Coffee Fest Seattle!

We’re still reeling from a wonderful show in Seattle this past weekend, in the form of the always busy and fun Coffee Fest Seattle. This year’s installment was even busier than ever—seriously, when I talked to fellow exhibitors, everyone agreed that the traffic was much better than in years past—and … Read more →

Can You Make a $1500 Mocha?

I was at Water Avenue Coffee in Southeast Portland yesterday for a photo shoot, when who should I run into but Ginger Gerhart of Ghirardelli Chocolate! Ginger told me about a really cool contest that her company is currently hosting called the Ghirardelli Mocha Challenge, in which coffee professionals can … Read more →

What Inspires Us

A NOTE FROM RHODE ISLAND… I had an email in my inbox from a woman, Holley Badger, whom I met in Rhode Island a few weeks ago when I was attending the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast (MANE) Artisan Coffee Conference. Holley works at Blue State Coffee, right on the campus of Brown University … Read more →

Camp Pull-A-Shot Video…

Jason Dominy, incoming Prez of the Barista Guild of America Executive Council, created this lovely and fun video that recaps the Camp Pull-A-Shot experience pretty awesomely. Thanks, Jason! Camp Pull-A-Shot 2010. What Did You Like Best About Camp? from Jason Dominy on Vimeo. http://www.fastemailsender.com

Barista Camp: A Huge Success!

I just got back to Portland from the first annual Barista Guild of America Camp Pull-A-Shot—and what an amazing experience it was! I do apologize for not being able to blog throughout the event. Maybe lack of internet was annoying, but if that’s the only problem we really encountered during … Read more →

Good Morning, Campers!

Well, there should be photos and blog posts from the event on the ground in Galina, Calif., but Sarah is having a hard time getting a working internet feed. That said, she wanted me to make sure to let everyone know that Camp Pull-A-Shot is underway and it’s a blast! … Read more →

Friday in Peru

Friday was the first full day of let’s talk coffee 2010 here in tarapoto. There were trainings, cupping, demos, lectures, and one-on-one meetings between producers and their buyers. I spent most of my time with the pool of international and Peruvian baristas, as they led numerous demonstrations of various methods … Read more →

Peru Continued

We’re in Tarapoto now as Let’s Talk Coffee gets underway this morning. Well actually it began last night with a poolside welcome reception, but the program begins today. But the fun really began for us lucky few who were able to attend the World Barista Forum in Lamas the night … Read more →

Welcome to Peru!

Let’s Talk Coffee officially got underway yesterday in the small town of Lamas. Lamas is just about thirty minutes outside of Tarapoto. And of course Tarapoto is the site of this year’s Ltc event. So why are we in Lamas? Well the first portion of Ltc for me is the … Read more →

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