Ken, Greece and Out of the Box

Barista Magazine Publisher Ken Olson is headed for Athens, Greece, next week for La Marzocco‘s Out of the Box Athens event! He’s excited. He’s less excited for the 3 layovers he’ll have on the way there and back, but the actual being-in-Greece-checking-out-the-cafe-culture part—that, he’s excited about. This is the first … Read more →

PT’s Coffee Brings Beer & Food Into the Mix

Congratulations are in order for Jeff Taylor and Fred Polzin, founders of PT’s Coffee in Kansas. The duo opens Flying Monkey Handcrafted Brews in Topeka today. The location—at 1500 SW 17th St., just steps away from Washburn University and the inevitable crowd of college coffee and beer lovers—couldn’t be more … Read more →

12 Months of Champions

It’s not like James and Anette are very busy running one of the best specialty coffee companies in the world or anything… I’m sure they were just hemming and hawing about what to do with the loads of free time they had on their hands, and that’s why they embarked … Read more →

Screening: Colombia, in Portland

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which is based here in Portland, Ore., is known for the stunning films it’s had created of source trips through Africa, Central and South America. Trevor Fife, who—along with Autumn Campbell—has created these films, which I consider some of the best and brightest ever to be made … Read more →

App Happy

Check it out: the Coffee Community has launched a barista training app called “Coffee: Beans, Barista and Latte Art.” Note: we here at Barista Magazine haven’t tried it out — we’re just interested in the idea and passing it along to you readers to look into if you’re interested. Here’s … Read more →

Regional Barista Comp Dates Released!

We’re so excited to hear from Marcus at the Specialty Coffee Association of America that the dates for four of the six 2012 Regional Barista Competitions have been released! They are as follows… JANUARY 26-29 Northwest Regional Barista Competition, hosted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters Tacoma, Washington (Judges training Jan. 26; … Read more →

Read All About It!

I just downloaded my ipad edition of this week’s New Yorker. Actually I did it as soon as I got my reminder email that the iPad version was available. Why? Well because of this: Kelefa Sanneh on the coffee revolution, with a slide show of scenes from Aida Batlle’s Salvadoran … Read more →

Barista Nation NW Raises Money for CARE

There are so many reasons why I love Barista Nation, the traveling one-day coffee conference and workshop session organized by Anastasia Chovan of Unic. Barista Nation has been held to great success in Minneapolis, Vancouver, B.C., and is set—with a capacity crowd—to make coffee history on November 10 in Woodinville, … Read more →

Cool Colombian Cupping

I headed over to Sustainable Harvest, a coffee importing company based here in Portland, earlier today to take part in a cupping they were hosting. It’s part of an effort that they’re making to help build and connect with the coffee community around here. They plan on hosting the events … Read more →

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