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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!

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 →

End of the year blogcleaning

2011 is winding down, so we’ve taken a look through our blogroll to see who’s been naughty and nice. Well, not that so much, but rather active or not. Blogs, for the kids out there, are of course an ancient communication media dating back to the early ages of the … Read more →

Read All About It!

I just downloaded my ipad edition of this week’s New Yorker. Actually I did it as soon as I got my reminder email that the iPad version was available. Why? Well because of this: Kelefa Sanneh on the coffee revolution, with a slide show of scenes from Aida Batlle’s Salvadoran … Read more →

Cool Colombian Cupping

I headed over to Sustainable Harvest, a coffee importing company based here in Portland, earlier today to take part in a cupping they were hosting. It’s part of an effort that they’re making to help build and connect with the coffee community around here. They plan on hosting the events … Read more →

Chinese Coffee Ritual

Here’s a little story out of the Bay Area that caught my eye today. It’s a report from SFGate on a new café in Beijing, China that is using Ritual Coffee. I like the backstory on the entrepreneur, Fish Sun, who opened the café, and his plans to open more … Read more →

Keeping Up With the Colombians

I don’t know if you’ve been over to the Colombian Coffee Hub yet, but it’s pretty awesome! We’ve been watching all these recent videos submitted for the Camp Pull-A-Shot Scholarship, but meanwhile, former WBC Champion and current international coffee man of mystery (and roaster extraordinaire) Tim Wendelboe is traveling around … Read more →

Colombia Revisited

No doubt the World Barista Championship held in Bogotá, Colombia this past June was one of the best ever. Not only with the winning barista hailing from a producing country (you can read all about Alejandro in the current issue of Barista Magazine) but with the event held in a … Read more →

LA interlude

(This is a little post to tide us over until Sarah gets a chance to report from the road in Brazil.) Some things about Los Angeles are obviously cool: the beaches, the sun, the movie stars, the tacos. And some things are unquestionably awful, the traffic and the L*kers, for … Read more →

2011 WBC Final Standings

It was a helluva competition in Bogota. One of the best I’ve ever had the opportunity to cover. And the Finals round was simply out of this world in the level of competition, professionalism, and enthusiasm on display by each of the baristas. Here are the final standings and scores … Read more →

Brewing News

Two news stories out today caught our attention, and while they came from opposite sides of the country, they both feature the growing pour-over and manual-brewing movement in cafés. The first is from the Washington Post and features Jay Caragay and his shop, Spro, in Baltimore. Specifically, it looks at … Read more →

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