People in Coffee

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Peet

I’m almost a week late writing this small tribute to Mr. Alfred Peet, who died at his home in Ashland, Ore., on Wednesday, August 29. I was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1973, to hippies straight up. Dad was working on his PhD at Cal with a pair of lambchops … Read more →

"How's your summer going?"

“So, what’s new?” (the question I always get asked by people I see every single day) “Just got back from San Francisco, yes I did.” “Oh wow, it’s so beautiful out there, how about that weather? Do you have friends out there? What did you do?” “Some damn fine friends … Read more →

Meet Leah

I’ve talked about Leah a lot lately — in my letter from the editor in the August/September issue of Barista Magazine, and here on the blog — but I wanted those of you who don’t already know her to put a face with the name, so here she is, Leah … Read more →

Batdorf & Bronson rock Atlanta

I just got back from a whirlwind trip up the road to Olympia (to see my friends at Batdorf & Bronson, where I did a photo shoot for the October/November issue of Barista Magazine; I also got to hang with the dudes and ladies at Olympia Coffee Roasting Company & … Read more →

Countdown By M'Lissa

M’Lissa Muckerman, barista goddess at Octane in the ATL, sent the cutest thing ever to me and Ken today. See, M’Lissa and her man, Chris Owens, are once again headed to the Nordic Barista Cup next month, as are Ken and I, and we are all SO excited about it. … Read more →

Beach House

I’ve been without Internet for almost a whole week. It was insane for the first few days, then totally awesome once I got used to it. I was in Waldport, Oregon, with my parents and my sister. We rented a house right on the beach and I got to bring … Read more →

R.I.P. Li'l Ussie

When I was 16 years old, my Siamese cat, Tashi, had five kittens. My mom let me stay home from school to watch the birth, and it is one of my best pet memories. I was studying Greek tragedies at the time, so I named all the kittens after different … Read more →

Kiss my ass, Vick

No, I don’t mean Stephen. He’s a nice guy. I’m talking about Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons QB who was indicted on felony dogfighting charges. Me and my dog, Cade, say, “You’re going down, Michael Vick! Or should we just call you Scum of the Earth? No wait — you don’t … Read more →

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