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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!

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What does coffee signify?

I read a fascinating article in the New Yorker on the way to the Big Central barista competitions recently. It was in the Oct. 14, 2013 issue (aka the Money Issue), and it was about a new road that has recently opened in east India. The whole story is, unfortunately, … Read more →

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The Barista as John Henry

The alternate title for this post could be “Welcome our Robot Overlords” or perhaps, “Resistance is Futile.” The robots are coming after all, just like the steam-powered shovel came for John Henry. In the end it didn’t matter that John Henry could drive steel so well that he did in … Read more →

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Barista Nation LA is just a day away!

The City of Los Angeles hosts the latest installment of the traveling roadshow of education, community and coffee known as Barista Nation tomorrow at the Wilbur Curtis HQ. I’m pretty excited to be able to attend (and present)! These events are always fun, a great chance to meet people and … Read more →

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Knapp Time: Madcap’s Ryan Knapp Talks Coffee Retailing at International Coffee Week

One the big topics of discussion and interest here in Brazil is the specialty coffee retailing experience in other places, specifically the US. Ryan Knapp from Madcap Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, Mich. was invited to speak about his company’s retailing experience and methods during one of the Café DNA … Read more →

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