WCE Events in Maastricht

The World Coffee Events championships—World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Ibrik, World Cup Tasters, and World Brewer’s Cup—just wrapped up yesterday in Maastricht, the Netherlands. We’re eagerly anticipating details and photos! (Note: I can’t find a single current photo from this year’s competitions online anywhere! So if … Read more →

“And we (DO) care about the young folks…”

Man, even though that Peter Bjorn & John song (2007) was nearly ruined by manic radio play, it’s still a delight. And it’s what I had playing in my head in San Diego at Coffee Fest while I watched Alexandra Szep, 18, compete in the New World Latte Art Championship. … Read more →

Tony & Barista Mag on TV!

Our latest cover barista extraordinaire, Tony Serrano—owner of the Serrano Social Club in Modesto, Calif.—made his local TV news recently. It’s a great clip—Tony is most definitely up to the task of conveying the message of quality coffee. Check it out!

Coffee Kid Wants to Change the World!

So there’s this kid named Tatum Barber—sound familiar? That’s because she’s the grand-daughter of tamper magician Reg Barber, and daughter of Julia, who is Reg’s right-hand woman at the company. It seems Tatum has caught the coffee bug that runs in her family, and is hosting a latte art throwdown … Read more →

NW Coffee Festival Kicking Off This Weekend!

It’s not THAT Coffee Fest Seattle—nope, in fact, the Northwest Coffee Festival is a whole new kind of coffee celebration, bringing quality coffee, industry professionals and curious members of the general public together to learn and party. Here’s what they have to say about it on the Official Website: On … Read more →

2011 WBC Final Standings

It was a helluva competition in Bogota. One of the best I’ve ever had the opportunity to cover. And the Finals round was simply out of this world in the level of competition, professionalism, and enthusiasm on display by each of the baristas. Here are the final standings and scores … Read more →

Your 2011 World Barista Champion!!!!

The first WBC held in a producing country was history making in more ways than one. For the first time the WBC has produced a champion from a coffee producing country! It may have been El Salvador’s first trip to the finals, but Alejandro Mendez didn’t show an ounce of … Read more →

2011 WBC Finalist Número Seis

The final competitor of the 2011 WBC just wrapped up his performance. Pete Licata, US barista champion, delivered another stellar routine, in which he features and explains in depth the process he went through to find, process, blend and roast all of the coffees in his routine. Pete is based … Read more →

2011 WBC Finalist Número Cinco

The fifth finalist of the day, the UK’s John Gordon just wrapped up his performance. While yesterday he went over time by just a second today he finished with time to spare. The theme of his performance was exploring varietals, and to that end, he used two varietials from the … Read more →

2011 WBC Finalist Número Quatro

Alejandro Mendez, the fourth competitor of the day, set the crowd on fire with his performance. As the first barista from El Salvador to make the finals, the Colombian audience obviously felt a sense of solidarity with their fellow coffee producing countryman. Alejandro worked with Stephen Leighton of Has Bean … Read more →

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