After getting to Newark the night before and having dinner at Ruby Tuesday's in Elizabeth, New Jersey (the only walkable option from our hotel), Rik Kleinfeldt (New Harvest Coffee Roasters) and I met Jaime Schoenhut (Royal Coffee New York) at the Newark airport and off we went. After a full day of travel we met Oswaldo Acevado of the El Roble farm that produces Mesa de los Santos and Don Telmo Reserve, and Max Fulmer and Jennifer Huber, both of Royal Coffee-SF in Bogota, and flew with them to… Continue
Added by Troy Reynard on January 22, 2009 at 3:46pm —
Yesterday, I got a tattoo of a sacred coffee cup (yes, it's a halo, not a doughnut) and on Wednesday I begin a sacred journey, my first trip to origin. I'll be visiting Mesa de los Santos in Colombia and Lagunitas in Honduras, I can't wait.
Added by Troy Reynard on January 9, 2009 at 1:03pm —
Greatest thing overheard at the Cosmic Cup in a long time. Customer walks in, orders a coffee of the day, walks over to the airpots, reads the descriptions, turns to my barista and asks: "Do you have any American coffee, ya know, like Chock Full o' Nuts?"
Added by Troy Reynard on August 25, 2008 at 8:19am —
The Coffee Brewing Equipment Company is on the verge of a major coffee extraction breakthough. Their new device is called the Milkthistle Non-Automated Coffee Brewing Device. Developed in a "Cosmic" rocket ship circling the globe, this device allows the barista to brew single servings of coffee in an environment where he/she has total control of all variables of the brewing process. Here is a photo of how it works:
P.S.- Any similarities to… Continue
Added by Troy Reynard on July 9, 2008 at 11:03am —
'Twas the night before St. Pat's Day and all the through the house,
Just one creature was stirring, the wee Guinness mouse.
All the pint glasses were on the bar top with care,
In the hopes that St. Patrick soon would be there!
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
Added by Troy Reynard on March 16, 2008 at 4:50pm —
Nearly a week since it began, it seems so unreal to me, all these great coffee minds bringing their knowledge to the average workaday barista and shop owner. My highlights include:
The organizational help of Gerra Harrigan and the entire New Harvest Crew.
The support of Counter Culture, sponsorship-wise and the talents of their staff.
The AMAZING keynote by Jon Lewis. Time spent and ideas shared with Jon Lewis.
Peter G. showing everyone the face of… Continue
Added by Troy Reynard on March 11, 2008 at 6:57pm —
So, many of you may have noticed the photo of my tamper tat on my forearm. My whole concept is to have a portafilter on my other arm. I really liked the "Baristas for Bikes" logo for the upcoming WRBC but the portafilter is in the wrong direction and I'd want the bicycle tire on the larger part of my forearm. So, if you have some design talent, submit the winning entry and receive one pound of Bicycle Blend Espresso, a Cosmic Cup/Viva Barista T-Shirt and $40 donated to Bikes to Rwanda in your… Continue
Added by Troy Reynard on February 23, 2008 at 1:45pm —
Belle Batista's (Aldo Coffee) been a champion long before Nick announced the winners on Sunday afternoon at the Mid Atlantic Regional Competition in Washington DC. Few competitors (or people for that matter) have the compassion and grace that Belle exudes every time I have talked to her. Saturday evening, after I totally blew my performance at the MARBC, and I was wallowing in anger at myself and at the world in general, and good dose of self-pity, Belle came up to me and said some very nice… Continue
Added by Troy Reynard on February 18, 2008 at 4:28am —
After several trips to NYC recently, I think it's amazing what is happening to the NYC coffee scene. What used to be a wasteland of Starbucks and old-school (read-old Italian espresso), has turned into the Third Wave flooding the city with pioneers like Jonathin Rubenstein (JOE), Ken Nye (9th Street), Caroline Bell and Chris Trimbrell (Grumpy) paving the way for Gimme and Cafe El Beit and others. How exciting, to be able to go to one of the most… Continue
Added by Troy Reynard on February 3, 2008 at 8:03pm —
It could happen...James Hoffmann will be at the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Barista Jam in Easton, PA, home of ex-heavyweight champ Larry Holmes! James will be here to present on espresso extraction, but I could see James vs Laryy in a latte art smackdown, then they step into the ring for 10 rounds, all proceeds got to Bikes to Rwanda! :-)… Continue
Added by Troy Reynard on January 11, 2008 at 6:34am —
So there I was on Christmas night...an avid Dallas cowboys fan, forced to drink Folger's coffee out of a Philadelphia Eagles mug at my brother-in-laws...the things we do for peace on Christmas.
Added by Troy Reynard on December 29, 2007 at 5:29am —
The Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Barista Jam is going on in lil' ol' Easton, PA March 5-7, 2008. Latte Art throwdowns, a 'Spro-down, money to go to Bikes to Rwanda, oh, and great educational sessions by the big names in coffee...it will be too much fun to miss!!!!!
Added by Troy Reynard on December 20, 2007 at 8:46pm —