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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!

Wait… What's Your Name Again?

Have you ever spent years working your way up in the mob after having been sent undercover as a rat into the police academy? Or vice versa? I know these things happen to Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio all the time, but who knew that they could happen at your … Read more →

Talking About Coffee

Over on James Hoffmann’s blog, (jimseven.com) where he is under a self-imposed video blogging marathon, he recently had a post up about the different ways people talk about their experiences with food versus with coffee. Primarily, he says, when talking about food, most people immediately talk about the texture they’re … Read more →

Already Gearing Up for London

Seems like the good folks in London are already getting ready for next year’s WBC. This story just out from caterersearch.com, says that coffee shops and beverage retailers in the city ought to be planning for an influx of coffee connoisseurs. Since the WBC will coincide with the start of … Read more →

And their coffee's not bad either…

Disneyland may like to proclaim itself the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but a new study out of Britain begs to differ. According the New Economics Foundation, after studying 143 countries around the world, the Central American, coffee-producing country of Costa Rica is the happiest nation on the planet. The index … Read more →

Barista Jet Setter – Australian Version

The Age, a newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, recently had a quick chat about traveling the world with Scottie Callaghan, 2007 Australian Barista Champion. Scottie says the coolest coffee bars are in Norway, but the country that takes its coffee most seriously is Japan. And look, there’s Scottie competing at the … Read more →

Coup in Honduras

Read the Wall Street Journal’s report here. And the New York Times here. In the first coup in Central America since the end of the Cold War, Honduran soldiers forced the president to flee to Costa Rica on Sunday. Tensions had escalated in the country recently as President Zelaya sought … Read more →

On the Streets of Philadelphia…

Over at his blog, Jay Caragay has an interesting report on a coffee crawl he recently had through the City of Brotherly Love. No mention of a cheesestake or the Liberty Bell not even the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, but Jay did see Aaron Ultimo and John Hornall among other … Read more →

So long murky coffee…

So I saw on murky coffee’s blog that Nick has closed the shop. Yesterday was its final day. I tried to post a comment, but due to some technical issues on my end I guess, I couldn’t get the infernal internets to do my bidding. This is my memory of … Read more →

And in other news…

We’re having a great time here in Atlanta at another amazing WBC, but I couldn’t let this moment pass without noting it. So Barista Magazine just turned four. And the Portland Trail Blazers after six years out of the play-offs had an incredible season, won 54! games and just landed … Read more →

And in other news…

We’ve had quite a bit lately about the USBC (of course it helps when events are right here in town) but that doesn’t mean the United States is the only nation to crown its barista champion in the last couple of weeks. Uganda also has a new national barista champion. … Read more →

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