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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!

Berry Borer Death Match

Exciting news out of Kenya, a predator of the voracious and devastating coffee berry borer has just recently been discovered. Scientists are hopeful that the newly discovered insect can help control outbreaks of the borer, which can destroy whole fields of coffee plants. The predator is from the family Thysanoptera … Read more →

Now that's an art show!

Yes, many cafés have rotating art shows decorating their walls, but this one is really something else. Ok, so a lot of you aren’t necessarily Portland Trail Blazer fans or even sports fans, but I think we can all appreciate the ingenuity of an art show that focuses on a … Read more →

Now that’s an art show!

Yes, many cafés have rotating art shows decorating their walls, but this one is really something else. Ok, so a lot of you aren’t necessarily Portland Trail Blazer fans or even sports fans, but I think we can all appreciate the ingenuity of an art show that focuses on a … Read more →

Earthquake Devastates Haiti

A major earthquake struck Haiti last night causing massive damage and leaving perhaps hundreds of thousands dead in its wake. Reports indicate that many buildings have been destroyed, including at least one hospital and prison, and the headquarters for the UN relief mission in the country has collapsed, also killing, … Read more →

Got Perry?

So I was just skimming through my daily digest of coffee news stories and saw this from the Sun of San Berandino and the Inland Empire (Calif.) on two-time USBC champion Heather Perry. Apparently Heather has been partnering with the Got Milk? campaign, creating recipes for the holiday season for … Read more →

Random Bits of Coffee (related) News

A couple of new news stories out today reporting that coffee consumption can help ward off diabetes. One here and one here. An interesting note, it’s not just coffee, but lots of it, specifically at least four cups a day that can help. And here’s a story from the Wall … Read more →

Want a Nobel Prize? Drink Coffee.

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize today in Olso, Norway. Although he said he had been inspired by the work and lives of previous winners like Gandhi and King, he didn’t mention the important role that coffee plays in sharpening the mind, inspiring creativity and providing a … Read more →

Coffee News of the Day

A couple of news stories today from the world of coffee. First up, Bloomberg reports that worldwide coffee production will be down fairly significantly this year (estimated decline approximately 4  million bags). Most of the decline in harvest comes from the big three in production, Brazil, Colombia and Vietnam. The … Read more →

Empire State of Mind

Looks like the coffee scene in New York continues to evolve and get more and more interesting. The New York Times is reporting that San Francisco-based roaster/retailer Four Barrel Coffee has a new account in the city and owner Jeremy Tooker is looking for a roasting location in Brooklyn for … Read more →

UAE Has First Barista Champion

The United Arab Eremites held its first national competition over the weekend in the capital of Dubai at the nation’s Specialty Coffee & Tea Convention. The winner was Vikram Kashyap, the 29-year-old manager of a local branch of Caribou Coffee. Vikram is an immigrant to Dubai from India. You can … Read more →

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