Barista Training and Competitions

June 26, 2015


Training. My goal is to create a viable, valuable coffee professional, one who can not only replicate but change culture. I like to deal in incentives, not consequences. Incentives can only work so well, because quite often, our barista community and culture lacks vision and drive to sustain and grow. Organizational principles show us that culture […]

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June 19, 2015


It’s more than a bit amusing to me that I’m writing a little blurb here because I’ve rediscovered a previous love, a… thing… that once opened up my curiosity and pushed me to think and grow and humble myself and learn. Back in the day, I loved coffee. Eight years ago now, I discovered the transformative […]

Posted in: Non-Coffee


March 5, 2015


Most times when I write, I have a bit of an agenda–not so today. I’m sipping on a late-in-the-day brew of David’s USBC competition coffee, Rancho Tio Emilio from Ecuador. The brew itself is decent, but the coffee is wonderful. Sweet tropical fruit notes with complementing acidity dominate, and a deceptively syrupy body to round […]

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October 22, 2014


This is going to be one of those vague, imprecise posts that I write from a darkened room–literally and figuratively. My eyes see the sun shining outside the window, just as my heart longs to be able to enjoy that sunshine. But, just like my eyes, my heart is accustomed to the dimly-lit room in […]

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September 12, 2014


I’m going to miss my dad. If you ask my siblings and cousins, I was the child that looked most like him. When I started to wear old-school aloha shirts I’d purchased off of eBay, the nickname “Gabby Jr.” was solidified. Our similarities went beyond looks, too. He passed on his love of words, sports, […]

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Barista Bashing

July 27, 2014


My tone may be a touch exasperated. My thoughts will likely lack tact, and, truth be told, are prone to hurt feelings. If I fail to convey my points clearly, I beg your pardon, for I am well into a cold fury of seething ire, tempered repeatedly by the uncaring failure of those into whom […]

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Notes: Tasting and Barista Competitions

June 18, 2014


I’m not a huge fan of the lack of practicality found in the current iteration of the barista competition format. Nor do I particularly care for the way that information about a particular coffee — be it origin, roast level, or tasting notes — is conveyed on a bag of that coffee. Both of these current […]

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