Events

They Don't Call it Iceland for Nothing

It’s not like you have to ride polar bears to work in the morning (though that would be freakin awesome), but Iceland is pretty darn cold. When I went to the Nordic Barista Cup in Iceland in 2004, I was actually kind of surprised that it wasn’t colder, but that’s … Read more →

They Don’t Call it Iceland for Nothing

It’s not like you have to ride polar bears to work in the morning (though that would be freakin awesome), but Iceland is pretty darn cold. When I went to the Nordic Barista Cup in Iceland in 2004, I was actually kind of surprised that it wasn’t colder, but that’s … Read more →

The Coffee Enhancement Lounge

Sarah Dooley and the crew at Visions Espresso in Seattle have done a spectacular job with the Coffee Enhancement Lounge, which I finally got to see in person last weekend when I went to Seattle for a Jam that Sarah had organized in the space. It’s small but super efficient, … Read more →

Gearing Up for Northwest Jam!

My pal Sarah Dooley — who works with Visions and just completed the amazing Coffee Enhancement Lounge in Seattle — teamed up with some awesome coffee folks like Cam Kellett and Phuong Tran of Lava Java to plan what I’m predicting will be the biggest, baddest barista jam to take … Read more →

New NBC '09 Info Released

Often times with the Nordic Barista Cup, no one knows what’s going to happen at the event until it actually starts. Well, no one other than the organizers that is. This year, however, it seems to be a little different. We just received the following announcement, with loads of new … Read more →

New NBC ’09 Info Released

Often times with the Nordic Barista Cup, no one knows what’s going to happen at the event until it actually starts. Well, no one other than the organizers that is. This year, however, it seems to be a little different. We just received the following announcement, with loads of new … Read more →

Twin Cities Barista Jam!

I’m so heartened to see more specialty coffee importers getting on the pro barista bandwagon. It’s great to see folks all along the coffee chain appreciating and understanding that professional baristas are playing an enormous role in the present and future of our industry. I’ve said it so many times, … 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 →

Coffee Fest Las Vegas—done and done!

Ken and I got back from Las Vegas late last night after a hectic and enjoyable few days in the desert for Coffee Fest Las Vegas and the Millrock Freepour Latte Art Competition, presented by Barista Magazine, Nuova Simonelli, Dillanos, Ghirardelli, and Barista Exchange. There was a lot of fun … Read more →

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