Archive for category ‘mad coffee jaunts’

tundra swilling

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

somewhere between alterra's lakeside location and the prospect spot, this blog's neck glands signaled pending disaster, and by nightfall we were swallowing jagged shards of pottery, convalescing with oolong in a leather chair and offering to pay the blogbrother to drive us back to chicago. not the ideal development in ...

Alterra: good because it’S cold outside

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The milwaukee spro - yeasty. Loads of hops. Hey, it'S a beer town. The ppl - way nice. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T


Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

This blog is on the road. The week o' feckless spro tripping is underway. Next stop: milwaukee'S alterra. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T

SERBC: straggling remainders

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

well beyond two weeks post-roast, this blog stuggles still to communicate to you the subtleties of lem butler's competition espresso blend. heightening the mystery: a pragmatic decision to pull much of it with the lever machine at the studio of the bioluminescent cypriot, where a gaggle of the man's indentured ...

SERBC: morsels o’ coverage

Monday, October 29th, 2007

this blog stands corrected: there was, it would appear, at least one media reference to clearwater's SERBC -- which briefly features greenville's alex! (watch the video; hat tip, the zombie)

SERBC: selling its soul?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

at this rate, there may not be an audience for next year's southeast regional barista competition. you could just hold the thing in my back shed. at one point during a compelling and unpredictable final round, i counted 13 people in the seats. thirteen. i met most of them, and ...

SERBC: hudgens snorfles!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

this blog was going to attempt to relay to you the depth of emotional investment by c-n-c's shannon hudgens and his mother in their inaugural barista competition. zombie chris owens saves us the trouble by capturing the moment, after round one, when the underdog discovers he's made the finals.

SERBC: katie rough cut

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

UPDATE: katie did the murky thing -- studious, poised, no-nonsense espresso. the sig was lavender-infused, and involved cocoa butter. she got the raw end of more than one technical snafu, most notably when her music sputtered to start the finals routine. she called the toscano espresso "my greatest teacher in coffee" ...

SERBC: michelle rough cut

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

UPDATE: as spoofed in last year's puppet show, michelle is an utter dynamo from a cafe we can vouch for who, ah, adores competing. it's quite funny, really. she grins and lectures and pulls shots with all the lumbering ponderance of a hummingbird. a hummingbird with muscles. espresso machines under ...

SERBC shannon rough cut

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

note: the vid cuts off early, for some reason. 'twill be fixed. UPDATE: you already know what we think about shannon, the mall kiosker from greenville so effusively lauded in the fresh-printed issue of barista mag. word is, he got low finals marks because the daring espresso he chose to use ...

SERBC: ben rough cut

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

UPDATE: ben's deal was very understated, very simple and confident. the sig, apparently, was based on a favorite childhood con -- cajoling his ma to buy sweets. ha-ha! she was partial to cherry cordial, and so were the judges. rumor has it ben's cherry cordial sig was both very sweet ...

SERBC: imagery

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

the blog doggedly stalks mr. sexy foam! recently infamous CI commenter "true" offers SERBC pics from his vantage point as a dish runner and covert beverage taster. after finally meeting the marketer-come-espresso-junkie, this blog can definitively say: he's got the disease! in fact, the man's generously offered laptop might have been our ...

SERBC: danielle rough cut

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

UPDATE: the owens-trained, third-place finisher danielle was so nervous in round one, this blog thought she might ingest some of her ceramic wares. this finals performance marks a substantial improvement in nerves and a sparkling sig beverage idea -- a coffee version of a gin martini. essentially, we're talking a darjeeling ...

SERBC: lem rough cut

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

UPDATE: to the untrained eye, lem appeared to take fastidious care not to earn himself another nickname. the trademark quirky declarations about blow torches and nemeses and the shapeliness of his milk foam were strangely missing. we blame his employer -- that bastion of soulless corporate culture -- for homogenizing ...


Sunday, October 21st, 2007

The champeen be LEM BUTLER. Ben and danielle second and third.

SERBC: the other three

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

More polish from lem - cucumber, lemon, ginger shaken with spro. michelle put spro with a spice paste.

SERBC: sigs

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Danielle: a coffee gin and tonic. Shannon: ginger ale 'n spro. Katie: lavendar milk 'n spro.

SERBC: three finalists down

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Octane's danielle, c-n-c's hudgens and murky'S katie all appear eminently more polished.

SERBC: theses

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

this blog knows you come here eagerly for half-baked impressions typed on the tail end of surreal, sleepless days in the rattling blogmobile. thus will we deliver! the SERBC so far foists upon us these first-blush notions: * smallest crowds in recent memory. smaller, most of today, than any spectator group we've ...

SERBC: the finalists, for real

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

*  * * shannon hudgens (blue shirt), the underdog du jour of greenville, s.c.'s coffee and crema * lem butler (black), the previous champion now of of durham, n.c.'s counter culture coffee * michelle bradicich (blue tee), of apex, n.c.'s pheasant creek coffee * katie duris (green sweater), of washington d.c.'s murky coffee * ben helfen (gray shirt) ...

SERBC: the mermaid

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

It'S true: today'S starbucks competitor intends to combine espresso and, ah, sweet potato puree.

SERBC: darjeeling limited

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Um, oooh. Octane'S danielle slings serious darjeeling-jasmine spro. Samples, please.

SERBC: hudgens uses all his seconds

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Greenville's shannon serves up his spro and Blenheim ginger ale with no time left. Cold.

SERBC: comment say whaa?

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

This blog did not mishear: the emcee just said HIS spro machine came from stein mart!

SERBC: sexy foam

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Arrived. Counter culture-co-opted Lem butler goes low key, with cucumbers in his sig. Smooth.

SERBC: gasp

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

7am, and still the dawn won'T dawn. Interminably ahead are rancid, spent espresso valleys. Now we go insane.

SERBC: holding it

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Stupid rest stop. Locked all the stupid restrooms. This blog asks you: will the SERBC treat us this way?

SERBC: staying awake

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

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SERBC dispatches: batting .333

Friday, October 19th, 2007

if you had hauled your wasted self to the floridian peninsula for day one of the SEBRC (this blog has not yet departed) you would have witnessed four out of 12 (edit: four out of nine?) listed competitors turn in viable routines. more from hudgens: * four no-show/withdrawals -- including one ...

SERBC dispatches: blogmobile

Friday, October 19th, 2007

in the universe of reasons for this blog NOT to attend this weekend's SERBC, at least five of them are attached to the blogmobile. we'll be photographing them, post-haste. UPDATE: your enthusiasm embarrasses this blog. but, ah ... herewith the photographic-automotive reasons we shouldn't be leaving after tonight's concert previous, unavoidable ...