Barista Champion of Korea: Youn Joo Yu

Everyone makes mistakes, but we were dismayed to see a big one we made in the new issue of Barista Magazine: we ran the wrong photo in the World Barista Championship ‘yearbook’ spread in the August/September issue for the Barista Champion of Korea. All 50 of the baristas representing their … Read more →

A Community Bigger Than Coffee

I had the opportunity to attend a new event last night hosted by Bellissimo at the American Barista and Coffee School. Called “A Taste of…” the evening brought together a few craftspeople from the Portland area to sample each others work and wares. Marcus Young of Batdorf and Bronson Coffee … Read more →

Short (and lovely) video about Barista Nation

Barista Nation has been sweeping the globe as one of the most innovative coffee events happening right now. It’s a one-day event, free to any coffee professional and baristas of all levels, offering workshops and discussions, as well as plenty of play time on equipment and with allied products. Barista … Read more →

Sweet Fantasy Vienna!

Natvia‘s infamous Sweet Fantasy extravaganza ended in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, June 16, but we’re still reeling from the amazing photos, the thump-thump-thump of the dance floor that seems to have taken over our very soul, the colors and lights and sounds that swirled together to … Read more →

WBC Finalist #6: Stefanos Domatiotis, Greece

Confession: Stefanos is a really good friend of mine, so this post is personal for me. But anyone who has ever known and rooted for a barista in competition knows that being their friend is much harder than if they were a stranger: you have extremely high expectations for them, … Read more →

WBC Finalist #4: Colin Harmon, Ireland

Colin Harmon is a perennial crowd favorite. And it’s not because a rowdy bunch of Irish folks follow him from competition to competition, throwing green balloons and cheering him til their voices go hoarse. No, it’s because he is genuine, he is kind, he is professional. And Colin is also … Read more →

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