COFFEE CRESCENDO
Has the Coffee bubble burst? - - MORE
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
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!
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.

SWASLU
espesso the need? - SWASLU the speed! - MORE
Waiting since the Permian ... -

for a reason to get out of the muck.

SwampSlurry.com is that reason.

Where evolution failed us, your trilobite overlords, science and taste buds let you nouveau upstart species enjoy life (espresso) more than we did at the bottom of a mucky ocean eating all we bumped into until we developed the first eyes. Yes, the food tasted so bad we developed these multi-lens eyes to avoid things that taste like, well, scum.

Think FEED before FIGHT or FLIGHT.

Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when power was at a minimum, the SwampSlurry process extracts all it can, far more than the local super-barista can hope to pull in a busy shop with far too many variables to manage the process in any meaningful way.

SwaSlu hones in on Stealth Roasts, processes the roasts into shots and then flash cools them for later use preserving the vital taste characteristics for later use whether that use is at home, in cafes and restaurants, or on the road at markets and fairs.  Think of it as a wine cellar of espresso roasts.

Swaslu  (swaslu.com) is the roadshow.

Stealth Roasts
We do the labor ... pushing your flavor! - somewhere, somehow, someone's got to market! - MORE
TLDR / Summary -

Swaslu samples/markets Stealth Roast Americanos (and, on occasion, other espresso based drinks) using your espresso roasts anonymously at events ... and collects up unbiased reviews.

Swaslu collates the results and sends them to you.

You save marketing $$$$$ and staff costs/time and get inroads on earning $$$$$.

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


Old Guard still standing ...

    NPR
  • --March In London Demanding A Second Brexit Vote Draws Huge Crowds
  • --Pope Accepts Resignation Of Top Cardinal In Chile
  • --What Recent Destructive Cyclones Tell Us About Climate
    BBC
  • --Mueller report: US Congress awaits key findings from Attorney General Barr
  • --Norway cruise ship evacuated after engine problems
  • --Trump hails fall of Islamic State 'caliphate' in Syria
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE
  • --SWAT officers on scene in Arcadia Terrace neighborhood
  • --Ask Amy: Anniversary event leads to family wounds
  • --Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament: Carsen Edwards scores 42 as Purdue eliminates defending champion Villa
    NEW YORK TIMES
  • --As Mueller Report Lands, Prosecutorial Focus Moves to New York
  • --Mueller’s Findings Will Remain Confidential at Least Another Day
  • --News Analysis: For Trump and the System, Mueller’s Report Is a Turning Point and a Test

Indie news of note ...

    BALTIMORE BREW
  • --Seeds for UMMS contracting scandal were sowed in ethics-challenged Annapolis
  • --“I understand how it may look to some” – a press release from Pugh on Healthy Holly
  • --Chrencik, at the center of the UMMS “self-dealing” scandal, placed on leave
    HIDDEN CITY PHILADELPHIA
  • --Bancroft Green Gives An Old Church New Purpose In Mt. Airy
  • --Unlisted Philadelphia: Banca Bozzelli
  • --Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown
    ATLANTIC YARDS REPORT
  • --Screening April 15: Battle for Brooklyn, plus panel afterward, including me
  • --With little (visible) progress on platform, how long will buildout over railyard take? Surely past 2
  • --How meet 2025 affordable housing deadline? At Atlantic Yards CDC, failed effort to gain updated buil
    CITY LIMITS
  • --CityReviews: The Black-and-White Gore and Glory of Weegee the Famous
  • --Will Congestion Pricing Create Parking Problems at the Periphery?
  • --Opinion: Albany Must Not Cut Services for At-Risk Kids

Science feeds of note ...

    SLASHDOT
  • --How The FBI Easily Retrieved Michael Cohen's Data From Both Apple and Google
  • --Pwn2Own Competitors Crack Tesla, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Windows 10
  • --Cringely Pans Self-Driving Car Hype, Says They're Years Away
    PHYS.ORG
  • --Protesters rally against EU internet copyright reform
  • --First-of-its-kind US nuclear waste dump marks 20 years
  • --Fix to 737 MAX anti-stall software is ready: industry sources
    POPULAR SCIENCE
  • --How we breed the best (and worst) apples
  • --Here’s how many avocados it would take to kill you
  • --Most of us have viruses sleeping inside us, and spaceflight wakes them up
    REDDIT - SCIENCE
  • --US study suggests mass shootings can inadvertently promote the idea of using guns to empower oneself
  • --Scientists studied a "super-smeller" who claimed to smell Parkinson’s disease. In a test, she smelle
  • --Teens and young adults who seek solitude may know what's best for them, research suggests (n=979). D

Evolution feeds of note ...

    NYTIMES:EVOLUTION
  • --Did Dietary Changes Bring Us ‘F’ Words? Study Tackles Complexities of Language’s Origins
  • --How the Icefish Got Its Transparent Blood and See-Through Skull
  • --Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Scientists Camouflaged Horses to Find Out
    EVOLUTION INSTITUTE
  • --The Darwinian Causes of Mental Illness
  • --(Mis-) Communication in Medicine: A Preventive Way for Doctors to Preserve Effective Communication i
  • --Generating Testable Hypotheses of Evolutionary Mismatch
    NATURE.COM
  • --Fossil bed reveals a wealth of primeval species in exquisite detail
  • --A new transitional therizinosaurian theropod from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China
  • --The variations in the East Asian summer monsoon over the past 3 kyrs and the controlling factors
    FRONTIERS IN
  • --Phenotypic Plasticity, Developmental Instability, and Robustness: The Concepts and How They Are Conn
  • --The Synarcual of the Little Skate, Leucoraja erinacea: Novel Development Among the Vertebrates
  • --How the Devil Ray Got Its Horns: The Evolution and Development of Cephalic Lobes in Myliobatid Sting

Espresso feeds of note ...

    PERFECT DAILY FEED
  • --Roasters, Should You Expand Into Equipment Sales?
  • --Cómo Satisfacer Los Deseos Del Cliente Sin Servir Un Mal Café
  • --Un Recorrido Por Las Tiendas De Café De Guadalajara, México
    SPRUDGE
  • --Coffee Sprudgecast Episode 70: Live From US Coffee Champs Kansas City Part One
  • --Coffee May Help Slow The Growth Of Prostate Cancer
  • --US Barista Champion Samantha Spillman: The Sprudge Interview
    COFFEETOGRAPHER
  • --coffee.: A Barista Spills Her Heart and Wins Ours, United States Barista Champion
  • --Whose Coffee Line Was It Anyway? USBC Kansas City Quoteables.
  • --coffeetography.: near The Broken Arm, Paris, France,
    REDDIT COFFEE
  • --From r/AskHistorians- What's the history of iced coffee in the United States? A 1959 episode of the
  • --Are dark roasts necessarily smoky and burnt?
  • --Are darker roasted beans always more oily?