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xristrettox
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Posted Sat Nov 8, 2003, 11:00pm
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A Year and a Half Ago
BGA Files article by Billy Wilson

Billy Wilson gives us his introductory column, setting the stage for what he's going to be writing about. Find out how a little coffee shop done good.
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 11:10am
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Great column Billy.  Your story about finding your passion for espresso is not that different from my own.  I always learn something from you and I appreciate your continuing quest of coffee and espresso expertise.
-Brent
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 12:38pm
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Wow.  Great story!  

I guess that's how it goes. We find something we love, learn more about it, just enough to figure out how much we don't know, then hang out with others who are into the same thing, to learn and love it some more.

I do wonder how any baristas make a living without being the shop owner.  I'm not a shop owner, but I think about it from time to time.

I grew up in Portland.  Graduated from Portland State, and drank lots of brew sitting in the cafe at Powell's City of Books.  I also remember fondly the Rimsky Koursacoffee house (sp?) Is it still there?  And what the heck is Stumptown?  Is it a slam from those who think all of Oregon's trees are being cut down?

I loved the column.  I hope we hear more from you in the future.  And congrats on the 5th place finish!!! That took courage to enter!  It inspired me.

Wrench.
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 2:10pm
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Billy, wonderful thoughts! I hope I will find a barista like you for my place!
(Would you like to work in Europe for a while? :-)

joey

 
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You will gratify some people and astonish the rest." (Mark Twain)
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 2:23pm
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Nice Billy.
Can't wait to read more.

And thanks Mark - it's good to have a voice for the working stiffs here.

Oh... and johannabanana... if you're seriously considering importing baristi or a barista trainer let me know. I can, at least, introduce you to some folks who would love to relocate to Europe.
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 2:33pm
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Great column Billy!
Cheers!  {:-D

 
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 3:48pm
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Malachi, hi. In another post I just felt offended and here you are "a nice guy" - so I'm sorry if I misconceived you. As I said, english is not my mother language and it's hard to understand feelings without mimics sometimes. To your recommendations about baristis - I would welcome that. I was thinking about inviting baristas for some weeks. I would pay for their accomodation & flight, and they can bring some fresh international spirit to my bar during 8 hours per day, and enjoy Vienna the rest of the time, including the tips they get. I hope that sounds fair. Might bring that plan to life next spring to summer.
Thanks again!
Joey

 
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You will gratify some people and astonish the rest." (Mark Twain)
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 8:25pm
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Thank you all for your comments... makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

I look forward to writing more and more.

Johanna... hmm... Austria... keep me in mind, that sounds nice.

cheers

 
billy wilson
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 9:26pm
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A nicely written article, Billy!  It's great to see how you've come a long way within a year and a half.  Two thumbs up and Congratulations!!!

Phuong
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 9:40pm
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Well written article.  I look forward to more articles in the future.

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