Anfim Grinder notes

So there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the competition circuit this season regarding a newer grinder on the scene.  The Anfim.Wanting to at least understand it better, if not use it ourselves, Jeff was nice enough to buy one for our team of baristi to experiment with and evaluate.  Here’s what we’ve found… Continue Reading


As I sit here at terminal – gate 68 – in KCI airport, I am remembering my last trip to El Salvador.  This will be my second trip there since the first of the year.The first trip, in January, was to examine the crops and the damage caused by a horrible wind storm at Finca… Continue Reading


PTs Coffee Roasting Co. is now interviewing for the position of : Customer Service Representative / Administrative Assistant   Date: 3-24-08                                                                                                                                        Overview: PT’s Coffee Roasting Co is looking for a full time Customer Service / Administrative Assistant at our roasting facility in Topeka,… Continue Reading


We are sad to announce that next week will be the last roast of our El Salvador Aida’s Grand Reserve and Guatemala San Jose Ocana. These spectacular coffees are unique finds, so don’t miss out on this last opportunity to try them. Aida’s Grand Reserve is an exceptional blend of hand-sorted Peaberries that are chosen… Continue Reading

Travels to Source – Finca El Molino

Coffee producer and consultant to the Jasal Mill, Aida Batlle, picked us up at the airport when we arrived in El Salvador. Visiting Aida is always a pleasure as she is dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate about the quality of coffees that she produces. Finca El Molino is not her farm, but she treats it like… Continue Reading

Travels to Source – Finca Los Planes

Our next stop on the journey through El Salvador was to one of my favorite farms, Finca Los Planes. This is an extraordinary farm that produces exceptional coffee in the Chalatenango region along the Honduras border. We’ve purchased this coffee for a couple of years and hope to continue the process for many more. Sergio… Continue Reading

Travels to Source – Finca La Montana

The winds cut through the Chalantenango region of El Salvador like a sharp knife in early January. Raul “Beto” Ochoa, a young man at heart, was home with his daughters that night huddled in a corner saying a prayer. When the three turned out the lights and headed to bed, the farm, Finca La Montana… Continue Reading

Pete Licata wins the Midwest Regional!

Find more videos like this on Barista Exchange PT’s is very proud and happy to announce that Pete Licata won the SCAA Midwest Regional Barista Competition! Pete dazzled them like the pro that he is and had 2 fabulous run throughs over the weekend. This is Pete’s second time winning this title, the first time… Continue Reading

And the finalists are……

So, after two days of preliminary rounds the results are in. Of our original 5 competitors 3 are still in! Robin Seitz, Pete Licata, and Caitlin Corcoran from LatteLand. We would also like to congratulate the other finalists: Clint Newlan from the Roasterie, Alex McCracken from Kaldi’s (in St. Louis) as well as Mike Marquard… Continue Reading