People in Coffee

The Good, the Bad and the Sad

Well, I guess I don’t know about the middle label, but here are a few stories around the world of coffee that I found interesting today. First, here’s a story from Boston about a couple of new coffee shops that are looking to build a following based on a West … Read more →

Bean There Bike Ride in Jo-burg

I met Sarah Robinson, who co-owns Bean There Coffee Roasting in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her brother, Jonathan, earlier this year in Rwanda. We were both in Kigali to attend the East African Fine Coffee Association‘s annual conference, and we spent most of our time judging the first Rwandan Barista … Read more →

Coffee Producers Invade Portland!

How lucky am I? I just spent the whole day tagging along with 11 awesome coffee producers from Costa Rica, Colombia, Kenya, and El Salvador visiting Portland cafes, thanks to an invitation from my pals at Stumptown Coffee. These producers are here in Portland today and tonight for Stumptown’s Producers … Read more →

Our Friends Rock

Checking my email first thing in the morning is one of my favorite parts of the day, because I’m bound to find messages about jams coming up, folks coming to visit and exciting things going on in the coffee community. Today I got all kinds of great news, and I … Read more →

White is the new black?

A quick little story out of the UK today, it seems that according to reporting in the Independent the fastest growing drink segment in cafés is a 6-8oz cup with 2-3 shots and a little milk called a “flat white.” Also of note in the story is that chains in … Read more →

The Three Bs

Time Out New York says the market (and the public’s perception) is rapidly changing for three hot jobs. Before they were the object of magazine profiles and reality shows, chefs were considered little more than skilled laborers. In fact, it wasn’t until 1977 that the U.S. Department of Labor even … Read more →

Six grand and go

Here’s a story from CNN today about a woman in Boston, Lucy Valena, who just opened her own coffee company, Voltage Coffee, a mobile espresso catering gig, with $2,000 of her own money and a $4,000 loan from Sam Adams (no not Porltand’s mayor Sam Adams) the brewery. Why the … Read more →

Barista Jet Setter – Australian Version

The Age, a newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, recently had a quick chat about traveling the world with Scottie Callaghan, 2007 Australian Barista Champion. Scottie says the coolest coffee bars are in Norway, but the country that takes its coffee most seriously is Japan. And look, there’s Scottie competing at the … Read more →

Celebrity Sightings in Germany

Forget Cannes—the big celebrities are in Cologne, Germany, this week for the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s Wonderful World of Coffee event, which beings tomorrow and goes through Sunday. If you consider James Hoffmann a bigger star than Michael Cera, or Bjorg Brend a cooler celeb than Angelina, Cologne is … Read more →

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