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 →
I absolutely love it when parents of our writers and subjects contact me for a copy of the issue of Barista Magazine that their kid was in — it happens a LOT, and usually those parents end up subscribing, which is the coolest. But I’ve never actually received a photo … Read more →
I just received an email from Hiroshi Sawada, who as you will remember, won the $5000 grand prize in the Millrock Latte Art Championship at Coffee Fest Seattle this past weekend and donated all of that cash to Coffee Kids. Coffee Kids is the specialty coffee industry’s most established nonprofit, … Read more →
We’re just back from another fun-filled Coffee Fest Seattle and Millrock Latte Art Championship, presented by Barista Mag, Nuova Simonelli and Dillanos Coffee. What a weekend! We had such a blast hangin with friends from New York, California, Washington, California, and of course Japan! Hiroshi Sawada, who owns Caffe Milk … Read more →
Congratulations to Aleli Moreno Labastida, the new Mexican Barista Champion! Aleli is the first woman to ever win Mexico’s national barista title! At once professional and adorable, Aleli won with a whopping score of 604 points. Not only that, but she was in first place going into the final round. … Read more →