Things have been a bit up in the air recently which has served as a distraction from beginning my preparation for Copenhagen. I won’t bore you with what the things were, but I’ll ask you a quick question instead.
I saw some pics recently of David Makin (a lovely chap) winning a competition in Australia and was very impressed with the art he managed in his capps. I was bothered by my drop in quality on the day for the irish and think now that my capps are my weakest area.
This is a picture of a rosetta poured recently in the 5 oz cappuccino cups I used in the Irish and will be using in the Worlds. Theres things I like and don’t like about the pour, but I’d love some feedback from any competitors and judges out there.
For competition, what score would you give this cappuccino on visual appearance?
I think I’ll do this now and again. I was temped to start a seperate blog, but I wouldn’t have enough content for it, so instead I’ll subject you lot to it now and again.
Though it wasn’t till three years into my music degree that I realised coffee promised more, I do still get a lot from music. I like to think my taste is quite varied, so heres a clip of something I think is just great great great. My mother put me onto Norma Waterson and my father loves Martin Carthy. Who doesn’t love richard thompson so I threw another one just of him in.
The sound quality isn’t bad for youtube but could be better. The next time I do this it will be a different style of music. Oh, and those of you in NY, my brother will be in town on wednesday for a week, and has a list of cafes, so watch out. As my childhood alias given to me by my dad was the flyingthud, my brother’s was the human mess. Please call him so should you see him.
In the airport again. Today I fly to London on what I think is my first ever flight were I only booked one way. Though I still haven’t found an apartment, my soon to be flat mate and I are working to sort that out quickly.
Square Mile is beginning to take shape rapidly and the need for me to be full time in London has come. I’m so excited about the kind of work we’re gonna do. With respect to my former employers, I’ve never worked in a job so in line with my attitude to coffee and just knowing how much we’ll learn every day is, to coin the americans, awesome. Or is it killer? I’m never sure. Oh to be street.
Nick Brown of Manic Coffee and of dwelltime fame is in London too on a college trip so I’m hoping to catch up with him and give him shit for killing seals while we taste the best London has to offer.
Regarding preparing for competition, I’m re working my whole routine. Everything will be new bar perhaps a few table setting things and maybe my tamper which I just found out I left in LA. Luckily its set to only work with my hand, and will self destruct should another fool try. There was a gun in Judge Dredd that did that, anyone wanna remind me of the name?
I’m sure you were all watching the Western Regionals in Berkley last weekend, thrilling stuff. Big Congrats to Baca and my pals at intelly for doing so well. 798 is such a big score, it’ll be interesting to see if anything in the US final gets that high. I’m hoping to go to the SCAA so hopefully I’ll catch up with some of you there.
Sorry theres no pics in this post.