Matt Milletto's Blog – April 2008 Archive (18)

Latte Art at McDonalds ?

McDonalds is now promoting latte art on their new site ... but if you click on the images of the drinks, you will see a latte like one might expect from the fast food giant.

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 12:19pm — 8 Comments

Handpresso - and the lonesome cowboy.

Watch for Handpresso at the SCAA show.

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

Barista Exchange Opportunity in Puerto Rico

Hello baristas! My friend and past ABC School graduate has a very successful coffee business in Puerto Rico. She is opening her second coffee bar and is looking for a barista to come and spend 3 days or so on site with her and her staff. Here is the email she sent to me in regards to the exchange. Feel free to email her for more info, could be a really fun experience.

- Matt

Here is a picture of Enid (far right) and her… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

Espresso Enthusiasts invited to 2008 Canadian Regional Barista Championships

Toronto, ON (April 9, 2008) Coffee enthusiasts from across Canada will be gathering to watch some of the country’s best baristas (espresso machine operators) at the 2008 Canadian Regional Barista Championships. Four regional competitions to be held in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver have been announced beginning with the Prairies Regional Barista Championship in Calgary on May 24 & 25, 2008. Masters of the espresso machine from around the country will be competing for the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Espresso, Steamed Milk and ... Jagermeister. Why Natte?

So I was at a party Saturday night for a friends engagement and I had the pleasure of meeting Clark who, after some copious amounts of wine and great food, overheard that I was in the coffee business. We started talking as he mentioned he and his friends had a new… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 21, 2008 at 7:19pm — 7 Comments

Congrats to bX, 2000 members!!!

Don't send a lame Congrats eCard. Try JibJab…

Added by Matt Milletto on April 17, 2008 at 9:58pm — 9 Comments

Roasting Plant’s Javabot

Found this article in Design News, and have heard of this cafe before. Interesting concept but I can see some components that would be up for debate, and may come off a bit gimmicky. Was curious what some other bX'ers thought about this system.

(Excerpt of above article link)If Willy Wonka designed a coffee store, he would likely end up with something like the Roasting Plant Coffee… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 16, 2008 at 1:59pm — 5 Comments

Northeast Regional Barista Competition Finalists

I am bummed to be here on the left coast, not in attendance of the NERBC, but and trying to follow along with this weekends events. Yesterday was the semi-finals, 26 competitors I believe.

Last night was the official bX meet up and dance party in Ithaca, and I am waiting to hear how everything went, hopefully some photos too.

The finalists are:

Chris Ganger (Ithaca Coffee Co)

Lance Nichols (Gimme! Coffee)

Jay Murdock (Cafe Grumpy)

Chris Deferio… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 12, 2008 at 9:39am — 4 Comments

I am not a Paper Cup! Staying with the green theme.

First, thanks Terry for posting about the spot on TreeHugger, awesome! Keeping in the green theme, I wanted to post about another cup option. Composting cups can be great, but why not take your own cup to your daily java jaunts in style? Instead of the old thermos style mug with political stickers and sharpie doodles, any barista would LOVE to pour you your soy latte into a "I'm Not a Paper Cup" double-walled… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 8, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

What does Starbucks have in store now??

As some of you may have already seen, Starbucks has plans for tomorrow. With Howard back at the reigns it seems he is pushing to bring the original ideals of the very first Starbucks stores back. As you can see on their website they are promoting a big change tomorrow, 04.08.08.

Thru a couple sources, I have read online that they will be implementing their original logo and original brown color scheme on some in-house print materials and… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 7, 2008 at 9:12am — 14 Comments

Croatia Barista Champion

Congratulations to our very own Nik Orosi who is the 2 time Croatia Barista Champion! This will be the second time Nik will compete in the World Barista Championship, to be held this year in Copenhagen Denmark. Nik is well known in the barista community for his unique competition routines and his huge heart. Nik has also shown interest to host a barista in Zagreb, Croatia as part of a barista… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 5, 2008 at 11:54am — 4 Comments

Notes Tray & Cool Coffee/Tea Accessories

It's always nice to witness good design when it comes to coffee and tea accessories and I found a couple gems today.

For any cafe offering a more traditional sit down coffee or beverage service, you may want to feast your eyes on this smart tray. You may think you have super hero memory powers, but why not make sure with a Notes Tray from Koziol. Just watch out for… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 4, 2008 at 3:50pm — 3 Comments

Barista Exchange Featured in Imbibe Magazine

Happy to see that has been featured in Imbibe Magazine's "uncorked" section in their Mar/Apr Issue. If you havn't already checked out Imbibe, it's a great addition to everyones beverage magazine subscriptions also including Barista Magazine and Fresh Cup.

Imbibe is the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 3, 2008 at 9:25am — No Comments

Coffee CFO: Class for Existing Retail Coffee Business Owners at ABC's

For all the coffee bar owners out there! I wanted to tell you all about a newer class that we are offering at the ABC school called Coffee CFO. This two-day workshop is lead by Chris Legler, whose vast experience and knowledge of finance specifically tailored to the coffee industry, brings an unrivaled expertise to your… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 2, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment CEO Blogs about Barista Exchange CEO Blogs about Barista Exchange

I met Sonny Mayugba at the Food and Restaurant/Bar Show in Las Vegas, also in conjunction with the Coffee & Tea Expo/SWRBC ... a.k.a. The world's biggest FRAT PARTY. :)

While I was walking to our booth the first morning of the show I spotted the Bite Club booth. Wow, I thought, I jumped on this focused social… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 1, 2008 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

The Espresso Quest by Instaurator - New Coffee Industry Book

Hi all, I am excited to tell you about The Espresso Quest, the new book by Instaurator.

The Espresso Quest is an exciting tale of an espresso lover’s quest to find the pure joy experienced in a perfectly prepared cup of espresso coffee.

In the Espresso Quest, Instaurator weaves in tales of how he became enlightened to that perfect… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 1, 2008 at 12:36pm — 7 Comments

Going Green in Your Coffee House - Part 2

We got a lot of great response from the other thread titled "Going Green in Your Coffee House" and I wanted to follow up with a Part 2 post. I thought it may be helpful to list some products that promote eco friendly buying practices in a coffee house setting.

Compostable White Hot Cups with World Art ... Here in Portland, I have seen a lot of coffee bars switching to compostable… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 1, 2008 at 11:42am — 10 Comments

Barista Exchange Invitation Contest

Many of you may have also seen this in the newsletter that was sent out yesterday, but I wanted to officially post about it as well.

It has been great to see the membership on Barista Exchange grow, and I am thrilled that people are using the site to connect with so many others in the industry. During the month of April, we will be having a contest to see who can invite, (and sign up) the most friends. I will be posting more about this in a blog soon. Basically we can track… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 1, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

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