baristanomad

Madeleine LG

Making & drinking good coffee since 2010
LA native who calls Hawai'i home (for now)
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I've got a brand new purple coffee brewer from @moccamasterusa !

This past weekend, a bunch of us Hawai'i-based coffee pros (and enthusiasts!) got together to compete in the Hawai'i Brewer's Cup Prelim competition. It was a lot of fun hanging out with our coffee community and getting to know everyone a bit more. The top 4 from the competition got to take home one of these beauties - I placed 2nd, so I received this and also won a free SCA foundations course with @pcr.coffee!

Mahalo to everyone who worked hard to make this happen and congratulations to everyone who made it to the national qualifiers! See you in Denver 😉

#coffee #baristanomad #Hawaii

I've got a brand new purple coffee brewer from @moccamasterusa ! This past weekend, a bunch of us Hawai'i-based coffee pros (and enthusiasts!) got together to compete in the Hawai'i Brewer's Cup Prelim competition. It was a lot of fun hanging out with our coffee community and getting to know everyone a bit more. The top 4 from the competition got to take home one of these beauties - I placed 2nd, so I received this and also won a free SCA foundations course with @pcr.coffee ! Mahalo to everyone who worked hard to make this happen and congratulations to everyone who made it to the national qualifiers! See you in Denver #coffee #baristanomad #Hawaii - 1 day ago

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Monday morning line up in HNL

#alwayscoffee

Monday morning line up in HNL #alwayscoffee - 4 days ago

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The face of a fourth place winner with some serious swag to take home!

#winner #coffee #brewerscup #barista #justin

The face of a fourth place winner with some serious swag to take home! #winner #coffee #brewerscup #barista #justin - 5 days ago

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When all else fails at 10am, have a bloody mary

#baristalife #wetried #wedding

When all else fails at 10am, have a bloody mary #baristalife #wetried #wedding - 9 days ago

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I met @jackajc when I was doing a coffee internship in El Salvador last March. She took me around her country on the weekends, introduced me to all of the local street food, and welcomed me into her life like an old friend for those 4 weeks.
Ten days ago, she sent me a message saying she was coming to Hawai'i - but, Honolulu. I explained to her that I live on a different island and, on Friday morning, I received a message from her saying "We're here in Kona! We're going to rent a car and get food. Maybe we can see each other now"
That was the most hilariously spontaneous message I've ever received and I was so excited to have these two visiting me here. We spent the weekend going to places I hadn't visited in years as they were introduced to the local culture, food, and landscape. It was an exhausting whirlwind of a weekend, but it was so so much fun and came at a time when I really needed this; my heart is full.

Thanks for the adventures, laughs, muddy feet, and frozen hands - see you again somewhere else in this world!

#baristanomad #hawaii #luckyweliveHI #travel #couchsurfing #waipio #MaunaKea #MaunaLoa

I met @jackajc when I was doing a coffee internship in El Salvador last March. She took me around her country on the weekends, introduced me to all of the local street food, and welcomed me into her life like an old friend for those 4 weeks. Ten days ago, she sent me a message saying she was coming to Hawai'i - but, Honolulu. I explained to her that I live on a different island and, on Friday morning, I received a message from her saying "We're here in Kona! We're going to rent a car and get food. Maybe we can see each other now" That was the most hilariously spontaneous message I've ever received and I was so excited to have these two visiting me here. We spent the weekend going to places I hadn't visited in years as they were introduced to the local culture, food, and landscape. It was an exhausting whirlwind of a weekend, but it was so so much fun and came at a time when I really needed this; my heart is full. Thanks for the adventures, laughs, muddy feet, and frozen hands - see you again somewhere else in this world! #baristanomad #hawaii #luckyweliveHI #travel #couchsurfing #waipio #MaunaKea #MaunaLoa - 11 days ago

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10 days ago, I went to Honolulu to compete in the Hawai'i Aeropress Competition. I didn't place, but was proud to be one of two competitors reppin' the big isle and one of three from the neighbor islands. In less than a week, I will be going back to Honolulu for the US Brewers Cup Prelim competition! For this competition, there are only TWO neighbor island competitors. I'm excited to see these events happening in Hawai'i and I look forward to working with our community even more to bring other events to our coffee community on all the islands on a regular basis!
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📸 @devin.ut
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#hawaii #coffee #baristanomad #hawaiicoffee

10 days ago, I went to Honolulu to compete in the Hawai'i Aeropress Competition. I didn't place, but was proud to be one of two competitors reppin' the big isle and one of three from the neighbor islands. In less than a week, I will be going back to Honolulu for the US Brewers Cup Prelim competition! For this competition, there are only TWO neighbor island competitors. I'm excited to see these events happening in Hawai'i and I look forward to working with our community even more to bring other events to our coffee community on all the islands on a regular basis! . 📸 @devin.ut . #hawaii #coffee #baristanomad #hawaiicoffee - 13 days ago

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7am magic

#holualoa

7am magic #holualoa - 16 days ago

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Loving the art on these coffee bags from @brandywinecoffeeroasters 
They partner with the local art institute to design each of their coffee bags. Plus the wax stamp on top, these are some of the nicest bags I've seen.

The coffee inside is pretty delicious, too 😋

#baristanomad #coffee

Loving the art on these coffee bags from @brandywinecoffeeroasters They partner with the local art institute to design each of their coffee bags. Plus the wax stamp on top, these are some of the nicest bags I've seen. The coffee inside is pretty delicious, too #baristanomad #coffee - 16 days ago

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For those interested in how I harvest bananas - watch this goofy ass sped up video of me doing just that!

This was a baby bunch of tiny apple bananas, but they're still delicious and nutritious.
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Each banana tree only flowers once, therefore it only provides one bunch of bananas, which is why I chop the entire tree down. Then, from the stumped stalks, new trees begin to grow. This is how banana patches are formed! We have two patches in the back and each is a different varietal.

#Hawaii #HIlife #banana #machete #mothernatureprovides

For those interested in how I harvest bananas - watch this goofy ass sped up video of me doing just that! This was a baby bunch of tiny apple bananas, but they're still delicious and nutritious. . . Each banana tree only flowers once, therefore it only provides one bunch of bananas, which is why I chop the entire tree down. Then, from the stumped stalks, new trees begin to grow. This is how banana patches are formed! We have two patches in the back and each is a different varietal. #Hawaii #HIlife #banana #machete #mothernatureprovides - 20 days ago

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Just your friendly weekly reminder that Hawai'i is hosting the Brewer's Cup Prelim competition for the FIRST TIME EVER!

We're gonna be brewing local coffees on a coffee farm with 16 competitors reppin' three of the islands. I know our community is small compared to the massive mainland cities, but we're so happy to see everyone turning up and coming together for this event. BUT, we need more hands on deck:

1. Volunteers: we need you, we want you, we will make your participation worthwhile! Send me or @pcr.coffee or @jbrd a message if you want to volunteer.  I believe we need about 15 more volunteers!

2. Sponsors: we are SO thankful for all our current sponsors, but we'd still love to have a bit more help with funds to cover some things (like, comp'd meals for all the volunteers) and we need ONE more coffee sponsor - coffee sponsorship entails donating 15 lbs of roasted coffee (20 lbs green).
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3. Spread the word: you know the deal. Talk about it, instagram it, tweet it, snap it, post it in your cafe, etc etc.

Many mahalos and see you soon! 🤙☕🌴 #hawaiicoffee #brewerscup #coffee #barista #sca #coffeecompetition

Just your friendly weekly reminder that Hawai'i is hosting the Brewer's Cup Prelim competition for the FIRST TIME EVER! We're gonna be brewing local coffees on a coffee farm with 16 competitors reppin' three of the islands. I know our community is small compared to the massive mainland cities, but we're so happy to see everyone turning up and coming together for this event. BUT, we need more hands on deck: 1. Volunteers: we need you, we want you, we will make your participation worthwhile! Send me or @pcr.coffee or @jbrd a message if you want to volunteer. I believe we need about 15 more volunteers! 2. Sponsors: we are SO thankful for all our current sponsors, but we'd still love to have a bit more help with funds to cover some things (like, comp'd meals for all the volunteers) and we need ONE more coffee sponsor - coffee sponsorship entails donating 15 lbs of roasted coffee (20 lbs green). . 3. Spread the word: you know the deal. Talk about it, instagram it, tweet it, snap it, post it in your cafe, etc etc. Many mahalos and see you soon! 🤙 #hawaiicoffee #brewerscup #coffee #barista #sca #coffeecompetition - 21 days ago

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Goes to Honolulu for coffee, brings back bread

#ilovebread #sourdough #freshlybaked

Goes to Honolulu for coffee, brings back bread #ilovebread #sourdough #freshlybaked - 22 days ago

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Nothing but blue skies for 24 hours on O'ahu 
#novog #luckyweliveHI #hawaiicoffee

Nothing but blue skies for 24 hours on O'ahu #novog #luckyweliveHI #hawaiicoffee - 22 days ago

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Coffee lovers - all the spots for the US Brewers Cup Prelim competition are now filled with competitors from O'ahu, Kauai, Big Island, and even Los Angeles!

We're excited to be moving along with plans, but we still need your help with a few things:
1. Sponsorship. We have several sponsors already involved, but we really need to pull some more funds together to make this a wholly successful event. If you or your company is interested in helping us out with a few dollas, holla at me
2. Volunteers. We all know the real champions of each and every coffee event are all the dedicated volunteers who run boxes of coffee filters around, roll carts piled with jugs of perfectly filtered (but not too filtered) water down hallways, rinse out mugs and chemexes after they've been used, all for the love of the bean and then still have energy for an after party. We need more of you. If you're a friend of a competitor, a coffee enthusiast who isn't into competing, or a newbie to the industry trying to figure out what the hell all these competitions are  about - we have a spot for you to help out! Contact @pcr.coffee for volunteer needs.
3. Spread the word. We have space to host spectators and want our friends there to cheer each other on. You're all welcome to watch and socialize with each other. Also, spread the word to coffee friends who I don't know - let them know how they can be involved (see above).
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We want to have more of these events in Hawai'i. The more support we have, the more events we can host. I look forward to seeing you all next month!

#hawaii #hawaiicoffee #USCoffeeChamps #HIlife #barista

Coffee lovers - all the spots for the US Brewers Cup Prelim competition are now filled with competitors from O'ahu, Kauai, Big Island, and even Los Angeles! We're excited to be moving along with plans, but we still need your help with a few things: 1. Sponsorship. We have several sponsors already involved, but we really need to pull some more funds together to make this a wholly successful event. If you or your company is interested in helping us out with a few dollas, holla at me 2. Volunteers. We all know the real champions of each and every coffee event are all the dedicated volunteers who run boxes of coffee filters around, roll carts piled with jugs of perfectly filtered (but not too filtered) water down hallways, rinse out mugs and chemexes after they've been used, all for the love of the bean and then still have energy for an after party. We need more of you. If you're a friend of a competitor, a coffee enthusiast who isn't into competing, or a newbie to the industry trying to figure out what the hell all these competitions are about - we have a spot for you to help out! Contact @pcr.coffee for volunteer needs. 3. Spread the word. We have space to host spectators and want our friends there to cheer each other on. You're all welcome to watch and socialize with each other. Also, spread the word to coffee friends who I don't know - let them know how they can be involved (see above). . We want to have more of these events in Hawai'i. The more support we have, the more events we can host. I look forward to seeing you all next month! #hawaii #hawaiicoffee #USCoffeeChamps #HIlife #barista - 28 days ago

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We did It! We're done! We finished cupping 107 Hawai'i-grown coffees (30 of them twice, 10 of them three times) and we now have the top 10 coffees of the season.
Don't ask me who won which place, because I don't even know! Each round of cupping was blind, so none of us judges know which farms landed in which place.
The winners will be announced in less than two weeks at the annual @hca_coffee conference on Kauai island. Who's going?

It was exciting to participate in this year's competition - there were a lot of delicious coffees and I'm proud of the quality that our little island chain is producing.

Many mahalos to the folks at @pcr.coffee for organizing and hosting this whole thing, feeding us lunch everyday, and creating an awesome lab space in South Kona.

#luckywedrinkHawaii #HIlife #coffee

We did It! We're done! We finished cupping 107 Hawai'i-grown coffees (30 of them twice, 10 of them three times) and we now have the top 10 coffees of the season. Don't ask me who won which place, because I don't even know! Each round of cupping was blind, so none of us judges know which farms landed in which place. The winners will be announced in less than two weeks at the annual @hca_coffee conference on Kauai island. Who's going? It was exciting to participate in this year's competition - there were a lot of delicious coffees and I'm proud of the quality that our little island chain is producing. Many mahalos to the folks at @pcr.coffee for organizing and hosting this whole thing, feeding us lunch everyday, and creating an awesome lab space in South Kona. #luckywedrinkHawaii #HIlife #coffee - 1 month ago

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Went kayaking/snorkeling this morning, then came home and walked down the street to grab this beauty from @sundogbread
Fluffy cinnamon roll with star anise and orange glaze
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#supportlocal #eatlocal
#luckyweliveHI #coffee #freshlybaked #bakedgoods

Went kayaking/snorkeling this morning, then came home and walked down the street to grab this beauty from @sundogbread Fluffy cinnamon roll with star anise and orange glaze . #supportlocal #eatlocal #luckyweliveHI #coffee #freshlybaked #bakedgoods - 1 month ago

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Alright, let's try this again *phew*
(Check my story for why)
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Coffee brewers, lovers, enthusiasts, and professionals! Hawai'i is FINALLY hosting a god damn US CoffeeChamps Competition on O'ahu! The winner will be sponsored to compete in the qualifying competition on the mainland. We are competing at origin, ON a coffee farm, with LOCAL coffee and there are only a few more open spots, so register soon! See the link in my bio for more information and to register. If you don't live in Hawai'i and want to compete here, this is just a really good excuse to take that vacation you've been saving up for 😉

Many many mahalos to the team coming together to make this happen @pcr.coffee @jbrd and to those who have already helped us out with sponsorship. BUT, we need more help. We still have funds to raise to cover all expenses (including flying out a head judge from the @specialtycoffeeassociation) and ensure we host a successful event.
Additionally, we need volunteers! If you're not interested in competing and don't have the ability to be a sponsor, but still want to be involved, get in touch for volunteer opportunities! Perks include drinking good coffee and hanging out with great people; also, farm dogs might be involved 🐶

See you there!

#hawaii #barista #HIlife

Alright, let's try this again *phew* (Check my story for why) . Coffee brewers, lovers, enthusiasts, and professionals! Hawai'i is FINALLY hosting a god damn US CoffeeChamps Competition on O'ahu! The winner will be sponsored to compete in the qualifying competition on the mainland. We are competing at origin, ON a coffee farm, with LOCAL coffee and there are only a few more open spots, so register soon! See the link in my bio for more information and to register. If you don't live in Hawai'i and want to compete here, this is just a really good excuse to take that vacation you've been saving up for Many many mahalos to the team coming together to make this happen @pcr.coffee @jbrd and to those who have already helped us out with sponsorship. BUT, we need more help. We still have funds to raise to cover all expenses (including flying out a head judge from the @specialtycoffeeassociation ) and ensure we host a successful event. Additionally, we need volunteers! If you're not interested in competing and don't have the ability to be a sponsor, but still want to be involved, get in touch for volunteer opportunities! Perks include drinking good coffee and hanging out with great people; also, farm dogs might be involved See you there! #hawaii #barista #HIlife - 1 month ago

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On Sunday, I worked a 12 hour day and then my coolant light came on just after I pulled out of work and then I locked myself out of my car as I was checking my coolant and oil tanks on the side of the highway and my phone battery was at 8%. Needless to say, it was a long day and I didn't get to bed until 11:30 (I'm usually asleep by 9) AND I had to be at work the next morning.
As Jim drove me to work, we were greeted by this bright glowing red ball of a Sun while driving up the highway at 6am. It looked so epic and powerful - photos will never do justice to nature - and I was reminded that this life is beautiful, no matter what obstacles it may place before us. We just have to let things go and make it work.

P.s. my car is fine and dandy after a day at the doctor's.

On Sunday, I worked a 12 hour day and then my coolant light came on just after I pulled out of work and then I locked myself out of my car as I was checking my coolant and oil tanks on the side of the highway and my phone battery was at 8%. Needless to say, it was a long day and I didn't get to bed until 11:30 (I'm usually asleep by 9) AND I had to be at work the next morning. As Jim drove me to work, we were greeted by this bright glowing red ball of a Sun while driving up the highway at 6am. It looked so epic and powerful - photos will never do justice to nature - and I was reminded that this life is beautiful, no matter what obstacles it may place before us. We just have to let things go and make it work. P.s. my car is fine and dandy after a day at the doctor's. - 1 month ago

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I told myself I was gonna take a nap this afternoon, but instead I chopped down this banana bunch #machetemonday
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We have about 3 frozen bananas left from the last bunch we chopped down in April and Mother Nature's perfect timing just provided us with plenty more! I had been eyeing this bunch for over a month and today was the perfect day. This tree was nestled right in the middle of our banana patch, so it took quite a bit of effort to get to and cut down, but I finally got there with dozens of machete swings and pure determination. Sometimes you gotta work for your food, but the pay off is worth it. Also, not having to buy bananas in ages is a great benefit 😉

#baristanomad #hawaii #luckyweliveHI #mothernature

I told myself I was gonna take a nap this afternoon, but instead I chopped down this banana bunch #machetemonday . We have about 3 frozen bananas left from the last bunch we chopped down in April and Mother Nature's perfect timing just provided us with plenty more! I had been eyeing this bunch for over a month and today was the perfect day. This tree was nestled right in the middle of our banana patch, so it took quite a bit of effort to get to and cut down, but I finally got there with dozens of machete swings and pure determination. Sometimes you gotta work for your food, but the pay off is worth it. Also, not having to buy bananas in ages is a great benefit #baristanomad #hawaii #luckyweliveHI #mothernature - 2 months ago

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