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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!

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 →

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 →

NBC ’09 Day 1 – Focus Country Costa Rica

The first real team challenge of the 2009 NBC just concluded. Each team was required to give a 10-minute presentation on a coffee growing region of this year’s focus country, Costa Rica. The teams’ options were wide open. They could show a video, give a powerpoint presentation, do a song … Read more →

NBC '09 Day 1 – Focus Country Costa Rica

The first real team challenge of the 2009 NBC just concluded. Each team was required to give a 10-minute presentation on a coffee growing region of this year’s focus country, Costa Rica. The teams’ options were wide open. They could show a video, give a powerpoint presentation, do a song … Read more →

Welcome to the NBC ’09!

Welcome to the 2009 Nordic Barista Cup! We’re here in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, in the Art Musuem for the first day of the competition. Last night we gathered at a nearby bar called Balthazar for a meet and greet. Jose Arreola known for his constant globe trotting in … Read more →

Welcome to the NBC '09!

Welcome to the 2009 Nordic Barista Cup! We’re here in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, in the Art Musuem for the first day of the competition. Last night we gathered at a nearby bar called Balthazar for a meet and greet. Jose Arreola known for his constant globe trotting in … Read more →

Aussie Rules Espresso

We’ve spent a lot of time since last summer talking about the whole murky coffee/espresso on ice brouhaha,  but while that has died down, a new battle is brewing, this one in Australia. Here in the States we have a lot of regional diversity in culture, attitude, and even generic … Read more →

A Consumer's Quest for a Perfect Cup

Gizmodo is a cool gadget blog that I enjoy reading on occasion. It’s similar to Wired magazine. And it recently had a nice post about discovering quality coffee (and the machines that make it.) Set mostly at Ninth Street Espresso in New York, it features a long guest appearance from … Read more →

A Consumer’s Quest for a Perfect Cup

Gizmodo is a cool gadget blog that I enjoy reading on occasion. It’s similar to Wired magazine. And it recently had a nice post about discovering quality coffee (and the machines that make it.) Set mostly at Ninth Street Espresso in New York, it features a long guest appearance from … Read more →

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