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conspicuous filler

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

the yawning silence, this blog assures you, has more to do with an excess of bloggable events -- resulting in (a) a severe time lack and (b) decisionary paralysis -- than blog-fatigue (or, even better, a trip to origin. this blog feels so left out.). the topical choice: now-local french ...

schecter device update: very little

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

at least someone is asking questions about the groundbreaking pressure-sculpting device with the potential to free us from the "tyranny of mechanical limitations." but where's the robust public discourse? it's been 52 days!


Friday, April 28th, 2006

it's been 48 days since home junkie andy schecter snapped heads around with a pressure sculpting device that he said would free us from the "tyranny of mechanical limitations," that drew major booth buzz at the scaa bash and that kyle glanville said had "more significant implications ... than just ...

you don’t have to put up with this dreck

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

go re-read hoffmann's el salvador post. really.

CI: turning over new leaves — again!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

in an attempt at transparent self-effacement, this blog prints the following self-effacing snippet -- self-effacingly. "Bready. A bready taste manifests in coffees that have not been roasted long enough or at high enough temperature to bring out the flavor oils." ...

leave. leave now.

Monday, April 24th, 2006

you know, if this blog were to make any jokes about jimseven's epic tale of his week in el salvador, it would seem almost sacrilegious -- and i'm not even a fan of the el salvadors. it's just one of those moving glimpses of real coffee that utterly transcends all ...

SCAA/USBC: breaking-ish old news here

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

if this blog can't spin a wee bit of intrigue out of the just-posted usbc competitor rankings, then it shan't ever more speak the name of "spuma". * obvious mystery-heightening story line: if not for the judging error re: ryan dennhardt, then eventual champ matt riddle apparently wouldn't have made it ...

SCAA/USBC: cigaragay — amazingly longer winded than a podcast!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

schnaikes. cigaragay drops the smack on his much-ballyhooed signature drink, offering every ancillary detail you ever wanted to know about infusing a caffeinated beverage with, you know, tobacco. (still only one place to see video!) to be clear, this blog has yet to read the novella. it will be placed ...

SCAA: your one-stop retching here

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

the further the scaa bash recedes, the grumpier this blog gets ... at least that's my excuse! mostly because fond memories have a vexing way of being drowned out by pestilential chest-thumpers and profit mongers. curmudgeonly cause the first: what could be worse than the deafening levels of taunting and self-promoting ...

belated expressions of astonishment

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

for conspicuous barista mag droolers this will be old news. but as this blog was doing a bit of janitorial reading to sweep up overlooked tidbits from the latest issue, it couldn't help but gape a bit at blogger jimseven's staggering championship score of 822.5 -- out of 900 -- ...

USBC: disturbing epithets in foreign tongues

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

does this sound, to you, like someone is making profane comments about this blog? mmm-hmmm. we thought so too. what else could "vinnaren fick" mean? or even "har snyggat," for that matter? see what happens when you suddenly have an audience? this blog misses the old days, when all it ...

SCAA/USBC: cliffing tonx

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

a shorter version of tonx: no breakfast! free love! lots of purple, maaaan! scaa is the new weed!

SCAA/USBC: go away

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

this blog is shamed -- shamed, i say -- by the depth of scaa oglery tonx has posted, including a bizarre shot of this blog taking the very photo of clover that was eventually posted below. what are the odds?? this blog would accuse tonx of stalking, but then he ...

partial critical atonement

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

speaking of muddy waters, the aforementioned ghetto web site has been upgraded and includes the briefest mention of this blog's critical grab-bag! now that's what i call integrity in linkage...

don’t look now…

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

...but another member of barista magazine's select, three-blog 'community' is conspicuously praising the latest issue. including teme's recent ravings this makes two of the three! waiting on you, dutch barista! but that's just for fun. i've been tempted to write, many times, about the shock one gets upon attending the ...

greenville: actual bloggy echo chamberiness!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

this blog isn't the only one to find reason for hope at the new muddy waters joint in charleston. fellow smack-downer jake makes similar extrapolations -- then launches into a CI-like comparison of seemingly unrelated aesthetic principles, conspicuously tailored for a blog audience! excellent. it occurs to me that ...

vague contraption me-too-ism

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

hard as this blog has tried, it has not yet come up with much of any value and/or snark to add to home-junkie (?) andy's pressure-sculpting teaser that could potentially be my favorite non-attainable espresso breakthrough yet. will that forestall a bit of blather on the topic? why, no! the ...

groovy touches

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

schomer takes the concept of latte art art, which we've seen before, and makes it better. no surprise there. if the bioluminescent cypriot and i ever make good on our long-fantasized deep-south micro-roastery and public espresso lab, then something in the vein of schomer's rosetta mosaics would be a must. ...

CI, your drill-down bloggy investigator

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

hmmm. is coffee-blogger teme's breezy review of the latest 'barista magazine' a barely veiled sign of quid pro quo for the extra linkage he now gets on the magazine's 'community' page? it's not like the mag only lists three carefully selected blogs in an environment of at least a couple ...

anything to do with europe

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

watch this blog for a first-person account of the barista championships in the u.k. jim, who has also blogged his weeks of preparation, offers a somewhat quirky and honest take on espresso's spread in england... UPDATE: he won. sweet. i, for one, will be be looking for a dissection of jim's ...

gold bullion: easier to find, cheaper to brew

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

everyone seems so agog at the notion of aussies and canadians collectively paying $49.75 a pound for brazil's finest green coffee. but haven't prices far exceeded this before, and for a product far more, uh, exotic? p.s. this story even got a pick-up from mainstream media outlets! and still the ...

artisanale gawkery

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

it's been a while since i just went and gawked at what tonx does. your prodigal fix right here. (hat tip jimmy, who can show you more where that came from).

gratuitous content stall

Monday, January 9th, 2006

who thought of coffee? you know, "hey, let's puree the cherries on that tree, sear the fire outta them pits and pound them into worm food. then steep! then drink!" it's a self-defeating inquiry. more answerable, perhaps, is the notion of who, and why, did anyone think, "dude. let's pour ...

your macro-economic supply-side fix

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

i get some of my cheapest specialty coffee from bizarrely transplanted locals who direct-import their stuff from a plantation in zimbabwe. wonder how this news -- the massive spike in the country's basic food prices -- will affect coffee's cost and/or supply. of course, that is far from the biggest concern. ...

your doodle-modern stain art, right here:

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

holy sheesh. (click the link, then the framed coffee bean.) being a fan of the utility of espresso cup rings, this coffee table book strikes me as sweet action in the order of mother sulawesi. (hat tip: dutch barista)

foreign experts: not wrong, just different

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

ah, great. just when i was feeling confident enough to blog-brag about scandinavian-style underdosing as a fix for a finicky grinder and a better way to get the most out of the sulawesi, the australian guru instaurator reopens that tripe-fest between the aussies and unilateralists on the issue of overdosing. ...


Thursday, December 1st, 2005

a bit late to this one, but the brother asked about others' latte art over the weekend. here be some, from the smoothest texturers europe has to offer.

linkage updateage

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

some culled and updated links over to the right, including groovy blogs i peruse semi-regularly and should have blog-rolled a loooong time ago. check 'em out -- if you don't already troll the same echo chambers as everyone else, you should.

sweet spot diversity: a good thing

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

feeling better -- save the smoker's cough. and as this blog composes a long and windy post on the weeks-long workout i've given the refurbed mazzer major grinder, i'll point you to the frenzied discussion over the (deep breath) la marzocco home machine. yes. amazing and drool-plentiful, as you might ...

we’ve got your foaming fraction right here

Friday, November 4th, 2005

for the latest in torqued-out espresso geek speak, head over here for a bit of light, jovial academic reading about (and i quote) "isolation and characterization of a foaming fraction from hot water extracts of roasted coffee." clearly, we have discovered the most obtuse way possible to say, "crema study." ...