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ddubick
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Posted Thu Sep 26, 2013, 3:52pm
Subject: Re: Barista Training in Calgary? (or home barista/coffeegeek meet)
 

It might be a long shot but I'll see what I can do about a P&S barista.  My wife and I know their office administrator and my wife actually worked with Phil's mom and then worked at the Farmer's market where P&S started so she knows them quite well.  Who knows...

I do like the idea of a potluck.  My wife could break out the smoker and make her awesome pulled pork sandwiches.

The only problem I see with everyone bringing a small amount of their own coffee would be dialing in the grinder for each coffee (unless everyone brought their own grinders already dialed in).
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Posted Thu Sep 26, 2013, 4:31pm
Subject: Re: Barista Training in Calgary? (or home barista/coffeegeek meet)
 

ddubick Said:

It might be a long shot but I'll see what I can do about a P&S barista.

Posted September 26, 2013 link

That would be pretty awesome if you could pull that off. Small world and all that. Just out of curiosity, do you know Peter from Cappuccino King?

ddubick Said:

The only problem I see with everyone bringing a small amount of their own coffee would be dialing in the grinder for each coffee (unless everyone brought their own grinders already dialed in).

Posted September 26, 2013 link

Well, I like that idea, but I admit that I would be a little hesitant to bring my own Mazzer, only because its not a cheap grinder and it's quite heavy to carry around. Not to mention that I'm almost at the
end of my own batch and it needs to be dialed in anyway. Dialing it in for a new blend is a little bit of a pain. I wish Mazzer had put in a worm gear and a knob, like the La Cimbali Junior/Max grinders.
My main motivation for bringing in my Mazzer would be to trade it in for someone elses grinder. :-)

I think it would be best left up to the discretion of the attendee whether or not to bring their own grinder. I think it would be kinda neat to experiment with different grinders though.

Perhaps dialing in a grinder would be a good educational experience for everyone. Usually I find that its easier and faster to dial in a grinder if it's already been dialed in for another blend previously. I can
usually get it right within about 2-4 shots anyway if I already had it dialed in for another coffee. I only throw a shot in the sink if it's completely whacked out.

Your four grinders would be enough for everyone I think, but it certainly doesn't hurt to give everyone a taste of something different.

Just a thought...

 
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Posted Fri Sep 27, 2013, 7:44am
Subject: Re: Barista Training in Calgary? (or home barista/coffeegeek meet)
 

Thanks for all of the info and feedback. A potluck sounds pretty neat as well. In terms of availability I am mostly MIA with work until November, as I'm being pulled in on weekends until we wrap up this project. I will be in Hawaii for a week at the end of October and will see if I can bring some beans back! My friend who lent me the Lelit I am using has taken some barista training and may be interested in attending a function like this. When I know more I will circle back. Oh, and I can also bring my grinder if needed, I can't speak for the machine as it's not mine, or my decision to make.

I am getting a great vibe from this community and group, and am quite excited about it!

Chris

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ddubick
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Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 12:12am
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I don't 'know' Peter other than shopping in his wonderful store and talking to him once or twice.
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Posted Sun Nov 17, 2013, 1:33am
Subject: Re: Barista Training in Calgary? (or home barista/coffeegeek meet)
 

Perhaps now that we're almost near the tail end of November, perhaps we should make some inroads into meeting up?

What would work for everyone? December 7th?

 
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Posted Thu Nov 21, 2013, 12:34pm
Subject: Re: Barista Training in Calgary? (or home barista/coffeegeek meet)
 

Hi Everyone,
Seeing how this is my first post on CG, I should probably introduce myself. My name is Ben Put. I work at Phil & Sebastian as a Barista, Trainer, and Espresso Roaster. I've lurked on Coffeegeek for years and years, but never posted.

I saw that you would like to have a P&S barista at your meet up and I would love to attend if you'll have me. Let me know if you would like anything specific from me!

Alberta has had a great barista community for years and I would love to see it continue to develop and grow--especially amongst home baristas.
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ddubick
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Posted Thu Nov 21, 2013, 1:23pm
Subject: Re: Barista Training in Calgary? (or home barista/coffeegeek meet)
 

benjaminput Said:

Hi Everyone,
Seeing how this is my first post on CG, I should probably introduce myself. My name is Ben Put. I work at Phil & Sebastian as a Barista, Trainer, and Espresso Roaster. I've lurked on Coffeegeek for years and years, but never posted.

I saw that you would like to have a P&S barista at your meet up and I would love to attend if you'll have me. Let me know if you would like anything specific from me!

Alberta has had a great barista community for years and I would love to see it continue to develop and grow--especially amongst home baristas.

Posted November 21, 2013 link

That would be awesome Ben!  Thank you so much.

Sorry I haven't kept up on this thread for a while, been kinda busy.

Dec 7th would probably work for us.  Just have to clean up the house.
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Posted Thu Nov 21, 2013, 7:41pm
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benjaminput Said:

I work at Phil & Sebastian as a Barista, Trainer, and Espresso Roaster.

Posted November 21, 2013 link

Wow! Well, I look forward to seeing you then, if you can make it out! :-) I'm sure we'd all have lots of questions to ask. I've probably pulled as many shots in a year as a pro barista does in a week.

Congrats on your first post. I'll feel quite humbled in your presence.  :-)

 
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Posted Thu Nov 21, 2013, 7:42pm
Subject: Re: Barista Training in Calgary? (or home barista/coffeegeek meet)
 

ddubick Said:

Dec 7th would probably work for us.  Just have to clean up the house.

Posted November 21, 2013 link

I hope that's not too soon.. I just threw a tentative date out there to get the ball rolling.

Just say where and when and I'll be there!

 
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ddubick
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 3:35pm
Subject: Re: Barista Training in Calgary? (or home barista/coffeegeek meet)
 

Ben suggested that Dec 7th was probably too soon and I'm tending to agree.

Perhaps we put this off until January to get the holiday season out of the way.

In case anyone hasn't clued in yet, Ben won the 2013 Canadian Barista Championship.  So we have a truly passionate barista interested in teaching us a thing or two.

We could keep this meet as an informal agenda of playing around, practicing our techniques with an expert as a resource.

Or Ben has offered to do a presentation/teaching session on a topic of our choice.

Or he could go through the routine he presented at the competition.

I am leaning towards a short teaching session with Ben at the helm followed by ample practice/discussion time.  But I would appreciate any input into the possible format.

This is getting exciting!
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