Monday, June 27, 2005

i like gettin naked

Thursday, June 23, 2005


I have really been inspired by a few baristas but mainly my girlfriend-when-mae-is-not-around, Steve from BBCC. If only I lived in SF I would have more freedom to frolick int he bars and drink with the guy. I bet he can drink me under the table, but I bet I would fit better.

I have been working on really getting my tamping and dosing down to a science. I want to be as consistent as possible. Shorty J has been helping me with that a lot and Eyeball just really keeps an eye out for me and gives me the support I need. I am stil such a baby at this. I promise to take more pics of my latte art, possibly tonight since I am closing.

So I heard Brooklyn is the 3rd largest city in the country. KC will be takin over soon, I swear to god he's gonna blow that place up.

A lot of talk about this consistency with espresso, blah blah blah. I get it, but coffee is a crop, so variants will arise and as roasters they can only accomodate so much. Espresso does not exist in a vaccum. As long as the roast is impressive, top quality and fairly consistant, I am not looking for the same exact shot every time. I think that is the beauty of espresso. You can have many beautiful shots from one blend, each unique but not exactly the same and not worse than the other. You can get specific nuances from the same blend with every shot, but rarely will 10 shots taste exactly the same. That and also our sense of taste gets warped with the caffeine high of ten shots in a row as witnessed by yours truly and steve at Cafe Organica, BBCC and Ritual.

anyway, here's a little diddy. for the viewers.

I want BBCC to compete at the regionals. We need us a rebel team.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Shorty J does it again!

So I see all these internet espresso dorks with their own blogs taking their own pictures and posting their own jokes.

So I decided to join the ranks. let the games begin. I mean it with love fellas.

We had a great day at Ritual. Music is blaring, the sun is shining, the people are asking for their espresso and they want it now! And of course, we deliver, while making horribly inappropriate jokes mostly involving the word "brown", "butt" and Jeremy/Gabriel (we are interchangeable).

I have been learning SO much from the peeps at Ritual, seriously, the northwest has standards above anywhere else I have ever been or heard of when it comes to coffee. We have the same philosophies about coffee, people, and off-color jokes. I could not have found a better group of people. We are all energetic, dork and full of espresso love. It's great. They have invested so much patience, and time, and real caring in my skills not only as a barista but as a fellow coffee geek. I feel truly fortunate. I am not just saying that. I have had bad/good and mediocre experiences in the coffee business and this by far has been awesome.

look at him. smiling at his own shot. conceited bastard!

the brown doing the brown.

Jessy's beautiful latte art.

I think she had a flask in the other hand....hmmmm.

this is the look I give Shorty J when he makes his best efforts at a joke.

ahhhh. seriously, the workplace doesn't get much better. and yeah, the espresso is pretty good too.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

thanks to gorillaman

some pics at Blue Bottle. They fucking rock, seriously.

doing what i love to do more than painting on some days....