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Stefanos, Alejandro, and some fun-lovin' soldiers during tonight's coffee service.

Intro to Origin by Alejandro Mendez

Imagine you’re a barista in Russia. Most of you can’t, can you? It’s an enormous yet isolated land, and the chances of most Russian baristas visiting a coffee-producing country are extremely slim. In fact, the chances of them even meeting another barista who has been to origin are small. So … Read more →

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Summer School with Heather

Seriously, folks: I’m not a barista, but if I were, I would want Heather Perry kicking my ass into being all I could be. This woman means business: I actually think I would hire her to kick my butt about getting better at anything (watch out, Cole)—she’s a fighter, she’s … Read more →

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New from David Schomer

We love David Schomer. His is such a remarkable brain in the specialty coffee industry, but even with all those smarts, he is kind and humble, and generous with his praise for baristas just starting out. I used to judge with him at the Coffee Fest latte art championships, and … Read more →

Allegro Coffee in Thornton, Colorado, will host the It's All About Coffee Lecture & Forum on July 20.

Rocky Mountain Coffee-High

My pal Josh Taves of Dogwood Coffee just wrote to tell me about a really cool event that’s set for July 20 in Thornton, Colorado: It’s All About Coffee Lecture & Forum! Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance—which is a community-building group originally started by Chris Schooley and … Read more →

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Lessons from the Oregon Wine Industry

Last week’s meeting with Congressman Earl Blumenauer brought a couple of esteemed members of the Oregon wine industry in to meet with the local coffee roaster and retailing community. The Congressman had said in prior Roasters Forums that he felt there were a lot of similarities between the two groups … Read more →

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Coffee Book Supports Literacy in Producing Countries

Living in a rural Nicaraguan village, there’s a lot of time to read. At least, that’s how Michele Aquino felt when he lived in a tiny town outside of Jinotega in 2009–2010 working for the Peace Corps. But whenever the villagers would see Michele reading books, they’d get quite curious—it … Read more →

Meet the Makers

Some years ago, Stumptown Coffee Roasters here in Portland, Ore. (heard of them?) launched a series of events called “Meet the Producers.” The events brought coffee famers up to Portland to meet consumers at Stumptown’s cafés. It was a chance for people to really get to know and put a … Read more →

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