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(Quasi) Live Updates from SCAA 2010

I tend to like to save twitter for more pithy items and this blog for more substantive ones. While I do plan on using both to report back on my trip to SCAA 2010, I wanted to add another tool to the arsenal. You can link over to mscspecialevent.wordpress.com, where I’ll attempt to create a [...]

The Man Seeking Coffee LA Coffee Map

As a reader of this blog, it’s very likely that you are now either on your way or soon will be to gawk, schmooze, blog, present, compete or otherwise partake in the extravaganza known as the 2010 Specialty Coffee Association of America’s exposition. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, this annual [...]

To the USBC or Bust!

Since I made my big announcement yesterday, I’ve been carefully weighing the pros and cons of competing. On the “pro” side…well, I’m sure there are all sorts of platitudes I could espouse about making oneself stronger. On the “cons” side of the list…I’d really rather not bore you with the details. Fortunately, I found out [...]

Man Seeking Competition

Most weekends over the past few months have found me glued to the computer screen, turning my wife into a sports widow. I’m not talking about March Madness either. I’ve been watching the US Regional Barista Competitions, which the brilliant organizers (unlike the organizers of the Oscars) have figured out how to live stream [...]

coffee@home: Kean Decaf Sidamo

Beans: Ethiopia Sidamo Decaf Roaster: Kéan Coffee Rating: 4

Decaffeinating coffee is an intensive and expensive undertaking. Only a few places around the world decaffeinate coffee and the process wreaks havoc on a coffee’s flavors and aromas. To complicate matters, demand for decaf is low while the final sale price is typically the same [...]

coffee@home: Kean’s Kona

Beans: 100% Kona Roaster: Kean Coffee Rating: 4

Largely unschooled in better quality Kona coffees, I was intrigued to see one on the table at Kean’s new Tustin store, and even more interested to see it selling for $20/12oz bag, a veritable bargain for 100% Konas (at least those that are any good). [...]

coffee@home: Kean’s Espresso

Beans: Espresso Blend Roaster: Kean Coffee Rating: 4

After my positive experience with this espresso in the Tustin shop, I was glad to get a bag home and start running it through the ringer.

I started off by cupping it, which revealed a complicated array of flavors and aromas that now has me [...]

Kean for Coffee in Tustin

Name: Tustin Coffee House Location: 16381 Newport Avenue, Suite 14, Tustin, CA 92780 Roaster: Kéan Coffee Rating: 4

I visited Kean Coffee’s original Newport Beach location over a year ago. While I liked what they had to offer and was even astounded by their coffee in the store, I had some lingering doubts about their espresso [...]