News from (the) Heart!

We’ve been enjoying some beautiful sunshine here in Portland, Oregon, the past few days, and lucky for us, it was bright and gorgeous this morning when Ken and I headed to Heart Coffee Roasters on East Burnside to meet with our art director, Jessica, about the June/July 2012 issue. Jessica … Read more →

Hey Ladies…

We’ve got three amazing women on the cover of the new issue of Barista Magazine, and I want to tell you why we did it. I spent a lot of time talking to Anna, Sarah and Laila about issues facing women in the coffee industry—the conclusions they came to were … Read more →

Barista Nation Mania!

It’s no secret that we here at Barista Magazine are big fans of Barista Nation, the one-day workshop events that are organized for baristas and cafe owners as forums for learning and sharing, and celebrating everything about coffee. In fact, when the organizer of Barista Nation—our old and dear friend … Read more →

Friday Competition Round Up

The Big Central Regional Barista Competition and US Brewers Cup is underway in Chicago today. The event is a combination of the North Central and South Central Regional Barista Competitions. Each region has its own competitors and will  have separate finalists and winners, but they’re both held together in a … Read more →

Want to be a Roaster (for a day)?

Happy Cup, a new roastery here in Portland, is running a contest this month for those who are interested in learning what it takes to be a roaster. First you should know that Happy Cup is a different kind of coffee roastery. It employs individuals with disabilities to assit in … Read more →

Barista Nation Portland, April 17

We at Barista Magazine are once again thrilled to be a part of Barista Nation, a grassroots, traveling workshop and coffee community building organization, which will land next in Portland, Ore., just 2 days before the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual trade show comes to town. Barista Nation Portland … Read more →

New York City – Next Weekend

One week from today, Coffee Fest New York will be underway. If you’re going to Santa Cruz, Calif. instead for the Southwest Regional Barista Competition, we get that. That’s cool. But you’re still going to be miss one heckofa weekend in the Big Apple! Last time Coffee Fest dropped by … Read more →

Big Competition Weekend!

We’re really excited about all the action scheduled to take place this coming weekend, beginning Thursday, Feb. 23. It’s barista competition buzz at its finest! First up: The 2012 Salvadoran Barista Championship, being held in San Salvador. This competition is especially noteworthy because El Salvador is the country from which … Read more →

Dispatches from Chile

A longtime professional and personal friend of Ken’s, mine and Barista Magazine’s, Jose Cleofas Arreola emailed today with some news from the recent Barista Championship of Chile! Jose wrote to tell us that this first ever Barista Championship in Chile was two years in the making, and organized by Davorin … Read more →

What’s up, Southeast?

From everything we can tell about the buzz surrounding the Southeast Regional Barista Competition—which kicks off tomorrow in Atlanta—is this mutha’s gonna be epic! There are 30–count ‘em–30 competitors signed up for this weekend’s Southeast Regional Barista Competition, and they include such heavy hitters as reigning SE Regional Champ, my … Read more →

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