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 →

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 →

A New Specialty Drink

Let’s face the facts here:  We all drink a lot of coffee.  Whether we are participating in cuppings with our local roasters or enjoying a French pressed cup over a good book at home, there is a good amount of caffeine going into our bodies.  Caffeine is good in moderation, … Read more →

Sydney Espresso

Well, hi there. This is my first ever authorship in terms of blogging, so thanks so much to Sarah and Ken for allowing me to use their space to do so. I’ve got a few things I’d like to post about, but for now I’m going to give you what … Read more →

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