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Coffee Latte drink review in the cup

This week we are visiting the local coffee hang out in Irvine, California to kick off our Coffee Latte review, the drink in the cup.  My choice how to review, after all the coffee aficionado in this world, I am not one of them nor pretend to be, all I want in life is just a good cup of “joe”.

With this in mind, I bring you my review of various coffee’s & coffee latte’s of the local coffee shops, compare, learn, review with me, add your own experiences, comments and the like, after all this is a blog with a two way communication, anyone with a internet connection these days can be an expert, “yea mom it is true, I read it on the internet”  !!

disclaimer as we need set our record straight:  we own or work at Volcano Coffee a wholesale coffee broker of raw green beans, and none of the places we review we sell to, in fact we sell no beans into the united states, so this is a fair & balanced review of , well just coffee in the cup.   Now do we know what we are talking about, hum,,,?? not really, coffee is coffee, some good some bad, some really really bad… the others are just OK.  Does the local coffee shops hold up to an Italian coffee house, no way, not in a million years,,, but then again that is what our traveling around may find out, there are a few of the true coffee believers who own a coffee establishment, who actual care, in this very blog we will find them, discover their locations, and tell the world, “dear blog, today…” we found the perfect cup.

Guidelines:   what ever i feel like telling you, depends upon my mood.

Where:  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, chain store  5653 Alton Parkway   Irvine CA, 92604

Served in a:  Paper cup, or for here a Glass mug, otherwise we requested a real ceramic cup see photo

Espresso Quality:  one half on a ten scale, very low quality shot, thin

Temperature: luke warm, barely hot, cup was cold not pre-heated, so espresso absorbed the coldness of the cup

Latte art Quality: Zero, in fact told they are not allowed to do so, never done one

The pour:  dump in with a spoon over for the foam added

The milk: half left over from last latte, fresh added then re-heated all mixed to form something warm & white foamy stuff.

The stir:  wooden only, no spoons on premiss

Logo Cup & Saucer:  YEA, great, start a collection set of your very own, worth taking home.

Outside Tables:  Great provided by Irvine Company, green metal with umbrella’s, good , heaters at night

Parking:  100% easy in-out for the commuter

The walk-in girls, babe meter:  55% good walk-bys on the babe meter, nice legs, professional dressed for work

Crying kids:  zero today

Barista knowledge:  Zero, said she had no formal training, push this button, stick pot of milk here.

Store cleanliness:  65%, inside full of students on notebooks, no place to sit

Time of day:  11 am morning

Overall Rating 1-10 score:   minus-1

Photos of our samples:

Medellin Colombia

I am getting ready for a travel adventure to Colombia, my first stop Medellin Colombia.   I plan on using this as a base camp to capture photos of the rain forest, coast line, white sandy beaches of the many islands in the Caribbean.  Come along and follow my blog as we taste the food, meet the locals and take stock photos & video for Getty Images.

Look right here in this blog, sign up to follow me, for more photos coming shortly.

Take a look at this slideshow as we support the Soccer Balls to a Rain Forest Coffee Kids Program in our travels or visit their web site at: for more details how you can help put a smile on a child’s face for the price of two Frappuccino lattes.

California beach & pier stock photos

My new project coming is capture of all the California piers along the coast.  Here is a list to get me started, look for our blue sky twilight & moon lite stock photos coming soon.

3. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf 2,745 1914 Wooden – Longest wooden pier in CA
Longest Pacific Ocean Pier of any type
4. Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego 1,971 1966 Concrete – Longest in Southern California – San Diego County
5. Stern’s Wharf, Santa Barbara 1,950 1872 Wooden – Santa Barbara County
6. Oceanside Pier 1,942 1987 Wooden – San Diego County
7. Huntington Beach Pier 1,856 1992 Concrete – Orange County
8. Seal Beach Pier 1,835 1995 Wooden – Orange County
9. Avila Beach Pier 1,685 ?? Wooden – Orange County
10. Ventura County Pier 1,620 1996 Wooden, with new steel pilings, originally 1,958 feet long
11. Imperial Beach Pier 1,491 1963 Concrete – San Diego County
12. Goleta Pier 1,450 ?? Wooden – Santa Barbara County
13. Port Hueneme Pier 1,400 1999 Wooden – Ventiura County
14. Newport Beach Pier 1,322 ?? Wooden – Orange County
15. Pacifica Pier 1,320 1973 Concrete – “1/4 mile” – a fishing pier – San Mateo County
16. Port San Luis Pier, San Luis Obispo 1,320 ?? Wooden – San Luis Obispo County
17. San Clemente Pier 1,296 1985 Wooden – Orange County
18. Pismo Beach Pier 1,250 1986 Wooden – San Luis Obispo County
19. Cabrillo Pier, San Pedro 1,200 1988 Concrete – Los Angeles County
20. Santa Monica Pier 1,080 1988 Wooden, with new steel pilings – Los Angeles County
21. Hermosa Beach Pier 1,000 1914 Concrete – Los Angeles County
22. Cayucos Pier, Morro Bay 953 ?? Wooden – San Luis Obispo County
23. Manhattan Beach Pier 928 1920 Concrete – Los Angeles County
24. Balboa Pier, Newport Beach 920 1906 Wooden – Orange County
25. B Street Pier, Crescent City 900 Wooden – Del Norte County
26. Crystal Pier, San Diego 872 1936 Wooden – cabins to sleep in over the water – San Diego County
27. San Simeon Pier 850 1983 Wooden – San Luis Obispo County
28. Malibu Pier 780 2003 Wooden – Los Angeles County

Yea, a bunch but can do, one pier at a time.

Hello world! My first blog post

Welcome all to a start of my personal blog.  I am Russell Freeman a professional photographer on a travel mission to visit & document various parts of the world for “stock” photography and my personal travel ambitions.

Come along with me, follow me on , subscribe to the blog for all the latest posts, photo or video of the day.  You will never know what I will get posted on the everyday life of individuals I meet along the way.

I am a photographer, journalist, cinematographer, film maker, aerial video cinematography flying RC Helicopters, documentary travel log maker & producer of our own films, along with being a great cook.   We take real HD 1080p video & full frame still images and 360 panoramic photography for sale, on this very web site.  The food we test, a true street vendors documentary, trying every hot dog stand in Latin America, come along, the technology age has not invented a smell aroma blog, so you will just have to take my word for it, when we test various treats along the streets of Latin America. A single photo is worth a thousand words anyway, I will be posting every bit we try.

Get ready to come along on my travel adventure to visit places hardly anyone has been, see the cities as a “local” ,travel the path no tourist takes.   We will explorer the many wonders of the world, with my eyes and camera at hand.

Along the way I will be testing, reviewing many new DSLR film & camera gadgets in real world testing.   Canon is a great coming new sponsor,  [we hope] as we use the Canon 5D, Canon 7D, Canon T21/550D cameras for taking the high quality video & stills along the way.

Stock Photography is always for sale, see the link somewhere on this blog, check out our Gallery’s.

Support our cause to give the children of the Latin America barrio’s the gift of a soccer ball, with no attention to who gives them, unknown benefactor, act of kindness, pay it forward. , give a buck help us continue to give Soccer balls to poor neighborhoods of Colombia or send us a Soccer ball or two, USA address on the web site, thanks.

Almost forgot, the flying RC Helicopters are from our friend Chris, flying a Canon 7D.

First stop?  coming soon

bye for now


Natalie Freeman - September 25, 2010 - 5:05 pm

I’m excited to follow your adventures Dad! You have truly given me the travel “bug”. I was dreaming the other night about traveling to India and brining home some wonderful spices & beautiful fabric. As I sit here with my own cup of joe (Fair trade Sumatra) I can’t help but smile and be proud of a dad who never gives up, who keeps on giving to the world and keeps on striving to make something of it. I think your photography is beautiful. I never thought I had any talent, but you always did, and when you gave me a camera 19 years ago I thought for sure you would get tired of the hundreds of photos we developed of the birds outside my window! Ha, ha, I’ll never forget that. You didn’t care, you just kept buying me film. Nice that today’s kids just have to buy a bigger hard drive! 🙂 I hope that in the coming years perhaps we can meet somewhere foreign to enjoy a cup of joe together and take some pictures too.