I am a green bean

This is a blog mainly about coffee. Not necessarily where I work, but more about this path that I have set on; coffee as a career. This blog's title is a reference as to where I am at, and of what I still have to learn.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Pre-Game Warm-Up

While we are waiting for the official announcement of the NWRBC, I would like to let ya'all know that there will be a "Pre-Game Warm-up" at Bellissimo Coffee School.

Thursday, August 17th
5:00 pm- 7:00 pm

This will be an informational meeting for all those interested in competing this October in the regional. We will be doing a competition demo, a once over on the score sheets, a Q & A, and (hopefully) a couple World Barista Championship judges on hand to tell you what they are really looking for.

Stumptown thought it would be a great idea to put this on, so that everyone who has never seen a competition before could get an idea of what they are in for.

Be there!!! This is a great opportunity to learn a little, and to get excited for the competition.

Oh, yeah, and we can all get drinks later across the street after we're through.

And by drinks, I mean booze.


Friday, June 02, 2006

how the hell are ya?

So, it's June 2nd now, and I am not sure if I should continue to apologize for my delinquency on the ol' blog, or just move on cause no one is reading anyway.

I could rehash that last month or so and try to make it more interesting than it actually was, but in reality the only highlights were Phuong working a Sat. morning shift, and hearing about Matt Riddle kicking some ass in the WBC.

I finally recieved my membership for the barista guild, but I signed up in D.C. at CoffeeFest. I am not sure why it took so long to get my member info, but I am glad that I am finally on board. To be honest I haven't really heard what the BGA has done lately, but I contacted Teri (my local rep.) and am trying to get the "down low" on the happs.

I have gradiose visions of working with the BGA and turning it into a training powerhouse that motivates the entire service industry (coffee-wise). We'll see.

On a more likely note. Karen Foley has a new magazine out that you all should check out, and does have potential to boost our industry. She is the owner of Imbibe magazine and is the self professed zine of liquid culture. Her publication has the real possibility of reaching all our customers that are not yet customers. Fresh Cup, Barist Mag, Roast... these are all trade pubs and you will not pick em up at your local New Seasons. But you will pick up imbibe.

So here's to Karen. good luck.

more to come, but first...

Friday, April 28, 2006

This is why we work so hard

I remember listening to NPR last Saturday and Garrison Keillor was talking about the fruits of our labor.

I am not a very good story teller, and I am even worse at telling someone elses stories... but suffice it to say that he was waxing poetic about a man who went into the woods not to go hunting but to relax and read a book... drink a nice bottle of wine and to be by himelf.

I feel a little bit like that man right now.

It is 8:30 at night and I am enjoying a beautiful evening on my front porch. It's about 68 degrees and the light is fading. I live a block off the bustling Mississippi Avenue and I can sit and watch the young couples park in front of my house and walk to the trendy new resaurants and pubs.

Life is good. My dog is off on a run with my darling Sonja and I am left all alone with a glass of Blanton's Single Barrel (thank you Sean) and a bowl of tobacco blended by our local tobacco guru's down at Rich's Cigar Store.

Will my Super Jolly(s) hold up, will out new space be zoned for retail and food service, will I be audited this year? None of this matters right now. My only concern is if I should get up and go inside the house and grab a sweatshirt, or am I really okay with what I have on.... I think I'm okay.

My trip to Seattle two days ago was good. I proabably could have enjoyed myself more if I would have stayed overnight, but it was great to get out of Portland.

On the way there we had a little tire trouble and memories of "A Christmas Carol", ran throught my head. I think it took me a good 10 minutes. A man's man I am not

But we made it to Seattle, and my first stop was to be Victrola. I said a quick hi hello to Daniel and Jodi and plopped down for a cappa for the lady and an americano for myself. I didn't get the name of the lady who made our drinks, but she was very friendly and playful. The coffee.... was great.

The lady and I went to Hopvine down the street and had a good lunch and some brews and strolled by Vivace.

We have been leaving our doors open for the past week, and I have had troubles keeping my grind in line... I have no clue how the boys at the Broadway cart can keep up. It must be a real pain in the arse. But, I guess it's a trade of for getting to work more-or-less outside.

After Vivace my beer buzz and coffee buzz got into a fight, and I have to say I was kinda confused. Should I drink more beer... or drink more coffee. Coffee prevailed and off to Alley 24 we went.

I regret to inform the readers of this sloppy blog that I did not bring my camera with me. The lady had hers and I snapped a few, but I'm not sure of said cameras locale. Maybe I'll post a few when I get a chance.

Suffice to say it was great. I got there to see Bronwen hangin' out having some late luch before her shift.

Now the delima.

Do I get coffee now, or wait 25 minutes until she is on bar.

Solution: both.

A double espresso to tide me over, and a cappa from B to put me away.

Both we delicious... and no I am not saying that in the diplomatic sort of way. Vivace's espresso always intriuges me. I am not going to give you some bullshit about how I discerned all these flavors that really inspired me. No... the thing about Vivace that gets me is how damn thick that espresso is. If I pulled a shot that dense with the Hairbender and at that temp., it would taste like shit. So, IMHO, different is good and Vivace fulfills that.

After Vivace the "Spring Coffee Fling" was waning quickly. I had lost all desire to go to the other bars on my list, and beer became my main priority. What is a boy to do? Ahh yeah.... Elysian IPA here I come.

The rest of the day is of no consequence, so I will not bore any readers with the sundry details of my evening quest to put myself into stupor so that I could sleep the ride home.

Suffice to say that it was a good day off, but I am glad to be home, and to be sitting on my porch.

Good night.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Third Wave is the new "WMD"