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 →

Marathoning for Coffee Kids

There’ll be a lot going on in Boston in the middle of April — the opening games of the Boston Red Sox, for one thing. But in terms of worldwide events, there are two that particularly stand out in our minds: The Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Conference and Expo, … Read more →

Report from the IWCA in Guatemala

When my friend, Ginger Gerhart of Ghirardelli, told me she was going to Guatemala for the International Women in Coffee Alliance’s (IWCA) annual conference, I asked if she wouldn’t mind sending me some photos and news of the event to share with Barista Magazine‘s faithful blog readers—and she did! Thank … Read more →

Tonight in Seattle: TNT!

If you’re headed to Seattle for the Northwest Regional Barista Competition & Brewers Cup event Friday through Sunday, just get in your car now and come a day early: you don’t want to miss what will be a most epic Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) hosted by La Marzocco! The shizz … Read more →

Rust Wreaks Havoc

The science journal, Nature, takes a look at the explosion of coffee rust, or roya, in Central America. The longterm damage will be devastating. From the story: The latest outbreak may halve the 2013–14 harvest in the worst affected areas of the nation. This outbreak is “the worst we’ve seen … Read more →

I’m In Linea-Love with You

When Whitney Cornell of La Marzocco first told me about the Linea Love concept that the company was launching to promote the next generation Linea, which will debut at the SCAA show in Boston on April 12, I got all weepy. (Official blog post from La Marzocco HERE) I’ve had … Read more →

Northwest Regional Barista Comp & Brewers Cup OFFICIAL SCHEDULE

Hey homies! Can you believe the Northwest Regional Barista Competition is this weekend? Holy tamales! We’re so excited. Our intrepid field reporter Michelle Foster has been sending us chronicles from previous regionals, the Southeast and Big Central, and Sarah will be in Seattle for the Northwest Regional, and Ken heads … Read more →

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