Friday, November 17, 2006


aaaahhh, so much more zenlike.

Bagels from Brooklyn!

my best buddy Mike overnighted these to me. People, do you understand what this is? He sent me a dozen BAGELS FROM BROOKLYN yo!

i am in heaven. i cannot tell you how happy both the wife and I are. lox anyone?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I wanted to make a post about a little shop in Greenpoint, that will have another little shop in Chelsea. I wanted to wish them the best of luck. I know no one reads this blog (maybe a couple of homies), but I am just so freaking excited for them!!!!


I am wishing you all the best of luck tomorrow, all the way from overcast Portland, Oregon.

Monday, November 06, 2006

3rd wave coffee, and J. Pollock

I seriously HATE the term. I get the concept, but at this point and this is totally a biased opinion, I am sick of it.
but check this out!

Ritual, Stumptown and Blue Bottle on 7x7 magazine!

"museum of muffins" was my favorite thing quoted by far. thanks to James Freeman.

and I actually think that the concept of really caring about the farmers is what? possibly 4th Wave?!?!?!?! No say it ain't so! I totally just said that shit. Oh yeah. I did.

and just for the record, Tooker wants a Portafilter with wings on it, not a coffee bean. Unless he stole my idea and is now calling it an "appropriation". Booyakasha!

too much coffee already at the Annex this morning. on #3.

1. Kenya AA
2. Colombia La Virginia
3. Ethiopia Wild Forest Limu

and I have 4 more hours to go.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"baca baca baca"

Baca is here, representin' Ritual. and my best buddy Ryan finally got our wedding present together....

oh yeah.
coffee geeks.

Monday, October 16, 2006

let the games begin!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

a new Kenyan

We had a really nice and informative cupping yesterday. I got to watch the 2005 Kenyan barista champ cup some beautiful Kenyan coffees.

by far, my favorite was The Kenya Top Gatura Nyeri (FT AA). Cloves and cinammon at first, and as it cools down...dried and yet juicy apricots. yum.

that is all.

oh, and Las Nubitas is back.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

homecupped or homecupping?

I cupped Ecco's Bolivia the other day, in my own home.
what a BEAUTIFUL coffee. hints of spicy chocolate for me...also, I must note, I do not have a great grinder by any I think I probably missed a bunch of cupping notes by doing it at home. It was still nice though, because i got to go at my own pace and really enjoy the process.

It is always amazing to me to cup the same coffees roasted by different roasters...more on that later.

I just think that the sharing of information, between baristas and roasters and among themselves is such an important part of making the specialty coffee industry really take off. We cannot afford to be competitive with each other. I have realized that through the last few years, this is the one thing that has kept me motivated. The sharing of knowlegde and ideas and keeping in touch with those who care about this thing we are trying to do. keep it comin'.

I took the wife to Astoria on her birthday and we just happened to park by the lone Stumptown serving establishment, I shit you not. Astoria Coffeehouse. A beautiful little joint with lots of food to choose from, a nice 2 group La Marzocco and just an overall nice atmosphere. Astoria is a creepy little town, let me tell ya. It really is. But it was beautiful. that plus the fact that the Goonies was shot there, how can you go wrong with the Goonies?

Tony and Jim (the owners) have a great eye for detail. I am going back and hopefully talk to them more about the scene in Astoria and how they will slowly change it I am sure. They closed at 6 and we got there about 45 minutes before they closed. More time later on. It was a beautiful drive out there, so just having the coffee at the end of that made it perfect.