Category: Coffee

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What Kind of Coffee Are You?

My friend Karen pointed me to What Kind of Coffee Are You? No surprise: You Are an Espresso At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic. At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung. You drink coffee when: anytime you’re not sleeping. Your caffeine addiction level: high. What Kind of Coffee Are ...

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The Commoditization of Starbucks, by Howard Schultz

Because I live in a great, coffee-abundant city, I can be a bit disparaging toward our hometown heroes, Starbucks. I have nothing against the company, and they rightly deserve credit for pushing up the quality of espresso in America. But I find their coffee to be just okay. One of the company’s biggest advantages is ...

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Terra Bite Cafe Has No Prices

Seen in today’s Seattle Times: A Kirkland cafe with no prices With its blood-red walls and black leather sofas, Kirkland’s Terra Bite Lounge looks like any other coffee shop — until you get to the menu. There are no prices listed. Terra Bite doesn’t have them. You read that right: No prices. Customers pay what ...

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Stumptown Coming to Seattle!

  Removing Grounds During Cupping (BW)    Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson. Portland’s best coffee roaster looks to be opening a shop in Seattle, according to Seattle Weekly. A few days ago I learned (and tasted) that Cafe Verité in Ballard is using Stumptown beans. I also see from the Weekly that Victrola’s second store ...

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Travel Coffee

I spent the weekend at my mom’s farm in California, visiting family and friends and getting ready to hit Macworld Expo for the rest of this week. I’ve spent most of my non-socializing time working on the presentations I’m giving, which means I’ve been up late working…and drinking coffee. Understand that the coffee situation here ...

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Coffee Gear of the Future

Lore Sjöberg at Wired.com muses on what coffee gear will look like in a few year’s time: “All Hail the Mighty Coffee Bean!” Step Two: Storage All coffee lovers know that coffee grounds turn into the very dandruff of the Dark Lord himself if you leave them out for more than 145 seconds. Clearly I’ll ...

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Home Espresso – The Slippery Slope

Former Seattle espresso guru tonx is writing about coffee at Dethroner.com for a bit, and I found this post to be so true in many ways: Home Espresso – The Slippery Slope. Don’t do it. You’ve got so much to live for. Don’t listen to the chorus of coffee geeks chanting “one of us, one ...

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Espresso Machine from Bomb Shells

Okay, enough about me and my progress on conquering all media. Let’s get back to the important stuff: coffee! Specifically, a man in Ethiopia who converts old weapon shells into espresso machines: “From weapons of war to great coffee“. I love this on so many levels that my head is spinning (or maybe that’s from ...

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Starbucks Obsessive

Look, people often joke about my business name, Never Enough Coffee Creations, but even I have limits when it comes to consuming coffee (well, depending on the project deadline). But 29 espressos in one day? I’d be a quivering mass of jittery vomit. Here’s a guy who’s decided that he needs to visit every Starbucks ...

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Good Espresso in New York City

A colleague of mine recently bemoaned the lack of good coffee in New York City. She said it was surprising that in a city full of amazing food, the coffee was mediocre at best. When Starbucks is your best option, you know something’s wrong. (Personally, I have a small affection for Starbucks in New York: ...