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a cup of barista stories

May 21, 2013


How long have you been a barista? I’ve been a barista coming up on 6 years

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a cup of Barista Nation Talks

May 17, 2013

Clayton from UNIC’s talk brought his years of experience working with machines to make them interesting and manageable. I really enjoyed talking to him about coffee’s tendency to enhance other flavors, and how the taste of yeast was present in a coffee because of a brewery down the street. Coffee is a fascinating product and its made better because of good machines and people to work on them. Thanks Clayton!

I will be streamlining a few things around here and making my website more manageable. I would love to hear what you think next week!

a cup of TNT

May 13, 2013



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a cup of Barista Nation Talks

May 8, 2013

The Barista Nation Talks project has been very exciting for me. Its given me the opportunity to meet so many people and learn about the industry from a different perspective. They are trying to reach as many baristas as possible, their motto is “No barista left behind”, by hosting their events in San Francisco, LA, Tokyo, Portland and Paris last year, and now you can even listen to their talks on line if you can’t attend one in your area. They pick amazing speakers from all over the industry to share with baristas. The one I’ve shared above is with Heather Perry and discusses her practical advice for training and working with baristas at Klatch Coffee. I’ll be sharing the videos each week so check back!

a cup of Plaine

May 6, 2013






Jacob Furr and I had a great time traveling to Alpine, Marfa and Fort Davis a couple of weeks ago. It was a nice retreat and I was glad that I did not have to compromise my love of good coffee at the same time. Especially not with Plaine around. The name is an anagram of the word Alpine where they are located. They sell Big Bend Coffee Roasters coffee, which they batch brew. Its very full and dark. Their indoor and outdoor set up is conducive to hanging out and they also have a food truck cart that serves hot dogs for lunch. I really enjoyed their pastries by Nice Bread, the whole grain almond and coconut scone was delicious. I know I will be back for more!

a cup of SCAA

May 3, 2013









The SCAA event was truly incredible. I feel like I am still recovering from all the action. There were so many people from all over the world that had so much to share about coffee. I was so grateful to be apart of the Barista Nation Satellite Cafe and to judge for the Latte Art Event. It was really eye opening to see how big the Specialty Coffee world is and how many things you can do and be apart of it. The “Mod Bar” at Counter Culture’s booth was incredible to see as well. It turns the espresso machine upside down literally, with most of the equipment underneath the counter and a clean, spartan design above. There’s so many new and exciting things going on. I look forward to sharing more with you from the Barista Nation Talks and through my Barista Stories Project!

a cup of SCAA

April 17, 2013











What an amazing experience. These are just a few of my favorite shots from Instagram. I loved getting to try so many different coffees, hear from some inspiring people in our industry at Barista Nation Talks, see the incredible ideas that are being created like the modbar, and explore Boston. Stay tuned to see the Barista Nation Talks on You Tube. I am so honored to be apart of Specialty Coffee.