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International Coffee Week Comes to Belo Horizonte, Brazil!

Big, huge, enormous, mammoth, and even more gargantuan modifiers apply to the upcoming International Coffee Week which runs from September 9-12 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The event will host not only a sprawling trade show floor which last year had some 6,500 visitors from 18 countries, but many other activities … Read more →

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The BARTISTA PROJECT in Paris, France

Editor’s note: I first met the legendary Gloria Montenegro Chirouze, owner of La Cafeotheque de Paris, France, when I was in Milan a few years ago at a La Marzocco Out of the Box event. She’s simply wonderful both as a person and a visionary: it’s widely agreed upon that … Read more →

Former barista competitor Ryan Willbur judges at the Southwest Regional Barista Competition. He says what he learned as a competitor makes judging especially important to him. Photo by Kenneth R. Olson

Why I Judge: An Essay by Christine Goepfert

Editor’s note: When Christine contacted me with the idea of writing for Barista Magazine about why she finds it not only interesting and fun, but also extremely educational to judge barista competitions, I was excited. From the formal contest that culminates in the World Barista Championship, to every other kind … Read more →

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