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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!

A Community Bigger Than Coffee

I had the opportunity to attend a new event last night hosted by Bellissimo at the American Barista and Coffee School. Called “A Taste of…” the evening brought together a few craftspeople from the Portland area to sample each others work and wares. Marcus Young of Batdorf and Bronson Coffee … Read more →

Everything Old is New Again?

So I just tweeted yet another news story about the “newly” discovered health benefits of coffee. This one is from the Seattle Times and is a report declaring that drinking coffee will help you live longer. You can read the story here. This comes on the heels of numerous other … Read more →

Friday Competition Round Up

The Big Central Regional Barista Competition and US Brewers Cup is underway in Chicago today. The event is a combination of the North Central and South Central Regional Barista Competitions. Each region has its own competitors and will  have separate finalists and winners, but they’re both held together in a … Read more →

Want to be a Roaster (for a day)?

Happy Cup, a new roastery here in Portland, is running a contest this month for those who are interested in learning what it takes to be a roaster. First you should know that Happy Cup is a different kind of coffee roastery. It employs individuals with disabilities to assit in … Read more →

New York City – Next Weekend

One week from today, Coffee Fest New York will be underway. If you’re going to Santa Cruz, Calif. instead for the Southwest Regional Barista Competition, we get that. That’s cool. But you’re still going to be miss one heckofa weekend in the Big Apple! Last time Coffee Fest dropped by … Read more →

The Feb/March 2012 Issue

The new issue of Barista Magazine is out! (The iMag version is online and live. You can read it here.) And the hardcopies will be hitting the mailstream any moment now. So watch your mailboxes! In this issue, we have a cover profile of Anne Lunnell, Sweden’s Queen of Coffee. … Read more →

Cuvée Coffee Gets Culture

Cuvée Coffee in Austin, Texas is featured in a new series promoting entrepreneurs in their local region. It’s a good story, and helps explain how specialty coffee retailers and roasters get started and succeed. It also includes a cool video featuring Mike and Rashelle McKim. Watch it here: [youtube jXbplBuulcM]

Out of the Box Athens (Belated)

2012 is well underway, and we’re hard at work on our next issue of Barista Magazine, February/March. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention something first from the previous year. (Special shout out to my mother-in-law for reminding me to post something about it.) In mid-December, I had the … Read more →

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