Cafés

Hood River Barista Jam!

I waited a bit to post this because I wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to read all of Emily’s great post about her time in Wellington, New Zealand. If you missed it, it’s still here — just scroll down below my post. SO! The First Annual Hood … Read more →

Get Yer Coffee on in Hood River

Hood River, Oregon, is one of the reasons people come to our lovely state. Just a little over an hour outside of Portland, this dramatically beautiful spot is one of the top places to windsurf, wine taste and fruit munch — the apples, cherries and pears coming out of this … Read more →

Superstars

Let’s thank the woman who is making all these regional barista competitions possible, first off. She’s one of my best friends and one of the specialty coffee industry’s shining stars, Miss Michelle Campbell of the Specialty Coffee Association of America! And no one deserves to have a glamor shot on … Read more →

Sarah's article in The Guardian

Yesterday, Barista Magazine’s editor, Sarah, was contacted by the Guardian and asked to write an opinion piece on today’s Starbucks closure for employee training. If you want to check it out, here it is: Coffee clash

Well, it's a start…

How long does it take you to train a barista? Starbucks seems to think a few hours one afternoon ought to do it. See the post below, copied from the Chicago Tribune’s blog, The Stew: “Starbucks has announced it will close its almost 7,100 company-owned stores across the country on … Read more →

Hail to The Pete!

Congratulations to Kaldi’s Coffee, the outstanding host of the Midwest Regional Barista Competition, held in Saint Louis, Missouri, February 8–10. According the Michelle Campbell of the SCAA, Kaldi’s did a phenomenal job organizing and implementing this long-running competition. Bravo, Kaldi’s! Congratulations to first-place winner, Pete Licata of PT’s! Now a … Read more →

Sandy Hon is the Winner!

Congratulations to Sandy Hon of Java Jazz in Overland Park, Kansas, for her winning answer to our first Reply All feature. We asked readers to submit their opinions about what city was the best one for coffee in the world. Now, we weren’t looking to find the definitive answer, but … Read more →

Merry Phuong-mas!

Predictably, I will be posting photos of our cats in various humiliating holiday costumes such as Santa hats and tiny antlers. And predictably, I will be telling you all about the Christmas Day Blazers game that a group of 8 Olsons and 2 honorary Olsons and I attended, complete with … Read more →

Be in the Book

Some of you may have already heard about a book being put together by Dani Cone, who spends the majority of her time running Fuel Coffee in Seattle. Dani has been contracted by Sasquatch Books, in indie publisher out of Seattle, to put out the tentatively titled book, Coffee Crash: … Read more →

Milwaukee Happenings

This post thrills sL for many reasons. It starts with my gateway into Barista Magazine. About 2 years ago, I was given news that my company, Alterra Coffee Roasters, had purchased a new cafe/warehouse space for our company’s new headquarters in the years to come. If you knew this building, … Read more →

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