Advice on Tipping your Barista

Tip your barista. It’s not just good karma points, they deserve it. Believe it or not, barista-ing can be a pretty difficult occupation; good baristas are simultaneously hosts, cooks, servers, waiters, sommelier and disaster-prevention-control-officer all rolled into one. More on this in a future article. I get asked about tipping a lot. When Square first came on the…

Have we finally gotten used to “barista rude”

I started working in coffee at a little local 2.5 wave shop in 2009. Customer was king at our store. I didn’t (and still don’t) always agree with the primacy of this principle, but amiability and professionalism were cornerstones of our business. My manager was a master at the craft and being your buddy. Being snobby was…

Holiday Blind Taste Test at the Homestead

“All coffee taste the same, roast doesn’t matter, all beans are the same” “I bet you couldn’t tell the difference between that artisan roasted stuff and the regular or even fresh and old coffee” “You’re just a snob for perpetuating a difference.” I get pretty incensed when people tell me things like this, and I…

“Expert” advice on Brewing the “Best Coffee”

I saw this while writing a post this morning. For all those 80%-ers (according to the report) who want to brew at home, this clip claims to give expert advice. Well, at least they tried. Sure, it takes more then just the right beans to get good coffee. Yes, it is important to buy the…

Beans and Water

After a long hiatus, I will be returning to the site to finish up the remainder of my reviews and articles, then moving on to some new projects in coffee and a new direction for the site. In anticipation, have a look at my current work, if you are interested. Just wanna bring the good…

The Art of Coffee (continued)

These are a few photos that were left forgotten on my phone. Since I had already “resigned” from my shops, I thought I had uploaded all my photos from work. This set was from my last day on the bar when went to help out at Companion’s anniversary celebration. I won’t be on the bar…

“It will replace you all some day!!!”

John: “My work has a cap machine. It will replace you all someday!!!” Me: “It sux and you know it” John: “Best machine I’ve seen. Hopper with whole beans and chilled milk.” Me: “Mine are better and machines can’t charm you:). That’s half the appeal of a barista.” John: “Lol” My brother supports my craft,…

So who else is getting into the Coffee Biz?

When I was about 16, my local Safeway remodeled and several new sections were added. One of those sections was a gourmet nut-bar, a place where one could purchase exotic nuts and nut-butters with specialty service. No one was ever there, the prices were outrageous, and it was gone within a few years. Seriously. Seems a…

$5 Coffees; Coffee Consumption for the Financially Conscious Consumer

In a deliberate attempt to seperate myself from the media, I will avoid citing the word that starts with an “e” and ends with an “conomy” as my motivation for writing this piece. I’ts not. I would have written this article in times of fiancial surplus and positive social malaise. This morning, a friend and I…

When to Stop Listening to Yelp…

From time to time, I, like many others, default to the web when I want to find a new restaurant. Generally, I rely on word of mouth or the advice of friends. If I don’t know anyone or haven’t heard anything about shops in the area, I will differ from my routine and rely on the…

An Amateur Barista’s Latte Art

I have avoided doing this on the site since its inception because I am not about self promotion. This site is about sharing my love of coffee and undying admiration for the hard working women and men in the industry doing amazing work every day. Every now and again, people have asked me to post…

Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously

Self explanatory. Have a good time but don’t take your passion too seriously. I found this great video that sums it up pretty nicely. Enjoy it, love it, and laugh at yourself every once in a while. I was listening to NPR the other day and heard a world class wine importer/seller talking about wine culture. At…