Archive for category ‘mad coffee jaunts’

Things you see on coffee trips ix

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Sun. crepes and communal existence at cincy's speckled bird cafe. Vital. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Things you hear on coffee trips viii

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Blogmom orders americano @ mccafe. Barista grabs old coffee, gives it a steam. The end. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Things you see on coffee trips vii

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

higher grounds cafe in traverse city, mi. S.o. Coffee in refurb warehouse. Whoa. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Things you see on coffee trips vi

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

In the vast north of mich, it's pre-spring, and we hunt local roasters 4 warmth. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Things you see on coffee trips v

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

In the vast, high-unemployment north of mich, it's pre-spring, and we hunt local roast -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Things you see on coffee trips iv

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Sign says, 'stinking creek road.' blogson equates it to a river of starbucks. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

the swan also kills innocent trees

Friday, May 8th, 2009

and they say newspapers are dying. today's package of tree pulp brought immortality to the much-discussed underdog swan pour and added significant value to last week's latte art hoedown -- a feature written by a true outsider with a talent for processing the insanity she witnessed. if the live twittering was ...

swan flu

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

hoedown stunner. (all images by jake, of j4 studios.) suspiciouser and suspiciouser is how you might describe these burgeoning southeast latte art competitions in which, no matter how many credentialed latte artists are in the house, the host barista seems to always win! so convenient! there was jason dominy winning his own ...

mypressi a sulawesi

Monday, April 27th, 2009

injection-molded spro. then there was the mypressi twist, revolutionary espresso device of simplicity and ease. or so they said. without question, the idea of brewing espresso with the punch of a nitrogen cartridge in a hand-held portafilter amounts to heretical folly of the most rankling sort. what will all those la marzocco ...

things you see on coffee trips ii

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

sumatra: it's an island, a coffee country and now a truck-stop gas-pump advertising symbol with some mysterious "east asian" pull.

Things you see on coffee trips

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Headed back from charleston, on a part-coffee mission. Sign: 'Prosperity, 11 miles.' -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

illustrated tales of the wbc

Monday, April 20th, 2009

* chicago's mike phillips, who seemed to be the one american with an actual probability of winning the world barista championship, ended up third by the skin of his teeth but still managed to capture all sorts of adoring hyperbole from the attendant insiders. did you know, for example, ...

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Spring's green is lickable and glows like a stage-lit grasshopper when you're coffee-fed on the interstate from the wbc -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Gwilym wins

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

The professorial pub owner takes it. Now a dynasty in britain. A humble dynasty. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Blig

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Blogbody in shock. Massive dough/curd spro from alterra caps our expo binge. Blood like syrup, mind like tapioca. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

the wbc forces us to speak in bullets

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

meme of the world barista championship so far: vitamins. we hear they help with the over-caffeinated jabbers, the undernourished headaches, the shouting-at-the-party voicelessness AND the convention-trade-floor knee pain. * what strikes you about the much-ballyhooed u.k. barista champion gwilym (rhymes with "swill 'im") davies is that he doesn't act much like ...

World Barista Championship Finalists

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Usa, uk, ireland, canada, and the underdogs: korea, hungary - this blog's last name's country of origin! -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Sadness, donut

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

This blog cruelly shut out of expo hall. Thus forced to drink hoffmann's infamous coffee/donut bevg. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

either-or

Friday, April 17th, 2009

the strange thing about the world barista championship landing in your back yard is that it forces you to decide: how nuts am i, exactly? definitely not nuts enough to pay $1,000 for entry at the newfangled coffee "symposium," where industry luminaries (but apparently not the working stiffs at both ...

paris: spro happens

Monday, April 6th, 2009

consider how much more effectually those frenchies do espresso advertising and how much worse the coffee actually tastes ... and you end up with quite the cognitive gap. also, a market opportunity of staggering opportunity. think about paris: a jam-packed capital city of people perpetually on the move, of ever-present ...

d-izzy

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

the thing about the free condom giveaway at izzy's coffee den is that it's all day, every day. set in grungy asheville, n.c., with troubadors and pandhandlers just out the door, it hardly seems abnormal, those condoms in the condiment dispenser. it is of the place. it is not a ...

SERBC: CI hunts a mascot

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

and so, you tell us, the southeast regional barista competition needs a mascot? some sort of ubiquitous presence with a cherubic face, representative barista hair and an adorable proclivity for nervousness on behalf of the competitors? huggable and pettable? universally esteemed? pedigreed? this blog thinks it might have just the character: mascot ...

SERBC: the other 5

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

a small chorus of experts tells us that all the competitors in this year's southeast competition did well. this blog is in no position to know. but it was easy to see that the professionalism, the deft smoothness and brisk certainty with which competitors approached their routines was greatly improved ...

CI wildly rhapsodizes in an atlantan direction

Monday, February 16th, 2009

danielle winning the southeast barista laurels -- by a crushing margin, we hear -- is like james winning the worlds: all is right in the earth. the axis tilteth correctly. there is a still point in the turning world, as the poet said, and danielle, it seemed, danced in it. ...

Serbc: glasky takes it

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Verdict: polish wins! Danielle was stunningly improved over last year. We're enthralled. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Serbc: noob

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

This dave from athens is apparently self-taught. Video tapes n stuff. The internet wins! -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Serbc: austerity

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Is murky's travis the quietest barista finalist ever? But oh, the deconstructed r.beer float. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Serbc: habanero josh

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Did we mention finalist flail is crippled?! But the limp disappears while performing. Hm -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

Serbc: nuts

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Dale of atlanta's method sez: 'it takes a lot of pistachios' to make pistachio syrup. Revelatory! -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

serbc: zounds

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

this particular outpost on the interwoven webs happens to be bereft of a camera cable, meaning the imagery we have to back up this assertion will have to wait: the southeast regional barista competition is in a setting so fitting, so surprisingly good, so accessible to both artisans and the ...