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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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Lessons from the Oregon Wine Industry

Last week’s meeting with Congressman Earl Blumenauer brought a couple of esteemed members of the Oregon wine industry in to meet with the local coffee roaster and retailing community. The Congressman had said in prior Roasters Forums that he felt there were a lot of similarities between the two groups … Read more →

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The Congressman and the Coffee Community

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the third installment of a Business Issues Forum for Coffee Roasters here in Portland. It was convened by our Congressional Representative Earl Blumenauer and held at the Stumptown Coffee Roasters HQ. As with the previous meetings, all Portland-area roasters were invited to attend. … Read more →

2013 USBC Finalists

SCAA Saturday in Photos

A cold and wet storm blew through Boston last night, but Saturday dawned calmer and touch a sunnier. Inside the Activities Hall at the SCAA Event, the 18 amazing baristas in the Semifinal Round competed to see who would make it to the final six on Sunday to vie for … Read more →

The 12 semifinalists for the USBC who made it through the first round. They'll join the six regional champions for Saturday's semifinal round.

SCAA Friday in Photos

Another amazing day here in Boston (except that it’s freakin’ freezing!). Here are some of our favorite moments. Today marked the opening of the show floor, which hosted the US Areopress Championship at the Bunn booth. While in the Activities Hall, the United States Barista Championship, the US Brewers Cup, … Read more →

Kim Lovelady led her team to victory at the 2011 Camp Pull-A-Shot in California.

Let’s Go Camping!

If you haven’t been to the Barista Guild of America‘s Camp Pull-A-Shot (or if you have and you just want to get back there) then you’ve got to enter this contest from our friends at Toddy! You can win an all-expenses-paid trip to the June edition of camp in Wisconsin … Read more →

I said, “Finish it!”

This story has been making the rounds. You can read it  here, here or here. Here’s the gist of it: a restaurant called Hachikyo, in Sapporo, Japan has started fining customers who don’t finish their ikura, a dish of salmon roe pilled high on a bed of rice. Every piece of … Read more →

Rust Wreaks Havoc

The science journal, Nature, takes a look at the explosion of coffee rust, or roya, in Central America. The longterm damage will be devastating. From the story: The latest outbreak may halve the 2013–14 harvest in the worst affected areas of the nation. This outbreak is “the worst we’ve seen … Read more →

Posts worth Reading

Twitter is a lot of fun, and a great way to share a lot of information. But that is also a downside. As the flow of information keeps rolling uninterrupted, it’s easy for worthwhile reading to slip through the cracks. So I wanted to post a couple of links here … Read more →

Meet the Makers

Some years ago, Stumptown Coffee Roasters here in Portland, Ore. (heard of them?) launched a series of events called “Meet the Producers.” The events brought coffee famers up to Portland to meet consumers at Stumptown’s cafés. It was a chance for people to really get to know and put a … Read more →

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