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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!

Just Add Ice – A Summer Drink Fair

Last Thursday, we lucky Portlanders had a beautiful late spring afternoon descend upon us. Temperatures rose as the sun stretched across the western sky, and I was thankful to be headed to Portland Roasting for a perfectly timed cold drink showcase and some educational seminars. With samples of blended drinks, … Read more →

News out of New Orleans

While we’re one week away from SCAA and the USBC, here’s something to take your mind off of practice for you competitors or the last minute details to take care of before you leave for Anaheim for other travelers. It’s  a cool story out of New Orleans about a program … Read more →

Throwdowns get some mainstream press

Seems like only a couple of months ago that Ben Helfen was writing stories about latte art throwdowns for our little magazine. And now in a city abuzz with news with the passing of health care reform, the Washington Post has taken the time to talk to Ben, and many … Read more →

What? Even More Science (and Coffee)? Hurray…

Well sort of. I’ve got two science (and coffee) stories for you today. This one is truly fascinating, though it probably doesn’t affect a lot of our readers. It seems (and this was news to me) that Uganda is the second largest coffee producer in Africa (behind Ethiopia), but most … Read more →

End of the week news stories

The Northeast Regional Barista Competition is just getting ready to wrap up in Boston, Massachusetts. While we await the announcement of the winner, here are a few interesting news stories to tide you over. Business Week reports that despite the recession coffee consumption in the U.S. has remained stable, though there has been an … Read more →

Thank you, Science!

Ok, so the first decade of the 21st century is already behind us, and still where are the jetpacks? Where are the flying cars? Well, sure you can see a flying car at every Blazers‘ game, but not to spoil the illusion, it’s really just a balloon. Now, however, science … Read more →

Coffee Goes There and Other News

A fairly new website was launched recently and got some pub from the San Francisco Chronicle here. The site is called GoCoffeeGo.com, and has a different take on supplying coffee to the masses. Well, actually, they’re not really looking to reach the masses, at least not yet, they are seeking … Read more →

Three things to know

Here are three things to know for a Wednesday, or at least some stories out there that I found interesting. One, a production story from Business Week, as the Coffee Board of Kenya raised its production forecast for the East African country by just over six percent based on better weather … Read more →

Coffee News of the Day

A few good or at least mildly entertaining stories out there today from all over the world. First, Ethiopia and Tanzania coffee farmers expect larger than normal crop sizes and prices. Growers in Ethiopia project an increase of 25% over last year’s harvest. BusinessWeek reports on the harvest here: Volumes … Read more →

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