Before I ever met Peter Giuliano, he owed me $10.
I visited Durham, North Carolina for the first time in late 2004, and it was quickly apparent that I had met somewhat of a kindred spirit. It was clear that Peter and I shared a genuine interest in both coffee science and people in a way that eight years later, I can confidently say is all too rare out there. But only “somewhat of a kindred spirit” because in no way did I see Peter as...
I’ve tried my best over the years to be supportive of Starbucks and their practices. I did in my 2005 CoffeeGeek “Barista Code of Conduct” piece, I did in my Washington Post op-ed. I’ve been an apologist for Starbucks against baristas who often seem eager to take cheap-shots at them. I’ve defended them because in general, nothing they’ve done is offensive to me. Nothing I’ve observed from them,...