Competitions

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 →

Live, NOW!

It’s a long way from everywhere but they coffee is damn good!   New Zealand National Barista Finals – http://www.mogulus.com/nzbc    Winner is announced New Zealand time 5:30pm – can Carl Sara make it to his 4th WBC?    

Busy Days

Wow, these have been some busy recent weeks for all of us, including the crew here at Barista Magazine. I just returned from a two-week trip in Africa where I attended the first-ever Rwanda Barista Championship and visited the farm, Songwa, in Tanzania that is being operated by La Marzocco, … Read more →

Saturday News and Notes

A couple of newsworthy notes to pass along on a Saturday. First, the second-to-last regional for the USBC is underway in Atlanta this weekend. The Southeast Regional, won last year by Lem Butler (BMag’s June/July 08 cover story), is up for grabs. You can watch live video of it here. … Read more →

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