November 2009 Blog Posts (43)

Seattle-area blogger peers deeply into recent book, chatter about coffeehouses and community

Apologies if you've all read Joe McCarthy's thoughtful piece on coffeehouses and community. Here's my roundup, including a link to his full post.

Added by Melissa Allison on November 30, 2009 at 6:16pm — No Comments

A trip to Papua – Indonesian Papua Highlands

The endless blue ocean that is the Arafura Sea meets Papua with a violent shudder of breaking surf on rocky beaches. Papua simply rises out of the water like some strange prehistoric animal. Ponderous, enormous, mysterious. The mountains climb endlessly, effortlessly towards the sky. These are some mountains: craggy, monumental- a darker kind of bruised and violent blue. This is a land stuck in time.

And the Jungle. Having traveled all over… Continue

Added by Alun Evans on November 29, 2009 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Link to EspressoVein blog:

Added by Brian Thayer on November 26, 2009 at 7:56am — No Comments

PLU Student Survey: Win $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Greetings Coffee-Lovers! I really need your help! If you have 3 spare minutes to fill out a super-brief survey, you could likely win a $50 Amazon gift card! Sounds good, right? Technically, that's $16.67 for each minute of your time!

My team of 5 undergraduate business students are studying the coffee industry and we need cafe owners who have purchased espresso equipment to help us analyze that buying process & a couple of other questions. If you choose to… Continue

Added by PLU Student Team on November 26, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Coffee Kids Holiday Cards Available

Looking for the perfect greeting card this holiday season? Thanks to Urnex for underwriting the printing, we have Coffee Kids holiday cards available. The cover features a beautiful image of a coffee plant by photographer Dorie Hagler from her photo documentary, Behind Every Cup.

A set of ten (10) Holiday Greeting Cards costs $15 plus shipping and handling. (Inside message: Wishing you a peaceful holiday season and prosperous New Year!) Contact us to place your order at… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on November 25, 2009 at 9:31am — No Comments

Mug Life

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Added by Billy Kangas on November 25, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

18 Days

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As the majority of the country starts to save up for the Holidays, I’ve started saving right along with them, but for a completely different reason: I’m moving to the West Coast.

I’m truly excited about the move. Sure it’s a fresh start in a new city, with new people and new surroundings, but that’s not my main reason for excitement. I’ve never felt truly challenged as a barista before, and I am… Continue

Added by Bryan Wray on November 24, 2009 at 11:10pm — No Comments

La Marzocco Manuals

Manuals for the Linea AV espresso machines: Operation and Technical

Linea Operating Manual.pdf

Linea Technical Manual.pdf

Added by Brian Thayer on November 24, 2009 at 11:02am — No Comments

Imbibe Drink Tutor

I thought this was quaint:

imbibe drink tutor.pdf

Added by Brian Thayer on November 24, 2009 at 10:52am — No Comments

ROASTe welcomes Kickapoo Coffee. Roast Magazine Roaster of the Year!

We are thrilled to feature on ROASTe Kickapoo Coffee. Roast Magazine 2010 Roaster of the Year!
Check them out here:

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Added by Eyal Rosen on November 24, 2009 at 7:15am — No Comments

Does Good Coffee Need Sugar?

I blogged on this after a customer asked this question this week. She had been told that Good coffee will never need sugar. Read below and tell me what you think....

A great customer of Star Gardentown Cafe - Toowoomba - was told that ‘good coffee does not need sugar’, is this true? I have to say that there is no definite answer to this one. There are times where it is a well defined ‘Yes’ and others where you wouldn’t dream of it. I guess the first question that needs to be… Continue

Added by Dave_G on November 23, 2009 at 8:17pm — 2 Comments

Dubsea Coffee in White Center enters turkey latte art smackdown

Check out the gorgeous gobbler. Send more and we'll have a vote!

Added by Melissa Allison on November 23, 2009 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Taking time for quality

I just read a story that illustrates quite well the battle some of us face by choosing to serve only the highest quality products like not using airpots.

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and… Continue

Added by Mike McGinness on November 22, 2009 at 9:11am — 2 Comments

Holy %&*@

One day it seems the shelves at the grocery store across the street where we sell our Sasquatch coffee are full. A customer just came in to our store and told me there is a one Jar of coffee left and a couple of bags. What is up. Don't get me wrong it's all good. When it rains here in Stevenson Washington it pours. Not just rain, which by the way it is dumping out side right now just as the Farmers Almanac predicted. I digress.

I'm a coffee roaster. I roast with a Probat 5L or a 10lb… Continue

Added by Joseph Robertson on November 21, 2009 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

Blog Post? Who out there has time??????

Lets see I'm working or was working / on my feet , 7 days a week 14 hours a day....Now I'm down to 6 days or there abouts....A little time now for sales and marketing...YES the fun part....

Added by Joseph Robertson on November 19, 2009 at 2:19pm — No Comments

1st UAB Barista Championship

From November 10th till 12, the first national Barista Championship of UAB took place during the Specialty Coffee and Tea Convention 2009 at the Al Bustan Rotana Convention Centre in Dubai. The baristas had to pass a preliminary round and the best six classified ones passed to the final on November the 12th. An international judge team was responsible for the evaluation, Head Judge was Scott Conary and among the international judges team we could find Ben Bicknell, Sonya Grant, Ellie Matuszak,… Continue

Added by Birgit on November 19, 2009 at 12:16am — No Comments

Turkey latte art smackdown?

There's a gobbler here by Jared Mockli of Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup and Starbucks. And another one here by Fremont Coffee's Christian Morris.

Added by Melissa Allison on November 18, 2009 at 11:03am — No Comments

Fresh from the Field: Chiapas

By José Luis Zárate, Coffee Kids International Program Director

In mid-October, I visited our partner ICSUR in Chiapas, Mexico. Men and women there are learning to raise chickens and edible mushrooms and to utilize traditional medicine for common illnesses. Their edible mushroom project, which was financed by Coffee Kids in the past, became completely self-sustaining last year. It was great… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on November 18, 2009 at 9:42am — No Comments

Stockton Graham & Co. Launches Blog for Coffee and Specialty Beverage Retailers


contact: Jeff Vojta, President

company: Stockton Graham & Co.

phone: 919-881-8271


Stockton Graham & Co. Launches Blog for Coffee and Specialty Beverage Retailers

November 16, 2009 – Raleigh, NC - Stockton Graham & Co. today announced the launch of its blog, “Graham’s Gazette”, at The blog is… Continue

Added by Wendy Coulter on November 17, 2009 at 12:48pm — No Comments

What is cupping?

What is cupping?

Cupping is the industry term used for the process of analyzing a coffee based on its sensory qualities – for example, its aromas and flavors. For our cuppings at Equal Exchange, roasted samples of coffee are divided into six different glasses of equal amount and grind size, steeped with hot water (198 to 205 degrees), and slurped (or aspirated) from a spoon for about 35 minutes.

Aspiration is the process of slurping a beverage across the tongue with force, in a… Continue

Added by Spyridon Gkinnis on November 17, 2009 at 2:41am — No Comments

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