11.06.2016

Closing Statement



We white guys have had a good long run of it, and to be honest we kind of made of mess of things.

It's time to give someone else a chance to run this shit.

Now let's not destroy civilization on our way out, mkay?


2.11.2016

Is espresso getting worse?

I was recently inspired by a conversation I had with some long-time coffee professionals to do a quick and dirty survey of current and former coffee pros.

This was a very simple survey as it asked two questions only.

First: "How long ago did you drink the best espresso of your life?"
Second: "Share your thoughts on espresso."

The results were rather startling (for me).

The average answer for how long ago the best espresso had been turns out to be a little over 5 years. That's right... I said years.
And while there were answers that were measured in months, there were also ones answered in decades.

Also, there was an interesting correlation in the responses as well.
For respondents who answered less than a year, the vast majority indicated that they either don't drink espresso frequently or don't "like" espresso (most commonly expressed as "I'm just not into espresso anymore").

Obviously I have some conclusions, but as they're speculation based on a highly unscientific collection of data, I'll keep them to myself with one exception.

I believe that the answers to the second question answer the Why presented by the answers to the first.

Oh... and as espresso represents a majority of top line revenues for almost every single coffee business... Y'all need to fix this shit, yeah?



1.11.2016

Freaks in the Wilderness



I grew up in a tiny rural town. I grew up without TV.
My exposure to the world was limited and constrained at best.

I knew from a young age that I was different - that I was not like the others.
This was terrifying.

But I grew up with music all around me. I grew up with the sounds, the songs, the words and the melodies around me every day. I grew up with Dylan and Marley and Bach and Coltrane and the Beatles and Aretha.

And I grew up with Bowie. The Thin White Duke. Ziggy Stardust.
I grew up with his words, his music and perhaps most of all his persona(s).

It was because of Bowie that I learned I could be me - the freak and the oddity - with pride.
It was through him that I learned that you could change - could reinvent yourself.

David Bowie allowed me the space and the play to be me.
He changed my life.

This is my thanks.
This is my expression of sorrow and loss.
This is my embrace and my love.

RIP to the man who taught me that "weirdo" is just another way to say "one of a kind."



10.30.2015

Investors, Coffee, Ignorance

One of the reasons I left coffee was its celebration of willful business ignorance and incompetence.

Another was the lack of honesty among the majority of business owners.

The coverage of the JAB purchase of a controlling interest in first Stumptown and then Intelligensia (handled through the investment vehicle of JAB's portfolio company Peet's) is a sad illustration of the state described above.

I would love it if folks could do some research on JAB, and then try at least a little to understand the business practices and goals of Private Equity investors before they start to talk shit.

Because the stuff you all are saying publicly makes you (and the whole coffee industry) look fucking stupid.

3.29.2015

La Marzocco Linea Mini Photos

I've finished my review of the new La Marzocco Linea Mini home machine.
Go read it at Home-Barista.

I thought I'd share a bunch of photos of this (amazing) espresso machine. As always, clicking on the photos will get you the full size version.

It's a hard job, but someone's got to do it

So classic

Details matter


GS on the left, Mini on the right

Loving the logo treatment

Best home steaming wand, ever

That's some damn fine milk there son

Let it flow....

Hairbender showed the weakness in the stock baskets




3.24.2015

The La Marzocco Linea Mini - a Linea for Your Home

So yeah...

It's 10 years after my La Marzocco GS/3 review for Home-Barista.com.
And I'm back....

La Marzocco has announced a new home machine - the Linea Mini.
And I am reviewing it for Home-Barista.com.

Suffice it to say that I'm pretty damn excited.


2.15.2015

Posts Coming

Well... it rather seems like this blog will start seeing a little activity soon.

I've committed to some coffee writing.


I'm looking forward to this return!