James Spano's Blog (9)

Music and Coffee!

One of the highlights of my time here in Savannah has been the pleasure of being a member of the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus. On Friday, Oct. 2 the chorus along with the Savannah philharmonic orchestra will be putting on a performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

In hopes of encouraging people to attend the concert, Cup to Cup Coffee Roasters is offering a discount to anyone… Continue

Added by James Spano on September 17, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

New (ish) Blog

I haven't been on here in a while and felt the need to remedy that. I do have a blog that I've started for the roastery (which also needs to be posted on soon) and I plan to start posting those blogs here for you guys to see. If you want to see what's already there, you can head on over to http://cuptocup.wordpress.com. I'll put one of my first posts here for you to get an idea of what it's about. Hope you enjoy!

This is the… Continue

Added by James Spano on September 15, 2009 at 10:10am — No Comments

Busy Busy

So I've finished my roasting apprenticeship and now am getting the ball rolling towards opening my own roastery in Savannah, GA! I'm currently going through the frustrating, time consuming, and sometimes ridiculous ordeal of all that goes on on the business side of getting things started. Looking at spaces, finding web designer, licenses and what not. All is going well so far. We'll see how things develop. Peace.

Added by James Spano on April 2, 2008 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

One Month in, What now?

I've been here in Guatemala now for a month. I'm now doing all the roasting orders for Mike with the exception of a few special ones he directs, but still involves me in. I've visited several farms and learned about green coffee selection and what to look for.

My next big task is taking my own farm trip. I'm planning on spending a week in Antigua visiting friends and checking out a few farms. There is also a possibility that I'll make a trip up to Hue Hue Tenango, though I'm not sure about… Continue

Added by James Spano on March 6, 2008 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

A Typical Day in Guatemala . . . kinda

Just a general idea of what's going on with my apprenticeship. Got into the shop at 6:00 A.M. and started up the roaster. I've gotten to the point where I (get to) start early by myself and clean things up and get the roaster started and ready for the day. Today was light, we roasted about 60 lbs. of Hue Hue. Mike comes down finally with coffee and a little something to eat. He reminds me (again and again) what I"m looking for in the roast and when to drop it in and when to take it… Continue

Added by James Spano on February 16, 2008 at 7:28pm — 1 Comment

I'm In!

I flew in to Guatemala on Monday and started my apprenticeship yesterday. It's been two very long, very rewarding days. I can't believe how much I've learned already. Yesterday we did a french roast order and a couple of the coffees Mike has in his shop. The Hue Hue Tenango he has is unbelievable. I've never tasted so much chocolate in anything. it's like drinking a chocolate bar it's so rich.

Today we roasted some more and did a little cupping and tomorrow is more roasting and more… Continue

Added by James Spano on February 6, 2008 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

Training's Already Started

So I don't leave for Guatemala to start my internship till Monday, but I've already got homework! I've started reading "The Coffee Cuppers' Handbook" and selections of "Espresso, the Science of Quality." I'm really glad I started going to Counter Culture Coffee's cuppings (alliteration?) . It's started me down the path of recognizing flavors and aromas so I won't be starting from scratch which will help me move faster and get further. I hope.

In addition I'm toting down some 20 plus pounds… Continue

Added by James Spano on January 30, 2008 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

It's Official!

I'm heading to Guatemala! I'll be leaving Feb. 4th to start a coffee internship/apprenticeship thingy with Mike Roberts down in Panajachel Guatemala! So if you're in the Pana area for the next month or so, stop by Crossroads Coffee and say hello!

Added by James Spano on January 23, 2008 at 10:23pm — 3 Comments

All About Me

Just like it should be. Who am I? What am I?

My name is James Spano. Born and raised in Auburn, Al I also attended school there and graduated Spring '06 with a degree in music education. I got interested in coffee around my second sophomore year. I don't mean my second year of school, I mean my second year as a sophomore. I'm a slow learner. Anyway, some friends of mine from church who recently moved here from Ecuador had just opened a coffee shop and I went over with some friends to try… Continue

Added by James Spano on December 31, 2007 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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