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Cheers to Greg Lefcourt, new Mountain Regional Champ!

From the looks of things on the awesome Mountain Regional Barista Competition (MRBC) blog, the latest regional to take place, held in Thornton, Colorado, and graciously hosted by Allegro Coffee, was a hit! Big congratulations to Greg Lefcourt, of Ozo Coffee Co., in Boulder, who won top honors. The photo … Read more →

Scenes from the NWRBC

First of all, congrats to the finalists! Dillanos has done a super job with the Northwest Regional Barista Competition, and all these guys are grateful, to say the least… From left: Kevin from Albina Press, Robbie from Zoka, Kristina from Lava Java, Brett from Zoka, Alex from the Fresh Pot, … Read more →

OMG

This by January Vawter, barista extraordinaire for Blend in PDX, originally posted to Barista Exchange. I’m finishing some editing and then hitting the road! Here’s to hoping it doesn’t take forever in traffic. But of course, it’s sure to be faster than the route Stephen and Alex took: through Eastern … Read more →

Big Changes for Jon Lewis

I love this photo of Jon, which I took when I was in Idaho visiting him and reporting on him for the August/September 2007 cover feature in Barista Magazine. It’s taken at the precarious dock outside of the barn in which he and his friend, Malcolm, roasted coffee for their … Read more →

Buy Another Latte, Cheapskate!

From the NY Times blog, Freakonomics, comes another round of the (Internet) age-old discussion, is offering free wi-fi a good thing for cafés? It’s a lively discussion, and it’s spurred on by the strategy of a café in Holland which offers free wi-fi, but frequently changes the name of its … Read more →

Beige Champion Visits Portland

I first met Peter Frennhoff in Nicaragua last February when Ken and I toured the country with the Swedish Barista Team. Peter is an accomplished chef as well as an outstanding barista, and a great guy to hang out with. In the picture below, Peter (top left) poses with kids … Read more →

Last days in Colombia

Yesterday morning (that is, Monday morning), we checked out of the fancy Decameron resort in Armenia and a small group of us hopped on a bus bound for the farm La Rochela located in the Trujilla Valle, about 3 hours from Armenia. From the moment we got there, we knew … Read more →

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