COFFEE IS IN> ROASTER IS SET UP> DO YOU WANT TO DRINK SOME COFFEE? Also, Bread...

Hi hi hi,

Hear ye, hear ye: Since moving to Philadelphia from the West Coast, we've been in roasting facility limbo. But with a bit of patience and the help of a wonderful friend, who sources and roasts the BEST COFFEE (sigh, why aren't we he???) (>>>>> Maquina Coffee <<<<), we are back online. After long last, some really nice Ethiopian and Kenyan coffees are FINALLY in and the first few batches have gone out. We believe you should get them while you can. And if you can't, don't worry; there will be more nice coffees on the way very soon.

Secondly, we are very proud to finally begin offering loaves of our naturally leavened bread to the people of Philadelphia. We're calling'em Liberty L'oaf's. They're shaped like a bell. Kind of. It's a pilot program. Testing the water. Get a bread! 

And while Charlie has enjoyed mailing bread out to friends and loved ones before, we think this is better kept within the 215 area code. It's available for old-timey bicycle person delivery for folks within a 4 mile radius of the intersection of Christian and Grays Ferry Ave (in the city of Brotherly Love) or pickup for anyone outside of that. Here's the deal: You need to place an order by 5PM, we will bring it to you 2 days later. Crazy, we know. They're made to order for you and only you. Want us to put like a cool design on the top? Sure. Let us know what. 

Umm, more stuff to come but in the meantime, that's it. Now go out there and be a good person/member of your local community! 

<3
BTC

PRESALE ORDERS for some FINE AFRICAN COFFEES

Hey hey hey! We're doing a limited run of some fun African coffees that we are as pleased as a peach(es) to present to you all; perhaps peach being an optimal word. These coffees were a-okay on the cupping table and have tons of stone-fruity depth (and floral sweetness too). Anyway, it's going to be a super limited run. 7 bags available of each coffee.

But fear not! If you miss out, don't worry, we're going to be releasing some more goodies in the weeks to come ('looking forward to some delicious coffees from South of the Equator). 

Cheers, 
BTC

We're home: Philadelphia

It's like walking through a dream.

I left Philadelphia 6 years ago to further develop my understanding of coffee. The plan was to spend 3-5 years out West learning everything that I could from companies that I admired. And while that happened to a certain extent, I found, that time and time again, actual development and nurturing always came from the kindness and openness of individuals.  Beyond all of that, and minor points aside, there were no real secrets in coffee(... or anything). If you want to understand something, do it, be there and observant, and be patient. 

What I did learn from many of my former employers (save a few special ones), was exactly what a company shouldn't do or perhaps more so what I am not interested in doing. And rather than focus on those here, I will state what I am interested in doing: Offering an inclusive safe space to nurture a community (or individuals) via a service that seems uncomplicated and genuine. Creating a business that doubles-down on it's employees' happiness and intellects and draws from it when they are comfortable and ready for it. Creating an aesthetic experience that can't be out-sourced by other startups, publications, or corporations, but is rather developed from within, organically. And working with all participating communities to better our local and global landscapes: Farmers in the Tri-State Area, farmers in coffee growing regions, the people and families who already live in the area that our business exists within, and perhaps a more responsible government and bridge culture-political divides.

And so you need to know: I'm so extremely excited to be home and get to work. It's my hope that you might feel similarly and might want to hang out over some coffee, some music, and maybe even bread? 

<3
CB/BTC

Meet Luigi Savino

Luigi Savino and I have known each other for only about a year. But it's been an extremely active year and we've somehow gotten to know each other very well in that small amount of time. Perhaps working 40hrs a week with someone will do that. We honestly clicked from the second we met. After all, we're both East Coast natives living in the Bay and we both went to art schools in major Northeast cities. For some reason, though, if I may level with you, I initially felt worried about anyone named Savino. This might have been because I was deep into "The Wire" for the 9th time in my life, and there is/was a bad dude named Savino in that show. And I just thought, "I don't know about anyone named Savino." haha. Needless to say, I was immediately struck by how genuinely nice Luigi is.

 

Anyway, Luigi, besides being a great friend and a killer barista, is an incredible artist. Outside of my roasting and bagging the coffee for BTC, Luigi has had a major role in all things BTC. The BTCC&CQ is very much a real thing because of Luigi and he rallied me into realizing that art and coffee doesn't need to be something that only happens in a brick and mortar space; that one can do the things one want in big ways and small ways. That creativity and philosophy can be fractalized and applied in many ways and with many different methods. I think that his convictions in this realm obviously stem from his time spent with both Street Art and school. 

BTC: Have you ever tagged a wall?
LS: Yeah definitely.
BTC: Which one?
LS: (mumbles something) For a while I thought street art was a great concept or a great idea. I loved this- and this is my whole concept- my whole idea was just like walking around a city, and like, everything that encompasses that experience was my art's impetus, from the walls to the people to the environment around you.
If you look at a city wall, you can almost chart the movement of the people on it from the graffiti to the people buffing out the graffiti to the people who are out of their minds on meth scratching things into the wall. It's a visual history. That artist Mark Bradford is somebody who totally gets that. So yeah, I thought that street art was this cool, really revelutionary idea that created this dialogue with this little inclusive group. But after a while, I was like getting tired of tagging up people's personal property or that an idea was getting lost in a million other people's tags, which is fine, I mean I love all the build up, but it wasn't for me. But I still love the concept of it and I totally love graffiti artists. They do work that... There's something to be said about an artist that goes out and does work that nobody else likes and no one else gets. I love the rules, the unspoken rules, and the history.

We kicked it over some hot dogs and beers in Oakland. He got the Mission Street: a bacon wrapped hot dog. A lil' more protein balanced and tempered by a little more cholesterol. Pleasure, and pain, if you will. 

Born to two Italian immigrants, who first moved to NYC; my dear homie is from Orlando, Florida. Frankly, this makes Luigi a unique cat, already... you know, Orlando being a weird place and all. I was tempted to end this write-up right here and there- ya know, drop the mic, but let's dig a little further.

LS: My parent's immigrated to New York- straight off the boat- there was still a boat at the time- and then strangely decided to move Florida before they retired. It was strange. I guess at the time there weren't too many Italian restaurants in Orlando, Florida. So they moved to Florida.
I guess Florida's a weird place, looking back, I can chart my influences by like the urge to get out of Florida. I became interested in anything and everything outside of my surroundings. At the same time, a lot of things that influenced me were environmental factors: It's vast and flat, swampy; a good percentage of it is wet lands. It's a strange mix of people, too, heavily Hispanic, Southerners, New Englanders, and New Yorkers. It's a weird place. I definitely don't consider it the South. But there are Southern tendencies...
BTC: You're gonna hear a Southern accent every once in a while.
LS: Definitely.
BTC: But not all the time... Florida is like the United States, inside of the United States.
LS: It's a microcosm of the entire United States, for sure.
BTC: People don't realize that, sometimes. ...The American Dream and Nightmare are both in Florida.
LS:  (Laughing) In Florida! That's great. Yeah, that's awesome info for sure. So yeah, I guess my parents were chasing the American Dream in Florida.
BTC: Have you ever hung out with a Seminal Indian?
LS: (Laughing)...No. But it seems like every school mascot is an American Indian in Florida.
BTC: Sure, that's true everywhere. Have you ever hung out with a manatee? Have you ever touched one?
LS: No, never. 'Never even touched one before.
BTC: Have you ever run over a manatee in a power boat?
LS: (Laughing) In a pontoon boat! 'Killed many a manatee in pontoon boats.
BTC: It's not funny/ save the manatees dot org. (EDITOR'S NOTE: We joke... but BTC & LS do not condone animal cruelty and we both love wildlife conservation...)
LS: Yeah, no.... alligator attacks are a frequent thing that happen. There's something to be said about a place where prehistoric creatures wreak havoc every summer and like rip a 12 year old boy in half.
BTC: Why in the summer? Are they not available in the winter time?
LS: ...People aren't swimming.
BTC: It does get cold.
LS: It gets hot, man. You gotta cool off some how. ...The next thing you know...
BTC: But that's just in ponds, right?
LS: It's like a lake, or a creek, or a spring thing. Any of those. 
BTC: That's the funny thing about swimming on the East Coast; rivers and lakes are dangerous. The ocean, at most, you're probably just gonna stung by a jelly fish. In California, it's the opposite. Nothing exists in a lake. But a shark will just kill you in the ocean out here.
LS: Yeah, that's true if you can find a lake that's not dried up. I guess Florida is just full of natural predators.
BTC: Yeah, it's like Australia. 
LS: It's the Outback of the US.

 

Later we discussed art and art school. 

LS: "I got a degree from art school. It was a communication design degree- which kind of sounds like bullshit... It kind of is.
I took a class in the fine arts department and it literally went down like this: We were standing in a circle and the professor was like, "Okay, everyone pick a spot on the floor, what do you see?"
"There's some hard wood, some dirt, some squiggles..."
"Okay that's your assignment."
And I knew that wasn't for me. 

I decided to not be a fine artist, very consciously. I couldn't deal with going to school and having assignments that were completely for artists, for art, and for nothing else. A professor at my school once put it like this: the difference between a fine artist and an illustrator is that an illustrator always has something to say."

BTC: So, who would you say is the finest illustrator... wait no, 'not even  gonna go there. Who is the number one artist of all time? After Luigi... ;-) ... who is a close runner up?
LS: Wait, like, alive? working?
BTC: Sure.
LS: There's a lot of artist I like, but I guess artists I could pair my influences down to.. Let's say Barry McGee, who's an artist a aspire to. And Mark Bradford. Barry McGee is an artist I aspire to: a San Francisco street artist, sort of a legend of the Bay Area, Street Art World, gained popularity with all these other people; the Mission Street School. I don't know, his work is very direct. His simple colors, his brush works, a lot of characters...
BTC: Nice, fair enough. Alright, who's the number one artist who ever lived and is now dead?
(Pauses for 30 seconds)
LS: Stanley Kubrick.
BTC: STANLEY KUBRICK! I like it! You're crossing medium right there! I like it!
LS: Yeah, because Stanley Kubrick has the eye of a painter, he's got the sensibilities of a photographer, he's got the stories of a novelist... He pretty much encompasses every creative field or endeavor.
BTC: Kind of like how people used to believe opera was the highest form of art or expression. Because if you wrote a good opera, your music was on point, your story's on point, your choreography was on point...
LS:  Your set design.
BTC: Yeah, all of that. It's like you're saying Kubrick was the modern day Verdi or something.
LS: Without a doubt.
BTC: Or maybe even Wagner. Without the anti-semetism. ...Well, with Kubrick, we don't know, right?
LS: No, we definitely know.
BTC: Hahaha
LS: He was making the Holocaust movie before Schindler's List and then abandoned it.  But there's almost no one else with that sense of details. You could even say some of Kubrick's best details are completely unnoticed because they're that good, like they totally blend in, you don't think twice about it. That's the mark of a totally brilliant director. Things are so fluid that I forget that it's a staged event. 
BTC: I think that's really awesome to be influenced by things that are outside of your specific concentration, like outside of your chosen medium.
LS: I mean, to be honest, I'm definitely always looking at visual art and I'm always inspired by it. But unfortunately I'm always viewing it in relation to my work and that doesn't really let me fully appreciate it as much as a film or an album or a book. And those things inspire me as much as an illustration, sometimes.
BTC: I hear that. Sometimes I think the things that influence me the most with coffee service come from experimental films these days. Seriously. I've been thinking a lot about competing again.The things I always want to do in competition are things I realize through avant-garde cinema.  Checking out things outside of your medium can afford you some fresh new perspectives and let yourself be open to new ideas that you might not have considered otherwise. 
LS: For sure. 

To end our interview, we decided to put Luigi on the hottest seat known to the human race: F/M/K

BTC: Alright, the Lightning Round. F/M/K: San Francisco, Orlando, New York?
LS:  (Laughing)
(Long Pause)
BTC: They're all pretty bad, right?
LS: Well, I mean, I would definitely kill Orlando.
BTC: Ooooo buuuuurn.
LS: ...And put it out of it's misery. Ummm... (Pauses) ...I would probably F New York, probably because it doesn't  care anyway. I mean New York will just get on with it's life. Probably marry the Bay Area. It's progressive. 
BTC: Yeah, you might hurt it's feelings otherwise. Okay. Last question. NYC, Orlando, Bay Area: Where are you eating?
LS: Definitely my mom's house in Orlando. In New York.... (pause) This is gonna be very Italian-centric. Probably gonna get a prosciutto mozzarella* sub from some deli. And from here I'm getting a burrito from El Matate, off of Bryant. 
(*He effortlessly executed the accurate pronunciation of prosciutto and mozzarella.)

Dear reader, were I you, I would make sure you stalk Luigi online: www.illsart.com and @illsavino on instagram. The man keeps himself busy.

Tour of the Northwest!

Greetings one and all.
We caught a ride with Shaggy Sample to the Northwest and it was awesome. In particular, we spent some time in Arcata (CA), Eugene (OR), Seattle (WA), Bellingham (WA), Olympia (WA), and Portland (OR). Coffee was had, sights were seen, sounds were happily heard, and friends new and old were hung with. 

Things that were great:

1) Weather. I was very impressed by the presence and variety of weather up North. It was different than ye olde Bay Area weather. (Bay Area weather, boo hoo, right?)
2) Plenty of water. Not only in rivers, but literally falling from the sky. Haven't experienced that in a while...
3) No shortage of beautiful mountain ranges to take in. Sure, at any moment one of those Volcanos might blow, but, whatever.
4) Music. There's so much awesome and great DIY stuff happening up North. And while, there's no shortage of it down here in Oakland, it was refreshing to check in some different stuff. I have a lot to listen to on a variety of mediums. 'Can't wait.

Top 3 coffee picks of the trip:
A ton of coffee was taken in. Truthfully, I really didn't have a terrible coffee anywhere. Honestly, there was so much more to have than what I had. But with 12+hr drives in the mix and sharing rides with folks who also want to take in diverse and cool experiences, you have to settle for just a few coffees per city. 
1) Olympia Coffee Roasting Co were offering two different processes of the Costa Rica La Pastora Micro Mill as espressos. They were fan-fucking-tastic. One was super sweet like a candy bar, the other a Kenya Process (featuring long fermentation times) was balanced between toffee and nut sweetness with plum and tangerine acidity. Great clarity. Nice one, folks.
2) I had an aeropress of a Honduran coffee at Milstead and Co in Seattle. 'Just super pleasant. Violet candy and turbinado sugar. Great vibes in there, too. And that outdoor seating within spitting distance of the Fremont troll!? Anyway, aeropress is my jam and very few shops use it. I think the "consumer," and frankly a lot of shop owners, spend too much money and time on brewing methods like Chemex and the gear one needs for it. When it's like, "Baby, just press it. Aeropress it." Nice one.
3) A fetco of Guatemala Santa Isabel at Heart Roasters' first location. Not wild or sparkling... but super sweet. To me it's sweetness was less roast-induced and more so a quality of green. It reminded me of candied pralines, Wether's Original, and ripe plum. Fetco... into it. 5 years ago I would have gotten all high and mighty about pour over. But now, I'm loving that consistency and efficiency. Plus, I truly believe quality of green and roasted coffee trumps brewing method... maybe even extraction to a certain extant. 

I could have not capped the list at 3, but that's a much larger entry than I care to put out there right now. I truly had a good time at every shop I visited and many thanks to the kind folks at Wandering Goat, Dancing Goat, Case Study Coffee, the Red E, Good Coffee, and Ritual (who are not in the NW, but I stopped by there on my trip up). 

Top 3 coolest surprises:
1) After 7 years of looking through the "M" section of record shops, I finally found a copy of Meringue's Music from the Mint Green Nest, a fantastic record, full of weird, awkward, wondering, and grooving tuneful music. Merengue existed once upon a time in Gainesville, FL in the early 90s. I actually wasn't even really looking for anything in this one random record pile in the basement of an antique store, but Lo and Behold, there it was. It found me. So cool. Dreams come true?
2) Eugene and Bellingham: Never been either before in all of my traveling. Eugene might be cooler than Portland? Ouch. I want to spend more time there. But, happy to check out their incredibly cool and strange gas-station/rest-stop with kombucha on tap SeQuential BioFuel. And Bellingham is a fucking hidden gem in my opinion. Fun food, angry karaoke, and super cheap great thrifting. Don't tell anyone! The latter is all but extinct in the Bay. 
3) Zach from Iji singing It's a Family Affair (so smooth...)

Least favorite thing: Crashing in someone's grow room, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes.

Anyway, muchas gracias to the State of Washington (you are the best and full of some of the best people ever), friends in Portland and Arcata, Mandarin Dynasty, Mommy Long Legs, Spencer Sult, Cole and Des, and Ruth and Jeff for the great times and hospitality. 

We have two copies of the zine and tape left. Ya best step to it if you want one of these. 
<3, 
BTC

Good music: the good cup of coffee for the mind and its ear

I have no studies to point to on this one... Just a gut a feeling.

Anyway, some fine fine artists featured on the BTCCC&Q vol 1 tape are on tour right now, or in certain cases, have been on tour. If you're wise, you'll do yourself the courtesy of seeing them and hearing them.

GET YE TO A CONCERT HALL if they be in ye town.

STEPHEN STEINBRINK is in EUROPE!!! with Julie Byrne
Sept 15th LONDON ENGLAND @ SCALA
Sept 16th PARIS, FRANCE @ POINT EPHEMERE
Sept 17th ANTWERP, BELGIUM @ VILLANELLA
Sept 18th KOLN, GERMANY @ KING GEORG
Sept 19th MAINZ, GERMANY @ WOHNZIMMER
Sept 20th DRESDEN, GERMANY @ GROOVESTATION
Sept 21st BERLIN, GERMANY @ MONARCH
Sept 22nd DUISBURG, GERMANY @ STEINBRUCH
Sept 23rd HAMBURG, GERMANY @ REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL

GENERIFUS is OUT WEST!!!
Sept 15th LOS ANGELES @ THE SMELL
Sept 16th SANTA BARBARA @ THE ATRIUM
Sept 17th OAKLAND @ THE BADGER CLAW CASTLE
Sept 18th DAVIS @ THIRD SPACE
Sept 19th ARCATA @ THE MINIPLEX

SHAGGY SAMPLE is heading up Northwest/ the java of America... w/*Mandarin Dynasty and Mommy Long Legs*
Sept 17th OAKLAND @ The BADGER CLAW CASTLE
Sept 18th ARCATA @ THE ARCATA PLAYHOUSE
Sept 19th SEATTLE @ WEREWOLF VACATION* w/Iji
Sept 20th BELLINGHAM @MAKE SHIFT*
Sept 21st OLYMPIA @ LA VOYEUR*
Sept 22nd PORTLAND @ CHURCH w/Brumes and Cole Baby

FWWWW! Just thinking about all that traveling and great live music has us parched and feeling a little tired. Maybe it's time for a La Primavera Aeropress or a Guji Cold Brew. 

Cheers.

BTC Coffee and Culture Quarterly

So, this started off as a joke when my band went on tour a year ago. We had just recorded our album, put it on cassette and CD, silkscreened a some shirts, totes, and sweat pants, and created a variety of pins. It's a lot of stuff. And I had just recently hooked up my sample roaster. We thought it would be funny to sell coffee with download codes in a jar. If you hated tapes and CDs and you already have too many sweat pants, pins, etc, you could still at least enjoy a cup with the band. Hopefully the codes would come out of the jar before you tossed the coffee in the grinder. 

The reason to create the BTC CCQ is complicated. I think there are three major reasons at the end of the end of the day that all deserve delving into and unraveling: 1) I am wildly interested in the idea of creating an experience and environment, 2) Besides coffee, I believe in the importance of music, art, and critical creative thought and sharing it, 3) That this might resonate with other people, maybe inspire someone to do something creative in their community (coffee, city, whatever).

The first point has been something I've been chasing, (slowly, perhaps, seemingly motionlessly at times especially while binge watching The Daily Show) for a while in one way or another. A moment of no return occurred when my friend Courtney took me the Castro Theater to see Jodorowski's The Holy Mountain. Jodorowski's use of color, patterns, time, and music just leveled me. I wanted to do that with coffee somehow. But how? Blue Bottle's uniform policy doesn't explicitly mention a ban of loin cloths during service... 

Barista Competitions always seemed like an interesting means of exploring ideas, if you have them. And so I tried this a few times, admittedly self-sabtaging my routines. And it's hard to create a carefree, timeless, environment in 15 minutes while frantically serving up several rounds of drinks. I commend all that can. 

But other than that, most shops don't really afford one the opportunity to do something like this, especially if you're just a barista. (It's not really economical and maybe weird?) It's a shame, because a healthy chunk of the employees are artists or folks who have dabbled in the humanities.

So, while talking with my coworker and partner in-crime, Luigi, we thought, well, what's to stop us from releasing a tape of music, like that last tour I did? Or a zine? Or why not both? You could experience this at home with others or solo. 
Beyond the experience one might have with this, why couldn't we cram it with the really awesome works of our friends that we thought were worth checking out? 

All of a sudden, this was a real thing. 

It's real! It's here. And it's really exciting. 

A lot of hands have helped shape this release and I want to take a moment to thank them.

Dear Luigi Savino, Julian Birchman, David Jaberi, Evan Hashi, Courtney Fellion, Colleen Johnson, Harmon Butcher, Taryn Jones, Andrew Keller, Stephen Steinbrink, Matt Fisher, Kelly Gemmill, Spencer Carrow, Spencer Sult, David Brant, Steve Poponi, Rebecca Redman, Paul Benson, Jacob Jaffe, Jason Henn, Memory Boys, Scott Churchman, Holly Bobisuthi....THANK YOU!

Stay tuned. Next issue is due out in a few months. 
And if you haven't gotten a copy yet, I encourage you to go to our store and pick one up. I think they're really good! 

Baking. Not Baked/OAKLAND LAKE COFFEE

Greetings to all, 

I'm so very stoked to inform you fine people that we're attending YET ANOTHER INSTALLMENT of OAKLAND-LAKE-C.O.F.F.E.E.  !!!!
For those weirdly out of the loop, we've been hanging out a few times a month with some very ENTHUSIASTIC people at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA to make coffee, eat donuts, and take in general and not-so-general merry-making.

"Say what? Where? How does this work? What can I do to make a positive impact?"

Okay, settle down.  Here's the deal.  There are some picnic tables behind Fairyland... no streets signs, no address... Be resourceful, use those legs, and find it.  It's west of the band stand.  Look for some lunatics making coffee. 
You should at the very least bring a cup/mug/bowl/water-tight shoe.
But, you are encouraged to throw down, if you should be so bold, with a camp stove, grinder, coffee brewer of YOUR CAREFULLY CURATED selection, some coffee (although, we'll have some available), and water to boil and for brewing.  
AND despite the name, we definitely encourage folks to NOT USE LAKE MERRITT WATER.  Sheesh.

Now, what am I getting on about with this "Baking. Not Baked" title?  As it turns out, food can be as good, if not, at select times, better than really nice coffee.  Years spent serving coffee have seen me grow hungrier and hungrier during shifts.  As a result, I'm resolved to make food for myself and for the people that I care about.  

Time spent out in the Bay has sparked an interest in sourdough-leavened treats.  In keeping with that spirit and flavor, we will be offering some sweet and savory sourdough treats.  
Can you deal with that?

Now, contrary to them snacky-pooz, I can assure, the coffee will not be baked.  Baked is a term we attribute to some less-than-desirable qualities found in poorly roasted coffee. It tends to render very dull flavors. (Look at me, acting all snooty!)
Yeeees, much like the sourdough levain, the coffee should taste very active.  

Although not fermented. hmmmmmm

SEE YA SUNDAY at 10AM SHARP!!!

Oakland Lake Coffee

Greetings one and all.  

We're heading to Lake Merritt tomorrow morning to hangout and make aeropresses with some Excellent people.  

"Hey, tell me more"

Fine, we will.  

Inspired by fellow cyclists and creativez brewing coffee in diverse outdoor settings around LA, local smarty*, Megan O'Connor decided, "[I] gotsta get me one'a'deez".**

And so, it was.  

Rain, Snow, Hail, or Shine***, we'll be out there taking in coffee and donuts with friends.  

Now, true to word, we will be there brewing up some tasty aeropressses of coffee. 
But everyone is encouraged to bring coffee, a grinder, brewing apperatus, and a recepticle to hold said bevie. Bonus points if you bring a camping stove and water.  
We can mix and match, tradesies, or coffee hang.  Whatever your style is, is the right way to enjoy Oakland Lake Coffee this morning. 
Sound okay?  We think so.  

WHERE and WHEN
Lake Merritt, behind Fairyland, under the band stand.  Ya gotta walk or bike along the trail, you'll find it, trust us. 10AM SHARP!!! Tomorrow (SUN 05.03.15)

See ya soon, 
BTC

*Can you say Berkeley PHD in the making?
** Capt Steven Hiller, Indepence Day.
***As things go in the Bay Area, probably not going to snow or rain or show any form of precipitation. It did rain QUITE HARD for our inaugural Oakland Lake Coffee event.  

BLIND TIGER COFFEE: Coffee and Culture Quarterly

The BLIND TIGER COFFEE Coffee & Culture Quarterly exists as a means to examine the agricultural goods of coffee producers throughout the world, as well as to promote artistic, musical, and philosophical pursuits carried out and created by free-thinking individuals.  As corporations and special interest groups increasingly influence many areas of our lives, it’s important that we promote the fruits of passion and drive that might otherwise get overlooked and to act as stewards for the underdogs of this world who are critical and create wonderful “stuff” on their own terms.

As they say,  idle hands are the devil’s workshop…. and frankly, life’s too short to not make something.  We believe that if you make something that is good, or you work hard toward doing something or creating something personal — you might sleep better at night. You might even inspire others to do the same. And if that happens, you create a wildfire of local energies.

If everyone’s participating in or doing something creative, we’re democratically creating our own local cultures. A thriving local culture enriches lives and creates demand and tourism, all things fueling a good economy and a healthy society.

Further, through BTC C&CQ, we’re looking to create a unique experience for you to enjoy a coffee with…

or to enjoy music with…

or to enjoy art with…

The objective is to release an issue each quarter on a common theme and featuring four tasty and fresh new coffees. This season, we’re examining experiences we’ve had around coffee, for better or for worse.

At the end of the day, the BLIND TIGER COFFEE C&C Quarterly exists as a means to do something, promote folks who do something, to inspire you to do something, and to enjoy something.

We're looking forward to our upcoming Summer 2015 release.  STAY TUNED!!!

Colombiaz

Greetings party people.

Time waits for no one.

People change.

Seasons, come and go.

COLOMBIAS ARE IN!!! HALLELUJAH!!! 

Colombian coffees are perhaps my most coveted of coffee jams.  I didn't always feel that way.  But then I realized, after having a particularly precious cup, that I was an idiot*

There are a a lot of stunnerz out there in the world of coffee.  Seasons, regions, varieties, and processing all lend a hand in curating an ever-changing and typically tasty coffee schedule and menu.  

But the beauty in a great Colombian coffee....? Sheesh.  
It makes for a fun time.  
Vivacious stone fruit typically intertwine with caramel and florals, showcasing something that has depth, complexity, and a cleanliness, all at once.
 

Needless to say, you should absolutely check our latest offerings in the "Coffee" section.  

Cheers.
BTC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRqdOyMnnxM

*the jury is still out on whether I "was" or "am."  ....