November 2008 Blog Posts (36)

Giving away Panama La Esmeralda Special Gesha #5 dissapointment

Yesterday was a bit of a bummer, poor turn out. Lesson learned, don't schedule giving away free tasting samples of one of the world's top coffees the Saturday after Thanksgiving! Guess most people chose to fight crowds and long lines at the Malls. Oh well! But damn it was tasting good just coming on peak, roasted it Tuesday morning for Saturday...

Added by Mike McGinness on November 30, 2008 at 12:18pm — 3 Comments

I woke up early

It was dark when I woke up this morning and made my way down stairs. I had a real desire for a hot mug of java that I just started to sing to myself the Java Jive song, but the only coffee I had was the house decaf blend from Starbucks (which I pick up for my wife Beverly).

I so wanted to sit down with a coffee in the still of the morning with a coffee that I made a pot.

So good – I settled… Continue

Added by Steve MacDowall on November 30, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments


Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! My Mom managed to say a blessing for our dinner, broke my heart because I know she struggled to get the right words out,( Mom has had a stroke and words don't come easy any longer).

My siblings were all present and that's all Mama cared about. Hope you all didn't get too buzzed on coffee yesterday. My coffee intake is increasing because of the cold weather here in Fla,( high 30's low 40's in the am.) All you folks that are laughing right… Continue

Added by judy f mccabe on November 28, 2008 at 5:25am — No Comments

Silverstone Half Marathon

I ran the Silverstone Half Marathon earlier this year and have decided to run it again next march. This time i thought i should try and raise some money, so im going to do it for Cancer Research. If anybody would be able to donate anything it would be much appreciated. You can donate at this site:

Here is me hitting the 'wall' last march!… Continue

Added by Bryn Jones on November 26, 2008 at 12:21pm — 2 Comments

Coffee Kids on Google Earth

Ever wanted to travel to see where Coffee Kids' partners work? Well, now you can... on your computer. All of Coffee Kids' partners in Latin America have been posted on Google Earth thanks to help from Winston Rost at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Simply download Google Earth at and install the program on your computer. Then download the link below and double-click it to open up a list of all of Coffee Kids partners. By clicking on the partner's names, you… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on November 26, 2008 at 8:50am — No Comments

Coffee Kids' Partner Opens Training Center, Celebrates 20 Years

By Kyle Freund

This past weekend (Nov. 21-23), I traveled down to Oaxaca, Mexico, to attend the 20th Anniversary celebration of Coffee Kids’ partner, CAMPO. They also dedicated their new training center, which they built with support from Coffee Kids.

photo of CAMPO Training Center The new training center teaches by example. It was built using an environmentally-friendly compacted earth technique.… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on November 26, 2008 at 8:42am — No Comments

24oz flavored lattes....

The head roaster and I were talking today about how much of a tragedy it is to serve any coffee drinks over a 16oz let alone our "huge" size (24oz). HOWEVER...we live in America in which bigger is better and sweeter is better than bitter. Being in the coffee business, it is our job to try and show people what coffee really should be but until that day...we must serve those 24oz "cappucino" with extra flavor, extra hot, and no foam. We have to give people what they want because its not about… Continue

Added by Kelly David H. on November 25, 2008 at 10:03pm — 4 Comments

TNT Charlotte December 11th

Added by Brent hall on November 25, 2008 at 4:34pm — No Comments

It's roasting day.

Here I sit listening to the roaster hum, and Sandy curse the flame for going out.

She roasted last week and yesterday after we closed. We tasted some Colombia that she roasted yesterday. It was a little too fruity for her tastes, but I thought it was ok. I would like to see a bit more caramel in the flavor. It did go a tad sour once cooled.

Flame didn't go out yesterday, so she thought it was perhaps some moisture in the drum. Wonder why it is doing this… Continue

Added by Bj Davis on November 23, 2008 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Bakery Bar Glisan

We are now open on 2935 NE Glisan, I would love to see some familiar faces so stop by, oh and we have a 3 group Synesso!!!

Added by rob on November 22, 2008 at 9:18am — 2 Comments

Nuova Simonelli Mythos

Iv had a chance to get one Nuova Simonelli Mythos grinder, i think this is special version called Victoria Arduino to be a pair to their new espresso machine, this grinder is in white finish, like new fashion car color, and if looks could kill, this grinder is the one! Has build in led lights as GB5 has and its so much fun to see your grounded coffee on the light. Build in tamper works great with option to fix the pressure of tamping, even im using my own tamper to tamp with. Build in tamper is… Continue

Added by nik orosi on November 22, 2008 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Kopi luwak

I think that this kind of coffee brand and ideas are good for popularity of coffee in small country like ours Croatia , we lived in lies of big companies for lonk period of time,no education ,no blands,no taste...
Thanks to few enthusiast we woke up and now new day for coffee in Croatia is coming ...

Added by Domagoj Trusic on November 22, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Holiday Marketing Ideas to Increase Sales For Coffee Shops (Tip #1)

The blitz is on! Turkey food coma day has yet to come, but retailers are advertising and promoting heavily to attract customers through their doors. Here is one suggestion to increase your customer count and hopefully your holiday sales.

Add Extra value for gift card purchases

Why not offer a free coffee with the purchase (or reload) of $25 or more? You can also offer extra value (purchase any gift card in the amount of $50 or more, and we will match 10%, 20% etc). Set… Continue

Added by Paul on November 21, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments


Hey all, I will be in Seattle from the afternoon of December 7th until the morning of the 10th. I have a few things to do during the mornings but outside of that, I would love to connect and drink shots and eat food with awesome Seattle coffee peeps. I am not familiar with Seattle but I would love it if someone could show me the spots if they have time. Let's Possify!


Added by Ed Kaufmann on November 21, 2008 at 8:32am — 3 Comments

Hong Kong Photo Bomb

Hey guys, I just uploaded a lot of my pictures from Coffee Fest Hong Kong, I am also writing a field report for Barista Magazine in the next issue. It was a blast! So fun to meet so many new baristas from all over SE Asia, and to see some good friends too.

Click… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on November 20, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Nice Bloomberg article about Rwanda's coffee.

Added by Adrian Badger on November 19, 2008 at 9:54am — No Comments

Campeonatos SCAE España

Estimados amigos,

La Asociación Europea de Cafes Especiales, Sección Española,, inicia sus actividades con la organización de tres campeonatos: Campeonato Nacional de Baristas, Campeonato Nacional de Latte Art y Campeonato Nacional de Catas.

Los ganadores serán inscritos en las finales mundiales de cada modalidad y viajarán junto con el subcampeón y el personal de… Continue

Added by R.Moral on November 18, 2008 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

long day

wow what a long day - I was up at 4:50 to start work at 5:30 - I finished well after 6:30.

Tomorrow I have the morning off so I'm off to have my coffee downtown. Meet some friends and have a good time.

I'm off not to la la time but first I do a little reading.

night all.

Added by Steve MacDowall on November 17, 2008 at 3:39pm — No Comments

European Team Coffee Challenge

Hi guys

Just got back to the UK after Trieste Espresso Expo and the European Team Coffee Challenge.

I thought you guys might want to see a selection of the 'millions' of the photos I took.

Hope you enjoy them

(I've tried not to incriminate anyone too much)

Please tag anyone you know so we can all be… Continue

Added by Stuart Lee Archer on November 17, 2008 at 11:50am — No Comments

Great day

even though the temp is low around 3°C this morning in Moncton (going up to 5°C) we have the sun. This is really wonderful because we have been having a lot of rain of late.

Does anyone know if Obama drinks coffee?

NOTE: EU eager to work with Obama:

Added by Steve MacDowall on November 17, 2008 at 4:53am — 1 Comment

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