Monthly Archives: June 2006


Sad news today with the loss of a furry friend very dear to the hearts of Doobie and her family. Little Geisha, who has been a source of great happiness in the Emerson household, with her petite meow and coy wag of just the tip of her tail, left us sometime early this morning.

It was just a few short years ago that Doobie and her mom first saw her, small and thin and up for adoption. It was hard to believe that a cat that looked no bigger than a kitten, had already given birth to a litter. When we picked her up from her foster home, she was so much smaller than all the other cats. Quiet and sleek and low to the ground. At some point in her first days at the Emerson home, we thought she had got out. We searched the neighborhood and felt terrible that this little creature had somehow escaped. And then, silently, she immerged from a closet, fresh from a long nap. That was her way. She had a knack for getting herself into impossible places. Whether high up above the front door sleeping on a perch of inches, or jumping to the safety to the top of the bookshelf, Geisha's grace and agility set her apart.

She also loved her people. She could curl up anywhere, folding herself into a tight little ball of hair on the footstool or on her cushion on the couch. She could nestle on your lap or sleep on your chest, he little body always warm and never imposing. She would greet Doobie when she ran by the house with a stretch and a yawn and a soft purr. She was a companion and dear pet. This beautiful little cat will be greatly missed.



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Fall in

As you may or may not have heard, the long awaited "Stick to Coffee" t-shirts have finally been printed and delivered. I'll be assuming responsibilities for all future shirt sales, so if you're interested in getting one (or several), contact me: dogmilque [at]

We have all sizes including childrens. At this point we're not planning on doing a further run, so what's left is what's left.

Other fall-related good news is that I got my walking cast off. So in less than two months from the fall, I'm up and walking on my own two feet with very little assistance.  I attribute my fast recovery to all this wonderful coffee I keep drinking. 

To celebrate my recovery, I went to my first Barista Jam as hosted by Barefoot Coffee Roasters in the Southbay. There were a number of different machines on hand for baristas to "jam" on, which was intersting and frustrating. It being my first, and not being a Barista Guild member, I obviously have every right to critique the event.

Getting some face time with people that I've only known through their various online personas was by far the highlight of the event. I was a little discouraged that there wasn't more activities aimed at improving the barista. I'm in the room with some of the most talented baristas I know, but the whole ordeal seemed heavy on activities and discussions for the amateur.

For those of us who have chosen coffee as career, I would like to have had more of an organized opportunity to pick the brains of my peers, to understand more about where our craft is on the ground.

Either that or break up the large group into smaller cells that could move from station to station

rather than this shuffling mass. Then parhaps you could position a teacher/barista at each station to lead a "course" that will be dictated by the skill level of the group

I guess if I'm willing to talk smack, I should step up to the plate myself and help with these events. I think I'd rather put my efforts into organizing the bay area barista olympics. At least then I'd get some better photos.


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