The true meaning of coffeehouse in Vienna

by | Wednesday, May 4, 2011 |

Growing up in the Southwest of Germany, I understood at an early age the true meaning of the village pub. There was a brewery with a brew pub in pretty much every town of more than 1,000 people. The meaning of the brew pub was multifold. Mainly, it was where the village elders gathered after...

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Espresso bliss in Berlin

by | Tuesday, May 3, 2011 |

A recent trip to Berlin, Germany, afforded me an opportunity to check out the local coffee scene there. The Berlin coffee crawl was a about as sobering (if not more so) than a recent espresso crawl with a couple of friends here in Seattle.I’ll spare you the details of all the...

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A shout out to the 2011 USBC competitors

by | Monday, May 2, 2011 |

We want to extend our appreciation to all the participants who made it to Houston this year to compete in the US Barista Championship and the first-ever US Brewers Cup. It is always exciting and rewarding to watch people with such passion and skill throw down. You all make this industry much more...

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Espresso ain't easy

by | Saturday, February 19, 2011 |

Rose Tosti and Michael Smith and I wanted to take a pulse of the quality of the espresso at some of the newer establishments and roasters in town. Earlier today, we went on a seven-stop Seattle espresso crawl. The result was humbling and somewhat sobering.Three espresso bars we...

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