CoffeeGeek

Jun 11

Back when Braun made some cool stuff (before Proctor and Gamble bought them and turned them into a brand name only). 
This is the KF20 coffee maker from 1972. It was a revolutionary design of the day (the Mr.Coffee, which introduced auto drip coffee into US homes, had only been around for a year or two). Water reservoir, full heater system and filter system was above the pot. The top was suspended by a solitary metal arm. Available in black, white, yellow and this iconic orange.

Back when Braun made some cool stuff (before Proctor and Gamble bought them and turned them into a brand name only). 

This is the KF20 coffee maker from 1972. It was a revolutionary design of the day (the Mr.Coffee, which introduced auto drip coffee into US homes, had only been around for a year or two). Water reservoir, full heater system and filter system was above the pot. The top was suspended by a solitary metal arm. Available in black, white, yellow and this iconic orange.

Jun 09

Today’s shot pull, giffercized. Brewing Social Coffee Co’s Farmer’s Collective blend, 18.7g, running speedster at 200.5F; long 12 second low pressure preinfusion, followed by a 23 second extraction time. Finished extraction was 35g.

Today’s shot pull, giffercized. Brewing Social Coffee Co’s Farmer’s Collective blend, 18.7g, running speedster at 200.5F; long 12 second low pressure preinfusion, followed by a 23 second extraction time. Finished extraction was 35g.

Mar 18

A Barista at Work.

A Barista at Work.

A Barista at work.

A Barista at work.

Feb 25

How I got the nickname “CoffeeKid”

Because I love and heavily support the Coffee Kids charity, through social media and the CoffeeGeek.com website, many people assume my coffeekid name I used in past email, for my personal coffee site and a few other places comes from that involvement.

That’s not true at all.

What is true is this: I did discover the fantastic charity Coffee Kids because of a nickname I had already earned online. So how did it happen?

Back in the mid 1990s when I first got online, I discovered usenet newsgroups very early on. You may (barely) know of them now as “Google Groups" (since Google embraced Usenet groups back in the early 2000s and tried to "webbify" a text messaging bulletin board service). I quickly gravitated towards three groups: van.general (which was a bulletin board service for Vancouver), alt.photography for my photography passion, and alt.coffee, for, natch - coffee. 

When I first started participating in alt.coffee, I used my real name (Mark) or a nickname I barely maintained from university: spikeguy. It was quite obvious though from my early days I was one of the youngest guys in the forum - most of the participants were in their mid-late thirties or older. I was the young one of the group, and some members took to calling me kid.

Fast forward a year or two, and I more or less became “coffeekid” in that usenet group. And I registered the coffeekid.com domain name to host a new coffee fan website I was designing. I also had a coffeekid username on a few mail services. By 1999, I was “CoffeeKid” online.

It was around that time that someone pointed me to another Coffee Kids… a charity that did great community work in coffee producing nations in Central America. They had also been around for almost 10 years at that time, but only recently had gotten online and a web site.

The more I learned about Coffee Kids, the more I was kind of upset that I was using the name “CoffeeKid” online. I didn’t want to steal any thunder from the organization. I didn’t want people to think I was the charity. I didn’t want people to be confused. But by this time, my CoffeeKid name online was well established (I had registered CoffeeGeek.com but not done anything with the website), and my CoffeeKid.com website was increasingly popular (I got a “Yahoo Cool Site of the Week” badge in 2000 ;)).

What I did was I got in contact with Bill Fishbean, the founder of Coffee Kids. I explained my username. I explained my worries. And Bill was awesome about it all. Not only was he okay with me still using the moniker online, but I got a chance to get to know a truly fantastic, selfless person, and he really introduced me to the charity and gave me the impetus to help the charity.

Soon after, I started doing a variety of fund raising efforts for Coffee Kids. Which I continue to this day.

I’ve explained in a variety of places (on CG, on CoffeeKid.com, in twitter, etc) about my CoffeeKid name vs Coffee Kids, but I wanted to take another opportunity to tell people about it. I still use CoffeeKid as a name in a few places online, some I cannot give up for logistical and historical reasons. But I do want to make it clear again: while I support and do independent fund raising for Coffee Kids, I am not affiliated with them in any direct way, and my CoffeeKid moniker online is just a coincidence.

Feb 16

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Feb 04

Sean’s camera in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a Nikon F3/T camera. Quite an amazing camera, and so popular and durable that Nikon continued making and selling it even after introducing the Nikon F4 (it’s successor) and Nikon F5. Read more about it here.

Sean’s camera in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a Nikon F3/T camera. Quite an amazing camera, and so popular and durable that Nikon continued making and selling it even after introducing the Nikon F4 (it’s successor) and Nikon F5. Read more about it here.

Feb 03

Drinking fountain on Hastings Street. VPL_19147 by Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs on Flickr.Vancouver - the place where, back in the day, you could drink glacier fresh water, right on a busy street fountain. And on Hastings Street no less. ;)

Drinking fountain on Hastings Street. VPL_19147 by Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs on Flickr.

Vancouver - the place where, back in the day, you could drink glacier fresh water, right on a busy street fountain. And on Hastings Street no less. ;)

Sea Food Grotto VPL_26392 by Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs on Flickr.Man, I want to go to a Seafood Grotto! ;) (Vancouver, on Granville Street, 1945).

Sea Food Grotto VPL_26392 by Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs on Flickr.

Man, I want to go to a Seafood Grotto! ;) (Vancouver, on Granville Street, 1945).

Dec 05

Mandela’s Lasting Words

"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

- Nelson Mandela. 

Nov 14

http://staff.tumblr.com/post/66730417875/help-the-philippines -

staff:

In a matter of hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely devastated parts of the central Philippines. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The death toll is estimated up to 10,000 with hundreds of thousands more displaced. The country has declared a “state of calamity.”

To all our…

Nov 10

Typhoon aftermath 'apocalyptic' -

Folks. A true tragedy has unfolded in the Philippines. These folks could sure use your help. We’ve donated a piddly $75 from our home ($25 from me, from Beata, and from Marzocco the dog, who loves the Philippines!) And I’m challenging all of you reading this to do the following:

1. Post a tumblr post about the tragedy in the Philippines and ask people to donate.

2. I challenge you to match our $25 per person (or living being) per household to the relief funds for this tragedy. $25 is nothing to most of us - it’s a lunch with a beer, it’s two tickets to the movies, it’s a week’s worth of morning cappuccinos at Starbucks. But that $25 (or more) will go a long way to helping these folks hit by such devastation.

Donate. Spread the Word.

Here’s several donation links:

Canadian Red Cross Haiyan Relief Fund

American Red Cross Typhoon Relief Fund

British Red Cross Typhoon Relief Fund

Philippines Red Cross

Shelterbox (already in Philippines because of earthquake)

CNN List of ways to help

Oct 27

Who knows. This might be my next camera. I’ll probably have to sell my Leica M6 to buy it though. 

Who knows. This might be my next camera. I’ll probably have to sell my Leica M6 to buy it though. 

Oct 24

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