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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 little video from Nuova Simonelli

Sarah posted this video earlier today on our facebook page, and it seems pretty popular there, so I thought for everyone out there who’s not on the book of faces, you might like to see it too.

Record Earthquake and Tsunami Rock Japan

News broke this morning here in Oregon of the tsunami, which started yesterday after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake shook the ocean floor just off the coast of Japan. The waves reached our Pacific Coast, sweeping five people out to sea. That, of course, pales in comparison to the shocking … Read more →

Climate Change and Coffee (UPDATE)

Excellent story from the Seattle Times yesterday about climate change and how it is affecting farmers in Costa Rica. You can read it here. “We want to prove to the coffee-consuming world that we’re doing what we can and ask them to do something against global warming because otherwise we … Read more →

TED, Meet Coffee. Coffee, this is TED.

I was talking to Stephen Morrissey of Intelligentsia at Coffee Fest Chicago this last week and he was brimming with excitement over the latest project he (and many others) are working on. It’s called Coffee Common and it’s a unique endeavor, a collaborative effort between competitive roasters to promote coffee appreciation … Read more →

WBC 2011 – Colombia Preview

The first installment of our new feature in the magazine “Countdown to Colombia” debuted in the Feb/March issue of Barista Magazine. Countdown will run through the June/July issue and this year’s World Barista Championship in Bogota. As part of the Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia’s (FNC) efforts to promote … Read more →

Hat v. Hairnet

The New York Times has a photo essay up today featuring a number of baristas in the city and the chapeaus they don. Why so many baristas in hats? Well because the city health department has been issuing citations to local cafés saying their baristas are food prep workers and … Read more →

Last Second Christmas Gifts?

Well who wouldn’t want some Rob Zombie coffee in their stocking this year? Seriously, though, Rob Zombie? Metal musician and horror movie maven that he is, I don’t know what he’s done to make me think that he would discover and roast the best coffees. A guide to finding and … Read more →

Good Morning, Campers!

Well, there should be photos and blog posts from the event on the ground in Galina, Calif., but Sarah is having a hard time getting a working internet feed. That said, she wanted me to make sure to let everyone know that Camp Pull-A-Shot is underway and it’s a blast! … Read more →

Friday in Peru

Friday was the first full day of let’s talk coffee 2010 here in tarapoto. There were trainings, cupping, demos, lectures, and one-on-one meetings between producers and their buyers. I spent most of my time with the pool of international and Peruvian baristas, as they led numerous demonstrations of various methods … Read more →

Peru Continued

We’re in Tarapoto now as Let’s Talk Coffee gets underway this morning. Well actually it began last night with a poolside welcome reception, but the program begins today. But the fun really began for us lucky few who were able to attend the World Barista Forum in Lamas the night … Read more →

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