World Barista Championship

On the ground in CPH

Sarah and I are back in our hotel room, munching on cheap pizza before we fall into a deep jet-lagged slumber. But to be back means that we first went out, and we did. In fact, we spent all of 20 minutes in the hotel, when we arrived on our … 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 →

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 →

Bruised Reg

I think I’ve been in a bit of a bubble. I say this because I’ve recently discovered the true joy of a simple piece of equipment that many, many baristas have been using for a very long time, and I failed to pay much attention to, or take the opportunity to … Read more →

A Question of Priorities

So I’ve been back from Tokyo for 48 hours or so now, and in that span of time I’ve enjoyed a lovely pot of Stumptown’s new Hondouran Finca El Puente Matilda, a Tanzanian from Batdorf, and the ultimate decadence of a Stumptown’s Panama Esmeralda Especial. I greatly enjoyed the brews … Read more →

Kompai! – WBC Tokyo Shout Outs (Updated)

The little guys pictured about are Jizo, the Japanese patron saint of children and travelers, and as all the people who made the 2007 WBC such a success head home, we wish them all safe journeys. Of course the fact that this WBC was such resounding success was no accident. … Read more →

James Hoffmann, World Barista Champion

James Hoffmann, the barista champion of the United Kingdom, is now the barista champion of the world. James is a terrific person, a great barista and will surely be a wonderful ambassador for specialty coffee and of the barista profession to the world. He replaces Klaus Thomsen in the role, … Read more →

WBC Day 3 – The Finals

Well it’s no surprise by now, the day after the WBC came to a close, who won. But it may be a surprise for those of you who weren’t able to be here in Tokyo to see just what happened yesterday at 10:30 am. First let me set this up … Read more →

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