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Topic: Made our own white chocolate Kona mocha freeze retail! (14 msgs / 397 lines)
1) From: Mike & Debi McGinnesss
Had a fun and interesting experience this afternoon. We were doing some shopping this afternoon and
had planned on stopping by Lava Java for a Mocha freeze and snack before our dinner cruise. Got
there and they were closed from 3-4pm for an all employee meeting! No biggy it was 3:30, 1/2hr to
kill. 4:05 and their meeting still going on (in the front of the shop for all of us to watch while
waiting...) Debi was getting a bit annoyed so moved on. Came on a new location for Surfin' Ass
coffee (mediocre Kona, they buy #3 greens from farmers and sell it...) but figured maybe a fruit
smoothie and snack instead. But it turned out the owner was their who usually worked in their
'Donkey Ball' location (chocolate covered mac nuts, these folks have a warped sense of marketing:-)
but didn't have a clue how to pull a shot or anything, not make a smoothie either. Said we could
have a cup of coffee but I declined. (The person who was supposed to be manning this new location
did't come in.) To make a long story longer I noticed the two group (forget the brand) was turned
on. I asked if the espresso machine had been on for an hour and she it'd been on since morning. I
mentioned I pull my own shots at home and she said go for it. So I ground and pulled a couple
doubles and poured them in the blender, I asked if she had any white chocolate and she said no just
Hersheys and various Toranis. While looking in uncounter cabinets for the hersheys I found a half
gallon jug of Ghiradelli white chocolate syrup unopened! Cool. Opened it up and poured in an
estimated 3/8 cup, added about 4oz milk, a 20oz glass of crushed ice and let 'er rip. Presto, two
12oz white chocolate Kona mocha freezes I got to make myself! Got a couple chocolate coconut
macadamia nut macaroon affairs and we were good to go. I ask if $5 was enough and she said she
didn't know but that was more than enough since I did the work.
Course, Debi was just shaking her head in disbelief at the whole episode:-)
My first retail 'professional' Barista pulls under my belt!
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2) From: Jim Garlits
Good for you!  Sounds like you had a blast.  Only thing I would have done
differently?  Pulled two or three test shots first and adjusted the grinder
collar if it needed it.  I would have then gone on to explain that there's
no justification in charging money for the test shots since you actually did
him a favor by increasing the quality of his shots.  Then I would have gone
on to make the frozen treat.  You would have then walked off with about half
a dozen shots in your bloodstream for the price of one drink.  Next time.
Next time.
Indiana Jim

3) From: John Abbott
You should have offered to sell her your patented formula for a small fee!
Sounds like your survival instincts are fully functional as well. I know the
feeling, I did the same in a gas station, snack bar, coffee shop in College
Station Texas. We pulled in and I figured a good cup was in the offing.
However the gal behind the counter had NO idea about how to run the machine,
having only been checked out on it once a week earlier.  So I got behind the
counter to show her, wound up pulling 16 shots before I could get out back
on my side. The owner arrived as I was pulling the last couple (mine) and
said the drinks were on the house - and did I have time to do some training.
My wife, who is used to this sort of thing by now was on the other side of
the building leaning on the car - so I thanked the man and got back in the

4) From: Dan Bollinger
YES!  When in doubt, TAKE ACTION!  :)  Sounds like a fun trip, you make me
want to go and follow in your footsteps.  :)

5) From: Les & Becky
It sounds like the customers were very satisfied!  I hope that you tip
yourself BIG!
Praying you don't get a bad back or hernia packing all that coffee.  I got
within 40 yards of an elk Sat. but no shot!
Got Monday thru Friday to score.
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6) From: Mike & Tonya Connell
heheheheheheh......he said score....heheheheheheh

7) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 22:24 11/10/02, Mike & Tonya Connell typed:
??  what did I miss??
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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8) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 22:19 11/10/02, Les & Becky typed:
Are you out in the brush all week with no coffee or leaving from home every 
morning stocked up?
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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9) From: Mike & Tonya Connell
Could not help but do a Bevis and Butthead when reading this after I got in
from playing hockey at 12:30am ;)

10) From: Jim Garlits
What you missed was an infantile and completely hilarious reference to
Beavis and Butthead.  Whenever someone said something in conversation that
could be even mildly construed as innuendo, Beavis would titter and say, "he
said (fill in the blank)."
For example...
Teacher:  "When you come in tomorrow morning, would you please erase all the
Beavis:  "heh heh heh...he said 'morning wood'  heh heh heh.
Indiana Jim

11) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 06:48 11/11/02, Jim Garlits typed:
I guess that is what I get from never having seen a beavis and 
butthead.  Helps not having a TV.  Somehow, I don't mind...:-)
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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12) From: Les & Becky
I am leaving every morning well stocked with coffee!  I ordered some of the
India Peaberry, and I think you might want to come over for a cup when it
gets here!  It is one that I really like.

13) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 23:22 11/11/02, Les & Becky typed:
That sounds good.  I have found I liked a number of Indian coffees, but 
have not had any in a while.  Let me know when.   Best luck with the elk 
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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14) From: Dan Bollinger
Mike & Debi, Do these farms you visited have websites?  Dan

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