Mike McGinness
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  • Vancouver, WA (Not Canada, not the US Capital:-)
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee shop owner, coffee roaster, home barista, coffee enthusiast, industry professional, consultant, service tech/repair
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Vancouver, WA US of A (Not in Canada and Not the US Capital!)
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
Roast all our coffees in house. Focus on traditional espresso as well making the best Amercian Coffee House beverages possible. House coffee is pour over station each cup brewed to order offering multiple choices plus press pot to order. It's about the bean and all about the bean.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Anywhere the bean grows.
About Me:
About My Company:
Some companies develop large mission statements with elaborate details, lofty goals, and words so elaborate and confusing that you spend as much time deciphering it as the company did developing it.

While our goals are many and our passion is immense, our mission is simple. We want every person that walks out of our door to know one thing about coffee:

“Coffee is Culinary.”

Stop by one of our locations and experience our mission at work.

We offer BXers an online discount of 10%, enter code BXer10 during checkout.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The coffee and the people.

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Pulling the trigger!

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Wanted one for a LONG time, years. Was thinking the 124oz 44.5" tall monsters but more practical to get multiple of the smaller. So finally pulling the trigger on 4 32oz Yama Cold Brew towers. This way instead of just being able to afford 2 biggys now can have one each at two locations, 2 at third location/backup waiting for inevitable broken glass replacements. Can augment cold brew with current method if needed and still have the wow factor.…


Be careful using tryer!

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 3:31pm 0 Comments

When roasting dry processed Ethiopias be careful using the tryer during 1st crack, don't inhale too deeply or you'll be snorting hot chaff! :)



Catch The Wave!.... a whole new meaning

Posted on December 22, 2010 at 8:35am 2 Comments

Once it might have meant catch the Third Wave in Specialty Coffee, single origins, brew to order etc. Today for us it's catching a temporary down swing in the C-Market upward spiraling price wave. Last week got lucky on our order for over a Ton of greens catching the lowest price point in a couple weeks. Next day back up 15 cents a pound, today one week later up a whopping 46 cents a pound hitting a new highest price in over two decades. At today's high price would have been double what it…


Milestone 2375.09

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 2:21pm 3 Comments

Our little company hit a milestone today. For the first time over one Ton of greens delivered in one day, 2375.09lb. Up from previous high of 1845.1lb delivered less than six weeks ago. (ok, not much less, 5 weeks 4 days:) I been a roastin' fool on my little USRC 3k!


Pic includes some greens already had, Brazil Moreninha Formosa 2 wided by 3 deep...…


Bunn H5E 12500.0020

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 10:37pm 5 Comments

So what do you do when you run across a Bunn H5E water tower model 12500.0020? You know, one of those strange ones hard set for 115f water temp! (for dough proofing). What good is it in a coffee house! I mean, not even white tea wants water at 115f.

Well, found one on Craigslist some time back, got it for a song, $75.

One hundred fifteen fahrenheit no more! All…


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At 6:51pm on October 8, 2011, Dustin DeMers said…
haha, what i meant was ive spent 7 months reading stuff online and maybe 10 hours of it was actually helpful.
At 9:07am on October 1, 2010, Chris Janak said…
Thanks, Mike! Glad to be on the path!


At 5:29pm on August 22, 2010, Alexander Stephen Root said…
Hi Mike!

Just about done steeping some Masala Chai, and then I'm finding my press so I can try out some McLaughlin House Blend. I'm excited! Thanks for the BXer discount, and I can't wait to try the goods!

At 8:07am on August 16, 2010, Martin Opiyo said…
Mike i see Kenya,kirinyaga in your song.Where did you get that?Love it though.Thanx for the add.
At 7:41am on July 6, 2010, Mike Spence said…
Hey Mike - Let me know when you want to chat.
At 5:28pm on May 26, 2010, Alex Stoffregen said…
What is your background song?! i like it!
At 9:00pm on May 24, 2010, Dane du Hoffmann said…
thanks man! i'll be sure to do that!! i plan on movin out there in about a year and a half to work a coffee shop and go to that Barista school.
At 9:05pm on February 26, 2010, Pangi said…
Hi Mike,
Thanks for your thoughts on the USRC. I am feeling pretty confident about moving ahead with it. One more thing, did you go for the automation and if so would you recommend it? What other add-ons would you recommend?
Thanks again.
At 2:10pm on February 26, 2010, Pangi said…
Hi Mike,

I am considering buying a USRC 3kg and would love to hear your thoughts on it.....
At 12:03pm on October 27, 2009, Jared Rutledge said…
hey mike what size did you cut the holes for your beehouse dripper station? i was gonna make one but wasn't sure if i needed to borrow a jigsaw or if i could just drill it. thanks champ

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