It’s Friday

It’s Friday and you’ve got time to kill… Rev up your RealPlayer and listen to Baxter Black — NPR’s cowboy poet philosopher — as he takes a swing at your favorite synthesized beverage… amer-mochaccino-bestos flavored coffee....

It’s About Semantics

Peter Morville offers a thoughtful perspective on the battling twins of control and creativity that shape information architecture. He lists a number of complex adaptive systems: examples that include collaborative filtering, reputation management, and cooperative...

Mystery Cup

Level 1 results have begun to trickle in for the Mystery Cup Challenge… and discussion is in full swing in alt.coffee. We’re really only just begun and already the event has been a huge success. People are talking about how to cup and taste — from...

A Visit to Riley’s Coffee

What you notice first is how quiet it is. At 400 plus pounds of iron and brass, chrome and enameled steel, it’s quieter in operation than any of the tiny air-roasters I own. I’m at Riley’s Coffee in Fairview Heights, Il, in the company of Barry...

On Tasting Coffee

Slurp. Swish. Spit. Not very attractive, is it? And certainly not the romantic stuff that much of the business of coffee is built on. Still, slurping, swishing and spitting — better known as cupping — is the foundation of professional coffee tasters the...

Is espresso the ultimate coffee?

Is espresso the ultimate coffee? It’s very essence? Ken Davids titled a book thataway — but you have to wonder if that speaks more of espresso, or of marketing a book. There is, of all things, a Jehovah’s Witness tract entitled “Espresso: the...

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