Welcome to this week’s installment of BMag Back Atcha, our weekly one-stop blog post for all the links and recaps of everything we put on the blog this week. Did you miss anything? No you didn’t because everything is right here. So if you’re in the U.S., we hope you can kick back and relax, and enjoy your holiday weekend a little bit by catching up with the BMag blog, and if you’re not in the U.S., we hope you too have a great Sunday and that many holiday weekends are in your future. Now, enough with the chit-chat and on with the links!
First up we had a story about DaVinci Gourmet and its incredible work on behalf of the great nonprofit Coffee Kids. In the eight years the company has been supporting the organization, it has raised more than $1 million! That’s fantastic! And you can read about it here:
Million Dollar Donation
Then we had our weekly trivia contest for fun and prizes that we call Humpday Giveaway! This week’s prizes came all the way from MICE in Melbourne, Australia and included drinking chocolate from Mörk Chocolate and a customized SIP imports cup and saucer!
Let’s Play Barista Magazine’s Humpday Giveaway! #63 (May 21, 2014 Edition)
And the winner announcement:
Barista Magazine’s Humpday Giveaway Winner! #63 (May 22, 2014 Edition)
We had a story about a cool event here in Portland, Oregon called the Battle for Clean Water. Baristas competed in a latte art throw down to support WaterAid, a nonprofit dedicated to building and implementing clean water services in developing countries.
Latte Art Battle for Clean Water
Espresso machine manufacturer La Marzocco is often at the cutting edge of design and education, but in 2015 they’re really taking it to the next level with their amazing new project at their headquarters in Florence, Italy. You can read about it here:
Introducing La Marzocco’s Academia Project
Then we had another entry in our popular “10 Minutes With” series where we have brief interviews with folks around the globe who are doing interesting things in the great world of specialty coffee. This time we talk to Louisville, Ky.’s Kenny Smith who is wholesale lead at Sunergos Coffee.
10 Minutes With Kenny Smith
Chad Bledsoe, a Portland, Ore. barista and coffee pro launched a new project, a coffee subscription program called My Coffee Box. We talked with him about it to learn more. My Coffee Box is unique in that Chad has designed it to function interactively with the subscriber, meaning that the consumer provides feedback after each delivery that helps Chad design the next box around the consumer’s tastes and preferences. Read more about it here:
My Coffee Box: A Personalized Coffee Subscription Service
So it was another busy week for us, and we hope you enjoyed reading what we wrote! Have a great, safe and fun Memorial Day! And check back all this week for more great stories, contests, and news!