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At 7:19pm on January 10, 2009, Alun Evans said…
Gidday Rich, thanks for the comments.

**Where did you grow up? I was born and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. My father travelled quite often when I was young- he was seconded to do work for WHO in Malaysia, Albany and Geneva. Sadly in those days we as kids did not get to travel alng with him, but his stories (especially about Malaysia) got me interested in Asia

**How many languages do you speak, and what is your primary?
English is my native tongue, I also speak pretty fluent Indonesian/Malay, Javanese and French

**How did you get involved in both wholesale and retail coffee? This is a long story but it involved a rainy day in Wellington, a car accident, and an accidentlmeeting with an immigrant... all three seperate occurances but added up to me getting into specialty coffee

**Why Indionesia? The best arabica in the world (I reckon), so many origins in such a huge and diverse country. I was one of the first foreigners to get involved here, although now there is a rapidly growing industry.

**What do you know about the coffee history of Java related to the world'sfirst well known coffee blend? I have researched quite a bit into the Mocha-Java story, as well as the monsooning of coffees. A lot of the Java came from where Merdeka Coffee roasts, thst is the Sukabumi-Pelabhuan Ratu area which is south of Jakata (then Batavia). Later the Dutch expanded "Plantation" economics through Central and East Java. Despite what many people think, Java was the primary Coffee growing island in Indonesia until well into the 20th Century...

I envy your lifestyle and admire your passion.

I am very, very lucky to have had the opportunity to live in Indonesia and work so closely with coffee and the people who grow it here.
At 1:03pm on January 9, 2009, Ary Laudeman said…
hahaha...the nose juice adds a lil extra tang. i'd love to visit seattle, and if i'm so fortunate i'll def swing by and say hi : )
At 7:36am on January 9, 2009, Elizabeth Snodgrass said…
HI Rick,
Thanks! I'll pass the greetings along!
At 8:47am on January 8, 2009, Elizabeth said…
Absolutely! I look forward to. One of my engaged best friends is in Seattle and have no doubt I will be visiting you in the future! Will definitely stay in touch.
Cheers. Elizabeth
At 6:08am on January 8, 2009, edward said…
tnx for the comment. yes our company is arrawabit international and we are the exclusive destributor of coffee mauro, ghirardelli products, stasero products and others which are using at a cooffee shop in Arab country.
At 12:00am on January 8, 2009, Miles Small said…
Hi Rick...thanks for welcome and I will give your regards to Kerri.
At 9:54am on January 4, 2009, Rich said…
Rich, I prefer the Asian Pacific or African coffees (Sumatra, Etheopian, etc). Always considering new brands to the web site under my Local Roasters category. This was built to focus on Local Roasters to promote their niche roast profiles.
Have a great week.
At 5:39pm on January 3, 2009, Dale Harris said…
as you say! the more I learn the more i find i have to learn!!!! all the best for the new year
At 9:54pm on January 2, 2009, Jason Haeger said…
haha, I wouldn't put myself as anything important about LBK. Thanks for the add. See you around.
At 7:54pm on January 1, 2009, Will said…
Thanks for your welcome Rich, Happy New Year.
At 4:41am on December 27, 2008, vittorio said…
Well, I spent many time and I worked in NY,NY..then I've been engaged in different expo..Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, working usually for Coffee roasters or syrups producers..
Cipolla?..No, I'm sorry but I never heard about him (but you know..we Italians are very very numberous!!..hahaha!)
Have an Happy New Year!! is as usual, cold and damp!!
At 4:25pm on December 22, 2008, cafe sweets said…
thank you very much.
our magazine is target in main china,
so we are in chinese.
also our web site is in chinese.
please write us your informationg and articles.
At 6:13am on December 17, 2008, Sriley said…
Thanks Rick... We're very excited
At 6:51am on December 16, 2008, Mike Spence said…
Hi Rich, Thanks for the invite! I'd love the opportunity to stop by and check out the location. Let's talk about a good time to do that!
At 12:02am on December 15, 2008, Alexandra Bradley said…
Hey thanks! I worked at the Lyons Den in Bothell, who uses Caffe D'arte beans actually. And I still have about a week to finish up there, but the job search starts very soon!
At 7:52pm on November 24, 2008, John said…
Rich, is "Double shot macchiato breve', to gulp/ !" your quote?
If it's an espresso macchiato with a bit of milk, then that happens to be my favorite drink. :)
At 7:49pm on November 24, 2008, John said…
Hey Rich. I wonder what Brazilian Mocha is. We have a Mexican Mocha, which uses a clasic Mexican chocolate that has some spices, especially cinnamon.
At 3:38pm on November 24, 2008, Chris Haines - Sunshine Dairy Foods said…
Thanks Rich! I always look forward to seeing everyone at Coffee Fest, and Payton and Adam are great to deal with here in Portland.
At 6:06pm on November 23, 2008, Steve MacDowall said…
greetings from Canada - love the photos your work is very good - Steve
At 9:13am on November 19, 2008, Carole Alexander said…
Thanks for thinking of me for this group. I have been working on marketing my photography, (my passion for the last three decades). I have been taking interior photographs for realtors and myself. It's not my favorite subject, prefer people and close-up photography. But, in these tough times, we all need to do what we can to keep afloat. See you soon I hope. Carole

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