Barista Nation Boston—Satellite Cafe at SCAA Show

If you had to boil Barista Nation down to a one-word description, it would be innovative; the relatively young coffee event, which started in May of 2011 in Minneapolis has established itself as one of the most innovative events in our specialty coffee industry. It’s a free, one-day workshop for … Read more →

Third Wave Revealed!

Trish and Nick of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco posted this trailer on Facebook today—it’s pretty hilarious. And it made for a nice break for me, as I’m running the Barista Magazine office solo this week while Ken is in Costa Rica with the 2012 Regional Barista Champs, … Read more →

U.S. AeroPress Championship Details Announced!

Hooray, the details for the 2013 United States AeroPress Championship have been announced! This year’s competition will take place during the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s trade show at the BUNN booth, #553, on Friday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. Registration opens on Tuesday, March 5. It’s free to compete, … Read more →

Café Imports Introduces Process-Specific Cupping Standards

  In response to the overwhelming popularity of alternatively processed coffees in the specialty coffee industry, Café Imports has developed groundbreaking cupping standards for use in evaluating these special coffees. These cupping standards—available for Washed, Natural, Wet-Hulled, Brazil, and Decaf—are the first of their kind in the world. Not only that, Café … Read more →

Winners of Humpday Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who played this week’s BMag Humpday Giveaway contest! All 24 people who submitted the correct answer to us via Twitter, Facebook, email, or on this very blog, had their names entered into the Official Humpday Giveaway Drawing Vessel (i.e. Ken’s Portland Trail Blazers hat), and we drew … Read more →

Slate: Mobile and Rollin!

We’ve been hearing a lot about Slate Coffee over the past few months, and the company that hasn’t even opened it’s official doors yet is already generating a lot of industry buzz, most recently for Slate barista and educator Brandon Paul Weaver winning the Northwest Region’s Brewers Cup in Seattle … Read more →

I said, “Finish it!”

This story has been making the rounds. You can read it  here, here or here. Here’s the gist of it: a restaurant called Hachikyo, in Sapporo, Japan has started fining customers who don’t finish their ikura, a dish of salmon roe pilled high on a bed of rice. Every piece of … Read more →

Humpday Giveaway: 3FE T-Shirt Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the first Barista Magazine Humpday Giveaway contest! The correct answer for the winner of the 2008 Northeast Regional Barista Competition was: Amber Sather! Everyone who responded either here, on Twitter, or on Facebook with the correct answer got their name put in the drawing, … Read more →

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