Archive for 2010

coffee and bikes and commensurate likes …

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

breaking speculative theory: coffee highs spawn hallucinogenic bicycle longings. for some reason.

make -> taste

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

there are epic things you do with a headful of intentions. and then there are escapades where the big idea emerges only in retrospect. and so, this piece of food thought kind of sums up last weekend after the fact. if we'd read this before all the insanity, we would ...

a bit of a syphon film

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

the thing about syphon brewing is that it is both all the rage (in specialty circles) and completely unknown (to most consumers). it's an eye-catcher, like certain espresso machines, but completely anti-industrial and pleasantly simple. it offers itself as a bit of glass-and-liquid bar art, then reveals itself as a ...

Le coffeeing

Monday, August 9th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1100" align="alignnone" width="600" caption=""][/caption] half-pound bison burger, emmental, garlic shoots, pico de gallo, quail egg. and coffee -- square mile's kenya tegu. it's barely a stretch -- a counter-stretch! -- to say high-end coffee learns a lot from trending food movements. this blog wonders if it's not missing the ...

what’s so bad about the l.a. times coffee article?

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

it stings to be told how to properly drink a macchiato. it also stings to be told your espresso tastes like "bitter ... burned citrus peel." sprodown! alas, the offense on both sides was avoidable -- and, to this reader's eye, the fault of intelligentsia's "good guys." which isn't to say they could ...

CI notices things

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

it's no secret the syphon brewing process is visually satisfying -- and snobbily advantageous! -- if clean, sweet coffee is your thing. still, we kept noticing tiny, surprising aspects of the process that demanded attention. the migration of particles during the drop. the behavior of water as it grew hotter. ...

SERBC: juggernautism

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

what to make of lem butler? the fellow roasts coffee, surfs, spins the vinyl, stars in a puppet show, treats his girlfriend like a real gent and wins seemingly every southeast barista competition he deigns to enter. (edit: the rare loss came in '07, of course, to nick cho.) more than ...

there are sometimes excellent reasons not to blog

Friday, February 5th, 2010



coffee tree fetishization update

Friday, January 29th, 2010

while we were out of the country, south carolina apparently experienced sooome cold, piercing even into the house. this is, we suppose, what this blog gets for barside progenitor worship.

CI‘s brain stirs in a circular, european motion

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

traveling to france seems to be the only trip this blog can't contort into a coffee trip of some type. but, ah, we will now strenuously avoid our annual tome on the deplorable state of coffee in france, just as this blog has tried to avoid the coffee itself this ...