CoffeeGeek Podcast
CG Podcast 026 - LM Open House, Emails and a Rant! Here it is, barely a week and a day after the last one (picking up speed!

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13.9mb, 48:43 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

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Show Notes

Mark talks briefly about the new mics he's been using, from Samson, which are really good quality. Mics used are the CO1 and the CO1U (USB condenser mic).

Details about the La Marzocco "Open House event featuring the GS3 prototype machine with amazing temperature profile control.
- held at Elysian Coffee and Tea
- Used coffee supplied by Intelligentsia (thanks Doug!
- Also, Mark pulled a "barista" shift at a charity event the day before, for the Starlight Foundation.
- GS3 really held up. 70+ drinks made at the charity event in 3 hours, and many at the open house.
- Mark details a speed test he did on the GS3, building 18 espressos (9 double shots) in 10 mins - 16 were serve-able.
- Feedback was awesome.
- Mark declares that "the machine is no longer a variable to worry about" when it comes to the GS3

Second segment - a Rant on Quality vs. Labels in coffee.
- Mark talks about how way too many cafes are bandying about terms like "shade grown", "bird friendly", "relationship coffee" and "fairly traded" without much to back it up.
- Suggests that the top 10 or 15 quality roasters in the US should start up a new council of ethics and quality for coffee, modeled loosely on the 1950's Comics Authority Code.
- Mark suggests that shade grown, fairly traded, etc, is being used to imply quality tasting coffee, when it's not - it's becoming the new "gourmet" coffee term.

Third segment -Emails!
- Mark reads some ridiculous claims on a Canadian website claiming coffee needs to be aged at least 15-30 days (after roasted), but ideally 4-6 months after roasted before drinking. Suggests trying it yourself to see if it's true or not.
- Email asking about what ratios of ground coffee to water. Mark suggests starting with 7g of coffee per 120ml of water (4oz), then experiment.
- Question about rating grinders purely by the specifications. Mark suggests finding out about the usability and real life production of grinders - reading some of CoffeeGeek's 753 Consumer Reviews of Grinders is a good start.
- Question about temperature curve (cooling water) used in brewing press pot coffee.
- Mark gets his pronunciation corrected.
- An email suggesting coffee "recipes" (ie, blending, but with a twist).


Enjoy!
Direct download: cgpodcast_026.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:18pm PDT

CG Podcast 025 - Huge Show! Latest and greatest is now online... it's late again, sorries!

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21.1mb, 77:17 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

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Show Notes

Coffees and Machines in the CG Lab!

- Coffee from Double Shot Coffee, who also have a podcast, which can be subcribed through iTunes. Great coffee.
- On the test bench - the Vibiemme Domobar Super, the Krups XP4020, and finishing up the Detailed Review on the Isomac Super Giada
- The La Marzocco GS3 has arrived. Mark babbles, because he's so excited. Several threads on CoffeeGeek (thread one, thread two) talk about the machine.

Tasting Batdorf and Bronson Coffee with Mark and Beata.

- Three limited edition blends, called latitudes.
- Ethiopian Yirgacheffe "Kello" was Beata's first pick as a black coffee, and it shows massive blueberry as it cools down and a tiny bit of cream is added.
- Panama Esmerelda Jaramillo was Beata's first choice with milk. It is a very acidic coffee that gets better as it cools, finishes with "table red wine" acidity. With a bit of milk, brings out big caramel, or a combo of vanilla and spice. Putting sugar in this (if you use milk) would be a criminal act.

- El Salvador Siberia is a surprise - Mark, who doesn't normally like acidic coffees, picks this one as his first choice. Amazing finish, very complex, pecan really starts to jump out. With milk, it goes chocolate spice.

News and updates with Jeanette Chan
- Jeanette and Mark talk about the CoffeeFest trade show, dink booth operators (some rude dude selling artsy coffeehouse tables), all the trinkets and stuff at the show.
- Some talk about the Clover espresso machine
- More talk about the La Marzocco GS3
- News, including beer coffee, (yikes), cancer fund raising in coffee, and much more.

Enjoy!
Direct download: cgpodcast_025.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:09pm PDT

CG Podcast 024 - NWRBC, CoffeeFest and Tastings Hiya Folks - again sorry for the delays. Here's the latest!

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17.6mb, 58:29 mm:ss. 40 kbps bitrate, 44.1Hz sample rate, mono channel.

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Show Notes
Brief, cuz I want to get to bed. ;)

- Lots of discussion about CoffeeFest, including some reports from some seminars.
- Discussion about the North West Regional Barista Championships
- Talk about the Clover!
- Talk about Nick and his lost podcasts (which really sucks)
- Talk about Mark's shift away from Latte Art
- No talk about the La Marzocco GS3 yet, cuz I didn't have it when these were recorded

Then a tasting of Victrola Coffees stolen from the show!

Enjoy folks.
Direct download: cgpodcast_024.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am PDT