Hullo, Fall

Fall has arrived and what better way to get it started than with a nice little autumn playlist? Amongst all of the PSL’s, apple picking and cozying up by an outdoor bonfire (because you know that’s gonna happen!), you definitely need some music to accompany your adventures.

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.

A Very Maddhouse Morning

Yesterday was National Coffee Day and I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with No Limit Larry & The Morning Maddhouse. Yep, you read that right: I was talking about coffee on Power 98 FM.

Bye, Felicia: Pumpkin Spice Alternatives for an Over-PSL’ed World

It boils down to this: if I’m going to leave the comfort of my fluffy bed on a chilly day, I need the motivation of an opportunity to try something different. I’m bored with the tired beverages of autumns past! Let’s get weird.

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.

Erin Frederick: Barista, Screenwriter, Opera Singer, and Overall Badass

Spoiler Alert: her favorite Spice Girl was Baby Spice.