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 ...

  • NEW YORK TIMES
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  • LA TIMES
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  • CHICAGO TRIBUNE
  • --Who is Ken Griffin? And how does he spend all that money?
  • --Illinois sets new single-day COVID record with 6,161 cases
  • --University of Dayton student from La Grange dies after contracting COVID-19
  • BBC
  • --US election 2020: Trump on three-state campaign blitz after casting vote
  • --France recalls Turkey envoy after Erdogan says Macron needs 'mental check'
  • --Nigeria protests: Police chief deploys 'all resources' amid street violence

Indie news of note ...

  • HIDDEN CITY PHILADELPHIA
  • --Taking it to the Streets: Open-Air Meetings of the 1911 Suffrage Movement in Philadelphia
  • --Philadelphia Freedom and the Launch of the 15th Amendment
  • --A Secret Garden Blooms Again on Delancey Place
  • BALTIMORE BREW
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  • --Battle plan for Baltimore’s disproportionately high childhood asthma rates
  • ATLANTIC YARDS REPORT
  • --The Times on the future of real estate: a push for equity, but also for more development; quick ways
  • --Newsday: UBS arena will have 55 suites
  • --OK, now city officials are worried about a "prohibited person" involved in a sports facility? NY Sta

Science feeds of note ...

  • REDDIT - SCIENCE
  • --[Megathread] World's most prestigious scientific publications issue unprecedented critiques of the T
  • --Researchers have discovered a new mechanism by which clumps of tau protein are created in the brain,
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  • SLASHDOT
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  • PHYS.ORG
  • --Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest
  • --Thousands of seals found dead in Namibia
  • --Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

Evolution feeds of note ...

  • NATURE.COM
  • --Joseph H. Connell (1923–2020)
  • --Formation and diversification of a paradigm biosynthetic gene cluster in plants
  • --Comparing rates of introgression in parasitic feather lice with differing dispersal capabilities
  • 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
  • EVOLUTION INSTITUTE
  • --How Covid-19 Reminds Us We Are More Alike Than Different
  • --Evolutionary Biologists Need to Know about Charles Willson Peale’s Philadelphia Museum
  • --For God’s Sake! What’s All This Fuss About a Virus?
  • NYTIMES: EVOLUTION
  • --Meet the Diabolical Ironclad Beetle. It’s Almost Uncrushable.
  • --Why So Blue, Tarantula? A Mystery Gets a New Clue
  • --The Pandemic, From the Virus’s Point of View

Espresso feeds of note ...

  • SPRUDGE
  • --Coffee Design: Woodcat Coffee In Echo Park
  • --Solar Power Your French Press With The GoSun Brew
  • --Why Is This World Barista Champion A Constipation Spokesperson?
  • COFFEE TOGRAPHER
  • --coffee.: Ethiopia Bensa, Maru Coffee x Sweet Bloom
  • --coffeetography.: near La Colombe Coffee, Wall Street, New York, NY.
  • --A Plant Residency at Long Beach’s Commodity, Gabrielle Union’s Bitsy at Sip and Sonder, Brooklyn’s D
  • I NEED COFFEE
  • --Making Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press
  • --The Upside Down AeroPress Coffee Brewing Tutorial
  • --How to Brew Coffee With Fresh Chicory Root
  • REDDIT COFFEE
  • --[MOD] The Official Noob-Tastic Question Fest
  • --[MOD] What have you been brewing this week?/ Coffee bean recommendations
  • --This Sub is the gold standard amongst Reddit