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Where's Smallaxe Coffee Been?

I got some emails and tweets asking where I've been.  It's been nearly nine months since any decent posts.  Well, I've got an infant smallaxe who's about nine months.  She's been taking a lot of time and energy and we're loving every minute of it.

So, things in the coffee realm of my life have taken a bit of a back seat to teaching Jr. to crawl, and walk and talk. More to come, when I can get the time.  For now, I'll be at the Boulder Farmer's Market every Saturday serving coffee for the Museum.

If you get to Colorado, drop me a line and we'll cup some stellar coffee.

Exploring New Coffees: ROASTe Makes it Easy

When I talk to people who are just getting into coffee, they inevitably hit a point where they are able to discern the characteristics from varietal to varietal.  It's around that point that they get excited about trying new coffees based on what characteristic they like the most.

We Need a Brewed Coffee Competition

I was just at Ozo Coffee 3rd Anniversary party talking with Nolan and the guys from Coal Creek Coffee, and we got to thinking.  There really needs to a competition for non-espresso brew methods.  Just picture it.  It'd be a lot like the barista championship now, but with more events. 

Here are a couple we kicked around. In each heat, five competitors take the stage and compete in the following events.

1. French Press, Pourover, Vacpot - Everyone uses the same equipment, beans, grinder and kettle.  This way the judges can isolate the variable of the barista.  These are table steaks, the warmup if you will. 

Reducing Cellulite and Other Uses for Coffee Grounds

I'm always trying to figure out what to do with my used coffee grounds.  The folks at Buy Well Coffee just came up with a new list of creative alternatives for those leftover coffee grounds.

The best one, however, is this:

"Cellulite reducer. Mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. While standing over an old towel or newspaper, apply the mixture to your "problem areas". Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush loose grounds off your skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week. A little weird to be sure, but as high priced cellulite creams have coffee in them, it just might work."

Read all ten uses for coffee grounds, here.

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