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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!

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 →

The Big O!

Replace Tina Fey in the picture above with new USBC champion Michael Phillips and you have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for this Friday on Oprah! Check local listings for the show and watch as the two Chicagoans enjoy some fine specialty coffee and talk about the … Read more →

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Michael Phillips (in center of above photo) of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea in Chicago for his first place finish at the 2009 United States Barista Championship. Second place went to Nick Griffith from Intelligentsia, Los Angeles. (On the left above.) And Alterra Coffee’s Scott Lucey from Milwaukee, Wisconsin … Read more →

Recession Busting (Stateside version)

Ok, so we’ve had a couple posts in recent weeks about coffee shops in our northern neighbor, Canada, opening amidst tough economic times, and now we’ve got one a little closer to home.  This story, out of the Seattle Times, reports on the upswing of new shops opening in the … Read more →

Oh, Canada!

So President Obama made his first official visit to a foreign country today, choosing as his first stop Ottawa, seat of government for the country which shares with the US of A the longest unarmed border in the world among many other terrific things, such as the National Basketball Assciation … Read more →

Local Barista Gets Some Love

A young, local barista here in Portland, Oregon is opening his own shop, and he’s already drawing interest from the local media. In a cool twist, the café will offer not just local favorite Stumptown, but have two rotating coffees available as well. To start with those coffees will be … Read more →

Saturday News and Notes

A couple of newsworthy notes to pass along on a Saturday. First, the second-to-last regional for the USBC is underway in Atlanta this weekend. The Southeast Regional, won last year by Lem Butler (BMag’s June/July 08 cover story), is up for grabs. You can watch live video of it here. … Read more →

Looking for Love in Pittsburgh?

Sure they’ve got the 6-time Super Bowl champion Steelers, and lord know that makes my brother happy, but to me Pittsburgh will always be home to Prof. Grady Tripp. But the point of this post is not about either the Steelers or the Wonder Boys it’s actually coffee-related. Aldo Coffee … Read more →

We're thinking of you, Aussies!

Just one week ago, Emily Oak was updating the blog with reports from the Australian Barista Championship, unfortunately, Australia today is back in the news as wildfires race across the state of Victoria and immolate forests, homes and whole towns. Most terrible of all, it appears that at least some … Read more →

ZOIKS! Starbucks' troubles continue

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed President Obama’s economic stimulus package this afternoon (not a single Republican voted for it), but it won’t be in time to save 300 Starbucks stores or Howard Schultz’s executive compensation. In a memo sent out from Schultz today, he announced that the company … Read more →

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