Opus

April 6, 2016

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Recently, someone approached me about doing a little project: roast a rare, expensive coffee, just a one-off, and share it. For a variety of reasons, I said that that would be preposterous. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I’m all for the sharing of coffees, even the expensive sorts, but this was… well, you’ll just have to […]

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Bucket List

March 27, 2016

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Know what I wish? Know what’s on my coffee bucket list? I wish baristas would shut up and earn what they have. So, to you, Barista Rock Star, do what you’ve been told, and maybe you’ll earn the right to learn what you don’t yet know. The fact that you whine about not learning anything […]

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Barista Training and Competitions

June 26, 2015

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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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Seeing

June 19, 2015

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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 […]

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Sweetness

March 5, 2015

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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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Sunshine

October 22, 2014

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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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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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