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Coffee Origins – Is Starbucks the problem?

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Tom Knudson, published an important story recently in the Sacramento Bee called “Promises and Poverty”. This story highlights the inconsistency between the claims made by coffee companies operating in the coffee growing regions of Ethiopia and what is in fact really going on there. The story focuses on Starbucks’ social mission, […]

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Coffee Conscience – Trabant is all that

Within the walls and halls of specific cafes around Seattle, around the country, and even Canada, something verging on a Revolution in mind and action is occurring. This revolution is based on paying attention to the finer details of coffee preparation, but it also includes pouring time, energy and resources into developing awareness and formulating […]

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Lever shot through naked portafilter

I’ve always been curious to see how a shot pulls from a lever machine using a naked portafilter – so, we rebuilt an old Simonelli ISX lever and drilled out the portafilter. Here’s the vid:   What we noticed is that there is an odd & disturbing cone of foam that forms at the end […]

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Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Especial

I am sure by now most of us have heard of the Panama Esmeralda that Caffe Artigiano was selling for $15 per cup. This post isn’t discussing the taste of the coffee, but rather the marketing of this coffee and what I noticed at Artigiano. I have been to the Hornby location many times to […]

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