December 27, 2006, 6:02 pm
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Sorry for the delay in posting – There is a lot I could write about now (like all the cool details of the upcoming cafe and roastery) but I think it will be better to play those cards close to the chest for the time being.

I’ve been drinking a lot of fantastic coffee lately. Standouts include the Las Brumas Micro-Lot of the Nicaragua Flor Azul I-Mark and  the bangin’ CoE El Salvador Los Planes, both from Intelli. I’m swishing the Las Brumas back and forth in my mouth right now, its so floral and sweet. Delicious.

Recently we acquired an Eva Solo for the super-secret Intelli-LA HQ, and I’ve been loving the coffee that’s coming out of it. Like a french press, but cleaner. For my money this is probably the closest people brewing coffee at home can come to cupping without actually doing it. I don’t know if I prefer it over the chemex, but IMO it surpasses the french press by a considerable margin.

And let me say that I’m super-stoked to be working for Intelligentsia. The things the people here are doing to push the ball forward – unbelievable. And the coffees – damn….. Life is good.


Happy Holidays Y’all!
December 20, 2006, 11:22 am
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December 5, 2006, 5:29 pm
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As is already being reported here and here, Tonx and I took a little trip out to NYC for the weekend, mainly to check out the new Grumpy space.

Its pretty bitchin’, as far as I can tell.

Y’all know the stats :

Ecco Reserve Espresso

Counter Culture Clovered coffees

2 Clovers and no drip coffee (everything made to order)

Synesso Cyncra three group

Two Roburs

Lots of training by ex-Vickie Daniel

Sweet Chelsea Location

It was an eye opener to be sure. Its really wonderful to watch the New York coffee scene mature so nicely. It reminds me of Portland when I first visited some years back, except without the whole planet-Stumptown-center-of-gravity thing.

The progress of great coffee in New York instead seems reliant on the good nature, ambition and optimism of its key figures. It was inspiring to witness some of that evolution firsthand.

Thank you to Mike White, Chris Owens, Daniel Humphries, Gabe Lucas, Chris and Caroline, Ken Nye, Bob Peyton, M’lissa and all others who played host to us this weekend. Just remember, I was probably drunk.

Peter G Says What We Were Trying to Say
November 17, 2006, 2:32 pm
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Peter Giuliano of Counter Culture Coffee just dropped a wondefully articulate post on the new film “Black Gold” on the Coffeed Boards. Point your browser there, now!

The Start of an Era in Chelsea
November 16, 2006, 4:02 pm
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Today, Cafe Grumpy Chelsea opened its doors to the public for the first time. Mike White has posted a picture and some words on ShotZombies.

Congratumalations, dudes. Looks like a helluva spot.

Greetings from L.A.
November 16, 2006, 3:34 pm
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As I have changed my home address, so has the blog.

Yes, I’ve relocated.

Some people may remember back in April my coffee-other-half Tonx and I both ended our relationships with Victrola. It was a sad day to be sure and I will always regard my time and the people there fondly.

So what does a down’n’out, freshly unemployed ex-barista do when faced with great uncertainty, such as “How’m I gonna afford food”?

He drops $1200 on a plane ticket to Charlotte to attend the SCAA’s annual trade conference the very next day.

It was well worth it, too. In many ways, the show was like a big group-hug with the coffee community. We slept on hotel couches, ate free meals at the parties, and generally mooched as much as we could. And it worked out great.

I met coffee luminaries like Doug Zell, Ric Rhinehart, Trish Skeie, Geoff Watts, Aleco Chigounis and others. I saw many of my old pals as well. It was a really wonderful time, and it served to refresh my faith in this “thing” – this pursuit of transcendent coffee.

A few really great job offers came out of it as well. Tonx and I were confronted with seemingly boundless opportunity, and one of the most difficult decisons ever.

So after much deliberation, we find ourselves in LA-LA-land, charged with the task of doing something compelling in one of the World’s most compelling cities.

There will be a coffeebar. There will be roasting. It will be ambitious.

Stay tuned….

November 15, 2006, 7:07 pm
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Well, well. The never-updated blog has moved….