Flickr Party Pictures

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The Flickr farewell party was awesome. We met tons of great people, the food was excellent, and Stewart kept buying drinks for everyone.


I took a bunch of pictures that you can find in our Flickr Farewell Party set. The official tag for the event is flickrfarewell so check that out if you want to see everyone’s pictures.

Flickr Goodbye Party

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv

Flickr is having a farewell party tonight at the Alibi Room, they are leaving Vancouver to be closer to the big Y!. Arieanna and I will be there, along with tons of other photo, blog, web geeks.

On other Flickr related news, the number of pictures in our photostream has now passed the 1000 mark.

Getting behind!

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So, my feeds are piling up like mad. I have been juggling a lot of projects lately and am far behind. As some know, I have a ton of news to announce soon.

So, keep your ears open. Good news on its way! :)

Salt Spring Guinness… er… Coffee

Posted in Coffee

This is the Salt Spring Coffee “Canadiano” – yes, it’s an Americano, but with a better name :)


Serving coffee in pint glasses is something that the owners, Mickey and Robbyn, picked up in San Francisco.

Posted from Vancouver Coffee.

Our first Cupping at Salt Spring Coffee

Posted in Coffee

DSCN9297We had the absolute best first introduction to cupping thanks to Salt Spring Coffee. A cupping is the way you taste for quality in coffee. You’re looking for many things in taste, but also in smell. This way you can tell not only freshness and consistency in the beans, but also the quality, level and consistency of the roasting.

You grind up the beans and then pour over water that’s just before the boil (never at a full boil). You then let it steep for a couple of minutes. After that, you begin with the smelling stage. You break the top of the coffee with your spoon and mix around a bit with your nose right at the cup. You smell for many things. And, trust me, you can really smell differences. Seriously. You can actually smell bitterness or smell smoothness. It’s awesome. You’d never get this any other way. It’s all about lining them up. A really organized cupping will place many of the same coffee in a row to test the consistency thing. You simply spin the table around and keep on going.

After the smell stage is the taste stage. You don’t “drink” it, really. You suck it into your mouth really quickly so that it lands on the palate just so. Aerates. Then you swirl it and spit it back out. Waste, perhaps. But it matters when you try so many. I think my favourite was the Ethiopian Yergacheffe. It was a ton of fun! Lots of learning, but really amazing. You’d just really never get this depth of understanding of taste and smell unless you tried them all in this way.

Here is me doing the official cupping:

Arieanna slurping coffee

Here are some of the descriptive words to use when cupping (click through for larger):


My only addition was the term “buttery” for smell as well.

Posted from Vancouver Coffee.

Can we say laptop?

Posted in Blogging

Work area

I know, I know… not really a vacation when you continue to blog. But really, we’re three bloggers. What can you expect?

Plus, it’s pretty cool to toss around ideas at the table. We’ve even bought a new domain. :) Coming soon!

Ianiv & Arieanna on Salt Spring

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