Welcome to the coffee culture

September 27, 2015

Check out these entries to the Barista Competition night


It’s back! This bracket style, sudden death format features head-to-head competition where only the competitor receiving the highest score from the four-judge pane; advances to the next leg. Competitors are given four minutes to produce one free-pour drink, which is then scored against the competitor at the opposite facing machine.

Judging is Based on Six Categories:



Color Infusion

Level of Difficulty



September 23, 2015

The first day of Fall has arrived and here are our top 5 date spot suggestions

  1. Go to a pumpkin patch. It’s autumn, it’s romantic, and then, at the end, you get to use knives in a fun way!
  2. Go on a museum date. Art! And staring at things instead of talking.
  3. Have dinner and see a movie. Eating food and watching someone tell you stories is a classic for a reason.
  4. Take a long walk together. You don’t need a destination because you have each other. Aww.
  5. Go on a picnic. Few things are more romantic than packing up an old-fashioned picnic. If you’ve never done this, now’s the time.
September 14, 2015

Barista is an art form

Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the top layer of foam. Latte art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required of both the espresso shot and milk. This, in turn, is limited by the experience of the barista and quality of the espresso machine. The pour itself, then, becomes the last challenge for the latte artist.

Latte art developed independently in different countries, following the introduction of espresso and the development of microfoam, the combination of crema and microfoam allowing the pattern; it presumably was initially developed in Italy.

In the United States, latte art was developed in Seattle in the 1980s and 1990s, and particularly popularized by David Schomer. Schomer credits the development of microfoam (“velvet foam” or “milk texturing”) to Jack Kelly of Uptown espresso in 1986, and by 1989 the heart pattern was established and a signature at Schomer’s Espresso Vivace. The rosette pattern was then developed by Schomer in 1992, recreating the technique based on a photograph he saw from Cafe Mateki in Italy. Schomer subsequently popularized latte art in his course “Caffe Latte Art”. At the same time Luigi Lupi from Italy met Schomer on the internet and they exchanged videos they made on Latteart and Cappuccini Decorati

August 28, 2015

Why we love coffee

Coffee equals a long and happy life! Don’t believe us? Just read our top 2 reasons why we love coffee so much!

  1. Coffee could make you live longer.

According to a 2012 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that people in the study ages 50-71 who drank at least a cup of coffee a day had a lower risk of dying from heart disease, diabetes, and other helth problems. Decaf drinkers also had the same results.

  1. Coffee brings you happiness.

Everyone knows that coffee will give you a “pick-me-up.” But did you know it also have been linked to lowering the risk of depression? In a Harvard School of Public Health Study 50,000 women were tracked for 10 years. Those that drank four or more cups of coffee per day were 20 percent less likely to develop a depressive disorder. Another study also linked coffee to reduce the likelness of suicide attempts in half. It is speculated among researchers that long-term coffee drinking may boost the production of dopamine (otherwise known as the “feel good” hormone).