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Touche, La Tache!


Tasting notes, for many in wine, are a sort of bane. Being able to describe wine in detail is a non-negotiable part of the culture. It is also, in many respects, a completely impractical, impossible, purely subjective art form. (Peppers? Really, are you sure you taste peppers in that? It’s wine. ) Vinters try to catch consumer attention […]

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AeroShot: from the makers of Le Whif and Aladdin


That’s right. You’ve heard of the AeroPress…and now there’s an AeroShot- a breathable food, or “cloud,” of a shot of espresso. The makers of Le Whif- breathable chocolate, and Aladdin- your own way to combine food “clouds” have announced the AeroShot, and you can bet your sweet ass that we have a few on their way […]

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Imbibe! does Seattle Coffee!


  Imbibe Magazine just published an awesome list of the best coffee shops in Seattle; and they did it right! An awesome little list of all the great places that we love in the Emerald City! Possibly the first-ever list of shops and roasters that actually guides people in the direction of just a damn […]

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Brian Wells, Tougo Coffee

Tougo Coffee Subscriptions!


THIS JUST IN:   So! Tougo Coffee Company just released that they’re starting coffee subscriptions! At first I was confused, and after talking to owner/operator Brian Wells he explained to me that it just made more sense- there are people who would rather purchase from Tougo then the roasters themselves and with some of Tougo’s […]

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Pacific Northwest Coffee Festival: SUCCESS!


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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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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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Tougo Coffee Co. needs YOUR help!


UPDATE: February 21,2011- Both Tougo’s are back in business, but not for long. Tougo Coffee’s downtown store (8th and Westlake) will be closing February 25, for good. The 18th and Union location’s returned to normal business hours earlier this month. From Brian Wells, owner of Tougo Coffee: “Good day Facebook friends, family, and community supporters. […]

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Clover Pour Over


Ladies and gentlemen, I present for your consideration the Precision Pour Over from Clover. This little beauty of a prototype is adorning the front counter of Roy Street Coffee and Tea as we speak and let me be the one to tell you that, regardless of the arguments for or against this device, it makes […]

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Yirg: A Romance


Editor’s note: The words in italics are links, embedded to enhance your reading experience. This is a story about a cup of coffee and an experience powerful enough to force an attempt at sharing it with you. This is not a “how to” brew guide or an opinion piece. I am not being paid or […]

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Baristas and Lattes: Skills or Art?


I have to say that I wasn’t expecting it, which is really how it always goes and why I continually find myself loving my craft; once again I found myself confused and inspired due to over stimulation, this time around from Coffee Fest Seattle. (I’ll write a blog about my thoughts and reflections post-Coffee Fest […]

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Latte Art: An Observation


Recently, major coffee chains and even McDonald’s have begun to recognize that latte art communicates quality and are invoking it in advertisements and, in limited cases, in their establishments. This creates an interesting position for those more quality-focused cafes who use the same art, but do not want to be associated with mass chains. An […]

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