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Friday, February 5th, 2010

coffee tree fetishization update

Friday, January 29th, 2010

while we were out of the country, south carolina apparently experienced sooome cold, piercing even into the house. this is, we suppose, what this blog gets for barside progenitor worship.

coffee philosophy of the day so far

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

bleary, slapdash update

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

gwilym: the guy somehow more self-effacing than even the last two aw-shucks champions, and still firmly in possession of the trophy.

ATL or bust

Friday, April 17th, 2009

and let's be very frank here: there's a strong chance it'll be bust.

taste? bah!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

and so now we have seen the apocalypse: latte art, and its machine-produced permutations, on page one of the nation's second-largest newspaper -- and by far its most austere. and who's this hoffmann person named therein? an espresso champion of some sort? naaaa. he's merely the creative spark behind the mouth ...


Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

this blog's gift-giving friends have such a refined knowledge of our tastes that it leaves us, well ... a bit misty-eyed. UPDATE: it's been suggested that we respond to the giver's next request for brew with a shot of the same. excellent idea.

the new yorker perfectly captures van schyndel!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

UPDATE: you heard it here first -- the remonstrative jaime actually doesn't drink coffee!* * ok, well. "at work," anyway. still .. it's a telling measure of his affinities!

like a knife in the dark

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

solis jake wonders: do relatively longer air-roast times demand longer shorter rest periods before the spro blossoms? a scintillating line of inquiry! UPDATE: the impetus -- the new stunning pulped natural el salvador san emilio now on sale for a measly $5 a pound. with now-longer air roast profiles more controlled ...

CI throws a bone to solis users – both of them

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

solis sl-70 sl-90 grouphead, removed and inverted. first question this blog asked solis jake: "to which part of the normal espresso machine cleaning regimen did you fail to adhere?" turns out he is a model home junkie, in the best brush-and-floss-and-gargle sort of way. 'twould appear instead that those solis sl-70 ...


Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Letter from a cupping What I learned from Hacienda la Esmeralda There was a day during my four-month junket through Chad -- just east of the Cameroonian border and south of the Sahara -- when I saw through a stifling summer haze what can only be described as a reverie. ...

no new-fangled wet-process for this blog

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

consulting the most prestigious possible sources on the subject of de-muscilage, the choice of dry-processing our stem-fresh bounty seemed self-evident. thus, the boss's coffee cherries now loll on our hand-crafted "drying patios," a sight which, to the unititiated, is a deeply moving tableau reminiscent of an age-old ritual still pursued ...

true feelings

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

lest you think we're ho-hum-ish about the whole esmeralda thing, here are some totally spontaneous pics of this blog jumping -- impromptu -- off its porch in a completely unplanned display of glee. our adoptive panamanian daughters, you might presume, arrived this afternoon.

de-compartmentalization, forced

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Following the resignation and departure of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) Chief Operating Officer on September 12th, a serious cash shortage was revealed. An immediate investigation by SCAA’s Executive Director uncovered serious accounting irregularities and a loss of SCAA’s cash reserves. surreal is finding the firewall between my day ...

purist snobbism: going way too far

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

that would be the espresso puck from hell, a fissured slice of sonoma floor in your belching portafilter. as mentioned before, the brother came down for espresso bar tomfoolery and brought with him the kind of ghetto gear you might expect to find in the militarily-appointed caffe del abu ...

super-revelatory espresso field trip tomorrow (or later today, as it were)

Friday, July 8th, 2005

and that is all we'll say at this point.

the weekend’s best rosetta so far:

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

riviera rebuild: to polish or not to polish?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

this would seem to be a surprisingly rip-roaring debate in my circles. polish the riviera or leave her naturally 'antiqued'? i'm leaning toward the 'to polish' end, though i've had numerous advisers against the notion. hmmm. pic here shows the brass grouphead already shined up, but the copper boiler housing ...

obligatory equal-time post

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

i had completely forgotten a parallel pang of inventive inspiration that my brother recently emailed me about. although you can be the judge of its, er, purported genius. (vital context: this brother appreciates espresso, i suspect, more as a group-debate stimulant. he both studies theology and coerces college ...

what scandinavian dominance??

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

certainly, this blog realizes it would not be worth its weight in yemen chaff if it did not inform you of the world barista championship's final results. to which i say, "can someone pleeeease unseat those scandinavians?" also: CANADA?!

globally diverse smack-downers

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

dedicated page of smackdown pics under construction ... but first: the globally diverse attendees. sarkis, the cypriot host and self proclaimed coffee/rare instrument/silkworm (Lepidoptera Bombycidae Bombyx mori) aficionado (equipment: expobar/rocky/hottop) nate, the low-budget purist, whose lamp-cover-modified hot-air roaster stole the show! (equipment: stovetop roaster, modified popcorn popper) jake, the progenitor, first among us ...

we’re a-live-bloggin’

Friday, April 15th, 2005

the metal beast is warming up ... and the azimuth just arrived! (azimuth?? that's what i said...) sarkis' expobar has decided to vapor lock. but we will not be deterred! (unless nate can't find his way here ... he's still lost) UPDATE:dan looks wasted. unshaven and what-not. erg. but he wants kenya. UPDATE: ...

this here …

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

is a durn blog. about coffee. sort of. a bit of espresso magic from a coffee geek whose photos occasionally make me ill. in a good way. link was here, but, er, it's gone. 'tis my only souvenir.