Well, if you didn’t already figure it out. I have to C O N C E N T R A T E on some things that makes it so that I can’t be focused as I would prefer on the “Bean Chaser Blog.”
I appreciate friends like Jason Dominy, Jim Hoffman and crew, Mark Prince, Dan at HB, Chemically Imbalanced, Tonx, Shannon Hudgens, Kevin & Regina @ Crema Roasters, Geoff Corey, Scott Conary, and I will even thank Nick Cho, and I can’t leave out the team at Octane and by name Tony. The home roasting ability of George Holt. Finally, I thank, the professional roasting of Intelligensia Roasters and Counter Culture Coffee.
There is no certian order to that list. Some listed had a HUGE impact on my life and I will be forever thankful. And there is some there that taught me a huge lesson on what not to do (I mean that good and bad). I will have forgotten some, I guess. It’s is unavoidable. Some people I have there faces in my head and I can’t remember their names.
If I hadn’t found Mark Prince in a Google search for “French Press” this would have never been started and I hadn’t have ever messaged Tonx, I would have never found Hudge, and thus, I would have never had my first INCREDIBLE shot of espresso (single origin, mind you). If I hadn’t found Hudge I wouldn’t have this massive two group Faema in my kitchen, which in the words of my brother-in-law “is the first and last thing you see in that house.”
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Well if you don’t know who they are or who he (on the shirt) is I guess you could ask in the comments section.
This is idol worship, but I like it!
Courtesy of Portafilter.net
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Anybody remember the computer game called “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” I played that thing on a RadioShack Tandy back in the day! And I OWNED it! I could beat it ten ways each day! 🙂
I guess some people are asking where I am and what I am doing. I have a few answers:
- It isn’t work that is keeping me from posting quality information to my site.
- It isn’t a lack of quality coffee (will reference some later in the post).
- It is Twittering. There is the whole blame.
The last post was the 21st of December. I have found that Twitter is a fantastic tool for “Micro-Blogging” and I have been using it more and more every day. On the mobile, at the desktop and checking the DMs constantly. I “tweet” about anything and everything, coffee included.
Christmas was special. We really had a good time this year. I love Christmas and we try to make it a special coffee experience every year, as well. This year, as previously posted, we went across the pond to the United Kingdom and purchased a fantastic group of coffees from @SquareMile Roasters in London (see there I go twittering).
The coffee Square Mile sent us was fantastic. The Los luchadores Espresso was surely in a class by itself. Everybody knows I like Toscano from CCC and this espresso was just as good and in some respects, better. The Santa Rita Natural was just that: Natural. Really full of flavor. I even sneaked a espresso shot of that COE and it was great just as a SO espresso. While there wasn’t anything wrong with the El Portillo, it just wasn’t the Santa Rita! It was great, please don’t misunderstand me. But, the Santa Rita just kept coming back to us.
We surely enjoyed our time with their coffee and the shipping was great too; eight days to the Eastern United States off of roast. I think that is perfect timing for some degassing and such.
Since running out of the Square Mile, the wifey and I have been going to Raleigh every 10 days or so and buying whatever strike our fancy up at Helios Cafe in downtown. They serve Counter Culture Coffee.
Thanks for the visit and enjoy your coffee for the day!
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If you want to see pure frustration and dissapointment check this Barista Exchange post out from Jason Dominy, “Starbucks has the most ‘skilled baristas’ in Charlotte”.
It truly is sad to see an article like that. I wonder what the editor’s selection critera and such were.
Absolutely wonderful and deserved! Congrats to Miss M’Lissa and the gang at Octane. I have been absent for about a month, I must get back in there, but I have been up and down the east coast on I-95 from Miami up to the top of N.J. I will be back soon!
The Chestnut Hill Coffee Co. full review and pictures may be found over here on a dedicated page. I hope you enjoy and expect more coffee shop reviews in the near future!
The is the work of the wife. Need I say more? I mean really? The funny fact is I went Christmas shopping today and when I got back to the computer there was a search for “Latte Art” in Google. She wants to get better!