A wide thought distribution about grinding

There’s a number of various grinding-related thoughts rolling around my head at the moment. They’re not fully formed (and possibly red-herrings, so look out!) but I thought I should put them out there. I don’t have any data to back them up, and I’m even sure they’re...
The Difference Between Australian & US Coffee Service

The Difference Between Australian & US Coffee Service

There are a million differences large and small between the Australian approach to coffee service and the standard fast-food style approach in the United States. But I think they all boil down to the physical positioning of one specific staff person. In the United...
Towards A Tip-less Cafe

Towards A Tip-less Cafe

Cafe Griensteidl, Vienna (1896). Via Wikimedia, Public Domain. The discretionary dynamic of tipping can set up vicious cycles of expectation that undermine service work and quality of life, for both server and served. Earning tips can also be a fantastically fun,...
USBC Regionals Cancellation

USBC Regionals Cancellation

Image via LA Weekly. The Specialty Coffee Association of America announced this week that they were planning to cancel the US regional Barista and Brewer’s Cup competitions in favor of a single national championship. This news was met with a great deal of public...
Milk Supply Chains With Dairy Farmer Mark Peterson

Milk Supply Chains With Dairy Farmer Mark Peterson

Image via WikiMedia. In the first two installments of my milk series, we covered milk science and how to figure out the precise breakdown of components in milky coffee drinks. This week I’m taking a step back and letting Mark Peterson—the best dairy farmer I...