Saturday, March 05, 2005

The Pull-Up Bar, and Gimme! Coffee Pt. 2

We have come to a conclusion following the concern from last episode about the filterbaskets. We are now in the understanding that what was strapped into the LM at HV was indeed triple baskets, which now negates our previous testing with the swift baskets done back in December. It's ok, we're coffee professionals.

And speaking of professionals, the two fellas that run the shop behind us in Hayes Valley have been hard at work building out custom furniture pieces for the offices upstairs. But as an off the clock side project, finishing carpenter and master Candlemaker (10 pts to the person who can come up with a better sounding name for candlemaker. A woodworker is a carpenter and a candlemaker is a ____?) Tadco finally fulfilled the dreams of the kiosk boys by building them a pull-up bar.

Yes, soon everyone at the kiosk will look like Manboy with bulging biceps and ripped abs. We understand that it will be a long, hard road, but we're already on the way.

In demo of the new pull-up bar, here's Tadco belting out his initial five:

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One, two, three, four, rest...five.

And then as example of the lack of fortitude on the BBCC side of things, here's Boyman totally failing.

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On....ouch! I think I broke my tamper.

But in regards to activities more suited to baristas, further experiments with the Gimme yeilding interesting results. The last shots, pulled at temps displaying on our PID setup between 220-210 tasted sweet and a little nutty.

And upon arriving at the roaster on Friday, we were greeted with a bag of espresso from Monmouth Coffee in London (That's in England.)

monmouth
Yowza! More on that in a bit.

Enjoy the markets!

12 Comments:

Blogger Code Red said...

I enjoyed my first (and second!) cups of your delicious java (drip -- both times) at the Ferry Plaza on Feb. 12th -- in spite of the wait. OUTSTANDING! I consider myself a coffee enthusiast, but that was the best cup of coffe I have ever had. I bought a bag of the Bella Dovavan, and I finished it this morning. Unfortunately, travel has prevented me from enjoying it more frequently. Hats off to your commitment to organic, environmentally-friendly products and processes. I can think of no reason to ever purchase my coffee from another source. Superior taste produced by folks with a mind for their impacts on the world around them.

Question -- considering your commitment to delivering coffee within 48 hours of roasting, how long would you feel it is 'OK' for the average customer to keep the coffee around the house before it is 'bad'?

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Blogger Blue Bottle said...

Finally a comment to respond to!

We sell by the half pound because we think that amount should last a person about a week. Now, if you're making several pots a day, you will of course need more. Mostly we want people to get into the habit of fresh coffee. Use it up in a week, then get more.

We also say, no fridge, no freezer. On the counter in a resealable container should last about a week.

Thanks so much for your interest.

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Anonymous Manboy said...

So what we need is a pullup bar on the cart so that we can work out our frustrations, the sources of which include creepy catholic zealots intent on getting you to accept the Jezoos as your own personal lord and saviour (Berkeley) and impatient types (Ferry Plaza) who keep popping their heads into my personal space and asking:
"Is that my latte?"
"My latte?"
"I ordered like, ten minutes ago. Is that my latte?"

For future reference: No, that's not your latte. Your latte will be the one we make exactly at the time you decide to cruise down the strip and look at flowers, only to return to find it (mysteriously!) cold and stale.
Hmph

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Larry said...

Monmouth is a godsend whenever in London. They're the first people I'd ever seen doing individual drip. You're the second.

They're very pro-single origin; and, as of a couple years ago they were just starting to play with espresso due to it's affinity for blends. I wasn't as fond of their drinks as what we do here in the PNW. (Yes, I know, SF isn't far North enough or rainy enough to count.) But, I'd gladly drink Monmouth after a day or two of swill from the UK's pseudo-gourmet chains, which are even worse than the US's pseudo-gourmet chains.

Surprisingly, beating Monmouth was the little mezzanine coffee shop in Harrod's.

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