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Sort Of Barista Exchange

Postby onocoffee on Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:36 am

Hey everyone-

I've got a couple of my baristas who are planning a world tour over the next year. They're basically just going to be hopping from place to place in search of new and interesting adventures. While they're on their tour they would like to find some work along the way to make some money and continue on their tour.

With this in mind, I was wondering if there are any shops willing to host and provide temporary employment during their travels?

They are good, dependable and hard-working baristas who are very interested in coffee.

Discussion?

Thanks!
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Postby Matt Milletto on Thu Jan 18, 2007 4:10 pm

Each month we have guest baristas help out in the school. pays $18/hr. but they'll have to wrestle rob and rita for the shifts. :wink: Have them email me when they are coming to Portland, assuming PDX is on the world tour.

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Postby Richard Hartnell on Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:47 am

See what I can do about throwing people behind bar in Bellingham, WA.

P.S. If they are in town around Apriltime they should stop in for our jam.
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Postby Duck on Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:10 pm

Hey Jay! What ever became of this?
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Postby onocoffee on Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:49 pm

Duck-

Have to be honest and say "not much."

Outside of Matt Miletto trying to work some options and Richards' post above, no one in our community stepped up to the plate.

My baristas, however, went on their world tour. They visited the UK, Ireland, Italy and Greece before heading back to the US and the PNW (where they're from).

I do have to note that through the help of Bill Crossland, they were able to visit and tour the La Marzocco factory courtesy of Ron Cook and company.

Today, they're back in Oregon getting things in order and will probably be looking for some coffee work in the fall - so be on the lookout for some great people with passion for coffee coming your way.
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Postby Mike Gregory on Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:54 pm

PNW this fall? Send them up to Seattle; Trabant 2 would be delighted to host!

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Postby Mark Prince on Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:39 pm

I forgot to ask when I visited Mike - when is T2 opening?

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Postby Matt Milletto on Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:06 am

Here's an update on barista exchange:

Finally thru tradeshow season so I am actually going to have time to sit down and build a website for BE soon. Getting married in August going to Croatia/Italy in Sept. to meet a couple possible exchange options but sometime in October I hope to have a full site up. The past few months I have been doing some ground work and building a network of international exchange options ... I figure the US/Cananda will not be a problem to find shops interested.

So far I have spoke with shop owners that are interested to host in Germany, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Columbia, and possibilities in Thailand, U.A.E., UK, Korea and Japan.

I have set in queue and have been brainstorming an exchange with Alex McCracken and Arianna from Jay's and hope those come to fruition.

I am hoping to develop a site map for the site soon. This is were I am totally open for suggestions. I would like to include things that would be most helpful for baristas and shop owners. I have also been working with my friend who started http://www.viamigo.com on network sharing options.

If anyone wants to help or be on an advisory board let me know. The reason why I have a real passion for this (beyond the obvious) is that I have spent 16 months studying and working abroad and I truly feel it was the best experience of my life. Not everybody is able to do this, often only thru school, but what I would love to create is a "abroad option for the working class" ...

Anyone, interested PM or email me. I'll do the grunt work, but I want this to be really thought out before it launches. Trust me I have been going over all scenarios for a while now.

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Postby Rich Westerfield on Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:42 pm

onocoffee wrote:I do have to note that through the help of Bill Crossland, they were able to visit and tour the La Marzocco factory courtesy of Ron Cook and company.


And they did sign the LM guestbook as "Jay Caragay's Traveling Baristas".
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Postby onocoffee on Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:29 pm

Rich Westerfield wrote:And they did sign the LM guestbook as "Jay Caragay's Traveling Baristas".




Are you serious???
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Postby Rich Westerfield on Sat Jun 30, 2007 2:54 am

onocoffee wrote:Are you serious???


Absolutely. Four pages before Mel and I.
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Postby onocoffee on Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:13 am

Hilarious!

I love that crew.
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Postby Matt Milletto on Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:48 am

add Warsaw, Poland to the list. woohoo.

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