Competitions

Here at the WBC & Caffe Culture show in London!

It’s completely nuts how lovely the weather is here in London… like, London? Really? 82 degrees?? Just a few days ago, my friend Kim, who lives here, was warning me to bring a heavy jacket and a wool sweater. And yes, they’re in my suitcase, but they’ll be staying there … Read more →

Off to London and the World Barista Championship

I’m busy busy busy with packing up to leave for London tomorrow—I’m going to report on the World Barista Championship, for which Barista Magazine is the official media sponsor. As such, we created the official WBC Event Program, which we’ll be distributing to anyone and everyone at the competition. For … Read more →

Gearing Up for the SCAE & WBC!

I was talking to Jo from Beyond the Bean the other day, and I said, “I’m so looking forward to seeing you in London at the Caffe Culture/SCAE show and the World Barista Championship—in just a little more than a month!” And she had a little panic attack. While we’re … Read more →

US Barista Championship Final Standings

(Want a visual? Check out the 150+ photos from the USBC and SCAA Anaheim show that I just uploaded to Barista Mag’s Facebook Fan Page!) FINALS ROUND 1 Michael Phillips, Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, Illinois. SCORE: 701.5 2 Chris Baca, Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, California. SCORE: 671.5 3 Devin Pedde, … Read more →

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 →

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