Last Week’s QCTNT: Like a rock concert, but different.

The atmosphere was more akin to a rock concert than a low-key coffee shop get-together: thumping music, people sipping on beers, everyone packed together to stay close to the action and fans chanting the names of baristas as if they were rock stars. It was joked that the sharply-dressed male baristas should start a hipster boy band, since they obviously already possessed the ability to make crowds go wild.

Talk Coffee to Me

I encounter a lot of confusion behind the coffee counter, mostly because of a lot of the coffee misinformation that's floating around out there. I'm not going to claim that my definitions below are the end-all, be-all... but in the course of my coffee career I've seen all of these play out to be mostly accurate definitions. Write me via Carrier Pigeon if they're not.

My Barista: A Love Story

Neil Strauss wrote The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists as a how-to guide for getting laid. I detest this shit rag for its glorification of horny nerdsters tricking women into consent; yet, The Game led me to an important realization. I discovered the origins of The Barista Crush.

Home-Brewing 101: Understanding Extraction and Strength

Swirling around in your morning joe is a complex solution made up of plant cellulose, lipids, minerals, acids, caffeine, proteins and sugars. You can thank these materials for giving your coffee its flavor. Yum! Well... mostly yum: only about 30% of the coffee bean is dissolvable, and only 18-22% of it even tastes good. Yeah, I know. The math doesn't really seem to be in our favor, does it?

Jaymin McAffrey, Holding Down the Fort in Davidson

When you meet Jaymin for the first time, you are struck by two things: his tall, lanky frame and his huge grin. Jaymin is a the textbook positive person, going with the flow, looking on the bright side, and having no trouble making people laugh along the way. He's a true goofball, who seems to feel more at home making silly faces than striking a serious pose for the camera. Above all, he truly loves coffee and the people he gets to serve it to.