Events

What We’ve Been Up To, Moscow Edition

The stories are too over-the-top, too amazing to believe unless I show you in photos. You have to believe me. We meander from the nightclub style Soyuz Coffee Roasting stand in the center of Red Square, to the VIP tent for snacks and vodka. We watch gymnasts ride 4 horses … Read more →

In Moscow!

For the third year in a row, residents of Moscow, as well as Russians from far and wide, are gathering in Red Square for the Spasskaya Tower Festival, which kicks off today and continus through September 4. For the first time coffee is playing a big role in this end-of-summer … Read more →

Summer Jam

Back when I was a music critic for The Oakland Tribune in the San Francisco Bay Area, there was an annual concert in August at the Concord Pavilion that I would inevitably have to review called Summer Jam, and I dreaded it. Though it actually has a tempting kitch feel … Read more →

Cupping in Brazil

Today was the first official day of our origin adventure with Cafe Imports in Salvador, Brazil. We met early to make coffee by the pool, then piled onto what we have dubbed the party bus to head to BBC Cafe Gourmet, Silvio’s roasting company. It was a cool operation! A … Read more →

Livin’ the Dream

I write to you today from sunny, beautiful Salvador in Brazil… ah, paradise… our hosts on this magical origin trip—Cafe Imports—have set us up nicely: we’re staying at a beachside resort, newlywed style. Yeah, this’ll do… After a nerve-wracking layover in Miami, when Sam Purvis (NW Regional Barista Champ, Coava … Read more →

Barista Party in San Diego!

As Ken prepares to leave for Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday to cover the World Barista Championship, I’m getting excited to head south to San Diego for Coffee Fest next week! After a few fleeting days of the sunshine us Portlanders live for, the rain is back and doesn’t seem to … Read more →

Baristas Around the World

Announcement to the barista powers that be: No more events allowed between June 2 and June 5—got it? Not only is the World Barista Championship kicking off in Bogota, Colombia, on June 2— and not only is the New World Latte Art Championship rearing up at Coffee Fest San Diego … Read more →

USBC Semifinalists!

What a totally awesome group… Jared Truby, Verve Trevor Corlett, MadCap Ryan Willbur, Stumptown Par Brannen, Cafe Grumpy Ian Levine, Verve Lorenzo Perkins, Caffe Medici Kevin Bohlin, Ritual Tyler Stephens, BARISTA Laila Ghambari, Stumptown Devin Chapman, Coava Nik Krankl, Gelato Bar & Espresso Cafe Row Aczon, Honolulu Coffee Co. Chandler … Read more →

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