Heres 2 who beg to differ. If you’ve met Klaus you probably look up to him. I do and I’m 6’2″. Klaus and I at Stumptown brainstorming about the first Guatemala barista Jam in 2007. Lately I’ve had the priviledge to meet more baristas that are fanatically passionate about coffee. In meeting Klaus for the first time in person it was clear to me he had been this for some time as he’s amassed a great wealth of knowledge about origin.

Klaus and Edwin at Stumptown

picture courtesy of Charles Weber. Chuck is a hybrid mix of a machinist, roaster, tinkerer and coffee geek who likes to build and take stuff apart. He’s currently designing and building a roaster of his own.

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I’ll post a report of the NW Roasters Gathering soon.  However on my way back out of town it was great to catch up with some old coffee friends. Pictured to my right is Dave Ewald – a true artisan roaster, Brian Schutte who fired up sales for FVH in the beginning while we were in Guate and Ellesbeth who’s paid her dues as a barista around Portland. Brian is now doing finish woodwork currently finishing up a second location for MASU in east Portland.

With Brian and Dave in front of Crema

Here’s a guy that writes “I know everything” in his description about himself.

He is being completely sarcastic of course, but it stands out to me because he’s fairly new to coffee and his humble approach to learn from anyone he encounters has quickly made him more learned in coffee than many veterans in many links of the coffee chain from seed to cup. I’ll get to hang out with Aaron and his wife Jenee in Nov for a Barista Jam. Most Barista Jams are regional for a section of the U.S. This one is too, the region happens to be called Texas. If you wish to show your mug click below and search for the Oct 9 post for more details.
Click here for INTERVIEW WITH AARON BLANCO

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In other news, I’ll be looking foward to catching up with some of you this weekend at the NW Roasters Group Training Retreat in Forest Grove, OR and the NWRegional Barista Competition, sponsored by Stumptown and the AmericanBarista&CoffeeSchool.

I just received an email from Klaus Thomsen – 2006 World Barista Champ from Copenhagen that he’ll be MCing the final event on Sat the 21st. He may join us in the Barista trip to Guatemala with FVH. If you have interest to join us, contact Aaron as he’ll probably be coordinating the details.

I’ve googled my name a few times just to know what one would see if they tried to track me down with out contact info and used google to do it. Apparently I’m not the only one who’s done this.

Edwin Martinez from www.mylatinband.com

A few yrs back my wife and I owned a small roast/retail operation. We closed the business to focus on brokering our green and soon old customers tracked us down wanting us to meet them at some random intersection so they could get a lb. of our coffee roasted, and that they would pay extra for it. This got old, so we started a website to service this. Anyway one person ordered a lb. of coffee and accidentally entered my name instead of theirs in the order form. This gentleman eventually came down from Vancouver B.C. with his wife and daughter to meet me last week. His name actually turned out to be Edwin Martinez, and he’s from Guatemala, and his son as well as my father are also Edwin Martinez. Think that’s a coincidence! Well out of 84 pages of Edwin Martinez on google… this one shares with me in his first email that they’ve had interest for some time to import coffee from Guatemala, because of course they too are from Guatemala…. please take a moment to search through Edwin Martinez’ website. Make sure you listen to the music. He and his wife are social workers in Vancouver, but he is also a very talented musician on the side. For a listen visit www.mylatinband.com

I didn’t want to stray and include things in this blog that aren’t relevant to FVH, however this was slightly relevant and I just couldn’t resist.