CoffeeGeek Podcast
CG Podcast 021 - SCAA, Email and News Details:

17.2mb, 60:07 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

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Show Notes
Reading of the SCAA Bulletin from the Board, and the followup Notice
- SCAA is broke due to "financial irregularities" supposedly due to the previous financial officer's conduct.
- Mark Prince talks about how the SCAA can evolve and actually benefit and become more viable from this crisis.
- The SCAA has three problems that need to be addressed
- Needs to be completely transparent, and evolve into a 21rst century trade organization and stop being mired in the 1970s and 1980s "corporate mentality" that currently plagues it. And start sending out a monthly or bi-weekly electronic newsletter / networking letter to members via email.
- Needs to be a year round organization that isn't just about the annual trade show and conference.
- Needs to genuinely address why they have so many lapsed members. This organization probably has a lapsed membership roll of 7,500 or more members. Why? Fix it.
- Mark has problems with the SCAA using the term "first responders" - this should be reserved for those who take life-risks in aiding those who truly need help, ie, firefighters, hurricane relief workers, etc.

Mark answers emails
- Which is better to attend - Illy's Universita del caffe in Trieste, or the American Barista and Coffee School in Portland.
- What is the difference between doserless and doser espresso grinders and which is better
- Mention of the Espresso Glossary on CoffeeGeek
- A question on heat exchanger machines, why they may be too hot, and single boiler machines that don't have enough power.
- Reader would like a "quick tips" part of the podcast. Mark give a tip for good coffee: a good grinder.

News with Jeanette. You can contact Jeanette at news@coffeegeek.com
- Stolen cappuccino machine
- Tim Hortons stops the "Get Mugged" program
- Indonesia ramps up coffee production to create more instant Coffee
- Helping out Hurricane Katrina first responders
- IllyCafe opens in SoHo, NYC
- Email to the news editor, re Jura Capresso advertising super autos in Cargo Magazine
- Ramping up coffee stuff in NOLA - Mark mentions no specialty coffee comes in through New Orleans
- Pam Anderson and Espresso

Enjoy!
Direct download: cgpodcast_021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:17pm PDT

CG Podcast 020 - Emails and Radio! Details:

12.1mb, 42:35 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

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Show Notes

Emails Answered

- What makes a good home blend. Mark talks about Brasil, Guatamala, Sumatra, and Yemen
- Corrections on cafe locations: Coffee Klatch is in San Dimas, CA, not San Diego. Ecco Caffe is in Santa Rosa, CA, not Santa Barbara
- Listener from Nepal! Woot!
- Writer from Oslo talks about his progression in espresso.

Radio Interviews
Surpise content for CG Podcast 020 - Some radio interviews I've done in the past that contain good info, and show a snapshot of my espresso knowledge 3+ years ago.
- CBC Radio interview, talking about coffee, the romance of coffee, while doing a cupping
- This was the impetus for creating the Beginner's Guide to Cupping
- CKNW Interview - general discussion about coffee, how to get good coffee at home, and where good cafes are in Vancouver. I even brought in a balance brewer for her to check out.

A slightly shorter one today, but hey, you get two podcasts in only 3 days! ;)

Enjoy folks!
Direct download: cgpodcast_020.mp3
Category:upcoming podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm PDT

CG Podcast 019 The latest one - an awesome round table with Inny.

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17.6mb, 61:45 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

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Show Notes

- Shout outs to a bunch of people who've been really supportive this past few weeks (hey, it's better than ranting about someone who's been a dink! LOL!)
- We have a new DAP player to record remote shows with - the iAudio U2, thanks to Nick Cho!

Roundtable discussion with Instaurator!
- Discussion about WBC - where Inny hoped it would go
- Background on who owns WBC (SCAA and SCAE)
- Australian competitions, and how BMW is a major sponsor (we wish, over here!)
- Australia "thinks outside the box" on lots of foodie and coffee issues
- Discussion about the Nordic Barista Cup
- Illy - an enigma!
- Baristas should learn about roasting
- Roasters should learn how to pull shots
- Falling in love with coffee... in France!
- How Australia is almost 100% espresso (no drip coffee) in retail cafes and restaurants
- Australian terminology for espresso (short black, flat white, etc).
- Espresso for kids?
- All about Michel's Espresso (in Australia)
- George Sabados, Emily Oak (sorry Emily!), Paul Bassett.
- WBC winning espresso (2003) had a Cup of Excellence Guat in it.
- Signature drinks with kangaroo meat! (hint - it's a savoury drink, not sweet!)

Enjoy folks!
Direct download: cgpodcast_019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:03pm PDT

CG Podcast 018 - News, Tastings and More Here it is folks - jam packed, and includes a sneak peak at a future CG article that's taking some time to write.

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22.3mb, 78:14 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

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Show Notes

Listener Emails 2:38
- Big Kudos email, but talks about wifi in cafes
- Listener asks about espresso machine choice, Mark points her to the Consumer Reviews section for good info on machines.
- Email on Mark Inman and his take on single origin espresso.
- Email on Vietnamese Coffee (the brewing style, not the beans)
- Discussion about Adam Curry and his lust for the Philips Senseo.
- Listener asks for a recommendation on a good small roaster for a startup - Mark mentions Ambex Roasters and praises Terry Davis.

Five Principles of a Good Espresso Blend 23:15
  1. The shot must look visually proper
  2. The blend should be tolerant of a wide variety of brewing conditions
  3. The espresso must taste good both straight and in as much as 1:3 ratio to milk.
  4. The shot should not be excessively bitter or sour.
  5. The espresso brewed must stand up to time, and age gracefully.

Mark says that only three espresso blends that he's tried in the last few years fit this profile. When the article is written, you'll find out which ones win, and which ones lose out.

News with Jeanette Chan 31:10
- Five news items, you can read them at "CoffeeGeek Resources"
- Discussion pieces mainly focus on Hurricane Katrina. Mark points out that one tiny silver lining is that small coffee farmers may benefit from as much as 1.5 million bags (over 200 million pounds) of coffee being damaged.
- Should CoffeeGeek put out press releases on important CG stuff? Email press@coffeegeek.com and let Jeanette know.

Tasting Notes, Victrola Coffee
- four coffees tasted
- Ethiopian Harrar Horse
- Panama Kotowa Finca Duncan
- Guatamala Hue Hue Tenango
- Brasil Fazenda Shalon, #4 in the Cerrado Cup, 2004.

Donate to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Relief today.

Enjoy folks!
Direct download: cgpodcast_018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05am PDT

CG Podcast 017 - The Hines Interviews Well, we didn't talk specifically about Hines Public Market Coffee as much as I wanted to, but we did get some discussion in ;)

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16.7mb, 58:16 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

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Show Notes

Intro, discussion about Hines Public Market Coffee, and their plans for the future
- includes a possible scoop on their new location

Roundtable with Kyle and Tony from Victrola Coffee
- www.victrolacoffee.net
- Tony's blog is at www.tonx.org
- discussion about Hines and John Sanders
- discussion about competing in barista competitions, training "on the street"
- discussion about collab efforts amongst small roasters to help promote farms and get good coffee to customers
- discussion about competitions and how what we learn at them can translate to shops
- discussion about what would be good things to see on a show about coffee on the Food Network.

Interview with Kent Bakke, President, ESI.
www.esi-online.com
- talk about the early days of espresso machines in Seattle
- how Bakke started selling machines to Starbucks
- how the 1990s were awesome for ESI and Starbucks
- talk about the Swift Grinder
- discussion about the new home machine from La Marzocco


Enjoy Folks!
Direct download: cgpodcast_017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:18pm PDT