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Nordic Barista Cup Begins! And More Coffee Events to Come!

One of our favorite events of the year is the 3-day no-holds-barred Scandinavian throwdown called the Nordic Barista Cup, which kicked off this morning in Copenhagen, Denmark. The event finds five Nordic teams of baristas—hailing from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland—battling it out in a series of intense, intellectual, … Read more →

Gorilla v. New York Times: Over and out

(Reuters) – A Brooklyn judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against New York Times Co brought by Gorilla Coffee, a coffee shop that has become a fixture in the borough’s Park Slope neighborhood. The suit stemmed from an April 2010 Times blog post covering a labor dispute between management … Read more →

Video from Brazil Trip with Cafe Imports

I wasn’t the only “media” along for the ride on the amazing Cafe Imports trip to Brazil earlier this month. Jake Szymanski also joined us, to shoot footage of the trip for a series of videos to appear on Cafe Imports’ website. And the first of those videos is now … Read more →

Brazil: That’s a Wrap

I write this from the comfort of my own desk back in Portland, Ore., in Barista Magazine’s office. I’m still so tired from our amazing, 10-day trip through Brazil—graciously gifted to all the Regional, U.S. and World Barista Champions by Cafe Imports—that I’m misspelling ‘Barista’ about every other time I … Read more →

Cupping in Brazil

Today was the first official day of our origin adventure with Cafe Imports in Salvador, Brazil. We met early to make coffee by the pool, then piled onto what we have dubbed the party bus to head to BBC Cafe Gourmet, Silvio’s roasting company. It was a cool operation! A … Read more →

A Study in Celebrating!

Case Study cafe is a cozy and delightful coffeehouse really close to Barista Magazine’s offices. That means that we’d go there anyway for good coffee, even if the atmosphere sucked. But it doesn’t! It’s a really nice place to be, and has served as a backdrop to many an art … Read more →

Fireworks are Stupid!

Ken and I thought we had it bad last night on the 4th of July when the constant barrage of fireworks put us on edge for hours, worrying that Barista Magazine Staff Pets would be OK with the hub-bub. But our friend Billy Wilson, who owns two cafes by the … Read more →

Tony & Barista Mag on TV!

Our latest cover barista extraordinaire, Tony Serrano—owner of the Serrano Social Club in Modesto, Calif.—made his local TV news recently. It’s a great clip—Tony is most definitely up to the task of conveying the message of quality coffee. Check it out!

NW Coffee Festival Kicking Off This Weekend!

It’s not THAT Coffee Fest Seattle—nope, in fact, the Northwest Coffee Festival is a whole new kind of coffee celebration, bringing quality coffee, industry professionals and curious members of the general public together to learn and party. Here’s what they have to say about it on the Official Website: On … Read more →

2011 WBC Semifinalists 5-8

As expected the place went nuts when the fifth competitor of the day took the stage. Lina Zea, barista champion of Colombia, was greeting with a rousing ovation by the hometown crowd. Only a few months ago, Lina did not speak any English, but after spending two months studying in … Read more →

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