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Shift switch: Coffee roaster at Valentine

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Like baking or winemaking, roasting coffee is both science and art. A ham-fisted roaster can easily mess up the science and destroy the coffee. But learning how to not ruin good beans is not enough to create amazing coffee. The art dances around the edges; that is where a real artist - using time and heat and other factors - can create sublime roasts that result in a stellar cup of java. This I learned when I recently spent a day with the good folks at Valentine Coffee Roasters, 5918 W. Vliet St.


Shift switch: Butcher at Bavette La Boucherie

Published Nov. 4, 2014

Recently,'s Molly Snyder spent the morning shadowing Chef Karen Bell at Bavette La Boucherie, a butcher shop / cafe at 330 E. Menomonee St. She was surprised - and a little disappointed - by the lack of blood, guts and gore.


Shift switch: Golf course superintendent

Published Sept. 2, 2014

A golf course is a living thing, with insects, grasses and trees all affecting how it plays on a given day. All of those things, and a host of others, must be managed daily by that course's superintendent to make it playable for the golfer. It's a long day, with a lot of duties. I traded places with Brown Deer Golf Course superintendent Tim Wegner to get a better feel for what exactly he does, and I found out how hard it really is.


Shift switch: Top Notch beer line cleaner

Published Aug. 26, 2014

Meet Ben Dosmann, who at 22 is a young entrepreneur, owner of Top Notch, a company that cleans beer lines at local taverns. He showed's Bobby Tanzilo how the job is done.


Shift switch: Civil War reenactor

Published July 24, 2014

Every now and then, the writers here at decide to give other, unique jobs a try. Some have tried cheesemaking. Others the ballet. Me? Well, I fought in the Civil War.

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