Archive for category ‘video’

a bit of a syphon film

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

the thing about syphon brewing is that it is both all the rage (in specialty circles) and completely unknown (to most consumers). it's an eye-catcher, like certain espresso machines, but completely anti-industrial and pleasantly simple. it offers itself as a bit of glass-and-liquid bar art, then reveals itself as a ...

you don’t need this blog’s leaden words

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

dominy unleashes videographic evidence from the charlotte bash that he can pour latte art while breakdancing on his head, that sexyfoam breathes grooves and that this blog's bumbling pour closely resembled pancreatic cancer! scroll to the 28th minute for lem's spinning marvels.

hoffmann, loosed

Monday, March 24th, 2008

it's a common, vexing concern: how would the world barista champeen answer the burning coffee questions of the day? -- with hurricane winds, swooping fighter jets and small mortar fire distracting him, no less? that's pretty much how our hack front-porch interview sounds, thanks to the blogson, who kept slamming that ...

cfest iii: movving pictures

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

video -- funny video -- of ancillary topics surrounding coffee fest atlanta is burbling up right here.

sexy foam tells all

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

why the elusive, surf-preferring, dreadlocked groove barista lemuel butler is now leaving mysterious, quasi-sensical missives in this blog's comments section we have no idea. it would appear, however, that we're not the only ones who thought turning him into a puppet was a good idea. funny stuff, this.

exACTly what you need:

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

moving pictures of evocative barista jon lewis playing espresso alchemist with a copper still and throwing around terms like 'conviviality'. from this month's national barista smackdown....

buying the presiden …. naah

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

whoa. vancouver's philip search conjures the loaded magic words re: barista competitions in the new youtubed mini documentary -- "underdog" and "financial backing!" rest assured: this blog isn't about to pry open that can of festering folgers fish-bait again.

CI veers erratically toward third-world betterment

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

grainy frame-grabs unanimously agree: the all-clad presso looks like it could also punch rivets in your forehead. while media-lavished coffee luminaries are off slurping or shunning native african brews as moods dictate, this blog's bush-dwelling relatives have no choice -- and now regularly torment our fine sense of quality consciousness haute ...

NWRBC: your cat-like, caviar-slinging barista action here

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

let this be a lesson to you: waspish blog-moaning pays off! herewith, we offer video of billy wilson's entire final-round routine from the northwest regional barista championships. yeah, there's caviar involved. and yeah, it's bedazzling. and yeah, he appears to spend more time wrasslin' with his tablecloth than he does pulling ...

SERBC: the lost footage

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

through a miracle of digital retrieval this blog cannot begin to fathom, the cruelly lost video footage of this weekend's serbc has been, er, "found." the resulting public service almost moves this blog to tears. alas, you've read the performance notes -- now live the finalist routines yourself in vivid, ...

gramer skool

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

this blog knows you don't come here for slapdash video of the blogwife teaching espresso-related vocabulary to the blogson. so what! we believe in educational espresso -- which pretty much guarantees you'll be turned off at some point! also, it's been awhile since we chewed through some serious bandwidth. quicktime ...

video permanence

Friday, April 28th, 2006

noticed the bandwidth usage fell off from record highs this week -- likely because the post with all the usbc competition vids fell off the home page. my super-secret free bandwidth provider is probably very glad, but because this blog is all about public service content there is now a ...

SCAA/USBC: amateurs pushing the envelope

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

andy schecter, his grinder, his pressure sculpting device (white box), and the synesso to which it was hooked. to be frank, i was somewhat taken aback at the lack of theorizing over home-junkie andy's pressure-sculpting device. then again, he's had it running for a mere two weeks or so. i've posted ...

USBC: approaching media saturation

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

sure, there are other people who offer vast and well-composed flickr galleries of close-up championship action. but why go there, when you can endure tiny video frames of truncated competition footage so jerky that you might be advised to insert your old retainer to keep from chomping your tongue? at ...

USBC: transparency in judging

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

that's what this blog loves about this industry: a championship judge willing to publicly apologize for his facial expressions. in the time-worn tradition of public advocacy journalism, this blog is proud and humbled to have brought about this newfound transparency in its very own comments section. bonus nostalgic insight: judge brent ...

USBC: your bloviating recap here

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

this blog's non-profane translation of what moderator nick cho had to say about the seven usbc finalists: "um, wow." video will follow soon via the neandertal innerneck connection that is this blog's dial-up. please do not call my house. it can abort the ftp data transfer, which is done painstakingly over ...

USBC: hack bits

Monday, April 10th, 2006

UPDATE: the deferio video is now up. if professional, non-arhythmic video is what you are looking for, you won't get it from this blog. on the other hand, we're not sure where else you'll find someone without a bandwidth bill willing to upload this stuff via dial-up at 1:48 a.m. from sunday's ...

USBC: talk about your tobacco overtones

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

regardless of what you think about the large amounts of hot air frequently wafting from the portafilter podcasts, you need to know this about co-host jay caragay's specialty drink in the barista competition. espresso. vanilla. aged cigars. served in flaming red ashtrays, no less. let's try to guess what the ...

SERBC: random screen grabs

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Wednesday morning update: video links now active) some slices of SERBC and related action. the gorgeous la marzocco fb70 at pheasant creek featured a PID for extreme temp control as well as naked portafilters. note: click the screen shot for video of a naked shot emanating from this sucker). what not to ...

now moving: pictures!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

indeed, the all-white video links were my fault. my fault, i say. something about quicktime's new mac encoder being too advanced for your backwoods pc quicktime mutations to handle. and of course, no one wants to go hunt a missing codec just to see a man choke a piece of ...

linkage fixage

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

for some, the cypriot's birthday video was not only tasteless and soporific, it wasn't even watchable! quite literally! apologies. the link is now fixed, at (for those prone to gnawing pinecones and trimming fingernails with a belt sander.) UPDATE: you 'missing codec' people should go get your stupid missing codec ...

celebratory verdure

Monday, August 8th, 2005

so this blog went and bought an arabica plant for the bioluminescent cypriot's birthday, the persistently hideous nature of his latte art notwithstanding. why videoblog it? i don't know. suffice to say that when you combine haphazard footage, poorly spliced background music, a 45-minute editing time limit, a wretched spate ...

ancillary flush video

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

a dude named dave stephens proffers his own flush-routine video, as a result of the recently revived flush threads (here and here) and my own woods-like routine rebuild dissected here. anyway. vid here. informative. business-like. and narrated, apparently, by someone possesed of only the lower-range vocal cords. kidding, dave.

there and back again: the yirg

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

back to the sophisticatedly finicky bean (it's like wooing a high-society woman, i say) that spurred this whole chase for the more stable temp profiles to begin with. ah, yirg. the rejiggered flush routine nailed her -- at last. i haven't had two straight shots of comparable yirg since i ...

now brewing muddled!

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

rejiggered flush routine follows. given the sort of intra-shot temperature consistency that others are proving is quite possible, the previous flush-routine video clearly fell short of an adequately stable temp profile. one mind-numbingly simple mitigating factor: i was pulling water for 30 seconds without a portafilter attached -- way more ...

toward more consistent shottage

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

the thermocouple arrived. let the games begin. video, caveats, etc. below. obvious revelation no. 1: the brewing temp is all over the map. at issue, then, is a flush and recover routine (to bleed the superheated water sitting in the group) that results in the most stable possible brewing temperature somewhere ...

hack bits

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

uber-compressed glimpses of initial riviera operation now uploaded. will they satisfy? no. do they make a lick of sense? why, no. will you find them a considerable step down from the already-mediocre media posted heretofore? yes. yes, you will. these clips are rough. but it's why i blog, instead of, you ...

riviera rebuild: a bit hot

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

annnnnd here we have an attempt to pinpoint the all-important brew temp. warning: this clip will give you a rightward-leaning neck-crick. forgive me. i was pulling the lever with the right hand, securing the cup fitting with the left and shooting video with my chin and sternum. video here. this would seem ...

riviera rebuild: reason for alarm

Monday, May 16th, 2005

herein we see the two major problems that first appeared with said riviera. the boiler switch didn't work (i.e. the machine didn't know when to stop heating the water and stoked itself well in the danger zone), and the steam side of the machine leaks water. video here. (about ...

riviera rebuild: the big nasty

Monday, May 16th, 2005

video clips of the riviera rebuild follow: like any redemptive project, this one began with the hard-core gook. as in, seriously antique water that had turned the inside of this riviera thing a nice, heart-warming shade of copper-schnoz green. (video link above about 500KB. it's raw and unedited, folks.) cameo of ...