Archive for category ‘happening elsewhere’

good coffee: sexist, racist, generationist, hedonist?!

Monday, November 12th, 2007

this blog has yet to thoroughly peruse middlebury college's economics discussion paper no. 07-11, but slate scribe tim harford is already pondering out loud the ramifications of a coffee movement that, apparently, makes women wait longer than men, "blacks wait longer than whites, the young wait longer than the old, ...

CI debunks the booch

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

this blog has never met kyle larson. which sort of makes it hard to tell: is he a well-meaning tipster or conniving bio-terrorist? this blog reports, you decide. the problem, see, is that this blog is NOT suffering a flare-up, as once supposed, of the previously contracted malaria. (what does the ...

trendspotting the nordic barista cup

Monday, September 24th, 2007

potentially revelatory nuggets (to this blog) spotted at the nordic barista cup through the fuzzy lens of these interwebs: * first there were no nords in this year's world barista championship final round. then we come to understand that copenhagen's heavily decorated europa isn't even spro-centric any more. and now ...

triple-waveists to the new guy: join our club! please!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

here's some more slobbering overstatement for you re: CI's quasi-mysterious new commenter "true": he's the most. popular. guy. not already equipped with a laminated VIP pass to the specialty coffee echo chamber! it's amazing what a little fresh, guileless opinionating will do for an aspiring florida shop owner's reputation. take jon ...

the O.D.: spro doze

Monday, August 13th, 2007

raise your hand if you've ever slammed at least 14 shots in one sitting. this blog finds itself guilty, yet strangely unable to recount hijinks comparable to the british lass. which raises a burning, snobbish question: was it robusta? UPDATE: british curmudgeon hasbean steve calls "publicity stunt!" UPDATE: this blog is deeply ashamed. ...

hoffmann watch: day 63

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

james reveals all. or ... actually, very little. still! we can now claim to have thoroughly bludgeoned the subject of his future into a state of microscopic worm food. square mile coffee roasters -- "quite special." explained here, first on the interwebs! UPDATE: and still the speculative hoffmann theories burble up in ...

WBC: parity?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

the most stunning thing, at first blush, about the newly minted list of world barista championship finalists might be who isn't there -- e.g. the scandinavians. is it the end of an era? brazil? japan? at long last, though, we have coverage -- not independent-minded coverage, mind you, but something close ...

hoffmann watch: day 21

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

never again will this blog wrangle with feelings of abashedment while floating hyperventilating conspiracy theories -- because, it turns out, exactly half of the blogging, western-european-isle-based, road-tripping barista duo is, in fact, hooking up with the burgeoning intelligentsia juggernaut of global espresso duress! (scroll down to find the news.) you ...

ways people enshrine their brew

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

it's at times like these, frankly, that this blog has trouble striking the right tone (there's a tone to this blog? you ask) -- or rather, avoiding the complete alienation of those readers (both of them) for whom good brew is simply a beverage, desireable, appreciated and on aesthetic par ...

hoffmann watch, day ten

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

a vague purpose for the road trip emerges. [T]he roadtrip isn’t about cups of coffee, or at least certainly not in an evaluative way. It is about people, cafes, ideas and inspiration and having some fun. mmmmmm-hmmmmmmm. UPDATE: for bonus points, read the entire dispatch and pull yourself an overdosed triple ristretto ...

cfest iii: movving pictures

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

video -- funny video -- of ancillary topics surrounding coffee fest atlanta is burbling up right here.

another dance for lady ez

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

the lusty panama esmeralda, subject of so much swooning CI verbage, hath scored a fresh date with a seven-company coffee consortium that has purchased the 2007 auction crop for (deep breath, double-check the numbers) $130 a pound -- green. from the farm. or, if you prefer, $65,000 for 10 bags ...

exACTly what you need:

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

moving pictures of evocative barista jon lewis playing espresso alchemist with a copper still and throwing around terms like 'conviviality'. from this month's national barista smackdown....

last year’s bird nest

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

detailed, spectator-oriented, lavishly illustrated u.s. barista championship coverage is now available. well done, but finished still incomplete more than a week after the fact. (vital caveat: as with billy wilson and mark prince, this blog does not necessarily believe that recap author, competition judge and uber-home-junkie dan kehn should have been ...

kiosking vi

Monday, May 14th, 2007

alert: notable southeastern barista persons are propping greenville's c-n-c. whoohoo.

sober reflection, exemplified

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

first it was "spirit"-ual cuppings. now it's barista-produced puppet shows. the groundbreaking coffee-evangelical ideas that CI readers continue to pull from the ether -- in the last 24 hours alone -- are nothing short of (sob) inspiring. shoulda sent 'em to long beach! actually, 'twould seem to be more ...

you’ll find no USBC action here

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

this blog has long since ceased to hope for freedom from our 'spro machine's "tyranny of mechanical limitations" -- at least by the person who proffered the notion now more than a year ago. meanwhile, another fellow has modestly taken up the spadework, and now steadily offers nothing less than ...

buying the presiden …. naah

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

whoa. vancouver's philip search conjures the loaded magic words re: barista competitions in the new youtubed mini documentary -- "underdog" and "financial backing!" rest assured: this blog isn't about to pry open that can of festering folgers fish-bait again.

totalitarian terroir

Monday, March 26th, 2007

'twould seem that the events of the coming week won't just be "critical for the future of ... southern africa as a whole", but could ease decades of tenuous zimbabwean coffee production, no? gotta believe mugabe's exit would boost the cause of south carolina's extraordinarily fortunate, zimbabwe-plantation-owning locals. who, by ...

surveying the hinterlands: might as well

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

as if you might not have picked up this blog's regular waspish moan that there's not much coffee 'roun' here. (we hadn't yet done it in digest form!) course, there's nothing like subsisting in the desert to spawn desperate, rank spro innovation. UPDATE: could it be that, indeed, sublimity is near? this ...

deeply moving sacrificial tales from around the globe

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

still more text messaging from the bush-bound, espresso-swilling blogfamily: hurt my arm pressing coffee so went to a larger grind - less crema. this blog asks: do you know anyone without electricity or running water who would go so far as to inflict masochistic self injury using pre-ground poo and a rudimentary ...

mulling the inner lives of top barista persons

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

this blog's burning question about billy wilson's theological positions -- answered in the current issue of imbibe! unfortunately, you gotta buy the 'zine to read the whole thing. p.s. we'd heard about the piece before, and figured it fell into the coffee-is-cool-because-billy-has-tattoos genre of helpful but inadequate media exposure. we were ...

charbuckian charade

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

there's that beguilingly frank memo from the starbucks chairman bemoaning "efficiencies of scale" that cost mermaid stores their "romance and theater" ... then there's the same company's plans to build 40,000 more stores! adds heft to the notion that the (verified) communique' rings hollow, no? p.s. can it be true that ...

who you gonna believe?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

(... research wonks, or the voices in your head?) "lies!" say a new crop of academian brits, who have just teed up a body blow to this blog's daily faith ritual -- by claiming that the morning brew only eases overnight chemical withdrawl. "That alertness you feel is you getting back ...

CI flirts with the poverty line, takes it out on espresso luminaries

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

still more ominous signs of "middle americans getting squeezed" -- this time a resurgence in popularity for once-abandoned burger joints, at the expense of $12-meal-and-a-vibe establishments. which leaves $5 coffee .... where, exactly? this blog has a fulfilling lower-middle-class job, yet we've recently been forced to cut magazine subscriptions, beach trips ...

curved dosing tools: redux

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

... and they scoffed when this blog said that the pros are leapfrogging on the espresso research of amateurs -- and effusively so! p.s. this heart-warming trend notwithstanding, we take one exception to jimmy's sublime account: schulman isn't really a "very smart man," he's just crazy enough to spend a weekend ...

CI mulls curved dosing tools

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

is it just this blog, or has it now become so common for hard-core amateur home-junkies to do the scintillating, labor-intensive and research-dependent espresso envelope pushing that the collective reaction of the professional community to these breakthroughs is, more or less ... "huh." 'course, that's not to say that amateurs always ...

wanted: a table and 15 amps

Friday, February 9th, 2007

the entremanurial blogbrother, armed with little more than a mazzer major and a vetrano, has apparently scored with a couple chicago catering services -- dare we say the name 'hilton'? -- who have offered to promote his mobile espresso gig as an option for their clients. and poof. just like that, ...

forgetting the ‘spro: mecca-proximal establishments go sordid

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

as if you needed a gaggle of seattle espresso drive-throughs to take the cult of the barista to its base logical extreme. in other news, an enviable west coast tour de cafe has tonx propping the self-same cult! note: there is hope. also, decency. readers of the seattle times were, apparently, ...

scraping the ground(s)

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

the most striking detail in the denver westword's 6,000-word narcotic-and-whiskey-laced tome on the hunt for the original gesha coffee plant: They are cruising down a road paved with coffee. Beneath their wheels, dried coffee cherries are strewn across the asphalt. It's a grassroots, four-wheeled de-husking operation, they realize, the road-killed remains ...