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 —
Added by Matt Milletto on April 17, 2008 at 9:58pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Happy to see that BaristaExchange.com 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
is the… Continue
Added by Matt Milletto on April 3, 2008 at 9:25am —
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 —
BiteClub.com 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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
A huge congrats to all who were involved in this past weekends Western Regional Barista Competition. I have already heard from many people in attendance that it was one of the best barista events to date!
A big round of applause for all of the competitors, and for the top three:
1st Place, Chris Baca, Ritual Coffee Roasters
2nd Place, Kyle Glanville, Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters
3rd Place, Heather Perry, Coffee… Continue
Added by Matt Milletto on March 31, 2008 at 8:30am —
Taken from an article from todays New York Times
... Zander Nosler writes:
“Our decision to become part of Starbucks wasn’t easy but I’m happy with how things have turned out on every level. I truly believe this is our best chance to change the coffee industry for the better and that is a great opportunity to have. We didn’t know what… Continue
Added by Matt Milletto on March 28, 2008 at 3:12pm —
It has been a while but we did another Bellissimo Podcast yesterday, and Bruce decided to do it on ... drum roll ... Barista Exchange :)
After you listen to the PF.net podcast, feel free to check it out, it's 20 minutes on bX and what I have planned for the future ... Click here to listen to the Bellissimo Podcast
Added by Matt Milletto on March 28, 2008 at 2:30pm —
Re posting this for Jaanus Savisto and making the link hot. Thanks Jannus!
Click here for pictures of the competition
Added by Matt Milletto on March 26, 2008 at 9:06am —
An article in the Oregonian
today about how Stumptown will stop using Clovers to brew coffee in their retail stores by Friday.
"We've never purchased parts or service from Starbucks in the past, and we're not going to start now," said Matt Lounsbury, Stumptown's director of operations, who said the company's two stores with Clovers… Continue
Added by Matt Milletto on March 26, 2008 at 9:00am —
Not sure if anyone else out there has picked up a TORR tamper, but I wanted to share with you this cool new product. I received my new Zebra Wood TORR tamper from TerraKeramik
last week. It is their newest offering since their great line of "competition" quality ceramic capp and espresso cups.
I must say the tamper is a true work of art, it fits my hand similar to the beloved espresso craft tamper I have been using, and… Continue
Added by Matt Milletto on March 25, 2008 at 2:30pm —