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Christopher Alameda

Photo & Pour Credit: Chris Alameda (Intelligentsia/Venice, CA)

A couple of nights ago, after a long digi-action-packed day at Digital Hollywood, I rolled up at my friend Sirin’s house for some yummie dinner. I was shocked and delightfully surprised to find Pro-Pourer Christopher Alameda from Intelligentsia in the house. As a former New Yorker, I expect over-cooked pasta or grilled cheese when invited over for dinner. As we all know, New Yorkers hardly use their stoves. OK…you know I’m talking about the ‘hattan. Anyways, the first thing that threw me for a loop was the rack of lamb simmering away in the oven. The second, was the fact that I knew incredible coffee was to be coming my way post- dinner.

But, let me back up for a second. Over the past year, I have slowly become more and more passionate about my coffee brew experience. It started when I visited Ritual in San Francisco and sought out the Clover machine experience. All I knew about the Clover was was that it was developed by a guy from Ideo, but then again, that’s all I needed to know really.

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Ritual/San Francisco, CA

Later, I also took a visit to Blue Bottle Coffee, also in San Francisco, and checked out the filter drip method of serving coffee.

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Blue Bottle Coffee/San Francisco, CA

Back home in NYC, I settled in with some local coffee favorites, including by far my #1, Gimme Coffee in Brooklyn. On any given week day or night, you would have found me computer-deep at Gimme Coffee with latte in hand while I was living in New York (I’ve since moved to LA).   My obsession with Gimme was dual purpose really. I loved their coffee…and I wanted to become the mayor on Foursquare. (All those who claim on 4Square that I cheated in my quest to become mayor can suck it cry babies.)

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Gimme Coffee/Brooklyn, NY

It is here that I first started paying attention to this concept of latte art. To define it, steamed milk is poured into a shot of espresso to create the resulting design. At first, I thought the foamy shapes on top of my favorite espresso brew were mere flirtations from my barista. That ended when I realized that my barista gave many patrons the frothy foam heart. Traitor… I soon began to rate my barista’s ability to deliver on something impressive from rosettas to things even more impressive. Speaking of which, not to call out my former local shop, but when you half ass it Ninth Street Espresso, I judged. You still make a mean cup of coffee tho.

It’s not until I had a long conversation with Chris and Katie from Intelligentsia in LA, that I realized this coffee latte art was more serious than I had originally considered.

To demonstrate this, there art a number of barista championships around the world from the World Latte Championship to the World Barista Championship.

Latte Art

Photo Credit: Anders Madsen

Candidate art for the World Latte Art Championship poured by an employee from the Dromedar coffee bar

Double Pour

Photo Credit: Coffee Geek

The Butterfly Two-Handed Pour by Sammy from Artigiano

If you need further convincing on the seriousness of the art or the competition, take a look at a video of Stephen Morrissey, The 2008 World Barista Champion.

Stephen Morrissey

So, if you dare, go get your latte art on. But please, don’t try it using that sad little Krups machine you have at home.

Marauder Coffee Favorites by City

(Each complete with free in-house Wi-Fi)

Chicago/Los Angeles


Photo & Pour Credit: Christopher Alameda

Intelligentsia (Which I am incidentally also the mayor of on Foursquare for the Venice location)

Several Locations

New York


Photo Credit: Premshree Pillai

Gimme Coffee

Several Locations (Brooklyn is by far my fav)

I like mine in two paws at once. And Gimme, if you ever want to take your special coffee hotness out of NY, email me.

Daily Marauder_Gimme Coffee

San Francisco


Photo Credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Ritual Coffee Roasters

Several Locations

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WIRELESS by Marauder


Fox, “American Idol” producers and AT&T are defending themselves against charges of voting irregularities during the finale of the singing competition. Fox and “Idol” producers say in a statement that they are “absolutely certain” that Kris Allen is, “without a doubt, the American Idol.” (Iwantmedia 5/28, http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/05/fox-idol-att-voting-controversy.html 5/27)


Sirius XM is developing an application for the iPhone that will allow users to stream music from the satellite radio service directly to their handset, according to this report. The app will require listeners to sign up for a subscription to Sirius XM at a cost of $12.95 a month. The New York Times/VentureBeat (5/27)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
May 28, 2009, 3:11 PM
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In early 2010, Plastic Logic is hoping to introduce a new e-reader that will challenge the dominance of Amazon’s Kindle. Plastic Logic’s entry into the field would be marketed to business professionals and feature an E Ink reading screen with touch capabilities, a very thin body and Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. The New York Times/Bits blog (5/27)


Despite the economic conditions, Apple is setting out on an aggressive strategy to remodel 100 of its existing stores this year and open new ones in New York City, Paris, Italy and Germany, according to Ron Johnson, senior vice president of retail for the company. “We know that a lot of people are cutting back, but we’re doing the opposite,” he said. “We’re investing in the downturn.” USA TODAY (5/27)

Comcast will tap TiVo as the primary DVR option for subscribers in a yet-to-be-announced tru2way market in the near future, according to Tom Rogers, president and chief executive officer of TiVo. Comcast this summer also is expected to allow TiVo users in its New England service area to record programs from any Internet connection. Multichannel News (5/27)

Hitachi Home Electronics rolled out new LCD HDTV models in its UltraVision and Alpha series. The features-heavy UltraVision tops out with a 55-inch model that retails at a suggested price of $1,800, while the value-priced Alpha line has a 32-inch version for $500. TWICE (5/27)

Samsung and SanDisk have agreed to a patent licensing deal in an effort to avoid litigation and forge a new partnership in the crowded memory chip market. Although financial details of the agreement were not revealed, the pact is expected to keep the two companies out of the courtroom. ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg (5/27) , The Wall Street Journal (5/28)

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Nintendo has some tricks up its sleeve, but adding voice services to its consoles is not among them, an executive said. “Telephony is not in our wheelhouse. It’s not something I anticipate us getting into,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, the head of Nintendo of America. But he added that Nintendo was considering adding Wi-Fi connectivity to its handheld games. The New York Times/Bits blog (5/26) , MocoNews.net (5/27)

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Amazon revealed its third Kindle today at a jam-packed press conference in New York City. The new Kindle, which Techcrunch first caught wind of last year, is expected to have a larger screen to be used for reading newspapers, magazines, and textbooks. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/06/the-big-kindle-revealed-liveblog/ 5/6)

Old Kindle vs. the new Kindle.


Looking to add to its subscriber base, Vudu will begin offering its collection of movies to Entone, a company that supplies set-top boxes and DVRs to regional TV providers. Vudu’s library includes more than 14,000 movies and TV programs. CED Magazine (5/2009) , xchange (5/5)

Sales of “connected” consumer-electronics products — including TVs, set-top boxes, servers, consoles and Blu-ray players — will reach 100 million units by 2013, according to a new study by Parks Associates. Kurt Scherf of Parks said the trend toward connected CE systems was fueled by consumers who wanted “whole-home access” to content as well as the ability to bring Web content to their TVs. Dealerscope (5/6) , CEPro.com (5/5)

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Female-focused Lifetime Networks earlier this week announced its 2009-10 programming slate, a robust lineup that includes five new unscripted shows, six dramas and a comedy titled “Drop Dead Diva.” The network also will spotlight divas of another sort: On Aug. 20, Lifetime will premiere “Project Runway,” the runaway hit that has moved from Bravo. Reuters (4/21) , MediaPost Communications (4/21)


TV viewers this summer won’t watch former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich navigating his way through a Costa Rican jungle after all. According to the Chicago Tribune, a US District Court Judge denied Blagojevich’s request to change the travel conditions of his bail to appear as a contestant on NBC’s I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! (Cynopsis 4/22)


Verizon FiOS TV and SNY, the official TV network of the New York Mets, New York Jets and the Big East Conference, made a programming deal allowing New York area viewers to receive VOD sports content. Verizon FiOS subscribers in New York City, Westchester and Rockland counties, Long Island, Buffalo and Northern New Jersey will now have available for free more than 120 New York Mets regular season game telecasts, classic Mets games, Big East programming and more. (Cynopsis 4/22)


Bravo is in development on a new docu-series based on the hip fashion retail boutique Fred Segal Fun based in Santa Monica. The as-yet-untitled project will showcase the fashion forward styles that Fred Segal Fun is known for as well as the competitive sales team and the demanding high-end clientele they serve. (Cynopsis 4/22)


NBC is negotiating to finalize a single-camera untitled comedy headlined by Debra Messing, reports THR. NBC gave the project a script commitment and an episodic guarantee for Messing. 3 Arts and UMS will produce the comedy about a laid-off CEO (Messing) who becomes a full-time wife and mother. (Cynopsis 4/22)

Lions Gate is said to be in talks to sell a minority stake in its TV Guide cable channel. The film studio will choose from among three bidders in “the very near term.” Lions Gate plans to remake the TV Guide channel into an entertainment network similar to Bravo and F/X. (Iwantmedia 4/22, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=apLG0eetE4mo 4/21)

Tweens and teens prefer cable TV programming over broadcast shows by a 77%-23% margin, according to a new study by Pangea Media and Ypulse. The study also found that 65% of respondents would rather watch a TV show live than using a DVR to time-shift (25%) or online (10%). MediaPost Communications (4/21)

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MISC by Marauder


Shares of New York Times Co. fell the most in almost 22 years in U.S. trading after reporting a $74.5 million net loss in first-quarter revenue. CEO Janet Robinson says the company is considering new methods for building revenue online, including charging for some content. (Iwantmedia 4/22, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a8GecHdugVcM 4/21)

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