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TriestEspresso!

While we were at Coffee Fest Seattle, one of Italy’s most famous coffee shows—TriestEspresso—was taking place on the other side of the world, in Trieste, Italy, to be exact. I was lucky enough to visit Trieste back in 2004 for the World Barista Championship, so I can testify that it’s … Read more →

Miami Vice Night

It was an incredibly intense day—so many cuppings, lectures and fascinating discussions around coffee, taste, texture, and more, we were all ready to cut loose a little—and our gracious Norwegians hosts had everything taken care of for us. The Nordic Barista Cup has a tradition of great parties, and Miami … Read more →

Day #2 of the NBC Begins!

This amazing weather is holding, somehow, and we’re loving it—at least when we get out of the big lecture room, where we have been, for the second day in a row, enjoying a variety of lectures and activities. That’s better than sunshine, don’t you think? As Zachary and I were … Read more →

George Howell lecture: correction

Obviously, George’s lecture today was a little (lot) over my head. He wanted to make sure I made the following point bout silver skin clear: George closed the lecture by discussing the very specific idea of completely removing beans entirely covered in silver skin to replace my original line: George … Read more →

WBC Finalist #2: Soren Stiller Markussen of Denmark

Soren lives for barista competitions—he practiced for this moment for the last two years, ever since being bitterly disappointed by coming in 6th at the WBC in Copenhagen in 2008. And he’s done great work: his performance is intricate and detailed, beautiful and nuanced. Up next: Scottie from Australia.

Your 12 WBC Semifinalists

Back, from left to right: Stefans Domatiotis, Greece; Colin Harmon, Ireland; Ana Lucia Lardizabel de Hawit, Honduras; Raul Rodas, Guatemala; Soren Stiller Markussen, Denmark; Fabrizio Sencion, Mexico; Yara Castanho, Brazil; Scottie Callaghan, Australia; Mike Phillips, United States; Alejandro Mendez,  El Salvador; Thomas Schweiger, Germany; and Kyle Straw, Canada. Semifinal round … Read more →

My industry has let me down.

Philip Jolley, owner of El Capitan Espresso, San Bruno, Calif., sent me this essay, and I wanted to share it…Thanks for taking the time to put these thoughts into words, Phil. —Sarah MY INDUSTRY HAS LET ME DOWN When I opened my espresso kiosk five years ago, I knew nothing … Read more →

Jam in Metro Detroit

Tom Isaia from Coffee Expresso Co., in Plymouth, Michigan, wrote to me a few weeks ago to tell me about a jam he was putting together in the metro Detroit area, and I asked if he wouldn’t mind getting back to me to let me know how it all went. … Read more →

Pacific Foods Sets a Great Example

We were excited to hear that our friends (and neighbors, since the company is just a few miles from Portland), Pacific Natural Foods recently earned praise for its deeply rooted commitment to sustainable business practices and shared annual results of its ongoing efforts. Way to go, Pacific Foods! The family-owned … Read more →

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