Friday, May 27, 2005

coke and steve

Man, I think I am still wired.

I hung out with Steve from Blue Bottle today for a huge chunk of it. We tasted espressos, machiattos and some white horse. I am still buzzing. BASTARD! It's really all his fault. He was vibrating as he sat next to me at Ritual and made funny noises. But I don't know him that well yet, so maybe that shit's normal.

The roast beef on the sweet bread was amazing. Just what i needed too. I forgot to take pictures. Steve took plenty though, so I don't feel too bad. Next time he will have to take pics of my latte art.

I also met James, Thomas and Kate from Blue Bottle and that was actually really exciting for me because I respect those guys so much for what they do and believe in. They are fantastic peers, and also mentors for me because though I have been doing this for three years, I consider myself very much a novice in coffee. I have much to learn and I feel i am still green in a lot of areas even though I am a brown guy.

i think i need to do more cuppings and develop my palate. I think I need to taste a lot of coffee. I know what I like and don't like but I need to develop the language in which to descirbe what it is I am liking and disliking. Everyone is different, but it would be nice to be able to express myself better in terms of coffee. I don't give a fuck about expressing myself in other areas, although I am sure mae would disagree vehemently. ooooh (james would be proud of my exensive vocabulary right now).

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

rosettas and vanity

I need to take pictures of my rosettas more often I think. Also of my shots. I feel like I shold be documenting more often, as far as y barista skills go. Perhaps write stuff down too.
I am fairly certain I will be competing in the Western Regionals 2006 so I need to really start honing my skills as soon as possible. I want to do well. I hope my school schedule permits me becasue I would love to compete again. I have skills and a support network that I feel really great and proud about.

so here is an old ass rosetta from a few months ago. I promise I will take more pictures.

I am closing to J tonight. I am driving cuz i don't want to rush and BART only runs until midnight.

Thursday, May 19, 2005


I am thinking of getting this tattooed.

very seriously.

I have a lot more to say, but for now Ritual rocks and am proud to be part of the team.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Ritual Coffee

I cannot even begin to express how lucky I am to be working for Ritual. The crew is amazing. Seriously.

check out the party. Steve takes great pics and well, he's a pretty slick smartass.

witty that man. W-I-T-T-Y

Ritual Party-ers

Sunday, May 15, 2005

malachi's timing is impeccable...

So I decided to resign from PBCC. It was time to go. Like Chris Tacy from Stumpies, it was all about the timing. I was thrilled to be part of a great team, and great coffee. Sometimes however, you just know when you need to go and move on. Last week i knew it was my time, and I resigned but vowed to always be loyal to the process.

I love espresso, and I love being a barista. I will find somewhere new, somewhere amazing I am sure and somewhere that will put up with my antics.

I hope to always be involved in some way, and that i keep learnign from peers, and from roasters. I am stoked for a new opportunity at an old craft, and i am stoked to have some time to myself.