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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.

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.


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 boiling 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.

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 our Brick and Mortar in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.
  • 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!
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.

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 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.

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 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 crazy multi-lens eyes to avoid things that taste like, well, scum.

Think FEED before FIGHT or FLEE.

Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when power was at a minimum, the SwampSlurry process extracts the 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.

SwampSlurry hones in on Stealth Roasts, processes the roasts into shots and then flash freezes them (and some are further freeze-dried) 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

Swaslu  (swaslu.com) is the roadshow.

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

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

Swaslu collates the results and sends them to you.

You save $$$$$ and get inroads on earning $$$$$.

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


Throw your roaster hat into the ring?

Widespread customer feedback, exposure at markets and fairs, quality wholesale pre-processing for your espresso and a NYC presence!

Become a Stealth Roast! More info HERE.


Old Guard still standing ...

NEW YORK TIMES
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BBC
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--Mexico pipeline blast kills 66 and injures dozens
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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LA TIMES
--From CNN: Mueller's office disputes BuzzFeed report that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Cong
--Animals across the planet are being paralyzed and dying from a Vitamin B1 deficiency and researchers
--Infamous private paramilitary firm Blackwater planning comeback in Syria

Indie news of note ...

CHICAGO REPORTER
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--Ald. Scott Waguespack donates Burke campaign cash to black vets
HIDDEN CITY PHILADELPHIA
--New Museum In The Works For America’s First Male Saint
--Op-ed: Balance Lost Buildings With Those Saved In 2018
--Jefferson Makes Room For Modernism With New Preservation Program
CITY LIMITS
--CityViews: Mr. Mayor, it is Not Progressive to Build Cages for Humans
--Judge in Jogger Murder Trial has a History of Having Rulings Overturned
--NY’s Leaders Pledged to Support ‘Innovation’ to Get Amazon Here. What Exactly Does That Mean?
NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT
--Welcome To WNHH!
--Free Woodward Skinny
--Hamden Issues Parking Ban, Extends Warming Center Hours

Science feeds of note ...

REDDIT - SCIENCE
--Science Best Of 2018
--Performance targets, increased workload, and bureaucratic changes are eroding teachers’ professional
--Exercise ‘snacks’ make fitness easier: A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughou
POPULAR SCIENCE
--Here's a planet-friendly diet that's not vegan
--The anti-vax movement is among this year’s top 10 global health threats
--Do wild animals hate being cold in winter?
SCIENCE NEWS
--Cryptic remains of tiny animals have turned up in an Antarctic lake
--Prosecco production takes a toll on northeast Italy’s environment
--This honeybee parasite may be more of a fat stealer than a bloodsucker
SPACE.COM
--Under a Blood Moon: A Look at Famous Lunar Eclipses in History
--US Launching Secret Spy Satellite Today! Here's How to Watch Live
--Physicists Want to Build an Even More Powerful Atom Smasher at CERN

Evolution feeds of note ...

CELL.COM
--Crypticity in Biological Invasions
--No Evidence That Men’s Voice Pitch Signals Formidability
--Detecting the True Extent of Introgression during Anthropogenic Hybridization
NATURE.COM
--Proper direction of male genitalia is prerequisite for copulation in Drosophila, implying cooperativ
--Regulatory mechanism predates the evolution of self-organizing capacity in simulated ant-like robots
--Antibiotic collateral sensitivity is contingent on the repeatability of evolution
FRONTIERS IN
--How the Devil Ray Got Its Horns: The Evolution and Development of Cephalic Lobes in Myliobatid Sting
--The Comparative Method in Biology and the Essentialist Trap
--Comparative Evidence of an Exceptional Impact of Gene Duplication on the Developmental Evolution of
NYTIMES:EVOLUTION
--How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution
--As Seas Warm, Galápagos Islands Face a Giant Evolutionary Test
--The Earth’s Shell Has Cracked, and We’re Drifting on the Pieces

Espresso feeds of note ...

I NEED COFFEE
--Life is Coffee Comics #25
--Traditional Chai Tea Recipe
--Meeting Up With The Green Coffee Buying Club
REDDIT COFFEE
--Any other avid coffee drinkers still just enjoy a regular ‘ol pot of coffee sometimes?
--Moccamaster not "spurting"
--Help needed to fix up a La Pavoni espresso machine
COFFEETOGRAPHER
--hopper.: A Minor Figure Wants to Play Big in California, Mexico’s Coffee Podcast and True Detective
--coffee.: Good Coffee Is Good Again, January 15, 2019
--coffeetography.: near The Visit, Berlin, Germany
SPRUDGE
--The New Modbar Steam Rounds Out The Espresso AV Family
--Coffee Design: Condor Chocolates & 1000 Faces Coffee In Athens, Georgia
--Turns Out, Celebrities Also Love Coffee