Friday, September 26, 2008

refereeing a fight

my camera was sick and we sent it off to hospital lately.  thus, i feel as though my creative impetus had been on hiatus.  now it's back and here i am hitting the blogosphere again.  coincidence?  mayhaps.  

so what's been up?  i'm going to houston in a few hours to--get this--be a judge for a latte art competition.  me.  the guy who can consistently and perfectly pour the foam amoeba.  but you know what they say...those who can't do, judge.  or some such. 

anyway, catalina coffee in houston, where the event will take place, has quietly done a solid job
 becoming houston's most thoughtful espresso destinations.  a few weeks ago catalina's owner,
 max, called me up out of the blue (we had never met) and asked if they could order 50 lbs of Jacinto.  he explained they have an enthusiastically pursued guest espresso program and they have been buying stuff from around the country and featuring it until the order runs dry.  the espresso got there in good order and then...hurricane Ike.  max says they kept power for
 most of the time and that
 they were one of the few places around who had power, which, one can hope, means all the Jacinto got consumed and, one can further hope, enjoyed, by desparate, powerless houstonians.  

so one thing led to another and here i am making final preps and doing final roasts before going to houston to be part of this indieundergroundcoffeeevent.  $20 to pour.  winner takes all.  who knows but that the winner might just be a hurricane victim and this could be the most direct charity line from fundraiser to relief distribution in the history of coffee.   fun times in texas.  hey, even the weather has cooperated.  one thing about hurricanes:  they definitely bring cooler (read:  coffee buying and drinking) weather in their wakes.  

cheers, all.    

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At Monday, 11 November, 2013, Blogger BBR xPress said...

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Philadelphia, PA – " Cup of Joe," a local coffee business, has applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main StreetSM Grants. " Cup of Joe " must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business and receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant. Full eligibility requirements are available in the Program Rules Customers, fans and community members can show support for
" Cup of Joe " by voting at using Facebook Connect. The voting deadline is November 15, 2013 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists.

Being awarded a $250,000 grant will help " Cup of Joe " increase its visibility in the community. It will also help secure the lease on a proposed two story property, so that we can provide quality goods & services. Our Mission is to Protect and Preserve the Integrity of the Neighborhood.
Receiving this grant would be an unbelievable opportunity in our hometown of Philadelphia, says Owner/ CEO, Barbara Viaud.

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $3 million to small businesses across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive a special advertising offer from Premier Sponsor, Google. In addition, the 12 grant recipients will be eligible to receive a trip to Google for an exclusive small business marketing workshop with Google experts and a Google Chromebook Pixel laptop.


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