Competitions

Keeping It In The Family

The amazingly talented David Makin, 2006 & 2008 Australian Barista Champ and 2nd place finisher at the 2008 World Barista Championship, is taking a year off from competing. But just because he’s stepping out of the spotlight doesn’t mean he’s not deeply involved in the game. David, who wowwed judges … Read more →

If It's Not Scottish, It's Crap!

Yes, the regional barista competitions are in full swing here in the States, but we’d be remiss not to mention some results from around the world. Today I just read about the Scottish Regional in the United Kingdom, with the winner being a barista who left his gig at the … Read more →

NICK GRIFFITH! WRBC CHAMP!

There are few guys as sweet and humble as Nick Griffith, but sweet and humble don’t win no prizes in barista competitions, yo! So Nick brought the skills necessary to win the top prize this past weekend in Los Angeles at the Western Regional Barista Competition. The photo above shows … Read more →

Alex of The Fresh Pot Wins NWRBC!

It’s funny seeing all the news on my browser this morning about the best dressed at the Golden Globes, because Alex sorta brought our coffee world to that plane when he wore Prada in the preliminary round of the Northwest Regional Barista Competition, held this past weekend in Tacoma and … Read more →

OMG

This by January Vawter, barista extraordinaire for Blend in PDX, originally posted to Barista Exchange. I’m finishing some editing and then hitting the road! Here’s to hoping it doesn’t take forever in traffic. But of course, it’s sure to be faster than the route Stephen and Alex took: through Eastern … Read more →

Wild Weather Wrecks another Weekend?

Oy. Well sure, the snow’s gone, but now here in the Great Northwest, we’re under the influence of the Pineapple Express. No, not this Pineapple Express, but this one. So the 40-year record snowfall we’ve experienced has been replaced with rain and temperatures rising into the 50s causing massive flooding … Read more →

To Tacoma!

Tomorrow begins the first (unofficial) day of the Northwest Regional Barista Competition (NWRBC), held in Tacoma, Washington, and hosted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters. We’re so excited! FYI, see the bottom of this post for a complete schedule. Thursday will see all the wonderful volunteer judges going through their paces in … Read more →

Guatemalan Barista Championship

The road to Atlanta rolls on, and this weekend competitors in Guatemala gathered for their national championship. You can watch video of the action right here.

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