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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!

LTC '09 Final Days

I apologize for the lateness of this post. Let’s Talk Coffee 2009 actually wrapped up on Sunday after attendees were offered an opportunity to visit the coffee farm Selva Negra where earlier the teams of baristas had participated in the Seed to Cup Challenge. Unfortunately, I was not able to … Read more →

LTC '09 Day 1

The second day of Let’s Talk Coffee 2009 is just under way. (Or officially the first day, yesterday’s activities which included a long session on storytelling and seven stations of barista training were optional.) Attendees just watched a welcome video and introduction from David Griswold, president and founder of Sustainable … Read more →

LTC ’09 Day 1

The second day of Let’s Talk Coffee 2009 is just under way. (Or officially the first day, yesterday’s activities which included a long session on storytelling and seven stations of barista training were optional.) Attendees just watched a welcome video and introduction from David Griswold, president and founder of Sustainable … Read more →

NBC Day 2 – Pool Party

So the second half of the day today was spent at a pool nearby where our huts and cabins are. And yes, there was a theme, as you can probably guess from the above image. So after everyone had gathered in either the heated pool or the three giant spas … Read more →

NBC Day 2 – Build it, Beer it, Brew it

Now that’s a competition! The back to the basics theme really got things started this morning with a very cool competition unlike any I’ve ever seen. And in an interesting twist, the attendees joined the teams in the challenge: build a primitive roaster and grinder, and roast and grind coffee. … Read more →

Day 1 – From Reykjavík to the Wild

So a few things have happened since last we posted. Following the longstanding Icelandic tradition of a spontaneous afternoon dance party, Dr. Munchow, Morton if you please, took the podium once again to give a fascinating presentation, putting into layman’s terms exactly what is happening when you steam milk to … Read more →

Fun In The Afternoon

We’re not just being crazy and having fun here in Iceland—well, not all the time. We’re doing a lot of learning, as well. After a delicious lunch of vegetarian Icelandic sandwiches, we headed in to a lecture by Morten Munchow of the Copenhagen Coffee Academy about the science of roasting. … Read more →

NBC '09 – Day 1 – Now that's a twist

It’s the defining axiom of the Nordic Barista Cup. The only rule is there are no rules. Each incarnation of the event is designed by the host country committee and they get to set up the competition however they’d like. Going in, the teams normally don’t have any idea of … Read more →

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