People in Coffee

PT’s Coffee Brings Beer & Food Into the Mix

Congratulations are in order for Jeff Taylor and Fred Polzin, founders of PT’s Coffee in Kansas. The duo opens Flying Monkey Handcrafted Brews in Topeka today. The location—at 1500 SW 17th St., just steps away from Washburn University and the inevitable crowd of college coffee and beer lovers—couldn’t be more … Read more →

12 Months of Champions

It’s not like James and Anette are very busy running one of the best specialty coffee companies in the world or anything… I’m sure they were just hemming and hawing about what to do with the loads of free time they had on their hands, and that’s why they embarked … Read more →

Screening: Colombia, in Portland

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which is based here in Portland, Ore., is known for the stunning films it’s had created of source trips through Africa, Central and South America. Trevor Fife, who—along with Autumn Campbell—has created these films, which I consider some of the best and brightest ever to be made … Read more →

Stumptown Photo Contest!

Our friends at Stumptown Coffee are hosting a cool contest right now on Facebook that you should totally check out and enter! Deadline is October 16, so get on it NOW! Here are the details: Welcome to the Stumptown Facebook photo contest. We invite you to submit your unique perspective … Read more →

A Great Barista, Lost

Brian Fairbrother—one of the longest-time barista fixtures in Seattle—died on Thursday after sustaining head injuries in a bike accident that occurred on August 30. A barista with Vivace since 1989, Brian was beloved by many, from both the industry and consuming side of specialty coffee, and will be sorely missed. … Read more →

Fireworks are Stupid!

Ken and I thought we had it bad last night on the 4th of July when the constant barrage of fireworks put us on edge for hours, worrying that Barista Magazine Staff Pets would be OK with the hub-bub. But our friend Billy Wilson, who owns two cafes by the … Read more →

“And we (DO) care about the young folks…”

Man, even though that Peter Bjorn & John song (2007) was nearly ruined by manic radio play, it’s still a delight. And it’s what I had playing in my head in San Diego at Coffee Fest while I watched Alexandra Szep, 18, compete in the New World Latte Art Championship. … Read more →

PT’s—Doing the Right Thing Comes Naturally

PT’s Coffee in Kansas is one of Barista Magazine’s oldest coffee friends—literally and figuratively: we’ve been pals since before Ken and I even started the mag, when I worked for another coffee magazine, and PT’s turns 18 today—congratulations, Jeff and Fred and all of your wonderful staffers! But I’m writing … Read more →

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