Competitions

2nd Term Barista Champs

Maybe I’m just getting way too excited about the coming World Barista Championship in June in London, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this year’s roster of champs. I think it’s pretty cool that there are a handful of baristas who were so determined to get another … Read more →

Your 2010 USBC Finalists…

Man, that was intense! This was by far the most crazy good group of semifinalists that the United States Barista Championship has ever seen! So you can be sure these six finalists — who won their elite spots from a pool of 25 semifinalists — are gonna bring it tomorrow … Read more →

Lots of Fun in Anaheim

Things are rockin and rollin here in Anaheim, where a few thousand of the most awesome coffee people in the world are gathered to reconnect, do business and drink some seriously great brews. But let’s recap last night, cause it was a doozy. Ken attended Arianna Huffington’s keynote speech (I … Read more →

USBC and SCAA begin!

It’s hard to believe that the SCAA show here in Anaheim hasn’t even started yet, given how busy the past few days have already been down here in Anaheim. No, we didn’t get distracted by Disneyland (though the nightly fireworks outside of our hotel room — some of which are … Read more →

Off we go to Anaheim!

Ken and I are busy busy busy getting ready for the myriad events surrounding the Specialty Coffee Association of America show this week in Anaheim, California. Most exciting, of course, will be the United States Barista Championship (USBC), which will find so many elite baristas in one ring, we can … Read more →

Cup Tasters Getting Ready for Battle

Just got an email from Amber Fox about registration for the Canadian Cup Tasters Championship which will be held at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, concurrent with the U.S. Cup Tasters Championship. Winners from each national competition will go on to London, June 23–25, to compete in the World … Read more →

Throwdowns get some mainstream press

Seems like only a couple of months ago that Ben Helfen was writing stories about latte art throwdowns for our little magazine. And now in a city abuzz with news with the passing of health care reform, the Washington Post has taken the time to talk to Ben, and many … Read more →

Coffee Fest New Jersey Wrap

I’m done making my Snookie jokes—Coffee Fest New Jersey was a freakin awesome time! Seriously, I’m stoked that Coffee Fest will be going back to this location in 2012: it was a short bus ride from downtown Manhattan and—most importantly—there is a HUGE coffee scene in this part of the … Read more →

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