CoffeeGeek Podcast
CG Podcast 16 - Emails Galore and Phone Call 19.8mb, 69:14 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call the voicemail line (NEW!) at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.

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Show Notes
Mark Intros 16 of the CoffeeGeek Podcast, is joined  by "Personal Assistant" Beata Siwinski for the show.

Show Sponsor: Kades Coffee who are offering Podcast listeners a 15% off discount and free shipping with every order, if you use coupon code "coffeegeek" (without the quotes).

- Discussion about how there's not going to be any kind of rivalry between the CG Podcast and the Portafilter Podcast.

- A coffeegeek member in our forums has lost everything in a fire. We're running a Paypal donation link until Friday to raise money for TwoMartinis.

- News Editor Jeanette Chan will be back very soon on the podcast

Emails!

- Question about how to measure an espresso shot. Mark talks about WBC Standards, personal prefs.
- Question asking about home roasters, including Mark's fave - the Hottop.
- Question about tampers, about their cost. Mark talks about artisan tools for woodworkers, and baristas.
- Question about finding good espresso in Kansas City and San Diego. Mark lists a bunch of good cafes to check out.
- Question about difference between semi-auto and automatic espresso machines. Mark gives a primer on the four classes of espresso machines - manual, semi automatic, automatic, and super automatic.
- Question about decaf and decaf espresso. Mark talks about caffeine levels (again!) and two decaf coffees he likes - a decaf Peru Organic (buy green here) and decaf Black Cat from Intelligentsia
- Beata reads a bunch of comments from Podcast Alley
- A email about the dark underside of the crappy beans that the Big Four buy from the world market - a primer on defects and "foreign objects" the coffees have. (visit the ICO Site for more info)
- Questions about CO2 levels in coffee differing around the world
- Question asking about how to get more "single estate" coffee recognition.

Audio Call from a surprise USBC Finalist.
Mark and Beata surprise-callback that same USBC Finalist!

Enjoy folks! Remember our sponsor, www.kadescoffee.com - they brought you this podcast. Visit them and try out their coffees - use coupon code "coffeegeek" to get 15% off your order and free shipping.
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CG Podcast 015 - Ken Davids, Pt II Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call the voicemail line (NEW!) at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.

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Show Notes

- Introduction, ref to "it's about the quality, not about the buzz" thread on CoffeeGeek.
- New editor for the content section on CoffeeGeek is starting up - more articles soon?
- Podcast Alley ranking rocks - 24th as of this podcast!
- No emails or audio mails this show, but don't worry, they will be back next episode.
- Shout out to EatFeed who promise a new show very soon!
- Portafilter.net has a new podcast out - bad audio quality, great content.
- Mark talks about respecting the heck out of Chris Tacy while almost never agreeing with him.
- Mark harps on Engadget promoting a Nespresso machine when a few weeks before they got plenty of advice that dissed said nespresso.
- Mark talks about getting coffee from Ecco Cafe in Santa Rosa, and talks up the coolness factor of Andrew Barnett.

Ken Davids Interview
- Home roasting discussion - how Ken started home roasting
- Discussion about the history of home roasting since 1976
- Discussion about a patent lawyer who stymies the development of consumer home roasting products (his name is Howard Gells)
- Ken remembers "prior instance" of popcorn poppers used for home roasting, (between 1976 and 1981), long before Gells' patents were filed.
- Talk about roasters available in the 1990s
- Ken tells us that the future may have some good new products
- Discussion about drum roasters - the Alpenrost, the Hottop, roasting with BBQs
- Mark talks about newest trend - using indoor rotisserie products (like the Showtime Rotisserie) to roast coffee
- Talk about cupping - how Ken started
- Cupping's purpose
- Cupping in the home for information purposes
- Cupping in the home for entertainment purposes. Mark talks about the Cupping Guides on CoffeeGeek.
- Ken gets some new ideas for the next editions of his books ;)

Closing song by Smallfish called Smoothie King, from the Podsafe Music Network.

Enjoy!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:34pm PST

CG Podcast 014 - Emails and Instaurator! 17.6mb, 60:29 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call the voicemail line (NEW!) at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.

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Show Notes

Intro, song by Small Fish, called "Coffee Shop" from the Podsafe Music Network.

Emails
- Joe explains how Co2 transports oils, lipids and aromatics in ground coffee to your cup.
- Jason writes in about the OneSixtyBlue restaurant in Chicago doing coffee right.
- Mark explains why Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters is CoffeeGeek's official coffee supplier.
- Jason also asks about if its okay to freeze coffee, because George Howell said so. George only talked about freezing green coffee.
- Ottawa listener writes in about Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa also doing good coffee.
- Donald writes in about vac pots. Mark tells a bit, and promises an entire podcast on vacpots.
- Liam from Belfast writes in about espresso being a "whole life experience"; Mark talks about God shots and the ever moving bar of quality.
- Drew writes in asking about refurb machines and the Capresso C3000.
- Email about Starbucks and super autos.
- Audio mail about finding a good tamper for a Krups combo machine. Mark talks about the Staub Tamp
- Audio Kudos, Mark talks about the role of the podcast

Mini Round Table with Instaurator.
- you'll have to tune in to find out what was talked about. It's good stuff! And more to come from Instaurator!

Wrap up, don't forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley!

Enjoy folks!
Direct download: cgpodcast_014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:03am PST

CG Podcast 013 - Heaps o' News, Tasting Coffees It's new. It's fun. It's got new audio equipment! It's the CoffeeGeek Podcast!

Details:

18.4mb, 65:35 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

Questions or comments podcast@coffeegeek.com or call the voicemail line (NEW!) at 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.

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Show Notes
Intro music: The Groove, by Audiopharm, from Podsafe Music Network

Introduction, props going out to the EatFeed podcast, and a plea from Mark for them to start doing the show again.

Comments on new audio setup for the CG Podcast (including what appears to be one bum microphone :( ). Let us know how you like the audio: podcast@coffeegeek.com.

We're on Sirius Radio this week! Thanks to Tim Henson of the Distorted View show for featuring  our podcast in his guest appearance, taking over for Adam Curry on Sirius!

News with Jeanette Chan. Heaps of it! ;)
- contact Jeanette at news@coffeegeek.com or visit the Resources section at CoffeeGeek.

- Too much news to list - go to the Resources section to see it all.
- Nice discussion by a professor on equating a jar full of stuff (incl. coffee) with life.
- Discussion on Maxwell House "lowering prices for consumers" and how Kraft Foods should instead keep prices level, pay farmers more, and increase the quality of their drink.
- Discussion on Starbucks not going into black neighbourhoods, but Mark talks about how Starbucks is becoming McDonalds, and how the Washington Post parroted coffee blogs and CoffeeGeek.com by saying so.
- 90 second rant on premade, prepackaged coffee beverages

Coffee Evaluation
- Coffees evaluated from CoffeeEmergency: the CBX Dark Espresso and the Panama Berlina Organic.
- Evaluation with Beata and Mark
- Jeanette phones in comments on the Panama
- Instaurator (Inny from Australia) and Mark evaluate the Panama.

Wrap up, reminder to go to Podcast Alley to vote for us, or to subscribe to the show in iTunes.

Enjoy!
Direct download: cgpodcast_013.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:27pm PST

CG Podcast 012 - OpEd, Emails and Ken Davids Interview Pt1 Show Notes
Vote for us at Podcast Alley! New Month, New Votes!
New number to contact us: 1-206-965-8185, or Skype to Skype - search for the "CoffeeGeek" username.

Opinion / Editorial
- Hines Public Market Coffee - closing? Not closing? Wolf!
- KitchenAid Proline Grinder controversy followup.

Emails:
- Murky Coffee not offering espresso blends for sale? (update: apparently not - maybe Nick will answer why); wants to know what beans are "espresso" and what are "coffee". Mark explains all.
- What is the difference between steam driven and pump driven espresso machines.
- What coffee brewers brew coffee at proper temperatures. Answer, not many, but Mark mentions some specifics, including the Capresso MT500, the Capresso CoffeeTec, and the Technivorm coffee maker.
- What is the proper way to drink espresso. Mark mentions Chris Tacy's segment in the Portafilter Podcast; discusses that there is not just one proper way to drink espresso.

Interview with Ken Davids
- Discussion about Ken's early involvement in the business of coffee
- Discussion about Ken's books, Coffee, a Guide to Buying, Brewing and Enjoying, and Espresso: Ultimate Coffee, and Home Coffee Roasting.
- Discussion about Ken's favourite roasters and coffee blends.

Two more interviews from Ken coming down the road.

Enjoy!
Direct download: cgpodcast_012.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:14pm PST