Cat & Cloud Coffee Podcast

When Jared and I started our blog in 2010 it had always been a dream of ours to do something more. Something that we could both proudly call our own, but also involved the entire coffee community at large. As with many dreams it’s easy for things to get in the way...

Climbers & Builders

I once heard that there are generally two types of people. Builders & Climbers. Deep down if you were to assess your values you would be one or the other. Climbers are the type to look out for número uno. The "how can I get to the top and who...

Let us re-introduce you to Pete Licata

Over the years we have had a lot of great conversations with Pete. He is one of those people we see eye to eye with on a lot of different topics. He has helped me with competition routines, challenged philosophy and critiqued service. He truly is one of the great...

Chefs, Bartenders, and Baristas

The following is a transcription from a text message thread that was inspired by an earlier draft of Jared's latest post on service. Particularly in reference to a comparison between bartenders, chefs, and baristas that the draft contained. The particular comparison in question didn't make it into the final edit,...

To Serve And...

A couple recently came into get coffee who were visiting town. They were tired, slightly hung over, and on foot. I said hello as they walked in, they smiled and then stepped just off to the side of the line having a conversation but never committing to the experience. I...

Excelling at the Basics - by Adam Metelmann

Many years ago in a past life, my band was all prepped and set to record the all important second album. (Disclaimer: This was the period of time before the advent of itunes, where live shows and CD sales attributed to a band's measure of success) It was almost 2...

Meet Adam Metelmann (Part 1 of 2)

This week our quest for unique industry perspectives has taken us all the way to Australia -  home of 2014/2015 Queensland Barista Champion, and creator of the BigStep tamper:  Adam Metelmann.  Adam has been involved in the coffee industry in one form or another for the past two decades, and began competing in...

Big Step Tamper Review

Confession: I love my barista tools. I'm a full-fledged gear geek; especially when it comes to tampers. Just like all gear-heads, I need my tools just the way I like ‘em. I was never really satisfied with off-the-shelf tampers, so in my early days I  gained a little reputation for bugging...

Regionals Rejected

I thought I had a lot to say surrounding the SCAA’s pulling the plug on the regional competition circuit and perhaps I do...but my mind is just a bit too jumbled right now to write something incredibly thoughtful and expressive. So I’m just going to focus on one aspect of the...