The latest update on Oil Slick Coffee and upcoming coffee events here in Portland, Oregon.
Making Better Coffee by Edward F. Fischer
This is the coffee news report from oil slick coffee. I used to call this the weekly coffee report. But since I’m not producing it every week, I decided to change the name to just the coffee news report.
In the previous episode, I talked about three columns by Corey Gilman around sustainability in the coffee industry. In this episode, I’m going to give you a brief status update on Oil Slick Coffee and a coffee event that’s happening here in Portland in less than two weeks.
So you haven’t heard from me in a while and that’s because I’ve had problems with my website. I build my website, myself, maintain it.
One of the downsides of that is I am using nine-year-old technology to publish both articles and podcasts through the website. And when that breaks. And it typically breaks when I update all of the applications on the laptop and I have to go through and I fix it. But when that breaks, I have to go through myself and manually figure out what is broken? And how to fix it.
And I’m not a web designer. I’m not a programmer or anything like that. I know just enough to get by. To make a long story short because of the old technology, a lot of it is deprecated and no longer used. Or supported by the original author. So I’ve had to find substitutes for those specific applications. And it’s just a chore. It’s just a pain in the butt.
it’s time consuming for me because I have to learn all of that stuff over again. So to make a long story short. I have gotten it to the point where I can once again, publish both articles and podcasts to the website. And that will get me through coffee expo, which is coming up in less than two weeks. And then after coffee expo, I should have some time again, to be able to get in there and fix it. I just don’t want anything to interrupt my ability to post stuff to the to, to a podcast or to the web page during expo.
that brings me to the next portion, which is talking about symposium or Re:co and coffee expo. They’re both happening in less than two weeks here in Portland. The Re:co symposium is happening April 18th through the 20th. Coffee expo is happening April 21st through the 23rd. And then I have to recalibrate my Q grader certification on the 24th. So I’m going to go for a day course on that to calibrate with other Q graders.
So it’s going to be a big month for coffee. Especially here in Portland. It’s my understanding that the week before and the week after are usually pretty, pretty packed with events here in Portland as well. So I’m looking forward to that.
I was hoping to be able to provide some training. During the class, but that didn’t pan out. But lesson learned next year. My friend and I, we’re going to start that process sooner so that we can get some training set up so that people coming for expo and symposium could possibly get some training from us as well.
So look forward to that.
The next podcast episode will be from the series I’ve called call the "Articles Read". And it’s going to be me reading one of my articles titled "The Central Dogma of Coffee". The central dogma is an idea that I’ve been generating over a few years now. I think I started it in 2018. Had slowly developed it over the course of several different articles I had written.
And finally, I decided to dedicate an article to the concept. And I use the central dogma to help understand the supply chain, the coffee supply chain and how we get coffee from seed to cup.
Lastly I’ve recently reviewed Ted Fisher’s latest book titled Making Better Coffee. And I wrote that as a blog post, so you can read it on the Webpage. And I’ll post a link in the show notes for you to be able to find it.
This is going to be a short but sweet episode. I just needed to get everybody updated on what’s going on with Oil Slick Coffee and I needed to make sure that I could still publish these podcasts to the webpage.
So thank you for listening. That’s it for now. This is Michael with Oil Slick Coffee.