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Record Setter

Forty-eight countries are represented here in Tokyo, a new record for the World Barista Championship. A few, however, have yet to arrive, and the number that compete over the next two days may be 45.The hall filled early this morning as the competitors gathered for their meeting. After each competitor … Read more →

Meanwhile, back in Portland…

Kyle is a great cook, as those of you who heard about his Turducken masterpiece at Christmas last year know. Usually when Ken is off on a trip and I’m here at home, I live on beer and sandwiches. But Kyle made a bitchen breakfast today when my lazy butt … Read more →

Big Site in View

Well, my dad and I have just completed our trans-Pacific journey and have checked into our hotel. I opened the window, and what do I see but this, the Tokyo Big Site: The Big Site is very bold and dramatic and looks like the world barista championship will be well-suited … Read more →

See you in Tokyo!

We’re leaving for the airport in just over an hour. I’ve got to drink a pot of Guatemalan SHB before then or else face the scalding Coffee People offering at PDX. Luckily I have Sarah to help me out. She’ll be driving my dad and me to the airport, and … Read more →

Kiss my ass, Vick

No, I don’t mean Stephen. He’s a nice guy. I’m talking about Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons QB who was indicted on felony dogfighting charges. Me and my dog, Cade, say, “You’re going down, Michael Vick! Or should we just call you Scum of the Earth? No wait — you don’t … Read more →

Japan Preparation

In my ongoing effort to prepare myself for visiting Tokyo, I took a moment (or 1/2 hour precisely) to watch the “Mr. F” episode of Arrested Development last night. It’s the episode where Gob builds a model train set which is then set up to fool the Bluth’s Japanese investors … Read more →

Now open: Barista Magazine Cafe!

Just kidding. Even if we had the time to take on another project, we sure as heck don’t have any barista skills. Funny story: when Ken and I lived in Seattle, I worked for Zoka doing marketing and Ken was freelance writing and editing full-time. Now, anyone who has ever … Read more →

Two More Days

Ok, so last night I didn’t sleep very well at all. It’s amazing how many things you can remember that you need to do before a trip while you’re lying in bed, and only while you’re lying in bed! So in one side of my brain at 4am is this … Read more →

Wednesday

It’s a beautiful summer morning here in Portland, and as usual we’re starting off with a nice french press. We’ve recently added a large café-style airpot to our routine. Previously we had an old green thermos that we kept our brewed coffee in. The airpot is a terrific addition, though … Read more →

This is how much Ken loves Brandon Roy

I thought that now — considering B-Roy’s b-day was yesterday — was the best time to post this photo of Ken. He dragged me to a car dealership in NE Portland to get stuff autographed by Brandon Roy. Ken was so nervous he couldn’t even talk. I said “Go Huskies!” … Read more →

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