Daddy

September 12, 2014

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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

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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

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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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‘Ohana

May 7, 2014

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It’s difficult enough to convey all of the sights and sounds of the week I spent in Seattle. Trying to capture fully the smells, tastes, and emotions? Impossible! If there’s one thing that sticks out, though, it’s the fact that some of the most important interactions I participated in transcended coffee. The Industry is wonderful […]

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Winning

April 22, 2014

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Believe me when I say that no matter what happens this week, I’m absolutely thrilled to be sitting by myself in SeaTac, Apple devices plugged into the loosest electrical outlet known to the Continental United States, and typing this out on about four hours of very broken sleep. I flew in an hour or so […]

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Two Reasons

April 7, 2014

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Folks like myself, we get into this industry for two reasons: coffee and people. Some of us fall in love with the complexity and challenge coffee presents, chemically and socially, while others realize what a far-reaching and approachable product coffee can be. In either case, the reasons most of us stick around for longer than […]

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Professional Perspective

April 1, 2014

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I’ll say it: I miss home. Right now, as I write, I have Ho’okena playing through my ear buds. Over the past several days, I’ve thought about the places, the people, the sights and smells of home more than I usually do. Once, in my early twenties, the thought of being gone for so long […]

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