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The Barista as John Henry

The alternate title for this post could be “Welcome our Robot Overlords” or perhaps, “Resistance is Futile.” The robots are coming after all, just like the steam-powered shovel came for John Henry. In the end it didn’t matter that John Henry could drive steel so well that he did in … Read more →

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Gettin My Science On

When I was 16, I somehow convinced the biology teacher to let me write poems about nature rather than taking biology class (I grew up in Berkeley, what’s it to ya?). I went on to major in English in college and study journalism in graduate school. That’s all to say, … Read more →

DIY, coffee friends!

In the vein of not taking oneself too seriously, here’s a project any coffee and/or gadget nerd will enjoy… because I’m betting you often find yourself in the position of wanting to watch, say, “Gossip Girl” or “Top Gear” on your iPhone, but it’s just too much work to hold … Read more →

Get Your Geek On

Last week, I went to the American Barista & Coffee School here in Portland, Ore., to see a presentation done by Vince Fedele of the George Howell Coffee Company (GHCC), about ExtractMoJo, a brewing control solution software that won Best New Product at this year’s SCAA conference. Mr. Fedele, who … Read more →

Clover Gets Wired

So a couple of days ago my father-in-law asked if we had seen the new issue of Wired yet. It’s one of my favorite magazines, and since my father-in-law loves geeky tech stuff as much as me I bought him a subscription last year for Christmas. Anyway, the answer was … Read more →

Domo Arigato Mr. Pikalo

Some people have a lot of time on their hands. Take for example Oleskiy Pikalo who apparently wanted to make his own latte art, but not, you know, actually have to make it. So he hooked up an old printer and some edible ink, and well, all of you latte … Read more →