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

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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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

TNTNYC at City of Saints, Brooklyn

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:

grapefruit, bergamot, apricot
Heirloom Varietals | Fully-Washed | 1900 MASL

raspberry, lemon verbena, grape
SL-28, SL-34 | Nyeri District | Fully-Washed

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

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

Visions In Focus Roaster: Blue Flame Coffee

Our latest roaster comes from the sunny shores of Huntington Beach, CA. Blue Flame Coffee is a revived brand with roots that go all the way back to the 1890’s. They source the best coffee they can find from East Africa, Central and South America, and the South Pacific to name a few. Blue Flame is dedicated to building lasting relationships while providing every part of the coffee chain the respect it deserves.

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We have two whole bean options for you to choose from. The first is the Signature blend which is a mixture of  Indonesian & African coffees that create notes of tropical fruit and bittersweet chocolate. Secondly we have Blue Flame’s Espresso Blend a mix of Guatemala, Huehuetenango & Colombia, Tolima. You’ll find lots of chocolate and toasted almond in this beautiful espresso. Pick up your fresh beans the next time you visit our showroom.

Visions In Focus Roaster: Hart Coffee

Seattle’s self proclaimed “garage born” coffee roaster Hart is the newest addition to our Visions In Focus program! Usually you have to trek to the Northeast neighborhood of Bryant to get your hands on this tasty coffee but for a limited time you can stop by our Seattle showroom to get your fix.

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This was one of the first Ethiopian coffees that Hart was able to taste of the 2015-2016 crop and they loved it! It’s a washed heirloom varietal coffee from the Oromia sub-district of Limu. The floral aromatics, understated acidity and big sweetness elevate this from just your “classic” washed Ethiopia to a true experience. We’re so happy to share this beautiful coffee with you at our Seattle Showroom.