Thursday, October 25, 2007

hello all you beautiful patient peoples...

Unbelievably, (and quite sadly, frankly,) another month is coming to a close without The Coffee Studio being open. Many of you have let us know how much you want us to be open. We're glad to hear it, and let me make it quite clear to the rest of the universe... we really want to be open too!!!

We're doing as much as is in our power to get open, but unfortunately, these utility issues are simply out of our hands. We are now over a year behind our original schedule. At every point however, we've been told that things 'will be happening' within a week or two... it's actually been really quite draining to be in this constant prep mode. If we had known the building construction would take this long, we would have paced ourselves better (and probably gotten a better lawyer). But we're practicalists (is that a word?), and so we're here, doing our best to deal with the situation we're in and trying to stay positive and optimistic.

So now, the good news:

Yes, I have never been so happy to see a construction crew! These fine fellows finally arrived yesterday to dig up the street to repair the broken conduit between the AT&T manhole and our building. Once they're done, AT&T can come back and hook up the building. And then some other AT&T people can come back and hook up The Coffee Studio's space with phone and DSL. Finally. Whew.

In other good news... the gas company was able to complete their hook-up work and tah-dah... we now have gas service (AKA hot water and heat - it's starting to get chilly around here, you know!!!). Yay!!! Utilities!!! I never thought this would be the stuff I worry about all day. Welcome to the glamorous world of business ownership.

In more exciting (and more coffee-related) news, I spent last Friday afternoon "test-training" our first barista hire and he did totally awesome. I hope to start advertising for our full staff soon, and we'll be on our way to putting together a kick-ass barista team, so I'm really excited.

We'll also be brewing up some coffee for the annual Taste of Andersonville dinner dance next week (and donating some schwag to the silent auction), so if you're local and into that sort of thing, make sure to check that out.

Otherwise, just hang in there with us, and we hope to see you all soon!

Cheers,
Lee

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

An even better birthday present...

Just in before the (birthday) wire, we seem to have garnered ourselves quite a complimentary post on Gaper'sBlock/Drive-Thru last night.

Thanks, Drive Thru. We love that coffee too! ("yerga-shef-ay")

See you soon!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sounds kinda fruity! *

Well, actually, tastes kinda fruity (and floral, and chocolately, and mmm-mmm delicious)!


Last night we had the pleasure of attending a celebration of the Geisha, you know, the Geisha (originally "Gesha" apparently), the $130/lb Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha from Panama that's been on the tips of so many tongues lately (figuratively).

It was wonderful, not just the delicate, balanced flavor in the Clover-ed cup, but the whole story, which may be as fascinating as the coffee itself. After a passionate intro by the always entertaining and informative Geoff Watts (Intelligentsia co-owner and chief coffee buyer), Daniel Peterson, one of the owners of Hacienda La Esmeralda gave a brief glimpse into the path that this Geisha varietal has traveled, from Ethiopia to Central America, to how it is partly responsible for changing long held notions of how coffees from particular regions should taste.

I'm all for anything that asks us to question our assumptions and asks us to think ( or taste) critically, in the moment. I'm also in awe of the scientific but slow processes and explorations that these people are creating, like conducting experiments that won't yield results for four or five years (how long it takes coffee trees to start producing). I am in awe of that kind of patience.

And to cap it off, we got to bring home a half pound each of some of the non-auction lot. Now that's a great birthday present! Thanks, Intelly. Thanks, Hacienda La Esmeralda. You guys are doing great!

* bonus points and maybe a cup of Esmeralda if you get the silly movie reference