Barista Nation—That Means YOU!

If you haven’t yet registered for the incredibly cool, highly educational and super community building event that is Barista Nation British Columbia, do it now! Held on September 13 in Richmond, B.C. (just outside of gorgeous Vancouver, B.C.), Barista Nation is a completely free, one-day event for baristas, cafe owners … Read more →

Gorilla v. New York Times: Over and out

(Reuters) – A Brooklyn judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against New York Times Co brought by Gorilla Coffee, a coffee shop that has become a fixture in the borough’s Park Slope neighborhood. The suit stemmed from an April 2010 Times blog post covering a labor dispute between management … Read more →

Summer Jam

Back when I was a music critic for The Oakland Tribune in the San Francisco Bay Area, there was an annual concert in August at the Concord Pavilion that I would inevitably have to review called Summer Jam, and I dreaded it. Though it actually has a tempting kitch feel … Read more →

Le Papier.

So we just got our office copies of the new issue of Barista Magazine (August/September issue, featuring the handsome Alejandro Mendez on the cover), and we’re pretty excited. Of course, that’s much in part due to the content of the issue, which we think is pretty fly — educational articles … Read more →

Donate to Africa’s Drought Relief Through Barista Nation

Much of the coffee that we enjoy and love comes from the horn of Africa. A massive drought has hit Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, forcing millions in the horn of Africa into extreme famine. As a member of a global coffee community Barista Nation will organize raising funds through CARE … Read more →

Video from Brazil Trip with Cafe Imports

I wasn’t the only “media” along for the ride on the amazing Cafe Imports trip to Brazil earlier this month. Jake Szymanski also joined us, to shoot footage of the trip for a series of videos to appear on Cafe Imports’ website. And the first of those videos is now … Read more →

Brazil: That’s a Wrap

I write this from the comfort of my own desk back in Portland, Ore., in Barista Magazine’s office. I’m still so tired from our amazing, 10-day trip through Brazil—graciously gifted to all the Regional, U.S. and World Barista Champions by Cafe Imports—that I’m misspelling ‘Barista’ about every other time I … Read more →

LA interlude

(This is a little post to tide us over until Sarah gets a chance to report from the road in Brazil.) Some things about Los Angeles are obviously cool: the beaches, the sun, the movie stars, the tacos. And some things are unquestionably awful, the traffic and the L*kers, for … Read more →

Cupping in Brazil

Today was the first official day of our origin adventure with Cafe Imports in Salvador, Brazil. We met early to make coffee by the pool, then piled onto what we have dubbed the party bus to head to BBC Cafe Gourmet, Silvio’s roasting company. It was a cool operation! A … Read more →

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