baristanomad

Madeleine LG

Making & drinking good coffee since 2010
LA native who calls Hawai'i home (for now)
Q Grader | Espresso Tech | Barista Trainer | Explorer

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Face in some coffee: my natural state

#baristanomad #neverstoplearning #USCoffeeChamps #coffeecupping

Face in some coffee: my natural state #baristanomad #neverstoplearning #USCoffeeChamps #coffeecupping - 2 days ago

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Cupping competition coffees with the producer, an SCA instructor, accompanied by the tiny lot of dried parchment that I picked last month. This is Hawai'i coffee

#baristanomad #neverstoplearning #hawaiicoffee

Cupping competition coffees with the producer, an SCA instructor, accompanied by the tiny lot of dried parchment that I picked last month. This is Hawai'i coffee #baristanomad #neverstoplearning #hawaiicoffee - 3 days ago

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In two weeks I am going back to Mexico! This time, for el DΓ­a de los Muertos. We'll be there for 2 weeks and already have a lot planned, but I'm looking for your favorite recommendations.
6 days in CDMX
6 days in Oaxaca

Favorite cafes?
Best outdoor spaces?
My family is interested in maybe visiting a coffee producer in Oaxaca, but I feel like they'll all be busy with family events for the holiday. But, if you know someone who might be interested in taking 4 people around for a day, let me know.
Oh, and any advice on the best bike shop in Oaxaca would be great, too πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ.
Any and all recommendations are welcome for us on our trip. Gracias
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πŸ“·: San CristΓ³bal de las Casas, Chiapas, Semana Santa 2017

#baristanomad #mexico #cdmx #oaxaca #diadelosmuertos

In two weeks I am going back to Mexico! This time, for el DΓ­a de los Muertos. We'll be there for 2 weeks and already have a lot planned, but I'm looking for your favorite recommendations. 6 days in CDMX 6 days in Oaxaca Favorite cafes? Best outdoor spaces? My family is interested in maybe visiting a coffee producer in Oaxaca, but I feel like they'll all be busy with family events for the holiday. But, if you know someone who might be interested in taking 4 people around for a day, let me know. Oh, and any advice on the best bike shop in Oaxaca would be great, too πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ. Any and all recommendations are welcome for us on our trip. Gracias . : San CristΓ³bal de las Casas, Chiapas, Semana Santa 2017 #baristanomad #mexico #cdmx #oaxaca #diadelosmuertos - 10 days ago

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It's first Friday in Holualoa and I just got my elixir!

Looks like whiskey, feels like tea, made from coffee, unlike anything you've ever tasted before.

I had the honor of meeting Lee Safar, creator of @elixirspecialtycoffee, a few years ago in Australia. I was attending an event hosted by @5sensescoffee and she happened to be there, offering samples of this mysterious elixir to those of us who stuck around after the event. It blew my mind. That night I spoke with her about this brand new product and way of experiencing coffee.
I never really followed the business journey that Lee took off on, but reacquainted myself with her via her podcast @imapitforward earlier this year. While listening to the podcast, I remembered how awesome Elixir was during my first taste over 3 years ago and definitely wanted to try it again.

This month's featured roaster is @whereisscottrao, so I jumped on the order last month before it sold out! The coffee is a washed Colombia from the La Julia region, brewed using music by Camila Cabello.

I'm looking forward to tasting this once again and sharing with a few friends and fellow coffee nerds. I only have 2 bottles: one is a 15 hour brew, the other is a 24 hour brew and they're meant to be vastly different from each other.

Can't wait to crack these open tomorrow morning!

#cheers #baristanomad #neverstoplearning #elixirfyme #elixir #coffee

It's first Friday in Holualoa and I just got my elixir! Looks like whiskey, feels like tea, made from coffee, unlike anything you've ever tasted before. I had the honor of meeting Lee Safar, creator of @elixirspecialtycoffee , a few years ago in Australia. I was attending an event hosted by @5sensescoffee and she happened to be there, offering samples of this mysterious elixir to those of us who stuck around after the event. It blew my mind. That night I spoke with her about this brand new product and way of experiencing coffee. I never really followed the business journey that Lee took off on, but reacquainted myself with her via her podcast @imapitforward earlier this year. While listening to the podcast, I remembered how awesome Elixir was during my first taste over 3 years ago and definitely wanted to try it again. This month's featured roaster is @whereisscottrao , so I jumped on the order last month before it sold out! The coffee is a washed Colombia from the La Julia region, brewed using music by Camila Cabello. I'm looking forward to tasting this once again and sharing with a few friends and fellow coffee nerds. I only have 2 bottles: one is a 15 hour brew, the other is a 24 hour brew and they're meant to be vastly different from each other. Can't wait to crack these open tomorrow morning! #cheers #baristanomad #neverstoplearning #elixirfyme #elixir #coffee - 14 days ago

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Happy International Coffee Day

What a journey this industry has taken me on - from the mountains of Sumatra to the volcanoes of El Salvador to the cafes of Melbourne and my home in Hawai'i. So much gratitude and love for everyone who has helped me along the way as a mentor, guide, friend, and a source of inspiration. I can't possibly thank you enough. Here's to another year of obsession over this beautiful plant β˜•β€
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#baristanomad #neverstoplearning #internationalcoffeeday

Happy International Coffee Day What a journey this industry has taken me on - from the mountains of Sumatra to the volcanoes of El Salvador to the cafes of Melbourne and my home in Hawai'i. So much gratitude and love for everyone who has helped me along the way as a mentor, guide, friend, and a source of inspiration. I can't possibly thank you enough. Here's to another year of obsession over this beautiful plant . #baristanomad #neverstoplearning #internationalcoffeeday - 19 days ago

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Happy National Coffee Day
.πŸŒ±πŸŒΌβ˜•.
A talented friend @claireseastone is working on a project and I'm excited to see how these all turn out!

#coffee #neverstoplearning #nationalcoffeeday #seedtocup

Happy National Coffee Day .. A talented friend @claireseastone is working on a project and I'm excited to see how these all turn out! #coffee #neverstoplearning #nationalcoffeeday #seedtocup - 21 days ago

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Celebrating with a vegan grapefruit & jasmine donut with cardamom sprinkles by @eatatjewel πŸ’Ž
We had brunch at this new (mostly) vegan spot I came across last night. The food was delicious, filling, and colorful; we loved the flavors.
Unfortunately, service was a miss with an extra long wait time for our food in a half empty cafe/restaurant and no one knew how to steam milk properly, causing loud airplane screeches to fill the entire space every time someone steamed milk - you coffee folk know what sound I'm talking about. Maybe someone wants to hit 'em up to do some coffee training?
Go for the food, though. The chef has created an inventive menu
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#baristanomad #losvegangeles #losangeles #laeats #veganeats

Celebrating with a vegan grapefruit & jasmine donut with cardamom sprinkles by @eatatjewel We had brunch at this new (mostly) vegan spot I came across last night. The food was delicious, filling, and colorful; we loved the flavors. Unfortunately, service was a miss with an extra long wait time for our food in a half empty cafe/restaurant and no one knew how to steam milk properly, causing loud airplane screeches to fill the entire space every time someone steamed milk - you coffee folk know what sound I'm talking about. Maybe someone wants to hit 'em up to do some coffee training? Go for the food, though. The chef has created an inventive menu . #baristanomad #losvegangeles #losangeles #laeats #veganeats - 25 days ago

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When flights to the mainland cost the same as an interisland trip, you say yes and jump on a plane to Los Angeles for 3 days

Vegan/veggie spread at @sqirlla with @simonalachingona 
#baristanomad #iwanttoeateverything #losangeles

When flights to the mainland cost the same as an interisland trip, you say yes and jump on a plane to Los Angeles for 3 days Vegan/veggie spread at @sqirlla with @simonalachingona #baristanomad #iwanttoeateverything #losangeles - 26 days ago

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What do you do with your used coffee grounds?

I'm currently working on launching a property-wide coffee composting program at @fshualalai, where there are 7 espresso machines and just as many batch brewers. During peak seasons, one food & bev outlet there will go through 70+ lbs of coffee weekly. There are so many possibilities with all those coffee grounds! My hope is to have all restaurants composting 100% of their coffee grounds in the next 6 months - ideally by the end of the year.
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Other coffee shops (especially on big island, but anyone is welcome to respond!):
What do you do with your coffee grounds? Do they get thrown away? Does a staff member take them home? Do customers take them home? Do you have a cafe garden?
If you don't compost your coffee now, what would help you change that? Would a regularly scheduled pick up service motivate you to keep coffee separate for composting? Would you PAY for that service?
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Let me know in a comment πŸ˜‰
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At home, our number one re-use is compost - coffee grounds have a neutral pH, are an excellent source of nitrogen, and improve soil structure. There is also some anecdotal evidence that proves coffee may repel slugs and snails in the garden.
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We could also use them as a face scrub. Coffee gently exfoliates skin and is anti-inflammatory! I actual washed my face with some just before this post and my skin feels amazing. Next time, I may add a drop of lavender essential oil, too.

#baristanomad #neverstoplearning #coffee #compost #hawaii #hualalai

What do you do with your used coffee grounds? I'm currently working on launching a property-wide coffee composting program at @fshualalai , where there are 7 espresso machines and just as many batch brewers. During peak seasons, one food & bev outlet there will go through 70+ lbs of coffee weekly. There are so many possibilities with all those coffee grounds! My hope is to have all restaurants composting 100% of their coffee grounds in the next 6 months - ideally by the end of the year. Other coffee shops (especially on big island, but anyone is welcome to respond!): What do you do with your coffee grounds? Do they get thrown away? Does a staff member take them home? Do customers take them home? Do you have a cafe garden? If you don't compost your coffee now, what would help you change that? Would a regularly scheduled pick up service motivate you to keep coffee separate for composting? Would you PAY for that service? πŸ—‘ Let me know in a comment At home, our number one re-use is compost - coffee grounds have a neutral pH, are an excellent source of nitrogen, and improve soil structure. There is also some anecdotal evidence that proves coffee may repel slugs and snails in the garden. . We could also use them as a face scrub. Coffee gently exfoliates skin and is anti-inflammatory! I actual washed my face with some just before this post and my skin feels amazing. Next time, I may add a drop of lavender essential oil, too. #baristanomad #neverstoplearning #coffee #compost #hawaii #hualalai - 30 days ago

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The quality of my coffee picking 4 years ago vs today

Still not the best, but I have a much better understanding of what to look for in a ripe cherry and why ripeness matters. It's an improvement!

When I first moved to Hawai'i, I was living on a farm where coffee grew and worked on the property as "payment" for rent. The owner hired a manager who brought in his crew of pickers to pick the coffee and they'd go off and sell it to one of the big mills in the area - so, the owner wasn't really doing anything with it and quality surely wasn't at the forefront of anyone's mind in that situation. When I was shown how to pick with the group, I was told: "yea, those ones are fine!" when the cherry was half yellow/green. Now, I understand they are not yet ready to be picked.

The second photo is my pick from just a few minutes outside today. We don't own this land, so the land owner has the same arrangement as many others here: they hired a manager to come and pick the coffee with his crew of pickers and sell it off to one of the mills. I don't ever pick this coffee, but I've been curious to know what it tastes like. So, this morning I went out just to pick a few pounds after the whole crew went through yesterday, finding a few trees where ripe cherries were left behind. I pulped it by hand and now it's all soaking in a bucket with fresh water. I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing, but we'll see what happens.

Also, yes, I reused my shoe box from @allbirds as my picking bucket πŸ˜‚ where does one buy those buckets?

#baristanomad #neverstoplearning #hawaii #coffee #harvestseason #coffeeharvest #wednesday #humpday

The quality of my coffee picking 4 years ago vs today Still not the best, but I have a much better understanding of what to look for in a ripe cherry and why ripeness matters. It's an improvement! When I first moved to Hawai'i, I was living on a farm where coffee grew and worked on the property as "payment" for rent. The owner hired a manager who brought in his crew of pickers to pick the coffee and they'd go off and sell it to one of the big mills in the area - so, the owner wasn't really doing anything with it and quality surely wasn't at the forefront of anyone's mind in that situation. When I was shown how to pick with the group, I was told: "yea, those ones are fine!" when the cherry was half yellow/green. Now, I understand they are not yet ready to be picked. The second photo is my pick from just a few minutes outside today. We don't own this land, so the land owner has the same arrangement as many others here: they hired a manager to come and pick the coffee with his crew of pickers and sell it off to one of the mills. I don't ever pick this coffee, but I've been curious to know what it tastes like. So, this morning I went out just to pick a few pounds after the whole crew went through yesterday, finding a few trees where ripe cherries were left behind. I pulped it by hand and now it's all soaking in a bucket with fresh water. I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing, but we'll see what happens. Also, yes, I reused my shoe box from @allbirds as my picking bucket where does one buy those buckets? #baristanomad #neverstoplearning #hawaii #coffee #harvestseason #coffeeharvest #wednesday #humpday - 1 month ago

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Morning sky on fire

I've become much more of a sunrise lover than sunset recently and these views make it easy to see why.

#baristalife #sunrise #Hawaii #tuesday

Morning sky on fire I've become much more of a sunrise lover than sunset recently and these views make it easy to see why. #baristalife #sunrise #Hawaii #tuesday - 1 month ago

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This is a cup of coffee I will never forget.
Not because it was particularly delicious - though, it was a top notch coffee.
And not because I was in London - though, that was exciting and new.
I will always remember this cup of coffee because it was the first good coffee I had had in months and I was so thankful for the experience that @monmouthcoffeecompany gave me at their Borough Market cafe.

I worked in a coffee shop all through college (s/o to the Diversions cafe crew) and spent the autumn after I graduated living in Navarra, Spain for 3 months and exploring other parts of the country. After those 3 months, I made my way through Portugal and into Morocco. At that time, I wasn't really *in* the coffee industry and specialty coffee hadn't really taken off in Spain or Portugal, so I spent my months drinking thick, dark roasted cafe solos and cortaditos in all the side street cafes and bars. In Morocco, it was all about the (very sugary) mint tea. So, when I arrived in London, one of my first stops was to Monmouth Coffee for a good cup of coffee. They did not disappoint.
I remember having a moment of such gratitude as I walked across the London Bridge, thick morning fog slowly consuming the river, and realizing how great life can be. Even though I was broke as shit and didn't have any plan upon my return to the US 1 week later.

Who knew that 2.5 years later, I'd be visiting coffee farms in the exact region where this coffee I was drinking is grown. But that's a whole other story.

Happy Monday

#baristanomad #neverstoplearning

This is a cup of coffee I will never forget. Not because it was particularly delicious - though, it was a top notch coffee. And not because I was in London - though, that was exciting and new. I will always remember this cup of coffee because it was the first good coffee I had had in months and I was so thankful for the experience that @monmouthcoffeecompany gave me at their Borough Market cafe. I worked in a coffee shop all through college (s/o to the Diversions cafe crew) and spent the autumn after I graduated living in Navarra, Spain for 3 months and exploring other parts of the country. After those 3 months, I made my way through Portugal and into Morocco. At that time, I wasn't really *in* the coffee industry and specialty coffee hadn't really taken off in Spain or Portugal, so I spent my months drinking thick, dark roasted cafe solos and cortaditos in all the side street cafes and bars. In Morocco, it was all about the (very sugary) mint tea. So, when I arrived in London, one of my first stops was to Monmouth Coffee for a good cup of coffee. They did not disappoint. I remember having a moment of such gratitude as I walked across the London Bridge, thick morning fog slowly consuming the river, and realizing how great life can be. Even though I was broke as shit and didn't have any plan upon my return to the US 1 week later. Who knew that 2.5 years later, I'd be visiting coffee farms in the exact region where this coffee I was drinking is grown. But that's a whole other story. Happy Monday #baristanomad #neverstoplearning - 1 month ago

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Walking through the back with dog in the late afternoon is always the most colorful and vibrant and glowing

#coffee #hawaii #harvestseason

Walking through the back with dog in the late afternoon is always the most colorful and vibrant and glowing #coffee #hawaii #harvestseason - 1 month ago

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Damn, what a crazy summer here.
August brought us a couple of hurricanes and lots of flooding throughout the islands, but it also brought an end to the active lava flow in Puna that ripped through Leilani Estates. Last week, USGS took SO2 readings of the craters and levels are currently the lowest they've been in a decade. Looks like she's taking a break for now.
Ever since the flow came to a slow end, our skies have been so clear and blue and colorful. Thanks for the beautiful return to normalcy with these amazing sunrises

#hawaii #sunrise #lava #hualalai #september

Damn, what a crazy summer here. August brought us a couple of hurricanes and lots of flooding throughout the islands, but it also brought an end to the active lava flow in Puna that ripped through Leilani Estates. Last week, USGS took SO2 readings of the craters and levels are currently the lowest they've been in a decade. Looks like she's taking a break for now. Ever since the flow came to a slow end, our skies have been so clear and blue and colorful. Thanks for the beautiful return to normalcy with these amazing sunrises #hawaii #sunrise #lava #hualalai #september - 2 months ago

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I have to:
Shower
Go to work and talk to people
Weed the yard
Pull out old plants
Plant new seeds
Sweep upstairs
Rake the fallen leaves

But I must also:
Enjoy this moment and this day

Also, my black bean vines got eaten by chickens πŸ˜”

#hawaii #holualoa #sundaymorning

I have to: Shower Go to work and talk to people Weed the yard Pull out old plants Plant new seeds Sweep upstairs Rake the fallen leaves But I must also: Enjoy this moment and this day Also, my black bean vines got eaten by chickens #hawaii #holualoa #sundaymorning - 2 months ago

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Calm before the storm

I woke up at 6:30 this morning to beautiful skies and an eerie stillness. On my morning walk with the dog, I noticed there was no wind, sunny skies, and accumulating humidity.
Hurricane Lane is coming and I've spent my morning running last minute errands. I'm heading home soon to secure everything I haven't yet secured and bring the animals inside - it's gonna be quite the night!

The biggest threats are flooding and power outages (due to winds and heavy rain) and my biggest concern is losing power. Our stove and hot water run off of propane - which I just happened to need to fill up on Sunday when they both ran empty, so I now have 1.5 month's supply - but not having power means no fridge, no phone chargers. The animals have food, I have food, we have water. Once I finish up at home, it'll just be a matter of hunkering down and waiting it out. Hawai'i has had one hell of a summer.

#hawaii #HurricaneLane #bigisland

Calm before the storm I woke up at 6:30 this morning to beautiful skies and an eerie stillness. On my morning walk with the dog, I noticed there was no wind, sunny skies, and accumulating humidity. Hurricane Lane is coming and I've spent my morning running last minute errands. I'm heading home soon to secure everything I haven't yet secured and bring the animals inside - it's gonna be quite the night! The biggest threats are flooding and power outages (due to winds and heavy rain) and my biggest concern is losing power. Our stove and hot water run off of propane - which I just happened to need to fill up on Sunday when they both ran empty, so I now have 1.5 month's supply - but not having power means no fridge, no phone chargers. The animals have food, I have food, we have water. Once I finish up at home, it'll just be a matter of hunkering down and waiting it out. Hawai'i has had one hell of a summer. #hawaii #HurricaneLane #bigisland - 2 months ago

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I've got a brand new purple coffee brewer from @moccamasterusa !

This past weekend, a bunch of us Hawai'i-based coffee pros (and enthusiasts!) got together to compete in the Hawai'i Brewer's Cup Prelim competition. It was a lot of fun hanging out with our coffee community and getting to know everyone a bit more. The top 4 from the competition got to take home one of these beauties - I placed 2nd, so I received this and also won a free SCA foundations course with @pcr.coffee!

Mahalo to everyone who worked hard to make this happen and congratulations to everyone who made it to the national qualifiers! See you in Denver πŸ˜‰

#coffee #baristanomad #Hawaii

I've got a brand new purple coffee brewer from @moccamasterusa ! This past weekend, a bunch of us Hawai'i-based coffee pros (and enthusiasts!) got together to compete in the Hawai'i Brewer's Cup Prelim competition. It was a lot of fun hanging out with our coffee community and getting to know everyone a bit more. The top 4 from the competition got to take home one of these beauties - I placed 2nd, so I received this and also won a free SCA foundations course with @pcr.coffee ! Mahalo to everyone who worked hard to make this happen and congratulations to everyone who made it to the national qualifiers! See you in Denver #coffee #baristanomad #Hawaii - 2 months ago

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Monday morning line up in HNL

#alwayscoffee

Monday morning line up in HNL #alwayscoffee - 2 months ago

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