Vanille Patisserie and Buzz: Killer Espresso Present a Small-Batch Match Made in Heaven: Craft Coffee and French Macarons

Two of Chicago’s most vibrant culinary artisans join forces on May 12th to bring you an unbeatable pairing of irresistible delicacies. From 10 AM for as long as supplies last Vanille Patisserie and Buzz: Killer Espresso will collaborate to pair Vanille’s award-winning Macarons with Buzz: Killer Espresso’s micro-lot, small-batch-roasted coffees: Notes of cocoa and vanilla in Buzz’s Heirloom … Continue reading

Coffee Then and Now

An understanding of the potential for super-premium coffee has been gaining momentum over the last five years. From farms in El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, East Africa, and Papua New Guinea, to roasters and cafes in London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, Portland, Chicago and San Francisco, a taste for special and unique coffee is emerging, and a … Continue reading

One El Salvador: Three Ways

Sunday, November 20th from 1-3 A superb El Salvador from Finca el Manzano, near Santa Ana, has been made available to us in three of the most widely accepted forms of processing: natural, pulp-natural, and washed. All three are from the same precise lot harvested on the same day. Roasting each of the coffees to a … Continue reading

esmeralda club

We have cupped the 2011 offerings from the great Panama Coffee Estate, Hacienda Esmeralda. There are some sensational coffees to be offered at the once a year Esmeralda auction next Tuesday, May 17th. If you don’t know about Esmeralda yet, you soon will: Esmeralda has become the most prized coffee in the world and it is no accident! The Peterson family run Hacienda Esmeralda with fanatical devotion to their craft.

Opening Buzz Killer Espresso

This has been a long time coming, but I didn’t really want to publicize it until I was altogether sure that it was going to happen. It’s happening, tomorrow, at 7 am at 1644 N Damen. I’m the barista trainer there, and the owners have basically empowered me to do whatever I want to do … Continue reading