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Why Not? Interviews with your BGA Candidates


Hello, from the abyss I call work! For those of you that still happen to read this website, thanks for sticking with us. Fun and great thins are happening in Seattle and I’d much rather be on the ground working and meeting people than posting my thoughts online. It’s that time of year to be […]

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It’s 7 am- Why am I awake.


Currently: At SeaTac airprot It’s 7 am and I am awake. Correction, I never went to sleep. But I’m off to Texas! Houston to be more specific. This year I’ll be the lone blogger from Why Not at USBC. In past years I’ve had a massive “FAIL” blanket cast over my ability to blog from […]

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Celebrewties, Startenders, and Barista Competitions


Here I sit at Victrola Coffee on 15th Ave in Capital Hill, it’s 7 am in the morning and I haven’t gone home yet since closing the bar. Huzzah. I had a lengthy conversation with the other bartender tonight about why each of us does what we do for a living. I feel I need […]

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Barista Series: A Holistic Craft


Although all of us here at Why Not? Coffee have held some sort of elevated position, whether it be Director of Training, Barista Trainer, Consultant, Director of Coffee or head of Research and Development programs; we are first and foremost coffee servers, preparers and specialists- Baristas, if you will. The title, Barista, is a flag […]

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Comparisons


Let’s play catch up, shall we? While I’ve been working away the weekends, I’ve also been running around with more thoughts running through my head than ever. Sometime late in October or early November I started working at a craft cocktail bar that doubles as a glorified dive bar. The truth of the matter is […]

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Let’s Kill all the Menus


This thought’s been mulled over quite a bit, publicly, in the past year or two– and some shops have implemented very good solutions to this problem– but it’s been in the front of my mind lately, so here goes: Menus in progressive coffee shops are pretty much pointless. Two experiences which I continue to have, […]

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“Cupping” app debuts on iTunes


From the SCAA’s 10th Annual Roaster’s Guild Retreat at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA: Yes. I’ve heard many aspirations from people swearing they were going to create a cupping app and to be honest, it was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind before buying my iPad. The app is simply called, “Cupping.” Plain […]

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Coffee Catcher- Siphon Remix?


Disclaimer: I have been paid for photography work for this product. My observations and thoughts were only realized through my interaction with the product outside of my paid time. I was not paid to write this post. I was introduced to the Nate Jones, one of the creators of the Coffee Catcher, at Trabant Coffee […]

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Convince Me Otherwise: Follow-Up


Convince Me Otherwise- Follow-Up Taken from orginal post: Disclaimer: My thoughts and opinions are not affiliated with any cafe or company that I work for other than Why Not? Coffee. All viewpoints are taken from the eyes of a Seattleite. I have a feeling that this post is going to rub people the wrong way; […]

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Convince Me Otherwise


UPDATE : Convince Me Otherwise: Follow-Up Post. Disclaimer: My thoughts and opinions are not affiliated with any cafe or company that I work for other than Why Not? Coffee. All viewpoints are taken from the eyes of a Seattleite. I have a feeling that this post is going to rub people the wrong way; so […]

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Sourcing Milk Like We Source Coffee


As coffee people, we are milkies by extension, even if we just serve it and never drink a drop. We must consider the danger of mistakes in the milk industry, and appreciate what “good milk” is deeply. “Good milk” means nice foam and good taste; but it also means milk that came from a safe […]

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A ‘Sprodown is in the Works!


Spro An abbreviation of espresso. Coined in 2001 by Chris Baca. Typically used by Baristas when referring to espresso or drinks with espresso as the primary ingredient. Mochas or other highly sweetened beverages, such as a blended drink with a candy bar name are not included when using the term spro. 1) “Your spro has mad crema […]

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