Archive for February, 2012

Ethiopia Coffee and Culture Celebration in Atlanta.

It all started with my first Ethiopian coffee ceremony several years ago. I was working for Dilworth Coffee, and was asked to come to a local Ethiopian grocery, as they were looking to buy an espresso machine. I had no idea I’d be invited to be a part of partaking of the coffee ceremony, and Read more

Cold Coffee

Cold Coffee. It’s usually what I find at my desk after I have been distracted by other tasks besides drinking coffee. I pour a cup, I sit at my desk and then before I know it I have cold coffee. Cold Coffee is usually an unpleasant surprise,when you drink what you think is piping hot Read more

Batdorf Atlanta hosts a Miracle Berry Flavor Tripping Party!

Last week, we hosted the first of our Miracle Berry Flavor Tripping Parties. For these, I partnered up with our good friends over at Scoutmob, since this is right up their alley for adventure. We had 150 people (plus about 15 who volunteered for the event, including an amazing amount of help from our friends Read more

Scorched!

As a coffee trainer I am exposed to different makes and models of espresso machines almost daily.  New models allow expert baristas additional options: adjust pump pressure during extraction, pre-infusion, etc.  Yet the vast majority of these machines brew at, or very near, 200F. Older espresso machines, along with some new La San Marco’s, use Read more

Podcast, Episode 4: Relationship Coffee

    Batdorf & Bronson Podcast: Relationship Coffee  Download: Batdorf and Bronson Podcast: Relationship Coffee (4.4 mb) Bob Benck, Batdorf & Bronson’s Green Coffee Buyer discusses the ways Relationship Coffee connects producers to consumers and consumers to coffee’s supply chain. Central America’s harvest is underway and Bob recently returned from Finca El Valle in Antigua, Read more

NW Regional Barista Competition wrap-up

This past weekend, I had the privilege of competing in this year’s NW Regional Barista Championship that coincided with the Second annual NW Brewer’s Cup competition. Baristas from all over the Northwest region ( Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington), gathered at the Tacoma Convention Center for this annual competition. Most of the competitors in Read more