Competitions

New Coffee Champs Down Under!

Australia is without a doubt one of the top countries in the world for coffee and espresso excellence, as proved by the quality of coffee its cafes and roasteries turn out, not to mention the consistently high caliber of champions in all areas of specialty coffee who hail from Down … Read more →

Top Cup Challenge: Win Money!

Pacific Natural Foods debuted the Top Cup Challenge at Coffee Fest Seattle last fall, and it was a huge hit! If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the Challenge, however, never fear: it’s taking place at Coffee Fest New Jersey, March 5 and 6, and yes, you can … Read more →

UAE Has First Barista Champion

The United Arab Eremites held its first national competition over the weekend in the capital of Dubai at the nation’s Specialty Coffee & Tea Convention. The winner was Vikram Kashyap, the 29-year-old manager of a local branch of Caribou Coffee. Vikram is an immigrant to Dubai from India. You can … Read more →

Viva Mexico!

The 2009 Barista Championship of Mexico is taking place right now in Mexico City! I went to this competition last year, and it was a blast, of course, considering the guys putting the whole thing together are the fantastic Arturo Hernandez and Jose Cleofas Arreola. But though I was expecting … Read more →

Rockin’ the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Rockin' the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Already Gearing Up for London

Seems like the good folks in London are already getting ready for next year’s WBC. This story just out from caterersearch.com, says that coffee shops and beverage retailers in the city ought to be planning for an influx of coffee connoisseurs. Since the WBC will coincide with the start of … Read more →

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