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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:46:03 +0000
It's our second podcast in recent memory! Does this mean the CoffeeGeek Podcast really is back? Could be! We'll have a great interview with Madcap Coffee's Trevor Corlett for the bulk of this podcast, but will also be talking in depth about the charitable organization Coffee Kids and how it had to shut its doors for 2015, a very sad event.
Detailed Show Notes
00:00 Introduction - CoffeeGeek Podcast 072
02:07 Talking About Coffee Kids
03:17 CoffeeGeek and CoffeeKids
04:12 CoffeeKids Las Nubes Project
08:05 Thank you to fundraisers for Las Nubes
09:22 Specialty Coffee let Coffee Kids down
10:48 Coffee Kids Shuts down in 2015
11:40 The Good folks of Specialty Coffee
12:51 $200 Copper Manual Pour Kettles
14:04 30,000 helped in 2013 by CoffeeKids; Zero in 2016.
15:07 Raising Awareness does not equal real help
17:15 The two ways you can help a charity
18:25 Will explore and publicize other charities working in coffee communities in the future
19:18 Make 2015 your year to give back to coffee growing families
21:26 Introduction for Trevor Corlett Interview
22:01 Trevor Corlett Interview
22:48 Barista Guild Barista Camp
24:46 Rancilio XCelsius Project and Temperature Profiling
28:09 About Madcap Coffee
30:36 How Madcap sources coffee
32:18 Whats most important at Madcap - drip or espresso?
33:51 Madcap brewing methods and community Chemex
34:47 What Trevor is drinking (coffee wise) today
37:13 The comeback of the blend?
40:33 Kobra Kai of Coffee - blast from the past
42:32 Trevor competes with a decaf coffee at USBC
46:46 The Sugar Decaf Process
52:43 Why haven't we heard more of this sugar process decaf?
54:26 Madcap Coffee in 2015
47:30 More about quality blends for espresso
61:55 Revisiting Temperature Profiling for espresso
62:58 What is influencing espresso more in 5, 10 years: Temp profiling, or Pressure profiling?
65:45 Interview Wrapup
68:35 Final thoughts on Coffee Kids, Charities in 2015
035,Sinatra's Coffee Song
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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:17:36 +0000
After a crazy long 3+ year hiatus (not planned!) the CoffeeGeek Podcast is back, with some thoughts on social media and specialty coffee, overly bright espresso trends, and a feature interview with Scott Callendar from La Marzocco on the new La Marzocco Home venture.
00:00 CoffeeGeek Podcast 071 Introduction
01:35 What Happened to the Podcast?
05:55 Plans for the CoffeeGeek Podcast going forward
06:51 Social Media and Specialty Coffee
11:48 Google + and it's Coffee Community
14:36 The slow demise of Tumblr for Specialty Coffee social media
16:04 Instagram and Social Media
21:26 Trends in Coffee - Bright Espresso
25:51 The Current Trend to Brightness in Espresso
33:18 "Brightness Fatigue"
38:34 Interview with Scott Callender from La Marzocco
47:02 Scott Gets His Job at La Marzocco
48:11 The Birth of the La Marzocco Home Website
50:20 Scott's Three Favourite Things about LM Home
54.43 Is There a La Marzocco Home "Community"?
55:54 What's in it for Existing LM GS3 Owners?
61:36 Will the rumoured La Marzocco Mini Linea be Real?
64:46 What Will it all Cost?
68:33 Show Wrap Up
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Fri, 18 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000
A special edition of the CoffeeGeek Podcast is a feature interview with Carl Sara of Crafted Coffee Company in Christchurch New Zealand.
We discuss Carl's efforts to set up a virtual online cafe to raise funds to help out the coffee community in Christchurch impacted so heavily by a devistating earthquake on February 22, 2011.
Visit ChristChurchCafe today to help out.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:30:00 +0000
The CoffeeGeek Podcast, Episode 69:
The History of Espresso, Part One
In this episode, we go all the way back to 1820 to see the first uses of steam to aid in brewing coffee.
This is the iTunes Enhanced version, .m4a file.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000
The CoffeeGeek Podcast, Episode 69:
The History of Espresso, Part One
In this episode, we go all the way back to 1820 to see the first uses of steam to aid in brewing coffee.
This is the MP3 version
Tue, 08 Feb 2011 08:51:06 +0000
A look back at 2010 in coffee and espresso, including a special feature interview!
Also, a special feature interview with James Hoffmann on how his blog has really pushed forward some amazing discussions about coffee and espresso.
Mon, 27 Dec 2010 06:00:00 +0000
After a 20 month absence, the CoffeeGeek Podcast is back! A continuation and conclusion to the Vacpot History Series with part two, covering
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 13:04:00 +0000New podcast is online (and it's barely been a week since 065 went up!)
Tue, 27 Jan 2009 13:02:00 +0000New podcast is online:
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 08:05:00 +0000Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 08:04:00 +0000Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username. Take your pick on how to listen: RSS MP3 Feed; RSS Enhanced Audio Feed (NEW! iTunes / iPod only) Choose your links for subscribing. Or if you prefer a direct download, here it is: CG Podcast 064 MP3 File. Apple iTunes direct link (this is the enhanced feed) Show Notes This episode talks about some great coffees available this summer, a new Barista outreach program from the Cup of Excellence, and a feature interview with Carl Sara. 00:00 Start 00:45 Sponsored by 49th Parallel Roasters 03:29 World Barista Championship Recorded Streams 05:58 Great Coffees in the Summer Intro 06:37 Mainstream Media backlash against "culinary" coffee 07:41 Fox Business Video of Matt Milletto handling dump talking heads well 09:12 Chicago Tribune Article about Intelligentsia ending 20oz coffee sizes 12:29 Commodity / Utility Coffee and Culinary Coffee can co-exist 16:38 Consumers who like culinary coffee - less than 20%? 19:51 Breaking down the top 20% of coffee drinkers 25:38 The iced espresso debate 30:10 Commodity coffee and culinary coffee have their place. 32:27 Cup of Excellence Barista Program 37:43 Great Coffees for July and August! 38:08 Esmeralda Microlot Batch 8 from Counter Culture Coffee 39:40 Summer Solstace Blend and Kenya Gauriri Auction lot from Intelligentsia Coffee 41:17 Kenya AA Ruiru Auction Lot from Batdorf and Bronson 42:23 Sumatra Blue Batak Peaberry from Great Plains Coffee Roasters 43:55 Sponsored by 49th Parallel Roasters 44:16 Next episode - exclusive reviews of 49th Parallel Coffees 45:07 Interview with Carl Sara 1:22:29 Show Wrapup
Tue, 10 Jun 2008 09:59:00 +0000New podcast is online:
Tue, 10 Jun 2008 09:57:00 +0000New podcast is online:
Wed, 28 May 2008 21:16:00 +0000Mark interviews Michaele Weissman in this feature interview of the author of the book God in a Cup.
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 11:13:00 +0000Getting Caught Up - Mark talks about the last two months in the world of coffee, about Phuong Tran's visit to Vancouver, the January - February run to raise money for CoffeeKids, the upcoming WBC Machine certifications, and the continuing redesign of CoffeeGeek.com
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 11:09:00 +0000Getting Caught Up - Mark talks about the last two months in the world of coffee, about Phuong Tran's visit to Vancouver, the January - February run to raise money for CoffeeKids, the upcoming WBC Machine certifications, and the continuing redesign of CoffeeGeek.com
Tue, 16 Oct 2007 23:47:00 +0000Show Notes coming soon!
Mon, 27 Aug 2007 03:48:00 +0000Podcast 058, brought to you by 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
Mon, 23 Jul 2007 22:37:00 +0000WBC Preview with interview with Tim Wendelboe
Thu, 05 Jul 2007 15:36:00 +0000Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.
Tue, 12 Jun 2007 02:15:00 +0000Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username. Take your pick on how to listen: RSS Feed link for subscribing, or CG Podcast 055 MP3 File for straight downloading. Apple iTunes direct link. Show Notes Intro (0:03) - "Black Coffee", by Everlast featuring Merry Clayton Espresso in Australia, with guest co-host Luca Costanzo, Melbourne, Australia (0:46) - About Luca: working at First Pour (retail showroom for Veneziano coffee roastery) and moderating the CG Australasia forums (1:56) The coffee scene in Australia - Market saturation and the status of specialty coffee (2:42) - Lawsuits and the coffee market (4:39) - Drip coffee in Australia (7:41) - The consumer experience in commercial cafés (9:58): drink sizes (10:08), milk drinks (12:56) - Coffee at home in Australia (15:56): Sunbeam in Australia (17:17), drip coffee makers and vac pots (20:14), comparison of North American and Australian markets for home equipment such as grinders (21:08), high-end equipment for sale in cafés(25:55) - Michel's Espresso and the $50 a pound coffee (27:49) The CoffeeGeek Australasian Forum Community (35:05) - The Australian attitude from the American perspective (35:47) - Luca's memorable moments in the forum (41:23) Luca's review of Mark's article, "How to Buy an Espresso Machine" (46:38) Australian Barista Championship (ABC) (49:52) - Data entry, scoring, judging and "The Controversial WBC" (50:59) - Signature drinks at this year's ABC (1:07:10): David Makin's palate cleanser plus sig drink (1:07:46), a signature drink that could be made at home - Erin Sampson's signature drink (1:13:21) - Signature drinks with Vietnamese-style coffee; movement to have a Vietnamese entrant in the WBC; and new entrants from Africa (1:16:49) Wrap Up: Thanks to Luca and a quote from pstam (1:18:30)
Wed, 16 May 2007 02:27:00 +0000Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.
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Mon, 12 Feb 2007 01:23:00 +0000Show notes coming soon
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 03:28:00 +0000Show notes coming soon.
Sun, 26 Nov 2006 04:42:00 +0000A big update about the CoffeeGeek Holiday Gift List and Fund Raiser, including
Sun, 19 Nov 2006 05:46:00 +0000Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 047 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show Notes2006 Holiday Gift List and Fundraiser for CoffeeKids PreviewIntro (0:06)- Un Jour Comme Un Autre - Brigitte Bardot, Putamayo Presents French CafeShout Outs... (2:55)- to Colter Jones, Cafe Artigiano, the 2006 Canadian Barista Champion!- and to Billy Wilson, Albina Press, the 2006 Northwest Regional Barista Champion!Latest Project #1 - Tamper (4:44)- Part 2 and Part 3 of Tamping Science, Theory and Practice - Working with Reg Barber on developing a new tamper Latest Project #2- Editor's Picks (6:19)- Espresso edition: best espresso machines, best tamper, best espresso blend, best grinder...- Coffee edition: drip machines, grinders, alternative brewing methods, best coffeesLatest Happening in Vancouver - Ugly Water! (9:38)- Heavy rains have caused the local water supply to become turbid - No water, no coffee: some local coffee shops have stopped serving as a resultThe Important Stuff - the CG 5th Annual Holiday Gift List and Fundraiser (16:23)- Launching 11/20/2006! (this link will be live by 12pm PST, November 20).- This year's list includes over 125 products that any CoffeeGeek would love!!- Create your own wish list, rate items according to your "want" factor, and email to friends and family!!!- CoffeeKids fundraising: this year's Holiday Gift List primary sponsor is Krups, who has generously agreed to give half of their sponsorship fee directly to CoffeeKids (20:38)- A preview of other products included on the HGL (23:08)Charitable events - Dollar-for-dollar matching campaign: donate through the CG site and sponsors will match your donation! Matching sponsors include Intelligentsia Coffee, Counter Culture Coffee, Chris Coffee Service, Kitchen Universe, 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, and Baratza (27:31)- The 3rd Annual Silent Auction: will include a vast range of amazing, unique, super cool coffee-related items and events (eg, A Day with a Roaster) worth over $8,000. Bid often, bid high! (31:51)A podcast a week! (38:41)- Mark promised! Well, at least through the holidays! He'll try! Outro (40:04)- Reprise: Un Jour Comme Un Autre - Brigitte Bardot, Putamayo Presents French Cafe[...]
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 02:32:00 +0000Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 046 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesIntro - Tom’s Diner, Suzanne Vega (0:06)If you’re in town this weekend, be sure to visit the Canadian Coffee and Tea Expo and Canadian National Barista Competition, September 24 – 25. (1:25)Interviews (2:03) Tom Owen, Sweet Maria’s (3:08)Tom is profiled in the September/October issue of Imbibe Magazine. - Sweet Maria’s web site: unpretentious and all about what’s in the cup, where thousands of home roasters got their start (3:23)- Exotic coffees: the story of St. Helena coffee, the perception of coffee as culinary, and the growing demand for specialty coffee (5:50)- Sweet Maria’s purchase of Best of Panama 2006 coffees, including the Hacienda la Esmeralda Gesha at the record-breaking price of $50.25/lb (12:56)- Sweet Maria’s home roaster mailing list and the development of coffee communities (18:21) - Coming soon to Sweet Maria’s: Late harvest Esmeralda Gesha to be offered at about $16/lb and a fantastic dry processed Yirgacheffe Idido Misty Valley (28:22) - Intelligentsia and Tres Santos microlots, Sweet Maria’s tiered pricing, and development of direct relationships by small roasters (32:40) - Be sure to read the September/October issue of Imbibe Magazine to find out why the web site is called Sweet Maria’s (37:56)Karen Foley, publisher of Imbibe Magazine (43:39)- The Tom Owen profile (44:34) - Imbibe’s coverage of coffee and readers' response to Mark’s article on french press coffee (48:00)- Mark’s espresso article in the September/October issue and a contest for future articles (see entry rules below) (51:49)- Coming up in the next issue: holiday drinks and gift guides; an article on Prague; coffee origins by Richard Reynolds (1:01:11)- The response to the magazine from the coffee communities and other beverage-related communities (1:03:03)- Comment on Imbibe at their new blog or order a subscription through their web site (1:08:14)Contest!Write in an original idea for an article you would like to see Mark write for Imbibe Magazine. One idea per email, but make them good - think feature article type ideas. Espresso's been done. ;) Send in your mailing address with the idea, we'll randomly pick three winners - one gets a year subscription to imbibe, the other two will get the first issue mailed to them (and signed if they want). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the title "Imbibe magazine idea" in your subject line. Deadline is September 30, 2006.Mystery Guest Interview! (1:12:26)- Cafés and coffeehouses in the ‘50s and ‘60s (1:13:45)- Milk (1:19:25)- Mark’s secret shame exposed: Maxwell House instant, pre-ground Folger’s, and blade grinders (1:23:23)- “If I want blueberries in my coffee, I’ll put blueberries in my coffee!? (1:32:22)- The 20 oz cup (1:33:56)Outro – Tom’s Diner, Michigan and Smiley (1:46:02)[...]
Sun, 10 Sep 2006 06:20:00 +0000Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 045 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesBlack Gold, Superautos and More with Mark and BeataThis episode brought to you by 1stincoffee.com, your one-stop shop for anything and everything espresso or coffee related!Intro - Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega (0:11)New coffees we’ve tried lately - West Coast Roasting’s Espresso Torro (4:04) - Intelligentsia’s Kid O is back! (7:21) - Ecco Caffè’s Bolivian 2005 Cup of Excellence and Daterra Espresso (7:57) - Novo Coffee’s wild forest coffees (9:53)Black Gold – Mark and Beata’s review (11:07) - Starbucks’ portrayal in the movie (12:27) - The rise in the New York “C? price (14:04) - Tadesse Meskela of the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Coop and building schools in Ethiopia (16:53) - A few criticisms (19:18)New espresso machine news! - La Marzocco GS3 – delivery dates have gone out (23:04) - Krups’ new superauto coming out this fall (26:34)Contest results! (37:18) - Haiku contest winner: Jeremey Barrett of Sugar Land, Texas (37:43) - Zoka DVD contest winner: Travis from Bellingham, Washington (email us by 9/12!) (39:31)News about CoffeeGeek (40:16) - A fix to the forum search functionality is in the works (40:22) - The Marketplace, a place for advertisers to announce their latest products, is coming (41:19) - The annual Holiday Gift List is returning (hopefully) in mid-November (43:05)Mark’s latest magazine articles - City Food, Restaurant coffee and Mark’s challenge (45:15) - Imbibe Magazine, Espresso 101 (51:43)Wrap up (53:53) - Next podcast: the Imbibe Magazine episodeOutro – Tom’s? by Michael Stipe[...]
Sun, 20 Aug 2006 00:01:00 +0000Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 044 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesMassive Email Show with Beata, Live to Tape! Featuring two prize Giveaways!Two prize giveaways are buried in the show - the excellent "Zoka Way" Instructional DVD for home baristas, and an autographed copy of "Cafe Haiku" – listen to the podcast for details on how to win! Deadline is August 31, 2006, and entries should be sent to beata.s at coffeegeek dotter com.The questions: - What is a “sweet? shot of espresso? (2:00)Mark talks about supertasters, the characteristics of a sweet shot of espresso, and what might cause excessive bitterness.(4:03) - I need a grinder for $100 to $120 US, can you recommend some options? (7:39)Mark suggests a Solis Maestro Classic or Solis Maestro Plus for that price point, but his real recommendation is – don’t skimp on a grinder! (8:31) - I get iced coffee at Ritual Coffee, it’s everything I wish iced coffee could be! Could you explain how to make this? (10:30)Mark describes two devices for cold brewing made by Hario and Toddy and gives his recipe for iced americanos. (11:22) - Where can I get a replacement for the frothing tip on my Francis! Francis! X1? (16:11)The frothing aid tip is proprietary and can’t be removed easily, but Mark discovered that there is a way to produce latte art quality microfoam with the froth aider. (16:50) - How can I develop my ability to accurately taste coffees and describe what we are tasting? (19:32)Mark suggests the Le Nez du Café kits from the SCAA, if price is no object, or a simpler method: visit a farmers’ market. (20:27) - Do you have any ideas for home roasting single origin coffees for espresso? (23:40)Mark, who is anti-single-origin espresso, suggests creating an espresso blend using different roast levels with the same coffee. (26:35) - A suggestion for a future podcast – discuss coffee house culture in other cities, especially Montreal. (30:22)Mark names streets in Montreal known for their really cool cafés and recommends one café in particular: Caffe Art Java. (31:20) - Why use anything but a perfectly flat tamper? (33:10)Mark discusses the theories behind convex bottoms, Euro curves, American curves and the C Flat, and his work with Reg Barber on a new tamper design. (33:49) - Where does Kona stand in the world of specialty coffee? (37:51)Mark buys Kona directly from Smith Farms, but cautions that the name Kona doesn’t guarantee quality. Too delicate for an espresso blend, Kona can be memorable when brewed in a vac pot. Find a small farmer and buy green from them direct. (38:48) - Currently I use a Melitta filter holder. Why should I start using a press pot? (43:26)A manual filter is a great method for brewing! But if you want to try press pot coffee, it’s inexpensive; press pots can be had for as little as $15. See the Guides and How-to section of CG for Mark’s guide on brewing press pot coffee. (44:14) - When are you going to start doing your “regular? shows so beginners can relate too? (47:28)We’re doing it right now – partly because of this [...]
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 19:11:00 +0000Live to tape from Firenze, Italia, recorded about 2 months ago now (lol!), it's the midnight session of the CoffeeGeek Podcast featuring Nick Cho of the Portafilter.net podcast and Andrew Barnett from Ecco Cafe
Wed, 09 Aug 2006 02:27:00 +0000Once again, huge, massive, big thanks to Cindy for doing these show notes. I was very late in posting them. I can't believe all the links she researched!
Tue, 11 Jul 2006 05:47:00 +0000Huge thanks to Cindy as always for putting together these show notes!
Thu, 01 Jun 2006 17:17:00 +0000Show notes coming soon!
Fri, 28 Apr 2006 02:07:00 +0000Show notes coming soon!
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 00:46:00 +0000Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 037 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes (updated!) direct link.Show NotesSomewhere in this podcast, there's a trivia question that, if you answered correctly, you would have won a major prize. The contest is now closed, so please do not email; however, listen to future CG podcasts for more giveaways! The prize this time around was a Krups XP4050 automatic espresso machine! Contest was open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 years of age and older, one entry per household is allowed - multiple entries will be disqualified. If you live in Canada, you may be subject to paying duties and taxes on the prize machine, and are subject to answering a further skill-testing question, should you win. This prize was offered "as is", no guarantees on the product's working state when it arrives, with no claims or monetary value. Huge props to Chris White of Alturra Coffee and Krups for providing the prize!Intro: Beata and Mark – Live to tape once again! (3:39)2006 SCAA Conference Recap (7:16)- Rob Stephen, podcasts and forums, and the SCAA Town Hall meeting- The Clover 1S: How Mark finally found body and pleasing aftertaste in a Clover cup, thanks to Oliver at Batdorf and Bronson's booth an their Colombian CoE coffee! (13:15)- Social parties, Mark’s "mission"; also lots of pulled pork and fried chicken (23:56)- The USBC and Matt Riddle, the Renaissance man (Congrats, Matt!!!) (26:42)Ambush Interview! – Doug Zell, Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea (28:07)- Intelligentsia’s presence in barista competitions in general and the 2006 USBC (29:20)- About Matt Riddle (32:18)- The Intelligentsia blends used at the competition (35:23)- Matt’s media appearances (37:27)- Next: the World Barista Championship (40:39)- Major props to Billy Wilson! (42:26)- About Intelligentsia’s soon-to-be-opened third location (45:35)- Elevating coffee, from seed to cup (47:26)- Cool cupping spoons (50:13)Mark explains the "Cobra Kai" references everyone's saying these days (53:51)SCAA Financial Situation (55:21)- Background of the situation (55:56)- Town Hall meeting (58:09)- Beata reads questions and answers from the meeting: how much money was lost; criminal/civil action; relationship of involved persons with the SCAA; financial position of guilds; donating specifically to the guilds; how "first responder" funds were used; how far back theft occurred; why more is not heard about actions taken by the board; the status of the criminal investigation (58:31)- Mark’s suggestions: guild donations being more direct and the SCAA doing regional events (1:08:07)Changes on the CoffeeGeek web site (1:09:20)- Hiring a new content editor (1:09:31)- More new articles (3 or so a week) from industry folks and regular columnists (1:11:31)- Beata’s suggestions for new content (1:14:34)Dallis Coffee pre-ground pre-portioned coffee for French press (1:21:06)BTW - those PF boys... thinking they can catc[...]
Sun, 09 Apr 2006 22:56:00 +0000Interview with Rob Stephen, show notes coming soon!
Tue, 04 Apr 2006 07:59:00 +0000How did we manage to cram so much into a 40 minute show? Listen and find out! Once again, massive, total, huge thanks to Cindy for these awesome show notes. She rocks!Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the CoffeeGeek username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 035 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes (updated!) direct link. Show NotesCoffee on Television: Black Coffee - Three-episode documentary series on coffee, produced in Canada, rated "best ever watched" by Mark and Beata (2:56)- More about Franciszek Jerzy Kulczycki, who opened the first café in Vienna and contributed so much to coffee culture (4:13)Brasil Cup of Excellence Cupping - Brief recap of the cupping - $175 raised for Coffee Kids! (10:42)- Susie Spindler will try to provide extra samples of the COE coffees to Mark so that more COE cuppings to benefit Coffee Kids can be held in the near future. Watch the Western Canada forum on CoffeeGeek for invitations near the end of April for the Colombian CoE cupping. (11:57)- Four more cuppings planned for June/July (14:39)Mark Answers Email! (15:48)- Jeffrey, a Kansas CoffeeGeek-in-Training, asks for Mark’s opinion on fluid-bed and drum roasters. Mark discusses home roasting technologies and how different types of roasters affect coffee. (15:58)- Mike from San Francisco asks for Mark’s thoughts on Starbucks’ Black Apron coffees. Mark talks a little about Starbucks vs Doubleshot Café, then explains why Starbucks doesn’t currently use CoE quality coffees for their Black Apron program. (22:56)- Alexandra in Montreal asks about having a CG podcast episode devoted to a discussion of fair trade practices and related changes in the coffee industry. Mark suggests ways that consumers can help support farmers. (28:37)Preview of the 2006 SCAA Conference (35:12)- Cool things: More Italian equipment manufacturers; the topic, Quality Tools for the Specialty Trade, focusing on tools to make coffee profitable for retailers; and the Culinary Track, including pairing foods with coffee and french press brewing/coffee variety in restaurants (35:31)- Huge show floor, lots of parties, discounts at restaurants in Charlotte, on-location recordings, and a dual podcast with the portafilter.net crew! (40:26)Enjoy!Mark[...]
Sun, 19 Mar 2006 09:28:00 +0000Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 034 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes (updated!) direct link. Show NotesIntro – Vancouver Coffee Scene Roundtable (1:31)- Michael, Mark’s neighbor and coffee enthusiast, (email him if you have an opening for a barista)- jakethecoffeelover, CGer and author of http://coffeaarabica.blogspot.com- Sean Strugnell aka strugs – CGer- Matt, barista at Elysian Room, 5th and Burrard, Vancouver- Peter, barista at Wicked Café, 7th and Hemlock, Vancouver, and author of pullingshots.blogspot.comReview of Aerobie Aeropress (2:57)- Metal filter vs nylon filter vs paper filter (4:00)- The engadget pvc do-it-yourself, the Depresso, and experimentation (5:36)- Comparison with the Clover (8:42)Review of the Clover (10:17)- Discovery Coffee: newest Clover in Canada (10:30)- The Clover’s effect on body and adjusting the Clover for optimal brew (11:00)- Use of the Clover in the café (18:08)Back to the Aerobie: Future experimentation, blind cupping, and bloom (19:50)Review of the Vibiemme Domobar (21:43)- HX machine with E61 group and 2 liter boiler- Fast steaming machine, very stableHome Machines (24:57)- Sean’s Wega Lyra; Peter’s Krups Novo; Michael and Jake’s Gaggia Espressos Fave Coffeehouses and the Café Scene (32:45)- The group’s favorites include Prado, JJBean, Continental, Elysian Room, Wicked Café, Victrola, 2% jazz Wrap-Up (42:27)- Thoughts on Chris Tacy leaving the coffee scene- Funny stories about Jake- A few comments about portafilter.net podcast .[...]
Mon, 13 Mar 2006 02:54:00 +0000Again, thanks to Rock Star Cindy for doing these excellent show notes.
Tue, 07 Mar 2006 02:16:00 +0000Once more, a huge thanks to Cindy for putting together these excellent show notes!27.4mb, 79:54 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 032 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes (updated!) direct link.Show NotesIntro - Christa Couture, "day 4" Changes (0:50)- Beata and Mark shack up!- CoffeeGeek says thanks and goodbye to Jeanette.New Audio Equipment courtesy of Samson (3:43)- An amazing MDR6 Mixing Board- A C03 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone to upgrade from the C01 - will make round tables easier to produce- A Hardware Compressor - automatically evens out the audio as people move closer and farther away from the microphones - Many thanks to Ira and the folks at Samson!Cup of Excellence Brasil Auction, Part II (9:02)Interview with Andrew Barnett of Ecco Caffè, Santa Rosa, California, international juror for Cup of Excellence (10:14)- Andrew on what COE is all about and his involvement with it (11:42) - The Brasil auction: what $50/lb may do for coffee; marketing to the consumer (15:48)- Andrew's impressions of the winning coffee; how COE coffees are scored (19:49)- Lot #1: Fazenda Santa Inês; farmer, Francisco Dias Pereira. Highest scoring coffee in any COE with a score of 95.85; received Andrew's top score of 97; received two scores of 100. Purchased by Michel's Espresso, Instaurator and Caffè Artigiano. Mark and Andrew discuss the price of the coffee from the consumer perspective (21:14)- Lot #2: Fazenda São Benedito; farmer, Antônio José Junqueira Villela. Sold for $7.80 per pound; purchased by The Roasterie, Stumptown, Ecco Caffè, Kaffa, and Maruyama. (30:43)- Lot #3: Sítio São José; farmer, Luiz Roberto Ribeiro. The farms that produced the top three coffees are neighbors. (33:02)- Lot #23 purchased by Ecco Caffè, 49th Parallel Roasters, Intelligentsia, and Golden Coffee Box - Fazenda Santa Terezinha; farmer, Paulo Sérgio de Almeida. (37:01)- coffeegeek.com will join COE at the benefactor level (41:01)- Coming soon to Ecco Caffè: a coffee purchased with the Small Axe Alliance from the Bolivian COE (41:41)Susie Spindler, Executive Director, Cup of Excellence (45:40)- Susie on what COE is all about and her involvement with it (46:58)- How consumers can find local COE coffees; how to get their roasters involved in COE (50:08)- Benefits of standard COE membership include access to the auction system, priority on international juries, and access to a searchable database of winning farms (51:24)- Building bridges between roasters, farmers and cultures (53:06)- The Brasil auction: what $50/lb may do for coffee; scoring of the first place coffee and the stigma of coffee from Brasil among specialty coffee roasters (57:51) - Marketing coffees to the consumer as a culinary treat: raising th[...]
Fri, 20 Jan 2006 20:12:00 +0000Yet again, a huge thanks to Cindy for putting together these excellent show notes!
Tue, 10 Jan 2006 19:08:00 +0000Once again, a huge thanks to Cindy for putting together these excellent show notes!20.7mb, 72:28 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 030 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesThe News with Jeanette Chan (1:52)- Kenyan coffee farmers in debt (2:00)- New Orleans-based PJ’s coffee reopening locations closed by Katrina (2:38)- Coffee lowers risk of breast cancer in certain women (3:10)- Starbucks wins trademark infringement suit in China (4:32)- Lakewood, WA couple charged with forcing their niece to work as a slave at their espresso stand (5:25)- Culprit in string of espresso stand robberies in Washington state apprehended (8:24)Phuong Tran, 2005 US Barista Champion (9:29)- Phuong’s café: Lava Java, Ridgefield, Washington (10:05)- Phuong’s road to the USBC (10:43)- What the competition consists of (14:47)- What barista competitions are all about (19:21)- How to improve barista competitions (22:03)- Rumors of a competing body to the World Barista Championship (WBC) (26:59)- Phuong’s experience at the Nordic Cup: cow milking; triangle tests; milk tasting tests; signature drink team competition; coffee brewing test (27:32)- The 2005 WBC (34:50): Mark’s view on Phuong’s finish (36:02); the finalists (congrats to Sammy Piccolo on his new baby boy!) (37:31); a behind the scenes look (38:42); Phuong’s training (43:53); Phuong’s signature drink, the Crimson Sage (47:23)- Judging and the sensory skills test (54:38)- The Great Lakes Regional Barista Competition (58:39)- Vancouver café crawl: Caffe Artigiano, JJBean, Prado, Wicked Café, Elysian Room (59:31)- Mark and Phuong compare shots and discuss flair vs consistency (1:02:26)- Phuong’s thoughts on what could be done differently at the USBC (1:07:57)[...]
Wed, 28 Dec 2005 02:09:00 +0000So, we missed doing a Christmas Eve podcast, we were just too busy having fun in a very serene and relaxing environment up on the Sunshine Coast. But we did record on the 27th! The last podcast of 2005!Once again, a monumental thanks to Cindy for doing the excellent show notes! I can't believe the detail and research she goes into! She's amazing!9.8mb, 34:02 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 029 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesIntroduction (0:00)- Hoops and Yoyo from Hallmark, Merry Christmas (to the tune of “Finiculi, Finicula?)Beata and Mark recorded this podcast from the beautiful Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, where they spent the Christmas holiday. (1:04)Coffee on Holiday (2:27)- Newbie Segment: Beata shares her real-world experience with making press pot coffee during the trip, demonstrating the importance of grind (3:41)- Mark and Beata discuss the reasons that most coffees do not include “roasted on? dates on their packaging. Mark’s tip for this podcast: demand coffees with roast dates! (5:33)Podcasts Past and Future (13:35)A quick look back at this year’s podcasts and a glimpse of the future: - Videos: possibly product walk-throughs and/or how-tos (but not video podcasts at this point). Anyone in Vancouver have good video editing skills and equipment? (14:16)- Improved podcast audio quality (thanks to the incredible generosity of Ira at Samson) (20:09)- More podcasts with Beata! Potential topics include press pot coffee, Vietnamese coffee and Viennese coffee how-tos; summer drink recipes; etching; trade show reports (23:28)- If you received any really unusual coffee-based holiday gifts, Mark wants to hear about it – send him an email, and he may read it on the podcast. (29:08)CG Podcast Giveaways! (29:35)- Please send suggestions for contests that will be super easy and not time consuming for Mark to administer, but at least a little difficult for listeners. Prizes include Grindenstein knockboxes, an Aerobie Aeropress, and possibly a Baratza Virtuoso grinder!Outro (31:58)Thanks to everyone for listening! We hope everyone had a great Christmas/holiday -- happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa, happy Festivus, and joy, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!Hoops and Yoyo, Jingle Bells[...]
Sat, 17 Dec 2005 01:21:00 +0000It's something I get asked for all the time - so I finally did it - Mark's top picks in espresso, coffee maker, grinder and accessories categories!A HUGE thanks to Cindy for doing the excellent show notes!11.8mb, >40:00 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 028 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesThis is the first of two pre-Christmas shows. In this podcast, Mark lists his top recommendations in all things coffee and espresso for the folks on your gift-giving list!Information on the following products and more can be found in the Coffeegeek review and consumer review sections of the web site. If you’d like to support the Coffeegeek web site, please use Coffeegeek’s amazon.com affiliate link.Introduction Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby, Alexkid Remix - from the Merry Mixmas - Christmas Classics Remixed CD (0:13)Coffee Makers (3:53)- Krups Moka Brew: A hybrid between a drip coffee maker and a moka pot. Unfortunately discontinued, but that means it can be found at a good price. Available at: amazon.com, ~$60; and zaccardis.com, $50. (4:12) - Capresso Drip Coffee Machines: The best series out there. (5:26)- The Capresso MT500 is beautiful. Nice filtration system, efficient thermal carafe. Brews at the proper temperature. $170-180. (6:04) The Capresso CoffeeTEC is essentially the MT500 with an auto-frothing system. $200. (6:43) The Capresso CoffeeTEAM is the only grind and brew system Mark recommends due to its conical burr grinder. All available at 1stincoffee.com. (7:09)Grinders - The Central Core of Good Coffee (8:11) - Bodum Antigua: Decent grinder, the lowest priced one that Mark recommends. Available at: amazon.com; zaccardis.com; 1stincoffee.com. $50-$70. (9:22)- Solis Maestro Classic/Solis Maestro Plus: Well designed; the Plus has better features. Grinds into a bin or portafilter. Classic, $100-$110; Plus, $150. (9:59)- Baratza Virtuoso: Just released 12/15. Beefy burr group design; no float in burrs. Powerful DC motor. $200. (10:32)- KitchenAid Proline: Extremely even grind; perfect as cupping grinder for this price range. Looks great, although Beata thinks it’s a bit industrial. $150 (on sale) to $200 at amazon.com. (12:03)- Rancilio Rocky: Fantastic grinder. Well built, very quiet, doserless model also available. $270 (black or white) to $300 (stainless steel). (12:59)- Mazzer Mini: Full-blown (albeit slow) commercial grinder, fantastic build quality, infinite adjustable grind, the ultimate grinder for the home espresso enthusiast. $400. (13:27)Home Espresso Machines (14:09)- White Gaggia Carezza: All-brass portafilter, nice grouphead design, same internal parts [...]
Mon, 12 Dec 2005 23:17:00 +0000Here it is folks - thanks VERY much to Cindy for doing the excellent show notes!20.8mb, 78:13 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 027 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesIntroduction (2:45) - Co-Host Brad Ford, Co-owner of Wicked Café, Vancouver, distributor of Intelligentsia Coffee in Canada Nick Cho (5:17) - Will he run as for a position on the SCAA Board? SCAA Talk – Retailers and the SCAA (8:37) - Mark gives a primer on the SCAA and describes the components of the organization. (8:37) - Brad and Mark talk about what retailers want and need from trade organizations like the SCAA. (15:16) - Mark details four things the SCAA could do to stop the churn of retailer membership: increase communication; provide retailers with continually updated consumer education tools; offer training/informational products to retailers on the business side of coffee; and organize small regional events. (18:57) - Mark and Brad discuss how the SCAA could interact with SCAA consumer members. (25:44) - Mark announces that the CG podcast may host a debate in January between the candidates for SCAA second vice-president (should someone choose to run against Mark Inman). (29:40)Ambush Interview! (33:17) - Doug Zell of Intelligentsia Coffee briefs Mark and Brad on the coffees they will be tasting later in the show. Doug also talks about how they acquired the Tres Santos Micro-Lots and about restaurants that are now offering customers a menu of Intelligentsia micro-lot/Cup of Excellence coffees to choose from.Coffee Tasting - Rwandan Musasa (45:23): Medium body with an initial kick, berry notes, a bit of acidity and smooth finish. Mark’s first pick among the three when served with cream. - Cruz del Sur, Peru (48:20): Intelligentsia’s new exclusive coffee. The Peru buying trip with Geoff Watts is described on the Intelligentsia web site. Sweet juicy tomatoey flavor; cream brings out chocolate notes. - Tres Santos Micro-Lot, Almaguer, Colombia (50:26): First pick for both Brad and Mark as black coffee. Sweet with a red licorice aftertaste and a lot of intensity. With cream, Mark describes it as a cacophony of fruit. Restaurant Coffee (56:15) - Mark offers to record a how-to podcast on amping up restaurant coffee service on location at the fabulous Aurora Bistro, Vancouver. Mark and Brad look at ways restaurants can elevate coffee service, including offering press pot service, offering a selection of four or five quality coffees paired to desserts, and expanding the job of the sommelier to include coffee. Equipment and cost issues are discussed and Mark lays ou[...]
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 07:18:00 +0000Here it is, barely a week and a day after the last one (picking up speed!Details:13.9mb, 48:43 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 026 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesMark talks briefly about the new mics he's been using, from Samson, which are really good quality. Mics used are the CO1 and the CO1U (USB condenser mic).Details about the La Marzocco "Open House event featuring the GS3 prototype machine with amazing temperature profile control.- held at Elysian Coffee and Tea- Used coffee supplied by Intelligentsia (thanks Doug!- Also, Mark pulled a "barista" shift at a charity event the day before, for the Starlight Foundation.- GS3 really held up. 70+ drinks made at the charity event in 3 hours, and many at the open house.- Mark details a speed test he did on the GS3, building 18 espressos (9 double shots) in 10 mins - 16 were serve-able.- Feedback was awesome.- Mark declares that "the machine is no longer a variable to worry about" when it comes to the GS3Second segment - a Rant on Quality vs. Labels in coffee.- Mark talks about how way too many cafes are bandying about terms like "shade grown", "bird friendly", "relationship coffee" and "fairly traded" without much to back it up.- Suggests that the top 10 or 15 quality roasters in the US should start up a new council of ethics and quality for coffee, modeled loosely on the 1950's Comics Authority Code.- Mark suggests that shade grown, fairly traded, etc, is being used to imply quality tasting coffee, when it's not - it's becoming the new "gourmet" coffee term.Third segment -Emails!- Mark reads some ridiculous claims on a Canadian website claiming coffee needs to be aged at least 15-30 days (after roasted), but ideally 4-6 months after roasted before drinking. Suggests trying it yourself to see if it's true or not.- Email asking about what ratios of ground coffee to water. Mark suggests starting with 7g of coffee per 120ml of water (4oz), then experiment.- Question about rating grinders purely by the specifications. Mark suggests finding out about the usability and real life production of grinders - reading some of CoffeeGeek's 753 Consumer Reviews of Grinders is a good start.- Question about temperature curve (cooling water) used in brewing press pot coffee.- Mark gets his pronunciation corrected.- An email suggesting coffee "recipes" (ie, blending, but with a twist).Enjoy![...]
Mon, 21 Nov 2005 06:09:00 +0000Latest and greatest is now online... it's late again, sorries!Details:21.1mb, 77:17 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 025 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesCoffees and Machines in the CG Lab!- Coffee from Double Shot Coffee, who also have a podcast, which can be subcribed through iTunes. Great coffee.- On the test bench - the Vibiemme Domobar Super, the Krups XP4020, and finishing up the Detailed Review on the Isomac Super Giada- The La Marzocco GS3 has arrived. Mark babbles, because he's so excited. Several threads on CoffeeGeek (thread one, thread two) talk about the machine.Tasting Batdorf and Bronson Coffee with Mark and Beata.- Three limited edition blends, called latitudes.- Ethiopian Yirgacheffe "Kello" was Beata's first pick as a black coffee, and it shows massive blueberry as it cools down and a tiny bit of cream is added.- Panama Esmerelda Jaramillo was Beata's first choice with milk. It is a very acidic coffee that gets better as it cools, finishes with "table red wine" acidity. With a bit of milk, brings out big caramel, or a combo of vanilla and spice. Putting sugar in this (if you use milk) would be a criminal act.- El Salvador Siberia is a surprise - Mark, who doesn't normally like acidic coffees, picks this one as his first choice. Amazing finish, very complex, pecan really starts to jump out. With milk, it goes chocolate spice.News and updates with Jeanette Chan- Jeanette and Mark talk about the CoffeeFest trade show, dink booth operators (some rude dude selling artsy coffeehouse tables), all the trinkets and stuff at the show.- Some talk about the Clover espresso machine- More talk about the La Marzocco GS3- News, including beer coffee, (yikes), cancer fund raising in coffee, and much more.Enjoy![...]
Mon, 07 Nov 2005 08:24:00 +0000Hiya Folks - again sorry for the delays. Here's the latest!
Mon, 24 Oct 2005 08:01:00 +0000A massive email answering session, with Beata reading the emails, and Mark attempting to answer them!
Sun, 25 Sep 2005 00:17:00 +0000Details:17.2mb, 60:07 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 021 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesReading of the SCAA Bulletin from the Board, and the followup Notice- SCAA is broke due to "financial irregularities" supposedly due to the previous financial officer's conduct.- Mark Prince talks about how the SCAA can evolve and actually benefit and become more viable from this crisis.- The SCAA has three problems that need to be addressed- Needs to be completely transparent, and evolve into a 21rst century trade organization and stop being mired in the 1970s and 1980s "corporate mentality" that currently plagues it. And start sending out a monthly or bi-weekly electronic newsletter / networking letter to members via email.- Needs to be a year round organization that isn't just about the annual trade show and conference.- Needs to genuinely address why they have so many lapsed members. This organization probably has a lapsed membership roll of 7,500 or more members. Why? Fix it.- Mark has problems with the SCAA using the term "first responders" - this should be reserved for those who take life-risks in aiding those who truly need help, ie, firefighters, hurricane relief workers, etc.Mark answers emails- Which is better to attend - Illy's Universita del caffe in Trieste, or the American Barista and Coffee School in Portland.- What is the difference between doserless and doser espresso grinders and which is better- Mention of the Espresso Glossary on CoffeeGeek- A question on heat exchanger machines, why they may be too hot, and single boiler machines that don't have enough power.- Reader would like a "quick tips" part of the podcast. Mark give a tip for good coffee: a good grinder.News with Jeanette. You can contact Jeanette at firstname.lastname@example.org- Stolen cappuccino machine- Tim Hortons stops the "Get Mugged" program- Indonesia ramps up coffee production to create more instant Coffee - Helping out Hurricane Katrina first responders- IllyCafe opens in SoHo, NYC- Email to the news editor, re Jura Capresso advertising super autos in Cargo Magazine- Ramping up coffee stuff in NOLA - Mark mentions no specialty coffee comes in through New Orleans- Pam Anderson and EspressoEnjoy![...]
Thu, 15 Sep 2005 04:58:00 +0000Details:
Mon, 12 Sep 2005 23:03:00 +0000The latest one - an awesome round table with Inny.
Thu, 08 Sep 2005 18:05:00 +0000Here it is folks - jam packed, and includes a sneak peak at a future CG article that's taking some time to write.Details:22.3mb, 78:14 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line (NEW!) at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 018 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesListener Emails 2:38- Big Kudos email, but talks about wifi in cafes- Listener asks about espresso machine choice, Mark points her to the Consumer Reviews section for good info on machines.- Email on Mark Inman and his take on single origin espresso.- Email on Vietnamese Coffee (the brewing style, not the beans)- Discussion about Adam Curry and his lust for the Philips Senseo.- Listener asks for a recommendation on a good small roaster for a startup - Mark mentions Ambex Roasters and praises Terry Davis.Five Principles of a Good Espresso Blend 23:15The shot must look visually properThe blend should be tolerant of a wide variety of brewing conditionsThe espresso must taste good both straight and in as much as 1:3 ratio to milk.The shot should not be excessively bitter or sour.The espresso brewed must stand up to time, and age gracefully.Mark says that only three espresso blends that he's tried in the last few years fit this profile. When the article is written, you'll find out which ones win, and which ones lose out.News with Jeanette Chan 31:10- Five news items, you can read them at "CoffeeGeek Resources"- Discussion pieces mainly focus on Hurricane Katrina. Mark points out that one tiny silver lining is that small coffee farmers may benefit from as much as 1.5 million bags (over 200 million pounds) of coffee being damaged.- Should CoffeeGeek put out press releases on important CG stuff? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let Jeanette know.Tasting Notes, Victrola Coffee- four coffees tasted- Ethiopian Harrar Horse- Panama Kotowa Finca Duncan- Guatamala Hue Hue Tenango- Brasil Fazenda Shalon, #4 in the Cerrado Cup, 2004.Donate to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Relief today.Enjoy folks![...]
Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:18:00 +0000Well, we didn't talk specifically about Hines Public Market Coffee as much as I wanted to, but we did get some discussion in ;)
Thu, 25 Aug 2005 01:33:00 +000019.8mb, 69:14 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line (NEW!) at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 016 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesMark Intros 16 of the CoffeeGeek Podcast, is joined by "Personal Assistant" Beata Siwinski for the show.Show Sponsor: Kades Coffee who are offering Podcast listeners a 15% off discount and free shipping with every order, if you use coupon code "coffeegeek" (without the quotes).- Discussion about how there's not going to be any kind of rivalry between the CG Podcast and the Portafilter Podcast. - A coffeegeek member in our forums has lost everything in a fire. We're running a Paypal donation link until Friday to raise money for TwoMartinis.- News Editor Jeanette Chan will be back very soon on the podcastEmails!- Question about how to measure an espresso shot. Mark talks about WBC Standards, personal prefs.- Question asking about home roasters, including Mark's fave - the Hottop.- Question about tampers, about their cost. Mark talks about artisan tools for woodworkers, and baristas.- Question about finding good espresso in Kansas City and San Diego. Mark lists a bunch of good cafes to check out.- Question about difference between semi-auto and automatic espresso machines. Mark gives a primer on the four classes of espresso machines - manual, semi automatic, automatic, and super automatic.- Question about decaf and decaf espresso. Mark talks about caffeine levels (again!) and two decaf coffees he likes - a decaf Peru Organic (buy green here) and decaf Black Cat from Intelligentsia- Beata reads a bunch of comments from Podcast Alley- A email about the dark underside of the crappy beans that the Big Four buy from the world market - a primer on defects and "foreign objects" the coffees have. (visit the ICO Site for more info)- Questions about CO2 levels in coffee differing around the world- Question asking about how to get more "single estate" coffee recognition.Audio Call from a surprise USBC Finalist.Mark and Beata surprise-callback that same USBC Finalist!Enjoy folks! Remember our sponsor, www.kadescoffee.com - they brought you this podcast. Visit them and try out their coffees - use coupon code "coffeegeek" to get 15% off your order and free shipping.[...]
Wed, 17 Aug 2005 19:34:00 +0000Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail line (NEW!) at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 015 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show Notes- Introduction, ref to "it's about the quality, not about the buzz" thread on CoffeeGeek.- New editor for the content section on CoffeeGeek is starting up - more articles soon?- Podcast Alley ranking rocks - 24th as of this podcast!- No emails or audio mails this show, but don't worry, they will be back next episode.- Shout out to EatFeed who promise a new show very soon!- Portafilter.net has a new podcast out - bad audio quality, great content.- Mark talks about respecting the heck out of Chris Tacy while almost never agreeing with him.- Mark harps on Engadget promoting a Nespresso machine when a few weeks before they got plenty of advice that dissed said nespresso.- Mark talks about getting coffee from Ecco Cafe in Santa Rosa, and talks up the coolness factor of Andrew Barnett.Ken Davids Interview- Home roasting discussion - how Ken started home roasting- Discussion about the history of home roasting since 1976- Discussion about a patent lawyer who stymies the development of consumer home roasting products (his name is Howard Gells)- Ken remembers "prior instance" of popcorn poppers used for home roasting, (between 1976 and 1981), long before Gells' patents were filed.- Talk about roasters available in the 1990s- Ken tells us that the future may have some good new products- Discussion about drum roasters - the Alpenrost, the Hottop, roasting with BBQs- Mark talks about newest trend - using indoor rotisserie products (like the Showtime Rotisserie) to roast coffee - Talk about cupping - how Ken started- Cupping's purpose- Cupping in the home for information purposes- Cupping in the home for entertainment purposes. Mark talks about the Cupping Guides on CoffeeGeek.- Ken gets some new ideas for the next editions of his books ;)Closing song by Smallfish called Smoothie King, from the Podsafe Music Network.Enjoy![...]
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Mon, 08 Aug 2005 21:27:00 +0000It's new. It's fun. It's got new audio equipment! It's the CoffeeGeek Podcast!Details:18.4mb, 65:35 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments email@example.com or call the voicemail line (NEW!) at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 013 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesIntro music: The Groove, by Audiopharm, from Podsafe Music NetworkIntroduction, props going out to the EatFeed podcast, and a plea from Mark for them to start doing the show again.Comments on new audio setup for the CG Podcast (including what appears to be one bum microphone :( ). Let us know how you like the audio: firstname.lastname@example.org.We're on Sirius Radio this week! Thanks to Tim Henson of the Distorted View show for featuring our podcast in his guest appearance, taking over for Adam Curry on Sirius!News with Jeanette Chan. Heaps of it! ;)- contact Jeanette at email@example.com or visit the Resources section at CoffeeGeek.- Too much news to list - go to the Resources section to see it all.- Nice discussion by a professor on equating a jar full of stuff (incl. coffee) with life.- Discussion on Maxwell House "lowering prices for consumers" and how Kraft Foods should instead keep prices level, pay farmers more, and increase the quality of their drink.- Discussion on Starbucks not going into black neighbourhoods, but Mark talks about how Starbucks is becoming McDonalds, and how the Washington Post parroted coffee blogs and CoffeeGeek.com by saying so.- 90 second rant on premade, prepackaged coffee beveragesCoffee Evaluation- Coffees evaluated from CoffeeEmergency: the CBX Dark Espresso and the Panama Berlina Organic.- Evaluation with Beata and Mark- Jeanette phones in comments on the Panama- Instaurator (Inny from Australia) and Mark evaluate the Panama.Wrap up, reminder to go to Podcast Alley to vote for us, or to subscribe to the show in iTunes.Enjoy![...]
Thu, 04 Aug 2005 00:14:00 +0000Show Notes
Fri, 29 Jul 2005 02:30:00 +0000Snakeeyes is up. Listen to me burn several bridges! ;) (but who knows - instead of being pissed off, maybe certain parties will learn from the dissatisfaction expressed). I'm talking to you SW and MF! :DDetails:16.4mb, 55:35 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free and leave an audio question at 1-800-332-9477.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 011 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show Notes- Promo played on Daily Source Code (www.curry.com)- Promo played on Distorted View Daily (www.distortedview.com) - Adult content- Big shout out to GrapeRadio.com for their all about port episode.Listener Emails- Reader "gets it" on grinding, asks for tips on the Mazzer Mini- Reader asks about long term storage of roasted Coffee. Mark says just say no. Mentions Derek Powazek's blog where he gets one thing wrong.- Reader asks about Solis SL-70, asks for tips on avoiding "blond crema".- Restaurant espresso feedback from last episode - Mark suggests a grass roots effort to politely demand better coffee and espresso from fine dining restaurants.- Reader talks about caffeine levels in various consumer items - Mark talks about caffeine levels in espresso and brewed coffee- Reader writes in and asks if you can "cheat" the large C02 amounts in just-roasted coffee by leaving ground coffee sitting for a while.News with Jeanette Chan- news articles can be found on CoffeeGeek in the Resources section Jeanette can be reached at email@example.com- News on Cancer Fundraiser involving coffee - Disease resistant coffee in Africa- Dunkin Donuts Robber Stopper keeps his coffee intact- Dude on horse rides through drive through window at a Timmy Ho's, and gets charged!- Specialty coffee consumption is up - SCAA mentioned. Mark goes on a rant tear about the SCAA. Says the real reason why specialty coffee consumption is up is the Internet and the myriad of coffee information sites.- Starbucks knockoff in Ethiopia. Go Fake Starbucks!- 90 second rant, Jeanette talks about department store espresso machines.Close out talk, News about upcoming podcastsMark plays a song written by Sandy Andina, a CoffeeGeek member.Enjoy![...]
Mon, 25 Jul 2005 01:05:00 +0000CGP 010 is online!
Mon, 18 Jul 2005 01:10:00 +0000Show Notes
Thu, 14 Jul 2005 02:40:00 +0000... but you would know that if you are subscribed through a program like iTunes or iPodder, wouldn't you ;)But for those who just like downloading the MP3 raw, here you go:12.5mb, 43:48 (mm:sec) 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free and leave an audio question at 1-800-332-9477.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 008 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show NotesShownotesFunny intro, created by Louis Counter www.brokendrumrecords.comSend your creative intro (30 seconds to 2 minutes) for the show to email@example.comIced Americano Recipe:- 12 oz glass, fill with 4 oz water, four ice cubes- brew double shot of espresso- pour into glass, stir- add sugar water and milk or cream to tasteHosting Mp3s on Liberated Syndication. Check out our blog at LibsynPassed 1,000 regular subscribers, and an average of 1800 downloads per show (and climbing)Discussion about how the CG Podcast is made- Sony ECMMS907 Microphone- Sony VGN-T250 Notebook Computer- Audacity used to record.- File saved as OGG Vorbis, 8 quality, then converted to a 32-40kbit, 44.1khz Mono MP3 file- iTunes used to create ID2 tags, insert "album art"Rant about email to CoffeeGeek - averaging nearly 200 a day now.Mark asks listeners to do their legwork first before emailing questions that are not podcast related- use Google- research our CoffeeGeek Forums for answers to your questions- use our Consumer Reviews section to find out about machines.Mark doesn't want to discourage emails, but asks that you do some research on your own first before you email him.Primer on CoffeeGeek Site - Forums, Guides section, Resources Section, more.Teaser on the forthcoming gargantuan Espresso GuideMachines undergoing final processes for their Detailed Reviews- Innova Arc Espresso machine, from Morala Trading in Ottawa, Canada (>$400 Cdn)- Innova Dream Espresso machine, also from Morala Trading, about $650 Cdn- Jura Capresso S9 Super Automatic, from 1st in CoffeeAlso mentioned, Solis SL-70Shoutout to Chris Tacy, found at http://godshot.blogspot.comAlso listen to the Portafilter Podcast, found at www.portafilter.netNext podcast should be online tomorrow. I am (still) manually updating the links on the front page and here in forums. Subscribe, and you'll never[...]
Sun, 10 Jul 2005 19:19:00 +0000Hola Folks! CoffeeGeek Podcast 007 is online, and we had a lot of fun with this one. Where else can you go from Aretha Franklin, to Bach, to Marilyn Manson all in the same podcast? Oh, and a little Bond too.MP3 Format: 16.2mb, 71:03 (mm:sec) 32 kbps bitrate, 32Hz sample rate, mono channel.Questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free and leave an audio question at 1-800-332-9477.Take your pick on how to listen:RSS Feed link for subscribing, orCG Podcast 007 MP3 File for straight downloading.Apple iTunes direct link.Show notes:IntroductionLittle Bond ClipTalk about Danny, the England Espresso Guy Farmers Markets rock - can be hidden places to find good espressoListener MailWhat are CoffeeGeeks' fave drinks?Why doesn't Mark like ristrettos?Audio Question - including segments that cover definitions of basic terms in coffee and espressoNews SegmentQuick news - company with organic coffees; roasting company beats folgers, dean & deluca in blind taste test; Drink lots of coffee and reduce type 2 diabetes.Discussion news - Jamaican Blue Mountain - scammers worried about scams? Kopi Luwak discussion - yes it is real, and Mark talks about how he got 5 pounds; Cafe Culture and "hanging out" making a comeback?90 Second Rant: Magazines and TV never show good design incorporating espresso and coffee email@example.comCoffee and Espresso Tips for NewbiesBeata wonders why the macchiato she gets at Mark's house or at good cafes is different from the macchiato Starbucks makesMark details the basic drinks made with espresso, including americano, ristretto, cappuccino, latte, mocha, cafe au lait (technically, a moka pot based drink) and more. Rants quite a bit ;)Iced decaf triple grande cinnamon no fat mocha..... extra hot. (grin)Sites mentioned:www.dannyscoffee.comwww.smithfarms.comClick Here (www.portafilter.net)"CoffeeGeek Resources"Enjoy, leave feedback, call the toll free![...]
Thu, 07 Jul 2005 05:21:00 +0000
We have lots of podcast plans for down the road, but for now, I want to hear what you would like in the CoffeeGeek Podcast. Here's some of our suggested segments; Tell us if they suit, and if we're missing anything.
- Roundtable discussions with experts in the coffee and espresso business.
- Interviews with coffee and espresso experts around the world
- Discussions with people just discovering the joys of fine coffee
- Coffee as a cultural and artistic thing
- How-to segments teaching the art of coffee and espresso
- News from the world of coffee and espresso
- Product Reviews
- Editorial pieces, including discussion on ethical coffee issues and more.
Wed, 06 Jul 2005 20:00:00 +0000
Intro - what is the podcast all about; Coffee as a passion, and not as a fuel; Read Usenet: groups.google.com and search for alt.coffee Portafilter.net shoutout (www.portafilter.net)
Vote at PodcastAlley.com for the CG Podcast
Mail Call Segment
Mail 1 - what about a $100 setup: Get a grinder. Get good coffee. (Bodum Antigua)
Finding cheap prices: www.froogle.com
Yama Vacpot: www.baratza.com
Mail 2 - Coffee as a ritual for beginners Pointer to www.coffeegeek.com/opinions/newbiecolumn Newbie Revelations
Mail 3 - Recommend a machine to me.
Two machines mentioned - Gaggia Carezza, Solis SL-70
Mail 4 - How many beans in a cup
Mini Review, Reg Barber Tamper Review / Interview with Matt, Prado Cafe www.pradocafe.com
Reg Barber all metal anodized tamper, www.regbarber.com . Highly recommended.
Roundtable Discussion with Alistair Durie (www.elysianroom.com), Sammy Piccolo (www.caffeartigiano.com), Mark Prince and Aaron DeLazzar (Coffee Missionary) Camping coffee. Mentioned products: Peugeot Grinder, Zassenhaus Grinders, Press Pots Cafes with culture: Victrola Coffee (www.victrolacoffee.net), Shoutout to Tonx' website (www.tonx.org)
Wrapup. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun, 03 Jul 2005 14:29:00 +0000The fifth installment in the CoffeeGeek Podcast features an expanded news section from Jeanette Chan; a new segment we're tentatively calling "Advanced Coffee and Espresso Techniques for the Coffee Newbie"; this week we talk about good coffee on a budget.