Our First Ever, 5 Coffee! And Hall of Fame entry.

EKoffee.com sent us over some Golden Hills Coffee Roasters, Costa Rican Tarrazu La Pastora .


My friends I am a big Costa Rica bean fan, having become quite addicted to the Tortuga’s Lie Costa Rican , during the Carolina Coastal Coffee Tour this summer. There is something about Costa Rican beans that strikes the balance between the rough and strong Columbian and the ultra smooth and mellow Guatemalan beans. It is sort of like seeing James Bond in Casino Royale, very smooth relaxed and distinguished, but you know he can kill you with a tiny missile from his wristwatch without taking his eyes off the Baccarat table.

So back to this particular coffee and why this will be a very short review. I have been cupping a lot of moderately good to really good coffee’s lately (what can I say? sumbuddy has to do it.) And this is the first one that I have absolutely no reservations about giving a solid perfect score. The aroma upon opening the bag is so good I wanted a razor blade, rolled $100 bill and a mirror. The beans are evenly roasted with only a hint of oils and sheen. The brewing aroma screams at you to get moving, and the taste is simply impeccable.


Flavors of Milk Chocolate, and Caramel are throughout, with occasional zings of cinnamons and vanillas are the hallmarks of this cup and it is delicious. There is a distinct mellowness about this roast in that there is not a hint of sour or bitter to be found even when I overloaded the Aeropress and took it to near espresso levels.  There is only the aftertaste of caramel and chocolate in the finish and it is without dryness or being overly oily.

This is a coffee that I would serve anytime, breakfast to after dinner, and would pair well with a nice Dominican Cigar! So go buy some of our first “FIVE”  and initial inductee into the BitoJava.Com Best Coffee Hall of Fame!


Enjoy The Ride – Part 3 of Our Interview With Ryan Roxie

Enjoy The Ride- Part 3 Of Our Interview With Ryan Roxie of Roxie 77, Alice Cooper and Casablanca

“Just remember , the bass player’s going to get all the money and all the chicks,but you’re going to get all the glory as a guitar player.”



Ryan Roxie has, like many musicians before and after him, has spent his life chasing his dreams and making them come true. He understands what it’s like to pay your dues, to fight tooth and nail to make it to the top and how much blood, sweat and tears a musician puts into getting there. He knows how much of ourselves we pour into our playing and how much you grow as a person throughout the journey and how enjoyable the ride can be.

I got some of the best advice I have ever gotten from anyone during this interview. He has given me the courage to keep at it , no matter how hard it can get and to continue to follow my dreams and to put in the practice,persistence,promotion and patience to make it happen. If you are an aspiring musician, I encourage you to take what Ryan says in the interview to heart and remember that you’ll get your shot , you just need to be prepared for it.

Roxie, who started playing guitar when he was five years old, began taking it seriously when he was twelve. Ryan knew that playing guitar is what he wanted to fully immerse himself in for the rest of his life after hearing Cheap Trick for the first time at a party in Los Angeles in the 70’s. Fueled off of his inspirations, he put in the hard work and passion that made his dreams come true.

Ryan’s other passion in life is helping others in any way he can, whether it is through his music or his work with several charities. One of his latest ventures has been working with the Pay It Forward Experience, a movement that encourages everyone to incorporate random acts of kindness into their lives every day. Remember that just making someone smile can make their world a better place, even if just for a little while.

If you are interested in being involved with the Pay It Forward Experience, or would just like to know more about Charley and his movement, you can check it out here:




While on a break from Alice Cooper’s Raise The Dead tour, Ryan Roxie talks his work with the Pay It Forward Foundation , the inspiration for Roxie 77’s “Wake Up and Smell The Coffee ” ,what he would be doing for a living  if he wasn’t playing guitar,the moment he knew he wanted to play and his advice for aspiring musicians.


Jessica: I play guitar , so I have to ask what is your advice for aspiring musicians?

Ryan: *Laughs* Well, definitely you picked the right instrument. Guitar is… you know. You picked the right one to play and you’re going to get all the glory. Just remember, the bass players are going to get all the money and all the chicks, but you’re going to get all the glory as a guitar player. So enjoy it. Remember these three things , actually four things because I did add another one. It’s called the four P’s. It used to be called the three P’s , but now its the four P’s. Practice. Because you have to practice. Everybody’s gotta get to a certain level if you want to make this more than just a hobby, if you want to make it part of your life. Practice your ass off. You’ve got to be persistent because when the door slams in your face, you’ve got to be persistent enough to kick it down again, because the door will get slammed in your face. Don’t worry. You have to have patience. That’s the third one. Patience, because don’t think that it’s going to come over night. It’s gonna take some time, but when you get your – You will get your shot, and when you do get your shot, make sure that you’ve prepared yourself  and that you’re ready for it and make the most of it.The fourth one is promote. Always promote. Promote yourself. Don’t talk bad about yourself. Don’t think that you’re not good enough of a guitar player. You’re good enough. You’re as good as you think you are and as long as you keep promoting , there’s going to be other people that will and you believe in yourself, there will be other people that will start to believe in you as well and you build that up and you keep promoting and again, being persistent you’ll be able to make this more than just something that you dreamed of when you were, you know , when you were a kid. You can actually make it your reality, which I’ve been lucky enough so far to do. Knock on wood.


 Jessica: Do you like coffee and if so, what is your favorite kind?

Ryan: Do I like coffee? I actually have a song with my band Roxie 77 , which I front and  oddly enough its the second song off the last album that we put out. It’s called “Wake Up and Smell The Coffee” , so coffee culture comes from so many years living in Los Angeles that’s obviously a coffee culture, but I think I moved to a even bigger coffee culture, not Seattle obviously, but I moved to Sweden where they take their coffee very,very seriously. Every single morning I wake up with my own cup, my own brand and I think everybody in Sweden has their own personal espresso machine.


Jessica: You’re working with the Pay It Forward Foundation. Can You tell us a little bit more about that?

Ryan: Yes. I came across the Pay It Forward Foundation and the PIF experience , if you will from a really cool girl named Malin in Sweden who was doing these Pay It Forward events where she would get  donations from everybody, whatever it was, whether it was musical items, whether it was  clothing . Whatever it was, she would gather it all together, put together packages and give them out to people that really needed it, and that was her way of  paying it forward, so from that , I was inspired and went on the internet and found out where she got all this information and inspiration from. I went to http://pifexperience.com/  and found a guy named Charley Johnson , who is very , very inspiring. If you go to Pay It Forward, you just Google Pay It Forward Experience, you’ll run across his site and all you have to do is basically check out what he has to say for five minutes and you’re sold. You realize that this guy is so dedicated to make the world just a little bit better of a place. He’s not asking for much. He’s not asking for anything that anybody can’t bring to the table and I like that. I like being able to change the world ever so slightly. It doesn’t have to be huge, but it is something every single day and the more you do it, the more you pay it forward with random acts of  kindness, the more you see the results , the more you see the results coming back to yourself in a bigger way. So I actually encourage anyone , if they’re interested in paying it forward just to go Google the words pay it forward experience and you’ll find Charley and all of his inspiration and all of his inspirational quotes.


You can listen to the rest of Part 3 here:

*Ryan’s band Casablanca has an album coming out this week called “Riding A Black Swan” .You can pre-order it here:


Tickets are on sale for the upcoming leg of the Alice Cooper Tour , which starts next month. Check it out here:


For more information  on Ryan, The Big Rock Show  or the Pay It Forward Foundation Check out:




*Pictures Courtesy of Ryan Roxie and Jessica Howell*

* A Special Thanks To Ryan Roxie*

eKoffee.com Nicaraguan Diego Chavarria (MisterGCoffee.com)

EKoffee.com  www.ekoffee.com was kind enough to send us a full pound of MisterGCoffee’s www.mistergcoffee.com  Nicaraguan medium/dark roast a couple of weeks ago, and we finally got it into the rotation for brewing.

Ekoffee.com specializes in providing both single origins and blends roasted to YOUR liking. By utilizing their web store you pick the beans and then the desired level of roast.

The Nicaraguan that was sent over came in two 8oz craft paper bags, upon opening I was assailed with a most pleasing rich and full aroma, if you could see an aroma this one would have spelled COFFEE in neon letters over the bag.  The beans are large and uniform in color and size with tons of oils visible.

Brewing results in a full bodied room filling smell that is just right. Color upon brewing is ebony, when a coffee brews this dark it usually indicates some bitter finish, but I can happily report just the opposite. If anything it tends more to the tart end of the spectrum but not overpowering.



Taste for us was purely nuts and lightly spicy and sweet. The EKoffee.com label and website indicated vanilla but I only briefly tasted it, it is however prevalent in the brewed aroma.

Several of our neighbors in the building dropped in for a cup and all had nice things to say and departed with full mugs and smiles.  The Nicaraguan Diego Chivarra would make a good breakfast brew or a suitable after dinner cup with a light dessert.

Two BitoJava tasters say:

"There's some new Nicaraguan on the streets"

“There’s some new Nicaraguan on the streets”


Color:  4.8/5  4.7/5  Beans are evenly roasted (grind medium/fine). heavy oils apparent on beans, color is mahogany.

Aroma: 4.4/5  4.8/5   mild but pleasant aroma when brewing.

Bitterness (1=very bitter 5=Sour):  3.5/ 5     Strong but sweet finish with a tart snap.

Taste:   4.5/5  4.9/5  Strong tastes of nuts little vanilla and nutmeg.

Drinkability: 4.5/5  4.9/5 Very easy to drink any time of day, almost smooth feel. Good all around coffee on the tart/sweet end.


The Update to iOS7

icon-ios7iOS7 has only been out for a short period of time.  Everyone was in a rush to update their devices and on the first day the servers were bogged down and things with our friends at Apple were going slow.  So I decided to wait and do the update about 24 hours after iOS7 was first publicly available.  It turns out that was a good choice.

I have and iPad and an iPhone.  I decided to only update the iPad at this time.  The iPad that I have is “The New iPad” of course it is not new anymore since the new ipad has been out for almost a year.  I still don’t understand that naming convention.  Go Apple!

The whole process of updating went pretty well and took about an hour.  It would have taken less time but I ended up having to update iTunes first.

A few thoughts about what to do before you update.

If using iTunes to update make sure you have the most recent version of iTunes installed

Make a backup of your device if you data is important to you.  Use iTunes or iCloud.  I would actually recommend doing both

While the backup is running make sure that you have a full pot of coffee.  It will help you though the process of the update.  Something that is not mandatory but will help you through the waiting times.

After updating iTunes I clicked on the Check for updates button. The notification that iOS7 was available popped up and asked if I would like to update.  I clicked Update.  Then like just about everything in the technology world I waited.  I was on a medium fast internet connection so it took about 10 minutes for it to download.  Once the download was completed it went right into the install.  My iPad restarted and stayed on the Apple logo screen for about 15 minutes.  After that it restated again and the update was done.  For once the update when smoothly.  The last update I did failed and required a complete re install.  This time that was not the case.  As with any major update that is a huge relief.

After the update was done, even though successful,  the iPad still could not be used.  There are several steps that must be taken care of before getting to your main screen.

First you have to put in your Apple ID again.  Annoying but alright I have no choice but to play along.


There there are another 4 screens to go through.  Basically Apple Commercials.  That is okay since the update is free.


Then Finally The Welcome Screen


I clicked the Get Started and up popped my main page.


When I first saw Screen Shots of iOS7 did not think that it looked all that great.  After having installed for a short time I think that it actually looks pretty good and so far am quite happy with it.  We will see how it goes.  In a few weeks I will post an update of what I have found out about the look and feel of  iOS7.  Anyone else that has already updated let us know in the comments how your update went.  I am interesting in hearing if everyone else had a similar update experience.

Rogers Family Coffee Co. Lion Gate Dark Roasted

We were recently sent samples of Rogers Family Coffee Companies  Cafe Jerusalem  coffee’s. There are four distinct coffee’s included. The second to make it to the drip machine was the Cafe Jerusalem Lion Gate Dark Roasted.

We did not have as much trouble with the adhesive  when opening this bag like we did with the  Breakfast Blend.   After opening this bag the Coffee smelled amazing.  The aroma spread through the house and passed the smell test with everyone.


The coffee: Like the Breakfast Blend there is nothing on the bag to indicate the origin of the coffee beans, but I would hazard a guess at mostly Colombian. This coffee is labeled as a dark roast and it stands up to that with the dark color of the  beans, oils are readily apparent and the aroma was strong. There was no evidence of burned beans or under-roasted greenies  in the bag.


We had several of the BitoJava.com crew review this coffee with the following result.

Color: Beans were a dark roast, evenly done with  oils apparent .

Aroma: 5/5    Strong house filling aroma when brewing.

Bitterness (1=very bitter 5=Sour): 3/ 5    If you like strong Coffee this one is for you

Taste:    4.3/5    Some heavy flavors smokey with heavy Earth tones.

 Drinkability: 4.6/5  Very strong on the finish.


In total this is good strong coffee and All of these coffees are certified Kosher and available from Rogers Family Coffee Company separately or as a basket set. If you are into Columbian and want a strong “wake up” cup this is for you!

The 1970’s – The Decade That Changed Rock

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I won’t be a rock star, I will be a legend.”

  – Freddie Mercury


The main goal of 1970’s musicians was to get away from music that came with the peace and love theme of the 1960’s. They did just that by adding sizzling guitar riffs, raw, emotional lyrics and plenty of distortion. Bands from the 70’s changed the way rock music was played, the way it was recorded and who could play it. The rock groups of the 1970’s shaped the rock genre into what it is today.

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During the 1970’s, there was very little separation between different genres of music. Everything was known as rock music and was based off of the gospel and blues music of the 50’s and 60’s. The bands and artists of this time created what would later become the different types of rock we know today such as: Punk Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Shock Rock, Glam Rock, Grunge, Emo, Indie Rock, Alternative and Heavy Metal.


Another way that the artists and bands from the 1970’s shaped the rock genre into what it is today is by making it ‘okay’ for girls to play and sing rock music. The Runaways, which formed in 1975 was the first all girl rock band. Ann and Nancy Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Pat Benatar were also some of the female artists that helped pave the way for girls to play rock. Without them, The Spice Girls, Cherri Bomb, The Pretty Reckless, Grace Potter, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morrisette and P!nk may have never even thought about picking up an instrument or going into the music business.

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Groups of the 1970’s also changed the way music was played and recorded. The 70’s brought new changes in technology. Synthesizers became increasingly popular in the 70’s and were used by many Progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis. Most bands stuck with the 145 blues time signature, with the exception of the Progressive bands from the decade. Simplistic three chord songs were popular at the time. Bands started incorporating more and more distortion and effects pedals into their music as the seventies went on. The Ibanez Tube Screamer, MXR Phase 90, MXR Phase 45 effects pedals and ESP, Godin, and Taylor guitars came out in the early 70’s. These all helped to advance songwriting and recording.

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Bands from this decade also helped to start the trend of summer music festivals. Woodstock was the first of the summer music festivals. The first Woodstock festival was in 1969 in Bethel, New York. There were four more in 1979, 1989, 1994 and 1999. Without this festival we most likely wouldn’t have had Ozzfest, The Orion Festival, Rock in Rio, Rock on the Range, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Bamboozle. These festivals have given bands, known and unknown more of an opportunity to get their music out there.

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 In the late 1970’s, more and more injuries, riots and deaths started to happen at concert venues. On December 3rd, 1979, eleven fans of The Who were trampled and killed and twenty three fans were injured outside of the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio when they made a rush for the doors, mistakenly thinking that the venue was open. Riots broke out at a Rolling Stone concert in 1972. In 1977, a Led Zeppelin concert was postponed, causing a riot that injured around one hundred fans. Tragedies and riots that occurred in the seventies caused an increase in concert security and more safety measures that have made today’s concerts much safer.

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 The rock groups of the 1970’s shaped the rock genre into what it is today. Artists from this decade have inspired generations of people to start playing an instrument or to sing.  They paved the way for female artists, music festivals and the advancement of effects in music. These are just some of the many ways that the 70’s have shaped our rock genre today.

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Memory vs Hard Drive

Hard Drives and MemoryI get a lot of questions about the difference between Memory, RAM and a Hard Disk. RAM and a Hard Disk are really just different types of Memory. It is actually quite simple, but I can understand why people would have trouble understanding the difference.

Random Access Memory (RAM) is a collection of electronic circuits that stores programs and data while your computer is running. RAM is relatively fast.  The more of your program that is able to reside in RAM the faster your computer will run. The draw back is that RAM only stores information temporarily. When you shut your computer off it forgets everything that is held in its RAM. So every time that your computer starts up, it has to load information from your Hard Drive. This leads us to what an HDD is.

A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) has the ability to store a lot more information than your RAM does. The traditional HDD is a platter or disk that is coated with a magnetic material. The magnetic material is holds the information on your HDD.  The disks spin very quickly, usually between 5400 and 7200 RPM. More expensive drives can spin up to 20,000 RPM.   The faster the disk is able to spin, the faster it can read and write the information.  The Drive also has a read head that is a magnet that is used to write and read the magnetic surface on the disks. There are newer Solid State Drives (SSD) that are much faster and work like a Pen or Flash drive.  They do not have any spinning platters or magnetic read heads.  They hold data just like the magnetic hard drives do only they are able to read and write the information much more quickly.  Since this is a physical process, the information is permanent. When you shut off your computer or lose power, the data stays there.  It is still not as fast as your RAM is but it is slowly getting there.

If you have any questions or still are not sure of the difference leave a comment and we will get the answer to you as quick as we can.

Just Damned good! Grounded Coffee Company’s Ethiopian.


Due to a recent (and third) bout with pneumonia, I have had to give up my after dinner pipe, or cigar. Not that I smoked either frequently mind you but about once every couple of weeks I would have a nice cigar or bowl of black Cavendish after a nice dinner.  Since I have gone cold turkey over a year, I have taken to having a coffee after an especially good meal.

The tough part upon reaching middle-middle age is finding a flavorful coffee that has just a bit of pick me up, but not a highly acidic or overly strong roast that keeps me awake or worse yet looking for Tums at two AM.  Especially hard to locate is a coffee meeting these requirements AND being a good match to a dessert.

Enter the Grounded Coffee Company Ethiopian. this is among one of the lightest roasts I have cupped. And I will be totally honest the first cup was not impressive, but again being honest I did not grind it fine enough. This left it very weak and lacking any full flavors. Thus the second cupping went through my new Aeropress (watch for a review).

This time I ground it very fine, tapping the grinder and shaking it between 15 second grinds. This left me with a consistency akin to flour which went into the Aeropress. I  followed it with a shot of 190 degree water. The trick here is to allow the “soup” to sit for a couple of minutes before pressing. Then press very slowly and enjoy.IMG_0935[1]

The resulting brew is nothing short of astounding, it really is very sweet without adding anything. The flavors are very bright and carry strong blue and raspberry flavors with a hot cocoa finish. This elicited a loud “Just Damned Good!” from me on the second sip.  Grounded Coffee’s Ethiopian is doubtless a strong contender for best coffee to pair with a cheesecake or other rich dessert.  It’s also in my rotation as an after dinner favorite to serve guests!

Color: Beans are evenly and lightly roasted (pay attention when grinding). No oils apparent on beans, color is hazelnut.

Aroma: 4.0/5    mild but pleasant aroma when brewing.

Bitterness (1=very bitter 5=Sour):  3/ 5    Very moderate and smooth, add a bit of real cream and you have a dessert in a cup!

Taste:   4.9*/5    Strong tastes of berries and fruit, cocoa finish. *Must be properly ground and pressed IMHO.

Drinkability: 4.9/5  Very easy to drink any time of day, almost juice-like texture. Fabulous as an evening coffee.

You can find The Grounded Coffee Company by Clicking here to check out their Coffee

The Year of ’77- Part 2 of Our Interview With Ryan Roxie

The Year of ’77- Part 2 Of Our Interview With Ryan Roxie of Roxie 77, Alice Cooper and Casablanca

 This article is dedicated to anyone who has ever played air guitar in their mirror and absolutely rocked it.



The drum beats and bass lines pound in your chest. The guitar solos make your soul cry. The lyrics seem to know exactly what you are going through. The riffs make you want to rock.

Every musician has that one year of music that speaks to them, has a special place in their soul, and inspires them more than any other. We relate to those songs on an emotional level and cling to them for the rest of our lives.

The artists from that decade are the ones that make you want to be like them. They are the posters on your wall,your heroes,your reason for picking up an instrument in the first place.

For Ryan Roxie, that year was the 1977. Artists that came from that year became legends and left a legacy that has inspired millions of people to pick up an instrument and are still continuing to today. Artists like Cheap Trick , The Beatles and Queen were some of his biggest influences. When you listen to any of the songs that Ryan has had a part in writing, you can hear bits and pieces of the musicians that came before him and helped to make his musical style what it is today.

*Ryan’s band , Casablanca has an album ready to drop on September 25th called “Riding A Black Swan.”

You can pre- order it here:



While on a break in Florida from this year’s Alice Cooper tour, Ryan Roxie took the time to talk about everything from his musical influences and inspirations,to his favorite guitar that he owns and what is coming up next for his own bands, Casablanca and Roxie 77.


Photo: www.annagable.com

Jessica: So, speaking of inspiration, who has inspired you musically?

Ryan: Haha! Good questions. I have a lot of inspiration from the 70’s. That’s where I grew up in and that’s where I figure a lot of my musical inspirations came from and the reason why is because I really think back in those late 70’s , 1977 in particular , there were so many great bands out there making great music. Musicians really were making, they weren’t making just songs, they were making albums, albums of songs that flowed together, went together. So the people that I was always inspired by were people that made albums that I could listen to from Track 1 to Track 11. It wasn’t just one song. You know? Obviously, they had hit singles and a lot of people I was inspired by had big individual songs, but for me it was more about the bands and the albums and the experience of listening to an album. So, those bands that I grew up on , bands like Cheap Trick ,The Beatles who had album after album after album, bands like Queen who had a spectrum of music on each album that wasn’t just one type of song repeated eleven times. It was a whole different palate of songs in a whole bunch of different colors on one album. So, those were the types of bands that I was inspired by. Like I said, if you Google the year 1977, and you find out all of those albums that came out that year, you’ll find out some of my biggest influences.

Jessica: At what age did you start playing guitar and do you play any other instruments?

Ryan:   I started playing trumpet, actually before I started playing guitar. I picked up the guitar when I was five because there was one lying around the house. I was five years old, but I don’t think I really took it seriously till I was about eleven and that’s when I really sat down and said “Hey I want to do this 24/7” I sat and looked at myself in the mirror and played air guitar when I wasn’t playing real guitar and really took it seriously at around age eleven. Before that, though I played trumpet in marching band and also played drums. I had my own drum set and also played in the school marching band (snare drum). But, when I had my own drum kit and started playing drums, I was like, wait a second, you mean I have to sit in the back? I’m going to have to come early to set up all of my equipment? And I’m going to actually have to have a van or something to tote around all this equipment? Screw that, I wanna play guitar! *laughs* Stand in front. I always say playing guitar is the best job in the world, cause a front man/vocalist/lead singer, you’re asking for trouble. You’re asking to fight with yourself. You’re asking to battle with yourself because the instrument that you have resides inside you. Your throat is basically your instrument, but with guitar at least you know it’s something that is tangible. You can put it down. You don’t have to go on a completely different diet to play guitar, but sometimes with singing you do and now I know that because I sing and front Roxie 77 as well.


To Listen to Part 2 of Our Three Part Interview With Ryan Roxie , Click Below:

For more information on Ryan, the upcoming Alice Cooper tour or the Pay It Forward Foundation Check out:




For a full list of albums that came out in 1977 , click here:  


*Pictures Courtesy of Ryan Roxie and Jessica Howell*

* A Special Thanks To Ryan Roxie*

*Stay tuned for Part 3 of our Interview with Ryan Roxie, Coming Soon*