Monthly Archives: January 2011

Coava Sweeps Northwest Barista Comp and Brewers Cup!

The big news from this past awesome weekend in Tacoma, Wash., is that two amazing baristas from the itty-bitty boutique roaster, Coava—based in Portland, Ore.—took top honors in both the Northwest Regional Barista Competition—Mr. Sam Purvis—and the first-ever Regional Brewers Cup—Devin Chapman. Way to go, Coava! It was a pretty … Read more →

Northwest Bound!

Well, yeah, technically I am in the Northwest already. But today I’m leaving Portland, Ore., and heading up to Tacoma, Wash., to attend the Northwest Regional Barista Competition! The Northwest Regional, which is being super generously hosted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters, is taking place in the Tacoma Convention Center today … 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 →

New Executive Director of the SCAE

The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe is pleased to announce that it has appointed David Veal as its new Executive Director, effective January 4, 2011. Mr Veal, who has 28 years experience in the coffee industry in the United Kingdom, was Director of ACS Coffee Service (which was sold to … Read more →

We win! Barista Mag Wins Best Magazine for 2nd Year in a Row

The gentlemen of Sprudge.com have just announced the winners of the 2010 Sprudgie Awards, and for the second year in a row, Barista Mag nabbed the prize for Best Magazine. We’re pretty darn honored. We respect what Sprudge.com has done for the coffee industry as a question-asking, rabble-rousing, finger-pointing center … Read more →