To Burundi and Beyond…

The New York Times has a pretty good article up today (and popular too, it’s number 4 on their most emailed stories of the day) on the quest for quality coffee. The story focuses on some of our favorite people, farms and American companies on coffee scene, including Stumptown, Counter … Read more →

Tomato Bob

Ever since Kyle moved to Seattle, I’m finding myself with spare pocket money. We had a happy habit of post-work beers at the Clinton Street Pub. Now that he’s gone though, I’ve found something new to invest my spare dollars in: heirloom tomatoes. Portland has an incredible local grocery store … Read more →

Only Proper

Upon my arrival in Seattle I had to get my priorities outside of work straight, at least two of them: 1) Find a proper bike route on Capitol Hill that will not leave you a ghost cyclist AND 2) Find a bar that serves proper beer, and by proper beer, … Read more →

24 Hours

Man, we love the Oregon coast. On Wednesday at around noon, we decided to cut out of work early, pack some beers in a cooler, grab the tent and the dog and go camping. For one night. We’d be back at our desks in 24 hours. We needed this. True, … Read more →

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 →

Positive Vibrations

If you are anything like me, you enjoy your weekend mornings.  It is all about working for your weekend mornings.  Whether you are sleeping in from staying up late watching Conan O’ Brien or drinking Elysian Immortal IPA’s, it is important to bask in the weekend mornings.  And let us … Read more →

Tamper cozies to Em's rescue!

Poor Emily Oak dropped her limited edition WBC Tokyo Reg tamper and scraped the luscious red paint. I feel for you, Em! But as Scott notes in the comments section, there is a creative and friggin adorable way for you and all other butterfingered baristas to protect your precious tamps! … Read more →

Bruised Reg

I think I’ve been in a bit of a bubble. I say this because I’ve recently discovered the true joy of a simple piece of equipment that many, many baristas have been using for a very long time, and I failed to pay much attention to, or take the opportunity to … 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 →

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