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Ritual Coffee Roasters/Barista Exchange Meet Up/Taco Truck Party S.F. March 29th.

Hey Guys,

Wanted to announce another chance for bX'ers to meet up and party. The official party being thrown by Ritual Coffee Roasters will take place this Saturday at Ritual Coffee Roasters at 1026 Valencia St. San Fransisco 94110

Barista Exchange will be there in spirit(s). Come out and get down with your local bay area baristas, and all the others in town for the WRBC! Bring espresso!

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on March 25, 2008 at 9:02am — No Comments

Starbucks to try its hand at social networking

At least I had Howard beat on this idea :) ...

... "Schultz isn't stopping there. He also wants customers to push back to the company using In other words, the coffeehouse's own social networking site. Schultz wants to empower his customers to help shape the future direction of the coffeehouse he founded.

This is more than a blog or a forum -- customers can discuss ideas, argue about them, post new ideas, vote… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 24, 2008 at 4:43pm — 4 Comments

Starbucks Ordered to Pay More Than $100 Million in Back Tips

Oh boy ...

SAN DIEGO — A Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered Starbucks Corp. to pay its California baristas more than $100 million in back tips and interest that the coffee chain paid to shift supervisors.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett also issued an injunction that prevents Starbucks' shift supervisors from sharing in future tips, saying state law prohibits managers and supervisors from sharing in employee gratuities.

Starbucks spokeswoman… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 21, 2008 at 9:27am — 3 Comments

Updates and Redesign Features

So as many of you can tell, there have been a substantial redesign to how content is displayed on the site. Also, there are a lot of updated features! It will take a few days I think to get used to the new stuff, but it is all well thought out and adds a lot of functionality to the site.…


Added by Matt Milletto on March 21, 2008 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

Starbucks Coffee Company to Acquire the Coffee Equipment Company and Its Revolutionary Clover(R) Brewing System

Not sure what to think about this ... still in shock a bit. Will post more later.

Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire The Coffee Equipment Company and its proprietary Clover(R) brewing system. The Coffee Equipment Company is a privately held coffee equipment developer and manufacturer based in Seattle, Wash. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.…


Added by Matt Milletto on March 19, 2008 at 12:14pm — 80 Comments

Happy St. Patricks Day! May all your coffees be Irish.

Follow the classic recipe from the Buena Vista in San Fran. You Ritual peeps better be down there right now! Happy St. Patties everyone!

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on March 17, 2008 at 9:18am — No Comments

Coffee Kids’ 20th Anniversary Dinner, May 3rd

Coffee Kids’ 20th Anniversary Dinner, Saturday, May 3rd from 7:30 pm to 9:30, Minneapolis

Coffee Kids’ will commemorate two decades of helping coffee-farming families improve the quality of their lives at a special anniversary celebration. All coffee professionals and fanatics are invited to join the festivities on Saturday, May 3rd from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. With live entertainment provided by Putumayo World Music, a cocktail reception, a… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 11, 2008 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Barista Exchange Featured on

Found a cool write up on Barista Exchange on the called "social networking for the coffee-obsessed".

Check it out!

Added by Matt Milletto on March 11, 2008 at 10:18am — No Comments

Going Green in Your Coffee House!

As a coffee house owner there are many decisions that one can make to offer sustainable coffees, environmentally friendly products and to create a culture within your business that is socially responsible. I have seen an exponential growth in customer education and social awareness in the past few years and am excited to see coffee houses and coffee roasters/green coffee buyers focusing not only on quality but also developing direct relationships with coffee farmers… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 7, 2008 at 1:46pm — 7 Comments

New Jobs Section on Barista Exchange!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your participation on bX. I am pleased with the growth of the site so far, and have some great PR stuff planned in the near future. I recently added a new "Jobs" posting page on the site. The format and functionality is killer and as someone who has posted jobs on bX before I encourage you to try it out.…


Added by Matt Milletto on March 6, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Barista Exchange Meet Up & Dance Party - Ithaca, NY

We are proud to announce the next Barista Exchange Meet Up will take place Friday, April 11th in conjunction with the NERBC. The party is sponsored by the American Barista & Coffee School

Here are the details:

Friday, April 11th, 2008

8pm - 1am

Ithaca, NY

The Chanticleer Loft (corner of Cayuga St. and State St.)

Barista… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 5, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Dr. Illy Celebration at American Barista & Coffee School Tonight!

Just a reminder to everyone in the Portland area that tonight is the Celbration of Dr. Illy's life at the American Barista & Coffee School. The party will start at 6pm with wine and Italian appetizers. Also, espresso will be flowing for sure! 7pm we will be watching the full Dr. Illy Milan interviews. Feel free to invite anyone who is interested in learning more from a true luminary and mentor to us all. See you tonight!

6pm - 9pm

ABC… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 22, 2008 at 10:23am — 2 Comments


I didn't get to watch all of the finalists today as I was in the booth, but did try to follow the comp as much as I could. A big congratulations to all who competed, and instead of trying to re-post everything here, for now, check out the sweet blog put on by Octane at

Also congrats to Ben from Octane for winning the Millrock Latte Art Competition, along with Justin… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 17, 2008 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Happy Valentines Everyone!

Happy Valentines Day everybody! Hope you all like the new color scheme of the home page of the site. ;)

Added by Matt Milletto on February 13, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

A Night to Celebrate the Life of Dr. Illy - February 22nd

At Bellissimo’s January 2008 staff retreat, we discussed if it was possible to re-release the complete Dr. Illy Milan Interview, which we originally released on video a few years ago. We all agreed that the time was right for the latest generation of coffee people to see this 75-minute interview and be exposed to the insight and amazing perspective offered by Dr. Illy.

Last week as we got the sad news of Dr. Illy's passing, and at the end of the week the DVDs arrived in our… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 12, 2008 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Vancouver B.C. Road Trip - Part 2

ok .. so if I don't finish my blog about our trip it will never happen! :) I think I left off having just had a great espresso at Elysian Room after chatting with Alistair.

Right as we are leaving Mark Price calls and invites us over. It's now about noon and we both need a break from touring cafes. We found our way over to Mark's and hang out with him and Beata for a while, catching up and Mark and I talk about industry news and stuff, and what our favorite games for the Wii are ...… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 10, 2008 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

1st ever meet up ...

Ok all barista exchange members. Thanks to a generous offer from Nick Cho we will be throwing the first ever meet up, Friday the 15th of February during Coffee Fest in D.C.

Barista Exchange and Murky Coffee present a night of beer, coffee and mingling starting at 7pm at:… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 5, 2008 at 1:36pm — 9 Comments

Dr. Ernesto Illy

Ernesto Illy

July 18th 1925 - February 3rd 2008

It is a very sad day for the specialty coffee industry as Dr. Illy, honorary Chairman of Illycaffè, died on February 3rd 2008 at the age of 82. Dr. Illy was one of the greatest minds in the coffee industry and dedicated his life to educating and breaking new grounds in specialty… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 4, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

Culinary Institute of America creates "Farm Liaison" position

This is a bit off the topic of coffee but is interesting. In the coffee industry we have seen this model thrive, and connection between the coffee farmers, the roasters and the consumers is growing quickly. I am a huge fan of education and transparency ... maybe the American Barista & Coffee School needs a "farm liason"? :)

"The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY has become the first college known to have a farm liaison. Paul Wigsten, the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 4, 2008 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

Vancouver B.C. Road Trip - Part 1

It has been about 5 years since I was last in Vancouver B.C. and my wife and I made the time to take a short road trip up there.

Two nights before we spent a wonderful evening with Chris Owens and M'llissa Muckerman here in Portland and had a dinner to remember at Le Pigeon with the addition of Sarah Allen and Phuong Tran. We ate everything from Cows Tongue, Foie Gras, Sea Urchin, Beef Cheeks, Lamb Shank, Local Truffles, and so much more… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on January 31, 2008 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

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