October 2009 Blog Posts (51)

See through espresso extraction?

Random Thought...


Added by Bryan Wray on October 31, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments

November Fresh Cup

Read the November issue online:

Added by Fresh Cup Magazine on October 30, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Another Super Score

Last Mazzer Super Jolly I picked up for $100, no lids, no hopper and broken 'timer' switch - had to hold it on. Still a right good deal. Just scored an old SJ that purrs beautifully, has the old off/on/start switch I want (to re-wire on/off for plugging into Gralab timer), broken hopper (who cares), doser in good shape for a cool $60. They were asking $50, but I talked them up to $60 to have it delivered and save me time:-)

Added by Mike McGinness on October 30, 2009 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

Indonesian Adventures- Malang October 2009 (AKA how much can you see in 24hrs on a jam packed schedule, with broken AC and average temperature over 100 degrees)

I must admit that it has been a long time since I last visited the Javanese highland city of Malang, 11 years to the day to be exact. My recollections of the place were pretty blurred. I spent an evening there in transit while traveling from Bali to Yogyakarta. Over the last decade I have been pretty much everywhere else in Indonesia, but never back to Malang.

A few weeks back one of my big corporate clients ordered a 2 group machine for… Continue

Added by Alun Evans on October 30, 2009 at 1:30am — 10 Comments

Once burrs are hot, how hot and for how long?


Added by Bryan Wray on October 29, 2009 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Ascending journey to quality Guatemala coffee: on the slopes of the mountains

"Quality in the cup is not just by coincidence. Those of you that have been delighted by a cup of coffee might know that a proper preparation for a good cup of coffee is not easy. Same goes for is processing coffee. All of Guatemala coffee, from lower to higher altitudes, is handpicked, washed in mills and sun dried or a combination of sun and dryers. " ...Click here to read more of Gabriela Cordón's… Continue

Added by Eyal Rosen on October 29, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments


Given enough coffee, I could rule the world.
I like my coffee like my women: hot, strong, steamy
Coffee and tobacco are complete repose
Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee
I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon
Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.
Caffeine isn't a drug, it's a vitamin!
A morning without coffee is like sleep
Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.

Added by Hassan Afshari on October 27, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

new holiday recipe's

Hey just wanted to know if anyone out there has some really neat holiday recipe's that they may want to share?

Added by Brenda Smith on October 27, 2009 at 8:32am — No Comments

Opposite poles or are they?

Saturday I posted about meeting with my Angel Sunday. Sunday morning I arrived to open my cafe and find the front door glass smashed and door unlocked. Got burglarized, but fortunately the place wasn't trashed. Register emptied excelpt for pennies, dimes and nickles and back up change cash box gone. No signs of anything else missing. Called the police and started pre-open stuff after cleaning up the broken glass. Then it hit me, no way to make change! Had a few ones & fives in the deposit… Continue

Added by Mike McGinness on October 26, 2009 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Coffee Science

Dear Friends,

I would like to share my latest research with you. I hope you enjoy it.

If you have any suggestion please let me know. I would like to hear you.

Best Regards


What is Coffee Science Source?

The National Coffee Association's Coffee Science Source is a convenient, one-stop compendium of breaking news, facts and figures about the world's favorite beverage. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans drink coffee, and new, coffee-related… Continue

Added by Hassan Afshari on October 26, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Baristas to the Rescue--again!

Your New Mission:

It seems like yesterday that the American barista stepped out from that ocean of green aprons to prepare and declare themselves true professionals in the art of coffee education and preparation.

Now owners of independent retail specilaty coffee businesses desperately need you again...as marketing associates to help them, and you, survive and thrive.

Taste EVERYTHING your coffee house sells your precious customers. Pick a favorite. If it doesn't… Continue

Added by Lon LaFlamme on October 26, 2009 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

am new need help

hi everybody

i am a fine art photography owner in stone town zanzibar tanzania africa and we want to make in our gallery a coffee bar. I love coffee for at least 25 years and make my own with a machine for 25 years. Well I can say I am a coffee lover so I want to make a coffee bar in the gallery. We have a nice place furniture is not the problem but my questions this is africa so nobody do the repairs at the machine we most do our self, what machine we must go to buy and why you can… Continue

Added by hans agterdenbos on October 26, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Upcoming SCAA Skill Building Workshop and BGA Southeast Regional Jam. Man, this is gonna be sweet!

So, I haven't blogged here in quite some time, and when you wear like a dozen hats in your job, sometimes you get too busy for this kinda thing, but I wanted to let you know what's coming up, and how freaking awesome this is gonna be. For the second year in a row, I had a wild hair up my butt to host another SCAA Skill Building Workshop. The things are just so much fun, and so beneficial to the coffee and barista community as a whole! They are great ways to get baristas and shop owners started… Continue

Added by Jason Dominy on October 26, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Joan Didion and Coffee the Real Wake Up

I remember February 23, 1978. That is the day author Joan Didion came to San Francisco State University to read her work. I was a student then, majoring in creative writing.

There was a crowd. I remember trying to strain my neck and see her. I remember cupping my ears to hear her. I shoved my way to the front to be close to this amazing woman. I wanted to touch the hem of her garment and receive some sort of power. She was… Continue

Added by Pat Riggs on October 25, 2009 at 11:34am — No Comments

Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha Roasted by Intelli

The following has been copied from my blogspot photos are available there, http://banditthebarista.blogspot.com/ :

I thought this blogging thing was going to be easy to keep up with, but I guess I'm busier than I thought. This month has been an exciting progression for the Coal Creek Roastery. We're awaiting the arrival of a new roaster, a Deidrich HR-1 (ours is black), which will allow us to roast samples to the same exacting… Continue

Added by Jesse Bladyka on October 24, 2009 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Of Godshots and Angels...

Meeting with my Angel tomorrow. Been skimping, scrimping, begging, borrowing and credit card "loan" advancing for months attempting to get my 2nd CoffeeHouse open at my Roastery. Few weeks ago during lunch Debi was chatting with Beth, a long time co-worker, and in passing mentioned the challenges I was having. Out of the blue Beth said she could probably loan us the money. Paperworks all done, we're signing tomorrow. The final sprint to opening begins in earnest! (Hence my Event… Continue

Added by Mike McGinness on October 24, 2009 at 7:39pm — No Comments



Added by Brandon Gott on October 23, 2009 at 11:59am — No Comments

Another way to enjoy coffee

"I was born and spent my pre-teen years on the island of Trinidad, in the Caribbean, and I have fond memories of coffee. Not the beans, the fruit.

For some reason, we never had real coffee in the house. My mom drank something called POSTUM, which was a kind of fake substitute made from ground-up car tires, or something like that."...Read More

Enjoy :-)
Eyal /ROASTe.com

Added by Eyal Rosen on October 23, 2009 at 7:29am — No Comments

Health Dept regulations

I have a health inspector telling me that I have to place my bar rags in a sanitizing solution anytime they get wet. Since they get wet every time I prepare to froth milk, I'll always be wiping the wand with a rag wet in sanitizing solution. Have any of you had a similar experience with your health regulations?

Since I use bleach as my sanitizing ingredient, what is the possibility that it will leave a taste of chlorine in the milk? Does anyone know how to answer such questions?

Added by James E. Daniels on October 21, 2009 at 11:06am — 3 Comments

Deepening Fair Trade: A Panel Perspective

Coffee Kids was invited to participate on a panel at the Ross Net Impact Conference, "Markets with a Mission," at the University of Michigan on October 15-16.

The discussion, “Deepening Fair Trade: Efforts in Coffee-farming Communities to Improve the Lives of Farmers and Their Families,” reviewed approaches to creating more sustainable communities in the coffee lands. Along with Kyle Freund… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on October 21, 2009 at 9:44am — No Comments

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