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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!

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 →

If It's Not Scottish, It's Crap!

Yes, the regional barista competitions are in full swing here in the States, but we’d be remiss not to mention some results from around the world. Today I just read about the Scottish Regional in the United Kingdom, with the winner being a barista who left his gig at the … Read more →

Coffee News from Seattle

Two stories this morning out of the Emerald City. First, the exhibit “Coffee: the World in Your Cup” reported on in the current issue of Barista Magazine opened at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. You can read about it here. Secondly, Starbucks continues to flounder in this … Read more →

Wild Weather Wrecks another Weekend?

Oy. Well sure, the snow’s gone, but now here in the Great Northwest, we’re under the influence of the Pineapple Express. No, not this Pineapple Express, but this one. So the 40-year record snowfall we’ve experienced has been replaced with rain and temperatures rising into the 50s causing massive flooding … Read more →

P-Town in the Times

Fabulous Portland Oregon, home of Barista Magazine and the amazing Trail Blazers among other terrific things, is receiving some national attention once again for its coffee scene as the New York Times reports here. And the story’s money quote has to be this from Mr. Matt Milletto: Coffee, Mr. Milletto … Read more →

Light Posting, Heavy Snowfall

(this picture is from two days ago – the steps are now completely covered) So we’ve been a bit remiss on the ol’ blog posting lately, but, we have very good reasons, or a very good reason: Snow! On average, here in Portland we have maybe a couple inches of … Read more →

Coffee as Art, Part II

Sure, you’ve seen the coffee-on-a-napkin art, but what’s the status in the art world of the process of making coffee itself? And what about the artistry of the barista? Well a new installation at the Guggenheim in New York is celebrating the work in performance, creation and consumption of coffee, … Read more →

Aussie English

I don’t know if you can get it in time for Christmas, but there’s a new book out about the coffee community in the Land Down Under, and based on the synopsis, I think readers of Barista Magazine would get a kick out of it. It’s called Café Republic of … Read more →

Coffee as Art

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while (of course the Blazers’ six-game win streak has been pretty great too, but this is work-related!). From the New York Times, it’s an illustrated editorial of one man’s personal history with coffee. Artist and author Christoph Niemann illustrates … Read more →

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