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Sunday in Portland

So no, this is not a coffee related post, but it is a glimpse at life in one of specialty coffee’s hot spots, Portland, Oregon. Yesterday was a beautiful early summer day here in the Rose City. Earlier in the weekend, we had been roasted by temperatures in the high … Read more →

On Another Topic…

Ever wonder what the official food of women is? Turns out it’s yogurt! Now I find this very funny since I eat yogurt quite a bit and Sarah hates it. But as the video makes clear that’s all because we’re misunderstand the marketers’ message. Sorry about that, marketers! http://current.com/items/88941392_target_women_yogurt_edition

How to Procrastinate, by Sarah Allen

Ken, Leah and I have a million things to take care of before we take off for the SCAA show in Minneapolis this week including but not limited to: packing, sign making, appointment confirming, hair cutting, dry cleaning, and DVR programming. So why am I reading Garfield Minus Garfield? Because … Read more →

Ragu Bolognese

Congratulations to Chris Baca! I was about to post this earlier, and I’m sure it will be buried by the posts from Sarah and Steve about the fantastic time they had this weekend at the WRBC 2008, but I can’t help myself. The latest issue of one of my favorite … Read more →

Winning Women in Western Australia

The times they are a changin’…… the Australian Barista Championship has reached the half way mark, where last weekend in Perth, Western Australia the regional championship was held to find a representative from the west who will join 8 others at the ABC in Melbourne on May 3-4th. I thought … Read more →

Can we stop talking about Starbucks already?

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 21, 2008 Filed at 6:51 a.m. ET SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered Starbucks Corp. to pay its California baristas more than $100 million in back tips and interest that the coffee chain paid to shift supervisors. San Diego … Read more →

The Luck of the Irish

Well, actually, it’s not luck. It’s damn hard work, training and skill. Congratulations, Stephen Morrissey. Irish Cup tasting Champion, Irish Latte Art Champion and now, newly crowned Irish Barista Champion. Klaus Thomsen (WBC Champion 2006 & partner in the Coffee Collective) and Stephen Morrissey in Tokyo at WBC in 2007. … Read more →

Report from Africa

Today I received an email from our friend Shane Devereaux, owner of habit coffee + culture in Victoria, B.C., about how his extended trip to Africa for various coffee trainings is going, and thought I’d share it with all of you… “At the moment I’m in between two semi final … Read more →

Huntin' Season

It’s competition season again, particularly here in the Southern Hemisphere. The Australian Barista Championship will kick off with the first state (regional) competition in Queensland on 9th February and then onto Adelaide for South Australia on 21st February. Following that will be Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales, ACT … Read more →

A $20,000 cup of coffee?

Well that’s the headline in the New York Times anyway. Cool story today with quotes from our friends at Intelligentsia, Stumptown and Bluebottle about the rebirth of brewed coffee focusing on the really rad siphon bar at Bluebottle and the Clover as it continues to make its mark on the … Read more →

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