Barista Nation Texas: 3 Days Away (registration closed)

Just a reminder:

Barista Nation Texas happens this upcoming Monday, all day long.

Where?

Oak Cliff Coffee
817 W Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

When?

Registration is from 9:30am to 10:30am.
The schedule of events runs until 6:30pm with a reception to boot.

I hope to see you there!

Happy National Coffee Day!

September 29, 2011 · Filed Under Coffee, Texas Coffee People · Comment 

Today is National Coffee Day, and a few TX coffee businesses are helping you celebrate!

The Pearl Cup (Dallas, TX) is offering 50% off any pastry with the purchase of a large coffee drink.

Good Brews Coffee & Tea Lounge (Lubbock, TX) is giving away a FREE small coffee with ANY purchase.

AJ Coffee Company (Lubbock, TX) has a sale of 25% off of ANY coffee through their web shop. (coupon code NTLCOFFEEDAY )

The 806 (Amarillo, TX) is selling all coffee and espresso drinks at HALF OFF

Palace Coffee Company (Canyon, TX) 25% off all French Press’d coffees with guest David Ramirez playing tonight!

Healthy Essentials (Lubbock, TX) In celebration of National Coffee Day, you an get 1 FREE 80z cup of coffee

Are you or your favorite coffee company celebrating?  Let us know!
Leave your own deals in the comments below!

Four of the Top 25 Caffeinated Cities are in Texas

September 21, 2011 · Filed Under Just for fun, Texas Coffee People, TX-Coffee · Comment 

(via - Seattle Pi)

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Those cities are (in decending order):

  • Dallas
  • Austin
  • El Paso
  • Plano

Maybe Plano should be included in the Dallas number to bump a TX city up a few places from 12.

Keep on caffeinating, Texas.

Return from Hiatus, and Group Project Request

Since this web site began, I’ve been trying to compile a complete list of noteworthy roasters and retailers.

The specialty coffee movement in Texas is growing faster than ever, and I’ve been busier than ever at the same time.

Net result, the list is out of date, with no hope of one man single-handedly bringing it up to current status of where we find the specialty coffee industry in our state today.

I’m Asking For Your Help.

The two links below go to the lists of retailers and roasters (respectively).  If you visit, love, own, manage, or work in a specialty coffee retailer or specialty coffee roastery, we want to hear from you.  I am based in Lubbock, moved from Dallas in ’01, and can in no way vouch for everyone, despite my best efforts, in regards to the best spots to visit in all parts of the state.  So, PLEASE, check the lists below.  The easiest way to respond, is to simply leave a comment.  If you are the owner, manager, or roaster, and you’d like to be featured, we can do that too.

Coffee Retailers

Coffee Roasters

Asking for even MORE help
(Love coffe?  Love to write? Live/work in Texas?)

This web site has, for the most part, been written by myself (Jason Haeger).  I have tried to get others on board in the past, but no dice.  People who are willing are generally too busy, and people who have the time are generally unwilling.

This site was built to be a grounds for everyone who matters in the specialty coffee industry in the state of Texas.  I have been accused of this whole project being selfishly motivated in the past. (which is true, if you consider wanting to be able to find a good cup of coffee anywhere in the state to be selfish)  This site has also been listed on blog lists as the blog of a roaster!  (this was long before I ever started roasting on top of the fact that it is by no means that)

The Story

A few years ago, I was solicited by a roaster in Phoenix, AZ.  He said he was recently chosen as the “Official Roaster” of a web site called Arizona Coffee.  He asked me if I would be willing to write something for their site.  I was more than happy to.  I loved to write (still do), had a budding passion for all things coffee, and jumped at the opportunity.  I wrote a few articles, most of which were well received.

The site was a HUGE part of the organization of the first barista jam in Arizona.  I went to the jam in Tucson in 2006, and saw how many people were eager to learn about all things coffee, and how many people were interested in building a community around it.  A lightbulb went off in my head, and I saw the good that could come of a web site like Arizona Coffee.

I thought it would be fantastic to have a Texas Coffee equivalent.. just for our state.  TexasCoffee.com was already claimed by Duncan Coffee, so the domain name became tx-coffee.com, and the title would be Texas Coffee People, inspired after my experience in Tucson: a community is always centered around the people involved.  I wanted to get other contributors involved, like I had been involved at Arizona Coffee.

I know how things are moving here in West Texas, and I have seen Austin go from one admirable shop to so many that I have a hard time keeping track with the coming of Cuvee Coffee, whose home base used to be Houston.  Houston has been on a steady rise in quality with Catalina Coffee, Tuscany Coffee, and the roasting outfit Fusion Beanz.  San Antonio has Brown Coffee Co.  Dallas has a newly growing scene as well, with Pearl Cup, Cultivar, Oddfellows, and a few that I know I am missing.

Long story short, I can’t do it all on my own.  I never wanted to do it all on my own.  This web site isn’t just for me.  This web site is for all of us.  If you are willing to write for the Texas coffee community, please consider becoming a contributor.

Thanks for helping turn Texas Coffee People into what it was always meant to be!

Latte Art Competition: Saturday Night Smackdown, Feb. 6

Where: FRANK -  407 Colorado, Austin, TX  78701 – (512-494-6916)

When: February 6th, 6pm-10pm

What: “Saturday Night Smackdown was inspired by our dear friends atOctane, those dedicated souls keepin coffee alive in the heart of the dirty south, Atlanta, GA. The idea is similar, to create an event for the surrounding coffee community to gather and share ideas, experiences, knowledge, and a whole lotta love.” – source

The Rules

p.s. – “Instead of the one pour-three judges, winner is picked format SNS will now be done in a more fast paced and thrilling head to head style pour offs. Enter the Single Elimination Bracket System, a tournament style latte art throwdown wherein two baristas pour head to head and one winner is chosen to move to the next bracket unitl we reach the last top two baristas to see who walks away with the top honors.” – source

Who: This one is organized by Tyler Wells(FRANK) and Lorenzo Perkins(Caffe Medici).  the      blog(http://saturdaynightsmackdown.blogspot.com) is run by Lorenzo Perkins.

















So, if you want to get down with some latte art love in th ATX, you know what to do!  Be there.

The Dose: Podcast #1

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I hope you enjoy it.  We had a lot of fun making it.


It can be found on iTunes. -> Click



Seven New Wild Coffee Speceis Found in Madagascar

December 23, 2009 · Filed Under Coffee, Coffee Farms, Coffee Industry, News, Texas Coffee People · 1 Comment 

Kew Gardens finds seven wild species of coffee

The discovery, in Madagascar, is good news for coffee drinkers as climate change and habitat loss is threatening an estimated 70% of global crops.

These species of coffee are seven of 290 new plants discovered by these botanists this year.  Apparently, they also “discovered” 200 species of yam that are known to cure cancer by locals in South Africa.  (yes.. It was already known to cure cancer, yet they are a new species discovery.. and they haven’t been learning to grow them around the world, apparently.  Why not!)

I wish there were more information about these coffee species.  There is so much research performed in coffee farming every year in various parts of the world, and it would be interesting to see what could be learned, if much at all, from these species found on a remote island off the east coast of Africa.

All vanilla in the world originates in Madagascar.  Cacao is a regular crop there.  It is a tropical region, and if we have coffees coming from about every island in Indonesia, I suppose it would make sense that coffee could live there.

The Pearl Cup's Winter Coat Drive – Dallas

December 13, 2009 · Filed Under Community, DFW, Holidays, Seasonal, Texas Coffee People, Texas Retailers · 2 Comments 

I saw this on Facebook, and decided it was worth sharing.

“The Pearl Cup is participating in a winter coat drive to gather clean, gently worn coats for ages kids through adults. Our neighborhood DISD schools have voiced a need and we would like to help.  So, bring by one that you can live without, inform the staff at TPC and get $1.00 off of any drink we prepare.  Thank you in advance for sharing this season.”

Donate a coat and get $1.00 off any drink in the house.

The Pearl Cup

Edible Austin – Drink Local Night (Austin)

From: http://saturdaynightsmackdown.blogspot.com/

by Lorenzo Perkins

“Event Description:
Alright y’all, the Saturday Night Smackdown is up and running once again. Sunday December 6th from 11 AM to 2 PM at Owl Tree (click for directions) is the first part of Edible Austin’s Drink Local Day, part of the week long celebration known to us as Eat Local Week. (To those of you who caught it, yes, the SNS is now on a Sunday) Around a dozen roasters from in and around Austin will be there, set up with booths, tents, beans, and all sorts of crazy shit to show off to you and other onlookers exactly what it is they do.

David Allan is putting this together with Edible Austin, and he will be judging a cocktail contest later on that evening (we should all go to that too!). David is a cool guy and he makes yummy booze stuff, hi five him if you see him at the event.

The pour off will be back to a standard Smackdown pour off – you choose the cup, you choose the pour, ONE PITCHER ONE POUR!!!! $10 buy in, winner will take ALL. Now, this event is an open invite to anyone across our great state (Texas, you dolt!) HOWEVER, the top ten AUSTIN competitors will go on to represent our fair city in Texas’ first ever City VS City throwdown: ATX v. ATL. (Brainchild of Scott Lucey, actualized by yours truly) It’s gonna be awesome. So bring your game, bring your face, but most importantly, pour your face off!

2010 South Central Regional Barista Competition

SCRBC







I am thrilled to finally be able to post with concrete details!

Once again, we will be kicking off the 2010 Barista Competition season with the SCRBC being the first to take place.

The South Central Regional Barista Competition, hosted by Cuvee Coffee, will take place on January 7-10th at the Downtown Austin Sheraton, 701 East 11th Street Austin, Texas.

Visit http://www.usbaristachampionship.org/southcentral/ for more information.

I will not be able to be there due to a schedule conflict, but I’d still like to know who is going to be there.  Last year’s competition displayed considerable growth compared to the 2007 competition the year before, and I am hoping to see a similar trend for this year.

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