Archive for category ‘happening elsewhere’

today in c-n-c: a sense of place

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

there are now a few dents in the butcher-block counter and some shop regulars who join bar conversations like they've been kicking around for years. the low-tech pastry display -- glass-domed saucers -- seems a stroke of budgetary genius for the juicy baked goods therein. they attract quite the longing ...

M’lissed it

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

that breathy l.a. times piece on the new hydraulic-laden intelligentsia coffee shop: which is worse, a hyper-focus on gadgets or the miS-cApitaliZation of M'lissa Owens' first name?!

bogota possibly teetering between jon lewis, iron maiden

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

we're sure that barista-poet jon lewis didn't mean to start an iron maiden riot on his first trip to colombia. but hey, he's new to this cup of excellence gig. give him a break! lewis, of course, is in colombia for this week's national coffee competition as CoE's newly installed "membership ...

usbc: drink!

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

still more incisive observation from the globe-trotting blogfather, who, in his brief stint on the mother turf, has now sampled a large array of the finest coffee establishments in these states co-joined: high-end coffee people tend to be one of two types: exceptionally nice or total jerks. funny 'cause it's true! you ...

coffeefest greenville?

Friday, March 6th, 2009

you know the high-end coffee movement has become a bona fide cultural oddity when traveling latte artist and erstwhile blog acquaintance justin teisl shows up quoted in our local newspaper: no, this blog had nothing to do with the placement of this story. it came via the chicago tribune's wire service, ...


Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Bridal Shower by George Bilgere Perhaps, in a distant café, four or five people are talking with the four or five people who are chatting on their cell phones this morning in my favorite café. And perhaps someone there, someone like me, is watching them as they frown, or smile, or shrug at their invisible friends or lovers, jabbing the air ...

this blogpost: 27 stars!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

and so the surreptiti-blogger tacy made a rather pointy point while this blog was out about the black hole that is ... well, it's a black hole. thus lacking basic tenets of existence. and the hole that is, currently, black might otherwise be described -- if it did exist ...

today in c-n-c: placards!

Monday, September 29th, 2008

the moral of the story is, you need only say something truly nice about shannon's shop -- or coffee -- and you will end up on the wall. we're not sure who the excitable hyperventilator is who thought blueberries grew on vines. but a good quote! and strangely perfect for shannon's ...

we hope he wears autographs our beard net

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

this blog thinks it's true that world barista champeen stephen morrissey will soon be arriving in this general southernular region ... it's true, at least, if atlanta's lamont isn't setting us up. but we never reveal our confidential sources. which would be sarah palin big, no? like a visit from a ...

this week in c-n-c: korate shop

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

like a teetotaler's bar epiphany, this blog and c-n-c's shannon had a few shots of the korate berry-stew espresso in the gullet when the giggling and idea-mongering began to burble out. hey, this blog snorted, we could karate chop a random passer-by every 30 minutes! while screaming, "ETHIOPIA IS THE ...

further proof this blog languishes in the hinterlands

Friday, August 8th, 2008

hard to know why atlanta coffee establishments of note held rumored cuppings featuring famous barista persons with nary an advance word breathed on these here interwoven nets. hmmm, lessee. nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope and nope. conspicuous! UPDATE: it was a counter culture thing! note to lamont: the zombie would ...


Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

you should probably read the RodBlog exactly because of how defensive it makes those protective coffee insiders. note: the above link doesn't go to the blog itself. for "rod thoughts," click your way from the home page. top left.

speaking of pure taste experiences that have nothing at all, in any way to do with rank status-mongering …

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

when it comes to those "ellusive" and "exhilirating" coffee experiences, this blog can hardly think of anything more joyous than a good cologne and coffee pairing involving, possibly, a "coffee taster's helmet." what will these studly taste geniuses think of next -- that is, when they get back from trotting ...

what we need is a platinum cupper’s card

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

CI conspiracy theorizes so you don't have to: is there some clued-in coffee person on the new york times staff -- someone, say, with very close third-wave relations -- behind the paper's curious recent tandem of quality coffee coverage with snarky, skeptical starbucks riffs? or is it just deeply american ...

usbc: crickets

Monday, May 5th, 2008

disbelief: that when this blog, in its work tie, stumbled into the vicinity of a computer at 5:20 p.m. looking for the name of this country's new national barista champeen, there was no one to tell us -- nary a typewritten word within reach! that for all the live, gooey ...

usbc: bleary blogging

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

it's hard to discern the bigger trend: the sea salt in the competition signature beverages, the simultaneous spro, the widespread use of gravy boats or the sheer staggering volume of online barista hair jokes aimed in the general direction of those coffee persons most follicularly endowed. to say this blog ...

usbc: gawking

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

when it comes to respectful, dignified usbc spectatorship, this blog realizes that it falls miserably short -- somewhere between "spooky voyeur" and "slobbering fanboy."

usbc: chip shots

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

breathless, knee-jerk reaction after a day-trip to the coast leaves this blog doing wee-hours competition catch-up: that's it?! actually, no. th' feeds, we're swimmin' in 'em. * noted: that blogging spasmodic girl is playing all five scaa bloggers to a draw, when it comes to value-added hilarity. "solid and woody" indeed. also, ...

usbc: armchair afar-blogging

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

that's the thing about blogging -- it's better if you're ignorant! maxims for life from the u.s. barista championship, day one: * live, streaming video of barista glitterati in action -- even hiccuping video with warpy sound -- is flabbergastingly more compelling than youtubed competition videos. clips: eh. everybody does it ...

usbc: moving pictures

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

this blog and the barista-poet are trying desperately not to dominate the live conversation over here, where in a few meager minutes the u.s. barista competition will be unfolding on these useful internets before your very eyes ... but it's ... so ... hard.

at last: spectatorship

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

if this blog were going to embark on long-awaited, long called-for total live-blogging blanket coverage of the biggest u.s. coffee event of the year, it might go ahead and start, you know, posting stuff. so that real people -- forum surfers, casual blog readers, non-insiders -- might get some notice! ...


Friday, March 21st, 2008

--- "why don't you blog about the clover?" they said. "everybody's doing it!" this blog has been mostly surprised -- and mostly in agreement -- with the various coffee thinkers we've encountered in recent weeks who, in the end, find the ballyhooed clover single-cup brewer overrated as a taste machine. it's ...

linky stall

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

true's got the weekend pics, into which this blog's camcorder hand intruded a regrettable number of times. we're still wrassling with our video encoders, and are about to resort to the rude, crude, youtube. meanwhile, some girl with lip is mega-blogging the great lakes regional barista competition. told you those trophies ...

forget those third-party competition bloggers

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

is it just this blog, or is what we all want from the unfolding mountain regional barista competition (we snorking, angst-addled, competition fanboys) a forehead-mounted webcam from the barista-poet come blogger while he competes? you know, jon lewis performing live a la radiohead -- "lookit me! i am the perpetual ...

what happens when it’s only a drug

Friday, February 29th, 2008

hat tip: barry.

hudgens ante-ups

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

leaving aside the sober implications of the mermaid closing for three hours today (how badly do their baristi need training?), it's worth noting the nimble and complementary (with an "e") approach of c-n-c's hudgens, who's serving all-free spro during the same time period. on its surface, a tactical move to ...

news, with a soundtrack

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

somewhere in our aesthetic subconscious, this works: while absorbing the audio collage cockver10 from alarm will sound, blog learns that octane's ben takes 5 big g's from the latest latte art competition, putting a halt to other creepy juggernauts of latte art fame and cementing the reputation of a resurgent ...

this week in c-n-c: regime change

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

good authority: c-n-c's hudgens has ditched terroir for his regular coffee supply. judging solely by the price tags on the retail bags we flunkies buy off the counter, the boston-based terroir appeared to charge the roughly same for 12 ounces of regular priced single origin that north carolina's crema coffee ...

if baristi are nothing, then that makes this blog …

Friday, December 7th, 2007

doesn't the logic contained in the first post of uberbarista chris owens' new blog more or less mean that the barista, relatively speaking, is the least vital link in the seed-to-cup coffee process? just asking! p.s. no wonder those barista trips to coffee countries and local farmer symposiums are suddenly en ...

better than poker

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

as if june's latte art purse winner layla osberg needed another wad. are we seeing the beginnings of career latte artists? layla's raked in $26,000 in five months ...