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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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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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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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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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The Espresso of the States, and the State of Espresso


I’d love to be able to tell you that the reason this post was delayed was because the Why Not? editors have been battling through our difference of opinion, possibly having an arm-wrestling tournament to see who would take on the challenge, or even that we were pulling straws in the back offices; but nay, […]

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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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Ethiopia Sidamo Nekisse debuts in Seattle


Locality: Neji Region: Sidamo Process: Natural drying protocols Altitude: 1800 meters Varietals: Several mixed, not yet defined Language: Amharic / Sidama / Oromo Soil: Volcanic Season: Current Season The widely-discussed $12/cup Ethiopia Sidamo Nekisse is making it’s debut just in time for beautiful Seattle mornings with your favorite coffee mug. The Nekisse coffee is imported […]

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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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