Mike and I talked about the future of Orange Cactus Coffee, that we need to lower our prices for our coffee- again, and that we’re going to begin experimenting with a question and answer period to our podcast. Either added to our shows or most likely another weekly episode. It would be a kind of coffee newsletter.
Manny G Recommends cleaning that burr coffee grinder that you spent all that money on. He recommended using a cleaning product that is specifically designed for coffee grinders.
I looked into attending barista school in Phoenix at the IBCA. They still say they can certify you in SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe), but the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) and the SCAE have joined forces to become the SCA. I’ve reached out to them to see, and will report back here if I get an answer.
Speaking of espresso, Mike recommended checking out Chris Baca’s video on the Salami shot to taste the different parts of an espresso shot. It’s a fantastic video, and Chris’s channel is one of the best on the inter-webs. Chris is one third of Cat and Cloud, and they run a cafe and podcast.
For our Coffee Experience, I visited Method Coffee and YellowLeaf Coffee. Method offered a chemed an dFrench Press both for sale to take home and as a drink preparation. But the barista told me their coffee selection was low and he wouldn’t recommend trying it that day. While I appreciated the honesty, I would’ve rather tried their coffee. The Americano I had was not very good. Mike enjoyed his Espresso Cubano during his time at Method.
While at YellowLeaf, the barista noticed my Orange Cactus Coffee hat and asked me where the cafe is. I told her it was online only. And… I didn’t tell her I was involved. I was too embarrassed. It happens every once in a while.
One of our listeners sent us an e-mail that he was chasing the dragon of that first cup of “Wow!” coffee he had prepared for him. I love blueberries to the face in my cup and can totally relate.
Mike gave a Cascara update that isn’t particularly interesting and came up with a Coffee History segment. If you like it, please let us know. the book Mike referenced was The Art and Craft of Coffee by Kevin Sinnott.