Tag Archive 'coffee_beans'

2006 Western Regional Barista Competition: Part 1, The Event

Posted by TheShot on 05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Local Brew

A barista championship in Petaluma? Yesterday (Saturday, March 4) I attended my first SCAA barista competition. Held at the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma, the Western Regionals are a competitive prelude to next month’s U.S. Barista Championship. (Petaluma: it’s not just world arm wrestling championships anymore.) The annual Western Regionals covers competitive baristas across California […]

Montreal’s International Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

From today’s The Gazette, a primer on a few international coffee options in Montreal, Canada: How do you take your coffee? The article includes example cafés, and customs, for Italy, Arabia, Greece, and Vietnam: Cafe Milano: Just as no Italian will be caught in “short pants” after the age of 11, no Italian will be […]

Trip Report: Frog Hollow Farm

Posted by TheShot on 16 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

A little Frog Hollow Farm espresso history… Frog Hollow Farm first appeared in San Francisco at the opening of the Embarcadero’s revitalized Ferry Building in October of 2003. While their core business is seasonal fruits, they took an aggressive leap forward towards producing some of the most serious espresso in the city at the time. […]

Colombia – The Coffee Trail

Posted by TheShot on 12 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

The Travel section in today’s New York Times reviews the state of travel in Colombia as it tries to shake its image of fighting drug lords and Marxist guerrillas: Colombia – The Coffee Trail. One of the big attractions is Colombia’s coffee country, with stays in some of its coffee producing haciendas. Of course, all […]

Coffee connoisseurs are roasting their own

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Roasting

As the article opens: “Coffee is on its way to becoming the ‘new wine.’” And the best way to appreciate good coffee requires roasting green beans and grinding them up fresh. From today’s Herald Tribune in Southwest Florida: Coffee connoisseurs are roasting their own. (And also this primer on coffee beans: Did you know?) When […]

Brazil coffee fetches record $US49.75/lb

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans

As Frank Sinatra used to swing it, “They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil.” But despite the disdain many coffee snobs have for boring old Brazilian beans, a lot a this year’s Cup of Excellence coffee auction netted almost $50/lb for some of Brazil’s finest: Brazil coffee fetches record $US49.75/lb. Me? I love […]

Concocting a new brew of coffee

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues, Robusta

You have likely heard about genetically modified foods, such as the (now non-existent) FlavrSavr tomato. You’ve probably also heard of the Human Genome Project, which mapped out the human genetic blueprint for disease research and a variety of other scientific purposes. Regardless of where you stand, both have raised ethical questions and opposition. What you […]

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