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] gmail.com
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.