Monthly Archives: July 2011

Donate to Africa’s Drought Relief Through Barista Nation

Much of the coffee that we enjoy and love comes from the horn of Africa. A massive drought has hit Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, forcing millions in the horn of Africa into extreme famine. As a member of a global coffee community Barista Nation will organize raising funds through CARE … Read more →

Video from Brazil Trip with Cafe Imports

I wasn’t the only “media” along for the ride on the amazing Cafe Imports trip to Brazil earlier this month. Jake Szymanski also joined us, to shoot footage of the trip for a series of videos to appear on Cafe Imports’ website. And the first of those videos is now … Read more →

Brazil: That’s a Wrap

I write this from the comfort of my own desk back in Portland, Ore., in Barista Magazine’s office. I’m still so tired from our amazing, 10-day trip through Brazil—graciously gifted to all the Regional, U.S. and World Barista Champions by Cafe Imports—that I’m misspelling ‘Barista’ about every other time I … Read more →

LA interlude

(This is a little post to tide us over until Sarah gets a chance to report from the road in Brazil.) Some things about Los Angeles are obviously cool: the beaches, the sun, the movie stars, the tacos. And some things are unquestionably awful, the traffic and the L*kers, for … Read more →

Cupping in Brazil

Today was the first official day of our origin adventure with Cafe Imports in Salvador, Brazil. We met early to make coffee by the pool, then piled onto what we have dubbed the party bus to head to BBC Cafe Gourmet, Silvio’s roasting company. It was a cool operation! A … Read more →

Livin’ the Dream

I write to you today from sunny, beautiful Salvador in Brazil… ah, paradise… our hosts on this magical origin trip—Cafe Imports—have set us up nicely: we’re staying at a beachside resort, newlywed style. Yeah, this’ll do… After a nerve-wracking layover in Miami, when Sam Purvis (NW Regional Barista Champ, Coava … Read more →

A Study in Celebrating!

Case Study cafe is a cozy and delightful coffeehouse really close to Barista Magazine’s offices. That means that we’d go there anyway for good coffee, even if the atmosphere sucked. But it doesn’t! It’s a really nice place to be, and has served as a backdrop to many an art … Read more →

Fireworks are Stupid!

Ken and I thought we had it bad last night on the 4th of July when the constant barrage of fireworks put us on edge for hours, worrying that Barista Magazine Staff Pets would be OK with the hub-bub. But our friend Billy Wilson, who owns two cafes by the … Read more →

Intelligentsia is Proud Proud Proud!

By Stephen Vick Last Sunday, June 26, about 16 Intelligentsia employees (and a few friends) marched in the 42nd Annual Chicago Pride Parade, serving roughly 15 gallons of cold-brewed coffee to a lucky handful of the 750,000 people who were in attendance.  Weather forecasts had been warning of very mild … Read more →