October 2008 Blog Posts (56)

SCAA Skill-Building Cupping Workshop Volunteers

The upcoming annual SCAA Symposium & Exhibition is approaching, and this year will have an increased focus on hands-on education, coffee competitions, and more opportunities than ever for professional networking. It will truly live up to its theme “The Specialty Coffee Event: SCAA 2009.”

With this enhanced workshop schedule, there is an increased need for volunteers as the Cupping Workshops alone have doubled in size. On behalf of the SCAA Training Committee, we would like to invite… Continue

Added by Renee Espinoza on October 13, 2008 at 10:02am — No Comments

Family Reunion Comments

Well another successful reunion has occurred today......I must say though the younger folks need to learn how to stick around and listen to family history.....but I was like that too years ago, eat and go. The problem is in years to come when they are old enough to want to hang around for stories, the older folks present today won'tbe here.....maybe I need to write down the stories for the future meetings. I noticed the food choices are reflecting the economic times, but that's OK...this… Continue

Added by judy f mccabe on October 12, 2008 at 7:43pm — 2 Comments

October Saveur - So happy for Karaba!


Added by Mark Overbay on October 8, 2008 at 12:37pm — No Comments

October Indonesia Cupping...

Time to cup a bunch of indos....

Sumatra, Sulawesi, Timor, Bali, the list goes on. I'll be cupping these throughout the next week or so, let me know if you would like to come in and check anything out. Will also be evaluating some Brasil, Costa and a few more Ethiopians.


Added by scott@herkimercoffee.com on October 8, 2008 at 10:44am — 2 Comments

All Alone

So I'm working the evening shift by myself lately, and I have to say it's a totally different ballgame. Getting through a line of 10 people with no cashier is definitely a challenge, and I have been guilty of falling victim to freakouts. But, I was starting to get a little bored with just working the bar, and I thrive on new challenges. So much of it is mental, at some point you just stop the panic and get to people as fast as you can, which is pretty f'ing fast. Plus, I don't have to share any… Continue

Added by Sarah on October 7, 2008 at 10:53am — 4 Comments

Spro Down In Chi Town

This past weekend I drove to Intelligentsia in Chicago for the Barista Jam, marking the second major coffee adventure I have taken. The first being my move to Alliance World Coffees in Muncie, Indiana from my home in Dallas, Texas. It was nice to finally visit the famous Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea Company. Sadly, I only had time to be involved in the Jam, which was held at their roasting location and never got to see the café.

I do not care much for the 3 hour drive to Chicago… Continue

Added by Jonathan Meadows on October 5, 2008 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Coffee Reviews!

Every day this week, I will be reviewing a different coffee over at my blog, sosprodown.blogspot.com. Up on the list are offerings from Barefoot, Ecco, and Old Soul. Head over and check it out!

Added by Benza Lance on October 5, 2008 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

My Trip To Miami

Wow..so I left home early am, to go to Miami, just thinking I would find some good coffee shops to spend some dinero in, boy was I wrong, however I did find 1 Shop, that was a Cuban Cafe, and also a nice Cigar shop, several Starbucks, 1 Einstien Bagels, no real mom and pops, I guess now I'm gonna have to be a lilttle more prepared.Well I now see 2 coffee shops here on the BX in Miami, as it looks I'm gonna be taking monthly trips there to try and market some of my coffee and organic business,… Continue

Added by BaristaOnDutY on October 4, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Chocolate Latte Recipe; Chocolate Chunk Cookie Latte Recipe

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Latte Recipe

2 Shots Espresso

1 1/4 oz Monin Chocolate Chip Cookie

Steamed Milk

Add espresso and Monin Flavoring Syrups Chocolate Chip Cookie to cup and stir well.

Fill with steamed milk. Top with whipped cream and chocolate chip morsels.…


Added by javaqueen on October 2, 2008 at 10:36pm — No Comments

No more hot coffee

So the more I cup coffee the more I am convinced that we should not be serving any coffee to customers that is over 160 degrees F. When we cup we don't even really taste anything untill it reaches below 160 degrees F. And it is best between 80 to 130F.

SO I keep thinking that we have to figure out a way to have customers only drink coffee that is less than 160F degrees. Sounds crazy but the coffee tastes so much better cooler. When it is too hot people want to add cream and… Continue

Added by Andy Newbom on October 2, 2008 at 6:54am — No Comments

oh hey

In case you haven't checked it out, I'm doin the dumb blog thing over at sosprodown.blogspot.com
keep it real.

Added by Benza Lance on October 1, 2008 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Torani Frappe Alaska Recipe; Almond Frappe Coffee Recipe

Torani Frappe Alaska Recipe

Couldn't help myself... With the VP debate tomorrow, I thought this might be a good coffee drink recipe to share.


1 cup ice

1/4 oz. (1/2 Tbsp.) Torani Syrups Orgeat (Almond) syrup

1/4 oz. (1/2 Tbsp.) unsweetened cocoa powder

5 oz. (1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp.) cold milk

1 shot (2 Tbsp.)… Continue

Added by javaqueen on October 1, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Gingerbread Latte Recipe; Holiday Latte Recipes

Gingerbread Latte Recipe; Holiday Latte Recipes

2 Shots Espresso

3/4 oz. Monin Gingerbread Coffee Flavoring Syrup

1/2 oz Monin Syrup; Vanilla Flavored Coffee Syrup

Steamed Milk

Add espresso, Monin Gingervread and Monin Vanilla Coffee Flavoring Syrups to cup and stir… Continue

Added by javaqueen on October 1, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Fair Trade Month

Posted by: Steve Hawthorne

Can anyone tell me what happened to September? It seems like it just got here and now here we are in October...anyway...

October is Fair Trade Month! Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

We are also proud that our great city of… Continue

Added by Stone Creek Coffee Roasters on October 1, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

What the customers actually think - focus group responses to questions of quality, value and skill

I have been asking lots of people what they think "high quality" coffee is. The following quotes are from professional Baristas, coffee shop owners and other industry specialists from Barista Exchange.

"coffee made from a barista, so he can have the best blend but if he dont know how to grind and dose or he or she are overheating milk, whats the point of 'best beans'?"

"For me everything start in the coffee bean. At least for my country coffee is an art. We want the… Continue

Added by Bel Townsend on October 1, 2008 at 7:22am — 6 Comments

Panama (Part 2): The Realization Sets In

I'd like to fancy myself an adventurous sort of person. Most of my hobbies include rock climbing, snow and wake boarding; things considered "extreme" by many. Yet, nothing feels quite so extreme or unknown in it's possible adventure than going to a Central American country that I know little about in terms of language, culture, or geography and pursuing a whirlwind, country-wide buffet of sights and adventures. I am really not sure how or what we have gotten ourselves into this. Here are some… Continue

Added by Chris DeMarse on October 1, 2008 at 7:09am — No Comments

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