December 2010 Blog Posts (10)

Coffee Industry is an adventure...just like every drink you make!

My husband and I began Barbaric Bean Coffee Roasters Cafe' nearly 3 years ago, after falling in love with specialty coffee and then this business and looked for a cafe' location for over 3 years.  We travelled all around the country for training, let's see: Florida twice, Seattle (SCAA), Washington, DC (Coffeefest) so we could learn and become great baristas, solid business owners, you name it. 


Well, we found our location in Ocean Grove, NJ, by the beach at the "Jersey…


Added by Margie Parrillo on December 28, 2010 at 2:40pm — No Comments

sundee fun

i did a rosetta in hot chocolate today. that was fun : )

then i smothered it in whip cream cause that's what the customer wanted. then i did one of my best rosettas yet in a latte (made with half and half, mind you) and the customer acted like he didn't see it! i know my latte art isnt perfect (and maybe only decent for half of the time), but every time a dude i work with draws in espresso with milk, everyone freaks out.

oh well. i'm filling in a shift again tomorrow night…


Added by Melanie Lea on December 26, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

More than you ever wanted to know about three-way solenoids.

There have been some good discussion posts on the topic of 3-way brew solenoids lately.  I just wanted to add a little explanation of 3-way valves to help people understand how they function in espresso machines and problems you may see.


First, thanks to Terry Z and the Espresso Parts guys for putting up great pics of these parts on their site.  Most of the pics that follow came from there.…


Added by Brady on December 26, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Catch The Wave!.... a whole new meaning

Once it might have meant catch the Third Wave in Specialty Coffee, single origins, brew to order etc. Today for us it's catching a temporary down swing in the C-Market upward spiraling price wave. Last week got lucky on our order for over a Ton of greens catching the lowest price point in a couple weeks. Next day back up 15 cents a pound, today one week later up a whopping 46 cents a pound hitting a new highest price in over two decades. At today's high price would have been double what it…


Added by Mike McGinness on December 22, 2010 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

Milestone 2375.09

Our little company hit a milestone today. For the first time over one Ton of greens delivered in one day, 2375.09lb. Up from previous high of 1845.1lb delivered less than six weeks ago. (ok, not much less, 5 weeks 4 days:) I been a roastin' fool on my little USRC 3k!


Pic includes some greens already had, Brazil Moreninha Formosa 2 wided by 3 deep...…


Added by Mike McGinness on December 21, 2010 at 2:21pm — 3 Comments

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shells out $905 million.

Waterbury, Vermont - December 17, 2010

A major shake up in the coffee industry Friday.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has finalized a deal to buy the Canadian coffee company Van Houtte for $905 million.

Van Houtte employs nearly 2,000 people at its Montreal facility.

Excerpted from: article


Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on December 20, 2010 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

man man oh man

i wrote a whole post describing my present day life and what it's like now that i'm not fully submerged in the coffee industry and the reasons why i left it and the reasons why i actually never really did leave it and what i hope to gain from this business in the future.

but..then my computer crashed.

things definitely have and haven't been going my way lately. i'm currently writing this on a computer with a cracked screen, i just changed my tire on the side of the…


Added by Melanie Lea on December 20, 2010 at 10:13pm — 1 Comment

Working in one Coffe Shop in Valencia Venezuela!!!

Hi guys I will like to know if any barista will come to Valencia Venezuela, please visit our coffee shop Le Jeune Cafe C.A.

Best Regards.

Luis Martin

Added by Luis Antonio Martin Paz on December 12, 2010 at 6:03am — 1 Comment

Justice for Noel. Help make Seattle safer.

Hello Baristas,
I recently visited Seattle for the first time. Unfortunately, I was there for a tragic reason, however, being in the U.S. espresso mecca, coffee was my one true comfort.
I went to Seattle to attend a murder trial. If you live in or near Seattle, you may be familiar with the case. My brother, Noel Lopez, was viciously beaten to death (for four hours with boards and steel construction equipment) by two men associated with a group known as the "Downtown…

Added by Lita Lopez on December 10, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Film Screening at World Centric: The Dark Side of Chocolate

Tuesday, December 7th …


Added by 3BL Media on December 6, 2010 at 6:16pm — No Comments

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