People in Coffee

Hood River Barista Jam!

I waited a bit to post this because I wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to read all of Emily’s great post about her time in Wellington, New Zealand. If you missed it, it’s still here — just scroll down below my post. SO! The First Annual Hood … Read more →

Enn Zed Bee Cee

 Far far away towards the bottom of the earth is a lovely little city called Wellington (aka. Middle Earth) the capital of New Zealand, the town responsible for these two:    and this year the home of the New Zealand Barista Championships. Moi, and the 2008 Australian Barista Champion David Makin … Read more →

Do You Want the Rad News or the Ridiculous?

Let’s start with the rad. Our friends at Olympia Coffee Roasting Company—pssst! they’re the same guys as Espresso Parts!—just sent us the most bitchen photos of their new delivery system: Here’s what they have to say about the bikes: “Olympia Coffee Roasting Company is pleased to announce the arrival of … Read more →

Keeping Up With Kyle

I feel like a kinda loser that I’m only just now figuring out what the Black Cat Project is. Note: it is not this: I remember seeing this tricked out Kees at Intelligentsia’s SCAA booth — shit, it was sexy. But now that I’ve actually discovered the link—blackcatcoffee.com—I’m finally figuring … 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 →

Babies babies everywhere

Ken and I just found out that Ken’s cousin Tim and his wife, Elisa, just had a baby boy yesterday. So that makes us… what? Cousin uncle and aunt? What is the kid, Tanner they named him, to us? Our cousin-phew? We’re confused. Also, Ken is miffed that they didn’t … 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 →

Tragedy Strikes, You Can Help

Our good friends at Finca Vista Hermosa in Guatemala suffered a cruel shock recently. As the farm’s manager, Carlos, and his son, Edwin, returned to the finca with the workers’ payroll, they were attacked, robbed and killed by bandits. Carlos was a father to 12 kids, and Edwin was the … Read more →

Baristas for Bikes

By now most of you are familiar with the nonprofit, Bikes to Rwanda, based here in Portland, Ore., which has successfully delivered hundreds of custom-built bikes to coffee farmers in the highlands of Rwanda, where they are used to get cherries to the mill faster and easier than the old … Read more →

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