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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!

Did Nick Cho Write This?

Just skimming through our local alt. weekly here in Portland, and I saw this “I, Anonymous,” which for some reason (Ok, not just any reason, but the well publicized long back-and-forth from this summer between Nick and his dissatisfied customer) my friend from Northern Virginia sprang instantly to mind. Note: … Read more →

Who Are You? Typealyzer Knows

Ok, this is pretty cool though not very coffee related. In a move sure to further our planet’s slide toward a more Tron-like future, the new website Typealyzer reads your blog and determines your personality type after just a few seconds. As many of our readers have their own blogs, … Read more →

Buy Another Latte, Cheapskate!

From the NY Times blog, Freakonomics, comes another round of the (Internet) age-old discussion, is offering free wi-fi a good thing for cafés? It’s a lively discussion, and it’s spurred on by the strategy of a café in Holland which offers free wi-fi, but frequently changes the name of its … Read more →

Like "Savage Love" Only for Brewing Questions

Got a query about your brewing equipment, technique or anything else coffee or tea related? Then try hopping over to Bunn’s new blog, deardrbrew.com and pose your conundrum to the expert himself. Act quickly and you can be the very first coffee professional to get your question answered.

One Question: Do they need judges?

In another sign that the professional barista community continues to grow all around the globe, the tiny, tropical island nation of Vanuatu is holding its second annual International Barista Competition next week. The nation of 235,000 people lies deep in the South Pacific some thousand miles north and east of … Read more →

Who's Better, Who's Best

I think it’s always interesting to see what people outside of the coffee industry think when presented with high-quality coffee, or what they believe is good coffee. So this list from Digital City of the 21 best cups of coffee in the U.S. makes for an entertaining read. Many notable … Read more →

Best of Luck

If you’re a sports fan, you already know that it’s been an amazing baseball season in Tampa. The Rays, worst team in the Major Leagues last year, are now one game away from winning their division, the American League East. This is the division that is home to the Boston … Read more →

Grist for the Mill

When we lived in Seattle, I worked on a project for Grist.org, an online magazine of environmental news, so I was very pleased to see this recent story on Slow Food Nation and specifically about the author’s experience with high-quality specialty coffee in the City by the Bay. And since … Read more →

Had Enough of New York City?

Hope not. The Big Apple continues to shine, and independent coffee shops are getting their well-deserved props. As New York scene continues to boom, Time Out New York has just published a guide to anyone who had depended on Starbucks, found their local shop closed, and is looking for a … Read more →

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