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new microlot Kenya arriving

by badbeard 3. August 2008 09:10

No,  not some oblique Obama promo, although I understand the Obamajava blend I donated to the MoveOn.org efforts of a month ago was well received (Kenyan and Sumatran offerings).  The Kenya Thangathi microlot I'll be getting tomorrow is an amazing coffee and will sold on a limited quantity basis, as there is precious little of it in this primerissimo specialty coffee-crazed world.  Kenya coffee lovers stay tuned...

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McMinnville cruising

by badbeard 20. July 2008 00:58

Wine things in McMinnville...it's going to be a strange year in Mac in the Pinot Noir world, but I'm placing serious bets post-barrel tasting on Michael Stevenson at Panther Creek and Stevenson-Barrie and the Eyrie folk (include Black Cap).  Can't wait til November, but it won't be the same without Jim Diamond making the rounds with me, since he'll be teaching chemistry in Beijing and snarfing copious quantities on dim sum and chinese cooking wine.  Hopefully Nick's will have joined the Badbeard family by then and I can count on drinking heavily and then waking up with Carmen's pasta and a few espressi.

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international reaction dribbles in to Portland Cello Project

by badbeard 20. July 2008 00:54

Well, we knew that they were watching...taking notice.

Here's Derek Hill's take on the show on mel.opho.be

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Portland Cello Project EP release/show at Doug Fir

by badbeard 14. July 2008 11:31

Another AMAZING sold-out show, heralding new faces in the scene for us who added TREMENDOUSLY to the buzz and playing experience.  On a night in PDX with an incredible number of quality, must-see shows, we're so grateful to those who chose to share the night with us.  You rock!

Revelatory were Sophe Lux, Pacific UV, Blue Cranes and Point Juncture, WA, each adding a dimensionality we've not experienced before in our collaborations.  Horsefeathers, well, what can you say...j-man. you're always spectacular.  I'd go see any of our collaborators solo shows in a heartbeat. 

 

PCP, rocketmen and 'pobitches, awesome.  Thanks Doug Fir!!!!!

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Can't keep Starbux out of the negatory news

by badbeard 2. July 2008 09:34

To me this seemingly sinking ship hasn't been doing much right these days, and I'm incredulous that with all their resources they can't seem to sell a decent cup of coffee.  You'd have thought that with their proactive feedback loop they'd be able to calibrate something more acceptable than Pike Place Blend.  I just don't get it how within their annual purchases of 300 million pounds or whatever it is the can't roast decently, but alas, it seems the swill gravy train is losing cars.  With the economy shrinking and every 4 bucks counting a lot more we microroasters who NEVER put out a bad cuppa should prosper?!  When will people en masse cotton onto the idea that they can make GREAT coffee in their own homes?

Fortunately for customers in Seattle they can avoid the original *$%#bucks, walk an extra block or so to Seattle Coffee Works (111 Pike St.), and get treated to something special from Sebastian's amazing Synesso machine.

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WEINLAND end-of-tour concert in Portland at the Aladdin Theater

by Admin 30. June 2008 21:12
What a friggin' great show, credit to all the bands appearing despite veritable exhaustion and enervating hot heat in PDX all day.  There's no place like home, clearly, and the embrace of our local fokels is immense, life-giving.  A total thrill to be onstage with these bands, and thanx to all who invited our (Portland Cello Project quintet) participation and collaboration, which will be eternal.  Norfolk & Western predictably awesome, A Weather fabulous (first time hearing 'em live).  The now-legendary Shearer tour experiential rant-o-spew-arama was like a fragrant bourride of Spalding Gray, Belew's Neurotica, and Trouble from Music Man, unforgettable.  Not even Corey duBrowa's excellent review in today's Oregonian could capture the essence.  Rock on, dogs!

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Weinland Invades New York's Park Slope

by Lil Buddy 12. June 2008 13:16
WEINLAND paused midway through their 2008 U.S. tour in New York, Wed. June 11, to play an all-Portland show at Brooklyn's Union Hall in Park Slope. The intimate setting allowed a capacity crowd to bump up against the band, while frontman Adam Shearer powered through most of the songs on their new album, La Lamentor, in a fast-paced hour-long set that left the crowd begging for more. When someone shouted "play three more songs or we'll kill you" (true to New York style), Shearer immediately responded with "that's the first death threat I can actually get behind". WeinMark coffee, Badbeard's proprietary blend of select beans with a misting of Maker's Mark bourbon, was selling briskly at the swag table. Jacob Golden and The Battle Of Land & Sea were also on the roster that night.

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Amazing coffees have arrived and are being roasted

by badbeard 6. June 2008 12:23
Yeah, they are all great,  the Yirgacheffe Harfusa especially...dream kaffa!  Feel spoiled, frankly, but it's about SHARING the goods, no?  I feel connected to these new "terroirs"...Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Tanzania.   Cafe Imports has some seriousss mofo cuppers, and when these beans came in last week I was particularly delighted to see how pristine and well-packed they were...kudos to Yellow Freight....Looking forward to seeing more in the years to come.  I'll be happy to bring in particular lots or individual bags for any competition baristas looking for something distinctive.  The Harfusa could be featured in a hollowed out lemon with a ring of blueberries...certainly would pick up its distinctive qualities.  The Tanz Peaberry is fabulous, with those je ne sais quois intense orange notes also found in my Terruño Nayarita Natural, as well as other berry overtones and the syrupy body of a Sumatra....have to be tried!  And the PNG just flat out rocks.

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Coming next week Yirgacheffe and company

by badbeard 25. May 2008 00:15
Fabulous bundles of green joy to arrive next week....Ethiopians (Yirgie & Harar), Tanzania, Sumatra, Brazil & Papua New Guinea.  Incredible coffees per Cafe Import samples, one more awesome that the next.  And actually planning to share them...hmmm, how much coffee can I drink?  Just what I've been waiting for, great timing for summer stuffs.

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Yoshida Brothers at the Aladdin Theater

by badbeard 18. May 2008 23:21
This boffo brother team of shamisen virtuosity will be playing at the Aladdin Theater in SE PDX on Tuesday night.  A 4tet of Portland Cello PRojectians including me will be opening for them   Please come...their traditional stuff is exceedingly cool. Tomorrow we'll be recording Arvo Part's Summa followed by a marathon publicity photo shoot. Mondocello indeed! 

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