For my 7 faithful readers, I know I owe it to you to let the world know what has been happening in the long while since my last spastic post. I don’t have any cool mods or refurbs to show at the moment. But the last couple of months have been fast and busy. Crap, it is sounding like a Christmas letter already.
Betty of Spruce Street and me at the MA/NEBC
It seems like I am in Pittsburgh a lot these days, I could call this “What’s going on in Pittsburgh”. The Mid Atlantic/North Eastern Barista Competition was held in Cranberry, just North of Pittsburgh. I had the real privilege of volunteering for this massive event, which by the way, brought the crowd in like no other regional competition ever before.
The view from the Rennaisance Hotel, Pittsburgh
Barista Kevin at Voluto Coffee, Pittsburgh
Voluto Coffee, again in Pittsburgh, was a great experience. While I was in town for three days of Grocery demo coffee, I stopped in here for 49th Parallel’s Epic espresso on a daily basis. The crisp and uncluttered design was super sharp, the staff was knowledgeable and skilled, and the owners, Barb and Amalie, were warm and friendly. It is definitely worth a visit for the coffee traveler.
Brandy of Lovers and Madmen, not in Pittsburgh
My friends of Lovers and Madmen have finally opened after what seemed like an eternity of pre-opening preparation. At Ludlow and 40th in West Philly’s University City, these guys offer a much needed touch of quality beverages to that side of the Schuylkill.
So that is what’s up right now. Oh, I almost forgot, the Counter Culture Coffee Training Center in New York City is just about ready to recieve guests and students. You will have to check here to find out about it.