Happy Humpday everyone! Who’s excited that it’s Wednesday? This lady right here, that’s who! And I am so excited for you guys that you get to play for this prize today—it’s pretty special. I mean, well, all of the prizes we give away here for Humpday Giveaway are special, but this one is handmade and crafted just for one lucky Humpday Giveaway participant.
See, in late April, I was at an event at the American Barista & Coffee School, when who do I see but Ben Jones, a coffee friend who has been around our industry for years. Born and raised in Portland (and if you know Portland, you know how rare it is to find someone actually from here), Ben now works as an educator at Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters in Olympia, Washington. Besides making a mean Beehouse, Ben is pretty crafty with his hands: I knew from having him in our annual “Best Bar Tools” series that he crafted a heck of a handmade book. But until I saw him at the Barista School event and he actually showed me one, I didn’t realize how amazing a special they truly are.
Ben, who sells the books on Etsy under the name Annotated Press, told me he wanted to have one of his amazing books given away as a Humpday Giveaway prize, and I was all, “hells to the yes, Ben!” So we made plans to meet up in Portland and use the passing off of the book as an excuse to have coffee and catch up. That was Monday—we had a rad time at Barista on Northeast Alberta. Ben sampled the Slate and Coava on rotation as espresso, while I cooled off with a Stumptown cold brew. We talked coffee and books, and it was great.
I’m sad to give up this book because it’s not only beautiful sitting here on my desk, and not only does it feel really good—the covers are hand-rubbed Poplar wood—but it even smells awesome: that’s because Ben polishes the wood with lavender-infused beeswax polish. Say what??
The books is filled with thick, handmade paper, each blank and begging for ink from a fountain pen (no ballpoints allowed!). Ben uses his to chronicle his coffee adventures; he placed second in the 2012 Northwest Brewers Cup, and he showed me the pages in his current journal with all his notes on method and brewing. He even uses a swish of espresso to mark the pages as he goes. It’s really beautiful.
Normally Ben sells these journals on Etsy for $85—they’re easily worth that or more. But one of these stunning books is going up as a prize this week for one lucky Humpday Giveaway player. So are you guys ready to get down to it?
Here’s the question:
How many times did Stefanos Domatiotis—who appears on the cover of the June + July 2013 issue of Barista Magazine—win the Greek Barista Championship?
Think you know the answer? Then for the love of Pete (Licata), type it into the comments section below! Be sure to include your first and last names so we can contact you if you’re the winner! Answers will be accepted through 6:59 a.m. (Pacific time) Thursday, June 6. Everyone who has the correct answer will be entered into a drawing, and one lucky person will win this gorgeous book, made by hand by Ben Jones.