Archive for category ‘shameless robusta filler’

we’ll need two holsters

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

um. musket-loaded espresso?! the way this blog's mypressi twist comments are unspooling, we might just call for a lowbrow pocket spro-off between the new injection-molded marvel du jour and that supposedly pre-existing handpresso device, which appears to be made of, you know, metal parts. also, it's french! which is like saying the ...

the mypressi twist ‘inflames’ your grill

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

for those of you who think this blog might be overhyping the new mypressi twist a bit, we humbly note that the scaa's new product of the year also makes an efficacious flame-throwing device. please keep away from children. also, vexatious tom. lights your fire! if you know what we're sayin' ...

the mypressi twist offers pillow service

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

that mypressi twist, it meets you in your groggiest morning need. that tsking tom is probably still asleep. spro from your pillow!

the mypressi twist is the water AND the coffee

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

turns out that when you have a mypressi twist, you no longer need mere water in your espresso tank. we hope this doesn't further enrage tut-tut tom. the beginning AND the end!

the mypressi twist fertilizes your garden

Monday, April 27th, 2009

still more foolish antagonism of that belligerently spectacular "sweet maria's tom," featuring these awesomely unlimited uses of the new mypressi twist! it suckles the flars!

the mypressi twist fuels your vintage scooter

Monday, April 27th, 2009

turns out this blog isn't the only one struggling with drool control over the new mypressi twist. thus emboldened, we've decided to further contradict the frothing mad "sweet maria's tom" by noting some totally fabulous applications of the new twisty espresso wonder! pocket scooter fuel! UPDATE: "... my favorite thing at the ...

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 ...


Thursday, February 5th, 2009

like most people who do it, this blog has secret, ulterior reasons for homeschooling its progeny.

silence, blogged

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

the absurdly long holiday sabbatical (what is this blog, french?) involved more 25-person spro bashes, in-home roaster fires and vacant periods of zero-coffee-blog consumption than you are wont to be interested in. then there was the comments section, which continued to unspool, dripping with irony, through the dry weeks as ...

makes this blog want to stop start smoking

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

who says specialty coffee doesn't have an outsized influence on the broader consumer market? latte art, apparently, is now so culturally prevalent that it can be used for the sale of stop. smoking. lozenges.

CI‘s coffee moralizes the morning commute!

Monday, November 17th, 2008

this blog readily admits ways in which our concern for coffee at large falls short: faced with a steaming, forlorn cuppa left on the bumper of an suv in morning traffic, this blog zoomed close to discern the brand -- something along the lines of "french joe"! -- and then, calling ...


Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

problem: spro tooth. . . . solution: cabinet products! 1. Q-tip 2. pantry basics 3. dip tip in soda, coat with salt granules. scrub. . . . result: bioluminescence!

CI foolishly plots a course

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

in truth, we've been coffee blogging at a pace to slacken the jaw these past weeks -- the posts, they just never made it out of our head! there's a windy, research-driven tome on water idling somewhere in the frontal lobe, about how the minor tweaks in water hardness do ...

hinterlands: an update

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

one of the newer establishments in town. "city brew coffee," the sign says.

BREAKING: beverages don’t have feelings, unaware of bad economy

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

comes thusly our morning headline: "beer not feeling economic hangover." and so this blog asks you, why should coffee? oh, right. we've made it a specialty item. UPDATE: "art also not feeling the hangover." contrarian trend from a specialty item? nah. merely anomalous data from a rich population subset! we're talking ...

CI experiences difficulty overstating the jigginess of its schwag

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

note to that irish fellow, hasbean steve: nyah, nyah, nyah.

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 ...

breaking: this blog is sometimes snarky

Friday, May 9th, 2008

burbling up from has-bean steve's riveting photographic coverage of a trip to coffee origin is this nagging concern: that guatemalan water apparently shrinks your pants. what must it do to the coffee?! UPDATE: sigh. we actually like euro pants. it was a floppy joke, aimed at a very cool guy. ...

stuffy brit stud stuffs south carolina!

Friday, April 4th, 2008

it's not hard to tell which part of hoffmann's roaring east coast victory tour he enjoyed least. hint: it's the two-town leg he has yet to blog about -- more than three weeks after it happened. conspicuous! p.s. you could argue, of course, that this blog's involvement in greenville and atlanta ...

CI looks a gift horse in the mouth

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

you might think the generous opportunity to crash with the blogwife at a certain east coast coffee juggernaut's atlanta training center for a night would lull us into complacent, insidery back-slapping mode. you'd be wrong! in another periodic bursts of bloggy public service journalism, this blog's secret cameras bring you these ...

in praise of the kitchen sink

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

forbidden yirgacheffe, on nate the finger's home bar. when a week of spro tripping morphs largely into a survey of home bars, it's either a sign of this blog's emerging homebody clinginess or a commentary on the quiet consistency spreading among the junkies -- not genius, typically, but more and more ...

easy love from CI

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

it was tough love the last time we saw the blogbrother's chicago home bar. and for good reason: this time around, the gleam factor is markedly improved! the cleanliness is all his, the denuded portafilter the product of this week's random brotherly conspiracy ...

hoffmann watch redux

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

if, like this blog, you're studying world champeen barista james hoffmann's triumphal east coast concert tour, what pokes you in the eye is the conspicuous open date in an otherwise shoehorned-full event schedule. so, lessee, the cover boy is in charlotte on the 12th and atlanta the 14th, with -- ...

quotes fly, CI blogs

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

rousing insight of the weekend so far, quoted as this blog remembers it: "i'm sick to death of the third wave. i mean, if a person needs his calcium, his 20-ounce latte to help his bones fight the onset of osteoporosis, and i can make it for him, then hey! i ...

CI exhibits non-influence!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

if a lone blog falls silent for a month -- in a forest of coffee blogs -- does anyone notice? CI says no! it's been a week since we've read anyone else on our beverage subject, and already 101 new coffee blog posts percolate in the RSS reader. we can, ...

no man comes to microcosm except by jon lewis

Friday, December 21st, 2007

lucey's innocent comment spurs an epiphany: the barista-poet's staggering microcosm espresso blend isn't available on the internet. is there a more notorious third-wave roaster/practitioner whose product can't be had with the click of a mouse? clearly, this puts everyone at the mercy of jon's mailbox espresso diplomacy, no? that's either ...

you will be grateful

Monday, December 17th, 2007

recipients of this blog's seasonal giving often look at us with a seething expression that says, "riiiiiiiight. you gave me coffee because you've got it coming out of your tear ducts, and probably overroasted this batch while mindlessly slurping a closeted fungus." and yet, giving coffee can be actually sacrificial. ...

rethinking the 87 oz. cappuccino cup

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

still more proof that baristi are an elite fighting force uniquely qualified to know secret ninja moves from the government. p.s. the term "baristi," in this case, is of course used quite loosely. one aggrandizes where one can ...

chi-town gets gastronomic graft

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

someone tell cigaragay, he of chicago foodie fanaticism: turns out windy city food inspectors took bribes to certify "hundreds" of restaurant industry people who otherwise had not met sanitation standards. were the city's illustrous coffee establishments in on the scam -- or were they just too ignorant to know the "chicago way?!"

the blogwife writes a book, which only happens to loudly debut at the same time as a major motion picture of the same name

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

a writer's cardinal, cliched uber-rule: remember yer audience. which is what this blog should have done last month when it agreed to a paying barista gig for a wedding reception. first clue: they were italians. who knew they'd want so many straight shots of spro?! tonight, then, becomes a divining exercise. ...