Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Message In Hand

Message In Hand I am stoked to tell you all about a great initiative that Third Place Consulting is launching. This goes to the bottom line of using a third place to fund causes. We can change the world one cup of coffee at at time.

Ever heard the phrase that ‘for the price of a cup of coffee you can change the world?’ Well, it might actually be true, but you don’t have to give up your cup of coffee to do it. Just USE your cup of coffee to change the world!

Message in Hand is an initiative to create conversational coffee sleeves that will share the message and bring awareness to great causes. Through the exposure to these messages, people will become aware of ways to be active in supporting or becoming involved in efforts, causes, and plans to bring support to children in underdeveloped countries, provide mosquito nets for families in Africa, help aid homeless families, etc. The average person spends 45 minutes with their coffee drink, and this is a way for a cafe community to reach beyond itself and make a difference in the world.

The current Message In Hand is in collaboration with the Junky Car Club and Compassion International. This year Junky Car Club set an ambitious goal of supporting 500 children through its network, and we thought this would be a great way to launch Message In Hand.

How can you and your café become involved in this initiative? It will involve simply ordering Message in Hand sleeves for your café. These sleeves are similar in price to the sleeves that cafés are already purchasing and are made by a reputable company in the coffee industry. Why not leverage your purchasing power to get the message in the hands of your customers?

Sunday May 04, 2008

Third Place Vacation

church bartender @ WFX Three days last week I took a little vacation to head down to Indianapolis for the Worship Facility Expo where I rocked it out making drinks at the Aspen, Cogun, Third Place Consulting booth. I was there to help share what God is doing at the cafe at my home church, share how a third place at someone's home church can be used to the Glory of the Lord and to make some awesome drinks. The conversation that took place and the people that I had the pleasure of meeting were well worth the time and investment. Who knows, I met get a chance to do it all over again in the fall. Now to figure out how to up my home espresso machine to a Nouva...

For what it's worth.

Tuesday Apr 08, 2008

coffee abroad


The coffee abroad has not been to decent to date. Had a nice americano in Amsterdam at Coffee Connection, Dave was great barista. The coffee on flights and at the hotel are a pass. Stopped by Caffe Nero yesterday for the latte above, a bit less than I am use to. The americano this morning from Nero was proper and good to the last drop.

For what it's worth.

Tuesday Apr 01, 2008

Starbucks keeps growing...

Arizona Coffee to be acquired by Starbucks.

Tuesday Feb 26, 2008

ink anyone?

I give this guy props for showing off commitment to the craft.

I sent my wife the link... and got the following back, "don't even think about it". If you have some ink that shows off your dedication to the career you are in post the links in the comments.

For what it's worth.

Friday Jan 25, 2008

Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

My Little Barista

Based on a conversation the other day with my little girl I am now in search of a toy espresso machine. She was playing in her new kitchen and I was being served a slice of cake. I asked if I could have a cup of coffee, she informed me that she did not have an espresso machine so I was getting tea. Fair enough... that means that daddy needs to get her a espresso machine for practicing. She all ready crawls up on the counter when I am making drinks at home. She know the process: grind, dose, tamp, polish, lock it in, pull the shots, knock it out. That is my little barista.

For what it's worth.

Monday Nov 05, 2007

Virtual Barista Battle

Thanks to James for posting this great comic

Let the virtual barista battle begin...

For what it's worth.

Friday Oct 26, 2007

mini portafilter

portafilter keyring Today brings me one step closer in my coffee geek life, I have ordered a keyring that is a mini portafilter. Just working daily at increasing my geekness in all areas of my life, today is in coffee.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Oct 11, 2007


Well more in the coffee category for the week. This week my drink of choice is a personal take on big brand canned coffee drink. Since I really don't want issues with copyright, trademark, laywers ... I will call it the #2. Simple put, sweetened cream and espresso bliss.

Drink Up.

For what it's worth.

Wednesday Sep 26, 2007

domain recovery - third place cafe

I just helped a friend recover a domain that he has been trying to get back for a few years now. The previous domain holder let it lapse and we picked it up from a domain auction house... a little overpriced but worth getting it back.

I have my bids out for a couple other domains that some non-profit organizations I help are trying to get a hold of... I know everyones in it for a buck but come on...

For what it's worth.

Tuesday Sep 18, 2007

Public Place / Private Music

As you know, I am huge fan of coffeehouses and love them as third places for gatherings. So as we gather individually or in groups there should still remain a sense of personal and private space. Today I was in a coffeehouse where I felt my private space was invaded. I don't mind if someone listens to their music via headphones of even their laptops speakers but there is no need to crank is so loud that I can hear it from the other side of the seating area. At that point place the headphones on. Just a thought.

For what it's worth.

Friday Sep 14, 2007

Art in different forms

So the current world barista champion posed a litte challenge. That is to pour some absurd latte art. I have to say that so far I think the boys from intelligentsia LA are winning. Check out these fliks.

For what it's worth.

Friday Aug 31, 2007

Alfred Peet, 87

Alfred Peet the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea has pass away at 87. Thank you Mr. Peet for your years of service to the specialty coffee world.

For what it's worth.

Monday Aug 13, 2007

Drink Up

Ah, I was going to title this drink of the week but that places to much pressure on me to keep up... so for now there will be an occasional drink update on what I am currently enjoying as my "regular". As of now I am enjoying sipping on an iced americano made with some great beans.

Drink Up.

For what it's worth

Thursday Aug 09, 2007

Heather's USBC Blend

Shortly before the winner was announced at the World Barista Championship I had placed and order for a pound of Heather's blend that she used to win the USBC. If I was smart I should have waited a bit and ordered the blend she used at the WBC. But now to the point, it arrived today and as any good coffee geek I quickly ripped open the FedEx package and made sure the espresso machine was on and warmed up. Upon opening the bag I was met with a very pleasant aroma that just made the taste buds start watering. I measured out enough for a double espresso and tossed it in the grinder, pre-warmed my espresso cup, dosed, tamped and pulled a great double. The creama was amazing and the bouquet was great as I waited for the shot to pull. The shot has a nice citrus note and a very elegant berry note. Oh this is going to be a good pound of beans... I will have to try it in a cappuccino to see how it works with milk, which I am sure will be great as well.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

James Hoffmann - 2007 World Barista Champion

A huge congratulations to James Hoffmann being awarded the 2007 World Barista Champion!  And another round off applause to ZacharyZachary for the awesome coverage of the WBC.

For what it's worth.

Monday Jul 30, 2007

Go Heather

Go Heather.  We are cheering for you at the WBC.

Heather's round one performance is posted below, all coverage was by ZacharyZachary.

For what it's worth

Tuesday Apr 24, 2007

Caffe Pods

Now some of the speciality roasters are getting in to pods as well. Now someone can enjoy awesome coffee one cup at a time. I personally would not go this route in our home but it would be so much better if hotels started to use these instead of those nasty 1/2 pot big name packets of coffee... and just that is being rumored to be happening.

For what it's worth.

Monday Apr 02, 2007

Bald and Clean

Although I could be referring to myself with a title like that I am not today. If you are into coffee at all then you know how dirty coffee equipment and wares can get. If you have not tried using Joe Glo then you have been missing out. This magic powder whips the parts clean so that they look as if they were new. It was amazing to see this stuff work on the backflush cycle of the espresso machine (if your machine supports a backflush) and the groups were as clean as the day it powered up, but then to mix up the "Wicked Liquid" soaking solution and see what it can do on parts, wares, pots, ... was amazing. I totally should have taken pictures but it took a nasty old pot and made it look like we just purchased it off the shelf. Go Joe Glo!

For what it's worth.

Wednesday Mar 21, 2007

Stepping Up, Stepping Down

So when I volunteered to help at our church's new coffeehouse I knew it was going to be a blast. This outreach is creating an opportunity to minister in new and exciting ways. As a coffee geek also I have the ability to learn/play on an Aurelia from Nova Simonelli. It was great step up from our families personal Solis SL 70... the hard part is now working on the Solis when I am at home... after you have used the big boy the little machine just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. I basically had to retrain myself on how to pull a great shot on the Solis again after having used the Aurelia. The skill is back and I can pull some great shots on both machines. I will use the Aurelia any day though. Maybe I should add one to my Christmas list...

For what it's worth.

Thursday Mar 08, 2007

flavor me up

I have to say that after helping to place a coffeehouse into our church... I have been drinking more lattes than I probably should. Here are my some conclusions on flavors from the last few weeks:

For what it's worth.

Thursday Feb 22, 2007


The time has finally come. After two+ years the expansion on our church is open, the new ministries are all kicked off and running and this weekend we are opening the coffeehouse. The name was unveiled last weekend.


Why journeys? We searched for a name that would help describe the ministry that the coffeehouse setting is envisioned to fill and the team selected it. The mission is to help create a comfortable environment for our guests - some of whom may feel anxious in a traditional church setting - to connect in relationship with their friends, old and new.

journeys defined

Stop in for a visit and a great cup of coffee... and if you time it right I might be the barista behind the bar serving you some great coffee, smoothies or other specialty beverages.

For what it's worth.

Wednesday Jan 31, 2007

Morning Coffee Quiz

So how well do you know your coffee? I took the quick quiz that someone forward me and did all right.

For what it's worth.

Monday Jan 29, 2007

Espresso Coming Soon

For that have been following the journey that I have been on while helping to lead our church building expansion it is very near completion. We will be holding our first services and classes on February 11, 2007. One of the interesting portions to this expansion was having a full on coffee house included complete with a drive up window. Last week the Aurelia from Nova Simonelli was installed. Now don't get me wrong, the coffee house will be serving up some of the best coffee and espresso based drinks in the area but that is all secondary to the real mission of the coffee house. Above all it is to help create a comfortable environment for our guests, some of which may feel anxious in a traditional church setting, to connect in relationships with their friends; old and new.

We will be unveiling the name of the coffee house on February 18, 2007. This has been an exciting venture for the church and we are excited to see where this can lead.

For what it's worth.




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