Luminaries

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Robben Island from the edge of Cape Town. Photo by Kenneth R. Olson, Barista Magazine

Losing Nelson Mandela

Though he was never directly associated with the coffee industry on his home continent of Africa, Nelson Mandela—who died today at age 95—and his life’s work as an anti-apartheid icon, social visionary, and one of the most important humanitarians in history, is in fact connected not only to the coffee … Read more →

Meeting Producers

Last night’s Meet the Producers event at Stumptown was far and away the largest gathering of it’s kind I’d ever been to. It was awesome! Tons of coffee folks mingled with curious coffee enthusiasts, and everyone was buzzing with questions about the famed Esmeralda Special as well as the other … Read more →

New issue, starring Stephen Morrissey

Criminy, how did it get to be August already? Feels like only yesterday that it was June and we were in Copenhagen, Denmark, watching Stephen Morrissey, Barista Champion of Ireland, win the 9th Annual World Barista Championship… As has been our tradition from the inception of Barista Magazine in 2005, … Read more →

The Loss of a Legend

illycaffe’s honorary president Ernesto Illy died on February 3, 2008, at the age of 82. Throughout his career, Dr. Illy has openly shared his dscoveries—not only to advance the interests of his own company, but for the benefit of all people who enjoy and appreciate the authentic Italian coffee experience. … Read more →

Holiday Reading

Like most people, I use the Christmas and New Year break to try and catch up on some much needed reading and relaxation. Not having given much thought as to what I might read over the time off I was quite happy when on the Friday before Christmas I recieved a … Read more →

You Can Call Me Al!

Congratulations to Vice President Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize this morning! In the last year, Gore has won an Emmy, an Oscar and now a Nobel Prize! Not bad. Of course he also won the popular vote for President in 2000 in something we like to call … Read more →

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Peet

I’m almost a week late writing this small tribute to Mr. Alfred Peet, who died at his home in Ashland, Ore., on Wednesday, August 29. I was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1973, to hippies straight up. Dad was working on his PhD at Cal with a pair of lambchops … Read more →