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Welcome to our new website!

We decided last year that it was time, past time in fact, to refresh the worn look of our old site, as well as to move into the modern age of website design. Our first site was built using Microsoft's MS Front Page 2000, a wysiwyg application that's easy to use but under the hood produces some pretty ugly code.

I wrote this site from scratch in XHTML and CSS, and I'm aware there are still some errors, bugs, and omissions that I continue to try to fix as I have time. Websites are always works-in-progress, so please let me know if you see a problem.

Many objects and images are click-able and should lead to interesting or useful information about coffee and Asheville.  For example, the cards at left on the Home and other pages all are links to interesting places and things.  The TV on the right used to link to a roaster-cam, but I didn't have the camera on often enough, so the link is now a News page.  (The roaster-cam will be still available from a link on the Home page.)  

N.B.: I developed this site using Firefox (now version 4.0) and I haven't tested it thoroughly in other browsers. It doesn't work at all in IE6 which, for example, doesn't support transparency in png images, IE7 has some minor issues with margins and alignments but IE8 seems to work fine. Google Chrome looks OK -- and renders pages quickly -- and a quick click-about with Safari on a Mac didn't show any obvious problems. Last time I checked, Opera had serious alignment problems that I have no idea whether are caused by my HTML or if it's just Opera. In the meantime, you really should use Firefox.

Tools I found useful in site development include NoteTab Light v6.2, a simple Windows-based editor that's geared toward writing HTML & CSS (the free version is all you really need), FireFTP, a free, open source FTP client that integrates with Firefox, and KompoZer (current version 0.8b3), an open source, wysiwyg cross platform web authoring program. Nowadays I prefer to work in Linux, and I recommend highly the Gnome desktop editor gedit, which can highlight syntax in HTML, CSS, and other languages.