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Remembering Luis Lopez

I was traveling last week when I heard the heartbreaking news. Former Nicaraguan barista champion, and generally great person, Luis Lopez was killed in a motorcycle crash in his hometown of Managua on Saturday, August 9. He was 35 years old. I met Luis on my very first trip to … Read more →

Upcoming Regional Barista Competitions!

We’re still waiting to hear what the plan is for our barista friends in the Northeast region, who had their regional postponed due to the terrible Hurricane Sandy event in early November. But the Specialty Coffee Association of America is working hard to secure a new date and location. Meanwhile, … Read more →

Memories of Moscow

I can’t believe it’s almost time for me to head back to Portland, Ore. — my flight leaves on Thursday morning, and by air travel magic, I return to Portland a few hours later on Thursday evening. I have been here in Moscow only 4 days. but it feels like … Read more →

Coffee Mania Moscow!

Day two (for me anyway—I’m here in Moscow for the last half of team one’s adventure, and the beginning half of team two’s), anyway, so day two began with sunshine! These Latin baristas—Raul, Daniel,, Alejandro, I’m talking to you—as well as the Italian—were having some trouble with the cold yesterday. … Read more →

Big Competition Weekend!

We’re really excited about all the action scheduled to take place this coming weekend, beginning Thursday, Feb. 23. It’s barista competition buzz at its finest! First up: The 2012 Salvadoran Barista Championship, being held in San Salvador. This competition is especially noteworthy because El Salvador is the country from which … Read more →

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