KLLR Coffee Blog

KLLR Creatives ft. Kristian Donaldson: Trailblazing Toward the Future with Digital Graphic Novel Illustration

KLLR Creatives ft. Kristian Donaldson: Trailblazing Toward the Future with Digital Graphic Novel Illustration

Kristian Donaldson is a Dallas based comic book artist and illustrator, focusing on digital and 3d rendering techniques to tell stories.

Recently published graphic novel "The Dark" available on Comixology.

In addition to that, Kristian is a proud papa, Lego fanatic, and DFW metroplex playground aficionado.

Barista Babble: A Lesson in Coffee Vocabulary

Barista Babble: A Lesson in Coffee Vocabulary

Find yourself bewildered with the details and terminology used to describe the various characteristics of Specialty coffee? Here are a few terms you should know that will enable you to order like an expert.

A Coffee Lover's Guide to New Year's Resolutions

A Coffee Lover's Guide to New Year's Resolutions

As the new year looms over the horizon, some folks may be considering potential New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you want to eat healthier? Read more? Save some money?

If you’re considering adding “drink less caffeine” to that list, we’re here to give you a piece of advice: it’s all good.

At least, when it comes to coffee.

KLLR Creatives Podcast - Tyler Watterson of Lone Star Republic Soccer

KLLR Creatives Podcast - Tyler Watterson of Lone Star Republic Soccer

In this episode of KLLR Creatives, we are joined by Tyler Waterson, Technical Director and Owner of Lone Star Republic Soccer club. 

Tyler
 is a founder and the CEO of Lone Star Republic, the world's greatest Richardson-based future professional soccer club. 

A KLLR Coffee Gear Guide for the Holidays

A KLLR Coffee Gear Guide for the Holidays

Christmas is right around the corner and everyone has at least one coffee nerd friend. Wouldn’t they love some new piece of coffee gear to geek out over while cooped up at home this winter?

Our bet: they would.

We’ve compiled a list of gear to fit a variety of budgets and experience levels – gear that we’ve put to the test and stand behind – that’s all sure to earn you a few lovingly crafted drinks from your favorite home barista in appreciation.

KLLR Creatives Debut PODCAST w/ Guest Paul Golangco

KLLR Creatives Debut PODCAST w/ Guest Paul Golangco

In thee first episode of our new podcast, KLLR Creatives, we sit down with Dallas/Fort Worth based photographer/videographer Paul Golangco, owner-operator of Paul Go Images. 

Paul believes that every person has a story that has value and worth. It is that intrinsic worth that has driven Paul Golangco to be a visual storyteller as Paul Go Images since 2008. 

Paul Go Images strives to tell stories of beauty, joy, and hope regardless of if it's in the bush of east Africa, the hospital rooms of east Dallas, or in a commercial office building in between.

Enjoy our chat and learn more about Paul and his work at www.paulgoimages.com!

Steamy History: A Brief Rundown on the Evolution of Brewing and Espresso Equipment

Steamy History: A Brief Rundown on the Evolution of Brewing and Espresso Equipment

As it turns out, innovation and technology have had a couple of impacts on the world of coffee brewing over the last several centuries, so let’s take our seats and crack the book for

Coffee History 201: Coffee Brewing & Espresso.

Keep up With Your Clean Up: Why Daily Equipment Cleaning Routines are Vital to Your Coffee Program

Keep up With Your Clean Up: Why Daily Equipment Cleaning Routines are Vital to Your Coffee Program

Cleaning, in the context of café life, isn’t confined to some “to-do” item points on the nightly closing list. Adhering to a simple, regular cleaning regimen is an easy and essential way to ensure great tasting coffee, maintain a clean and cared-for environment and maximize the lifespan of equipment (it ain’t cheap, after all!).  

Check out this post for everything you need to keep your work-space looking clean. 

Coffee Trends Pt. II - The Five Best Trends in Coffee in the Last Five Years

Coffee Trends Pt. II - The Five Best Trends in Coffee in the Last Five Years

We started with the bad news in our last blog, ripping the band-aid off by revealing what we felt were five of the worst trends in coffee in the last five years.

This time, it’s time to brighten the mood a bit.

Here are five of our favorite trends in coffee in the last five years.

Coffee Trends Pt. I: The Five Worst Trends in Coffee in the Last Five Years

Coffee Trends Pt. I: The Five Worst Trends in Coffee in the Last Five Years

To say that Specialty Coffee is a trend-driven industry is far from a controversial statement. From equipment, to brewing to techniques, to shop build-outs, motifs and ideas have a tendency to spread – and often change – rapidly.

In the first entry of this two-part series we examine what we view as the five worst trends in coffee of the last five years. 

Apocryphal Origins & Dancing Goats; A KLLR Coffee Guide to Coffee History

Apocryphal Origins & Dancing Goats; A KLLR Coffee Guide to Coffee History

As ubiquitous as coffee can seem within the context of life in 2020, most of us probably don’t spend much time considering how it was discovered, not to mention the terrifying prospect that there was a time when life without coffee was a reality.

Equipment We Love: Wilbur Curtis Gold Cup Brewer

Equipment We Love: Wilbur Curtis Gold Cup Brewer

The Gold Cup brewer allows users to create highly customizable recipes via an intuitive digital interface. Variables like temperature, number of pulses, the quantity of water dispensed during these pulses, and the amount of time between them, are easily programmed and multiple recipes, unique to different coffee offerings, can be programmed and saved, allowing for a pour-over menu offering a variety of coffees all available with the push of a button.