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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!

Welcome to Peru!

Let’s Talk Coffee officially got underway yesterday in the small town of Lamas. Lamas is just about thirty minutes outside of Tarapoto. And of course Tarapoto is the site of this year’s Ltc event. So why are we in Lamas? Well the first portion of Ltc for me is the … Read more →

Next Stop Colombia!

Two new champions just joined the ranks of those baristas traveling next June to Bogota with the finals of the First Annual Mexican Latte Art Championship and the Ninth Annual Mexican Barista Championship. The morning began with the six finalists in the latte art competition pouring their best work for … Read more →

Next Up ¡Finals!

Twenty-six competitors have competed over the last two days here in Mexico City for the Ninth Annual Mexican Barista Championship. And as with any competition, there have been amazing performances, heartbreaking mistakes and a reaffirming show of community between the competitors. The six finalists in order of their performance tomorrow are: Erika … Read more →

Mexican Barista Championships Underway

The MBC and the Mexican Latte Art Championship (with berths on the line for the World Championships in Colombia in 2011) are underway today, and the Mexican Coffee Expo trade show floor opens up today too. First up this morning were the first six competitors in the Latte Art Championship. … Read more →

Roasters Guild Retreat Underway

I rode up to Skamania Lodge yesterday to drop in on the 10th Annual Roasters Guild Retreat. As always, there were numerous activities underway. A weekend-long competition pitted randomly assigned teams against each other in the “You Guatta Love It” challenge. In the contest, teams are to develop a blend … Read more →

Retailing News from SoCal

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea opened its third Southern California store yesterday. Located in Pasadena, most famously known (to me at least) for being the home of the Rose Bowl, the shop once again shows Intelligentsia’s willingness to experiment and deviate from its previous models to create a new space. From … Read more →

More Pics from Puerto Rico and Other Stuff

Tony Siera, who judged the first round of the Puerto Rican Barista Championship, had the finals off, so he spent the day photographing the event at Coffee Cast. You can check out his photo set on flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/baristapuertorico/ Also out today is a list of the “20 Most Caffeinated  Cities” in … Read more →

Dodging Dodgy Coffee

So here’s a story out of Perth, Australia, about how average consumers can avoid buying bad coffee by spotting five simple things in a coffee shop. I like their list – it includes things like how long does it take for them to pull a shot, how clean is the … Read more →

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