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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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more great coffees in Portland and my base now one step closer to drinking them

by badbeard 18. May 2008 23:06
Dudes, these Cafe Import guys from Minnesota are always on a roll, esp. having just hosted the SCAA show in a big way.  What a classy operation; incredible response time.  Roasted up today all seven and can't wait to cup on Tuesday with Andrea and a couple other roasters.  The Ethiopians looked awesome, but then again everything is a contender.  I can't wait to be able to offer some of these goodies to everyone! As hot as it was in PDX today, especially within close proximity to the roaster, it was worth it.  The Anokhi is still cupping spectacularly intriguing, unforgettable java if ever there was one.  Wild blueberry notes still all there, complexity and mouthfeel yum to boot. Getting to be toddy season, and I'm more determined than ever make iced coffee taste great.

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Weinmark and WEINLAND make the WWeek poll

by badbeard 9. May 2008 10:56

Willamette Week is SO on top of the scene, putting The Oregonian to serious shame in that department, although kudos to Luciana Lopez for her astute covering.  One of these days we'll meet, as promised mutually...but a nice stroke for us of Portland Cello Project to see a bunch (4) of our fave collaborators make WWeek's top 10 local list

I'm still amazed that Amy McCullough and gang had the foresight to arrange the video of the Weinmark coffee cupping with mbilly (scrolldown the article).  It is no surprise that Adam sold out all of the special java on their recent NW tour...what better way (outside of buying La Lamentor and other releases, of course) to take a piece of the band home....

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Hey, it's so freakin' great to be LAUNCHED

by badbeard 8. May 2008 10:05
Launching a website is a good thing, feels like a godshot has been pulled in cyberspace and the judging panel was oohing over the latte art.  Waiting fitfully now for samples of exciting coffees and then the sharing continues with the caffeinated (and non-, I love you guys too!) world.  New crop from Nayarit should be arriving forthwith and am deciding on a number of other new tasty goodies. Balancing with a robust performing schedule can be a beatch, and yet the roasting is the most pacific time of my life.  Looking forward to the Portland Cello Project collaboration with Pink Martini on June 3 at the Crystal Ballroom, and raising lots o' dough for Friends of Trees in the process.

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espresso machine refurbishing

by badbeard 22. April 2008 09:52
One step closer...oyssh, the vicissitudes of old machines.  Yesterday's excising of the valve on top of the Astoria boiler required a long-handled Snap-On socket wrench to go with the 21 mm socket...the stubby didn't give enough torque!  How convenient to be located near a mechanic's shop.  Good thing they like coffee.

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Weinland CD release

by badbeard 3. March 2008 11:17
Nice to see a wildly successful CD release party for a well-deserving troupe of great folks and musicos.  I'm still unsure, having played two shows at Doug Fir and seen countless more, how they can improve the sonics, but it would be nice considering the quality acts that perform there.  La Lamentor is an excellent album and so glad Adam and gang got to perform in front of such a great crowd.  Get the Molasses out and go buy the damn CD already!  And in August you'll get to hear the cover of Gold with Adam fronting us folks in Portland Cello Project.  Great job Doug Jenkins and Heather Broderick repping the heavy-bass (er, cello) set.

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$20,000 cup of coffee NYTimes article

by badbeard 29. January 2008 21:56

Well, I hadn't intended on making this the subject of my first blog entry ever...impressions of the book "The Devil's Cup" by Stewart Allen were to go first....but reading the recent NY Times article about the Japanese siphon bar at the Blue Bottle Café in San Francisco, the Clover explosion, etc. truly made me gag.  What the HELL is going on in the coffee world? Had Bush's certifiable state of the union speech not come AFTER this article appeared I would have assumed IT had unleashed so many Pandora's boxes full of java fetishism.  I guess the facts just speak for themselves and context RULES.  I feel as angry at these fetishists as I did at Robert Parker and Michel Rolland in  "Mondovino".  Sure, their qualifications are impeccable and their hubris and fortunes excessive, but their elitism is nauseating.  'Nuff said.  The american Monstera continues to roll over every xoloescuintle in its path.  Hell, we friggin' INVENTED great coffee out here in the Pacific Northwest, like, uh, ten or twenty years ago, didn't we?  Who reads history, anyway?

I love having access to the great coffees of the world and the ability to roast those beans to a degree of hedonistic drinkability, then share it.  I know growers who go through extraordinary circumstances to share the fruit of their land with me and my customers.  I don't need or want the hipster mavens with scanty life experience resumes around town (Portland) to ever tell me what great coffee is; it's actually quite obvious.  Kudos to those who love coffee and wish to explore nuance, but make up your own damn minds. You'll probably survive even if you don't pick up the jasmine, ugli fruit, burnt toast, barnyard and stone(d) fruit; look for the smell of COFFEE.  Get that first, and last.  I know the Clover is capable of producing a nice cup of coffee, although a certain shop in town ruined a potentially wonderful cup of excellence Brazil in my second-ever cupful.  My third was at CoffeeFest in Seattle, a truly wretched experience (right on the heels of a great espresso shot at the 49th Parallel booth) with the nouvelle "natural decaf" from the normally incredible Daterra people.  Oh well.  But what gonzo caches of coffee you could acquire for $11K...hell, $10,800 for beans and the rest on a Technivorm, and ya could be just as happy as the woman on the farm who picked ripe cherries ALL DAY to earn, MAYBE what ya just spent on that cup.   I'm happy for those in the business who are profiting nicely, even according to the manufacturers $$$ analysis, but please don't riddle me with any excessive bullshit, por favor.  The first two layers are more than enough.  But at least the Clover dudes don't have to spend months learning how to stir water on the correct zen path.

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