What kind of craziness is this? Way back when (1987) I did a stint at a local college radio station playing music and talking trash about whatever came to mind in the mind of pseudo-new wave, punk rock clubkid. The Cold War, a bleak outlook, Bauhaus, Nitzer Ebb, Tackhead and Hall & Oates. It was a mish-mash of the times.
Eighteen years later I'm once again doing something very similar. I've been roped into something called "Podcasting." It's a form of underground radio where people can do what they want and say what they want. So myself and my cohort in crime in Washington, D.C., Nick Cho, are doing a show on our current vocation in the coffee business.
We finished our first podcast earlier today and it's a decent first effort. It's kinda funny and somewhat interesting, we touch on a variety of subjects pertinent to today's modern barista. Things like the Barista Guild, barista jams, coffee cupping, gossip, ethical journalism and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. We even have our own guest star making an appearance via telephone, a certain Miss Bronwen Serna of Hines Public Market Coffee in Seattle and the 2004 US Barista Champion. And like any somewhat competent media outlet, we even break news!
Perhaps it will catch on and become the biggest thing in coffee since hot water, or perhaps we'll die a slow death in Internet media Hell. But for now, we're planning on more guest celebrities, more coffee tastings and just odd humor.
And yes, Luke Skywalker is a fag.
If you're interesting in listening to this odd chatter, visit www.portafilter.net.