Competitions

USBC Underway

Today was Day 1 of the United States Barista Championship. Twenty-five competitors from across the country were on stage here in Minneapolis at the USBC for the first day of competition. Though I didn’t have a chance to watch all 25 competitors, someone had to set up the Barista Magazine … Read more →

The Final Countdown

Man, I sure wish we could add audio to this thing. I urge you to sing along to the classic Europe song as you read… I’m sooo stoked about the SCAA and USBC next week! A week from today, Ken and I will leave Portland and head for Minneapolis where … Read more →

Western Regional Underway

The Western Regional Barista Competition gets underway this morning in beautiful Berkeley, California, home to no nukes, dirty hippies and my in-laws. Sarah is actually at the event, acting as emcee along with Jana Oppenheimer, and she’ll be reporting on events here on pasteboard when she gets a chance. Host … Read more →

Superstars

Let’s thank the woman who is making all these regional barista competitions possible, first off. She’s one of my best friends and one of the specialty coffee industry’s shining stars, Miss Michelle Campbell of the Specialty Coffee Association of America! And no one deserves to have a glamor shot on … Read more →

Bruised Reg

I think I’ve been in a bit of a bubble. I say this because I’ve recently discovered the true joy of a simple piece of equipment that many, many baristas have been using for a very long time, and I failed to pay much attention to, or take the opportunity to … Read more →

A Question of Priorities

So I’ve been back from Tokyo for 48 hours or so now, and in that span of time I’ve enjoyed a lovely pot of Stumptown’s new Hondouran Finca El Puente Matilda, a Tanzanian from Batdorf, and the ultimate decadence of a Stumptown’s Panama Esmeralda Especial. I greatly enjoyed the brews … Read more →

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