Who are we? We are the guys who live the labor of love to satiate a passion for coffee.
~ James Ong (owner, 完璧コーヒー飲み物を捜す人)
I’m a guy who loves coffee. I’m a guy who works in coffee. I’m a guy who works hard at his labor of love. I’m a guy who loves to write. I started this site with the intention of sharing knowledge and spreading the word about coffee, shops and the industry with my friends and those who care to lend their ears. I am a professional barista with about two years of experience in the industry and a long time coffee enthusiast. I do not claim to be an “expert,” but I am very passionate about my work and knowledgeable about the craft. This isn’t a place for egos nor am I influenced by any sort of endorsement. This domain is a “serious” critic’s work space, at least, as serious as I think coffee should be. I want to share my love of coffee with you without the jargon, attitude, or snobriety; passion and knowledge should be imparted and accessible to everyone, not just those in the coffee world. I have traveled the world and had many varieties of beans, drinks, and experiences. Looking back, I wish I had written more extensively about some of the places I visited in Japan, Europe, and America. But for now, this is a good time and place to start. ようこそ、皆さん. この旅を出発しましょう。
Panama Red Coffee Company, Livermore, CA
- Coffee consultant
- Training consultant
- 2009-2010, 2011, 2012
Lulu Carpenter’s Roasting Company, Santa Cruz, CA
- Assistant Trainer
Awards and acknowledgements:
- First Annual Panama Red Barista Jam, 2012: Overall winner
- Ong’s Blend: Personalized espresso blend roasted by Lulu Carpenter’s, limited-batch
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