Does education or real experience make the better barista? Today, Joe debates with Wolf Barn Marnell, longtime barista competitor who's part of the team behind the forthcoming Broadsheet Coffee Roasters in Cambridge, MA.
The effervescent and ever-so-bright, Jess Steffy joins Meister in a discussion about how we experience flavor, and share those experiences through language. Soda! Apples! Listen!
Almost no one is as equipped to debate the merits of barista competitions vs. "real life" barista experience than longtime barista and barista-competition judge Aaron Ultimo of Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia. He and Joe tackle whether a winning barista will be a loser behind the bar, and other topics which are Very Good Plus.
It's the age-old battle, waged since the dawn of time: Who is ultimately responsible for a coffee's quality, the roaster or the barista? Stephen Ezell of The San Fransiscan Roaster company squares off against longtime barista and barista trainer Meister--but who will argue which side? Tune in to find out.
Does tipping help or hurt? Is it a nice wad of immediate extra spending money or an unreliable and too-large percentage of a barista's income? Everyman Espresso's Sam Penix and Sam Lewontin, both longtime professional baristas, weigh in on the tipping balance of tipping in the coffee shop.
Two of the most experienced coffee-tasters in the specialty industry, Holly and Pete, debate and discuss the use of various ratings, scoring, and sensory analysis on coffee. Should cupping be used for consumers as well for professionals? How effective is a 100-point or a 5-star scale? They also talk about the inspiration for their website, www.roastratings.com.