Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Seattle Diaries Pt. 1

After several weeks of strong showings at the kiosk, Boyman has decided to celebrate by sending himself to Seattle. The City just celebrated the crowning of a new National Barista Champion, (yes, such things do exist) in fine style and the BBC wanted to jump in to see what leftovers we could grab.

First stop on today's adventure wagon was Victrola Coffee up on 15th. After a short term on-line relationship with Vic roaster Tonx, (who is largely the inspiration for bringing the Clown College to the internet) the BBC had the greatest pleasure to finally meet the man in the flesh. In the flesh!

And it didn't stop there. Jen and Chad were on hand to try some of the Hayes Valley on their three group Linea that has been relegated to the back. Yes, in the back because these A+ gear-geeks have one of the first three group Synessos out in front.

But before the drool could even hit the floor, a mad dash was made for Hines Public Market (still no URL?) where last year's USBC and former co-worker Bronwen Serna was droppin' shots and breakin' hearts. Oh, Adam was there too. A rendezvous was made with Victrola owner Chris to go through a coffee cupping with Hines roaster John Sanders. You should see that guy run at a cupping. Between all the high powered slurping and dinking of spoons against glass, he's his own little music box.

b on bar Bronwen makes the shot.

hines shot And here it is. So, so good.

A rendezvous was made with Victrola owner Chris to go through a coffee cupping with Hines roaster John Sanders. You should see that guy run at a cupping. Between all the high powered slurping and dinking of spoons against glass, he's his own little music box.



We then said goodbye to the Hines folks, and headed back to Victrola for, you guessed it, MORE COFFEE!

Jen and Chad quickly set up a cupping of a couple of Rwandan coffees, (a first for Boyman!) and tony got busy with the roaster. They have such a cool set up. Seems like a whole crew of people roast, which gets everyone totally dedicated to the quality of the coffee. There was a constant buzz (hehe!) of folks moving around in the back busy at the work of coffee.

More planned for tomorrow!

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