Let’s Fix It! Portland
November 2 -3, Black Rabbit Service Co.
Portland! Let’s Fix It hits the road November 2 & 3 at Black Rabbit Service Co. Spend the weekend with us in hands-on workshops hosted by industry leading women specializing in technical repair work. These workshop is designed to encourage baristas to explore some of the basic skills required to repair and maintain brewing and grinding equipment.
Let’s Fix It! focuses on encouraging women to become equipment technicians, but is open to any & all. Together, we’ll go through an introduction to the skills needed to become an equipment tech, with each session being taught by leading women in the technical field of the Coffee Industry. At the end of each event, you’ll walk away with the knowledge set and skills to take greater ownership of your coffee equipment, and be started on the path to become an equipment tech.
Throughout the days, we’ll cover:
Hand Skills and Basic Electrical
Install an Espresso machine
An Introduction to Water
A Guided Tour through an Espresso Machine
Preventative Maintenance and Basic Troubleshooting
Grinder Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Erica Green: Facilities Technical Program Manager for Blue Bottle
Sheli Maciel: Senior Educator & Training Specialist for Allegro Coffee
Emily Chavez: Equipment Technician for Black Rabbit Service
Faithfull Plakovic: Equipment Technician for Black Rabbit Service
Rachel Dickinson: Aftersales Support Technician for La Marzocco
Let’s Fix It! spans over two days, and is free and open to the public. RSVP at the links below—we expect spots to go quickly!
Day One: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-fix-it-portland-day-one-tickets-51071291608
Day Two: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-fix-it-portlandday-two-tickets-51071054900
See you there!
That’s no minestrone. It’s one of two custom La Marzocco Mistrals destined for Stumptown Portland. Under the hood specs:
- Mechanical Paddle – for variable pressure soft preinfusion
- Individual boilers
- Individual pumps
- Independent PID controllers
- Preheater – controlled preheating of incoming water
FYI, all La Marzocco machines can be customized via LM Works.
This is SOOOOO seXy! So much so that it puts the “X” in sexy.
Heart Roasters fancies tasty coffees, understated cool decor, and sexy espresso machines. To fulfill their hearts, they have custom fabricated wood side panels and group caps on their La Marzocco Mistral. See below for drool inducing wood+metal goodness.
Heart’s wood Mistral
Oh yeah, they roast coffee, too. Did I mention the man behind Heart is “the” Wille Yli-Luoma?
- Roasting hearts.
- A badass bar featuring a custom Mistral and a custom painted Synesso.
- GQ magazine showcases the top 10 places to get your daily fix in the U.S.
In “The Most Important Drink of Your Day“, GQ magazine hits home with the point that, “why pay $4.79 for a watery latte that was lovelessly made on a push-button machine that could be safely operated by a 4 year old?” (They’re referring to a superautomatic espresso machine, by the way)
In the “Golden Age of Coffee” (as they call it) that we now live in, “there’s now a wealth of coffee in America so rich and flavorful it’ll remind you why you originally fell in love with the stuff.”
Other than killer coffee and quality, what else do these featured coffee roasters have in common? They’re all customers of La Marzocco, of course.
Ninth Street Espresso
- Aleco and famers/exporters from Colombia, Kenya, and Costa Rica sitting across from baristas, shop owners, and consumers. Can the supply chain be any shorter than this?
Over the weekend, Stumptown Coffee Roasters hosted the Producers Panel, a presentation and discussion on the state of the coffee industry on the producers side. For those who have not had the opportunity to visit origin, this was a fantastic way to meet those responsible for their dedication and hard work on the other end of the supply chain. The panel took place at Seattle University, which was followed by a tasting of the coffee represented by the panelists at Stumptown’s nearby cafe & roastery. Coffees were enjoyed on the espresso machine (as single origin espressos), chemex, and pourover.
Even if you have been in the industry for some time (but haven’t visited origin yet), this has to be a sobering experience. In his own words, Ngatia, a coffee farmer from Karatina, Nyeri in Kenya, passionately spoke of how Stumptown and a small handful of other progressive coffee roasters are purchasing their coffees through the “second window” in Kenya’s coffee exchange. This enables him and his coop to receive up to twice as much for their above par quality coffees. Through their collaboration with Stumptown, Ngatia’s coop was able to increase their production by about 40% in the past couple years and is on track to almost double their current level in the coming year.
The farmers were very grateful for such progressive roasters to work with them via the direct trade model, and just as so for this opportunity to visit Portland and Seattle and meet those who enjoy their work. In fact, for most of them, this was their first trip outside of their respective countries.
This event has become an annual tradition at Stumptown. Hopefully, this will also be commonplace at other roasters as well.