apply any editing to my page.. can anyone help me?

Added by Jordan Krutsch on December 30, 2007 at 9:19pm — 3 Comments

Grateful for the opportunity

I would like to thank Matt and the folks at the ABC School for starting the Barista Exchange networking site, but more importantly I would like to thank Matt for allowing "Enthusiast" such as myself to participate in a real and meaningful way.



I know some of the professionals out there probably think that the site potentially could be "hijacked," for a lack of better words, by the enthusiast. With sites like the Barista Guild or… Continue

Added by Wilson Hines on December 29, 2007 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

some semblance of organization

So I'm working at this little organic cafe as the assistant manager, when the cafe manager decides to talk about starting up an espresso bar with some untouched equipment sitting at another one of the stores. The cafe manager left a few weeks ago, and as the asst. I jumped in to try and take over the project, which thus far has little in the way of any organization that I'm aware of beyond the construction. So I've been researching, pricing out items, finding all of the items that we're going… Continue

Added by PunkAngel on December 29, 2007 at 8:15pm — No Comments

The Beauty of Christmas

So there I was on Christmas night...an avid Dallas cowboys fan, forced to drink Folger's coffee out of a Philadelphia Eagles mug at my brother-in-laws...the things we do for peace on Christmas.

Added by Troy Reynard on December 29, 2007 at 5:29am — 1 Comment

SCAA Workshop in Cleveland??

I will be in Cleveland for the workshop on Jan 18 and I will be staying around town until the 22nd. Drop me a line if you plan on attending.

It would be cool to meet up before or after...

Jay

Added by Jay Lijewski (TacomaPenna) on December 27, 2007 at 9:32am — 2 Comments

Sorry, Kids, No Cupping Tomorrow But...

Posted by: Mary Dally-Muenzmaier

Since our all java knowing Roast Master Stephen is on a well deserved vacation, there will be NO cupping event at the Factory tomorrow. That being the case, our next and first of the New Year cupping will be held on Friday January 11 at the usual time, 9 sharp in the AM.

We know you're more than a little heartbroken by this news, and to be honest so are…

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Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on December 27, 2007 at 9:00am — No Comments

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. I am really excited about the interest this site has created in the last two weeks and thank all of you for being part of it.

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on December 25, 2007 at 12:22pm — No Comments

this is...

DOPE!

Added by Gabe on December 21, 2007 at 8:33am — No Comments

Point of Sale system

Folks,

I need to purchase a POS system in the next few months and I can use some advice. My former employer Intuit has a system that interfaces with QuickBooks however I am concerned that it may not support my coffee shop very well. I…

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Added by James "Cosmo" Cramer on December 20, 2007 at 10:01pm — 11 Comments

Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Barista Jam

Hey Everyone,

The Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Barista Jam is going on in lil' ol' Easton, PA March 5-7, 2008. Latte Art throwdowns, a 'Spro-down, money to go to Bikes to Rwanda, oh, and great educational sessions by the big names in coffee...it will be too much fun to miss!!!!!

Added by Troy Reynard on December 20, 2007 at 8:46pm — 3 Comments

Hot water tower

Anybody recommend a good-looking and good-working hot water tower or something for americanos? I'm currently using a small boiler plumbed into a tap on the counter but it doesn't hold enough volume. I need something plumbed-in that can almost boil and that can hold 4 litres (1 gallon) minimum. It has to be good-looking enough to be on the counter! At least as beautiful as thick, caramelly crema!

Thanks for your ideas.

Added by Stickman on December 19, 2007 at 7:32pm — 9 Comments

New Music & Podcast Player Added

I have added a music player to the website which can be found in the bottom left column on the main page. If I am not mistaken, only administrators can upload music, but if you have something you would like to send, I can upload it for you. Podcasts are great, also any original material. I may put a few cool songs up but want to keep it mainly to stuff created by barista exchange members. You can email me a link to the mp3 file.

Feedback is appreciated.

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on December 11, 2007 at 8:53am — No Comments

I've finally got my new camera near some coffee!

Espresso 3, originally uploaded by Mentness.

I've finally got my new camera near some…

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Added by Stuart Lee Archer on December 9, 2007 at 7:02am — 4 Comments

yay first blog

so...its like 130am my time..n im checking this site out. interesting stuff. also makes me a bit jealous because i cant make some of the cool latte art <|=br/>
oh well. i should prolly get sum sleep tho. have work in a few hours. yay.

Added by phillip lee on December 7, 2007 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Barista Exchange Looking for a couple moderators

I am going to be looking for a couple people help me moderate the website as it grows. I am going to slowly start inviting people and posting news about the site. If you are interested in moderating and maybe keeping a blog let me know. I would like for a few interested people to blog on the main page of the site once in a while.

email me if you are interested and thanks.

matt at bellissimo dot net

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on December 6, 2007 at 3:46pm — 5 Comments

The first thing I do when I go into the coffeehouse is pull a test shot. This is both yummy and a chance to quality control. It is a little known fact that the grind must be adjusted several times th…

The first thing I do when I go into the coffeehouse is pull a test shot. This is both yummy and a chance to quality control. It is a little known fact that the grind must be adjusted several times throughout the day. Humidity and temperature changes affect the way the grounds come out and how much crema the extraction produces. After pulling a test shot, I can fine tune the grind. Fred mentioned today that he did the same thing as a quality control… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on October 18, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Contemplative prayer is like a shot of espresso

"Am I really willing to drink this cup?" A question I love to ask my self pushed back from a table at a coffeehouse. Especially if it is a bold, Marrakesh Espresso that rumbles like thunder, grabs your tongue and wrestles you to the floor and finishes with a kiss and a playful bite. Ah the contemplative life!

....Oo! I think I just found another analogy!

Added by Chris Hooton on October 17, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Social Justice action experiment

My friend Cliff has been going to a soup kitchen in Saginaw once a month. He pastors an ELCA church in our area and is very successful mobilizing his people into action. I went with him the last time they went. Six of us headed out at eight o’clock Friday morning. I’m not much of a morning person, so I was quiet. I had already been up for a while to take my wife and kids to work.

When we arrived, we went straight to work. My first duty was to wash a couple hundred pounds of frozen catfish… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on October 9, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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