Holy Regional Barista Competitions! For the third consecutive weekend, a regional will be taking place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and this one is none other than the Western, the longest-running regional in the country. Above: Chris Baca (left) and Kyle Glanville. Cats unidentified. . Naw, seriously: I’m talking about … Read more →
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 →
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 →
As I-5 lays impassable under 20 miles of water, some folks from Portland have managed to book flights into SeaTac and Horizon Airlines has added additional flights to try ferry more passengers back and forth between Portland and Seattle. However, with new reporting from the Seattle Times, I think I … Read more →
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 →
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 →
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.
In another sign that the professional barista community continues to grow all around the globe, the tiny, tropical island nation of Vanuatu is holding its second annual International Barista Competition next week. The nation of 235,000 people lies deep in the South Pacific some thousand miles north and east of … Read more →
The El Salvador Barista Championship is underway from San Salvador, and it’s streaming live online. You can catch all of the action here. Sixteen competitors will try today to make it to tomorrow’s final round. Buena suerta to all.
Question, what’s even better than visiting a beautiful coffee farm? The people you meet? Well it’s true. They were pretty great. We hiked through the coffee plants, down a steep grade to a beautiful waterfall. And shockingly only José and I bothered to take home soil samples by gracefully falling … Read more →