What Baristas Do When Left Unsupervised

Ryan Willbur texted me the other day with great excitement: “sarah… it’s willbur.. we may have a cover for you…” Seems Ryan and his pals at Intelli L.A. were playing around with ideas for James Hoffmann’s Absurd Latte Art Contest, and they were so inspired by their creation that they … Read more →

barista/roaster

Hey everyone. I wanted to mention that I am now a full time roaster for Ritual Coffee Roasters in beautiful San Francisco. I have one bar shift a week so I can “keep it real” (shout out to Larson) and basically to keep myself in line with the coffee. Roasting … Read more →

D'oh! Tough Break in P-Town!

Well the silver lining is that maybe the Blazers will get the number one pick next year too. Our number one pick, Greg Oden, is lost for the season with microfracture surgery on his knee. Now we’ll depend even more on our guys Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jarrett Jack … Read more →

New Portland Pal

Stephen Rogers moved to Portland recently, and we’re so happy to have him! I remember way back when at the Seattle USBC, I judged him. Thank jesus I don’t judge anymore. It was much more fun having him over for drinks last night. He’s only gonna hang in Portland for … Read more →

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 →

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