It’s been a very busy week around here at Barista Magazine HQ! We’re hard at work putting the finishing touches on the June/July issue of our magazine, which we think you’re really going to love. Not only that, but as Barista Magazine is the exclusive media sponsor of the World Barista Championship happening in Melbourne, Australia, in May, we’re also putting together a beautiful guide to the event for all attendees! We do this every year—the WBC Guide we create is a glossy, color program printed on luxurious thick paper, and include short profiles of all the national barista champions gathered to fight for the WBC crown, as well as all the schedule information you need, a map to get you around the city to all the WBC events, a profile of outgoing WBC Champ, Raul Rodas of Guatemala, extensive details on all the amazing drinks you can get from international roasters at the Brew Bar and Espresso Bar, and much, much more!
For those of you who won’t be able to make it to the WBC in Melbourne, but want to follow along from home, we will be posting a complete pdf of the program on our site on May 15.
So yeah, we’ve been busy! But we’re committed to bringing you up-to-the-minute news every single day here on Barista Magazine‘s blog, which is the oldest and best read coffee website in the whole wide world! Thanks for reading! If you didn’t get a chance to see all of the news we posted in the past week, here’s a recap with links to each story so you can catch up before we head into what will surely be another busy week!
Monday, April 22: Tips from Nicely Alameda, Peregrine Espresso, and more! In this post we shared a great video made about the Coffee Fest New York latte art competition and America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition!
Also on Monday, we featured a special profile of newly crowed United States Brewers Cup Champ Erin McCarthy, who is on his way to Melbourne to compete in the World Brewers Cup Championship next month!
Tuesday, April 23: Tons of you tuned in to read the recap of the first L.A. TNT which took place in Los Angeles Thursday, April 18. Organizer Todd Goldsworthy provided all the deets as well as a ton of fun photos!
Also on Tuesday: We continued our coverage of the top finishers in the U.S. Brewers Cup Championship with a profile on second-place finisher Jonathan Bonchak!
Wednesday, April 24: It was time for the week’s Humpday Giveaway contest! Man, oh, man, do we love hosting these giveaways on our blog. And you guys love it, too! This week, Espresso Parts offered up a killer prize package: a bitchen Espresso Parts tshirt, and a super slick water bottle!
Also on Wednesday: We wrote about the fun and fond farewell that her Sustainable Harvest coworkers bestowed on the wonderful Katie Gilmer last week (which included coffee Jello shots, no joke).
Also on Wednesday: Sarah was all like “Whaaaa??” after she talked to Chris Salierno of La Marzocco Italy about the epic coolness that will be the La Marzocco Out of the Box event in Milan in October. Chris shared lots of the details for this blog post, but be sure to stay tuned for more notes, guest speaker announcements, and more in the coming weeks!
Thursday, April 25: We drew the name of our Humpday Giveaway winner, and let’s just say he was pretty damn excited when we told him what he’d won.
Also on Thursday: We are all about the crazy amazing coolness of the London Coffee Festival, which ends today. It’s a super unique take on the trade show format—even if you weren’t able to be there, you’ll enjoy hearing all about it!
Friday, April 26: We decided to throw an impromptu subscription sale—what the hell, we thought, let’s have an early weekend! Loads of you took advantage of the subscription savings. We hope you enjoy your print magazines!!
Also on Friday: We unveiled some exciting changes taking place at the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, which oversees the esteemed Cup of Excellence competition.
Saturday, April 27: We got you caught up on the deets of upcoming Thursday Night Throwdowns scheduled for the Pacific Northwest through the end of 2013. We also gave you a link to a great website overseen by the mighty Panda about TNTs in general.
And that’s it, folks! We hope you stay tuned in for all the news we’re bringing you next week from the coffee universe! There’s some super fun stuff in store, so please come back and visit every day!