COFFEE CRESCENDO

Has the Coffee bubble burst?
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Signs of the coffee-pocalypse... -

There are always warning signs before an earthquake. People don't often perceive the warning signs but anecdotal evidence suggests that animals often get a sense in advance that something is wrong.

Only after the fact do humans initiate a post-mortem to see the signs that were available.

In 2000, the Brooklyn Lyceum (a Gowanus theater/ gym /cafe outside the then reaches of gentrification, Park Slope, and safety) had a coffee shop. There was not much to it, just some grind in packets, not even beans, from a local roaster, Farinon, on Dean Street near 5th Avenue. The beans were fine for what was presented at the Lyceum cafe, a cup of joe.

The customers ranged the full gamut, stockbrokers to electricians to lawyers to artists to musicians to housewives to to actors to teachers.

In casual conversation with the roaster, we learned that Farinon supplied some high-end shops in Manhattan and did a booming business in the Berkshires.

Brooklyn, not so much.  We asked why and the grumbled response was "Brooklyn knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

Some 15 years later, Brooklyn has come full circle.

Now home to the priciest of micro-artisanal-organic options, Brooklyn may see a culling of more coffees than existed in Brooklyn in 2000. Many roasters will remain, but the quality will be ever on the rise. It is that kind of world today.

In the end, the culling will weed out many coffee proprietors just going through the motions.

Here is how we see it playing out.

Espresso String Theory

Origin of the universe complicated!
What makes or breaks an espresso shot? MORE

String Theory:Primer -

In the never ending quest to understand the basic fundamentals of the universe, something called String Theory popped up decades ago.

Just as we experience a three dimensional reality of width-X-height-X-depth with a 4th dimension of time  added,  a height-X-width-X-depth-X-time, so it is theorized that there are 7 more  dimensions making a :
 height-X-width-X-depth-X-time-X-d5-X-d6-X-d7-X-d8-X-d9-X-d10-X-d11-

No matter how much of a headache you get attempting to understand this (as all physicists get), you can feel the complexity of such a system, a complexity that is approximated by Espresso.

Next we deal with 11 Espresso dimensions.

When we get done you should appreciate what SwampSlurry provides, a reduction of that complexity to a stellar product for your home, business or event.


Just the facts, Please.

Learn from coffee industry mistakes!
Simple rules to steller Espresso MORE

Things we know... -

Many variables must be continuously monitored and  controlled to ensure a great shot.

One thing we learned is that the failure along the lines of any one variable results in shots of espresso that are just meh and require much sweetener and much dilution (milk/water) to correct for the failure of that one variable.

In the end, we realized that a consistently pulled shot, when frozen immediately and counter to prevailing theory, allows for a tremendous taste to be more consistently provided.

The variables (at least the ones we are willing to tell you) we seek to control:

  1. Good beans
  2. Two shot volume of espresso beans. 
  3. Grind such that clumping occurs but quickly collapses after clumping.
  4. Consistent hot water temperature.
  5. Seconds after contact with water without pressure (ensures that the top layer is evenly saturated)...
  6. push through for a double shot into a 2 oz jar.

That is all there is to it, save for the experienced eye to tune the process almost shot to shot.

By our estimate, a hundred hours of pulling shots this way will make you a pro. 

This process also solves the pull time problem for a coffee shop who is swamped with business.

Simply queue up some of these frozen jars a few minutes in advance in hot water and you can just unscrew the cap and combine the espresso elixer with 200  degred +/-  hot water and have an Americano as quick as pouring a cup of coffee.

Our way is likely to produce a better Americanos and better latte than your machine / barista  combo will.

Note that the espresso shots are still better done by your staff as the crema is not preserved with this method, although the taste is.

SwampSlurry

A Better Mousetrap
When technology is overkill.... MORE

SHORT STORY: -

SwampSlurry, a focused attack on the production, presentation and selling of espresso as Americano, as Latte, as Cappuccino, as Ice Cream and with with Chocolate.

Espressos are like fine wine with an almost infinite set of variations. Each and every fine roast has a complexity and depth that is uncommonly difficult to hone in on.

SwampSlurry will eventually have a wide variety of roaster beans ground and pulled and immediately quick frozen to lock in better flavor than all but the savviest baristas can produce with their golden anchor of an espresso machine.

This should be interesting.

Some things to note.

  • We will be producing our product in two locations to start:
    • ---A commercial kitchen in Maine.
    • ---Our super-secret off the grid as much as possible locale in NYC where we seek to generate all the power we will use without a hookup to Con-Ed.
  • We will be on the road, so to speak, at markets and such till we open a Brick and Mortar location (East Coast).
  • Roaster names will be anonymous to the public identified only with a three digit number, some basic roast info and highlight descriptors.
  • Our outreach on the road will collect, collate and summarize customer feedback for each roaster who is officially part of the process/program.
  • We plan to to offer retail delivery in NYC, Philly and Boston.
  • We plan to send finished product to roasters/cafes for use at their facilities or for them to sell themselves.
  • We plan to send finished product (single roasters and variety packs) nationwide.
  • We plan to offer up a spot on our off-the-grid roastery for select roasters. Imagine a completely green roasting process!
Off-The-Grid-Roasting

When it becomes obvious we can do more with less...
We should, Dammit. Talk to us about our upcoming Green Roastery! MORE

Carbon Neutral Roasting? -

If we host one of your roasts, consider pop-up, off the grid, roasting with us.

One-eth by sun...
Two-eth by water...
Three-eth by wind...

A holy trinity of energy.

MORE INFO: When we close the deal.

Blockchain: Coin of the Realm

Reducing money friction since ...
Putting choice back into the equation. MORE

Everyone is doing it, but no one is getting it right! -

Blockchain is the freedom from overly centralized authority with all the risks and benefits that may entail.

With a proper implementation of BlockChain, the ease of moving small amounts of money should become almost painless.

By painless, we mean the fees go as little as possible into the non-local financing corp's hands.

In physics terms, we want to reduce the coefficient of friction for moving money.

In more simple terms, once you get the transfer of money (value) ball rolling, it moves along with less effort than it took to get it rolling.

Stealth Roasts

We do the labor ... pushing roaster flavor!
marketing espresso is a tasty job ... someone has to do it. MORE

TLDR / Summary -

Swaslu samples Stealth Roast Americanos

(and, on occasion, other espresso based drinks) using anonymous flash frozen manual (https://www.rok.coffee ) espresso roasts at events ... and collects up unbiased reviews and comments.

Swaslu collates the results and creates a database of anonymous taste preference information.

Americanos (and espresso based drinks) will rule the world!

***NOTE: we often mix a bit of this espresso and a bit of that espresso making the don't blink espresso

Old Guard still standing ...

  • LA TIMES
  • --Pope Francis takes aim at anti-mask protestors: ‘They are incapable of moving outside of their own l
  • --Scotland to be first country to have universal free period products
  • --Sweden Says It Sees No Signs Herd Immunity Is Stopping the Virus
  • BBC
  • --US election 2020: ‘America is back’, says Biden as he unveils team
  • --Coronavirus: French lockdown to ease after second peak passes
  • --Nagorno-Karabakh: The family that lost everything
  • NPR
  • --Researchers Say 90% Of Recent Coronavirus Sequences In U.K. Came From Spain
  • --A Yazidi Woman Searches For Her Lost Daughter, Kidnapped By ISIS 6 Years Ago
  • --Parents Of Man Killed In U.K. Crash Lose Their Challenge To U.S. Diplomatic Immunity
  • NEW YORK TIMES
  • --Biden’s National Security Team Offers a Sharp Turn. But in Which Direction?
  • --Markets Throw a Welcome Party of Sorts for Biden
  • --Yellen Would Assume Vast Policy Portfolio as Treasury Secretary

Indie news of note ...

  • PRO PUBLICA
  • --A Power Company’s Quiet Land-Buying Spree Could Shield It From Coal Ash Cleanup Costs
  • --Two School Districts Had Different Mask Policies. Only One Had a Teacher on a Ventilator.
  • --ProPublica Hires Lynn Dombek as Research Editor
  • CHICAGO REPORTER
  • --How Black women cleared a path for Kamala Harris to be the Democrats’ VP pick
  • --Braving COVID-19 and The Cold
  • --The Fair Tax Amendment: Why the ‘Illinois Exodus’ could be a red herring
  • CITY LIMITS
  • --Opinion: NYers Are Getting Evicted During the Pandemic. Lawmakers Must Act Now.
  • --Inwood Rezoning Can Move Forward, State’s Highest Court Rules
  • --City Details Affordable Housing, Remediation Plans for Gowanus Green Site

Science feeds of note ...

  • REDDIT - SCIENCE
  • --Narcissists love being pandemic essential workers. They post more about work on social media, feel m
  • --US pollution regulations meant to protect humans from dirty air are also saving birds. So concludes
  • --Pesticide deadly to bees now easily detected in honey - Researchers developed fully automated techni
  • POPULAR SCIENCE
  • --Five better turkey alternatives to serve this Thanksgiving
  • --Unique kitchen appliances that will save you time and money
  • --Best Bluetooth speakers: Five things to consider

Evolution feeds of note ...

  • NYTIMES: EVOLUTION
  • --Jane Goodall on Chimps, Presidents and Other Alpha Males
  • --How Some Skinks Lost Their Legs and Then Evolved New Ones
  • --The Pandemic’s Future — and Ours
  • FRONTIERS IN
  • --Comparative Neurobiology of Biogenic Amines in Animal Models in Deuterostomes
  • --On the Potential Role of the Neural Crest Cells in Integrating Pigmentation Into Behavioral and Phys
  • --Blue, Black, and Stripes: Evolution and Development of Color Production and Pattern Formation in Liz
  • NATURE.COM
  • --Author Correction: Interactions with conspecific outsiders as drivers of cognitive evolution
  • --Play behaviour, not tool using, relates to brain mass in a sample of birds
  • --Senescence of song revealed by a long-term study of the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensi
  • EVOLUTION INSTITUTE
  • --Advice to an Aspiring Economist: Introduction
  • --Promoting Cooperation in Schools Using Norms and Processes from our Evolutionary History
  • --Elinor’s Classroom: Developing a Connected Concept of the Commons for 21st Century Civic Education

Espresso feeds of note ...

  • SPRUDGE
  • --Study Finds “Startling” Levels Of Microplastics Leaching From To-Go Cups
  • --Sprudge Selected As Coffee Guides Provider For The New Apple Maps
  • --Here Are All The Winners Of The 2020 Glitter Cat Digitition
  • REDDIT COFFEE
  • --[MOD] The Official Deal Thread
  • --[MOD] Inside Scoop - Ask the coffee industry
  • --Life changed by French Press.
  • COFFEE TOGRAPHER
  • --coffee.: Orthodox, St Ali
  • --UK’s Rare Mags goes Home, the Amethyst Coffee Book Club, and Good Boy Bob’s is a Public Citizen.
  • --hopper.: The Mocha 1’s drop, No Free Coffee Pops in Purple, Mahlkönig’s Colorful Months Campaign
  • PERFECT DAILY FEED
  • --A Guide To Coffee Drying
  • --Exploring The Relationship Between Coffee & Spices
  • --Do We Need To Redefine “Specialty Coffee”?