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Ken

Ken

Kenneth R. Olson is co-founder and publisher of Barista Magazine the worldwide trade magazine for the professional coffee community. He has written extensively about specialty coffee, traveled near and far for stories, activities, and fun, and been invited to present on topics important to coffee culture. He is also an avid fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Washington Huskies. Go Blazers! Go Dawgs!

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First Look: The New Coava Coffee

On Friday, I had the chance to drop by the new Coava Coffee location at 2631 SE Hawthorne in Portland for its grand opening. The new space is very cool and very different from Coava’s original location. Whereas the original cafe was designed more as a destination, and as a tasting … Read more →

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Bogota Café Scene Growing Fast

I was in Colombia earlier this month working on a story for the April + May issue of Barista Magazine, and I had a few free hours in Bogota before my flight back to the States. Michael Losada of the Colombian National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC)  offered to show … Read more →

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The Sigep Experience – Day 3

Sigep is a huge show. It fills the entire expo center. By contrast, the World of Coffee Event this summer which will host the World Barista Championship will only occupy one hall of this sprawling place. So one of the things you see near the SCAE-sponsored coffee bar every morning … Read more →

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The Sigep Experience – Day 1

Today marks the first day of Sigep in Rimini, Italy. The event takes place over the course of five days, and I’m lucky enough to be here for the first three. This is the 35th year for the event that is serves as a celebration, trade show and competition space … Read more →

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