Baristas

“And we (DO) care about the young folks…”

Man, even though that Peter Bjorn & John song (2007) was nearly ruined by manic radio play, it’s still a delight. And it’s what I had playing in my head in San Diego at Coffee Fest while I watched Alexandra Szep, 18, compete in the New World Latte Art Championship. … Read more →

PT’s—Doing the Right Thing Comes Naturally

PT’s Coffee in Kansas is one of Barista Magazine’s oldest coffee friends—literally and figuratively: we’ve been pals since before Ken and I even started the mag, when I worked for another coffee magazine, and PT’s turns 18 today—congratulations, Jeff and Fred and all of your wonderful staffers! But I’m writing … Read more →

Hat v. Hairnet

The New York Times has a photo essay up today featuring a number of baristas in the city and the chapeaus they don. Why so many baristas in hats? Well because the city health department has been issuing citations to local cafés saying their baristas are food prep workers and … Read more →

What Inspires Us

A NOTE FROM RHODE ISLAND… I had an email in my inbox from a woman, Holley Badger, whom I met in Rhode Island a few weeks ago when I was attending the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast (MANE) Artisan Coffee Conference. Holley works at Blue State Coffee, right on the campus of Brown University … Read more →

Peru Continued

We’re in Tarapoto now as Let’s Talk Coffee gets underway this morning. Well actually it began last night with a poolside welcome reception, but the program begins today. But the fun really began for us lucky few who were able to attend the World Barista Forum in Lamas the night … Read more →

Welcome to Peru!

Let’s Talk Coffee officially got underway yesterday in the small town of Lamas. Lamas is just about thirty minutes outside of Tarapoto. And of course Tarapoto is the site of this year’s Ltc event. So why are we in Lamas? Well the first portion of Ltc for me is the … Read more →

Dodging Dodgy Coffee

So here’s a story out of Perth, Australia, about how average consumers can avoid buying bad coffee by spotting five simple things in a coffee shop. I like their list – it includes things like how long does it take for them to pull a shot, how clean is the … Read more →

La Marzocco Out of the Box, NYC

This just happened. We were bummed that we couldn’t be there in person for the New York installment of La Marzocco’s awesome Out of the Box events, but we were there in spirit—well, in sponsor spirit. Yes, Barista Magazine was a sponsor, and this pretty lady was our on-the-ground rep: … Read more →

2nd Term Barista Champs

Maybe I’m just getting way too excited about the coming World Barista Championship in June in London, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this year’s roster of champs. I think it’s pretty cool that there are a handful of baristas who were so determined to get another … Read more →

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