CoffeeGeek Podcast
Snakeeyes is up. Listen to me burn several bridges! ;) (but who knows - instead of being pissed off, maybe certain parties will learn from the dissatisfaction expressed). I'm talking to you SW and MF! :D

Details:

16.4mb, 55:35 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call toll free and leave an audio question at 1-800-332-9477.

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RSS Feed link for subscribing, or

CG Podcast 011 MP3 File  for straight downloading.

Apple iTunes direct link.

Show Notes

- Promo played on Daily Source Code (www.curry.com)
- Promo played on Distorted View Daily (www.distortedview.com) - Adult content
- Big shout out to GrapeRadio.com for their all about port episode.

Listener Emails
- Reader "gets it" on grinding, asks for tips on the Mazzer Mini
- Reader asks about long term storage of roasted Coffee. Mark says just say no. Mentions Derek Powazek's blog where he gets one thing wrong.
- Reader asks about Solis SL-70, asks for tips on avoiding "blond crema".
- Restaurant espresso feedback from last episode - Mark suggests a grass roots effort to politely demand better coffee and espresso from fine dining restaurants.
- Reader talks about caffeine levels in various consumer items - Mark talks about caffeine levels in espresso and brewed coffee
- Reader writes in and asks if you can "cheat" the large C02 amounts in just-roasted coffee by leaving ground coffee sitting for a while.

News with Jeanette Chan
- news articles can be found on CoffeeGeek in the Resources section Jeanette can be reached at news@coffeegeek.com
- News on Cancer Fundraiser involving coffee
- Disease resistant coffee in Africa
- Dunkin Donuts Robber Stopper keeps his coffee intact
- Dude on horse rides through drive through window at a Timmy Ho's, and gets charged!
- Specialty coffee consumption is up - SCAA mentioned. Mark goes on a rant tear about the SCAA. Says the real reason why specialty coffee consumption is up is the Internet and the myriad of coffee information sites.
- Starbucks knockoff in Ethiopia. Go Fake Starbucks!
- 90 second rant, Jeanette talks about department store espresso machines.

Close out talk, News about upcoming podcasts
Mark plays a song written by Sandy Andina, a CoffeeGeek member.

Enjoy!
Direct download: cgpodcast_011.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:30 AM

CGP 010 is online!

Details:

15mb, 53mins. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call toll free and leave an audio question at 1-800-332-9477.

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RSS Feed link for subscribing, or

CG Podcast 010 MP3 File  for straight downloading.

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Show Notes

- No roundtable again. It's a bitch to edit.
- Discussion on Restaurant Coffee, and how the best restaurant in the US (French Laundry - website) doesn't even "get it", serving illy pod espresso.
- Suggestion that somelliers at fine dining establishments learn about high end coffee and espresso, take advanced barista training courses, and add it to their repetoire.
- Talk about port wine, and how it is the "espresso" of the booze world (apologies to whiskey and wine drinkers).
- Mark's picks on the best bargains in port wine right now
- Listener emails answered:
 - How to know you're getting a good shot of espresso in a cafe
 - How important the quality of espresso is in milk drinks
 - More on ristretto as a "crutch" drink
 - Coffee brewers for the physically disabled.

Enjoy folks! Next wednesday, news with Jeanette Chan and maybe a round table ;)
Direct download: cgpodcast_010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05 AM

Show Notes

Cool intro music sent in by Martin Boiselle
Send in your CG Podcast intro promo / tune to podcast@coffeegeek.com

No roundtable yet - editing nightmare

Audio Question - what's Mark's opinion on the Thor Tamper (www.thortamper.com)

Long discussion on the Thor Tamper and why tamping is important.

News with Jeanette Chan (and guest Beata Siwinski!)  news@coffeegeek.com
- "CoffeeGeek Resources" for more info
- Detailed Article about farms working to get fair wages for their labourers
- Coffee Carts make big business
- Failed attempt to sneak a sheep article in ;)
- Proposed Nairobi sales of Coffee
- Discussion: Tully's Losing money. Mark talks about the Tully's trainer being a last minute USBC entrant.
- Discussion - a new balance brewer on the market (www.espressovero.com). Mark gives a tiny primer on vac pots and balance brewers, and says the Espresso Vero offerings are too expensive. Mentions Hario (www.hario.com).
- 90 Second Rant - messy coffee!

This podcast is sponsored by www.1stincoffee.com and we really appreciate their sponsorship. If you like this podcast, please consider 1st in Coffee the next time you're in the market for anything coffee and espresso related.

Woot! Enjoy! Comment! We don't live in a vacuum! Only good coffee does, occasionally.
Direct download: cgpodcast_009.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10 AM

... but you would know that if you are subscribed through a program like iTunes or iPodder, wouldn't you ;)

But for those who just like downloading the MP3 raw, here you go:

12.5mb, 43:48 (mm:sec) 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call toll free and leave an audio question at 1-800-332-9477.

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CG Podcast 008 MP3 File  for straight downloading.

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Show Notes
Shownotes

Funny intro, created by Louis Counter www.brokendrumrecords.com
Send your creative intro (30 seconds to 2 minutes) for the show to podcast@coffeegeek.com

Iced Americano Recipe:
- 12 oz glass, fill with 4 oz water, four ice cubes
- brew double shot of espresso
- pour into glass, stir
- add sugar water and milk or cream to taste

Hosting Mp3s on Liberated Syndication. Check out our blog at Libsyn
Passed 1,000 regular subscribers, and an average of 1800 downloads per show (and climbing)

Discussion about how the CG Podcast is made
- Sony ECMMS907 Microphone
- Sony VGN-T250 Notebook Computer
- Audacity used to record.
- File saved as OGG Vorbis, 8 quality, then converted to a 32-40kbit, 44.1khz Mono MP3 file
- iTunes used to create ID2 tags, insert "album art"

Rant about email to CoffeeGeek - averaging nearly 200 a day now.
Mark asks listeners to do their legwork first before emailing questions that are not podcast related
- use Google
- research our CoffeeGeek Forums for answers to your questions
- use our Consumer Reviews section to find out about machines.

Mark doesn't want to discourage emails, but asks that you do some research on your own first before you email him.

Primer on CoffeeGeek Site - Forums, Guides section, Resources Section, more.
Teaser on the forthcoming gargantuan Espresso Guide

Machines undergoing final processes for their Detailed Reviews
- Innova Arc Espresso machine, from Morala Trading in Ottawa, Canada (>$400 Cdn)
- Innova Dream Espresso machine, also from Morala Trading, about $650 Cdn
- Jura Capresso S9 Super Automatic, from 1st in Coffee
Also mentioned, Solis SL-70

Shoutout to Chris Tacy, found at http://godshot.blogspot.com
Also listen to the Portafilter Podcast, found at www.portafilter.net

Next podcast should be online tomorrow. I am (still) manually updating the links on the front page and here in forums. Subscribe, and you'll never miss a podcast, even if I am slow in posting these manual changes ;)
Direct download: cgpodcast_008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:40 AM

Hola Folks! CoffeeGeek Podcast 007 is online, and we had a lot of fun with this one. Where else can you go from Aretha Franklin, to Bach, to Marilyn Manson all in the same podcast? Oh, and a little Bond too.

MP3 Format: 16.2mb, 71:03 (mm:sec) 32 kbps bitrate, 32Hz sample rate, mono channel.

Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call toll free and leave an audio question at 1-800-332-9477.

Take your pick on how to listen:

RSS Feed link for subscribing, or

CG Podcast 007 MP3 File  for straight downloading.

Apple iTunes direct link.

Show notes:
Introduction
Little Bond Clip
Talk about Danny, the England Espresso Guy
Farmers Markets rock - can be hidden places to find good espresso

Listener Mail
What are CoffeeGeeks' fave drinks?
Why doesn't Mark like ristrettos?
Audio Question - including segments that cover definitions of basic terms in coffee and espresso

News Segment
Quick news - company with organic coffees; roasting company beats folgers, dean & deluca in blind taste test; Drink lots of coffee and reduce type 2 diabetes.
Discussion news - Jamaican Blue Mountain - scammers worried about scams? Kopi Luwak discussion - yes it is real, and Mark talks about how he got 5 pounds; Cafe Culture and "hanging out" making a comeback?
90 Second Rant: Magazines and TV never show good design incorporating espresso and coffee makers.
news@coffeegeek.com

Coffee and Espresso Tips for Newbies
Beata wonders why the macchiato she gets at Mark's house or at good cafes is different from the macchiato Starbucks makes
Mark details the basic drinks made with espresso, including americano, ristretto, cappuccino, latte, mocha, cafe au lait (technically, a moka pot based drink) and more. Rants quite a bit ;)

Iced decaf triple grande cinnamon no fat mocha..... extra hot. (grin)

Sites mentioned:
www.dannyscoffee.com
www.smithfarms.com
Click Here (www.portafilter.net)
"CoffeeGeek Resources"

Enjoy, leave feedback, call the toll free!
Direct download: cgpodcast_007.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:19 PM

We have lots of podcast plans for down the road, but for now, I want to hear what you would like in the CoffeeGeek Podcast. Here's some of our suggested segments; Tell us if they suit, and if we're missing anything.

- Roundtable discussions with experts in the coffee and espresso business.

- Interviews with coffee and espresso experts around the world

- Discussions with people just discovering the joys of fine coffee

- Coffee as a cultural and artistic thing

- How-to segments teaching the art of coffee and espresso

- News from the world of coffee and espresso

- Product Reviews

- Editorial pieces, including discussion on ethical coffee issues and more.

Category:upcoming podcasts -- posted at: 5:21 AM

Intro - what is the podcast all about; Coffee as a passion, and not as a fuel; Read Usenet: groups.google.com and search for alt.coffee Portafilter.net shoutout (www.portafilter.net)

Vote at PodcastAlley.com for the CG Podcast

Mail Call Segment
Mail 1 - what about a $100 setup: Get a grinder. Get good coffee. (Bodum Antigua)

Finding cheap prices: www.froogle.com
Yama Vacpot: www.baratza.com
Mail 2 - Coffee as a ritual for beginners Pointer to www.coffeegeek.com/opinions/newbiecolumn Newbie Revelations
Mail 3 - Recommend a machine to me.
Two machines mentioned - Gaggia Carezza, Solis SL-70
Mail 4 - How many beans in a cup

Mini Review, Reg Barber Tamper Review / Interview with Matt, Prado Cafe www.pradocafe.com
Reg Barber all metal anodized tamper, www.regbarber.com . Highly recommended.

Roundtable Discussion with Alistair Durie (www.elysianroom.com), Sammy Piccolo (www.caffeartigiano.com), Mark Prince and Aaron DeLazzar (Coffee Missionary) Camping coffee. Mentioned products: Peugeot Grinder, Zassenhaus Grinders, Press Pots Cafes with culture: Victrola Coffee (www.victrolacoffee.net), Shoutout to Tonx' website (www.tonx.org)

Wrapup. Email questions to podcast@coffeegeek.com

Direct download: cgpodcast_006.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00 PM

The fifth installment in the CoffeeGeek Podcast features an expanded news section from Jeanette Chan; a new segment we're tentatively calling "Advanced Coffee and Espresso Techniques for the Coffee Newbie"; this week we talk about good coffee on a budget.

This is definitely a consumer-oriented podcast. The roundtable I was hoping to have in this issue will wait until the next podcast.

MP3 format 9.0mb, 39:03 (mm:sec) 32 kbps bitrate, 24 kHz sample rate, mono channel.

Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call toll free and leave an audio question at 1-800-332-9477.
Direct download: cgpodcast_005.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:29 PM