Dinette is soooo freaking delicious! Sonja you are rad
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We closed early last Thursday for a staff “training”. The venue and concept pushed the envelope for barista training. But as far as Tazza D’Oro is concerned this training ranked in the rad category…beer tasting at East End Brewing (check out the pics)!
Scott Smith, owner of East End Brewery, closed his chilly, rad, beer brewing palace for a private tour and beer tasting for Tazza D’Oro baristas and a few friends – not to drop names but Rich, Belle and Frank from Aldo’s!
The goal of the night was to hang with another small business owner who is passionate about his craft, works day and night to tweak, tweak and tweak to deliver incredible quality. Scott gets that being one of the” best” encompasses more than being a great beer master, but having his skill and craft accessible to customers, caring about sustainability, purchasing local and purchasing quality and being a leader in his community – industry and neighborhood. I think we all learned how amazingly similar the micro-brewery business and the coffee brewing business have shared the same paths and continue to do so.
Scott spent a considerable amount of time talking about his craft, answering our questions and giving us a tour of a small, cramped incredibly chilly, comfy, romantic brewery! We tasted the freshly brewed beers as we listened and walked. Snow Melt, Monkey Boy, Fat Gary, Bitter End, Along Came a Cider…they all sound like great fiction, poems or nick names but they are names of some amazing beers we tasted.
We moved to the 2nd floor – whoa, – malt, hops, beautiful bottles, strange equipment, dangling lights and an old bar. It felt like the heart and passion of the place – where all the creativity comes to life as the recipes fill the brewing tanks each day. We got to crunch on different malts and hops. Our taste buds were going wild and we had more beer to wash it all down.
Yea, we definitly expanded our palates, but we also expanded our experience of what it takes to be one of the best. Scott, you are one rad guy and an inspiration! Thank you.
Now, for the rest of you get over to East End Brewing and pick up a growler!
Tazza D’Oro will be closing at 6pm on Thurs (1/7/10) for a staff training that we are calling “Expanding our Palates”. All I can say – yes, it is a training in expanding our palates, if doesn’t involve coffee, but it does involve a passionate, local business owner, incredible ingredigients, acute attention to detail, chilly conditions, kinda hard to find place (no locaton, location, location happening here) and we’ll be taking pictures and blogging before the end of the night. Sorry for the inconvenience but we appreicate your patience. Oh, and we will be bringing Tazza D’Oro/ Verve roasted coffee for the rad dudes helping to expand our palates. Stay tuned!
The last couple of months have been a little hectic with the opening of our new location at the Gates and Hillman Centers at CMU. But over the holiday break I had the chance to get caught up on cupping all our new coffees. On my time off there was lots of cupping happening at home- one of my favorite things to do!
We are back in the cupping saddle again at Tazza D’Oro beginning this week. We are now cupping every Weds at 3:30 pm and you are all welcome to attend. No experience necessary just bring your rad selves and enjoy the experience of slurping in public! After each cupping we brew the coffees in a French Press and Chemex!