Competitions

Welcome to Hotlanta!

And it’s upon us! The week of the World Barista Championship, held in conjunction with the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual conference and exposition. So we thought we’d kick things off with some fun facts about the city you’re about to get to know well, Atlanta, Hotlanta, the ATL, … Read more →

Blogging the WBC

At the 2009 World Barista Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, next week (April 16–19), Barista Magazine will once again be blogging in detail about the event. For the past two years — in Tokyo in 2007, and in Copenhagen in 2008 — Barista Magazine has provided up-to-the-minute coverage of each and … Read more →

WBC Countdown! What up with the Parties

Here at Barista Magazine HQ, we are getting sooooo excited about the upcoming World Barista Championship! In less than 2 weeks, we’ll be in the ATL with so many friends from around the world watching some of the very best baristas compete for the title of 10th WBC Champ! As … Read more →

Meet Gwilym!

For the third year in a row, Square Mile Coffee Roasters will be represented at the World Barista Championship as the coffee of choice of the UK Barista Champion—good news for all of us friends of owners James and Anette, as it means they will be in Atlanta for the … Read more →

Win a Pass to SCAA!

Our friend, Luis Rodriguez, of Cafe de El Salvador, is offering up a bunch of free passes to the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s conference next month, where the 10th Annual World Barista Championship (WBC) will be held! The conference and WBC are in Atlanta April 16–20. All you have … Read more →

And in other news…

We’ve had quite a bit lately about the USBC (of course it helps when events are right here in town) but that doesn’t mean the United States is the only nation to crown its barista champion in the last couple of weeks. Uganda also has a new national barista champion. … Read more →

The Big O!

Replace Tina Fey in the picture above with new USBC champion Michael Phillips and you have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for this Friday on Oprah! Check local listings for the show and watch as the two Chicagoans enjoy some fine specialty coffee and talk about the … Read more →

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Michael Phillips (in center of above photo) of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea in Chicago for his first place finish at the 2009 United States Barista Championship. Second place went to Nick Griffith from Intelligentsia, Los Angeles. (On the left above.) And Alterra Coffee’s Scott Lucey from Milwaukee, Wisconsin … Read more →

Some USBC scene shots…

You can tune in to watch the live feed from the United States Barista Championship here, but here are some photos from around the room… Here’s the table you see when ypu first come in, where you can pick up a free USBC program. . Trophies by Reg. This is … Read more →

USBC is here!

Ken and I just got back to the office from the Oregon Convention Center, where we dropped off the official USBC programs that Barista Magazine made, as the media sponsor of the United States Barista Championship. You can read it online by clicking the cover at Barista Magazine’s homepage, or … Read more →

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