Best of Luck

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If you’re a sports fan, you already know that it’s been an amazing baseball season in Tampa. The Rays, worst team in the Major Leagues last year, are now one game away from winning their division, the American League East. This is the division that is home to the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The Rays’ payroll is less than half of either of those teams, yet here they are one game away from winning the division outright and they already have a postseason series, their first ever, lined up.

Closer to home (for me at least), the Oregon State Beavers last night, as three touchdown underdogs, beat the top-ranked college football team in the country, the USC Trojans.

The point of both of these stories is that upsets happen, and even in the face of long odds, you can still succeed.

And that brings me back to Tampa, and another story from the St. Petersburg Times. It seems that last week, the owner of a café there, Local Coffee + Tea, decided that with the economy in a downturn and no end in sight, he would have to close his shop. The baristas working there, however, decided otherwise. They’ve banded together in an effort to buy the café and keep it running. You can read the whole story here.

That’s the kind of spirit we love at Barista Magazine, and so best of luck to them! If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, be sure to drop by the café, and in the meantime, it seems, just like the Rays, you never know what will happen if you give it your best shot.

About the Author

Ken

Kenneth R. Olson is co-founder and publisher of Barista Magazine the worldwide trade magazine for the professional coffee community. He has written extensively about specialty coffee, traveled near and far for stories, activities, and fun, and been invited to present on topics important to coffee culture. He is also an avid fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Washington Huskies. Go Blazers! Go Dawgs!