April 15, 2013
Onyx Express: Closed Book

ryannealcordwell:

And thus concludes my Onyx Series. I recently put up a link to the portfolio in its entirety (at the time), but have added one last component per request Mr. Czopp, himself.

Onyx Express: Our Family, is essentially a longer, generalized accumulation of clips from all six spotlights. It’s not sex, violence, or drugs, but I hope you enjoy, regardless.

Onyx Express: Our Family from Royal & Design on Vimeo.

Friends of mine who create charming and functional identities for local businesses.

March 6, 2013

Latte Throw Down ⎜ Feat. Crêpe Bar from Royal & Design on Vimeo.

Now I’ve got no idea how many people legitimately follow what I post on here - those who do: thanks for not casting me away merely for the lack of content I produce, however infrequent.

Last I did update anyone, I was working for a to-be multi-roaster coffee bar concept that never quite happened. That’s alright. I’m currently working at a new creperie in Tempe, Ariz. and couldn’t be happier working with some of the greatest chefs I know and can call friends, heading a coffee program that buys its beans from MadCap (of Grand Rapids, Mich.) and tries it’s best to be delicious, approachable, and an absolute asset alongside the items coming our of our kitchen.

And we did what all emerging coffee shops do at one point or many others: held an awesome latte art competition. It was an absolute pleasure inviting strangers and friends to watch some of us execute the final step in the coffee chain - legitimately the last .00001% - of laying art across the top of an espresso.


Oh, and there’s a video produced by my good friends at Royal & Design, a media marketing team here in Phoenix. Suspending reality, it makes us all look like action movie stars and race car drivers - which, for a barista party, is darn impressive.

March 6, 2013
THE STAY-AT-HOME BARISTA: Temperature Stability and Brewing Technique Part Two

Here, a little home experiment on manual coffee brewing variables (kettle temp, pulse v. continuous pouring, and correctly measuring bed temp.) turned into a full-fledged blog post from my friend and lab partner, Seth.

sethwmills:

A few weeks ago, I wrote a short post (http://sethwmills.tumblr.com/post/42595876973/thoughts-on-temperature-stability-and-brewing-technique) outlining a conversation between me and my friend Shelby that lead to an experiment testing various V60 brewing techniques. In this post, I plan to…

February 7, 2013
Dymaxion.: The rarest fruit in Indonesia, and how it changed the way I talk about coffee.

petergiuliano:

The fruit stands of Indonesia are glorious. On the islands of Java and Sumatra, these temples to tropical fruit overflow with all types of strange and delicious delicacies: the impossibly delicious manggis, buah naga (dragon fruit) lengkeng (dragon’s eyeball fruit), and the giant, intimidating…

February 1, 2013
THE STAY-AT-HOME BARISTA: Problems & "Solutions"

sethwmills:

When we think about a cup of coffee, we rarely recognize that 98.5% of it is made up of water. Just as with any recipe, its important to always start with the best ingredients. We are careful to pay close attention to the quality and freshness of the whole bean coffees we use, but often neglect…

A post here from my friend Seth Mills, who plays a huge part is Phoenix’s specialty coffee industry.


He’s talking about how important water is to coffee - it makes up around 98% of the drink (an even higher percentage than your craft beers and wines).

Attentively: he addresses the problem within the shop he works for, and brings the solution home with him to improve his quality of coffee he brews for himself each morning.

May 20, 2012
potato dougnut.

potato dougnut.

May 5, 2012
Heart.

Heart.

May 1, 2012
Alex took this. Check it out. It’s really good.

Alex took this. Check it out. It’s really good.

(Source: alextdevine)

April 30, 2012
At Coava. This is turning into a Portland photo blog. I should be allowed to travel more.

At Coava. This is turning into a Portland photo blog. I should be allowed to travel more.

April 29, 2012
The slow bar at Four Barrel in San Francisco - great service, nice customers. Phenomenal coffee. One of the faves.

The slow bar at Four Barrel in San Francisco - great service, nice customers. Phenomenal coffee. One of the faves.

April 28, 2012
Tucson’s Seven Cups tea at Cartel 5th Ave.

Tucson’s Seven Cups tea at Cartel 5th Ave.

April 28, 2012
Calvin and Tim at Sterling. Defunct location now - but moving soon? I haven’t heard any updates.

Calvin and Tim at Sterling. Defunct location now - but moving soon? I haven’t heard any updates.

April 28, 2012
alextdevine:

Finally put some of my pictures up in the office. Showing some Tanzania, Canon Beach and San Francisco love in the office. More to come.

I’m a big fan of Alex T. Devine photography.

alextdevine:

Finally put some of my pictures up in the office. Showing some Tanzania, Canon Beach and San Francisco love in the office. More to come.

I’m a big fan of Alex T. Devine photography.

(Source: alextdevine)

April 27, 2012
The Heart Cart

The Heart Cart

April 27, 2012
Barista in the Pearl.

Barista in the Pearl.

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