Visions In Focus Roaster: 9 Bar

“What matters most is taste, flavor and balance.” – Corey Schmidt, owner.

We couldn’t agree more Corey. This October, Visions welcomes Vancouver, WA based 9 Bar Espresso Coffee Roasters to the showroom! This family owned and operated company sources the finest coffees on the planet and offers whole bean medium roast, dark roast, decaffeinated espresso and select single origin offerings. 9 Bar focuses on continuing to grow their business with their local community in mind.

9 Bar’s Tatu blend, big & juicy with a citrus finish and Union blend, balanced and sweet, are both available for just $15 a bag. Come by Visions today while supplies last!

 

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Visions In Focus: 5 lb Revolution Natural Cafe Cleaner

 

Our beloved 5 lb Revolution Cafe Cleaner is back after popular demand! Revolution’s very own specially formulated natural cleaner has been tested, tried & true to dissolve and remove coffee oil build-up that occurs on portafilters, group heads and group valves. The concentrated, biodegradable, highly effective formula is great for cleaning carafes, airpots and coffee urns too! Enjoy free shipping for a limited time, visit our website for details. www.visionsespresso.com

Visions In Focus: Revolution Diner Mugs

Behold the Revolution Diner Mug collection: a curated line of mugs in four stunning colors and classic diner styling. Sturdy and durable, these timeless mugs will keep your beverages hot and your customers happy. Order a case today to be ready for the fall season! For a limited time, Visions is offering free shipping for Revolution Diner Mugs. Visit our website for details. www.visionsespresso.com

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Visions In Focus Roaster: Alchemy

We are proud to feature Seattle based roaster Alchemy Fine Coffees as our In Focus Roaster for the month of August.  Drawing from their passion and experience as some of the finest craftsman of wood furniture, Alchemy takes their taste-making abilities into the coffee roasting arena.  Alchemy sources some of the finest coffees on the planet and roasts them in a fluid bed style machine for optimal balance of roast and origin.
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All of Alchemy’s coffees are available for just $15 a bag, a great buy considering they purchase some of the finest seasonal coffees available to mankind.

Visions In Focus Roaster: Variety Coffee

Variety Coffee Roasters is our latest Visions In Focus Roaster. You may have seen their coffee at our booth at SCAA in Atlanta this year! Variety got it’s start in 2008 with a team of extremely talented and passionate coffee professionals. Elliot from Variety says “With an ever-increasing dedication quality, our endeavor is to ethically source the world’s rarest and most unique green coffees. Working hand in hand with producers, we continually strive towards providing you with a precision roasted perfect cup.” Get a taste of the east coast at our Seattle showroom.

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Peru San Fernando:
This certified organic coffee is grown by various small producers in the Cusco province of Peru. The typica and caturra varietals are brought to the San Fernando co-operative for processing. Their fully washed process includes an 18-22 hour fermentation in concrete tanks and 8-10 hours of drying on patio. This ultra sweet coffee is accompanied by a wonderfully rich body.

Panda Out

Hey everyone, Panda here. This unfortunately will be my last post for Visions. I’ve recently taken a job as the Head of Coffee with Walter’s Coffee Roastery here in Brooklyn NYC. This past year has been amazing and Visions has been a big part of that. I moved to New York City last June. I moved without a job and jumped into the city feet first. A few days after my move Visions called me up and offered me a job as their Marketing & Brand Manager. Obviously I took it.

This was my first remote job so I was a little nervous about workflow and if I’d feel like I was a part of the team. Lucky for me the entire team at Visions took me in with open arms. Even when we had staff meetings and I attended via Google hangout they made me feel like I was really there. This sense of camaraderie is what makes the Visions team so great!

I was able to attend a lot of amazing coffee events for Visions this year. East Coast Coffee Madness in Montreal, USBC qualifiers in Kansas City, SCAA in Atlanta, and a whole bunch here in NYC are just a few. We also helped support local coffee events like NW Space Agency here in Seattle, TNTNYC, and The League of Lattes in Indiana. We reconnected and forge new relationships along the way.

It has been a pleasure to be a part of a team with such a rich history in the coffee industry. Visions is led by a group of coffee professionals that not only provide the best service but also educate and support the community. It’s going to be hard to leave this team but I’ll always keep in touch.

Signing out,

Michael “Panda” Fernandez
Marketing & Brand Manager
Visions Espresso Services

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TNTNYC at City of Saints, Brooklyn

Hello everyone, Panda here with a photo recap of TNTNYC at City of Saints.

Last week City of Saints in Brooklyn opened up their roastery and cafe space for TNTNYC! A huge crowd gathered for the the free pizza, free beer, and of course latte art. Latte art is pretty amazing but so are the people who show up to these events which is why I decided to low-key shoot a few candid portraits of the crowd. Thanks to all the sponsors and to @newyorkblackcoffee & TNT_NYC for the additional shots.

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ALL THE PRIZES – Photo credit: IG @newyorkblackcoffee

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Kaileigh Mulligan (R) took 1st and Jenna G. 2nd (L) Photo credit: TNTNYC
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Kaileigh Mulligan’s winning pour on the right. Photo credit: TNTNYC

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ALL THE BARISTAS
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Lanny Huang – City of Saints
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Kaileigh Mulligan – Counter Culture Coffee
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Nicholas Moers – Devocion Coffee
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Mikey D of Unic and Lou Barba of Nuova Simonelli, both TNTNYC sponsors! 

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Bill McAllister – Irving Farm Coffee

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City of Saints has some rad packaging!
Visions is a proud sponsor of TNT_NYC and the global coffee community at large. We love sponsoring barista events so if you’ve got an upcoming event you need prizes or help with send an email to panda@visionsespresso.com.

Second Annual Cafe Soleil

The Northwest Space Agency held their 2nd Annual Cafe du Soleil – A Cold Coffee Mocktail Competition at the Synesso Factory in Seattle last night. Our Sales & Education Coordinator Ross Beamish competed along other great baristas like Lacy Audry (Kalsada Coffee) and coffee legend Dismas Smith (Caffe Ladro). The drinks had three requirements 1.Must contain coffee 2.Must not contain alcohol (vanilla extract is fine, but no 151 to make it flaming) 3.Must be cold. Competitors made drinks on Synesso’s new MVP Hydra models.

The turnout was great with many folks bopping around the Synesso factory playing ping pong and enjoying coffee cocktails. After the votes came in our very own Ross had taken the top spot! Ross’ winning cocktail is listed below and he shares this victory with his friend Carly Rose who runs the pastry program for Caffe Ladro. Carly prepared the cascara and grapefruit syrup that was the base of the coffee reduction used in his winning recipe. Ross was very pleased to take home the first place prize, a wooden horse statue that will be his to covet until next year.

Thanks to Sponsors:  Barista Magazine, Baratza, Tony’s Coffee and Synesso.

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Ross’ winning drink the Stallion Soda.
NW Space Agency is a community of sorts, comprised of Seattle area Baristas, Roasters, Café Managers, and industry pros who organize various coffee competitions. Their name is a touch more literal than it lets on, as their mission is to “provide space and agency” for area Baristas and coffee enthusiasts.

Visions In Focus Roaster: Camber Coffee

Camber Coffee is a small Washington roaster making a big splash! They’re less than a year old and you can already find them at fine dining legends Canlis as well as coffee heavy hitters like Analog Coffee (Seattle) and Go Get Em Tiger (L.A.) and for a limited time Visions. Camber’s team consists of Tony’s Coffee alums David Yake, Andrew Bowman, and Todd Elliott. Jordan Michelman at Sprudge.Com wrote a beautiful piece on the Camber origin story that you should absolutely check out.

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Our shelves are stocked with three amazing selections from Camber:

ETHIOPIA LIMU ENNARIA
grapefruit, bergamot, apricot
Heirloom Varietals | Fully-Washed | 1900 MASL
$15

KENYA GATHAITHI PEABERRY
raspberry, lemon verbena, grape
SL-28, SL-34 | Nyeri District | Fully-Washed
$15

COLOMBIA LAS ESTRELLAS
plum, raw honey, green grape
Caturra, Typica, Variedad Colombia | Inza, Cauca | Mixed Small Farm Lots | Fully-Washed
$15

CoffeeCon NYC 2016

Hello everyone, Panda here with a recap of CoffeeCon NYC.

CoffeeCon is a relatively new event series that focuses on the specialty coffee consumer. They’ve had events in Chicago and San Francisco and last week they held their first event in NYC. I live in NYC so I made the trek from Manhattan to Industry City in Brooklyn to check things out.

The schedule for this day long event was packed with great classes ranging from latte art to cold brew labs and even “Taste Like an Expert” presentation led by the one and only George Howell. I was one of the lucky 100 that were able to secure a spot in George’s class. We covered seed to cup, farming techniques, how regions and terroir affect taste and tasted coffees from a variety of coffee growing regions.

After my class I hit up the exhibition hall which featured equipment manufacturers, coffee roasters, cafe’s, and a few food options. I spent quite a long time at the Li-Lac Chocolates booth trying their samples…over and over again. The crew at Toby’s Estate pulled me a stellar shot of espresso and some of the best cold brew I have ever had. The first ever Chemex Pop-Up Museum was super cool! They exhibited some items that have never-before been seen by the public and one of the most ginormous Chemex brewers I have ever seen.

CoffeeCon is great because it focuses on presenting specialty coffee to consumers in a relaxed yet informative way. Check the offical CoffeeCon site to see what city they’re visiting next!

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George Howell
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Poursteady Chemex
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Toby’s Estate
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Cold brew and espresso
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Taste Like an Expert
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CoffeeCon attendees